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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
milewide (1538) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Too much alcohol. Too sweet. Little smoke. A mishmash of too many styles. Copper colored with thick body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2014
22 oz. bottle from Whole Foods. Aroma is smoke, with a touch of cherry fruit. Typically, I don’t get that from cherrywood, but I do get that here, surprisingly. Bits of yeast, and straw hit my nostrils, but it’s quite muted. This has a solid aroma. Taste is much the same as the aroma - smoky, with a touch of fruity sweetness. A tad dry, and hoppy, with straw, and yeast coming through. As it warms, the yeast intrudes on the smoky flavor, which is a little disappointing. Nice texture, but nothing too great. Decent stuff here, but pales in comparison to other smoked beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EtTuCthulhu (1077) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - JAN 30, 2014
The color of the beer is a clear golden with a medium white head, and the aroma blends Belgian yeast with smoke and a hint of sour cherries. The taste has a mild sourness, mild sweetness, and a slight level of umami, and the palate fuses a medium body, slightly smoky finish, average carbonation, and a slick texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5577) - Indiana, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Draft to taster at Dutch’s. Looks good for the style; a transparent light golden orange with white head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells solid; saison spices and smoke with a bit of tartness. Tastes like it smells, but more bretty than tart. Solid on the palate. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rangerred (938) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Poured into a tulip out of a 22oz bottle. A smoked Saison, two of my favorite styles paired together. Can’t wait! Pours a crystal clear dark gold with a fizzy one finger white head. Head retention and lacing are not all that great but that can almost be expected of a beer of this strength. There is a pleasant smokiness on the aroma married with spicy pear and apple along with just the slightest bit of funk. I really like that the smoke is not overdone here. A good deal of smoke with the flavor but not enough to mask the definite Saison character underneath. Lots of fruity spice along with just the slightest bit of barnyard funk. Dry finish with just some extra bit of dryness on the back of the throat. Overall, Stone did a very good job with this brew. A love the marriage of styles here and it works so well. I will probably pick up another bottle of this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
StefanSD (2156) - Lakeside, California, USA - JAN 30, 2014
650 ml bottle from bevmo. Pours a translucent new penny copper color with a small white head that slowly recedes to a fine ring. The aroma is mild and unremarkable with faint yeast and smoke. The flavor is that of a fruity saison with a apples and pears and a hint of smoke on the back end. The palate is full and silky smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry. Overall: Decent quaff, but I prefer a bigger smoke presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Bomber from BevMo. Medium golden in color. Nose is sweet and yeasty with a bit of fruitiness. Sweet up front with a good smoked quality to balance it out. Decent hop bitterness in the back end. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Bottle. Clean, clear straw colored pour with thin white head. Aroma of saison spice, lager yeast. Light but lively mouthfeel. Floral and fruit notes with a dry, woody, and slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DandyWolfFloyd (641) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Aroma - has that farmhouse funk, some floral action as well, and cherry is present as well Appearance - is a golden color with not much head to speak of. Taste - is typical of a saison, whit that funk you associate with the style there is some cherry, a little smoke, and some citrus Feel - is light, and has a smoky finish that sticks with you for a while. As well as an alcohol burn Beer#9 @ The Craft Beer Social Club (PA Chap 1) Beer Social #1 - Beer Open (L’Ouverture Sociale de la Bière)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (1971) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Draft. Nose full of phenols that are almost medicinal. Slightly hazy light golden color with small white head. No medicinal flavor at all. Moderate smokiness. Quite pleasant actually.

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