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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3928) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Murky dull straw pour with decent white head ring. Sweet and malty crackers and belgian yeasty breadiness. Not syrupy. But definitely sweet. The cherrywood actually shows through here. ABV is hidden very well. Not what I would classify as a saison, but more like a well balanced and more complex wheat wine. Lingering orange pith bitterness on the tongue. Well done for what it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2804) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Pours a slightly hazy gold from the bottle with thin wisp of white head. Aroma is straight out farmhouse yeast with hints of smoke behind. Taste is more of the snow but still done nice saison qualities. Nice burns on the way down but not present in the mouth, decent, interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigguns22 (721) - Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Sitting with the wife drinking this very unique beer and we both like but have different takes on it. I find the aroma a little off putting almost oniony wife said just weak.we both find the appearance very nice almost a tangerine color with a jelly like look to it. Palate is great silky but not flat with mouth coating that makes the flavors last. The smoke flavors are big and a little bitter but the sweetness balances it out nicely with out really being sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gerbeer (2194) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 17, 2014
650 ml bottle. Pours a hazy orange amber with light white head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of light smoke, sesame oil, oranges and meaty yeast. Flavors of light oily smoke, citrus and melons, and creamy yeast. OK

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
probstblueribbon (3205) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
Bomber from Potsdam, served cold, shared. Hazy amber, thin white head. Moderate smoke with some Saison character behind it, the smoke is meaty. Medium+ body with gentle carbonation, creamy. Fairly smoky with phenolic and estery Saison character; lightly sweet with moderate bitterness and some alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - NOV 13, 2014
On tap @ 2SP. Pours a clear, deep, orange-gold color with a two finger whitish foam head. Aroma is classic Belgian saison yeast, some citrus, and a hint of smokiness. Taste is not as smoky as the nose, with yeast and earthy spices that come through nicely and are accentuated by light notes of woody smoke, sweet sugary golden fruits, candied fruit, and mild booze. The finish has hints of cantaloupe and spice, and the aftertaste is sweet, boozy and lingering. Medium to full body with a moderate carbonation. Finishes a touch dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dresden (1062) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - NOV 11, 2014
Hazy rusty orange, nice off white head. Aroma of smoke, fruity lemon. Taste is stronger smoked than I had expected, some lemongrass and grains, slight tartness. Pretty interesting if nothing else. Thanks Kevin!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
patricks110 (1906) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 8, 2014
YUM! Pours a glorious IPA esque orange with a finger of dense white head. The head dies leaving a few splotches of lace on the glass. The aroma is complex with earthy, smoke, vanilla, citrus and a caramel malt. Nice mid palate with sweet toasted malts and light fruity flavours. The malt is toasted and caramelized with sultry smoke notes that linger into the finish. Good balance and a warm boozy finish. Overall, a great brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubbleflubber (1914) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2014
A moving tribute to Matt, this was sampled at the Greenville beer festival. It pours light golden into the glass with a nice frothy head that leaves ring lacing. A nice smoked grainy barnyard bouquet ensues. Honey, smoke, cherrywood and hay/grains make the core of this Impy saison. Yeasty esters finish the pull quite nicely. Very full of flavor, complex and substantive, this full-bodied offering goes down well and is greatly appreciated, not only for its offering but for its story.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintbypint (2781) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 7, 2014
650ml brown bottle. Light orange with haze. Head is white and has a creamy bead. Nose has lemon, cherry, yeast. Taste has lemon, grass, grain, yeast, cherry, smoke undertones. A little alcohol warming. Interesting.

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