Matt's Burning Rosids - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by charlzm:
2.91/5 rDev -22.4%
Consumed march 22nd, 2014. Poured at 50 degrees F into a long-stemmed tulip.
Beer is a brilliantly clear light-to-medium brass color. A nice two-finger white head forms from a slightly-stronger-than moderate pour and quickly dissolves to a thing skin of bubble foam. Negligible sheeting. For a saison to be this clear is an anomaly.
Aromas: mild peppery saison yeast and beneath it smoke, like a campfire. Also a touch of floral sweetness. Very mild fruitiness.
Flavor begins with a boozy sweet note that reminds me of a wood-aged spirit. A dash of smoke and then a lingering, woody bitterness all out of proportion to the finish of traditional saisons. No earthy or funky notes. It would be one thing to enhance or replace traditional saison flavor elements with wood, smoke and hops, but I'm not sure what Stone were actually going for here. It seems more a strong ale that happens to be fermented with saison yeast than a real saison. Even taken outside of the style guidelines, this beer is a hot mess of flavors that doesn't integrate well or work well together.
Mouthfeel is slightly thicker and more oily than I would have expected for the style. Barely acceptable carbonation level for a saison. Also, alcohol heat is inappropriate for style and unwelcome, style or not.
Overall, I think this is a failure as a drinkable beer but succeeds as a novelty. For the record, I homebrew and made an "imperial saison" once (as Stone bills this beer as well) and realized it didn't work; a good saison is light, refreshing and easy to drink with well-integrated and modeulated flavors. To make an extreme version of it sort of ruins the character of the base style and adds nothing greater than it takes away.
Low overall ratings based on style guidelines, but even without them, this is not a very pleasing drinking experience. May not finish the bomber.
03-22-2014 16:03:49 | More by charlzm
More User Reviews:
4.06/5 rDev +8.3%
A cool story on the bottle,pours into a large tulip glass a clear medium golden with a amber tinge,man I love the color and the thick creamy shite head.After a few good swirls I pick up some overipe juicy citrus fruits along with some medicinal and spiced yeast notes.Yeasty and mildly phenolic with some clove spice standing out upfront on the palate,the some comes thru providing some meatiness and rich fruitiness,viney hops linger in the finish.This is a pretty complex and damn fine beer,RIP Matt.
02-08-2014 00:27:59 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +6.7%
In a snifter the beer was a perfectly clear gold color with just a tiny white head.
Aroma was smoky, fruity, and spicy. A little alcohol was noticeable.
Cherries in the taste. Smoke. A little peppery. A little funky. Still some alcohol.
Things combined well in this beer. Very pleasant.
A nice tribute.
02-05-2014 11:50:30 | More by lordofthewiens
3.94/5 rDev +5.1%
Bomber bottle, bottled 12-20-13.
Pours pretty clear, orangy amber, off white moderate cap, leaves a tiny bubble sheen, thin collar and fine scattered lacing.
On the nose I'm getting some citrus, lite smoke, and some alcohol burn.
Full flavor, robust, complex,brash n bold. Not for newbies or the faint hearted. More lime and pineapple all over the palate. I get most of the smoke in the finish, buts its pretty faint. Mostly its more and more heavy citric fruit, phenols and a sort of burnt band aids under note.
A lot going on and I like it
02-19-2014 04:35:05 | More by Billolick
3.69/5 rDev -1.6%
Appearance: low carbonation, minimal head, clear, caramel in color
Smell: cedar, hay, and pepper
Taste: apple, lemon, tangerine, hay, light cedar and smoke towards the end
Mouthfeel: sweet and funky, light body, moderate carbonation
Overall: Very clean, complex, and fruity tasting. A nice sipper. I wish the cherry wood smoke was a bit more prominent, but this is still very tasty. I would get this again.
03-05-2014 17:26:41 | More by tigg924
Matt's Burning Rosids from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,050 ratings.