Matt's Burning Rosids - Stone Brewing Co.
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2.48/5 rDev -33.9%
Served in a tumbler.
It's been a while since I've had a nice smoked beer, so let's go after one from Stone, eh? It pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises determined-yet-mild cherrywood smoke, vague Belgian yeast, straw, light toffee, and a few twists of lemon. The taste derails things significantly. I like the fact that the smoke is all up in your face and such, but it's combined with Stone's characteristically crappy Belgian yeast strain, which adds some muddled spices, tangerine juice, mild earth, and almost Brett-like straw to the proceedings. Suffice it to say, this is unwelcome by itself and downright intolerable when provided with a heaping helping of smoke. There's clashing, and then there's CLASHING. Take a stab which one I experienced here... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this beer shows why Stone needs to ditch its awful Belgian yeast. It ruined what could have been a perfectly decent beer, especially given the thickness and quality of the smoke (when taken alone, it was pretty damn good). I'm likely gonna be skipping Stone's next few Belgian-inspired recipes just in case...
03-24-2014 18:35:40 | More by TMoney2591
3.75/5 rDev 0%
A: Pours a clear amber with a small amount of white head, which dissipates to nothing, leaving little to no lacing.
S: Honey hoppy malty sweetness.
T: A nice balance between the sweetness and the hoppy note; aftertaste is on the hoppy side but otherwise you're getting both flavors in a pretty good balance.
M: Medium body, medium carbonation.
Overall, pretty good, and worth trying, but it's not something that I feel I need to have again right away either.
03-24-2014 02:13:23 | More by seand
3.83/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
03-24-2014 01:20:08 | More by jlindros
3.49/5 rDev -6.9%
Golden and clear. Very little head and lacing.
Aroma is smokey and fruity.
Smoke is predominant, kind of stale tasting. Other than the smoke, the taste is bright and fruity.
Not a huge fan of the beer on its own. The smoke tastes like it doesn't belong. But along side some cheese and salami, it worked great.
03-23-2014 19:46:52 | More by msquared36
2.91/5 rDev -22.4%
Pours out a hazy orange with a thin, white head. Smells faintly of Belgian yeast, toast, pale malts, and, if I really strain my brain and let the bottle descriptor influence me, a TINY bit of smoke. Tastes of sweet, toasty, and grainy malts, estery (while lacking finesse) yeast, dull bitterness, and the faintest hint of smoke. Mouthfeel is kind of sticky and needs more bubbles. Overall, like every other Belgian made by Stone, this is a huge letdown. Won't they just stop making these weak stabs at Belgians?
03-23-2014 04:16:57 | More by goochpunch
Matt's Burning Rosids from Stone Brewing Co.
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