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Stone Matt’s Burning Rosids Imperial Cherry Wood Smoked Saison



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RATINGS: 438   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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 and to everything he so passionately stood for: contributing and caring for others, passion and skill for his art, and laugther. Lots of laughter. Among the list of things he held dear was GoDesignInc.org, a charity committed to fulfilling the architectural needs of developing communities around the world, and we are proudly contributing funds earned through the sale of this beer to this worthy organization in Matt’s honor. Enjoy, and please remember that life and those we hold dear are precious gifts to be cherised every day. Consider sharing this beer, conversations on life’s passions and, again, lots of laughter, with good friends as we remember ours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PriorL (1569) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle at RBSG 2014. Thx to everyone for sharing today’s bottles! APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, small unstable white head. NOSE: caramel, sweet, hoppy. TASTE: caramel, sweet, chemical.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichTheVillan (2419) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2014
Keg at Brewdog Birmingham; clear burnished amber pour with a frothy off white head, spice and smoke aroma, taste has light smoke, yeast, spice, some toffee.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Elwood (3022) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2014
From a bomber. Pours a hazy orange with a small white head. The nose is odd with bits of smoke, peat, cherry, and bread. The flavor seems to get stranger as you drink it with this odd lingering smoked cherry note. The weird dough notes don’t blend well either. I hate to pick on a beer dedicated in such a way as this, but this isn’t very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThirstyBird (1455) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - JUL 9, 2014
Pours a clear light golden yellow with a white head. The smell is wood, smoke, fruit. The taste is smokey, woody, fruity then dry on end. Medium body with fine carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 8, 2014
22oz bottle. Crystal clear amber body topped by small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, white pepper, some lemon/spicy, light smoked wood, cherry. Taste is sweet, cherry, some alcohol, light smoked, caramel, pepper, light alcohol burn in the finish. Sticky medium-full body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6582) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2014
Bouteille 66cl @ RBBSG III, courtesy of Thirstybird. De couleur orangée léger, col blanc. Arôme est léger fruité offrant un petit résiduel de cerise et d’un boisé fumé subtil. Malt léger caramel, fumé. Note un peu cette impression de fleur de cerisier surfait. Palais est malté, léger fumé avec de légères notes de cerisier en rétro. Ce dernier ajoute peu en terme de changer radicalement la bière. Houblonné restant subtil et apportant de belles notes fruitées et fleuries. Au final, un profil fumé qui change, avec un rappel plus centré sur un boisé que l’on retrouverai pour un BBQ fumoir.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Howlader (639) - - JUL 6, 2014
22oz bottle, split with a friend. Served in a 3 Stars Brewing glass. Very interesting saison.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
77ships (3540) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2014
655 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBSG III. Thanks to thirstybird! Clear golden, big creamy white head. Nose is strange lactic yoghurt malts mixed with white bread, zest, light smoke, sourdough eh? Taste is odd mix of smoke, plastic, spoiled yoghurt, hay, peaches, lactic, more strange smoke, white sugar, uneatable berries. Not sure what possed them to make this mess, this reminds me of a recent off Fantome that I have had, a mishmash of unwanted elements. Yoghurt & malt body & bad ideas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chucklemation (407) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Pours a golden orange with a white foam head. Has a fruit aroma. Flavor is fruit and some smoke, an interesting combination. Has a syrup taste and feel that is a bit overboard. Otherwise this is a very good, very interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2153) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Normally I'm not Fan of smoke beer but this one is pretty good. Small but long-lasting head. Multi-fruity aroma with a hint of smoke. Flavors like aroma much richer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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