Matt's Burning Rosids - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by cxr1037:
4.4/5 rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Just picked this up from Trader Joe's. I was familiar with the tragic backstory and had been wanting to try this since I first heard about it. I love saisons and I'm just starting to try more smoked beers. Here we go!
APPEARANCE: Golden dark amber, capped with about 3mm of white head.
AROMA: The traditional saison aromas break through - pepper, earth, yeast, bread - then the cherrywood smoked malt really pops out. But it's not like someone dumped a rauchbier into a saison. It's a smokey, rubbery scent (kind of like new tires). I think the fine balance here has been struck. At the end of it all is some floral/citrus zest.
TASTE: The aroma follows through almost perfectly, though. The saison elements shine - pepper, earth, yeast, bread - and then, the cherrywood smoked malt pops through, bringing a subtle sweet smokiness. I also get reminiscent of a dish my girlfriend made once - liquid smoke, pecans, and sweet potatoes, drizzled in maple syrup.
MOUTHFEEL: Well carbonated, medium body that lightly coats the mouth. The alcohol in this one is fairly well hidden.
FINISH: Minimal alcohol presence near the back of the throat. Low-key, but lingering sweetness that lasts for a good 30 seconds.
OVERALL: If I wanted a saison, I would not reach for this beer. While it exhibits elements of traditional saisons, it's too strong and the cherrywood smoked malt adds a unique set of flavors. That being said, I think this is a fantastic beer, and great for cold (disclosure: I'm in San Diego and it's 61F right now at 10PM) nights. Where I would definitely recommend this beer is for a) people who want to get into smoked beers, and b) people who like rauchbiers.
I will gladly buy this again.
RIP Matt Courtright! I didn't know you, but I wish you were still around to make more beers like this.
Serving type: bottle
01-31-2014 05:52:08 | More by cxr1037
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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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