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Matt's Burning Rosids | Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by DerrickW on 01-03-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of stevoj
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at front door. Tart and pungent, in your face bitterness and acidity. But it’s from Stone, so it has to be drinkable. Lots of citrus, but not puckering. I wouldn’t order too many of these, but the 4 oz sampler was a beaut.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed this fine ale in a snifter from the 22 oz bottle. This saison pours a cloudy yet luminous orange with a nice head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, nice pool, and subtle lacing. Nose of candy sugars, subtle smoke, tropical fruit notes, and strong booze. Flavors exceed the nose with sweet candy malts and subtle funky yeast on the front and middle that vie for dominance over tropical fruit notes of orange zest and lightly smoked notes that fade into the background with a smoky herbal hops bitterness that is perfect for this fine sipper. Very nice mouth feel with medium to low carbonation and a warming, moderately hoppy, sweet finish touched with smoke. An excellent example of taking a style to it's limits and making something more of it. Very nice. A new favorite from Stone which I hope they brew again.


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Photo of corby112
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, bright golden orange color with slightly lighter edges and a two finger white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Good retention, taking a while to settle with streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Visible carbonation bubbling up.

Slightly smoky aroma with an earthy wood character that's nicely integrated into the saison elements. I was worried that it would overpower everything but it's pretty delicate with hints of wood, charcoal, grilled meat and liquid smoke countered by peppery spice, funky farmhouse yeast and crisp light fruit. Smoke and wood character along with pepper, coriander, grassy, spicy hops, musty funk and bread/yeast. Light fruit sweetness with hints of strawberry and cream, rhubarb, apple and pear. Subtle booziness. As a big fan of smoke beers I kind of wanted more in the nose but the aroma is nicely balanced with a decent amount of saison character. Smells pretty good.

Medium body with tight carbonation but the mouthfeel is pretty soft and delicate. The beechwood smoked malts are a bit stronger than in the aroma but this beer is still decently balanced with nice saion flavors. Slightly dry with lingering delicate smoke flavor giving off hints of burnt wood, charcoal, bacon BBQ, liquid smoke and subtle peat. Really nice smoke flavor along with some charred wood that's reminiscent of some of the lighter schlenkerla offerings. Smoke and wood are prominent and although this is stronger than the aroma suggests, it's not completely overpowering. Saison notes are slightly muted but there's still a strong peppery spice presnce and subtle farmhouse funk. Dry brett character shows a bit more as it warms but it's somewhat faint. The peppery spice compliments the smoke/wood and is followed by bread, yeast and light fruit sweetness. A touch of citrus along with apricot, grapefruit and apple. Some boozy sweetness in the finish but the high ABV is excellently masked making this well balanced beer dangerously drinkable. Has more smoke than the aroma, which I like, but the saison characteristics could be a bit stronger. Otherwise it's really solid experimental take in the style.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: 22 oz bottle, orange, white head, cloudy

S: oranges, smoke, yeast, complex alcohols

T: tart tangy, smoke, oranges, coriander

M: sticky, strong

O: moving story behind this beer

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Everyone at Stone recognized Matt's prowess and passion for brewing. He loved to explore all beer could be, rather than limit himself or his brews to accepted parameters. To wit, he crafted the beer you hold in your hands, a Belgian-style saison he conceived with his Stone friend and compatriot, Brian Bishop. Infused with cherrywood-smoked malt, the beer was dubbed Burning Rosids, referencing the rosid plant family from which cherry trees hail." Brewed in the style of a Saison Ale with Cherrywood-smoked malt added. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft. Brewed in honor of Stone brewer Matt Courtright.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours an amber-white head of a crisp, frothy foam consistency over a moderately hazy sunset amber body with a light, specked sediment in tow and light carbonation. Retention is average and lacing is light and patchy. 3.5

(Smell) Yeast-borne spice, tangy stone fruit undertones, smoked wood and grain, earthy and raw bitterness forward, trace grain alcohol. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Cracker and pale malt body with a reserved sweetness, light tangy fruit backbone, boldly bitter and very dry from smoked wood flavor with a raw bitterness. Yeast undertones of stone fruit, effervescent spiciness, and light grain alcohol creeping in. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, slick, smooth, moderately dry. Carbonation is moderate with a moderate frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium/heavy for the style, medium/heavy overall. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) This is a pretty interesting Saison to say in the least, lots of smoked and toasted wood flavor that generates a lots of raw bitter and tangy stone fruit character, with the slight caveat of intense drying power that makes this a dehydrating beer. I think it's worth a try for anybody interested in experiencing the flavor range of Saisons, as this one really brings a lot of interesting flavor to the table. Kudos to Matt for this unique twist, and Stone for the kind words on the bottle. 3.5

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Matt's Burning Rosids

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love this dont go in expecting your typical saison this has an upfront sweetness that pairs with the spiciness and a slight smokiness a little boozy but I had it on draft.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. L: It pours a brilliant orange tinted amber under a 2” foam cap with very fine soft bubbles. S: This has a saison nose along with some wheat. T: This has a saison nose along with some wheat. It is very smooth and creamy – the attack starts with malt and then smoke and then fruit then a long smokey burst before the long aftertaste composed of smoke and a suggestion of cherry in the background that rises up in the finish. Very faint banana, some bubble gum on the palate. Big alcohol. F: It is very smooth and creamy. Above medium body, medium to a little less on the carbonation for a saison. O: An interesting, unusual, and very drinkable saison.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clearly people that hate smoked beers should not review smoked beers. This is beautiful. Not sure whatit was like fresh but at this moment, it's a great beer. I'll agree, the abv is probably excessive. If you could make something like this at more of a 6% level, I'd regularly consume it. Smoked beers are killer food beers and I can see this pairing well with all manners of hearty food. Has a nice woody sweetness and fruity notes (cherry, apple, even pineapple?).

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Photo of oceanman907
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is much better now than it was at release, much more tempered on the smoke flavor and the aroma has become pleasantly tart and pungent due to the saison yeast, still the look and head is not particularly amazing and the mouthfeel is a little heavy for me. Sill for the abv, this beer is pleasantly refreshing and I have never had another beer even remotely similar so you have to tip your hat to this unique and intoxicating beer.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.04/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

650ml bomber poured into tulip 28/6/15

A murky orange and even after a hard dump down the middle of the glass I only get a short lived finger of foam that leaves no lace

S kinda smells like smoked meat and burnt band aids, I get some fruity notes and yeast, burnt marshmallow, bruised banana, some pepper and booze, but I can't get over the burnt band aids

T not the same level of band aid but still just not doing it for me, reminds me of a smoked malt hefe then a saison, the yeast profiles strange and overwhelmed by smoke

M thick, a little flat, some heat and its pretty big for a saison, fruity smoke lingers for a while

O its not awful but it leaves something to be desired at every point, I'm not having any problems finishing the bottle but ones enough

Saisons are a pretty loose style but this one misses the mark, points for being original but I'm not really feeling this one

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Photo of maximillianp
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't get the smokiness in either the smell or taste, but I do get some oak/wood. The smell has some mineral to it, too. The taste, I can only describe, is a hybrid of Cider + Hefeweizen + Sauvignon Blanc. I'm fascinated by this beer and disappointed it was a limited brew. Fortunately, the local liquor store still has some bottles so I am going to buy the rest and age them a bit to see if that changes the smell/taste. Personally, I definitely recommend this beer.

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Photo of Prasm
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of yeast and cigarette butts, with vanilla and lemon undertones - not real desirable but interesting none the less. In the mouth it's yeast and smoke with a nice creamy mouth-feel. Definitely different, but it works well for me.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Difficult to review
It certainly is a Big Saison.
It's also very smokey and really quite alcoholic - so any zest of saison gets overtaken by alcohol warmth and booze. Too much booze really in the mix and whilst it is complex, it just ends up alcoholic warm.
Ends up a being more of a gimmick than beer, really,

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Photo of chrisjws
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 22oz bottle in a Teku glass

A: Deep, darker orange with a nice finger of head. Slightly hazy.
S: Smoke, belgian yeast, smoked ham, pepper, tiny bit of funky smell.
T: Upfront a nice clean belgian yeastiness, little bit of cherry sweetness, smokiness takes over mid mouth and lingers in the aftertaste.
M: Full mouthfeel with medium to low carbonation
O: Nice saison if you're in the mood to change it up from a more traditional interpretation of the style. Tastes good if you dig smoked beers that aren't overly smokey.

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Photo of Jjski
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Strangely captivating melange of smoke , cherry, saison yeast, and fruity esters.

Sweetish and fascinating. Well done. It does age well, and I'm on fourth bottle in 2 years. I reckon the palate is close to JW Lees English Barleywine.

RIP Matt Courtright.

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Photo of Chico1985
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bomber split between me and Scott. Got this as a birthday gift from Melissa. Thanks!

A - Pours to a tulip glass a nice hazy orange color with a white head.

S - Huuuge smoked ham and wood, salty peppery woody smoky ham. Some dirty citrus, banana, funky straw, bread. Kinda rubbery and boozy.

T - Smoke feels less intense here, but also a little more generic smoke rather than a salty meat thing, which probably works better here actually. Variety of tart fruit, spice, grapes and earthiness. Bread and farmy yeasts.

M - Kind of wild with the alcohol presence but a decent feel otherwise. Lightish and somewhat crisp body with medium-high carbonation.

O - Glad this beer exists and that it supports a good cause, can't say I'm a huge fan of it though. The smoke+saison never really harmonize, both sides seem alright by themselves but just clash, the 10.5% alcohol seems like overkill for this as well.

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Photo of MadCat
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Nice golden color with a good white head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Traditional saison yeast aroma

Taste: More traditional saison yeast flavors, along with some nice cherrywood smoke, not overpowering, enough to compliment the flavors. Finishes dry

Feel: Medium body, full carbonation

Overall: Very good, didn't intentionally age it, but it seems like based on other reviews the age served it well. It is far better than the regular Stone saison.

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Photo of neurobot01
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I originally had this right when it was released, and wasn't particularly impressed, so I set one aside (not in ideal cellar conditions, unfortunately) to see what a little age did.

Look: hazy golden orange, with a small and rapidly diminishing white head. Very fine carbonation.

Smell: smoke up front, with orange marmalade behind.

Taste: cloyingly sweet initially. Some mild esters, but mostly just straight-up sugar sweet. Smoke dominates middle to lingering finish, which is fairly bitter, especially considering the initial sweetness. The smoke is very savory, and a bit lighter somehow than something like Aecht Schlenkerla Urbock.

Feel: quite thick and syrupy. Very dry.

Overall: if you love (sweet) smoked beers or just exceedingly sweet beers, you'll enjoy this. If the saison character came out a bit more and the sweetness were toned down (which is more how I remember it tasting originally), it would be pretty good, but as it is, it's just too sweet and poorly blended for my tastes.

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Photo of Trooper92292
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm starting to grow on Saisons. This would he great for a family gathering or holiday dinner. I could drink this anytime of the year. Rich smell and beautiful color.

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Photo of artdob
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Initially pours a gorgeous orange with an attractive white head, though don't turn away as the head fades quickly. The nose is a carnival of honey, oranges, apricot syrup. The palate is luxurious and warming fading to the ever lightest sour note. Off the beaten path. A nice brew.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Red Racer pint glass. An unassuming orange-yellow amber hue with a light dollop of sudsy white bubbles. Nose is the expected phenolic Belgian spice, subtle smoke, an apple and pear fruitiness, perhaps some slightly fetid prune juice, orange rind, sugar cookie dough. Seems innocent enough. The taste is something else, however, super smoky yet simultaneously sweet and spicy. Overripe orange on the front end, followed by tart pie cherry, peat-like earthy smoke with hints of bacon, more apple/pear, medicinal phenols. Pleasingly thick bodied with low grade carbonation. Curiously sweet finish that comes off like a pile of warm pears with a dash of compost heap. There is a classic saison dry peppery spice struggling to keep up. Absolutely unique recipe, wonderful story on the bottle, and just warm fuzzies all around.

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Photo of t2thebro
5/5  rDev +31.2%

A- hazy deep gold color, small ring of head. No lacing.

S- peaty pale malt. Warm cherries. Almost a cherry pie smell with a bit of Belgian funk.

T- smooth, smokey, sweet, smooth sweet cherry pale flavors with a smokiness lingering and showing up on the back end. A bit of a floral hop in the background.

M- heavy, smooth, satisfying.

O- every part of this beer is prestigious. Lots of variables all working perfectly to make this a truely pleasurable experience. The best saison I have ever had.

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Photo of NSXAG
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Stone Brewing - Matt's Burning Rosids [Imperial Cherrywood-Smoked Saison] (22oz ---> Pint Glass : 10.5 ABV)

"Honoring His Memory - Matt Courthright" as it reads across the neck of the bottle, intrigued me as to who he was - "Imperial Cherrywood-Smoked Saison" as it read beneath the beer's graphics, intrigues me as to what's inside!! It poured a very full gold hue with great clarity beneath an active 2.5 inch light blonde head that dissipated somewhat slowly, leaving minimal lacing... Immediately on the nose is some bready smokiness, accompanied by just a touch of sweetness - but overall an extremely smokey aroma... First taste on the palate is the cherry sweetness, but showing up almost immediately after is the smokey flavor again... Midway the spice really presents itself with lots of cracked pepper and a touch of cinnamon hiding in there also... The finish is, you guessed it, smokey and smooth, but the spiciness almost acts as a buttering element to balance this beer out... It also leaves a bit of funk lingering at the end, as well as a slight alcohol warmth... Mouthfeel on this beer is almost creamy from the well balanced combination of carbonation as well as full flavors, which made for a good vessel to carry this style and flavors... Overall the flavors were full and balanced, and it was a well crafted beer, but I just didn't dig the combination of the flavors as I thought I would... It was similar to a beautifully cooked plate of food in which none of the ingredients complimented one another when combined together... Though not my favorite beer ever, it's a classy tip of the hat to (what seems to have been) an amazing brewer and, more importantly, individual... Another good brew - Cheers!!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle - I'm conditioned to reading the long-winded back labels of Stone products with an air of detached amusement. Here, I feel the urge to go and hug my toddler and wife before the little scamp submits to sleep tonight. Back in a sec.

This beer pours a rather hazy and cloudy, yet bright medium apricot amber hue, with one skinny finger of weakly foamy, and mostly just plainly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a few instances of streaky lace around the glass as things slowly abate.

It smells of smoky, meaty bready caramel malt, medicinal band-aid, cherry cough syrup, zingy earthy yeast, a fresh-hewn tree branch woodiness, a bit of indistinct farmhouse funk, further singed orange and lemon fruity esters, and some musty, leafy grassiness. The taste is fairly fruity - mixed orchard varieties - cherry, natch, lemon, apple, and orange, all - after having endured the cyclical forest fire season. Beyond that, the funky, medicinal, and gamey yeasty characters dominate, over a besieged semi-sweet graininess, and some typical, if equally baffled citrus and green hoppiness, with nary a sign of that 21-proof booze, huh.

The bubbles are quite understated, barely noticeable amongst all that other stuff going on, the body a stolid medium weight, and not really that smooth, so sorry to say. It finishes off-dry, and still overly astringent from the now usual suspects - it's like my palate did a bad, bad, thing, or something, or is associated with a certain M. Ghomeshi, eh?

I know this is a touching tribute to a tragically befallen member of the Stone brewing team, but I just can't get on board with this as a beer - the smoky character is much too much of that acrid medicinal sort, the kind that comes near to bringing up your last meal every other ill-advised gulp. Yeah, sorry Matt, but still, I hope wherever you are right now, you get to drink and brew whatever the hell you like (a bit like it was back here, bazinga!).

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: slight haze; copper colored; less than a 1 finger white head that receded o a thin collar; no lacing;

S: Belgian yeast for a moment, then hickory;

T: fruity up front, but the hickory smoke takes over by mid-palate and dominates to the long lasting finish;

M: light to medium bodied; lightly carbonation;

O: almost no trace of anything saison like; hickory overwhelmed everything else; bottle was 9 months old, which may have altered the flavor profile;

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Matt's Burning Rosids from Stone Brewing Co.
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