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Matt's Burning Rosids - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,090 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,090
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 10
Gots: 108 | FT: 4
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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Photo of rawfish
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with the workplace buddies, a cheers to Matt and the ingenuity of brewers and we are off.

Pours light copper with stunning clarity, a thin dense cap of white suds forms. The small soapy film atop the beer never goes away, neither does it leave any lacing.

In a word unique, I was immediately hit by the smoked cherry wood malt a subtle bit like cured meats but the rest of the beer is decidedly saison. The yeast and spices impart pepper, clove, orange citrus. As the beer warms it gets a bit funky with the spice and smoke making something akin to leather and new shoes.

Smokey and charred malt imparts a meaty and earthy cloud that encompasses the more typical saison flavors. Malt profile provides some whole wheat toast sweetness, yeast is fruity (apples and stonefruit) with saison coriander and clove spices. Finishes earthy and bitter leaving only the smokiness from the malts on the palate.

Medium heavy but that could just be because of the muted carbonation. Decently drying and moderate earthy bitter finish.

A very complex beer, kind of funky once it gets too warm but the smokey malts are highlighted really well. RIP Matt Courtright.

rawfish, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of brewski09
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

picked up today from a local bottle shop. poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A - dark golden with a mild light brown hue. 2.5cm light beige head that mostly dissipates rather quickly. crystal clear.

S - Belgian yeast for sure. nice damp hay. mild floral hoops underneath it. a well balanced aroma profile. a mild smokiness here that just teases the package. others that have noted a fruitiness to the aroma aren't wrong. it's not that strong and hard to pinpoint exactly what it is, but it's like the pits of cherries more than anything.

T - wow. stone fruits, apple (not green apple, more like a Fuji or gala apple). these are from the yeast and the cherrywood smoked malts I think. I would consider a blend of years on this one (wlp530 and a saison yeast). the smokiness is more pronounced here, but not overdone at all. beautifully balanced.

M - this is a bit less carbonated and fuller bodied than I would have expected. usually Saskatoon's are fermented pretty dry and carbed higher than this. I'll give some least for the imperialization of this beer though.

O - this is one of the most unique beers I've had for quite some time. wonderfully balanced and it pushes you to challenge your preconceptions on what beer can be by tweaking styles and blending styles. not sure if I will get another bottle, but I will definitely tell everyone to try it.

thank you sooner for making Matt's beer

brewski09, Feb 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

jemarent, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of ericlawton007
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

ericlawton007, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of MaineBrewing
4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A - poured a brilliantly clear pale color with orange accents. Three quarter finger loose large bubbled head dissipated quickly. Not much for lacing, which is a surprise for stone I always find their brews provide bountiful lacing.

S - aroma of fruity Belgian esque yeast esthers, citrus, peppery. Slight sourness.

T - taste is very complex, not overpowering in any sense but there is a lot going on. There's a nice biscuity malt flavor that is quickly swept up by mouth filling fruity yeast bouquet that lingers through the finish that ends In a quenching bitter. Smoked notes in the finish as well, the smokiness completes this brew. The whole experience lingers on the pallet for a while, makes me want more.

M - thick n syrupy, low carbonation for a Saison, but that's ok. This thing is smoothe and just damn good, the 10.5% is no where apparent. Would peg this at 7% tops if I haven't of read the bottle. Well done.

O - it is sad that they had to make this beer, I enjoyed it in partial silence as I sat in front of my fireplace. That being said, I do hope they make similar Saisons in the future. Or at least in the vein of this one. Maybe this is out of bounds, and not a good example sure... a little too hoppy and a little too much alcohol. But pioneer on stone, keep coming up with this stuff...it's delicous.

MaineBrewing, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of jschott75
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

jschott75, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of csmalley
4.25/5  rDev +13%

csmalley, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of DrStiffington
4/5  rDev +6.4%

DrStiffington, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of bluejacket74
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.

bluejacket74, Jan 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

mhbarber, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of Chaney
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dang….. didn't realize this thing was 10.5% before I bought it.

Served in a Schlafly tulip.

A: Damn near crystal clear, bright orange color, with a tinge of darkness thrown in. Icky, sticky head on top of this as well.

S: Definitely got the cherries. This reminded me of Troegs Mad Elf in more ways than one. Damn near spitting image on the nose: Belgian strain, fruit, etc.

T: Okay, now the departure from Troegs' holiday offering comes. Definitely a good deal of wood smoke here. I would have tagged this as Belgian Strong vs. a saison, but hell, I guess they're kinda the same. The wood dominates this one, as it should. That's right, no real chamomile, coriander, or anything of that sort present, just good old fashioned Belgian yeast, some smoked wood, and a good bit of floral notes.

M: Just the right amount of sweetness and infinitely enjoyable in that regard. Lots of lacing left on the glass, and very comfortable on the palate.

O: Very memorable, unique, and a fitting tribute to a beloved member of the Stone Brewing team. RIP: Matt Courtright. :(

Chaney, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of wmountz
4/5  rDev +6.4%

wmountz, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of Oakenator
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Oakenator, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +6.4%

BEERMILER12, Jan 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

jsurfs82, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of travolta
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.

travolta, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of cxr1037
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just picked this up from Trader Joe's. I was familiar with the tragic backstory and had been wanting to try this since I first heard about it. I love saisons and I'm just starting to try more smoked beers. Here we go!

APPEARANCE: Golden dark amber, capped with about 3mm of white head.

AROMA: The traditional saison aromas break through - pepper, earth, yeast, bread - then the cherrywood smoked malt really pops out. But it's not like someone dumped a rauchbier into a saison. It's a smokey, rubbery scent (kind of like new tires). I think the fine balance here has been struck. At the end of it all is some floral/citrus zest.

TASTE: The aroma follows through almost perfectly, though. The saison elements shine - pepper, earth, yeast, bread - and then, the cherrywood smoked malt pops through, bringing a subtle sweet smokiness. I also get reminiscent of a dish my girlfriend made once - liquid smoke, pecans, and sweet potatoes, drizzled in maple syrup.

MOUTHFEEL: Well carbonated, medium body that lightly coats the mouth. The alcohol in this one is fairly well hidden.

FINISH: Minimal alcohol presence near the back of the throat. Low-key, but lingering sweetness that lasts for a good 30 seconds.

OVERALL: If I wanted a saison, I would not reach for this beer. While it exhibits elements of traditional saisons, it's too strong and the cherrywood smoked malt adds a unique set of flavors. That being said, I think this is a fantastic beer, and great for cold (disclosure: I'm in San Diego and it's 61F right now at 10PM) nights. Where I would definitely recommend this beer is for a) people who want to get into smoked beers, and b) people who like rauchbiers.

I will gladly buy this again.

RIP Matt Courtright! I didn't know you, but I wish you were still around to make more beers like this.


cxr1037, Jan 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

GRG1313, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of SadMachine
4/5  rDev +6.4%

SadMachine, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

TheMultiYeast, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

alienlifeforcecube, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of JohnnyMc
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

JohnnyMc, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of rangerred
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip out of a 22oz bottle. A smoked Saison, two of my favorite styles paired together. Can't wait!

Pours a crystal clear dark gold with a fizzy one finger white head. Head retention and lacing are not all that great but that can almost be expected of a beer of this strength.

There is a pleasant smokiness on the aroma married with spicy pear and apple along with just the slightest bit of funk. I really like that the smoke is not overdone here.

A good deal of smoke with the flavor but not enough to mask the definite Saison character underneath. Lots of fruity spice along with just the slightest bit of barnyard funk. Dry finish with just some extra bit of dryness on the back of the throat.

Overall, Stone did a very good job with this brew. A love the marriage of styles here and it works so well. I will probably pick up another bottle of this.

rangerred, Jan 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

MichPaul, Jan 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

siege06nd, Jan 30, 2014
Matt's Burning Rosids from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,090 ratings.