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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
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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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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Stone's Matt's Burning Rosids last month for $6.99 at The Lager Mill. This one seems like a pretty interesting beer and I don't think I've ever had a smoked Saison before and I'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a Belgian tulip.

A- The bottle looks pretty nice, I think the look of the bottle goes well with the name. It poured a yellow orange color that took on a darker golden and orange color when held to the light with three fingers worth of creamy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty and patchy lacing behind. This was a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the smoke being the first to show up and it's almost on the border of being medium smokey and it's followed by some sweet malt aroma. Up next comes the Belgian yeast with some citrus rind and banana like aromas coming through. Towards the end comes a little more fruity aromas with some green apple coming through and there's a little bit of spicy and earthy hop aromas. This beer has a decent aroma, I like the smokey aspect, but the Saison aromas were a little dull and sweet.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the sweet malts being the first to show up and their followed by that Belgian yeast that imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma with citrus rinds showing up the most this time and the banana shows up a little in the background along with a slight green apple flavor. Up next comes the same amount of smoke that I got in the aroma with a slightly boozy flavor that's a little warming and it's followed by the hops that impart a spicy flavor and a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness with a sweet fruity, lightly smokey and Belgian yeast like aftertaste. This was a decent tasting beer, but I thought the sweetness and the alcohol showed up a little more then they needed to.

M- Not the smoothest, a little boozy, a little cloying, a little sticky, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was decent, but it was a little too thick and sticky for me.

Overall I thought this was decent beer and a decent example of a Saison and a pretty unique example of the style, but it's not really how I prefer my Saisons, they call it a Imperial Saison and I would say that's what I would call it too, it reminds me a little of Brewery Vivant Zaison with the higher sweetness and noticeable alcohol. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it wasn't too smooth, it was a little thick, a little boozy, little cloying, a little filling and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention, I think half the bottle is a good amount for me, I think the whole bottle would start to wear on me after awhile. I think this would be a good beer to enjoy in the fall time. What I like the most about this beer was the smoke aspect, it worked well with this beer and it wasn't overpowering. What I like the least about this beer was the sweetness and alcohol, they were both a little too high and I felt like they both held this beer back. I don't think I would buy this beer again, it's priced nicely, but I just don't feel the need revisit it again. I can't say I would recommend this beer. Overall I wasn't too impressed with this beer, I did like the smoke aspect, but the imperial Saison base wasn't as good as I thought it might be and left me wanting more flavor and less sweetness and alcohol. It's not my favorite Stone beer and it's for sure my not my favorite Saison and when it comes to imperial Saisons I would rather have Brewery Vivant Zaison instead. Better luck next time guys, this one just wasn't for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 03:44:03 | More by StoutHunter
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51mmz0rz

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Sam Smith pint glass.

A: Medium amber body, perfectly clear mousey white head.

S: Slightly smoky, mostly a balanced belgian yeast and noble hop characteristic.

T: Like a noble hopped saison with a touch of smoke. Some residual sweetness. Strange aftertaste.

M: A little strange, maybe too much body when I'm expecting something crisper.

O: Pushing some style boundries here. Good beer, but they didn't all work for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 00:05:30 | More by 51mmz0rz
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Damn. May have let this one warm too much again. It isn't warm by any means, but I felt like I was getting a lot more overall flavor on the first few sips straight from the fridge. It smells sweet, apples, some Scotch-like smokiness, bit of banana, some alcohol, little clove. Pretty sweet taste, some bitterness, maybe almost tartness. Apple juice, maybe a bit if peach. Think I got the smoke more overall when it was colder, but it is definitely still lingering in the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 04:15:45 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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scottfrie

California

3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a clear glowing amber with a finger of dense off-white head that faded into a bubbly collar.
S: Mild smoke is dominant but not potent, and it is definitely woody as opposed to char, bbq or campfire. Peppery spicy and earthy yeast poke through the smoke, as well as a hint of lemon. Mild overall, definitely a smoked beer but not a smoke bomb. I get a hint of sugary malt and alcohol as well; perhaps even a touch of sweet fruit.
T: Not as smoky as the nose. Saison yeast and earthy spices come through nicely and are accentuated by light notes of woody smoke, sweet sugary golden fruits and stone fruits, candied fruit, and mild booze. The finish has hints of cantaloupe and spice, and the aftertaste is sweet, boozy and lingering. Definitely a strong take on a saision.
M: Full body, soft and fluffy carbonation is airy and froths up on my palate, with a thick, slightly boozy mouthfeel. A bit tingly as well.
O: Pretty good. Good use of smoke to add complexity rather than dominate. I liked it as is but it’s a bit boozy and heavy. A few alcohol points lighter would probably be slightly more enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 03:16:15 | More by scottfrie
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

- Cherry wood smoked saison.

A: Glowing orange with a hazy, translucent quality and a strong carbonation factor within. Creamy, ivory head retains beyond several minutes with hardly a budge.

S: Sweet smoked grains with some apple-citrus. Lightly smoked orange, pear fruitiness and canteloupe. Finishes with some musky citrus-lemon.

T: Smoky flavor, sweet marzen smoked grains and toasted caramel with some pear and star-fruit citrus. Floral hops, orchard like, grapefruit peel and some dry orange grinds. Mid-level smokiness of cherry wood with a solid level of flavor. Warming toasted flowery hops.

M: Creamy mouthful, spicy, dry, tingly (could of used more snap and sharpness) with a moderate warmth of alcohol.

O: Overall like this, the alcohol and dry fruitiness overtakes the initial smoky appeal mid-drink but still maintains enough presence to give this a well rounded, crisp, and bold flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 23:19:09 | More by beerthulhu
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/20/2013. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, banana, pepper, clove, honey, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, light wood smoke, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester, malt, and light-moderate smoke notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, banana, pepper, clove, honey, wheat, bread, wood smoke, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy peppery yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, pear, apple, banana, pepper, clove, honey, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, wood smoke, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice robustness and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester and pale/smoked malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and lightly slick/crisp/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice smoked saision style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast ester and bready/smoked malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 03:55:20 | More by superspak
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jellikit

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: yellow-yellow/orange. Thin head. Lacing of tiny bubbles. Clear.
S: esters from yeast
T: Strong alcohol, classic saison, but big. itter at end. Big yeast presence. Spicy. I could not taste the cherry wood smoke.
M: highly carbonated.
O: Good Saison. Not great. Too hoppy for this style.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 22:20:37 | More by jellikit
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

mostly picked up for the price (only $6.99) but also for that damn heart crushing story.

A - Pours a bright yellow orange very hazy with a mild 1/4 inch of head that fades to nothing.
S - No real smokey smells in the beer smells like any other triple or saison I have had before. For what it's worth it's not very heavy either.
T - Well the flavors are kind of meshed strong yeasts mildly fruity and dry mesh with oaky (cherry?) wood taste, not overpowering and finishes off with some orange fruity goodness. Its decent enough.
M - Not as heavy as I expected and the ABV is well hidden. Medium bodied and kind of chewy.

Overall it's a decent one off with a high octane ABV but I don't think I would drink it again. Still it was a great and balanced experience.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 04:59:50 | More by DrDemento456
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a snifter. The brew appears a hazed golden copper color with an offwhite cap 2+ fingers strong that fades back to a thin film. Stringy lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma opens strangely fruity and tropical to herbal with a firm smokiness. Under the fruited quality is a touch of clove and yeastiness. The fruit plus sweetness coupled with smoke makes for a unique combo that is very atypical of a saison.

The taste is fruity with almost a woody quality before the smokiness sets in. Herbal to fruity bitterness is there with a bold alcohol aspect. The flavors are not terrible, they just dont mingle well together. The phenolics are mild compared to what I was expecting.

This is quite a mishmosh clashing brew. Very boozy and strangely sweet/tropical with a lot of smokiness. As it warms, some phenolic plastic notes come out taking this in an even stranger bad direction. I really wanted to like this but the "imperialized" aspect of it was sadly focused too much on characteristics I dont like (plastic, sweetness, etc.)

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 14:40:06 | More by stakem
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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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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip.

3.5 A: Clear light orange color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is average and a good bit of lacing is left.

4.25 S: The nose is aggressive, complex, and interesting as hell. The cherrywood comes through super strong, but surprisingly it's more fresh than smoked. Persimmon, wildflowers, honey, peaches, lemon, straw, and peppery Belgian yeast. I like it quite a bit.

4.0 T: Taste is like the nose, except it may be even stronger. Wildflowers, honey, lemon, peach. The yeast offers a great deal of pepper and a few hints of clove. Funky straw with hints of earthiness. Again the cherrywood is interesting and makes this brew one to live for.

4.0 M: Medium body. Pleasant spritzy carbonation. Active on the tongue and super smooth.

4.25 D: I'm not often impressed by Stone, but this is a damn good beer. I think I'll be buying another one.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 01:08:00 | More by DavoleBomb
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brilliant deep amber hue with a creamy off white head (looks like orange blossom honey). Fine carbonation in this one makes for some tiny bubbles and intricate lacing. Aroma great smoked malt qualities the label indicates it's cherry wood smoked saison, so far that's accurate. Smoked meats including bacon even though it just the smoked wood quality, fruit based ale really nice smelling Belgian style base beer. Nothing screams Saison on the nose, but the palate has enough spicy citric edge and yeast phenolics to make it all appropriate. Stone always struggles with Belgian styles, but this is good for what it is juicy fruit malt bases, spicy yeast, citrus zest, and lingering smoked malts this is one of the better Belgian style ales I've had from them...too bad it was bottled on the terms of such a tragic event. I definitely realize that life is too short, but what and the hell happened at the brewery for the brewer Matt Courtright to have passed away, it must have been a freak accident. Mouthfeel has a very appealing crisp yet bitter orange peel zest that lingers with the spicy yeast and spice additions throughout each sip, some would say it tip toes into a cloying realm but quickly backs out the carbonation is not as fine and champagne like as some of the effervescent Belgian style Saisons, which leaves a bit of residual sugars between each sip lying heavy on the palate. Overall, I enjoyed the complexity and different approach to a saison with the smoked cherry wood qualities really bringing the bacon like meat out in the aromatics.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 00:35:17 | More by WVbeergeek
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bnes09

Illinois

3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent orange color. Rich, creamy head on the pour. Good retention with lots of little lace critters.

Wheat and yeast aroma. Spicy cloves. Pleasant smoky character.

Smoke flavor hits the tongue right away with a mild sausage-like quality. Study, muffin like malt backbone. Assertive herbal hop with hints of cloves. Mellow yeast in the end.

Medium to full bodied. Well carbonated. Somewhat grainy texture, most likely from the wood.

A unique beer. Innovative for sure. Just a little different from my classic view of a saison.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 00:01:43 | More by bnes09
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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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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.48/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Served in a tumbler.

It's been a while since I've had a nice smoked beer, so let's go after one from Stone, eh? It pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises determined-yet-mild cherrywood smoke, vague Belgian yeast, straw, light toffee, and a few twists of lemon. The taste derails things significantly. I like the fact that the smoke is all up in your face and such, but it's combined with Stone's characteristically crappy Belgian yeast strain, which adds some muddled spices, tangerine juice, mild earth, and almost Brett-like straw to the proceedings. Suffice it to say, this is unwelcome by itself and downright intolerable when provided with a heaping helping of smoke. There's clashing, and then there's CLASHING. Take a stab which one I experienced here... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this beer shows why Stone needs to ditch its awful Belgian yeast. It ruined what could have been a perfectly decent beer, especially given the thickness and quality of the smoke (when taken alone, it was pretty damn good). I'm likely gonna be skipping Stone's next few Belgian-inspired recipes just in case...

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 18:35:40 | More by TMoney2591
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seand

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear amber with a small amount of white head, which dissipates to nothing, leaving little to no lacing.

S: Honey hoppy malty sweetness.

T: A nice balance between the sweetness and the hoppy note; aftertaste is on the hoppy side but otherwise you're getting both flavors in a pretty good balance.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall, pretty good, and worth trying, but it's not something that I feel I need to have again right away either.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 02:13:23 | More by seand
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a smaller fizzy head fades pretty quickly, light lacing, clear nectar honey orange color.

Nose brings interesting unique smoke, little smoked light density wood, some fruity notes, smoked apple and maybe apple wood, then eventually it becomes obviously cherry wood, with mild chewy spicy rye like malt, grainy too, some grassy earthy herbal hops. the smoke Isn't too intense, def there but nicely rounded and fruity wood.

Taste brings smoke again right off, a little briny intense smoke but not too harsh or intense, nice cherry wood note with fruity character, and little smoked apple again too. Then little sweet candy malt, almost like smoked maple and sweet syrupy candy, little spicy note maybe rye or maybe the saison spices, with a little grainy toasty grassy hay malt base, bit of the saison spices, and mild smoked lemon too. Light, very light herbal hop note. Finish is syrupy and sticky, mild warming booze finally cuts through, more bitterness shrug herbal earthy hops, lemon peel, and more smoked malt flavours.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, bit sticky and syrupy, decent carb, hint of warming booze mostly towards the finish.

Overall pretty interesting and unique. Nice smoke characters with that fruity cherry wood and smoked apple, interesting saison when it finally comes through later, the candy syrupy notes are not my fav but don't last too long, booze is mostly hidden well, pretty good though.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 01:20:08 | More by jlindros
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msquared36

Ohio

3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden and clear. Very little head and lacing.

Aroma is smokey and fruity.

Smoke is predominant, kind of stale tasting. Other than the smoke, the taste is bright and fruity.

Not a huge fan of the beer on its own. The smoke tastes like it doesn't belong. But along side some cheese and salami, it worked great.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 19:46:52 | More by msquared36
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goochpunch

Texas

2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours out a hazy orange with a thin, white head. Smells faintly of Belgian yeast, toast, pale malts, and, if I really strain my brain and let the bottle descriptor influence me, a TINY bit of smoke. Tastes of sweet, toasty, and grainy malts, estery (while lacking finesse) yeast, dull bitterness, and the faintest hint of smoke. Mouthfeel is kind of sticky and needs more bubbles. Overall, like every other Belgian made by Stone, this is a huge letdown. Won't they just stop making these weak stabs at Belgians?

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 04:16:57 | More by goochpunch
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charlzm

California

2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 16:03:49 | More by charlzm
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TTAmod

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bomber poured into chalice...

A: Kind of a slightly hazy orange gold color with a pretty thin off-white head. Lots of carbonation coming up here. Good lacing. Okay head retention.

S: Good amount of smoke is present in the nose. Belgian yeast, musty basement smell, touch of wood, and a tiny bit of phenols.

T: Slightly roasty throughout. Typical Belgian yeast and hop flavors. Still musty and a touch sour. Not very much happening in the ester department. A bit dry. Finishes a bit smoky and peppery on the back end.

M: Mouthfeel is top notch. Nice, medium body, good amount of massaging carbonation, but not too abrasive. Drinks dangerously easy for 10.5%.

O: This is like the bastard child of a saison and an imperial stout. It works together pretty well, oddly enough. Different, but enjoyable. I don't know who this Matt fellow is, but cheers to him and RIP.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 00:30:59 | More by TTAmod
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle brought back from CA by my reluctant wife, thanks honey you're the greatest!
Pours a deep clear dark golden color with a decent sized bubbly, fluffy off white head that displays moderate retention. Aromas of cherry campfire wood with a fair amount of spicy and clove scents. I also get a bit of caramel, grapefruit, and pith in the nose. The flavor is what the aroma promised it would be. I get a spicy almost overly sweet with caramel saison with lots of smokey meaty phenols sweeping in at the end to create a nice balance. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly almost syrupy mouthfeel. I had my doubts about this one but this odd mash up just kind of works.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 23:19:54 | More by johnnnniee
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Tone

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of citrus hops, alcohol, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, slight spices, and a hint of floral aromas. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, alcohol, pale malt, slight caramel malt, hint of spice, hint of hops, and slight floral notes. Overall, weak appearance, but better aroma, body, and blend.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2014 13:36:02 | More by Tone
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a cloudy yellow/gold with a meringue-like two-finger white head. Nice ringlets of lacing.

S - Strong aroma of banana, clove, lemon, Belgian yeasts, damp wood, and a hint of barnyard funk.

T - Nice, sweet, woody smoke flavor which combines seamlessly with the beers other elements: pink grapefruit, golden apple, hay, honey, clove, and fine ground white pepper. Smoke comes back yet again in the finish, (more and more as it warms) but it's not that artificial "liquid smoke" taste, more of the woodiness imparted to salmon when cooking it on a cedar plank. Booze slightly warming on the tongue but not distracting.

M - Medium bodied, with medium (but soft) carbonation. Oddly creamy and somewhat slick at the same time. Wet clean finish, but then the flavors linger into a bit of a puckering effect. Honestly, I have never had a mouth feel quite like this one.

O - I really enjoyed this. Bold, complex, and non-traditional. I don't usually like saisons, especially when they lean toward sourness, but this one was more sweet and thus, a winner for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 04:48:28 | More by TempeBeerMan
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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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