Tonight I will be checking out a Saison called Matt’s Burning Rosids, which is a Saison from Stone Brewing Company with 10.% Alcohol By Volume (ABV). This beer was brewed in memory of on of the brewers that worked for Stone who died in a forklift accident while on the job. Matt’s Burning Rosids is described by Stone as an “imperial cherrywood-smoked Saison.”
Stone Matt’s Burning Rosids is an amber colored beer, shining a clear, bright golden glow when held up to a light. A small white head briefly tops it off, with specs of lacing adhering to the glass.
Peppery Belgian yeast is the standout in the nose, with hints of smoked wood and alcohol in the background.
The smoked malts take center stage in the taste, with spicy and lighter fruity accents from the yeast, underlying sweet malt, just a touch of leafy hop in the finish. Alcohol spice is pretty well blended, but it does accent the spicy notes from the yeast. Mouth is medium bodied, with a spicy aftertaste.
The departed Matt Courtwright was working on the recipe for Matt’s Burning Rosids shortly before his death, and the beer displays creativity and skillful balance. The smoked malts are the focus initially, but even out as the taste evolves. It’s a tasty brew and one worth checking out.
Stone Matt’s Burning Rosids : A-
Beer Reviews by Prof Sudz