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: 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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4/5  rDev +5%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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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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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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look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy amber body plays host to gentle streams of carbonation and nice legs. Thin, soft white head is rather disappointing when compared to other saisons.

Quite sour at first sniff... me likey! Plenty of sweet notes from ripe apple and pear with crisp honey lend an almost cider-esque quality to the aroma. Cloves and pepper spice things up. Light peat and smoke characters.

An impressive explosion of flavor. If you're a fan of the style, you'll know right away that this one is something special. Earthy wood notes (I can only assume its cherrywood) hit right away with a nice bitter profile. Plenty of pepper and other spices I can't quite nail down. Mild tart cherry notes on the finish with a bite that reminds you this one packs an impressive 10.5% ABV. Aftertaste is packed with smoked notes.

Served at 40 degrees, this one is easy to drink. As it warms more puckering goodness is noticeable, keep this in mind when serving (I personally liked it more as it warmed). Typical saison in most regards here; medium bodied, light carbonation, semi-dry finish. Not what I would consider a clean finish, but enjoyable none-the-less.

Definitely worth snagging if you're a fan of the style, you won't be disappointed. Even if you're not, you can't help but not be impressed by the complexity of this big saison (I'm struggling to think of another that comes close to this in ABV). I'm hoping I can still find a bottle to age in my cellar.... So if you see it, grab 2, just in case.

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

decent beer, great cause. this is born from a terrible tragedy, but its a nice way to honor the man here. very strong saison type, not nearly as smoked as i wish it was, sometimes it takes a lot of cherrywood smoked malt to get the desired result. definitely well short of a smoked beer like a ranch, but it gives this saison an additional earthy factor along with the yeast. my problem with it is how sort of average it all is, not as distinct as the tagline that sold me, and honestly its way too strong. its a bottle of beer that is just too much, even half a bomber with a buddy is more of this than i really want. however, i appreciate how light it feels, i mean, you don't taste the alcohol at all, and its so brilliantly carbonated that it never really shows its true meat. nice clear color for a saison too, usually these have quite a bit more haze to them. overall a special release from stone is always worth trying, especially with a story like this one, but it could be improved with a more robust smoke profile, and with an abv down in the 8% range.

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Matt's Burning Rosids from Stone Brewing
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,276 ratings.
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