Matt's Burning Rosids - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 208
Hads: 1,246
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 12
Gots: 153 | FT: 4
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: DerrickW on 01-03-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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

decent beer, great cause. this is born from a terrible tragedy, but its a nice way to honor the man here. very strong saison type, not nearly as smoked as i wish it was, sometimes it takes a lot of cherrywood smoked malt to get the desired result. definitely well short of a smoked beer like a ranch, but it gives this saison an additional earthy factor along with the yeast. my problem with it is how sort of average it all is, not as distinct as the tagline that sold me, and honestly its way too strong. its a bottle of beer that is just too much, even half a bomber with a buddy is more of this than i really want. however, i appreciate how light it feels, i mean, you don't taste the alcohol at all, and its so brilliantly carbonated that it never really shows its true meat. nice clear color for a saison too, usually these have quite a bit more haze to them. overall a special release from stone is always worth trying, especially with a story like this one, but it could be improved with a more robust smoke profile, and with an abv down in the 8% range.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev 0%
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours from a bomber bottle a clear orange with a solid two-inch thick white head with good retention and yields sheet and splotchy lace.

N: Typical saison yeast, rustic, smoked malt is faint but present, slight orange citrus, herbal, hay/grassy and mild spices.

T: Yeasty up front, estery, subtle smoked malts, well balanced, mildly sweet, on warming the smoke becomes more dominant.

M: Moderate body and semi-full carbonation. Finishes dry, smokey and yeasty.

O: An interesting creation. Cheers Matt!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.54/5  rDev -33.3%
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...

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Photo of jlindros
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
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.


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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
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.)

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Photo of Gavage
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Looks perfect. Saison like qualities, with a dry, fruity smoke. Floral and spicy more than anything. Moderately bitter and smokey. Light to medium bodied, crisp with a small bite. Dry and very good. This works. Alot going on but it works.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Matt's Burning Rosids from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.