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 facundoCNB
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy golden orange with a finger of head which quickly dissipated. Smells awesome.. Sugary sweet, saison yeast, white pepper, lots of breadyness. The flavor has a bit of a smoked wood kick, slight hint of smoky band aids, bready, lots of sweet malt, white pepper and Belgian yeast.
Medium in body with higher carbonation.

This drinks very easily and nicely. Sweet and smokey, pretty delicious, and quite surprising to have a solid saison from someone that's dead set on breaking the barriers for new style of beers to make such a great old world style beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- A slight haze on a bright orange. Not much head to speak of. Looks like a DIPA.

S- Very saison, a strong presence of belgian yeast. Clove and banana peel. A hint of the smoke but more of a wood aroma. Refreshing and rather enticing.

T- Taste reflects differently from the nose. The first thing I notice is the smoke, not too bold but shines in this beer. There is definitely a wood flavor in here as well, not cherry flavors I would expect from the fruit but a subtle faint cherry essence. The belgian yeast is strong in the flavor. There really is a lot of clove and banana peel on the back end as well as a dash of pepper. Aftertaste is semi clean and somewhat skunky, reminds me slightly of a pislner. A well rounded and fairly well balanced beer.

M- The belgian yeast adds a very nice smoothness to the beer and the beer drinks pretty well all around.

O- A solid beer and a unique take on the style.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, bottled 12-20-13.

Pours pretty clear, orangy amber, off white moderate cap, leaves a tiny bubble sheen, thin collar and fine scattered lacing.

On the nose I'm getting some citrus, lite smoke, and some alcohol burn.

Full flavor, robust, complex,brash n bold. Not for newbies or the faint hearted. More lime and pineapple all over the palate. I get most of the smoke in the finish, buts its pretty faint. Mostly its more and more heavy citric fruit, phenols and a sort of burnt band aids under note.

A lot going on and I like it

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Poured into a snifter.

Stone did a good job with the presentation on this beer. The color on the beer is orange and copper, and it's mostly clear and transparent with consistent carbonation. The head is a finger thick and chewy-looking and persists well.

I get more goodness on the nose, which is very citrusy. There's a lot of orange peel there, sweet malt, mild hoppiness and some honey. I don't get any smoke on the nose.

Then the beer hits my tongue and the smoke is thick. It's a big surprise, really. Very much reminiscent of the Schlenkerla I had a week earlier. There's the same smoked ham aroma, but this is complemented by citrus, particularly grapefruit, as well as some earthy, yeasty and woody notes. There's certainly a lot going on.

I mostly like how this beer drinks, with a good medium body, slight effervescence and a bitter and dry finish. However, the yeasty saison-like quality to the beer is a bit overbearing and somewhat commandeers the beer.

In the end, it's a unique, tasty complex and enjoyable beer. Considering the body on this, I wouldn't quite consider it an easy-sipper for the summer months, although it does have the traits of a saison which to me suggests summer.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up recently at the new Bottle King on the Livingston Circle, having never had this beer before. I thought the story behind it was quite touching and even though I wondered how well Stone would brew a Saison/Farmhouse Ale, I was really impressed by this offering. While not like those from Europe that are more spicy, bubbly, and lighter in hue, there was a lot to like here and this quickly grew on me after making the adjustment to a brew unlike any other I've had before.

Nice amber hue to this with not a lot of head or lacing to be seen as I worked my way through this. Not a strong aroma to this but the cherry juice and smoke were present in the nose, with the latter becoming very pronounced in the taste. No sourness here, the but the mouthfeel reminded me of the cherries. Lots of wood, a bit of peppery sausage, and a spot-on carbonation combined to make this so easygoing while the back saw the saltiness come out as this went down sip after sip. This reminded me of the LA-31 Boucanèe that I had last year and had this been categorized as a Smoked Beer, that wouldn't have bothered me at all. The sour funkiness and overflowing carbonation of European examples of this beer wasn't to be found here and there was just a bit more of a bready maltiness to give this a nice body.

While this was strong, I couldn't feel the alcohol and only a gentle warming came over me as I finished this off with a friend. I commented to him that after nearly 800 beers reviewed on here, that I had never had anything quite like this and that it was a joy to come across something new after all of these years, that made me realize what beer was capable of and could be when the boundaries were pushed out. Obviously, I didn't know Matt but I'm really glad that his vision became a reality. Anyone who appreciates good beers owes it to his/her self and Matt's memory to buy a bottle of this and raise some of its contents to his legacy.

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

If no other notion about craft beer has been more deeply engrained into my psyche recently, it is the notion that beer is people. Its the stories, its the activity, its the history- all of a culmination of decisions that cause a flavor to exist. And that intent has never carried more weight as does Matt's Burning Rosids. To commemorate the life, passing and the lingering legacy that Matt Courtright left on the craft beer world, this beer is born.

The Belgian-inspired Saison opens with a bright amber-peach color with diffused highlights of gold and orange that cast through the beer's semi-translucent haze. A quick and creamy head rapidly pulls from the body of the ale and caps it with a creamy bone-white head. Much more frothy than zesty, the ale clues us in that it is an American-type farmhouse ale and not the sincerely authentic champage-like appearance of those from Belgium.

Tangy smoke flavors leap out immediately- but here comes the pepper and more earth, then the fruit, the wine and the crisp malt... wave after wave of aromas waft over the nose with everthing from burnt straw, cumin and fennel to musty oranges and limes. All the while a light note of the sea, leather, grass and tea all round out the nose as the first sip lingers just behind.

To taste, its wafer-thin sweetness is of mild honey suckle, whole wheat and maybe a crackle of rye. But the beer's tangy, tart, near-sourish properties take command over the middle where a sense of dried oranges and limes, white grape, apple and papaya all seem of the grilled varieties with the beer's smoked character lurking in the background. Those campfire flavors link up seamlessly with the beer's finish of peppercorn, hay, fennel and cumin.

Adoring the beer's taste and texture, its creamy upstart creates an even fade that casts aside its sweetness and body as the ale trends bitter, dry, spicy and bracingly acidic. Its warm finish is not indicative of its high alcohol strength but does finish warm and pleasantly peppery.

Much like the ale, the memory, life and spirit of Matt will resonate not only in this commemorative ale, but in the taste of all ales that Stone will make here on out. Its a reminder to not only respect the contributions of Matt but to salute all the folks of Stone Brewing in their jobs well done.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light amber color with golden tones. Foam is dying off. A thin ring remains.

Farmhouse yeast with some sweet/tang, faint salty smoke, white pepper, and some lemony/grapefruity notes. Some spice notes forwarding on impressions of sage and coriander.

Very salty flavor with some sweetness from the malts and a whiff of saline smoke. It's strangely salty. Has a pitted fruit vibe to it, but it's hard to pinpoint. Maybe, pear and a hint of lemony tartness. I can't get past the saltiness. Something went a little awry here.

The body is medium and the carbonation is almost right there with it. Simple enough. Not really impressive.

An okay saison that has way too much of a saline distraction. A little disappointed, but I don't dislike it.

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Matt's Burning Rosids from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 1,309 ratings