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RATINGS: 581   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 canít 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. Mattís 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 Mattís 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 Mattís 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 Mattís 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 Mattís 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 lifeís passions and, again, lots of laughter, with good friends as we remember ours.

   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 doesnít 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 (919) - 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. Thereís some smokiness in there thatís perfectly balanced with the malt so it doesnít turn into a Rauchbier. Obviously stronger than a standard saison but thereís 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 (4056) - 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 (5553) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Liked this enough from a draft sample to give the bomber ago. Nose is sweet and very woody (Iíd buy cherrywood, sure; itís 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 Iím 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 thatís 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 (1266) - 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 (5947) - Coxís 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 (2554) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Draft at Uno. Pours clear yellow with nice white head. Aroma is smoke, floral, yeast. Taste is sour - that unique smoked cherry wood offers a complexity here that I havenít seen in a saison (new to the style). Not off-putting, but an acquired taste. Mellows out as it warms. Some stone fruit here too. Havenít quite worked my head around this one completely but I would try it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxwelldeux (4343) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a moderate light tan head on it. Nose has quite a bit of smoke in there, with some nice fruitiness underneath and a little farm funk to it. Taste is a little sour up front with a sweet finish, and some subtle smoke throughout. Great beer. Cheers, Matt!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (908) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear gold-amber with a small white head that fades to a ring. Aroma is sweet, spicy, with a hint of smoke: saison spices dominate, but there a nice sweet-smoky berry and smoke underneath. Taste is complex, with baking spices, toasted malt, sweet berries and citrus, and a hint of smoky meat. Hides the alcohol well. Lingering lightly smoked spice. Different, but well-balanced.

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