Matt's Burning Rosids - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,236 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,236
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 14
Gots: 146 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DerrickW on 01-03-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.04/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

650ml bomber poured into tulip 28/6/15

A murky orange and even after a hard dump down the middle of the glass I only get a short lived finger of foam that leaves no lace

S kinda smells like smoked meat and burnt band aids, I get some fruity notes and yeast, burnt marshmallow, bruised banana, some pepper and booze, but I can't get over the burnt band aids

T not the same level of band aid but still just not doing it for me, reminds me of a smoked malt hefe then a saison, the yeast profiles strange and overwhelmed by smoke

M thick, a little flat, some heat and its pretty big for a saison, fruity smoke lingers for a while

O its not awful but it leaves something to be desired at every point, I'm not having any problems finishing the bottle but ones enough

Saisons are a pretty loose style but this one misses the mark, points for being original but I'm not really feeling this one

Photo of maximillianp
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't get the smokiness in either the smell or taste, but I do get some oak/wood. The smell has some mineral to it, too. The taste, I can only describe, is a hybrid of Cider + Hefeweizen + Sauvignon Blanc. I'm fascinated by this beer and disappointed it was a limited brew. Fortunately, the local liquor store still has some bottles so I am going to buy the rest and age them a bit to see if that changes the smell/taste. Personally, I definitely recommend this beer.

Photo of Chcshammonde
4.41/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Loved this one and hoping they bring it back! Anybody who bought extra and doesn't like it, hey just send it to me.

Photo of Prasm
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of yeast and cigarette butts, with vanilla and lemon undertones - not real desirable but interesting none the less. In the mouth it's yeast and smoke with a nice creamy mouth-feel. Definitely different, but it works well for me.

Photo of heygeebee
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Difficult to review
It certainly is a Big Saison.
It's also very smokey and really quite alcoholic - so any zest of saison gets overtaken by alcohol warmth and booze. Too much booze really in the mix and whilst it is complex, it just ends up alcoholic warm.
Ends up a being more of a gimmick than beer, really,

Photo of chefbigjon
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I bet it's a real nice Saison without the smoke. Smoke overpowers it for me, makes no sense for a saison to be dominated by smoke.

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A bit sweet, and not so smokey as "cherrywood" might suggest.

Photo of chrisjws
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 22oz bottle in a Teku glass

A: Deep, darker orange with a nice finger of head. Slightly hazy.
S: Smoke, belgian yeast, smoked ham, pepper, tiny bit of funky smell.
T: Upfront a nice clean belgian yeastiness, little bit of cherry sweetness, smokiness takes over mid mouth and lingers in the aftertaste.
M: Full mouthfeel with medium to low carbonation
O: Nice saison if you're in the mood to change it up from a more traditional interpretation of the style. Tastes good if you dig smoked beers that aren't overly smokey.

Photo of kraticus41
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Big cherry taste with carbonation to break up the sweetness. Meaty smoke on the back-end helps hide the alcohol. Great beer.

Photo of Jjski
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Strangely captivating melange of smoke , cherry, saison yeast, and fruity esters.

Sweetish and fascinating. Well done. It does age well, and I'm on fourth bottle in 2 years. I reckon the palate is close to JW Lees English Barleywine.

RIP Matt Courtright.

Photo of Chico1985
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bomber split between me and Scott. Got this as a birthday gift from Melissa. Thanks!

A - Pours to a tulip glass a nice hazy orange color with a white head.

S - Huuuge smoked ham and wood, salty peppery woody smoky ham. Some dirty citrus, banana, funky straw, bread. Kinda rubbery and boozy.

T - Smoke feels less intense here, but also a little more generic smoke rather than a salty meat thing, which probably works better here actually. Variety of tart fruit, spice, grapes and earthiness. Bread and farmy yeasts.

M - Kind of wild with the alcohol presence but a decent feel otherwise. Lightish and somewhat crisp body with medium-high carbonation.

O - Glad this beer exists and that it supports a good cause, can't say I'm a huge fan of it though. The smoke+saison never really harmonize, both sides seem alright by themselves but just clash, the 10.5% alcohol seems like overkill for this as well.

Photo of MadCat
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Nice golden color with a good white head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Traditional saison yeast aroma

Taste: More traditional saison yeast flavors, along with some nice cherrywood smoke, not overpowering, enough to compliment the flavors. Finishes dry

Feel: Medium body, full carbonation

Overall: Very good, didn't intentionally age it, but it seems like based on other reviews the age served it well. It is far better than the regular Stone saison.

Photo of neurobot01
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I originally had this right when it was released, and wasn't particularly impressed, so I set one aside (not in ideal cellar conditions, unfortunately) to see what a little age did.

Look: hazy golden orange, with a small and rapidly diminishing white head. Very fine carbonation.

Smell: smoke up front, with orange marmalade behind.

Taste: cloyingly sweet initially. Some mild esters, but mostly just straight-up sugar sweet. Smoke dominates middle to lingering finish, which is fairly bitter, especially considering the initial sweetness. The smoke is very savory, and a bit lighter somehow than something like Aecht Schlenkerla Urbock.

Feel: quite thick and syrupy. Very dry.

Overall: if you love (sweet) smoked beers or just exceedingly sweet beers, you'll enjoy this. If the saison character came out a bit more and the sweetness were toned down (which is more how I remember it tasting originally), it would be pretty good, but as it is, it's just too sweet and poorly blended for my tastes.

Photo of canucklehead
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome beer that bravely melds smoked malt with a brett infested Saison.

Photo of Trooper92292
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm starting to grow on Saisons. This would he great for a family gathering or holiday dinner. I could drink this anytime of the year. Rich smell and beautiful color.

Photo of artdob
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Initially pours a gorgeous orange with an attractive white head, though don't turn away as the head fades quickly. The nose is a carnival of honey, oranges, apricot syrup. The palate is luxurious and warming fading to the ever lightest sour note. Off the beaten path. A nice brew.

Photo of logicalparadox
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice smoker flavor, not too overpowering, lightmouthfeel in keeping with a saison. A little on the sweet side

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Red Racer pint glass. An unassuming orange-yellow amber hue with a light dollop of sudsy white bubbles. Nose is the expected phenolic Belgian spice, subtle smoke, an apple and pear fruitiness, perhaps some slightly fetid prune juice, orange rind, sugar cookie dough. Seems innocent enough. The taste is something else, however, super smoky yet simultaneously sweet and spicy. Overripe orange on the front end, followed by tart pie cherry, peat-like earthy smoke with hints of bacon, more apple/pear, medicinal phenols. Pleasingly thick bodied with low grade carbonation. Curiously sweet finish that comes off like a pile of warm pears with a dash of compost heap. There is a classic saison dry peppery spice struggling to keep up. Absolutely unique recipe, wonderful story on the bottle, and just warm fuzzies all around.

Photo of t2thebro
5/5  rDev +33%

A- hazy deep gold color, small ring of head. No lacing.

S- peaty pale malt. Warm cherries. Almost a cherry pie smell with a bit of Belgian funk.

T- smooth, smokey, sweet, smooth sweet cherry pale flavors with a smokiness lingering and showing up on the back end. A bit of a floral hop in the background.

M- heavy, smooth, satisfying.

O- every part of this beer is prestigious. Lots of variables all working perfectly to make this a truely pleasurable experience. The best saison I have ever had.

Photo of NSXAG
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Stone Brewing - Matt's Burning Rosids [Imperial Cherrywood-Smoked Saison] (22oz ---> Pint Glass : 10.5 ABV)

"Honoring His Memory - Matt Courthright" as it reads across the neck of the bottle, intrigued me as to who he was - "Imperial Cherrywood-Smoked Saison" as it read beneath the beer's graphics, intrigues me as to what's inside!! It poured a very full gold hue with great clarity beneath an active 2.5 inch light blonde head that dissipated somewhat slowly, leaving minimal lacing... Immediately on the nose is some bready smokiness, accompanied by just a touch of sweetness - but overall an extremely smokey aroma... First taste on the palate is the cherry sweetness, but showing up almost immediately after is the smokey flavor again... Midway the spice really presents itself with lots of cracked pepper and a touch of cinnamon hiding in there also... The finish is, you guessed it, smokey and smooth, but the spiciness almost acts as a buttering element to balance this beer out... It also leaves a bit of funk lingering at the end, as well as a slight alcohol warmth... Mouthfeel on this beer is almost creamy from the well balanced combination of carbonation as well as full flavors, which made for a good vessel to carry this style and flavors... Overall the flavors were full and balanced, and it was a well crafted beer, but I just didn't dig the combination of the flavors as I thought I would... It was similar to a beautifully cooked plate of food in which none of the ingredients complimented one another when combined together... Though not my favorite beer ever, it's a classy tip of the hat to (what seems to have been) an amazing brewer and, more importantly, individual... Another good brew - Cheers!!

Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle - I'm conditioned to reading the long-winded back labels of Stone products with an air of detached amusement. Here, I feel the urge to go and hug my toddler and wife before the little scamp submits to sleep tonight. Back in a sec.

This beer pours a rather hazy and cloudy, yet bright medium apricot amber hue, with one skinny finger of weakly foamy, and mostly just plainly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a few instances of streaky lace around the glass as things slowly abate.

It smells of smoky, meaty bready caramel malt, medicinal band-aid, cherry cough syrup, zingy earthy yeast, a fresh-hewn tree branch woodiness, a bit of indistinct farmhouse funk, further singed orange and lemon fruity esters, and some musty, leafy grassiness. The taste is fairly fruity - mixed orchard varieties - cherry, natch, lemon, apple, and orange, all - after having endured the cyclical forest fire season. Beyond that, the funky, medicinal, and gamey yeasty characters dominate, over a besieged semi-sweet graininess, and some typical, if equally baffled citrus and green hoppiness, with nary a sign of that 21-proof booze, huh.

The bubbles are quite understated, barely noticeable amongst all that other stuff going on, the body a stolid medium weight, and not really that smooth, so sorry to say. It finishes off-dry, and still overly astringent from the now usual suspects - it's like my palate did a bad, bad, thing, or something, or is associated with a certain M. Ghomeshi, eh?

I know this is a touching tribute to a tragically befallen member of the Stone brewing team, but I just can't get on board with this as a beer - the smoky character is much too much of that acrid medicinal sort, the kind that comes near to bringing up your last meal every other ill-advised gulp. Yeah, sorry Matt, but still, I hope wherever you are right now, you get to drink and brew whatever the hell you like (a bit like it was back here, bazinga!).

Photo of HamdenHector
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: slight haze; copper colored; less than a 1 finger white head that receded o a thin collar; no lacing;

S: Belgian yeast for a moment, then hickory;

T: fruity up front, but the hickory smoke takes over by mid-palate and dominates to the long lasting finish;

M: light to medium bodied; lightly carbonation;

O: almost no trace of anything saison like; hickory overwhelmed everything else; bottle was 9 months old, which may have altered the flavor profile;

Photo of freewill35
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

This is definitely a unique beer. A smoked imperial saison. The alcohol is well hidden. Very good.

Photo of MIrvine
1.5/5  rDev -60.1%

Beautiful copper color, weak foam. Nose of sourness and cloves. Taste is offensive! Not for me. Love Stone, but will never do this one again.

Photo of Sam-VW
4/5  rDev +6.4%

A - cloudy orange with a thin white head that fades to a ring

S - sweet lemon and lime, watermelon, coriander, a little bit of clove, some smoke

T - peach, watermelon, melon, plumb, spices and a big smokey kick at the end

M - goes down very smooth and finishes sharp and crisp

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Matt's Burning Rosids from Stone Brewing Co.
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