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RATINGS: 491   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tderoeck (4885) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2014
5/VII/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ RBBSG III (Gent) - BB: n/a, bottled: I/3/14 (2014-745) Thanks to ThirstyBird for sharing the bottle!

Clear deep orange beer, creamy off-white head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: very floral, coriander, bit oxidized, spicy, orange peel. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: very yeasty, lots of orange peel, spicy, bit floral. Aftertaste: very spicy, cloves,s ome liquorish, honey touch, dry, orange peel, very bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Itzjerm (1315) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Cherry and sour describe this beer. But I like cherry and sour. So in general its not to good. Draft... no head, not the beer you are looking for. For the ABV there are better options.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluemooner (623) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Pours golden with a medium white head. Aroma is smoky with fruity notes. Flavor is quite smoky at first dissipating to sweet fruity notes with woody and almost meaty notes coming through along with some light hops. Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Really good with a lot of flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3502) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2014
(bottle - 22 oz) Hazy orange with a fizzy head. Lightly dry hops and a good amount of smoke in the aroma. Flavor begins with smoke and salted meat notes before giving way to a very light and dry saison and champagne like middle and a lingering smoke hint on the aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2622) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 16, 2014
This poured a very cloudy yellowish orange color with a white. Looks almost like a glass of fruit juice. If you didn’t know the style or description of the beer the aroma would take you off guard. Quite a bit of smoke like meat cooking over some burning wood on a campground. A hint of citrus in there. The flavor is very smokey with a bit of smoked bacon and ham showing up. I think this leaves grill marks on your tongue. There is also a also a yeasty belgian citrus aspect going on in the background. Overall a very interesting and big beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sublirony (18) - SINGAPORE - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle from Brewer’s Craft. Beautiful burnished bright orange-brown color and good head, lacing. Candy and some orange on the noise. The palate is a bit thin, very sweet but with a dry finish. tnteresting beer, but hardly a saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
minutemat (1769) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2014
75cl Bottle @ RBESG Aug 14, at CBC Clapham, courtesy of Paul. Pours gold with a massive aroma of smoked BBQ ribs. Taste follows with additional smoke and woody notes. A complex saucy one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ketchepillar (1102) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 11, 2014
Bomber. Smokier than I expected. Nice bitterness in the finish. Very complex smoke flavor. Nice tartness in the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dragonfly1 (494) - Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle shared with Dave. Dark yellow pour, intense flavors, slight hint of wood and light smoke right up front and then at the finish. Pine cone hops as well, almost an IPA more so than a saison. Very flavorful and unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scrapersnbeer (1490) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Sharply sweet aroma, the strange result of combining farmhouse funk and wood smoke no doubt. Hazy orange ans still. Flavor is quite sweet, but still more smokey than Belgian. Very dry and rather crispy and chewy and the same time. I didn’t find it to be that subtle strength-wise either. Very interesting brew although it would be hard to enjoy it in multiple.

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