Matt's Burning Rosids | Stone Brewing

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Matt's Burning RosidsMatt's Burning Rosids

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

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: 1,309 |  Reviews: 225
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of timmy2b
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle split with my Girlie poured into Belgian Imperial glasses.

Very clean Orange color after pouring into the glasses with about an even inch of head on each. White color which lingered nicely along the edges of the glass for the entire time.

Very earthy malty scent with subtle hints of smoke and a light amount of the cherry from the cherrywood smoked barrels.

The initial taste has a light amount of smokeyness with a hint of cherry. The Belgian malt is subtle up front which lingers with the smoke in the aftertaste.

Light feel, taste does not linger too long on the tongue, but does linger slightly after each sip.

Delicious, I hope they do another take on this in the future as it could be a winner!

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Tucquan
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2014-01-28 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear orange/tea with a short tan head that fades quickly with little lacing.

S - Orange candy, mild-moderate smoke, mildly sweet roasted malt. Nice. Not real strong. Certainly doesn't overdo the smoky aroma.

T - Smoky up-front; much more than the smell. Cherries, clove, pepper and decent orange zest bitterness. Brown bread and caramel provide a substantial malt backbone. Reasonable bitterness for balance. Alcohol is noticeable but well-integrated. Dries pretty nicely. Aftertaste is of lingering smoke, malt and cherry.

M - Medium-full body and light carbonation. Substantial. Syrupy.

O - An unusual but enjoyable tasting beer. Not something I'd seek out again and again; but it's always nice to try something unique that works. This does.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of McMaze
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this after picking it up at my local beer wholesaler, realizing it was was still cold I decided to buy it. Not normally one for saisons, I decided to give this a chance.
By the time I poured this, I had forgotten this was a 10.5% beer, and did not remember until I looked it up here. In short, the alcohol is hidden well. The taste is hard to pinpoint but It is definitely a beer I am glad I tried. I would drink this again, it was much different from the trappist ales and imperial IPA's I tend to stick with.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: rich golden body, deep and clear, couple of fingers of head; left no trace as head slimmed to a filmy collar

S: flowers and citrus and grasses; slightest hint at smoke; distant fruits, orchard pale

T: coarse pepper and spice right up front, overlaying a fruity pale body that hints at notes of cherry and closes with charred wood

M: medium body and slick, slightest tingle of carbonation and spice; ash on the finish

O: real nice take on the saison - vaguely non-traditional, bringing in a combination of flavor elements that create a unique profile for this ale.

In memory of Matt Courtright

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of rajendra82
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The color of the beer was golden amber, and the body looked extremely clear. The carbonation was medium, and the head was quite small, measuring at less than one finger. The aroma of the beer was full of farmhouse funk, with dandelions, juniper, hay, horse blanket, and cherry smells. I did not get much of a smoked malt smell. The taste was similar the smell, with the brett enhanced funk being detected right away, followed by some cherry, smoke, and finally tangerine, and a chipotle pepper finish. The alcohol was quite evident, as there was a warm sensation immediately upon starting the drinking. The mouthfeel was very light, and the beer left a smoky aftertaste. Not sure why the ratings of this beer are a little low here, as I thought it was quite nice. Not as smooth as the great Saisons, but pretty much true to style, except the alcoholic strength, which probably exceeded the typical one.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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

This ale pours a beautiful orange copper color with a small off white head that gives way to a lasting off white lacing. The aromas are smoky with notes of malt and yeast. The Mouthfeel is thick and pleasurable. Flavor is smoke and tangy. Betters as the bed raises in temperature. This is a very enjoyable saison with an awful lot going on. Do not drink this cold...The true flavors of this ale expose themselves at near room temp.

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3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The color is bright orange. Beer is completely transparent which is really odd for a saison. Very light head on the pour with average active carbonation in the glass while drinking. This beer looks like an APA or IPA, definitely not a traditional looking saison.

Smell: Definitely some aromas from the Cherrywood and potent bready yeast jump out first. Big smokey body. Tones of cloves, various greens, and peppery spices are picked up on the back end.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, the cherrywood tones and bready, toasted yeast flavors jump the palate. There is a really deep and complex smokey meaty flavor going on here similar to a rich delicious pork loin. Rustic grassy/earthy tones follow the meaty flavors and ride throughout the finish. Lingering prairie grass hop bitterness sticks around for a long time.

Mouthfeel: Really low carbonation on the mouthfeel for a saison but drinks incredibly smooth. I was shocked to learn that this beer comes in at 10.5%, would have guessed around 7% with how it drinks.

Overall: Its really had to figure this beer out. It doesn't look or feel like a saison, but certainly is not closer to any other style. The earthy and meaty aromas and flavors in this beer are very unique. More then happy to toast this in memory of a fallen member of the craft community. Cheers Matt, your memory is carried on with a one of a kind brew.

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3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Great clarity on a bright gold body, although that's paradoxically not necessarily what I'm looking for from the style. Huge, creamy white head has great retention and lace is on point.

S - Bright black pepper, mellon, banana, lemon, and ash.

T - Grass, banana, touch of soft smoke, caramel, black pepper.

M - Medium-full body, really full for the style. Smooth with relatively low carbonation.

O - I'm ambivalent about this beer. It's outstanding for what it is, but as a saison it's thicker, clearer, sweeter, and smoother than what I want from the style.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one rich beer! It's like the "stout" of saisons! There is a lot going here! the aroma is strong with yeast and clove, typical saison, not much smoke to speak of. taste is like nothing I've ever experienced before.... initially like a really solid saison, then the smokiness slaps you in face! The smoked malts in this beer are not overwhelming (we'll maybe at first) but they subside like the hoppy bitterness of a really good ipa! then there is a subtle sweetness that is pleasant in the aftertaste that is unlike anything I've had either. this is a very rich, unique, complex, beer, didn't think I was going to be able to finish it on my own, but I did! (took me 2 & 1/2 hours) great beer for those looking for something different!

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