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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11248) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2014
Spicy, pepper saison, lacy. Decent saison and drinkability. On tap at Barcade Brooklyn

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
peteinSD (1462) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Tap @ Stone O’Side. Clear copper pour with a slick of white foam. Light malt, cherry wood, and various subtle spices in the aroma. Taste is a light yeast character with wood and sweet malt and soft bitterness. Relatively dry mouthfeel. Unique and not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Tap. Pours a clear amber with a thick head that does not last. Aroma is mild cherry and spice with barely a hint of smoke. Smoke comes out in the taste. Balanced with the sweetness of the cherry. Smoke lingers in the finish. thick syrupy mouthfeel. I like this. A nice sipper on a cold evening watching curling on tv that has some attractive russian women. While waiting to meet with some friends. It’s going to be o.k.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Narnad (1518) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Pours a deep orange color with a fantastic, 1/2 inch white, frothy head. Aroma of cherry and deep smoke hits you as soon as its poured. A modest amount of saison fruitiness hits later with a touch of grassy hops. Flavor starts off a strong saison, tart fruitiness with light notes of grassy hops and later the light smoke flavor filters into the mix. The smokiness is perfect as it doesn’t overpower the other flavors. A light alcohol kick does come once the flavors have subsided but the beer is a extremely heavy so this takes a bit to occur. There is a light sharpness from the carbonation but not as much as you generally see in a saison as the body is pretty dense. It does get a of help from the tartness imparted by the yeast strain. Overall a good brew for a very good cause.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
J_man (936) - Tustin, California, USA - FEB 10, 2014
On tap at Tustin Brewing. Strong farmhouse saison aroma from a clear medium yellow body with a white head. Excellent saison flavors with hay and coriander standing out. Dry with just a bit of sweetness. There’s some smokiness in there that’s perfectly balanced with the malt so it doesn’t turn into a Rauchbier. Obviously stronger than a standard saison but there’s not a sharp bite to it either. A great beer, but sorry it came about because of an unfortunate tragedy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (4083) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Solidly composed with a few key dimensions working together. Smoke and wood rise up as it warms, the sweetness contributes to its mouthfeel, and some fruit strikes a gentler note. Nothing is massive but it is easy enough to sip and enjoy. Bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5634) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Liked this enough from a draft sample to give the bomber ago. Nose is sweet and very woody (I’d buy cherrywood, sure; it’s definitely different from oak or the normal beech), sweet and lightly fruity with a meaty element -- not ham or campfire so much as BBQ sauce. Associatons are weird, I know. Pours a transparent golden that is richly orange in the right lighting, medium carbonation and soapy off-white head with very light legs. In the mouth light smoke with lavender and other floral notes, faint peppercorn, touch of lemongrass, and wonderful slow-burn alcohol warmth. Lemon and orange peel, touch of wheat perhaps but more likely I’m picking up the Belgian yeast. Cherry, honey, peach, leather, and just a subtle thread of smoke throughout. Others seem to want to pick up on the smokier aspects but this one screams nothing but saison to me. Body is medium-full and very richly (incredibly) oily, almost gummy at times, with low bitterness and faint tartness, dry. Fruitiness is almost candyish at times, and the citrus tweaks me to a semi-pucker; bright malt but that’s kept to something of a minimum, and even the typical Stone hops are not overdone here. Fresh and refreshing until the masterfully-controlled etoh starts to weigh the body down, this is about as good of a tribute beer as one could hope to have made in their honor!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hfmejias (1273) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2014
22 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured clear, golden with a huge white head that leaves lots of lacing. Aroma of smoke, fruit and spices. Taste is quite complex and quite good too; fruity, light smoke, herbal notes a bit of hops towards the end. Very nice saison, very enjoyable but overall very unique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (6101) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle: Bubbly, honey-amber with a large, cascading vanilla head. Aroma is light smoke, cherry, black pepper. Flavour is sweet, cherry malt, honey,....wood smoke, yeast, fruit. Alcohol is well hidden, but imparts a slight bitter. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
malrubius (2615) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle from Heinens. Bright gold with flat head and some lace. Mild smoke flowers citrus wood alcohol glue aroma. Sweet honey peach with bitter herbal woody smokey finish and lingering smoke and a little burn. Medium full body. Effervescent. Too much of a good thing.

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