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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:
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Added by DerrickW on 01-03-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 215 | Ratings: 1,274
Photo of StonedTrippin
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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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.86/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden peach orange. Tiny bright-white collar with a tiny wispy cap. Moderate carbonation. Slight chill haze drops out as it warms.

Smell: Solid smoke, but it's not acrid. A touch of sweet pulpy wood with some underlying saison yeast. Some clove, a vague peppery element, and some mild earthy notes. Cherry wood offers some sweet smokiness with a mild fruity undercurrent. Banana, a touch of grass. Nicely balanced. Malts run on the sweeter side with some mild bready elements and a touch of cooked and caramelized malt. A touch of stone fruit and gummi candy.

Taste: Smoke pushes a bit harder than the nose and dominates up front. Slightly acrid and sweet. Very woody. A touch of grass, a solid herbal presence. Saison yeast throws some fruity esters coupled with some solid spice notes. Clove dominates the spice profile. Malts are slightly sweet. Some restrained pale malt sweetness with some bready elements. Slightly caramelized. Smoke builds a bit as it warms but clashes in the long run. So much cherry wood smoke. A really odd blend.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a moderate carbonation. Decent astringency with a juicy sip up front. Finishes a touch dry.

Overall: Matt's burning something.

Just odd. It's not bad, but the weird saison and smoke combo falls short. Everything competes and nothing settles.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/31/13 at 45 degrees into a tulip glass
Faint aroma of smoke
Head small (1.5cm), white, creamy, rapidly diminishing to a broken layer 1 – 2 mm thick
Lacing good – small bubbles covering the surface
Body medium yellow, hazy
Flavor is primarily smoke and alcohol – no distinct hops, no malt, no diacetyl, a hint of saison fruitiness and yeast as the beer warms up.
Palate is medium, watery, lively carbonation.

Not sure why so many people gave this such reviews on BA. To me this is just another alcohol-heavy beer with little other flavor. The smokiness detracts from the essential characteristics of a saison.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Looks perfect. Saison like qualities, with a dry, fruity smoke. Floral and spicy more than anything. Moderately bitter and smokey. Light to medium bodied, crisp with a small bite. Dry and very good. This works. Alot going on but it works.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, orange-gold body with a couple inches of whitish foam.

Smell: Sweet-scented, honeyed nose atop pilsner malts, not altogether much in the smoke or wood department, citrus and orchard fruits, spiciness from alcohol, clove-scented phenols, and other peppery elements.

Taste: Pils and graciously bready malts given a thick, shimmering coating of candy syrup and honey for a full sweetness. Apple, zestful orange, clove-spiked pear, and a little banana give a melange of tangy fruitiness. Light wooden, light smoke accent. Peppery, earthy, herbal tone perks up midway and carries along until the finish. Growing alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. There's a noted fullness, heaviness to the beverage.

Overall: While I didn't dig the beer, the tribute was welcome and fitting. Felt more akin to a big, beefy BSPA than a saison.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a cloudy light orange with a one-finger white head. Light lacing.

S - Aroma of Belgian yeast with a hint of light smokiness.

T - Taste is just like a classic Saison. The Belgian yeast and corriander give way to some nice smokey malts. Finish has a nice amount of smokiness.

M - medium bodied with high carbonation. Dry mouthfeel and finish.

O - Nice Saison. The smoke adds some nice flavor. Not mind blowing, but recommended.

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Photo of hardy008
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light orange with a small off white head, which fades quickly to a small ring of foam, leaving spotty lacing. The aroma has Belgian yeast, citrus, spices, and smoked malt.

Tastes sweet, without being overly sweet, with some smokiness. There is Belgian yeast, citrus, spices, smoked malt, apples, peaches, and grapes. Has a very nice combination of flavors.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Very easy to drink, and the alcohol is well hidden. There is no alcohol burn, and the abv is 10.50 %. Very nicely made.

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Photo of arizcards
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine in early March for $6.49.

Beer poured a cloudy orange with very little head.

Nose is classic Belgian saison yeast strain, some citrus, with a hint of smokiness.

Taste is classic saison and then the smoked malts kick in. There is some citrus and the finish is somewhat dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Normally i would expect a lighter field given this is a belgian style brew this is essentially an imperial saison.

Overall this is a pretty interesting brew. It definitely blurs the style lines but that is what makes things fun in the tasting game.

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Photo of Brenden
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one comes off the tap with a nice, creamy almost-white head about a finger tall that shows resilience and falls slowly during the session. The brew itself is a clear and brightly shining orange-gold. Lacing is dropped in solid patching.
Smoke is gentle but there, at a very nice level as it makes itself known without charging. A bit of leaf, almost herbal, rests beneath that, and then some earth comes out. There's a bit of spiciness, both kitchen and pepper.
The flavor lets the smoke build on the tongue, and the surprise to me is how much fruit is in the taste. It's got lots of brightness, and the way it works with the smoke is very nice. It has a slight tartness, some citrus flavors making some headway in the middle to finish with the smoke and a light lingering leaf. The way the smoke builds without ever overpowering, adding more tang, or getting acrid displays a mastery. Earthy and spicy play a supporting role, always noticeable without vying for attention.
The body is about medium, and it may have a bit of heft for a Saison. It is bright and the crispness makes it very refreshing. Smoothness isn't lacking, either.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Stone's Matt's Burning Rosids last month for $6.99 at The Lager Mill. This one seems like a pretty interesting beer and I don't think I've ever had a smoked Saison before and I'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a Belgian tulip.

A- The bottle looks pretty nice, I think the look of the bottle goes well with the name. It poured a yellow orange color that took on a darker golden and orange color when held to the light with three fingers worth of creamy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty and patchy lacing behind. This was a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the smoke being the first to show up and it's almost on the border of being medium smokey and it's followed by some sweet malt aroma. Up next comes the Belgian yeast with some citrus rind and banana like aromas coming through. Towards the end comes a little more fruity aromas with some green apple coming through and there's a little bit of spicy and earthy hop aromas. This beer has a decent aroma, I like the smokey aspect, but the Saison aromas were a little dull and sweet.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the sweet malts being the first to show up and their followed by that Belgian yeast that imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma with citrus rinds showing up the most this time and the banana shows up a little in the background along with a slight green apple flavor. Up next comes the same amount of smoke that I got in the aroma with a slightly boozy flavor that's a little warming and it's followed by the hops that impart a spicy flavor and a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness with a sweet fruity, lightly smokey and Belgian yeast like aftertaste. This was a decent tasting beer, but I thought the sweetness and the alcohol showed up a little more then they needed to.

M- Not the smoothest, a little boozy, a little cloying, a little sticky, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was decent, but it was a little too thick and sticky for me.

Overall I thought this was decent beer and a decent example of a Saison and a pretty unique example of the style, but it's not really how I prefer my Saisons, they call it a Imperial Saison and I would say that's what I would call it too, it reminds me a little of Brewery Vivant Zaison with the higher sweetness and noticeable alcohol. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it wasn't too smooth, it was a little thick, a little boozy, little cloying, a little filling and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention, I think half the bottle is a good amount for me, I think the whole bottle would start to wear on me after awhile. I think this would be a good beer to enjoy in the fall time. What I like the most about this beer was the smoke aspect, it worked well with this beer and it wasn't overpowering. What I like the least about this beer was the sweetness and alcohol, they were both a little too high and I felt like they both held this beer back. I don't think I would buy this beer again, it's priced nicely, but I just don't feel the need revisit it again. I can't say I would recommend this beer. Overall I wasn't too impressed with this beer, I did like the smoke aspect, but the imperial Saison base wasn't as good as I thought it might be and left me wanting more flavor and less sweetness and alcohol. It's not my favorite Stone beer and it's for sure my not my favorite Saison and when it comes to imperial Saisons I would rather have Brewery Vivant Zaison instead. Better luck next time guys, this one just wasn't for me.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Sam Smith pint glass.

A: Medium amber body, perfectly clear mousey white head.

S: Slightly smoky, mostly a balanced belgian yeast and noble hop characteristic.

T: Like a noble hopped saison with a touch of smoke. Some residual sweetness. Strange aftertaste.

M: A little strange, maybe too much body when I'm expecting something crisper.

O: Pushing some style boundries here. Good beer, but they didn't all work for me.

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Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Damn. May have let this one warm too much again. It isn't warm by any means, but I felt like I was getting a lot more overall flavor on the first few sips straight from the fridge. It smells sweet, apples, some Scotch-like smokiness, bit of banana, some alcohol, little clove. Pretty sweet taste, some bitterness, maybe almost tartness. Apple juice, maybe a bit if peach. Think I got the smoke more overall when it was colder, but it is definitely still lingering in the aftertaste.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a clear glowing amber with a finger of dense off-white head that faded into a bubbly collar.
S: Mild smoke is dominant but not potent, and it is definitely woody as opposed to char, bbq or campfire. Peppery spicy and earthy yeast poke through the smoke, as well as a hint of lemon. Mild overall, definitely a smoked beer but not a smoke bomb. I get a hint of sugary malt and alcohol as well; perhaps even a touch of sweet fruit.
T: Not as smoky as the nose. Saison yeast and earthy spices come through nicely and are accentuated by light notes of woody smoke, sweet sugary golden fruits and stone fruits, candied fruit, and mild booze. The finish has hints of cantaloupe and spice, and the aftertaste is sweet, boozy and lingering. Definitely a strong take on a saision.
M: Full body, soft and fluffy carbonation is airy and froths up on my palate, with a thick, slightly boozy mouthfeel. A bit tingly as well.
O: Pretty good. Good use of smoke to add complexity rather than dominate. I liked it as is but it’s a bit boozy and heavy. A few alcohol points lighter would probably be slightly more enjoyable.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

- Cherry wood smoked saison.

A: Glowing orange with a hazy, translucent quality and a strong carbonation factor within. Creamy, ivory head retains beyond several minutes with hardly a budge.

S: Sweet smoked grains with some apple-citrus. Lightly smoked orange, pear fruitiness and canteloupe. Finishes with some musky citrus-lemon.

T: Smoky flavor, sweet marzen smoked grains and toasted caramel with some pear and star-fruit citrus. Floral hops, orchard like, grapefruit peel and some dry orange grinds. Mid-level smokiness of cherry wood with a solid level of flavor. Warming toasted flowery hops.

M: Creamy mouthful, spicy, dry, tingly (could of used more snap and sharpness) with a moderate warmth of alcohol.

O: Overall like this, the alcohol and dry fruitiness overtakes the initial smoky appeal mid-drink but still maintains enough presence to give this a well rounded, crisp, and bold flavor.

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

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/20/2013. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, banana, pepper, clove, honey, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, light wood smoke, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester, malt, and light-moderate smoke notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, banana, pepper, clove, honey, wheat, bread, wood smoke, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy peppery yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, pear, apple, banana, pepper, clove, honey, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, wood smoke, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice robustness and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester and pale/smoked malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and lightly slick/crisp/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice smoked saision style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast ester and bready/smoked malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jellikit
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: yellow-yellow/orange. Thin head. Lacing of tiny bubbles. Clear.
S: esters from yeast
T: Strong alcohol, classic saison, but big. itter at end. Big yeast presence. Spicy. I could not taste the cherry wood smoke.
M: highly carbonated.
O: Good Saison. Not great. Too hoppy for this style.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

mostly picked up for the price (only $6.99) but also for that damn heart crushing story.

A - Pours a bright yellow orange very hazy with a mild 1/4 inch of head that fades to nothing.
S - No real smokey smells in the beer smells like any other triple or saison I have had before. For what it's worth it's not very heavy either.
T - Well the flavors are kind of meshed strong yeasts mildly fruity and dry mesh with oaky (cherry?) wood taste, not overpowering and finishes off with some orange fruity goodness. Its decent enough.
M - Not as heavy as I expected and the ABV is well hidden. Medium bodied and kind of chewy.

Overall it's a decent one off with a high octane ABV but I don't think I would drink it again. Still it was a great and balanced experience.

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Photo of stakem
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a snifter. The brew appears a hazed golden copper color with an offwhite cap 2+ fingers strong that fades back to a thin film. Stringy lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma opens strangely fruity and tropical to herbal with a firm smokiness. Under the fruited quality is a touch of clove and yeastiness. The fruit plus sweetness coupled with smoke makes for a unique combo that is very atypical of a saison.

The taste is fruity with almost a woody quality before the smokiness sets in. Herbal to fruity bitterness is there with a bold alcohol aspect. The flavors are not terrible, they just dont mingle well together. The phenolics are mild compared to what I was expecting.

This is quite a mishmosh clashing brew. Very boozy and strangely sweet/tropical with a lot of smokiness. As it warms, some phenolic plastic notes come out taking this in an even stranger bad direction. I really wanted to like this but the "imperialized" aspect of it was sadly focused too much on characteristics I dont like (plastic, sweetness, etc.)

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Photo of Crawfish61
4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this brew. A beautiful saison aroma followed up by an equally beautiful taste. Classic taste with a sweet smoky background. Highly recommended. The taste had a green banana, clove, lemony charactor with the smoky background. The smoke is a background flavor not the main player. It was very nice to look at. It is a beer I will revisit. Rest in Peace Matt, this beer does your memory honor.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip.

3.5 A: Clear light orange color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is average and a good bit of lacing is left.

4.25 S: The nose is aggressive, complex, and interesting as hell. The cherrywood comes through super strong, but surprisingly it's more fresh than smoked. Persimmon, wildflowers, honey, peaches, lemon, straw, and peppery Belgian yeast. I like it quite a bit.

4.0 T: Taste is like the nose, except it may be even stronger. Wildflowers, honey, lemon, peach. The yeast offers a great deal of pepper and a few hints of clove. Funky straw with hints of earthiness. Again the cherrywood is interesting and makes this brew one to live for.

4.0 M: Medium body. Pleasant spritzy carbonation. Active on the tongue and super smooth.

4.25 D: I'm not often impressed by Stone, but this is a damn good beer. I think I'll be buying another one.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brilliant deep amber hue with a creamy off white head (looks like orange blossom honey). Fine carbonation in this one makes for some tiny bubbles and intricate lacing. Aroma great smoked malt qualities the label indicates it's cherry wood smoked saison, so far that's accurate. Smoked meats including bacon even though it just the smoked wood quality, fruit based ale really nice smelling Belgian style base beer. Nothing screams Saison on the nose, but the palate has enough spicy citric edge and yeast phenolics to make it all appropriate. Stone always struggles with Belgian styles, but this is good for what it is juicy fruit malt bases, spicy yeast, citrus zest, and lingering smoked malts this is one of the better Belgian style ales I've had from them...too bad it was bottled on the terms of such a tragic event. I definitely realize that life is too short, but what and the hell happened at the brewery for the brewer Matt Courtright to have passed away, it must have been a freak accident. Mouthfeel has a very appealing crisp yet bitter orange peel zest that lingers with the spicy yeast and spice additions throughout each sip, some would say it tip toes into a cloying realm but quickly backs out the carbonation is not as fine and champagne like as some of the effervescent Belgian style Saisons, which leaves a bit of residual sugars between each sip lying heavy on the palate. Overall, I enjoyed the complexity and different approach to a saison with the smoked cherry wood qualities really bringing the bacon like meat out in the aromatics.

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Photo of bnes09
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent orange color. Rich, creamy head on the pour. Good retention with lots of little lace critters.

Wheat and yeast aroma. Spicy cloves. Pleasant smoky character.

Smoke flavor hits the tongue right away with a mild sausage-like quality. Study, muffin like malt backbone. Assertive herbal hop with hints of cloves. Mellow yeast in the end.

Medium to full bodied. Well carbonated. Somewhat grainy texture, most likely from the wood.

A unique beer. Innovative for sure. Just a little different from my classic view of a saison.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip, amber gold with a thin white head. Smell sweet and fruity with some alcohol on the nose. Mild carbonation hits with the cherries, very earthy, tart, mellowing on the finish. Can't believe this is 10.5% abv. This goes down easy enough to be a session beer. Not too complicated, but very tasty, impressive enough to inspire me to review my first beer in several years.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.54/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Served in a tumbler.

It's been a while since I've had a nice smoked beer, so let's go after one from Stone, eh? It pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises determined-yet-mild cherrywood smoke, vague Belgian yeast, straw, light toffee, and a few twists of lemon. The taste derails things significantly. I like the fact that the smoke is all up in your face and such, but it's combined with Stone's characteristically crappy Belgian yeast strain, which adds some muddled spices, tangerine juice, mild earth, and almost Brett-like straw to the proceedings. Suffice it to say, this is unwelcome by itself and downright intolerable when provided with a heaping helping of smoke. There's clashing, and then there's CLASHING. Take a stab which one I experienced here... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this beer shows why Stone needs to ditch its awful Belgian yeast. It ruined what could have been a perfectly decent beer, especially given the thickness and quality of the smoke (when taken alone, it was pretty damn good). I'm likely gonna be skipping Stone's next few Belgian-inspired recipes just in case...

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Photo of seand
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear amber with a small amount of white head, which dissipates to nothing, leaving little to no lacing.

S: Honey hoppy malty sweetness.

T: A nice balance between the sweetness and the hoppy note; aftertaste is on the hoppy side but otherwise you're getting both flavors in a pretty good balance.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall, pretty good, and worth trying, but it's not something that I feel I need to have again right away either.

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Matt's Burning Rosids from Stone Brewing
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