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RATINGS: 584   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (6415) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUN 15, 2016
650ml bottle. Minimally cloudy, orangey golden colour with small to average, thick, creamy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, white head. Fruit dominated, slightly clean if not aseptic, all in all classical Saison aroma with flavours in peach, apricot and sweet cherry direction as well as hints of mustard seed finds itself interfered by light, oaky smoky, leafy tobacco notes, which thereby redound to an oscillating effect, making it difficult to decide between complementary and incongruous aspects. Taste is rather bitter hoppy, smoky notes knock repeatedly, slightly sweet fruity notes of peach and apricot try hard to attain prevalence, involving spicy hints of mustard seed and a touch of sweet cherry; almost completely hidden alcohol - that nevertheless unfolds quite some impact. I admit to lack comprehension for the high abv - would prefer a lightly, less clinical version, sporting a more laissez-faire attitude concerning yeast action and possible defilement.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DwarfeD (2718) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2016
650ml bottle shared at home. Hazy golden with a medium white soapy head. Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation. Quite sweet with subtle bitter tones. Caramel, honey, malts, smoke and spices. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2016
Pours a crisp bright golden brown color. Aromas of peat, smoke, and vegetables. Flavor is metallic vegetable tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (5977) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 19, 2016
22oz bottle thanks to my wife. Pours out a hazy gold topped with a white head. nose is smoked meat some yeast earthy notes and more of the smoke. Taste is more of the smoke cured meat a nice yeast touch and some spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (3100) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 7, 2016
Hazy golden-orange color with small whie head. Preiselbeeren, smoked malts, tart. Taste is cherries, preiselbeeren, jammy, a bit spicy. Could be dirtier, but still a nice dry fruity Saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2016
Medium head orange gold pour soft carbonation aromas citrus crispness rich spicy note grain banana clove floral touch the flavours sweet conserve taste rich malt remember now that rich cherry wood taste light resin sticky note smoke touch rich on the palate grain taste mild sort of bitter taste sweetness is perfect good balance earthiness doughy touch bread note great to drink the finish cherry wood a real winner in taste some good fruit spice notes lasting earthiness sweetness nicely balanced beer very good classy smoked Saison

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scottcowan (1) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2016 does not count
Single elements of the beer work as incredibly unique entries on Stone’s part. However, as it fails to work as a cohesive product.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3849) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2016
22oz bottle 3/17/16 (Jewel-Osco) 42° in Lager Glass-Pours a light golden with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, smoke, and spices. Taste of the same with a bit more smoke on the back end. This light to medium bodied brew is well balanced and quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukasmh (780) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2016
Bottle. Pours light cloudy with cream 1 finger head. Aroma is very dense. Smoke, yeast, meat, wheat, mandarin, wood, old smoke, cherry, sugar, fruits, orange. Taste is dense as well. Quite sweet, peach, smoky and peaty. Wood and sweet wheat, mandating, light peat and umami. Full body, soft carbonation. Light marmelade. Dry smoky finish with lots of oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vestergaard (1696) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2016
Bottle thanks to LukasMH. Pours an innocent, hazy golden with a small, white head. Aroma has leathery smoke, fruity peachy notes, wheat, alcohol super well hidden, strong yeasty spice. Taste is super dry, smokey, bitter, fruity sweetness, dry, smokey finish. Medium high carbonation, smooth body with a well hidden alcohol.

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