Matt's Burning Rosids - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BeerEngineer:
3.56/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
General: I got this bottle from a bottle swap a couple of weeks ago. The date on the bottle was 12/31/13 (New Year's Eve Stone was bottling?!). This is a commemorative bottle for Matt Courtright, who tragically passed away in the brewery. I poured this into a tulip glass for the tasting.
Appearance: nice golden color to this beer, there is a slightly off-white head that quickly dissipates. The bubbles are extremely small. The beer is very clear but not spotless, there is a slight haze to this beer but it's completely acceptable.
Aroma: This has the characteristics of a standard saison with the clove and banana esters but there is a big hit of smokiness on this. I like this aroma, it's kind of a cross between a saison and a smoked beer, with the majority of the aroma being dominated by the smoke.
Mouthfeel: High carbonation is the first thing that comes off from this beer. The first sip just exploded with bubbles. The beer itself feels a little thin, not a lot of body at all on it. The carbonation is just too much for me. After every sip I burp, this is crazy.
Taste: Yikes, where the aroma had a touch of clove and banana associated with it the flavor is pure smoke and burnt wood. I really hoped for something a little more balanced but it seems like it is just like someone dumped liquid smoke in a fermenting wort. Too much smoke, not enough subtle flavors. No thank you on this flavor. If I wanted a rauchbier I would order one, this isn't what I want from a saison.
Overall: Ok this isn't my style of saison which is unfortunate. I really love saisons, they are one of my favorite style but this one just misses the mark on every turn and dumped too much smoke into this. It's unfortunate because i actually want to like this beer, but it's just not that good.
Serving type: bottle
03-05-2014 03:44:10 | More by BeerEngineer
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2.99/5 rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Served in an accidental half-litre glass (lol).
A: Hazy gold.
S: Sour and smoky. Lemons?
T/M: I don't really care for it. Way too weird. It's initially overpowering -- wood, smoke, meat, sweet-strong booze, artificial maraschino -- before quickly fading into a kinda sour-sticky bitterness than lingers. I hate to make the comparison, but...bile.
O: Not to my taste. After about a dozen sips, I pawned it off on a friend. NOT recommended.
Serving type: on-tap
07-24-2014 03:18:01 | More by AgentMunky
4.05/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - A bit more than a finger's worth of slightly late to develop crisp densely packed froth that is modestly off white in color... Average retention segues to a nice lopsided veil of lacing a slight but rich and creamy collar... The color is a vibrant orangish amber... Largely still with a limited few carbonation bubbles rising sporadically and randomly throughout...
S - The nose is vibrant and attention getting... A mix of orange and lemon candy to start... Next come some additional sweet candied sugars... There is a very subtle smokiness present that compliments the aforementioned sweetness tremendously... There is also a strong Belgian yeast component... Very unique... Very pleasing...
T - A kiss of sweetness to start... Candied sugars... Light sweet citrus notes... The Belgian yeast components are next... The cherry wood smoke starts to build slowly... The smokiness reminds me of Easter ham... There are some very subtle red wine tannin notes buried way beneath the surface... A very light medicinal presence on the very deep finish... Again very unique and very pleasing...
M - Medium bodied... Light to medium carbonation... A bit sticky... Even and well balanced... Finishes with a touch of dryness and turns slightly chalky on the distant finish...
D - A very well crafted brew that is unlike anything else that I have ever experienced... I did not Matt Courtright, but this beer lends the drinker to see the unique nature of the human being... It is as advertised - a Smoked Saison... A bit of a sipper, but quite enjoyable...
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 02:18:49 | More by philbe311
Matt's Burning Rosids from Stone Brewing Co.
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