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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Photo of vbs1980
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gemini6
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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.


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Photo of Yermomsfavorite
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sparx1100
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aratcliffe
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vylo
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of randomn8
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WestmontStorm
1.47/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Take a decent IPA, add a bit of orange juice and some liquid smoke and you get this nasty concoction. Maybe I just don't like smoked beer. Here's a better idea. Eat some bacon while drinking one of your favorite beers. Yes.

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Photo of coopertheninja
2.4/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

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3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Briken
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of corby112
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, bright golden orange color with slightly lighter edges and a two finger white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Good retention, taking a while to settle with streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Visible carbonation bubbling up.

Slightly smoky aroma with an earthy wood character that's nicely integrated into the saison elements. I was worried that it would overpower everything but it's pretty delicate with hints of wood, charcoal, grilled meat and liquid smoke countered by peppery spice, funky farmhouse yeast and crisp light fruit. Smoke and wood character along with pepper, coriander, grassy, spicy hops, musty funk and bread/yeast. Light fruit sweetness with hints of strawberry and cream, rhubarb, apple and pear. Subtle booziness. As a big fan of smoke beers I kind of wanted more in the nose but the aroma is nicely balanced with a decent amount of saison character. Smells pretty good.

Medium body with tight carbonation but the mouthfeel is pretty soft and delicate. The beechwood smoked malts are a bit stronger than in the aroma but this beer is still decently balanced with nice saion flavors. Slightly dry with lingering delicate smoke flavor giving off hints of burnt wood, charcoal, bacon BBQ, liquid smoke and subtle peat. Really nice smoke flavor along with some charred wood that's reminiscent of some of the lighter schlenkerla offerings. Smoke and wood are prominent and although this is stronger than the aroma suggests, it's not completely overpowering. Saison notes are slightly muted but there's still a strong peppery spice presnce and subtle farmhouse funk. Dry brett character shows a bit more as it warms but it's somewhat faint. The peppery spice compliments the smoke/wood and is followed by bread, yeast and light fruit sweetness. A touch of citrus along with apricot, grapefruit and apple. Some boozy sweetness in the finish but the high ABV is excellently masked making this well balanced beer dangerously drinkable. Has more smoke than the aroma, which I like, but the saison characteristics could be a bit stronger. Otherwise it's really solid experimental take in the style.

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Photo of Philvillani
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: 22 oz bottle, orange, white head, cloudy

S: oranges, smoke, yeast, complex alcohols

T: tart tangy, smoke, oranges, coriander

M: sticky, strong

O: moving story behind this beer

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Redgoatman
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreenMind
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gregcordle
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jadjunk
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Everyone at Stone recognized Matt's prowess and passion for brewing. He loved to explore all beer could be, rather than limit himself or his brews to accepted parameters. To wit, he crafted the beer you hold in your hands, a Belgian-style saison he conceived with his Stone friend and compatriot, Brian Bishop. Infused with cherrywood-smoked malt, the beer was dubbed Burning Rosids, referencing the rosid plant family from which cherry trees hail." Brewed in the style of a Saison Ale with Cherrywood-smoked malt added. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft. Brewed in honor of Stone brewer Matt Courtright.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours an amber-white head of a crisp, frothy foam consistency over a moderately hazy sunset amber body with a light, specked sediment in tow and light carbonation. Retention is average and lacing is light and patchy. 3.5

(Smell) Yeast-borne spice, tangy stone fruit undertones, smoked wood and grain, earthy and raw bitterness forward, trace grain alcohol. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Cracker and pale malt body with a reserved sweetness, light tangy fruit backbone, boldly bitter and very dry from smoked wood flavor with a raw bitterness. Yeast undertones of stone fruit, effervescent spiciness, and light grain alcohol creeping in. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, slick, smooth, moderately dry. Carbonation is moderate with a moderate frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium/heavy for the style, medium/heavy overall. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) This is a pretty interesting Saison to say in the least, lots of smoked and toasted wood flavor that generates a lots of raw bitter and tangy stone fruit character, with the slight caveat of intense drying power that makes this a dehydrating beer. I think it's worth a try for anybody interested in experiencing the flavor range of Saisons, as this one really brings a lot of interesting flavor to the table. Kudos to Matt for this unique twist, and Stone for the kind words on the bottle. 3.5

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Matt's Burning Rosids

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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheWiltChamberlainofipas
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love this dont go in expecting your typical saison this has an upfront sweetness that pairs with the spiciness and a slight smokiness a little boozy but I had it on draft.

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Photo of Noooddle
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Matt's Burning Rosids from Stone Brewing
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