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Matt's Burning Rosids - Stone Brewing Co.

Matt's Burning RosidsMatt's Burning Rosids

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very good

761 Ratings
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Ratings: 761
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:
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(Beer added by: DerrickW on 01-03-2014)
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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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3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2014 06:38:35 | More by BEERchitect
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2014 01:33:15 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 00:27:59 | More by oberon
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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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Rhode Island

3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2014 23:30:17 | More by TheManiacalOne
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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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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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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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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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New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a wispy head that settles to some large bubbles that stick to the sides of the glass. No lacing.

Smell: fruits, spice, and some woodiness is very pleasant on nose.

Taste: thick malt presence, a mellow wood and earthiness, green grapes, honey, green apples, coriander, cracked pepper, lemon zest, and a decent bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable and warming.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and almost velvety at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: an interesting slow sipping beer. Full of flavor that has a battle of sweetness, spice, and woodiness that works. Not as refreshing as the alcohol level is quite high, but definitely worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 17:32:34 | More by Gavage
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3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Modest head that leaves little lace (a couple of streaks). The liquid is neutral gold and nearly clear.

Light smoke and dry malt are the prevalent smells. There's a bit of band-aid in the background.

Starts with a light malt presence but quickly gives way to the smoke which dries out the flavor. Very little Saison taste. Alcohol is the strongest aspect at the swallow and the aftertaste. No notable hop. Average body and carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 23:56:47 | More by smcolw
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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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3.13/5  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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New York

3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, bottled 12-20-13.

Pours pretty clear, orangy amber, off white moderate cap, leaves a tiny bubble sheen, thin collar and fine scattered lacing.

On the nose I'm getting some citrus, lite smoke, and some alcohol burn.

Full flavor, robust, complex,brash n bold. Not for newbies or the faint hearted. More lime and pineapple all over the palate. I get most of the smoke in the finish, buts its pretty faint. Mostly its more and more heavy citric fruit, phenols and a sort of burnt band aids under note.

A lot going on and I like it

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 04:35:05 | More by Billolick
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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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3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap the bier stein the other day.

The beer pours a honey amber color with fairly decent head retention and light lacing. On the nose I pick up considerable tropical fruit, which seemed to be dominated by some mandarin orange and light maraschino cherry. There is a noticeable smoked meat aroma as well in this beer that is intriguing. The flavor profile replicated the nose, the beer was a bit sweeter that I was expecting. The tropical fruit really seemed to dominate the flavor profile, though there was also some nice underlying spice (along with the smoke) as well. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, and the finish was clean and moderately long. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and so drinkability is pretty good (though the sweetness wore on me a bit).

An interesting beer, but not one I can see myself being in the mood for all that often.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2014 17:27:59 | More by johnmichaelsen
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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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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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3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to JC for sharing this with me, KG and tenderbranson69 enjoyed chilled in a willybecker.

The color is golden hazed with thick white cap with fine bead and visibly carbonated. The feel smell is yeast with slight phenolic and vinous and herbal aroma. The feel is great, lightly sweet with nice bitterness level gentle yeast creaminess with slight hint of fruity yeast and semi-dry finish.

The taste of this saison has a mild bitter hop aspect with slight yeast and gentle woody element with a light malt taste and slight hint of fruitiness with a light grainy flavor in the background and hint of pepper. The yeast tastes dominates with slight green aspect yet there is a warming tinge of alcohol in the finish. Overall I was pleased to try this, thanks JC, very interesting saison. I was surprised to learn it is over 10%, the warmth is there but in general the feel and drinkability are not effected by the extra strength.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 19:59:10 | More by Slatetank
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3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this in the fridge for a few weeks.... decided to give it a go tonight... Poured into my HotD tulip... slightly hazed golden with a decent white head that leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma is a bit lighter than I was expecting... but when I get a good read it is apple juice/pear cider and sweet wood smoke.. I guess that jives, but I wasn't expecting it to be so clear and also one dimensional... a bit of clovey phenol with warmth so rises sharp EtOH vapors.

The smoke really blooms on the palate, but still jives with what the nose tells us... pretty big-boned estery/stone fruit... plenty of fruitiness but a pretty sharp clove bite seems IMO out of place.. Saison? Not what I would picture, but maybe a BSPA? Smoke essence combines with the phenols and get a bit "bandaid" for my liking... Boozy.

Seems too heavy on the palate to be a saison... perhaps a big-boned BSPA, but even then I don't care for the brew too much.

Nothing but respect and my hope for peace for Matt's family and friends.


Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 06:46:44 | More by JohnGalt1
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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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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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North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, golden color with a low profile, foamy, white head. Ton of carbonation throughout the body. Nose of bubblegum, floral highlights, cloves, woody notes, and a touch of funk. Smells balanced and delicious. Flavors are woody and char forward, with a strong spicy overlay and a toasted grain backbone. Tart berry notes pucker a bit, with a strong floral component. Very dynamic. Light, slightly effervesced body that leaves a great lacing behind. Aftertaste of floral notes, Belgian style funk, and berries. Finish is effervesced, slightly spiced, and pronounced. Very unique and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 01:33:23 | More by GarthDanielson
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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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