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Matt's Burning Rosids - Stone Brewing Co.

Matt's Burning RosidsMatt's Burning Rosids

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762 Ratings
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Ratings: 762
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%

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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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North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber from CM poured into a tulip glass

A - pours a lucid ruby orange with no head, just a thin lace. 2nd glass had a one finger head.

s - first blast of bread and malts, second waft of hints of clove and wood

T - Interesting. Starts out very belgian ale-ish, then finishes with mild smoke and wood. A semi dry tart finish. Cloves and wood take over mid way through. Some fruit (pear/apple/cherry) notes as well.

M - low carbonation, semi slick.

O - Still exploring the style. Heard about this one through the threads here. Good way to show respect.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 00:14:09 | More by Apellonious
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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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3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz commemorative bomber into my Stone IPA flute glass
Notes from 03/02/14

A: Light goldenrod color with active streaming carbonation visible through a chill hazed body. Half finger of some stubborn bone white cream settles on top leaving back a few ribbons and swaths of lace.

S: Meaty smoke up front with a light fruity twist. Seems like the cherry wood does make its way through on the nose which is nice. Belgian yeast spices with banana peel and bubblegum. Finishes out with some Wheat malt underneath giving a grainy husk like note. An interesting mix for sure but all in all it is rather nice.

T: Spiced wheat cracker with ripe golden fruits and some restrained wood smoke. Banana and peppercorns. Getting some caramel or honey malts there. It is sweeter than most Saisons I have tried. The smoke is much more subtle here in the flavor which is nice and the beer has a touch of unexpected bitterness as well. Mildly astringent however it is saved by the sweetness. Tart fruity esters on the back end with some evident alcohol lurking. All things considered this comes together rather nicely and is surprisingly balanced. Enjoying more and more as I drink my way through all 22 ounces.

M: Moderate body with an upper level of carbonation that gives a nice creamy consistency. Touch of mouth pucker from the bitterness and tart flavors. Nice drying efforts with some ABV warmth on the finish. Otherwise fairly clean.

D: Did not think I would enjoy this one as much as I did. I think the Imperial qualities...as in quantities of malt sugars and alcohol really help to pull all of the smoke and yeast elements together. Stone did a nice job on this one bringing balance to what could have been a discordant of flavors.

A good beer for a sad sad situation. A toast to Matt! May he RIP.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 23:26:39 | More by Nugganooch
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New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Three fingers of slightly off-white bubbly head over cloudy pale yellow body. Decent retention and nice lacing.

S - Big sugary malts, orange and apple

T - Huge fruity Belgian notes with lots of woody and smokiness as the label suggests.

M - Medium body with moderate/high carbonation. Very sticky and syrupy.

O - Not a bad drink although I'm not a great judge on the Belgian styles. I enjoyed this but I much prefer bitter IPAs so I won't be picking this up again.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 23:14:04 | More by JAFoley
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North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz. Dark goldish pour, only a thin layer of white head, though there are plenty of bubbles apparent throughout.

Aroma, Stone fruit, peppercorns, light pineapple and caramel. Some barbeque pit minus the meat.

Taste, Sweetness up front, tangerine and stone fruit again. A larger malty component than normal for a saison. Yeast and a peppercorn component follow.
A little herbal bitterness and smoke in the finish. This does build a bit after a while.

Around medium body, enough carbonation, could be a just a tad more. Pretty dry, just a faint warming, still masks that large abv fairly well.
Not quite like anything I've ever had before. The size, the smoked component, worth trying for sure. Just be open minded.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 01:42:13 | More by Bung
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4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 22 oz. bomber of Stone's tribute beer, Matt's Burning Rosids. The beer was conceptualized by Matt Courtright, one of Stone's brewers, who was killed in a brewing accident in 2013. It's really cool to see Stone release a beer to honor the memory of a fallen member of their family. A great gesture by a classy organization. Poured into my Firestone Walker Proprietor's Reserve tulip.

Appearance (4/5): Pours clear, golden/honey-brown, and has a small white head, which reduces to a ring that sticks around for the entire drink. Plenty of alcohol legs on the sides of the glass as you tilt it. Looks really nice in the glass, though it would be nice to see a bit more head, though that may be too much to ask from a non-bottle conditioned, 10.5% ABV saison.

Smell (4/5): Lemon, grapefruit, faint sweet alcohol, and a little cherrywood smokiness. Some clove, wheat-like, and peppery aromas work themselves into the mix as well, undoubtedly a product of the traditional saison yeast used in this brew.

Taste (4.5/5): This beer is anything but traditional though. Right off the bat, I get huge cherrywood notes that ride on into the finish, most pronounced in the semi-dry aftertaste. The cherrywood flavor is not the kind of barbecue, liquid smoke-type smokiness that I associate with traditional German rauchbiers, though. The cherrywood adds a very nice woody sweetness to the beer; on further review, the flavor added by the smoked cherrywood would better described as woody, not smokey. Also unusual are the notes of dark stone fruits that I'm getting from the beer, though I'm not certain what is the cause–the cherrywood, the malts, sweet alcohol, or yeast. This beer does not lack for complexity, and I pick up wheat, lemon, lemongrass, pepper and clove as I drink. The beer opens nicely, as many saisons do, as it warms, and paired great with dinner.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Matt's Burning Rosids is surprisingly drinkable. It's clean and smooth, and does not feel by any means as heavy as 10.5%–but you know it’s a bigger than average beer because of the full-flavor and slightly-thicker-than-medium body. Carbonation on this beer isn't exactly where I would like it–it could be a little more vigorous (too bad Stone didn't bottle-condition the beer)–hence only a 4 out of 5. That's still very good though.

Overall (4.25/5): This beer is very, very well-crafted and really represents well the creativity of the man who brewed it. Well worth the 10+ dollars I paid for it. Check it out.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 00:27:40 | More by hagbergl
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3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stone Brewing Co. - Matt's Burning Rosids, poured into a Lawson's tulip.

Look - Pours a juicy looking orange with a small foamy head that dissipates quickly. Great lacing.

Smell - Sour bretty and cherry wood smoke.

Taste - Heavy malt with some funk sour Brett. Cherry wood finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavy-bodied with low carbonation. Cherry wood smoke rests on top of the tongue. Decent drinkability.

Overall - Kudos for an imperial saison, a few friends dug it more than me, one doesn't like saisons and he liked this. The great thing about brewing is that you can make something YOU like, screw everyone else, and with a tribute such as this, I think that was the point. A fitting tribute to a man who made beers for other people. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 16:16:01 | More by JMScowcroft
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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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3.19/5  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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4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served at "The Yard" Cafe in Greenwood, Seattle, WA.

Appearance: A slightly hazy, lightly-burnt gold. Mostly transparent.

Smell: Very faint saison yeast, pleasant boozy fumes, light smoke.

Taste: abundant saison yeast flavor, heavy smoke, and a pleasant hay-like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and silky, rolls over the pallet like warm honey.

Overall: Excellent execution on a complex brew. I've never heard of an imperial Saison before, nor a Smoked Saison, so it was really satisfying to see Stone execute once again on an eccentric blend of two very distinct styles.

The only criticism is that the aftertaste gets rather unpleasant between sips; the combination of smoked malts, hazy saison yeast, and heavy mouthfeel leave the pallette feeling unpleasantly oily and heavy. With a 10%+ABV, it can be very sedating.

I think this beer might be a little more successful if it wasn't so heavy on booze and possibly used a different saison strain so that the fermentation would be a tad more clean and less oily.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2014 22:37:22 | More by kellydunn
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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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3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz (bottled 12/20/2013) into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy, glowing orange color w/ a soft frothy white head and nice sticky lacing. Looks really nice.

Aroma is a healthy dose of Belgian funk along with a nice floral hop presence. I don't detect much, if any, applewood smoke aroma.

Taste is citrusy and funky, some sweet bubblegum. Still not picking up the smoke, but there's a vague tea-like quality that might be the smoked malt.

Mouthfeel is nicely balanced and soft, with a gentle bitterness on the finish.

Overall a pretty average saison, but it has a nice orange citrus quality that makes it hard to put down.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 00:39:30 | More by draheim
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3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Stone tulip glass

A - This beer is amber in color with golden highlights. It is topped with an inch of off-white head.

S - The aroma is floral and fruity. There is a grassy smell as well as some subtle smoke.

T - It starts out with the floral and fruity taste. I get some bitterness in the middle which segues to a smoky finish.

M - Moderate

O - This beer grew on me as I drank it. It is different and took a little getting used to. I really liked the fruitiness and fruit flavors up front. I think if the smoke was removed it would be a better beer. It is a unique tasting experience, and I am glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 23:56:35 | More by buschbeer
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4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light amber color. Poured a creamy 1 finger head. Awesome trailing and lacing.

S- Big bready intro. Apple, pear, some lemon, banana, caramel, mango, and just a touch of smoke. It also seems like there's a fresh earthy hop presence. A few times I could've sworn I smelled raspberry in there.

T- Apple, pear, biscuity yeast, banana, sweet orange, caramel, pink grapefruit, and burnt wood leads things off. Ever so slightly souring. Earthy hop and big bitter grapefruit make a big showing mid way. Huge bitterness with a nice dash of smoke on the finish. Aftertaste is like grapefruit rind meets burnt bread and charred wood. Very drying.

M- Medium body. crisp carbonation. Semi oily. Intensely drying.

O- I enjoyed this beer. This was one of those that I couldn't drink very often, but I knew damn well how well it was put together. Wide range of flavors and sensations.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 20:23:49 | More by tmm313
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4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice, rich, cloudy orange with a thin white head. It looks good, like a tripel, but not incredibly saison-like. Scents of fruit, apricot, some citrus, clove, some banana, and slight Belgian yeast and smokiness. A very complex, well done aroma that is quite pleasing. Flavor begins with apricot and fruit, some medicinal hop bitterness in the background and bitter citrus peel hints. The middle of the sip continues this way along with some slight sourness appearing while the finish is smoky and bitter with a bitter aftertaste. A good, strong, sweet, fruity, bitter and smoky flavor profile. Not to saison style at all but good nonetheless. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a slightly sticky, semi-drying feel. A good sipping beer. Overall this was an interesting beer with an excellent aroma and mouthfeel and a good flavor. Not to style, but that's fine.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2014 04:45:42 | More by Auraan
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3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - 4.25 - Great looking bubbly orange-amber beer with a very thin white ring of bubbles that leaves a tiny but of lacing on the glass.
S - 3.75 - Pepper, sweet cherrywood smoke, banana, spice, clove, bread. little touch of alcohol.
T - 3.75 - Smokey, peppery, bread, wheat, banana, ripe fruits. Alcohol brings a little bit of warmth that actually makes it even better.
M - 3.75 - Smokey, peppery light mouthfeel. Alc is very well covered. Aftertaste is bready and peppery.
O - 3.75 - I like this beer, and I don't generally like saisons. They really did something interesting with it, and I think it would stand up easily to the famous belgian saison brands.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 20:05:09 | More by ISmith87
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3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: low carbonation, minimal head, clear, caramel in color

Smell: cedar, hay, and pepper

Taste: apple, lemon, tangerine, hay, light cedar and smoke towards the end

Mouthfeel: sweet and funky, light body, moderate carbonation

Overall: Very clean, complex, and fruity tasting. A nice sipper. I wish the cherry wood smoke was a bit more prominent, but this is still very tasty. I would get this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 17:26:41 | More by tigg924
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3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

General: I got this bottle from a bottle swap a couple of weeks ago. The date on the bottle was 12/31/13 (New Year's Eve Stone was bottling?!). This is a commemorative bottle for Matt Courtright, who tragically passed away in the brewery. I poured this into a tulip glass for the tasting.

Appearance: nice golden color to this beer, there is a slightly off-white head that quickly dissipates. The bubbles are extremely small. The beer is very clear but not spotless, there is a slight haze to this beer but it's completely acceptable.

Aroma: This has the characteristics of a standard saison with the clove and banana esters but there is a big hit of smokiness on this. I like this aroma, it's kind of a cross between a saison and a smoked beer, with the majority of the aroma being dominated by the smoke.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation is the first thing that comes off from this beer. The first sip just exploded with bubbles. The beer itself feels a little thin, not a lot of body at all on it. The carbonation is just too much for me. After every sip I burp, this is crazy.

Taste: Yikes, where the aroma had a touch of clove and banana associated with it the flavor is pure smoke and burnt wood. I really hoped for something a little more balanced but it seems like it is just like someone dumped liquid smoke in a fermenting wort. Too much smoke, not enough subtle flavors. No thank you on this flavor. If I wanted a rauchbier I would order one, this isn't what I want from a saison.

Overall: Ok this isn't my style of saison which is unfortunate. I really love saisons, they are one of my favorite style but this one just misses the mark on every turn and dumped too much smoke into this. It's unfortunate because i actually want to like this beer, but it's just not that good.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 03:44:10 | More by BeerEngineer
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New York

3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-a clear golden amber with a fingers worth of white head that leaves lacing around the top

S-pale malt, citrus, sweet apples, a bit of oak, with some sweet yeast

T-taste is very much like the smell with a pale bready malt backbone with sweet fruits, oak, and a bit of smoke in the finish. Alcohol lends a bit of warming.

M-medium body, light to medium carbonation

Overall an interesting idea to make a smoked Saison, but not sure I will revisit this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 22:49:51 | More by ksimons
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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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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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3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

*22 Oz. bottle* Ok, I am going to keep it simple.

Look: Nice Honey Orange body with a 1 finger slightly off white head.

Smell: Hints of honey wheat, hay, smoked wood like you're walking through a smoke house. Can't smell any alcohol, and fruits.

Taste: like the nose, Honey, wheat, straw, mild cherry flavor, sweetness is high for a Saison. Hints of floral hops are present. Very nice finish of smoke and bitterness lingers for a while. There is a little alcohol heat but that adds another character to the brew.

Feel: Medium body with tingling carbonation.

Overall: This brew is pretty good. It's not what I would run to when wanting an "Imperial Saison". The Smoked wood is very subtle in the finish and adds some depth to this sweet Saison. I wasn't expecting this to be one of the best Saisons, but this could use more Yeasty Funk. Well that's my Opinion and we know what Opinions are like. This brew is pretty good. This brew is worthy.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 22:02:58 | More by Shroud0fdoom
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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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3.98/5  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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4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Golden with red hue and a bubbly head that dissipates quickly. I'm surprised this is so clear in the glass... usually saisons are a little more 'wheaty' looking.

S: Cherry and oak. Also some wheat grass.

T: Big cherry wood flavor, which is just fantastic in my opinion. There's some booze-soaked wood in there, golden wheat grass, lemon, herbs, some bright fruit, and a bitter yet sweet after taste. It's definitely different, but it's so good!

M: Mouth is HEAVY on this one. I don't mean that in a stout way, but for a saison this is a heavy beer, which is not necessarily a good thing for this style. I would have loved it to be a bit lighter and more refreshing on the palate.

O: It was either this one or the Old Guardian, which I've had (loved it). I'm really happy that I chose something new and so innovative. This beer is awesome and very different, but good even for the style. Try it!

Serving type: bottle

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