Matt's Burning Rosids Imperial Cherrywood-smoked Saison | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
83
good
34 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Matt's Burning Rosids Imperial Cherrywood-smoked SaisonMatt's Burning Rosids Imperial Cherrywood-smoked Saison
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by shigg85 on 05-30-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
34
Reviews:
9
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
21.27%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by mrseano:
Photo of mrseano
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%

More User Reviews:
Photo of cmwilliq
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JIMTRK16
4.72/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of samtrillo
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled in January 2014. Here I am 20 months later.

Pours a cloudy creamsicle orange with a 1 inch foamy white head that recedes to reveal some splotchy lacing.

Nose features soft wheat and some fruitiness. Overall not a strong scent.

Some definite yeast funkiness going on. I'm curious as to how this faired fresh. I think the smokiness is giving this one a peculiar bitterness on the backend that lingers for quite awhile in the aftertaste. Grain is there with some fruit sweetness but its immediately overpowered by what I assume is funk meets smoke.

The aftertaste finally fades into a biscuit butter coating on the roof of the mouth. The 10.5% is helping in the coating process, I'm sure. A soft and smooth mouthfeel, especially in this alcohol range.

Overall, I'm not much of a Saison guy to begin with, so this one intrigued me with all that's going on. It's not a bad beer and I think Saison lovers would get a kick out of it.

 942 characters

Photo of jworkman
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DOCRW
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bfred805
4.52/5  rDev +24.9%

Photo of Ursch79
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours yellow with a small head.
Nose shows funky saison yeast, light banana, soft smoke and floral notes.
Similar flavours; earthy and funky yeast, light wheat notes, and hint of meaty smoke.
Tastes more like 5%, very well made.

 228 characters

Photo of mrcraft
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TBCE
4.49/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bushbeer75
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 22 fl. oz. brown bottle - bottled on 12/20/2013

Matt's Burning Rosids [Imperial Cherrywood Smoked Saison] Ale poured into my tulip glass a light "dirty" gold hue. Atop sat a 1-finger off-white head that was reduced to a foamy collar and very spotty lacing. The nose was very light - with a hint of cherries, banana, and somewhat spicy. The flavor was of light fruit, some light cloves and a little smoky woodiness. The finish is malty with some alcohol warming. Mouth feel is crisp and dry with lingering hop bitterness - also full bodied.

Overall, an interesting take on the Saison/Farmhouse Ale style.

 624 characters

Photo of connecticutpoet
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Wow. I bought this one with high hopes... I love smoked beers and rauchbiers, but am not a major fan of saisons. So there was a grain of trepidation there as well.

When I poured it into my handy pint, it looked like a solid saison. One finger head, yellow body, relatively clear. No lacing, and the head eventually died to a thin ring around the glass, not sure if I liked that or not.

Aroma had a lot going on. Grassy, floral, slightly sweet, some fresh white bread, tart apples, and hints of smoke. Okay, going in the right direction.

Then came the taste. Oh my god. The first sip was downright horrid. It was definitely a saison... itg was dry, peppery, spicy, with some yeast notes... but rather than a nice smokiness was a whole bunch of blech. It made me shudder as I swallowed. It got better as I drank more, but I am not sure if my taste buds acclimated to it, if they started to shut down, or if the high ABV made me care less about it. Regardless, I drank it in as few swallows as I could.

Mouthfeel was kind of cloying and icky.

Overall, while I understand their reason for brewing this beer as a tribute to a coworker, I certainly hope that this was the flavor he would have liked. This one was definitely not for me. I guess I am a statistical outlier in that regard, as it seems so many people thought this was outstanding.

 1,359 characters

Photo of safaricook
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The smoke is strong on this beer. The rest is really imperial Saison. Quite well done I have to say. But the smoke. I like this the best when at the end of a longer evening drinking and especially with the occasional smoking thrown in. The its great. In the afternoon it is a bit off putting.

 292 characters

Photo of BeccaFaith07
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Dalv
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of coopertheninja
2.4/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of Yermomsfavorite
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sparx1100
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kw_pip
4.6/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught

7 characters

Photo of thomda11
4.14/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of Moose90
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A – Bright pale color, little to no retention of a pale yellow head.

S – Underwhelming, little to no smokiness here, comes across as a basic Saison.

T – Hello belgian yeasty goodness, nicely done here, with a little bit of cherry smoky goodness.

M – Nice mouthfeel bordering on the heavy and overtly think side of the spectrum.

O – Unfortunately underwhelming, this is a decent saison, but I would have liked a little more smoke and fruit.

 454 characters

Photo of josanguapo
4.54/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From XXXII. In Temu glasd. Shared with Carlos at delivery of Fishbones. Odd brew but much better and drinkable than expected. The smoky part is very hidden, as well as its high ABV. Would repeat if cheaper.

 206 characters

Photo of 2Bstout
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Matt's Burning Rosids Imperial Cherrywood-smoked Saison from Stone Brewing
3.62 out of 5 based on 34 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.