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Matt's Burning Rosids - Stone Brewing Co.

Matt's Burning RosidsMatt's Burning Rosids

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very good

773 Ratings
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Ratings: 773
Reviews: 157
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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2.48/5  rDev -34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

$6.99 for a 22oz bottle @ BevCo. 10.5%per the bottle. No ingredients or specs per the bottle or website.

Pours out to a slightly hazy orange, forming a voluminous peaking light yellow head with superior retention and lacing, owing to it's brisk carbonation, ~3.25 carbs or so. The nose has the spicy phenolics one would expect for a saison, although the smoke is quite subtle. Pineapple, pear and apricot esters with a little grass and moderate yeast character. Mouthfeel, even at this rate of carbonation is cloying, not quite attenuated enough with a dense, syrupy body. The taste is a recap of the nose, however the smoke is much more noticeable in flavor than in aroma. Hovering in there is a medium firm bitterness. Tart throughout, but more so in the really bad finish. Plenty of bitterness lingers into the aftertaste, which is also pretty bad. A little hot and a little harsh.

This is an interesting beer, but it's just not very palatable. I love rauchbiers and saisons, but this just doesn't work. The smoke, bitterness, phenolics and esters and the crummy mouthfeel just don't sit well together. Perhaps if this were a quality saison with 10% smoked malt, it would work.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 02:45:21 | More by Mitchster
Photo of TMoney2591


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
Photo of WettNutz


2.56/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A - Golden yellow with a red hue, no head, but very pretty
S - Could smell the cherry better than I could taste, smelled of cherry alcohol
T - Initial cherry wood flavor, but a vomit-like finish, not very enjoyable
M - The faster I drank it, the better it tasted, as it wouldn't linger on my palate as long. Could taste a little floral and cherry blossom to it, but again, just reminded me of vomit towards the back of my tongue.
O - I wouldn't drink this beer again. RIP Matt C, but I think if he would have lived long enough to try the finished product, he would have made some adjustments. Or maybe he just liked beer that tasted like this. Too much imperial, and not nearly enough cherry.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 02:04:19 | More by WettNutz
Photo of pants678


2.63/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Golden orange body with a white head.

Wood on the nose is not hidden, still nothing I can pick out as cherry.

I wouldn't call this a saison if I tasted it blind. Not earthy, not floral nor spicy. Fairly hot but the cherry does start to surface. The finish is a little astringent, pretty medicinal. Though the style's misplaced, it's not in anyway muted.

Carbonation seems right.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 22:08:35 | More by pants678
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South Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

On tap at 2014 Most Arrogant Bar Bash (Barleys in Greenvillle, SC).

Pours with a good white head over a medium amber body. Excellent clarity.

Aroma:herbal; too musty/ wet wood.

Flavor: mildly bitter and slightly sour. Aftertaste is a bit unpleasant. Hint of bad wine.

Feel: Good medium-low carbonation. Smooth.

O: weakest of about 12 beers sampled at this Stone event.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2014 22:49:27 | More by chinchill
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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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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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2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A rare miss from the folks at Stone...at least for me...

Love the idea of this but the execution didn't hit the mark... the smokiness works in the aromas but it shifts this seriously in the taste dept and I didn't get it... the smoke battles with the funkiness of the base beer and muddles everything together...

I wanted to like this beer as its everywhere around here right now... but I wont be getting this one again.... I don't see how age will affect this to the positive at all...

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 17:17:27 | More by Tilley4
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District of Columbia

3.04/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

I openly admit, I didn't get this beer. I think it has two parts to it that don't work for me. They might (and given rating, do) work for others, but the point is, in my opinion, this isn't a straightforward beer, so I think it will hit and miss with people.

A: the appearance is a very clear gold-colored beer, with nicely sustaining head
S: floral - with a bit of meadow-like background, citrus - kinda sour (lemony). I do get the smoke notes as well, but the almost seem to interfere than enhance the smell. Regardless, in my opinion, it's a complex nose, but maybe not all to the good.
T/M: The beginning taste start towards a lighter beer, with a bit more dry bitterness than a normal "light" beer. The sour notes from the smell come it subtly from there. There is a funkiness that I have noticed in the few sours I have had, but it is fleeting.

The smokiness comes in to take over, and this is where, in my opinion, the beer falls apart. If it had continued on the path towards sour, I think I would've enjoyed it more. The smokey flavor is actually decent, but paired with the opening flavors of this beer, it's akin to orange and toothpaste, to me (but not THAT bad).

O: to me, a bad match of two independently decent flavor profiles.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 05:19:19 | More by cjgiant
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3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: golden amber
S: Peppery, earth, very nice saison spiciness and the faint aroma of smoked malt was excellent. Made me eager to taste.
T: Somewhat hot & boozy, not sweet, but not dry either, and with a fairly heavy feel, combined with the alcohol, which I think contributed to the sweet perception
M: Big, a little much for a saison, me thinks
O: Loved the aroma and what they were going for. I think a smoked saison will work yet, however this one seemed to lack follow through with the palate. Maybe going imperial isn't always the best decision.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 21:49:52 | More by thezach
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3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with unappealing label and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local Texas bottle shop and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given the brewery - whose work tends to disappoint and who may well be the most overrated brewery period.

When news of Matt's death hit the forums, many were outraged when I predicted on the spot that Stone - more marketing company than brewery - would find a way to capitalize on it (and I even predicted it'd be a smoked beer, ironically). Well, here it is. All dressed up under the auspices of tribute. (They're "contributing funds" to charities, but are they contributing ALL funds? See Framboise For A Cure for an example of how legitimate beer for charity is done). And no one seems outraged except me that this actually happened!

Reviewed as a smoked saison because the label identifies it as such (we'll ignored that "imperial" marketing nonsense). 10.5% ABV.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Okay thickness and creaminess. Okay frothiness. Average retention - about 2 minutes. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a translucent semitransparent orange-copper of above average vibrance. Clean; no floating yeast particles are visible - not quite what you'd expect from a traditional saison. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's pretty average for the style and seems a bit too filtered. Far from unique or special.

Sm: Way overhopped for a saison. Floral hop character, mango, bubblegum.

I do pick up on the cherrywood smoke, which is delightfully subtle and well-integrated, but does still run against the saison character.

Speaking of which, where is it? No subtle white pepper, no milky notes, no intricate Belgian yeast, no funky brettanomyces...this doesn't smell like a saison. Outright. It does feature some unsuitable pale malt, caramalt, and seemingly some honey?

A pleasant aroma of mild strength, but a poor one for its purported style. Alcohol is noticeable.

No yeast character or off-notes are detectable.

The cherrywood is nice.

T: I'm making the call - from the first sip - to continue reviewing this as a rauchbier. The cherrywood is lovely, with just a hint of smoke. It's not as harsh or ashy as many rauchbieren, and the cherrywood is an excellent complement to the Belgian pale malt build. It's hopped fairly aggressively for a rauchbier or saison, with plenty of floral character. Still, the malty sweetness helps keep a decent balance and cohesion, though the flavour profile never feels very intricate or complex. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour (though the intensity is below average for a rauchbier)

I like it in a general sense, but nothing about this suggests it's a saison.

No yeast character or off-flavours come through, though it does have some mild alcohol warmth.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. Clean. Decent thickness. Medium body. Unrefreshing. Has a nice presence on the palate, with a pretty good weight for a rauchbier.

Not astringent, harsh, oily, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Overall, this texture suits the taste well in a general sense, but doesn't truly complement it or coax out its nuances.

Dr: A drinkable rauchbier and a failure of a saison, Burning Rosids is an enjoyable brew when taken outside of style conventions and features some impressively subtle cherrywood smoking. I'll have no trouble finishing this bottle alone, but I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners.

I do think it's regrettable (and frankly reprehensible) Stone released this beer the way they did (and notice how they cranked it out so quickly after Matt's death - which leads to other more disturbing questions).

Stone's deplorable marketing tendencies aside, this is an above average beer worth trying, but I wouldn't get it again - there are superior rauchbieren available at or below this price point, and they don't pretend to be saisons.


Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 02:28:52 | More by kojevergas
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3.14/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Attractive orange-tinged golden color in the Duvel tulip. Eye-opening aroma of brisket marinade. One of the smokiest brews I've had.

Major house on fire here. At least it's a sweet smoke, but I can't help thinking this is some kind of barbecue sauce. Bitter finish that doesn't go away. Light body with maybe some malt but it's hard to tell. Intriguing, (like why would they bottle this) but barely drinkable.

This seems like another of Stone's wretched excess series. I'm serious, just a dose of this in an old school malt liquor would be the bomb. Call it Devil Night, the whiff of abandoned houses burning all over the hood. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Olive Tree Market in Ocean Beach.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 06:31:12 | More by mactrail
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3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear, a bit more gold than orange, with a thin skim of fine white bubbles coating the beer and forming a collar. Decent staying power for what's there, with the support of a constant stream of bubbles rising through the beer. A bit sticky on the sides of the glass too. Spicy aroma, peppery with some bubblegum and fruity sweetness, smoke and sour graininess. The flavour was a bit harsh. The combination of bitterness with the spice from the Belgian yeast and slight sourness didn't quite work for me. Sweetness balanced things a bit better in the finish, and everything came together a bit better as I worked my way through the bottle. A bit of warmth in the finish too, slight alcohol and floral character. Medium body, some slickness - texture didn't blow me away. Overall, a fair beer, but not one that I'd be excited to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 23:25:23 | More by DrJay
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Bubbly, large bubbles, bright yellow.

Smell: Peppery and spicy.

Taste: Odd. Odd. Odd. Smokey, sweet, not particularly balanced. Some fruit and heavy-handed finish. This is all over the place. Bluh.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkability: Not my cup of Saison.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 20:21:26 | More by jjh19
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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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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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3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a crystal clear dark golden color. Fizzy white head.

Nose: Pepper, earth, yeast, bread. The cherrywood smoke comes in at the end.

Taste: Pepper and some lingering maltiness. There is a well hidden alcohol heat in the back. The foamy maltiness sticks around for a while giving you a complete mouthfeel.

Notes: i do not know who Matt was, but he created something cool here.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 06:16:16 | More by travolta
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3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Aroma: Yeasty, bready.

Appearance: Very light amber, clear, small white head.

Flavor: Strong, weird burnt fruity.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, dry alcohol finish.

Overall: Not very good, the flavors just don't belong together. It has a weird toasty/burnt fruit flavor mixed with a harsh alcohol that just does not hit my palate right. Would not buy again. $5.99 for 22oz.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 17:38:53 | More by buzzardman
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3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stone's Matt's Burning Rosids, imperial cherrywood-smoked saison. 10.5% ABV.

A: A finger's fluffy head. Pretty golden orange color.

S: The first thing that comes to my nose is cherry (or cherry wood, I suppose). Some floral notes (I want to say cherry blossom, but I'm not that knowledgeable about flowers), more towards flower petals. Very slight sourness.

T/MF: Char or charcoal, burnt caramel, mild acidity which is sharper towards the tip of the tongue. Aftertaste is a lot of smokey char. Booze is well disguised.

Not really what I was hoping for.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a clear beer mug.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 06:18:53 | More by TruePerception
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3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This is quite a sweet “saison” with very minimal smoked tones to it. Please note that I wrote it as “saison” because it really isn’t. This is much more a Belgian ale. If it were noted as such, I’d be rating a bit higher. As it is, the smoked tones are really accents at best, and barely that. Thick sweet character overall. A decent drinker, but not blowing me away. Good as a one and done.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 18:09:44 | More by RblWthACoz
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3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This had the color of a San Diego sunset with a combination of orange and yellow. The head was reminiscent of a wisp of white clouds in that sunset.

The aroma is a little watery but has some Apple, pear, and peppery spice. Clove, yeast, and an airy lemon end the nose.

All I get is cloves on the tongue as it has a peppery, spicey, clovey yeast flavor. I got very little else; No Apple, no pear no fruity flavor at all.

The feel is dry, a touch spicy and a little more carbonated than usual.

I feel like this is a personal palate issue as all I get is clove and that seems to be one of the least desirable flavors in a Saison.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2014 00:38:30 | More by KYGunner
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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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3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Stone Company Store in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, smoke, fruit, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour malt, smoke, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and acidic mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a fairly subdued smoke presence in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2014 03:08:59 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange amber color with a small cap of white foam.

Smells of fruity and smoky notes.

Tastes of the sweet and tart fruits layered with smoke. Fruits lead off with apple and pear along with some white grape with a little tartness. A touch of grainy sweetness comes through to support the fruit. Smoke comes next and adds some depth, although I can't say I like the combination too much. Finishes a little spicy and brings it back to the typical saison feel.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, I only kind of like this. I think Stone hit the profile they were looking for, but it isn't a great combination of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 02:47:25 | More by ocelot2500
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3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a a pretty very lightly hazy peach yellow color with a descent white head from an aggressive pour. Nice to see a few bubbles slowly rising to the head, some lace left behind.

Aroma is tart smoke, lol kind of. Lots of good fruit notes lemon grass, orange, green apple with good dry earthy spice notes and yeast notes through out on a lightly bready malt base. Very tart smelling almost like it has some brett mingled in.

Taste is is well a let down from the nose. A good dose of bready malt, Earthy smoke notes, lots of funk notes moving to big spice notes in the finish. Dry lightly tart fruit is way under neath the funk and spice for me. I would find this much more enjoyable if all the fruit in the nose came through in the taste but it does not.

Mouthfeel is light medium with fairly mellow carbonation for a saison.

Overall looks great, smells great, tastes eh would not buy this again. But if you like smokey funk maybe it will wow you.

Serving type: bottle

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