Matt's Burning Rosids - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.53/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
01-30-2014 03:08:59 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.85/5 rDev +2.7%
On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY
A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of Belgian yeast and spices are present in the nose along with notes of smoked malts.
T: The taste is much more smokier compared to the smell and is dominated by flavors of the cherrywood smoked malts. Notes of spices are also noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting saison that is relatively easy to drink because the smoke isn't overpowering and adds interesting complexities to the taste.
03-03-2014 01:33:15 | More by metter98
3.8/5 rDev +1.3%
If no other notion about craft beer has been more deeply engrained into my psyche recently, it is the notion that beer is people. Its the stories, its the activity, its the history- all of a culmination of decisions that cause a flavor to exist. And that intent has never carried more weight as does Matt's Burning Rosids. To commemorate the life, passing and the lingering legacy that Matt Courtright left on the craft beer world, this beer is born.
The Belgian-inspired Saison opens with a bright amber-peach color with diffused highlights of gold and orange that cast through the beer's semi-translucent haze. A quick and creamy head rapidly pulls from the body of the ale and caps it with a creamy bone-white head. Much more frothy than zesty, the ale clues us in that it is an American-type farmhouse ale and not the sincerely authentic champage-like appearance of those from Belgium.
Tangy smoke flavors leap out immediately- but here comes the pepper and more earth, then the fruit, the wine and the crisp malt... wave after wave of aromas waft over the nose with everthing from burnt straw, cumin and fennel to musty oranges and limes. All the while a light note of the sea, leather, grass and tea all round out the nose as the first sip lingers just behind.
To taste, its wafer-thin sweetness is of mild honey suckle, whole wheat and maybe a crackle of rye. But the beer's tangy, tart, near-sourish properties take command over the middle where a sense of dried oranges and limes, white grape, apple and papaya all seem of the grilled varieties with the beer's smoked character lurking in the background. Those campfire flavors link up seamlessly with the beer's finish of peppercorn, hay, fennel and cumin.
Adoring the beer's taste and texture, its creamy upstart creates an even fade that casts aside its sweetness and body as the ale trends bitter, dry, spicy and bracingly acidic. Its warm finish is not indicative of its high alcohol strength but does finish warm and pleasantly peppery.
Much like the ale, the memory, life and spirit of Matt will resonate not only in this commemorative ale, but in the taste of all ales that Stone will make here on out. Its a reminder to not only respect the contributions of Matt but to salute all the folks of Stone Brewing in their jobs well done.
02-18-2014 06:38:35 | More by BEERchitect
3.15/5 rDev -16%
Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, orange-gold body with a couple inches of whitish foam.
Smell: Sweet-scented, honeyed nose atop pilsner malts, not altogether much in the smoke or wood department, citrus and orchard fruits, spiciness from alcohol, clove-scented phenols, and other peppery elements.
Taste: Pils and graciously bready malts given a thick, shimmering coating of candy syrup and honey for a full sweetness. Apple, zestful orange, clove-spiked pear, and a little banana give a melange of tangy fruitiness. Light wooden, light smoke accent. Peppery, earthy, herbal tone perks up midway and carries along until the finish. Growing alcohol warmth.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. There's a noted fullness, heaviness to the beverage.
Overall: While I didn't dig the beer, the tribute was welcome and fitting. Felt more akin to a big, beefy BSPA than a saison.
05-05-2014 00:24:17 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.06/5 rDev +8.3%
A cool story on the bottle,pours into a large tulip glass a clear medium golden with a amber tinge,man I love the color and the thick creamy shite head.After a few good swirls I pick up some overipe juicy citrus fruits along with some medicinal and spiced yeast notes.Yeasty and mildly phenolic with some clove spice standing out upfront on the palate,the some comes thru providing some meatiness and rich fruitiness,viney hops linger in the finish.This is a pretty complex and damn fine beer,RIP Matt.
02-08-2014 00:27:59 | More by oberon
2.48/5 rDev -33.9%
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...
03-24-2014 18:35:40 | More by TMoney2591
3.43/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
02-08-2014 18:09:44 | More by RblWthACoz
3.56/5 rDev -5.1%
On-tap 2/26/2014 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a goblet glass.
A: The beer is a light amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains cherries, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts and some spice.
T: The taste starts out with some mildly sweet flavors of caramel, cherries and spices. A touch of smokiness comes in along with some breadiness from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are better choices within the style.
02-26-2014 23:30:17 | More by TheManiacalOne
Matt's Burning Rosids from Stone Brewing Co.
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