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Matt's Burning RosidsMatt's Burning Rosids

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by DerrickW on 01-03-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of t2thebro
5/5  rDev +31.2%

A- hazy deep gold color, small ring of head. No lacing.

S- peaty pale malt. Warm cherries. Almost a cherry pie smell with a bit of Belgian funk.

T- smooth, smokey, sweet, smooth sweet cherry pale flavors with a smokiness lingering and showing up on the back end. A bit of a floral hop in the background.

M- heavy, smooth, satisfying.

O- every part of this beer is prestigious. Lots of variables all working perfectly to make this a truely pleasurable experience. The best saison I have ever had.

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Photo of NSXAG
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Stone Brewing - Matt's Burning Rosids [Imperial Cherrywood-Smoked Saison] (22oz ---> Pint Glass : 10.5 ABV)

"Honoring His Memory - Matt Courthright" as it reads across the neck of the bottle, intrigued me as to who he was - "Imperial Cherrywood-Smoked Saison" as it read beneath the beer's graphics, intrigues me as to what's inside!! It poured a very full gold hue with great clarity beneath an active 2.5 inch light blonde head that dissipated somewhat slowly, leaving minimal lacing... Immediately on the nose is some bready smokiness, accompanied by just a touch of sweetness - but overall an extremely smokey aroma... First taste on the palate is the cherry sweetness, but showing up almost immediately after is the smokey flavor again... Midway the spice really presents itself with lots of cracked pepper and a touch of cinnamon hiding in there also... The finish is, you guessed it, smokey and smooth, but the spiciness almost acts as a buttering element to balance this beer out... It also leaves a bit of funk lingering at the end, as well as a slight alcohol warmth... Mouthfeel on this beer is almost creamy from the well balanced combination of carbonation as well as full flavors, which made for a good vessel to carry this style and flavors... Overall the flavors were full and balanced, and it was a well crafted beer, but I just didn't dig the combination of the flavors as I thought I would... It was similar to a beautifully cooked plate of food in which none of the ingredients complimented one another when combined together... Though not my favorite beer ever, it's a classy tip of the hat to (what seems to have been) an amazing brewer and, more importantly, individual... Another good brew - Cheers!!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle - I'm conditioned to reading the long-winded back labels of Stone products with an air of detached amusement. Here, I feel the urge to go and hug my toddler and wife before the little scamp submits to sleep tonight. Back in a sec.

This beer pours a rather hazy and cloudy, yet bright medium apricot amber hue, with one skinny finger of weakly foamy, and mostly just plainly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a few instances of streaky lace around the glass as things slowly abate.

It smells of smoky, meaty bready caramel malt, medicinal band-aid, cherry cough syrup, zingy earthy yeast, a fresh-hewn tree branch woodiness, a bit of indistinct farmhouse funk, further singed orange and lemon fruity esters, and some musty, leafy grassiness. The taste is fairly fruity - mixed orchard varieties - cherry, natch, lemon, apple, and orange, all - after having endured the cyclical forest fire season. Beyond that, the funky, medicinal, and gamey yeasty characters dominate, over a besieged semi-sweet graininess, and some typical, if equally baffled citrus and green hoppiness, with nary a sign of that 21-proof booze, huh.

The bubbles are quite understated, barely noticeable amongst all that other stuff going on, the body a stolid medium weight, and not really that smooth, so sorry to say. It finishes off-dry, and still overly astringent from the now usual suspects - it's like my palate did a bad, bad, thing, or something, or is associated with a certain M. Ghomeshi, eh?

I know this is a touching tribute to a tragically befallen member of the Stone brewing team, but I just can't get on board with this as a beer - the smoky character is much too much of that acrid medicinal sort, the kind that comes near to bringing up your last meal every other ill-advised gulp. Yeah, sorry Matt, but still, I hope wherever you are right now, you get to drink and brew whatever the hell you like (a bit like it was back here, bazinga!).

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: slight haze; copper colored; less than a 1 finger white head that receded o a thin collar; no lacing;

S: Belgian yeast for a moment, then hickory;

T: fruity up front, but the hickory smoke takes over by mid-palate and dominates to the long lasting finish;

M: light to medium bodied; lightly carbonation;

O: almost no trace of anything saison like; hickory overwhelmed everything else; bottle was 9 months old, which may have altered the flavor profile;

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Photo of Sam-VW
4/5  rDev +5%

A - cloudy orange with a thin white head that fades to a ring

S - sweet lemon and lime, watermelon, coriander, a little bit of clove, some smoke

T - peach, watermelon, melon, plumb, spices and a big smokey kick at the end

M - goes down very smooth and finishes sharp and crisp

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Photo of jabergess
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

First off, I love saisons. The style allows for a wide range of flavors and alcohol content. I would still call this an Imperial Saison if that actually existed. It has the peppery finish, the sweaty horse blanket flavor I expect, but on a intensified level. If you review this beer poorly, I am betting you don't like saisons as a style. If you like them, go for it, I think it is pretty awesome. I couldn't drink it all day, it is 10.5% after all.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +5%

A: poured into a Duvel tulip to a clear golden orange topped by a half inch of dense white head that retains well and leaves some lacing
S: smells of spicy yeast, fruity esters, alcohol, faint smoke and a slight grassyness
T: taste is slightly smoky, sweet malts, fruity esters with some pear flavors, and spices. swallow is more smoke, hop resin, fruity esters and a lingering smokyness
M: this beer sits surprisingly light on the palate given the ABV with soft carbonation and a slightly drying finish
O: I figured the alcohol would be more pronounced given the style but it's pretty well hidden and provides a nice warming sensation. A great beer and I wouldn't be opposed to seeing it again.

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Photo of BaalDagon
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Such a beautiful beer as the lasting legacy of a true Brew Mister. Extremely light and refreshing. I am not much of a light colored beer drinker, but on the advice of some local pros, I decided to give it a whirl and was not disappointed. Not one part of this beer is overwhelming... including the "smoke." There is a perfect balance between malt and hops to keep the palate clean though out every sip and the bottle. Even at 10.5 ABV... there is no "alcohol" taste to it AT ALL! The only downside is that this will be the last of its kind...

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

A-slight hazy gold color with a white head that leaves a small lace
S-smoke, farmhouse aroma with a sweet yet sour aroma
T-smoke, with a funky sour taste, and a bitter aftertaste that fades to a smokey finish
M-light body, and medium carbonation
O-was different. The smoke was powerful at first but fades as the beer gets warmer, and I could not taste the high 10.5 %

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Photo of allengarvin
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Hazy pale amber with a moderate half-inch of foam.
S: interesting! Spicy phenols from yeast, with more phenols from the actual smoke, with some grassy hop notes.
T: Thankfully smoke is not overstated in the flavor--it blends rather nicely with the ripe yeasty grape-fruitiness. Bitterness is only moderate, but there's some pleasant grassy, floral hops. All this blends much better than I expected, and this is a big yet subtle beer.
M: Quite light for such a strong beer--that takes craftsmanship.

While I don't think I'll buy it again, this was a good drinking experience, very interesting and tasty.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 22oz bomber picked up at Green's on Buford Hwy

A - Cloudy copper, with lots of sediment and 1 full finger of head. No sticky lace. But looks delicious

S - Sweet malts and a hint of smoke.

T - Sweet up front, belgian candy sugar dominates. Some funky-ness going on in the background and in the aftertaste. Cherries are noticeable too. Slightly smoky.

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated

O - An excellent smoked saison with a hint of cherries. Definitely a tasty brew. Try it if you can find it!

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.01/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in an accidental half-litre glass (lol).

A: Hazy gold.

S: Sour and smoky. Lemons?

T/M: I don't really care for it. Way too weird. It's initially overpowering -- wood, smoke, meat, sweet-strong booze, artificial maraschino -- before quickly fading into a kinda sour-sticky bitterness than lingers. I hate to make the comparison, but...bile.

O: Not to my taste. After about a dozen sips, I pawned it off on a friend. NOT recommended.

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Photo of philbe311
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A bit more than a finger's worth of slightly late to develop crisp densely packed froth that is modestly off white in color... Average retention segues to a nice lopsided veil of lacing a slight but rich and creamy collar... The color is a vibrant orangish amber... Largely still with a limited few carbonation bubbles rising sporadically and randomly throughout...

S - The nose is vibrant and attention getting... A mix of orange and lemon candy to start... Next come some additional sweet candied sugars... There is a very subtle smokiness present that compliments the aforementioned sweetness tremendously... There is also a strong Belgian yeast component... Very unique... Very pleasing...

T - A kiss of sweetness to start... Candied sugars... Light sweet citrus notes... The Belgian yeast components are next... The cherry wood smoke starts to build slowly... The smokiness reminds me of Easter ham... There are some very subtle red wine tannin notes buried way beneath the surface... A very light medicinal presence on the very deep finish... Again very unique and very pleasing...

M - Medium bodied... Light to medium carbonation... A bit sticky... Even and well balanced... Finishes with a touch of dryness and turns slightly chalky on the distant finish...

D - A very well crafted brew that is unlike anything else that I have ever experienced... I did not Matt Courtright, but this beer lends the drinker to see the unique nature of the human being... It is as advertised - a Smoked Saison... A bit of a sipper, but quite enjoyable...

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Photo of Larbear2497
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is my first review, so I'm going to do my best as far as explanation of what I experienced, as well as terminology.

Serving type-I poured this beer from a bottle into my Maui Brewing Company snifter.

Appearance-Right away I noticed the cloudiness of the beer. It had an almost orange-like tint to it. Looked like different juices mixed together. Golden brown orange.

Smell-Had a very strong smoke to it, I actually liked that. Not too overpowering, but was the focal point of the first whiff. Briefly smelled a smoked cherry, woody smell.

Taste-Taste was a lot like the smell. Could definitely taste the high alcohol content on this one. A lot like Stone's Saison they put out, just a lot more smoke.

Mouthfeel-Was surprised at first, almost a champagne like feel in the mouth and back of the throat. This didn't take away from the beer, if anything it added to the taste. Was a major aspect of the first taste of the beer.

Overall- I would definitely drink again if given the opportunity, however it is a once only release. Would recommend to a lover of smoky brews. Good, not great.

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Photo of ADZA
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Before I do my review I know everyone else had prob said it but after reading the back spiel Matt sounded like a top bloke so cheers to him and it pours a hazed golden hue with a fluffy three finger head and leggy boozy lacing all over the place looks the part,the smell is very unique you definately get the cherrywood along with coriander,barnhouse funk,almonds and peaches,the mouthfeel is full,moderately carbonated and a tad slick with tastes of lemon sherbet,smoked wood,sticky Redgum honey and finished with a mix of boozy heat and candy malts and overall not a bad drop that I had to try no matter what RIP Matt cheers.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 4.15.14
Bottled 12/20/13

A - Pours a cloudy, bright orange with a fine cream-colored head with good retention.

S -Smokey, saison yeast, fruity, spices.

T - Light smokey, yeast, fruity.

D - Decent carbonation with a medium body.

O - Lots of saison yeast and fruit, light smoke.

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Photo of JayQue
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Unusual Saison. The yeast and funk were there but the smokiness and cherrywood add a different dimension. Pours a clear copper color with an average size white head into a pint glass. Head retention is about average and there is some patchy lacing on the glass.

Aroma is pretty much what I would expect from a Saison. Belgian yeast and a little funky, musty barnyard thing going on as well.

Taste starts out verySaison like as well. The mild funk then is overtaken by a smoky aspect and the taste of the wood barrels. Most of the wood flavor I recognize is oak, Bourbon barrels also leave a signature flavor as well. There is slightly bitter woodiness presence but then there is a sweet spect that follows. Cherry wood must be fairly distinctive in flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth. The smoke, funk and cherrywood are nicely blended. Not a Saison all the way but an interesting blend of Saison funkiness and some sweet woodiness.

A well crafted and tasty beer.

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Photo of maxcoinage
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - 22oz bottle(12/31/13 bottle date) to Duvel tulip few cm head settled Beer is a nice orange

S - woody, cherries

T - smoke definitely is there up front and all the way through.fruity Sweetness then a bit of sour on the finish

M - silky smooth. Good carb, medium body

O - it was OK maybe a bit too much smoke for me. But still refreshing

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light amber in color with a thin minimal white head covering about half of the top of the beer. Aroma of cherrywood and light malt is prevalent. The flavor is strong and you really get that cherrywood flavor. The aroma doesn't seem to give proper warning of the intensity of the flavor. The cherrywood dominates and grows throughout the fade. The mouth is fairly crisp and yet moderately carbonated.

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Photo of CHickman
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Sapsuckers in Huntington, NY. Pours a hazy gold color with a snow white 1 finger foamy head that faded slowly and left decent spotty lacing. Smells of yeast, floral notes, coriander, brown sugar, malt, grains, apple skin, grape and light citrus hops. Very interesting floral aroma like a rose pedal or honeysuckle plant mixed with fruity grains. Tastes more fruity and grainy with more complicated sweet bready notes; flavors include yeast, floral hops and/or dry flowers, lemon zest, coriander, pepper, brown sugar, sweet malt, toasted grains, apple skin, light citrus hops, light spices and a mild funk like a penny or metallic taste. Much mellower then I anticipated, but pretty well balanced and easy to drink, hiding the ABV well. Mouthfeel was average, with light carbonation, a medium body and a slightly funky finish that's on the clean side. A nice beer, and while I didn't get any of those smoky grainy notes I thought might come about from reading about this, I still found it enjoyable and quite tasty. Cheers to Stone and Matt, RIP Matt, it sounds like we lost a solid guy.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

bottled December 2013, opened today

A - clear pale gold with plenty of spritzy bubbles leaving a thin but lacy head.
S - I smell Saison funk overlayed with smoky wood backed by subtle esters.
T - Saison'esque taste but shockingly contrasted with woody resins and smoky aftertastes. Starts sweet but quickly goes tart and finishes astringent. Wheat and spice flavors are intertwined withwood and smoke. A woody Saison mixed with a very mild Rauchbier.
M - medium body with good carbonation. The abv is low key but waiting for you.
O - an interesting twist on a Saison and definitely worth a try, just don't expect a typical Saison .

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/14/14 and poured 5/27/14 into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. I believe it was $6.99 for a bomber, which was a surprisingly low price, to me.

Appearance: Aggressive pour gave off about a finger of head that didn't last too long. The beer is golden in color with excellent clarity for the first half of the bottle, but floaters come into the fold when the end of the bottle winds up in the glass. Active carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. Not much lacing to speak of.

Smell: That barnyard saison funk is there, which is nice. Then there's a banana and apple sauce sort of aroma, as well as that cherrywood. Smells exactly like you'd expect -- a saison with cherry and cherrywood aromas. Smoke? Maybe a little bit, but it's not nearly to the point of being overdone. Pretty much perfectly executed.

Taste/feel: First sip I wasn't sure what to think... then I sipped a few more times... I enjoy this beer because it's so different -- to me, anyway. Saison funkiness, cherry tartness and sweetness, a mild smoke character... it's actually a bit sour and I'm really liking that aspect about this beer. I could see why some would find this beer to be all over the place, but I'm liking that it is... it doesn't become a discombobulated mess to me like it seems to be to others. Nice banana, apple, malt flavor going on here. The finish is a biscuity with a somewhat peppery flavor on top of banana. This beer has about a medium body with a moderate carbonation so it's not something you couldn't exactly pound (which is a good thing, take a look at that ABV). I'm not picking up any of the alcohol anywhere in this beer, so it's hidden incredibly well.

The ABV for the price and the unique blend of flavors coming through this beer makes it one I'd love to have again if I wanted something unique. I'd personally prefer this be in 12oz bottles rather than bombers, but I can completely understand why they did it this way. I really like the taste of this beer. If I find another bottle, I'm going to cellar it. This is a great tribute from Stone, and I thank Matt for introducing this wonderfully unique beer to my taste buds. If you can pick up two, I'd recommend doing so.

Cheers Matt Courtright... this is a winner, and a brew I will never forget.

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Photo of RickS95
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color resembles a good IPA with its matte copper orange color. It's certainly not a clear beer, but not necessarily cloudy or hazy either, just kind of a matte texture. The head is only a finger thick and mostly nondescript. Not much retention and no lacing. Every swirl brings it back to life, but it's a fairly run of the mill appearance.

I think I like the smell, but it's unusual and I reserve the right to change my mind. It's got an extremely heavy dose of what seems to be a spice of some sort. It could be the cherrywood-smoked malt, but it comes across as a chipotle pepper-like spice scent. There is a faint cherriness to it, as well as a alcoholic heat. The smell leads you to believe your throat and palate may not survive the nuclear attack that possibly is coming. All the while, a funky saison like scent is lurking.

It's a mish-mash of flavors. The wood-smoked malt provides many different flavors masquerading as many other different flavors. Only the faintest hint of cherry is present. You can pick up the roasted malt, as well as the peppery yeast. It's an unsual flavor combination to say the least.

Like many saisons can be, the mouthfeel is strange. Kind of funky with lots of spice. A bit of roasty and some heat from the alcohol. Medium bodied. A tart finish with a pilsner like feel.

Overall, this beer falls on the slightly weird side of beers, something you can imagine from a saison. It's not bad, it's just got some weirdness to it. Again, something not unusual in a saison. Regardless, I'm glad I bought and tried this beer simply because of why it was created.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bottle with a stamped on bottling date of 12/20/13 that had almost rubbed off. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - So far, pretty standard, with a hazy orange body with tangelo highlights where the light refracts through the the liquid. Some tarnished brass shadows also lurk right beneath the one-finger beige head. Retention is solid, hanging out for several minutes before slinking to a thick film and leaving just a bit of lacing.

Smell - I wasn't quite sure what to expect since I'm finally getting around to opening this almost six months after it was bottled. That said, the smokiness is still present--notes of applewood-smoked bacon, hints of spices--allspice, cumin--sit atop a more traditional base of peppery spice and hints of generic fruity esters from the saison base--likely the yeast. Interesting, but has me a bit tentative, as I like my smoked beers to be a little more subtle.

Taste - The smoke isn't as up front on the palate as it was on the nose, allowing the fruity esters--notes of apple, nectarine and even dried apricot--to come through up front. However, there is a twinge of sourness (not puckering or tart, just sourish) followed by more aggressive smoke profiles. BBQ dry rub and smoked cherrywood as well as some more generic woodiness and leather. Unfortunately, while the taste in and of itself isn't bad, cumulative drinks really are hard to do. I'm not going to be able to finish this entire 22 oz bomber.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, and sort of an oppressive feel, like I get with many smoked beers. The opposite of refreshing.

Overall, an interesting beer and certainly unique, as I've not had or even heard of other smoked saisons. And while I respect the imagination and craft that went into it, it's just not a beer that appeals to my taste. The smoke needs a little better counterpoint.

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Photo of hreb
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours slightly cloudy and pale orange in color, alarmingly viscous for a saison (oh, right, *imperial* saison), with an ample white head. Fruity sweet aroma. Flavor is both more bitter and more sour than I'd expect in this cherrywood-smoked saison, but I guess that's the ever important "imperial" qualifier. My tolerance for Belgian funk is pretty low, but this is well within it. I don't get much smoke out of this, but there is a nice tartness reminiscent of cherry which works really well here. I will also point out that the strong flavors in this brew hold their own against the substantial alcohol content here.

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Matt's Burning Rosids from Stone Brewing
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,275 ratings.
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