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RATINGS: 549   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mbgrayson (649) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - JAN 19, 2015
Pours a cloudy light orange, with white head. Aroma of a Belgian, with notes of cherries. Taste is slightly sour, still a good saison. Wood notes on the palate, a very original beer. Thumbs up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (1236) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
Aroma is sweet malts, apple, pear and light smoked cask wood and caramel. Taste is sweet malts, rose pedals, honey, clove and a sweet roasty wood chips.slight tartiness and light bitter finish which is well balanced. For 10.5% it is quite smooth. Appearance is a lightly clouded orange/gold body with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RumRunner101 (898) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2015
Hazy deep gold pour with white head. Banana everywhere. Spicy yeast notes, big and boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maekchu (2905) - Hirakata, JAPAN - DEC 30, 2014
Bomber shared by Nate. Belgian yeast nose, big fruitiness, then some smoke, and light fumes. Thick dark straw color. Complex range of fruits, some dark notes from smoke, fruit thickens in mid and becomes mildy tart, sweet finish. Medium-heavy body. One-year old. Complex and lightly warming. Hides the alcohol well. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jinroh (824) - ESTONIA - DEC 30, 2014
Had this months ago. Pours golden clear, bit of foam. Aroma is spicy, Belgian’ish. Taste is intense, sweet and sticky. Bitter and the finish feels quite dry and lingering. Interesting strong-boned saison that is expanding the idea of saison as a style for me. Interesting experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvikar (4091) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Thanks Ariel. Pours orange to yellow with a medium head, aroma of spices, chocolate, cherry and wood, flavor of cherries, chocolate, wood and spices, medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CopterScott (216) - 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 (7712) - 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 (2020) - 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 (16924) - 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.

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