Matt's Burning Rosids - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
4.11/5 rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Picked this up recently at the new Bottle King on the Livingston Circle, having never had this beer before. I thought the story behind it was quite touching and even though I wondered how well Stone would brew a Saison/Farmhouse Ale, I was really impressed by this offering. While not like those from Europe that are more spicy, bubbly, and lighter in hue, there was a lot to like here and this quickly grew on me after making the adjustment to a brew unlike any other I've had before.
Nice amber hue to this with not a lot of head or lacing to be seen as I worked my way through this. Not a strong aroma to this but the cherry juice and smoke were present in the nose, with the latter becoming very pronounced in the taste. No sourness here, the but the mouthfeel reminded me of the cherries. Lots of wood, a bit of peppery sausage, and a spot-on carbonation combined to make this so easygoing while the back saw the saltiness come out as this went down sip after sip. This reminded me of the LA-31 Boucanèe that I had last year and had this been categorized as a Smoked Beer, that wouldn't have bothered me at all. The sour funkiness and overflowing carbonation of European examples of this beer wasn't to be found here and there was just a bit more of a bready maltiness to give this a nice body.
While this was strong, I couldn't feel the alcohol and only a gentle warming came over me as I finished this off with a friend. I commented to him that after nearly 800 beers reviewed on here, that I had never had anything quite like this and that it was a joy to come across something new after all of these years, that made me realize what beer was capable of and could be when the boundaries were pushed out. Obviously, I didn't know Matt but I'm really glad that his vision became a reality. Anyone who appreciates good beers owes it to his/her self and Matt's memory to buy a bottle of this and raise some of its contents to his legacy.
Serving type: bottle
02-18-2014 08:32:42 | More by JerzDevl2000
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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.
85 out of 100 based on 1,016 ratings.