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RATINGS: 533   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CopterScott (201) - Kansas, USA - DEC 13, 2014
thick hazy yellow color with a thin white head. aroma is farmhouse yeast. Flavor is barnyard, spice, sweet, and some smoke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (7277) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
[6229-20140321] Bottle. Floral grains aroma. Clear, bright orange body with a quick foamy white head. Bitter orange flowers and boozy tart fruity apple flavour. Medium-full body. Average. (7/3/6/3/13) 3.2
(c/o blankboy, w/ him, Greg Clow, HogTownHarry, jercraigs)
Overheard: "You missed the nuts in the face."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fluffy (1940) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2014
A nice simple smoked beer, well balanced and just enough smokiness. Job well done on this one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (16427) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouver
Hazy golden color; it pours viscously; small head. It has the flowery and alsmost fruity aroma typical of many American Saison, deep, with a light spicy touch. Good body structure, the mouthfeel is slightly oily, and it’s fairly sweet; delicate pale malt flavor, mix of spices and fruit from the yeast, light smoked touch, and light acidity; these components blend well together for a dynamic result; correct bitterness; the alcohol is not noticeable.
Nice beer, mostly a sipper, and I would like to try a version with more smoke too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trevor211 (1421) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Sampled at Seattle International Beer Fest 2014 (delayed rate). This is one of the lovelier saisons I’ve ever had -- really enjoyed it. It starts out like any other saison, a nice farmhouse golden ale. It’s a little malt-forward, yeasty for sure, with a subtle citrus and peppercorn... and the cherry wood comes flowing through at the end. It’s a lovely wood, slightly smoky, that lingers on the finish, adding some really great complexity to the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4779) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2014
Pours a light, off white head atop a clear orange body. Nose is very mellow, mushroom, roasted nuts and only a slight marshmallow. Much more flavourful than the aroma. Tastes of wet cedar, hot malt and buttery finish. Very interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3960) - 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 (2939) - 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 (728) - 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 (2349) - 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

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