Matt's Burning Rosids - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Roguer:
3.95/5 rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
Beautiful clear golden saison, with a solid 1 1/2 finger white head. Decent retention, fading slowly to a snowy white layer. Very nice lacing.
Tart, slightly sour, farmhouse aroma: lemon grass, straw, and yeast. A hint of wood in the background, and light vanilla and pepper, but I don't get anything particular to "cherrywood," nor does it come across smoked.
Tastes follows the nose, but here is where the smoke factor really does come in nicely. First, there's a Belgian pale sweetness: Belgian yeast, candi sugar, all on a thick wheat malt background. Noticeable alcohol esters follow, bright lemon flavors, and really strong pepper. Finally, a dark smokiness builds, starting in the middle of the taste, and building to and lasting well through the aftertaste.
Very complex, and very tasty; even the strong smokiness isn't overpowering, especially as it mostly comes in on the back-end.
Full and sticky-sweet mouthfeel, but it is a bit harsh at times, especially right at the forefront. Again, alcohol presence is very noticeable. This doesn't detract from the overall balance and flavor. I wonder if they could have simply made this beer at a lower ABV.
This is an excellent Saison. It strikes me simultaneously as a very typical, easy-going Belgian pale-style Saison, and a heavy-duty, imperial smoked beer. Really an interesting line to walk, and an excellent tribute to Matt Courtright. Yet another beer by Stone that is creative, original, and most importantly, tasty.
Serving type: bottle
02-03-2014 23:14:34 | More by Roguer
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4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A 22oz bomber picked up at Green's on Buford Hwy
A - Cloudy copper, with lots of sediment and 1 full finger of head. No sticky lace. But looks delicious
S - Sweet malts and a hint of smoke.
T - Sweet up front, belgian candy sugar dominates. Some funky-ness going on in the background and in the aftertaste. Cherries are noticeable too. Slightly smoky.
M - Medium bodied and well carbonated
O - An excellent smoked saison with a hint of cherries. Definitely a tasty brew. Try it if you can find it!
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2014 01:40:36 | More by BeerDawgs
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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