Matt's Burning Rosids | Stone Brewing

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Matt's Burning RosidsMatt's Burning Rosids
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Matt's Burning RosidsMatt's Burning Rosids

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by DerrickW on 01-03-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 1,308 |  Reviews: 225
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of beerme626
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was amazing, and more than worth the $7 or so paid for it. 22oz bottle poured in a Belgian tulip glass in two parts. Nice, full, white head on a perfectly orange-tinted golden brew with reasonable carbonation at the 55 degrees or so at which it is supposed to be served. Strong nose typical of, even epitomizing, Belgian Saisons. Enticing. Rich notes of cherry and lemongrass balanced with hops to make a strong, flavorful brew. Clearly 10+ percent, although no alcohol burn distracts from the taste. Nice story behind the brew, too. Overall, an incredible paragon of saisons for the lover of saisons. I know I sound like a Stone representative right now, but I just really love this beer. It will undoubtedly be a repeat buy.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

Photo of cjgiant
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I openly admit, I didn't get this beer. I think it has two parts to it that don't work for me. They might (and given rating, do) work for others, but the point is, in my opinion, this isn't a straightforward beer, so I think it will hit and miss with people.

A: the appearance is a very clear gold-colored beer, with nicely sustaining head
S: floral - with a bit of meadow-like background, citrus - kinda sour (lemony). I do get the smoke notes as well, but the almost seem to interfere than enhance the smell. Regardless, in my opinion, it's a complex nose, but maybe not all to the good.
T/M: The beginning taste start towards a lighter beer, with a bit more dry bitterness than a normal "light" beer. The sour notes from the smell come it subtly from there. There is a funkiness that I have noticed in the few sours I have had, but it is fleeting.

The smokiness comes in to take over, and this is where, in my opinion, the beer falls apart. If it had continued on the path towards sour, I think I would've enjoyed it more. The smokey flavor is actually decent, but paired with the opening flavors of this beer, it's akin to orange and toothpaste, to me (but not THAT bad).

O: to me, a bad match of two independently decent flavor profiles.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of i4ourgot
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cherry aroma that diminishes with the foam. The beer was relatively clear and golden in color. The beer had a big oak flavor upfront, almost an alcohol/ bourbon flavor. This moves to a sweet and fruity flavor, that finishes with a light cherry flavor that lasts for quite a bit. Not very hoppy and also not overwhelming on the clove flavors. This beer was very complex with lots of fruity flavors balanced by the bourbon barrel flavor. I enjoyed this beer from the first sip until the last, and even in a 10 oz pour you can start feeling the beer by the time you finish your glass.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Golden orange color with a two-finger head that slowly settles
S: Belgian yeast, light malt, lots of herbs/spices particularly clove and coriander, and a bit of smokiness
T: Fruit esters, smoke, grain, spice but noticeable alcohol
M: Full-bodied, a bit viscous from the alcohol
O: A pleasant beer but would be even better if the abv were say 8% rather than 10.5

All that being said... I want to give it all 5s for Matt.

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clearish golden orange with solid head and lace patches. A strong burst of cherries hits me at first, sour tinged I might add, and then some booze and woodiness with a minor malt profile and there are some other fruits here that I can't really pick up. Beer is light and crisp with the smoked flavor not overpowering but you'll definitely get it. Behind this are flavors of sour cherry and wood along with a fruit profile I can't quite pick up and at times a little bit of sweetness. Beer is easy to drink and not my favorite but a good take on this style and it is an interesting beer I think any saison fan should try.

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4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and fairly clear golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that quickly fades. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty and fruity Belgian style aroma with good hints of fruit and smoked malt. Upfront Belgian yeast with hints of farmhouse funk, clove, and black pepper. Big scent of the cherrywood smoked malt. Fruit hints of apple, pear, and banana along with a little orange and lemon zest. Sweet scent of candied sugar. Pale malt with hints of biscuit, grains, straw, and cracker. Hop presence is pretty mild. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a yeasty, fruity, and fairly sweet Belgian style taste with good notes of fruit and smoked malt. Belgian yeast with some good notes of clove, black pepper, and farmhouse funk. Good taste of the cherrywood smoked malt that is quite noticeable but not overwhelming. Fruit notes of green apple, pear, banana, lemon, and slight orange peel. Sweet notes of candied sugar. Malt notes of grains, straw, biscuit, and cracker. Subtle background hops. A really nice and unique taste. The smoke blends in well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Juicy and fairly slick. Somewhat hot from the alcohol and smoke but its still pretty smooth considering.

Overall: A pretty good and interesting twist on the Saison style. The smoke is noticeable but blends in well with the yeast and fruit flavors.

Cheers to Matt.

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Had this in the fridge for a few weeks.... decided to give it a go tonight... Poured into my HotD tulip... slightly hazed golden with a decent white head that leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma is a bit lighter than I was expecting... but when I get a good read it is apple juice/pear cider and sweet wood smoke.. I guess that jives, but I wasn't expecting it to be so clear and also one dimensional... a bit of clovey phenol with warmth so rises sharp EtOH vapors.

The smoke really blooms on the palate, but still jives with what the nose tells us... pretty big-boned estery/stone fruit... plenty of fruitiness but a pretty sharp clove bite seems IMO out of place.. Saison? Not what I would picture, but maybe a BSPA? Smoke essence combines with the phenols and get a bit "bandaid" for my liking... Boozy.

Seems too heavy on the palate to be a saison... perhaps a big-boned BSPA, but even then I don't care for the brew too much.

Nothing but respect and my hope for peace for Matt's family and friends.


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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 12/31/2013 printed on the bottleneck. Stone's imperial cherrywood-smoked saison. I'm not entirely sure what to expect with this one; I have never had a smoked saison before.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice bright orange colored body with two fingers of fluffy soapy white head. Slightly hazed, but there is some clarity to it. Good lacing, and good head retention for the high 10.50% abv.

S - Smell is interesting and unique, that's for sure. The smoke from the cherrywood-smoked malt comes first and is most dominant, but is followed by musty yeast, green apple, pear, banana, some herbal spice rack notes - oregano, thyme, clove, & some bready honeyed malt. The subtle smoke / char characteristics prevail, however. Faint alcohol noticeable.

T - Taste follows the nose, but dark vinous fruitiness is far more distinct. Mild acidic tartness, green apple, pear, banana, indistinct spicing, some bubblegum, & an earthy / grassy / citric hop presence. Earthy oak wood / barrel character. Mildly sour cherry and the subtle smoke is a good pairing, I would say. Vinous and wine-like at times.

M - Feel is very dry, sticky, & bitter. Resinous and vinous. Fairly thick and full bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, and interesting, unique, and complex tribute beer. Mild alcohol fumes are noticeable, but the high abv is well-hidden. Good quality and depth of flavor. Very glad to have tried this offering, but I couldn't see it aging well.

Stone Matt's Burning Rosids ---4/5.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, golden color with a low profile, foamy, white head. Ton of carbonation throughout the body. Nose of bubblegum, floral highlights, cloves, woody notes, and a touch of funk. Smells balanced and delicious. Flavors are woody and char forward, with a strong spicy overlay and a toasted grain backbone. Tart berry notes pucker a bit, with a strong floral component. Very dynamic. Light, slightly effervesced body that leaves a great lacing behind. Aftertaste of floral notes, Belgian style funk, and berries. Finish is effervesced, slightly spiced, and pronounced. Very unique and flavorful.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Matt's Burning Rosids from Stone Brewing
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