Matt's Burning Rosids
Stone Brewing

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Stone Brewing
California, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
3.76 | pDev: 13.03%
Feb 14, 2021
Jan 03, 2014
Very Good
Matt's Burning RosidsMatt's Burning Rosids
Notes: Life is extraordinarily precious, joyous...and fragile. At Stone, we recently were reminded of this when we lost our dear friend and coworker, Matt Courtright. We felt that there was no better way to share with the world what an extraordinary person he was than by brewing this beer he created. Rather than a somber momento, please think of this as a celebration of Matt. We do. We can’t contemplate it any other way. Matt was by no means a shrinking violet. Quite the contrary. He was exuberant, courageous, outwardly positive, and the type of stalwart friend everybody who knew him was happy to have in their corner. Matt’s smile and voluminous laugh were infectious mainstays around the brewery. He was larger than life in every way...and he was without a doubt an incredible brewer.

Everyone at Stone recognized Matt’s prowess and passion for brewing. He loved to explore what-ifs and why-nots. He crafted the beer you hold in your hands, which he conceived with Stone friend and colleague, Brian Bishop. Burning Rosids is a Belgian-style saison incorporating a unique ingredient-cherrywood smoked malt (the name references the rosid plant family from which cherry trees hail).

Brian and Matt’s many devoting brewing comrades here at Stone were proud to hoist this mash paddles and brew this recipe for him as a symbolic gesture of how much he meant to everyone and how immensely he is missed. When you enjoy this very special beer, please join all of us in raising your glass in Matt’s memory
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4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by FXC from California

Found a few bottles of this on a shelf recently. I liked it when it came out years back. The label says to cellar it, so I took a chance and bought a couple bottles. YES! Even though it was just sitting on a shelf, the beer is as good, well, no, better than I recall. Smoke on the nose and a nice bittersweet smokey taste. Leave it to Stone to make another Saison that holds up to aging. I'm going back for more and give a couple bottles a few more years in the dark.

Feb 14, 2021
3.68 by Houborg1 from Denmark on Dec 24, 2020
3.5 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 16, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by osheamatth from New York

Brought back from San Diego to me by a friend who worked at Stone. This brew really blew me away as I totally bought into the smokey nose and palate. I agreed with another poster months ago who said people who don't like smoky beers should refrain from reviewing them. I don't like wheat beers in general so 1. I rarely drink them and 2. Unless I like it, I'm not going to review it. Lots of funk here with wacko combinations of overripe tropical fruit: banana, burned pineapple and mango. Those notes flow into the palate with added orchard type fruits, also overripe, particularly pear and apple all with a healthy dose of cherrywood smoke. Finished cleanly with very little alcohol in evidence even at 10.5.

Sep 14, 2019
4 by digitalflood from New York on May 14, 2019
4.24 by BenHoppy from Michigan on Apr 22, 2018
4 by Beerbuddha from Florida on Jan 15, 2018
3 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 03, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by neenerzig from Ohio

I've had a bomber of this sitting in my cellar for quite some time now. Poured into my snifter glass, this beer pours a clear, medium copper color with a nice white head that's about an inch thick when first poured that settles pretty quickly to a big cluster swirl film layer of foam on the beer's surface along with a thick ring lining the inside of the glass and spotty lacing. Aromas of somewhat toasted and smoked, bready malts with some caramel and a hint of molasses followed by some fruit notes, certainly including the cherry. Has a slightly toasted, smoked, bready malt flavor upfront with hints of caramel and molasses that gives way to the cherry wood along with other fruits such as apple, dates, figs and just maybe even a hint of banana. Also a nice touch of yeasty funk notes that's rounded out with some spice. Not really any discernible hop presence at this point. I wonder if there was any a few years ago when this beer was first released. A good balance of flavors and an interesting take on this style here. This Matt Courtright guy that this beer is brewed in memory of and who came up with this recipe certainly created a unique beer here. Has a fairly crisp, yet smooth, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Quite an enjoyable and interesting beer.


Dec 27, 2017
3.45 by deonreds from New York on Oct 13, 2017
3.96 by RMW66 from Australia on Oct 07, 2017
3.75 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Sep 16, 2017
3.59 by JuiceMan818 from California on May 25, 2017
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3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by bushbeer75 from Michigan

poured from a 22 fl. oz. brown bottle - bottled on 12/20/2013

Matt's Burning Rosids [Imperial Cherrywood Smoked Saison] Ale poured into my tulip glass a light "dirty" gold hue. Atop sat a 1-finger off-white head that was reduced to a foamy collar and very spotty lacing. The nose was very light - with a hint of cherries, banana, and somewhat spicy. The flavor was of light fruit, some light cloves and a little smoky woodiness. The finish is malty with some alcohol warming. Mouth feel is crisp and dry with lingering hop bitterness - also full bodied.

Overall, an interesting take on the Saison/Farmhouse Ale style.

Feb 02, 2017
Photo of kw_pip
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by kw_pip from Vermont


Jan 27, 2017
3.64 by Dalv from Romania on Nov 23, 2016
Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Marius from Netherlands

Sampled at THT June tasting. Amber with a thin white head. Smoked bacon, soft saison notes, caranel and honey. Bitter and syrupy, with a nice sweetness underneath.

Nov 11, 2016
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3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by safaricook from Netherlands

The smoke is strong on this beer. The rest is really imperial Saison. Quite well done I have to say. But the smoke. I like this the best when at the end of a longer evening drinking and especially with the occasional smoking thrown in. The its great. In the afternoon it is a bit off putting.

Nov 06, 2016
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3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Zorro from California

Clear orange colored ale with a medium sized white colored head.

Scents smoke and peach with some tangerine mixed in. Has a sweet and sour scent to it. Unexpected scent of cloves. Coriander is about medium in intensity for the style. Distinctly smells of candied fruit.

Starts out smoky and savory with a sweet and sour undertone. Alcohol is warming to the chest but not tasted. Smoke flavor is prominent. Sweeter than average for the style. But after you drink it for a bit mostly it is smoke flavored.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a great Rauchbier but a weird Saison.

Oct 24, 2016
4.51 by WickedBeer from Alabama on Aug 24, 2016
3.83 by paresis from Massachusetts on Aug 21, 2016
4 by Hypersomnia from New Jersey on Aug 10, 2016
4.64 by dag1991 from Ohio on Jul 16, 2016
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3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by NeilSilber1 from California

Sharp and edgy with sour hoppy notes.

Jul 16, 2016
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4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by josanguapo from Spain

From XXXII. In Temu glasd. Shared with Carlos at delivery of Fishbones. Odd brew but much better and drinkable than expected. The smoky part is very hidden, as well as its high ABV. Would repeat if cheaper.

Jun 23, 2016
Photo of Graham3765
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Graham3765 from Nebraska

Beautiful head after aged for 3 years bright beautiful pour. Taste almost reminds me of orange and liquid smoke the smoke from it is so strong it almost seems artificial towards the end. Not a bad beer but I would not buy again.

Jun 22, 2016
3.75 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Jun 19, 2016
4.06 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania on Jun 10, 2016
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3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by stevoj from Idaho

On tap at front door. Tart and pungent, in your face bitterness and acidity. But it’s from Stone, so it has to be drinkable. Lots of citrus, but not puckering. I wouldn’t order too many of these, but the 4 oz sampler was a beaut.

May 18, 2016
3.75 by IckyT2012 from Florida on May 06, 2016
2.12 by Dirtnasty from California on May 05, 2016
4.33 by vbs1980 from Australia on May 02, 2016
3.59 by Gemini6 from Michigan on Apr 23, 2016
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4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

Thoroughly enjoyed this fine ale in a snifter from the 22 oz bottle. This saison pours a cloudy yet luminous orange with a nice head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, nice pool, and subtle lacing. Nose of candy sugars, subtle smoke, tropical fruit notes, and strong booze. Flavors exceed the nose with sweet candy malts and subtle funky yeast on the front and middle that vie for dominance over tropical fruit notes of orange zest and lightly smoked notes that fade into the background with a smoky herbal hops bitterness that is perfect for this fine sipper. Very nice mouth feel with medium to low carbonation and a warming, moderately hoppy, sweet finish touched with smoke. An excellent example of taking a style to it's limits and making something more of it. Very nice. A new favorite from Stone which I hope they brew again.


Apr 15, 2016
3.52 by Yermomsfavorite from California on Apr 14, 2016
3.92 by FaradayUncaged from Michigan on Feb 22, 2016
4.02 by sparx1100 from Minnesota on Jan 28, 2016
3.81 by aratcliffe from Kansas on Jan 24, 2016
4.28 by Vylo from New Jersey on Jan 08, 2016
3.51 by randomn8 from California on Jan 08, 2016
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