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Matt's Burning Rosids - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

1,119 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,119
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 10
Gots: 113 | 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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

MickeyHops, Mar 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Braz, Mar 10, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Bung, Mar 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

bismarksays, Mar 10, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

hagbergl, Mar 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Soto, Mar 10, 2014
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2/5  rDev -46.7%

Beerdudenumberone, Mar 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Jonny41, Mar 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Loco_Joe, Mar 09, 2014
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3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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!

JMScowcroft, Mar 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

beersdmf17, Mar 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

GRFounder, Mar 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

WritersBlock, Mar 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

grittybrews, Mar 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

tbone1384, Mar 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

dbattey, Mar 09, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -4%
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.

smcolw, Mar 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

BrianForbis, Mar 08, 2014
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3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

DrJay, Mar 08, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

staaaaalin, Mar 08, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

kellydunn, Mar 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

jaemeno3, Mar 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Artjsantos, Mar 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Dylanjf, Mar 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

bigbeers84, Mar 08, 2014
Matt's Burning Rosids from Stone Brewing Co.
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