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Matt's Burning Rosids - Stone Brewing Co.

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Matt's Burning RosidsMatt's Burning Rosids

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very good

1,204 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,204
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 14
Gots: 139 | 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:
Beer added by: DerrickW on 01-03-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Consumed march 22nd, 2014. Poured at 50 degrees F into a long-stemmed tulip.

Beer is a brilliantly clear light-to-medium brass color. A nice two-finger white head forms from a slightly-stronger-than moderate pour and quickly dissolves to a thing skin of bubble foam. Negligible sheeting. For a saison to be this clear is an anomaly.

Aromas: mild peppery saison yeast and beneath it smoke, like a campfire. Also a touch of floral sweetness. Very mild fruitiness.

Flavor begins with a boozy sweet note that reminds me of a wood-aged spirit. A dash of smoke and then a lingering, woody bitterness all out of proportion to the finish of traditional saisons. No earthy or funky notes. It would be one thing to enhance or replace traditional saison flavor elements with wood, smoke and hops, but I'm not sure what Stone were actually going for here. It seems more a strong ale that happens to be fermented with saison yeast than a real saison. Even taken outside of the style guidelines, this beer is a hot mess of flavors that doesn't integrate well or work well together.

Mouthfeel is slightly thicker and more oily than I would have expected for the style. Barely acceptable carbonation level for a saison. Also, alcohol heat is inappropriate for style and unwelcome, style or not.

Overall, I think this is a failure as a drinkable beer but succeeds as a novelty. For the record, I homebrew and made an "imperial saison" once (as Stone bills this beer as well) and realized it didn't work; a good saison is light, refreshing and easy to drink with well-integrated and modulated flavors. To make an extreme version of it sort of ruins the character of the base style and adds nothing greater than it takes away.

Low overall ratings based on style guidelines, but even without them, this is not a very pleasing drinking experience. May not finish the bomber.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bomber poured into chalice...

A: Kind of a slightly hazy orange gold color with a pretty thin off-white head. Lots of carbonation coming up here. Good lacing. Okay head retention.

S: Good amount of smoke is present in the nose. Belgian yeast, musty basement smell, touch of wood, and a tiny bit of phenols.

T: Slightly roasty throughout. Typical Belgian yeast and hop flavors. Still musty and a touch sour. Not very much happening in the ester department. A bit dry. Finishes a bit smoky and peppery on the back end.

M: Mouthfeel is top notch. Nice, medium body, good amount of massaging carbonation, but not too abrasive. Drinks dangerously easy for 10.5%.

O: This is like the bastard child of a saison and an imperial stout. It works together pretty well, oddly enough. Different, but enjoyable. I don't know who this Matt fellow is, but cheers to him and RIP.

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Bottle brought back from CA by my reluctant wife, thanks honey you're the greatest!
Pours a deep clear dark golden color with a decent sized bubbly, fluffy off white head that displays moderate retention. Aromas of cherry campfire wood with a fair amount of spicy and clove scents. I also get a bit of caramel, grapefruit, and pith in the nose. The flavor is what the aroma promised it would be. I get a spicy almost overly sweet with caramel saison with lots of smokey meaty phenols sweeping in at the end to create a nice balance. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly almost syrupy mouthfeel. I had my doubts about this one but this odd mash up just kind of works.

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Matt's Burning Rosids from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,204 ratings.