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Matt's Burning Rosids - Stone Brewing Co.

Matt's Burning RosidsMatt's Burning Rosids

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BA SCORE
85
very good

763 Ratings
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Ratings: 763
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DerrickW on 01-03-2014)
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buzzardman

California

3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Aroma: Yeasty, bready.

Appearance: Very light amber, clear, small white head.

Flavor: Strong, weird burnt fruity.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, dry alcohol finish.

Overall: Not very good, the flavors just don't belong together. It has a weird toasty/burnt fruit flavor mixed with a harsh alcohol that just does not hit my palate right. Would not buy again. $5.99 for 22oz.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 17:38:53 | More by buzzardman
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Flopjack

Michigan

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Golden, pale orange with just a slight haze much like an IPA. About 1/2 finger white head.

Smell - Wheat, floral coriander aroma, some sweet and tart fruitiness.

Taste - Wheat and coriander right from the start. Being a farmhouse ale the wheat character is expected to be dominant. Spice flavor resembles pepper and coriander, and there is also a blanketed lemon like tartness, followed by an even more subtle smokiness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium/heavy carbonation, crisp.

Overall - Good beer. Honestly really enjoyed this and kinda wish I would've bought two. Reminds me dead on of a light colored Belgian farmhouse ale or even weissbeer or witbeer.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 02:20:12 | More by Flopjack
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright clear orange with a rather large, contrasting, stark white head. Spotted lacing.

It's has a tart and lightly smokey nose. Passion fruit, orange, and phenols.

The smoke is subdued and adds and earthy/woody aspect. Fruity, bananas, and band aid. Light peppery finish.

Mouthfeel has prickly carbonation. Medium body.

I enjoyed this take on the saison. It shares qualities of a Belgian pale and the smoke was just a highlight, much less than expected.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 02:07:42 | More by Vonerichs
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TheManiacalOne

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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mntlover

Tennessee

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a a pretty very lightly hazy peach yellow color with a descent white head from an aggressive pour. Nice to see a few bubbles slowly rising to the head, some lace left behind.

Aroma is tart smoke, lol kind of. Lots of good fruit notes lemon grass, orange, green apple with good dry earthy spice notes and yeast notes through out on a lightly bready malt base. Very tart smelling almost like it has some brett mingled in.

Taste is is well a let down from the nose. A good dose of bready malt, Earthy smoke notes, lots of funk notes moving to big spice notes in the finish. Dry lightly tart fruit is way under neath the funk and spice for me. I would find this much more enjoyable if all the fruit in the nose came through in the taste but it does not.

Mouthfeel is light medium with fairly mellow carbonation for a saison.

Overall looks great, smells great, tastes eh would not buy this again. But if you like smokey funk maybe it will wow you.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 20:19:39 | More by mntlover
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MNishCT77

District of Columbia

3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine and Liquors ) in Cleveland Park, NW Washington D.C., bottled on 12/31/13, poured into a Gandhi-Bot snifter glass and drank over an hour

A: 3/3 - amber-brown coloration, high clarity (can both read and see throug; can be considered atypical for style), tight frothy white carbonation settles into subtle glass lacing, moderate alcohol legs

S: 9/12: smoked cherries, spicy Spalter hops, Belgo-saison yeast, some background malt breadlines but very subtle

T: 14/20 - smoked cherry flavors predominate with a mild grassy/herbal spice bitterness and Belgo yeast flavors in the bacground; eventually develops with bready/biscuit flavors in the middle of the mouth; dry aftertaste; some alcohol in the flavor profile too

M: 4/5 - moderate bodied (appropriate for imperial saison style), moderate-to-high carbonation; some alcohol fullness too

O: 8/10 - unique/atypical imperial saison with the intense cherry and smoked cherries - very different than classic Belgian saisons like Saison Dupont but I appreciate the uniqueness; for $10.99, this is worth a shot but wasn't blown away; R.I.P. Matt Courtright

OVERALL - 41/50

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 01:49:54 | More by MNishCT77
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

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

I had tried this beer once before during a tasting, and I remember loving the blend between cherrywood-smoke and funky saison yeast. Unfortunately, it didn’t mesh so well with this bottle. The beer poured a surprisingly clean and clear orange-yellow with a small head of white bubbles that had mediocre retention. The aroma was slightly smoky, but with a fierce spicy yeast-funk. In taste, the beer was harshly spicy, just a touch of acidity, and a bitterness that came from both the yeast and the hops and dried out the finish. The booze of this beer also came through rather oddly, and helped to add to the harsh spicy character of the yeast. The balance was a bit off. Flavors danced from very light smoke (I wanted more!) to Band-Aid and bubblegum flavors, all wrapped up in the harsh, spicy pepper from the yeast and a touch of booze. The phenols are a bit too strong… In the mouth, the beer felt medium bodied with a medium carbonation that did provide a nice scrub. The beer felt a bit oily, yet rough in mouthfeel, and the mouth was left dry and slightly scraped. Overall, I was a little disappointed with this beer. I remember liking it so much with my first bottle, and you always want a tribute beer to taste great. Unfortunately, this beer didn’t quite deliver. It needs more smoke and balance.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 17:55:43 | More by Maxwell
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2Cents

Nebraska

4.56/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a large Tulip.

A: A lovely golden hue with a nice white head.

S. All of the aroma that you would expect from a good Saison, but bigger. The smoke and cherry wood aroma come out along with a nice sweet maltyness.

T: The yeast is quite dominant in this one, funky! The smoke and cherry wood come through with a nice malt sweetness.

M: What more would you want?

O: Saison purest"s beware! You might actually like this.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 07:01:42 | More by 2Cents
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larryi86

Delaware

4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- A clear golden copper color with a two finger white head.

S- Apples, pears, pale malts, nice light almost BBQ like smokiness, some pepper.

T- Apples, pears, light fruits up front, camp fire smoke, cracked black pepper, earthy, some funk, smoke really lingers. Alcohol is not noticeable.

M- Medium body, fairly smooth.

O- A nice unique smoked Saison. It doesn't blow me away, but I still feel that it is a nice tribute to Matt.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 01:46:49 | More by larryi86
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Golden tan, yellow with a 1/2 inch white, foamy head, decent lacing.

Smell - Smoke, cherry, apples, pears, peaches, earthy, grassy. Funky yeasts, peppery added spices.

Taste - Starts off very smoked, with lots of funky yeasts, fruits and spices.Very floral and earthy in flavor. Apples, grapes, lemon, cherries and pepper all mixed in with the smoked cherrywood. Alcohol is noticeable and has a warming note. Malts are present, they are crisp and add a nice lager like backbone.

Mouthfeel - From the first sip loads of fruits and yeasts coat the tongue. Palate gets more of the same, along with some malts and alcohol. Aftertaste is smokey, bitter and earthy.

Overall - Unique beer. Has a lot of flavor, something, much like the story of matt courtright, Ill remember for a long time. Im glad that this beer was made in his honor, and being a twist on a style, other then doing just another beer. Not a easy to drink beer but that's a good thing.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 22:40:10 | More by wvsabbath
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richj1970

Alabama

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into tulip glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear honey yellow with slight coppery tones. A smallish one to two finger white head with very little lacing.

S: Lots of farmhouse funk. Yeast and grassy notes up front, a bit of smokiness, and a slight whiff of cherries.

T: Flavors combine a nice earthiness that I love about all good Saison's with a little smoke and fruitiness. A little of the cherry coming through in the back. The ABV has a nice warming effect and adds to the experience.

M: Fairly thin and nicely carbonated. Nice crisp finish.

O: A very nice twist of the traditional saison, and a very nice tribute to Matt. Nice job Stone!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 00:43:16 | More by richj1970
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This had the color of a San Diego sunset with a combination of orange and yellow. The head was reminiscent of a wisp of white clouds in that sunset.

The aroma is a little watery but has some Apple, pear, and peppery spice. Clove, yeast, and an airy lemon end the nose.

All I get is cloves on the tongue as it has a peppery, spicey, clovey yeast flavor. I got very little else; No Apple, no pear no fruity flavor at all.

The feel is dry, a touch spicy and a little more carbonated than usual.

I feel like this is a personal palate issue as all I get is clove and that seems to be one of the least desirable flavors in a Saison.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2014 00:38:30 | More by KYGunner
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Gavage

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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WettNutz

Indiana

2.56/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A - Golden yellow with a red hue, no head, but very pretty
S - Could smell the cherry better than I could taste, smelled of cherry alcohol
T - Initial cherry wood flavor, but a vomit-like finish, not very enjoyable
M - The faster I drank it, the better it tasted, as it wouldn't linger on my palate as long. Could taste a little floral and cherry blossom to it, but again, just reminded me of vomit towards the back of my tongue.
O - I wouldn't drink this beer again. RIP Matt C, but I think if he would have lived long enough to try the finished product, he would have made some adjustments. Or maybe he just liked beer that tasted like this. Too much imperial, and not nearly enough cherry.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 02:04:19 | More by WettNutz
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mactrail

California

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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cvm4

Mississippi

3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an apple juice colored body with a one finger eggshell head. The body is rather clear and see through with no real haze.

S - Definite saison qualities on the smell. It's a little sweet, cherries, bready and white pepper. There is a light smokey background, but it's not overwhelming.

T - Sweet cherry smoked wood envelopes front to back, bold, but not too much. Belgian yeast is abundant along with clove. It has a light hoppy ending.

M - Medium carbonation and body. The sweetness/smoke can come off a bit cloying as the carbonation isn't real bubbly. But, considering the abv there was minimal heat in the beer.

O - Interesting beer that breaks boundaries.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 00:25:17 | More by cvm4
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GPHarris

Alabama

3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a two-fingers thick off-white head into a tulip glass that left good lacing throughout. the body was a bright yellow-orange color.
s - smoky and fruity.
t - cherry wood dominates but is nicely done. some floral hops come through.
m - clean.
o - interesting take on a saison, unlike any i've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 21:35:36 | More by GPHarris
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HalfFull

California

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a New Belgium globe glass. Pours a nice golden orange color with good clarity and a half inch of white foam. Cap is a bit short lived yet a quick spin brings it back quickly and is actually more lingering after some warming.

Aroma is more saison than expected after looking at a few prior reviews. Nice yeast character along with a subtle noble hop presence provides a nice balance and belies the strength of the brew.

Bit malty on the tongue but expected givn the heft. Enouth to mask the ABV to a degree yet without confusing the palette too much either. Firm carbonation and slightly sweet with a full body and a touch of spice on the finish. Not getting any smoked wood here but that's ok. A nice saison and dare I say the best yet from a San Diego brewery I've had. And an Imperial Saison that's one and done seems to be almost a travesty. Now maybe you should make a six or seven percent saison and kill it??

Does become not so good trippleesque with notabel warming. Jury is still out..

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 05:37:10 | More by HalfFull
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured an attractive light clear copper color with a 3.5F head in a tulip.
Carbonation bubbles from the bottom.

The aroma was unexpected. Clove and fruit. This beer has more of a clove aroma than any Saison I have tasted in recent memory. The fruit is lightly tropical.

The mouth feel is mildly carbonated.

The taste is different than other Saisons- an emphasis on fruit and some clove. Different than other Saisons where the taste is overshadowed by a bitter, overcarbonated finish.

The finish itself is lightly peppery. The bitterness sets in with warming, so this beer is better at cooler temps- 45-50F.

Overall- a worthy tribute to a Stone Brewery friend and brewer. This is a singular Saison.
It is quite balanced.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 02:12:14 | More by brureview
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy golden orange with a finger of head which quickly dissipated. Smells awesome.. Sugary sweet, saison yeast, white pepper, lots of breadyness. The flavor has a bit of a smoked wood kick, slight hint of smoky band aids, bready, lots of sweet malt, white pepper and Belgian yeast.
Medium in body with higher carbonation.

This drinks very easily and nicely. Sweet and smokey, pretty delicious, and quite surprising to have a solid saison from someone that's dead set on breaking the barriers for new style of beers to make such a great old world style beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 02:11:52 | More by facundoCNB
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- A slight haze on a bright orange. Not much head to speak of. Looks like a DIPA.

S- Very saison, a strong presence of belgian yeast. Clove and banana peel. A hint of the smoke but more of a wood aroma. Refreshing and rather enticing.

T- Taste reflects differently from the nose. The first thing I notice is the smoke, not too bold but shines in this beer. There is definitely a wood flavor in here as well, not cherry flavors I would expect from the fruit but a subtle faint cherry essence. The belgian yeast is strong in the flavor. There really is a lot of clove and banana peel on the back end as well as a dash of pepper. Aftertaste is semi clean and somewhat skunky, reminds me slightly of a pislner. A well rounded and fairly well balanced beer.

M- The belgian yeast adds a very nice smoothness to the beer and the beer drinks pretty well all around.

O- A solid beer and a unique take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 00:34:46 | More by TwelveOunces
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Billolick

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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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

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

Poured into a snifter.

Stone did a good job with the presentation on this beer. The color on the beer is orange and copper, and it's mostly clear and transparent with consistent carbonation. The head is a finger thick and chewy-looking and persists well.

I get more goodness on the nose, which is very citrusy. There's a lot of orange peel there, sweet malt, mild hoppiness and some honey. I don't get any smoke on the nose.

Then the beer hits my tongue and the smoke is thick. It's a big surprise, really. Very much reminiscent of the Schlenkerla I had a week earlier. There's the same smoked ham aroma, but this is complemented by citrus, particularly grapefruit, as well as some earthy, yeasty and woody notes. There's certainly a lot going on.

I mostly like how this beer drinks, with a good medium body, slight effervescence and a bitter and dry finish. However, the yeasty saison-like quality to the beer is a bit overbearing and somewhat commandeers the beer.

In the end, it's a unique, tasty complex and enjoyable beer. Considering the body on this, I wouldn't quite consider it an easy-sipper for the summer months, although it does have the traits of a saison which to me suggests summer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 17:59:00 | More by ONovoMexicano
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up recently at the new Bottle King on the Livingston Circle, having never had this beer before. I thought the story behind it was quite touching and even though I wondered how well Stone would brew a Saison/Farmhouse Ale, I was really impressed by this offering. While not like those from Europe that are more spicy, bubbly, and lighter in hue, there was a lot to like here and this quickly grew on me after making the adjustment to a brew unlike any other I've had before.

Nice amber hue to this with not a lot of head or lacing to be seen as I worked my way through this. Not a strong aroma to this but the cherry juice and smoke were present in the nose, with the latter becoming very pronounced in the taste. No sourness here, the but the mouthfeel reminded me of the cherries. Lots of wood, a bit of peppery sausage, and a spot-on carbonation combined to make this so easygoing while the back saw the saltiness come out as this went down sip after sip. This reminded me of the LA-31 Boucanèe that I had last year and had this been categorized as a Smoked Beer, that wouldn't have bothered me at all. The sour funkiness and overflowing carbonation of European examples of this beer wasn't to be found here and there was just a bit more of a bready maltiness to give this a nice body.

While this was strong, I couldn't feel the alcohol and only a gentle warming came over me as I finished this off with a friend. I commented to him that after nearly 800 beers reviewed on here, that I had never had anything quite like this and that it was a joy to come across something new after all of these years, that made me realize what beer was capable of and could be when the boundaries were pushed out. Obviously, I didn't know Matt but I'm really glad that his vision became a reality. Anyone who appreciates good beers owes it to his/her self and Matt's memory to buy a bottle of this and raise some of its contents to his legacy.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 08:32:42 | More by JerzDevl2000
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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
Matt's Burning Rosids from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 763 ratings.