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RATINGS: 540   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12036) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Draft. Poured clear golden color with an average white frothy head that was mostly lasting with very excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy yeast, smoke and herbal aroma. Medium to abundant body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to abundant sweet herbal and smoke flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Complex good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
nealblind (1152) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Cloudy orange pour some head. Aroma of yeast, tangy fruit, toast. Tastes of wood, sweet tomatoes, smoke. Impressively dry palate, but leaves a bit of a film on my throat. Punchy flavor. A bit too powerful smoke and wood for my tastes, but the alcohol is well-hidden and craftsmanship quite apparent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AbbeyRoade (455) - Missouri, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Very good saison specimen. Funky yeasty smell and taste. Enjoyable taste and smooth as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (4225) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2014
650 ml. Lightly hazy golden-amber body is fairly active with slow beady bubbles rising to sustain a creamy topping of foam. Aroma is white grape, mango, bubblegum, funk, and a touch of smoke. Tastes of white wine, honey and bubblegum with a nearly startling dose of smoke on first taste, since it was nearly imperceptible in the nose. Later the smoke is more integrated and shows mainly in the long finish. Medium-heavy body is well balanced with a long, dry smoky-wheat finish and only reveals a hint at the 10.5% abv. A higher level of carbonation than I typically like, but it’s a fine, smoothly incorporated tingle that seems apropos in this brew. The smoke and saison traits seem to clash and take away some of the nuanced flavor I was expecting, but overall an interesting and tasty experiment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EvanFriend (423) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2014
A bit of the yeasty saison flavors, with some smoke and some fruity/floral notes. At the back there’s some citrus and some hop bitterness. Alcoholic warming after you take a swig. Good beer from Stone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigbish (596) - California, USA - FEB 4, 2014
This is a fantastic beer. Golden straw color, thin head. The flavor is very robust with a touch of smoke. Really good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
M82 (407) - Kansas, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Two inches of packed white head sporting a frothy cap floats on a slightly hazed vibrant amber-apricot body presenting spots of lace around the glass

Citrus oils tango with smokey moist wood around a bright cherry core accented by a range of melon characteristics, bready pale malt sweetness is nicely balanced by earthy floral and clove notes asserting themselves on the smooth medium weight body with a bit of pillowy bounce in the consistency, finishing lightly smokey on a layer of pineapple upside down cake, lightly bitter floral, spice, and white pepper residuals, green melon followed by a solid waft of smoke and white grape skin with warmth, drying smoke as the each drink fades out, interesting and unique from my perspective, one of the few stone beers I would recommend at higher temps

22oz bottle released last week in Kansas served at 45ş and warming into Stölzle 13oz white wine glass

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (4683) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Aroma is Belgian yeast, very light bubblegum and spices. The flavor is fruit, medium smoke/heat, malts and a tart/alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thebullshornbar (74) - Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2014
This beer is about contrasting flavor profiles balanced really well. Traditional belgian esters of the saison, the hearty malts and booze of an imperial ale, and the smokiness from the cherrywood all come forward clearly. Tartness, vanilla, booze, candi sugar, and smoke balance cohesively to bring an unexpected and enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fatehunter (1684) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Pours two and half fingers of head on a clear medium straw colored body. The aroma is light and airy. Smoke and floral. Nice. The taste felt like a collision of heavy smoke and dormant lemon bitterness. The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation. It’s a tough marriage of smoke and saison, which results in an aggressive flavor profile.

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