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Matt's Burning Rosids - Stone Brewing Co.

Matt's Burning RosidsMatt's Burning Rosids

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BA SCORE
85
very good

763 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 763
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%


Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DerrickW on 01-03-2014)
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beerme626

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was amazing, and more than worth the $7 or so paid for it. 22oz bottle poured in a Belgian tulip glass in two parts. Nice, full, white head on a perfectly orange-tinted golden brew with reasonable carbonation at the 55 degrees or so at which it is supposed to be served. Strong nose typical of, even epitomizing, Belgian Saisons. Enticing. Rich notes of cherry and lemongrass balanced with hops to make a strong, flavorful brew. Clearly 10+ percent, although no alcohol burn distracts from the taste. Nice story behind the brew, too. Overall, an incredible paragon of saisons for the lover of saisons. I know I sound like a Stone representative right now, but I just really love this beer. It will undoubtedly be a repeat buy.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 14:45:28 | More by beerme626
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MaineBrewing

Maine

4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A - poured a brilliantly clear pale color with orange accents. Three quarter finger loose large bubbled head dissipated quickly. Not much for lacing, which is a surprise for stone I always find their brews provide bountiful lacing.

S - aroma of fruity Belgian esque yeast esthers, citrus, peppery. Slight sourness.

T - taste is very complex, not overpowering in any sense but there is a lot going on. There's a nice biscuity malt flavor that is quickly swept up by mouth filling fruity yeast bouquet that lingers through the finish that ends In a quenching bitter. Smoked notes in the finish as well, the smokiness completes this brew. The whole experience lingers on the pallet for a while, makes me want more.

M - thick n syrupy, low carbonation for a Saison, but that's ok. This thing is smoothe and just damn good, the 10.5% is no where apparent. Would peg this at 7% tops if I haven't of read the bottle. Well done.

O - it is sad that they had to make this beer, I enjoyed it in partial silence as I sat in front of my fireplace. That being said, I do hope they make similar Saisons in the future. Or at least in the vein of this one. Maybe this is out of bounds, and not a good example sure... a little too hoppy and a little too much alcohol. But pioneer on stone, keep coming up with this stuff...it's delicous.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 01:55:59 | More by MaineBrewing
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JWU

Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a belgian ale glass

A- a lovely goldenrod with heavy orange hues. A big off white head sits on top. Nice lacing.

S- Big, sweet yeasty notes of clove, banana, white pepper. I do BBQ, so I immediately can pickup the cherry wood, and wowsers, I could just sit and smell this....

T- Simply put, fantstic. A big bready malt note is met with a nice belgian yeast note that is more clove than banana. Fruity esters abound. The light smoke of the cherry wood adds ample complexity, and on the backend, a very nice bitterness balances what is otherwise a mostly sweet experience. Incredibly well crafted.

M- Medium bodied, more syrupy than a normal saison. The carbonation isn't over the top (Saison Dupont, I'm looking at you....)

O- A fantastic take on a newer style. More please....

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 22:56:51 | More by JWU
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2Cents

Nebraska

4.56/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a large Tulip.

A: A lovely golden hue with a nice white head.

S. All of the aroma that you would expect from a good Saison, but bigger. The smoke and cherry wood aroma come out along with a nice sweet maltyness.

T: The yeast is quite dominant in this one, funky! The smoke and cherry wood come through with a nice malt sweetness.

M: What more would you want?

O: Saison purest"s beware! You might actually like this.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 07:01:42 | More by 2Cents
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Edit: Second bottle is so different, way more funk

Pours an effervescent gold/honey with a thumb of pearl white head. Very good lacing & average head retention

S: Pears, a touch of dirt/funk & a little bit of booze

T: Follows the nose, plus pineapple & passion fruit up front, breadyness & just a whisper of booze. More breadyness, tropical fruits & pears, with slightly stronger booze presence, pink grapefruit shows up in force as this warms. Finishes dry with a flourish tropical fruit hoppyness, pears, woody hops & dryness

MF: Medium bodied with spot-on carbonation, nicely balanced

Super drinkability, this one exceeded my expectations. I would buy this by the 4 pack if available. Compares favorably with Tank 7 in many ways. Best new Stone beer I've had in years

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 22:44:06 | More by russpowell
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Crawfish61

Louisiana

4.46/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this brew. A beautiful saison aroma followed up by an equally beautiful taste. Classic taste with a sweet smoky background. Highly recommended. The taste had a green banana, clove, lemony charactor with the smoky background. The smoke is a background flavor not the main player. It was very nice to look at. It is a beer I will revisit. Rest in Peace Matt, this beer does your memory honor.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 02:04:01 | More by Crawfish61
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brewski09

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

picked up today from a local bottle shop. poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A - dark golden with a mild light brown hue. 2.5cm light beige head that mostly dissipates rather quickly. crystal clear.

S - Belgian yeast for sure. nice damp hay. mild floral hoops underneath it. a well balanced aroma profile. a mild smokiness here that just teases the package. others that have noted a fruitiness to the aroma aren't wrong. it's not that strong and hard to pinpoint exactly what it is, but it's like the pits of cherries more than anything.

T - wow. stone fruits, apple (not green apple, more like a Fuji or gala apple). these are from the yeast and the cherrywood smoked malts I think. I would consider a blend of years on this one (wlp530 and a saison yeast). the smokiness is more pronounced here, but not overdone at all. beautifully balanced.

M - this is a bit less carbonated and fuller bodied than I would have expected. usually Saskatoon's are fermented pretty dry and carbed higher than this. I'll give some least for the imperialization of this beer though.

O - this is one of the most unique beers I've had for quite some time. wonderfully balanced and it pushes you to challenge your preconceptions on what beer can be by tweaking styles and blending styles. not sure if I will get another bottle, but I will definitely tell everyone to try it.

thank you sooner for making Matt's beer

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 02:39:22 | More by brewski09
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cxr1037

California

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.

90/100

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 05:52:08 | More by cxr1037
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The color of the beer was golden amber, and the body looked extremely clear. The carbonation was medium, and the head was quite small, measuring at less than one finger. The aroma of the beer was full of farmhouse funk, with dandelions, juniper, hay, horse blanket, and cherry smells. I did not get much of a smoked malt smell. The taste was similar the smell, with the brett enhanced funk being detected right away, followed by some cherry, smoke, and finally tangerine, and a chipotle pepper finish. The alcohol was quite evident, as there was a warm sensation immediately upon starting the drinking. The mouthfeel was very light, and the beer left a smoky aftertaste. Not sure why the ratings of this beer are a little low here, as I thought it was quite nice. Not as smooth as the great Saisons, but pretty much true to style, except the alcoholic strength, which probably exceeded the typical one.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 04:58:36 | More by rajendra82
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, bottling date is smudged but I can tell it says it was bottled sometime in December 2013. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a very clear dark golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like sweet and peppery spice, bready malt, smoked malt, cherries, and some pear. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like smoked malt, peppery spice, bready/grainy malt, slightly tart cherries, pears, apples, and some earthy/floralness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and a bit sticky with moderate carbonation. The 10.5% ABV is very well hidden for a beer this strength. I wasn't sure about a smoked saison at first, but this is a well crafted beer. I really hope this isn't a one time brew, Stone might want to consider honoring Matt even more by making this again sometime in the future. Definitely worth trying, I know I'd like to buy more of this! $7.99 a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 23:32:49 | More by bluejacket74
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Beerlover

Minnesota

4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one rich beer! It's like the "stout" of saisons! There is a lot going here! the aroma is strong with yeast and clove, typical saison, not much smoke to speak of. taste is like nothing I've ever experienced before.... initially like a really solid saison, then the smokiness slaps you in face! The smoked malts in this beer are not overwhelming (we'll maybe at first) but they subside like the hoppy bitterness of a really good ipa! then there is a subtle sweetness that is pleasant in the aftertaste that is unlike anything I've had either. this is a very rich, unique, complex, beer, didn't think I was going to be able to finish it on my own, but I did! (took me 2 & 1/2 hours) great beer for those looking for something different!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 03:18:49 | More by Beerlover
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hagbergl

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 22 oz. bomber of Stone's tribute beer, Matt's Burning Rosids. The beer was conceptualized by Matt Courtright, one of Stone's brewers, who was killed in a brewing accident in 2013. It's really cool to see Stone release a beer to honor the memory of a fallen member of their family. A great gesture by a classy organization. Poured into my Firestone Walker Proprietor's Reserve tulip.

Appearance (4/5): Pours clear, golden/honey-brown, and has a small white head, which reduces to a ring that sticks around for the entire drink. Plenty of alcohol legs on the sides of the glass as you tilt it. Looks really nice in the glass, though it would be nice to see a bit more head, though that may be too much to ask from a non-bottle conditioned, 10.5% ABV saison.

Smell (4/5): Lemon, grapefruit, faint sweet alcohol, and a little cherrywood smokiness. Some clove, wheat-like, and peppery aromas work themselves into the mix as well, undoubtedly a product of the traditional saison yeast used in this brew.

Taste (4.5/5): This beer is anything but traditional though. Right off the bat, I get huge cherrywood notes that ride on into the finish, most pronounced in the semi-dry aftertaste. The cherrywood flavor is not the kind of barbecue, liquid smoke-type smokiness that I associate with traditional German rauchbiers, though. The cherrywood adds a very nice woody sweetness to the beer; on further review, the flavor added by the smoked cherrywood would better described as woody, not smokey. Also unusual are the notes of dark stone fruits that I'm getting from the beer, though I'm not certain what is the cause–the cherrywood, the malts, sweet alcohol, or yeast. This beer does not lack for complexity, and I pick up wheat, lemon, lemongrass, pepper and clove as I drink. The beer opens nicely, as many saisons do, as it warms, and paired great with dinner.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Matt's Burning Rosids is surprisingly drinkable. It's clean and smooth, and does not feel by any means as heavy as 10.5%–but you know it’s a bigger than average beer because of the full-flavor and slightly-thicker-than-medium body. Carbonation on this beer isn't exactly where I would like it–it could be a little more vigorous (too bad Stone didn't bottle-condition the beer)–hence only a 4 out of 5. That's still very good though.

Overall (4.25/5): This beer is very, very well-crafted and really represents well the creativity of the man who brewed it. Well worth the 10+ dollars I paid for it. Check it out.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 00:27:40 | More by hagbergl
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The pours a clear amber color with a tint of red and with a one finger head of white color. Tons of tiny champagne like bubbles are seen streaming up through the body of the beer. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite massive of a yeasty and bready smell with lots of spice of coriander and clove. Along with these aromas are smells of cherry and a bit of apple. A rather nice smoke aroma with some oak is there as well mixing with the rest of the smells to give an interesting and very pleasant aroma.

Taste – The taste begins a wheat bread flavor mixed with lots of cherry, apple, and pear. Quickly a yeasty taste joins the flavor profile, with it bringing a bit of clove and coriander along for the ride. As the taste advances further, some of the sweeter fruit flavors intensify with the wheat taking on a smoother nature. A bit of tartness and grassiness work their way on to the tongue along with a smoke and oak barrel flavor hitting the tongue more toward the middle of the taste. The tart, oak, and smoke all begin lighter, but get quite a bit stronger at the end, with just a tiny hint of alcohol booziness coming to the taste as well, to leave one with a nice bready and sweeter, smoky and oaky flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. The carbonation is great for the sweeter fruit and tart flavors of the brew all the while the slightly thicker body really accentuates the bready, smoke, and oak flavors of the beer. Quite nice.

Overall – This was a very interesting brew with a great saison flavor mixed with a good dose of cherry, smoke and oak. A different but very enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 04:33:35 | More by Darkmagus82
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dang….. didn't realize this thing was 10.5% before I bought it.

Served in a Schlafly tulip.

A: Damn near crystal clear, bright orange color, with a tinge of darkness thrown in. Icky, sticky head on top of this as well.

S: Definitely got the cherries. This reminded me of Troegs Mad Elf in more ways than one. Damn near spitting image on the nose: Belgian strain, fruit, etc.

T: Okay, now the departure from Troegs' holiday offering comes. Definitely a good deal of wood smoke here. I would have tagged this as Belgian Strong vs. a saison, but hell, I guess they're kinda the same. The wood dominates this one, as it should. That's right, no real chamomile, coriander, or anything of that sort present, just good old fashioned Belgian yeast, some smoked wood, and a good bit of floral notes.

M: Just the right amount of sweetness and infinitely enjoyable in that regard. Lots of lacing left on the glass, and very comfortable on the palate.

O: Very memorable, unique, and a fitting tribute to a beloved member of the Stone Brewing team. RIP: Matt Courtright. :(

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 20:58:58 | More by Chaney
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and fairly clear golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that quickly fades. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty and fruity Belgian style aroma with good hints of fruit and smoked malt. Upfront Belgian yeast with hints of farmhouse funk, clove, and black pepper. Big scent of the cherrywood smoked malt. Fruit hints of apple, pear, and banana along with a little orange and lemon zest. Sweet scent of candied sugar. Pale malt with hints of biscuit, grains, straw, and cracker. Hop presence is pretty mild. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a yeasty, fruity, and fairly sweet Belgian style taste with good notes of fruit and smoked malt. Belgian yeast with some good notes of clove, black pepper, and farmhouse funk. Good taste of the cherrywood smoked malt that is quite noticeable but not overwhelming. Fruit notes of green apple, pear, banana, lemon, and slight orange peel. Sweet notes of candied sugar. Malt notes of grains, straw, biscuit, and cracker. Subtle background hops. A really nice and unique taste. The smoke blends in well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Juicy and fairly slick. Somewhat hot from the alcohol and smoke but its still pretty smooth considering.

Overall: A pretty good and interesting twist on the Saison style. The smoke is noticeable but blends in well with the yeast and fruit flavors.

Cheers to Matt.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 08:25:46 | More by MattyG85
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kellydunn

Washington

4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served at "The Yard" Cafe in Greenwood, Seattle, WA.

Appearance: A slightly hazy, lightly-burnt gold. Mostly transparent.

Smell: Very faint saison yeast, pleasant boozy fumes, light smoke.

Taste: abundant saison yeast flavor, heavy smoke, and a pleasant hay-like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and silky, rolls over the pallet like warm honey.

Overall: Excellent execution on a complex brew. I've never heard of an imperial Saison before, nor a Smoked Saison, so it was really satisfying to see Stone execute once again on an eccentric blend of two very distinct styles.

The only criticism is that the aftertaste gets rather unpleasant between sips; the combination of smoked malts, hazy saison yeast, and heavy mouthfeel leave the pallette feeling unpleasantly oily and heavy. With a 10%+ABV, it can be very sedating.

I think this beer might be a little more successful if it wasn't so heavy on booze and possibly used a different saison strain so that the fermentation would be a tad more clean and less oily.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2014 22:37:22 | More by kellydunn
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Patches0Who

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Delicious Saison, great nose with upfront hints of Belgian yeast and spice. The spice note is prefect on the tongue followed by a pleasant hint of the smoked cherrywood, clean, crisp, slightly sweet finish that hides the 10.5 ABV extremely well! An awesome brew to honor the memory of Stone brewer Matt Courtright.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 23:44:41 | More by Patches0Who
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: clear peach. A little off white head that dissipates to some wispy swirls.
Smell: smoky and tart. Rich and pungent.
Taste: much like the nose. That is, smoky, tart and damn tasty.
Overall: nicely done guys. Nice tribute and a fine beer. This one is tasty, better than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 00:14:13 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured an attractive light clear copper color with a 3.5F head in a tulip.
Carbonation bubbles from the bottom.

The aroma was unexpected. Clove and fruit. This beer has more of a clove aroma than any Saison I have tasted in recent memory. The fruit is lightly tropical.

The mouth feel is mildly carbonated.

The taste is different than other Saisons- an emphasis on fruit and some clove. Different than other Saisons where the taste is overshadowed by a bitter, overcarbonated finish.

The finish itself is lightly peppery. The bitterness sets in with warming, so this beer is better at cooler temps- 45-50F.

Overall- a worthy tribute to a Stone Brewery friend and brewer. This is a singular Saison.
It is quite balanced.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 02:12:14 | More by brureview
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip out of a 22oz bottle. A smoked Saison, two of my favorite styles paired together. Can't wait!

Pours a crystal clear dark gold with a fizzy one finger white head. Head retention and lacing are not all that great but that can almost be expected of a beer of this strength.

There is a pleasant smokiness on the aroma married with spicy pear and apple along with just the slightest bit of funk. I really like that the smoke is not overdone here.

A good deal of smoke with the flavor but not enough to mask the definite Saison character underneath. Lots of fruity spice along with just the slightest bit of barnyard funk. Dry finish with just some extra bit of dryness on the back of the throat.

Overall, Stone did a very good job with this brew. A love the marriage of styles here and it works so well. I will probably pick up another bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 02:33:15 | More by rangerred
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stingrayvr6

New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip, amber gold with a thin white head. Smell sweet and fruity with some alcohol on the nose. Mild carbonation hits with the cherries, very earthy, tart, mellowing on the finish. Can't believe this is 10.5% abv. This goes down easy enough to be a session beer. Not too complicated, but very tasty, impressive enough to inspire me to review my first beer in several years.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 05:15:27 | More by stingrayvr6
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Greywulfken

New York

4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: rich golden body, deep and clear, couple of fingers of head; left no trace as head slimmed to a filmy collar

S: flowers and citrus and grasses; slightest hint at smoke; distant fruits, orchard pale

T: coarse pepper and spice right up front, overlaying a fruity pale body that hints at notes of cherry and closes with charred wood

M: medium body and slick, slightest tingle of carbonation and spice; ash on the finish

O: real nice take on the saison - vaguely non-traditional, bringing in a combination of flavor elements that create a unique profile for this ale.

In memory of Matt Courtright

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 17:20:44 | More by Greywulfken
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Ego

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

eyes...
one finger of very white foam, lots of carbonation (as expected for a saison), decent lacing but of course this is amped up so that makes sense in that context, slight golden to tinge orange hue, a nice looking offering

nose...
the cherrywood floats atop the usual bready/doughy saison odor, a dash of lemon, pretty straight forward but nice, you also get some of that effervescent seltzer like quality

taste etc...
pretty substantial in the mouth, much heavier than most saisons and also the carbonation is not as bright, the cherrywood almost turns this into something else... finding this hard to describe and usually I am one verbose mofo, this drinks like an amped up ale with some really interesting tart notes on the edges but yet a doughy/sugary thing happening in the main stanza, there is nary a hint of the ABV awaiting to kick your rump (aside from a mild warming in the ole gullet), very smooth drinking beer, not a hair out of place on this thing, really unique flavor combinations here.

verdict?
saison ? I suppose so, but it really does not matter this is really damn tasty and kicked up in a big way.
Grab a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 05:13:32 | More by Ego
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- clean, golden copper. Not much head to speak of, even with an aggressive pour.

S- Funky yeast of hay, citrus hops, lemon zest. Slight acidic notes. Cherrywood comes through nicely

T- Once again the funk blends so nicely with the wood character. Slight musk and spice, but also has some bright notes of orange, lemon, and cherries.

M- Light body, light carbonation for the style. Smooth though, and the smokiness with the alcohol warmth makes for a fantastic cold weather saison.

O- Just love how this one is a cherrywood smoked beer and really lets that be the highlight. Pairs really nicely with wood-oven pizza.

$5.50 for 22 oz bomber

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 02:05:31 | More by Bosoxfan20
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Stopped by roast house when I realized it was cappy night, half priced drafts. $3 for this one, very nice value. Beautiful beer with and excellent aroma. Taste was good but boozy, which at over 10 percent is expected. Overall an excellent beer that I would love to get again.

Serving type: on-tap

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