The planets have aligned! I don’t know why, but I wanted to wait for a day that was Sunny and 75 to review this Belgian White beer for The Brew Club.
Don’t make fun. It could also be simple instructions for maximum beer enjoyment, right? Why risk messing it up by drinking it on a day that was Slightly Overcast and 82 or Periods of Wind and Rain and 80?
You might have heard something about these guys not too long ago. This was the brewery that got sued by the people who make a certain energy drink with a monstery-sounding name. They thought that the Rock Art ‘Vermonster’ infringed on their sacred trade name. In the end, Rock Art won, in no small part to a shit-load of support they got online. Good for them!
This is actually my first beer from Rock Art Brewery, so I hope its a good one! I like the Belgian White beer style – there are only a few I’ve tried that I didn’t like, so it shouldn’t be too hard to make me happy!
“Sunny and 75” is a 5.1% ABV Belgian White styled wheat beer that pours a dark straw color into my very cool (I think) glass. Its noticeable cloudiness is interesting in that the particles floating around in the beer are rather large. Maybe I poured a bit too aggressively, but even larger and darker sediment forms at the bottom of my glass. The head is bubbly and white, typical of this style of beer.
The aroma is also not a surprise. Citrus and spices, in this case ‘fresh cracked coriander seeds’ and orange peel make themselves known to my sniffer along with some bready maltiness. I’d like to add that I thought I noticed a hint mandarin orange in the aroma – its orange, but just a little different.
Taste is not surprising here. I think the coriander stands out the most in the taste, and there is even a little prickle of the peppery spices on the tongue late in the sip that lingers a bit. I guess its good to get it fresh-cracked as opposed to day-old cracked coriander! I’m picking up citrus too – orangy or lemony flavors stand out above the wheat-beer flavors.
The mouthfeel was good, not too thin and not too heavy. It was light enough to be refreshing on a warm day and it didn’t feel sticky at all.
Overall, I thought Sunny and 75 was a pretty good beer. Is it my favorite Begian White, no (so far that’s title belongs to another Vermont brewer- Long Trail’s Winter White) but this one is definitely a nice beer for the warmer weather.
I’d get it again, and I’d venture to say that I’d even drink it on days that were above or below 75 degrees!
I’ve also noticed that the Rock Art beers are usually good deals. If I recall, I think I paid under $4 for this 22oz bottle of Sunny and 75. The previously mentioned Vermonster which is around 10% ABV is also in the same price range!
Scott – TheBrewClub