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RATINGS: 533   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (4621) - 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 (1647) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4825) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Pours deep gold into a tulip. White head with good retention recedes leaving spider lacing to pancake surface. Sour smoke aromas. Crisp with sweet caramel and hay upfront turning to sour summer fruit and smoke in the dry, warming (but little indication of the abv) lasting finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thewade (340) - USA - FEB 3, 2014
Split bomber with a friend. Very "biscuity" IMO and slightly overdone by the smoke makes this somewhat of an extreme brew to sip down. ABV is well hidden, and I appreciate Stone for this different take on a saison. I probably won’t buy another, but enjoyed splitting a bomber.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (1211) - North Central, Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Pours a clear yet slightly hazy orange golden with a thick eggshell foam that settles to a ring and leaves some spotty, soapy lace. Nose involves tart yeast, some citrus, green apple, clove spice, and eventually some wood smoke appears as it warms a bit. Fairly sweet, quite tart, with some bitterness. Medium to light bodied, active, slick, with a lengthy wood-smoke and tart finish. Alcohol shows up occasionally. A pretty cool brew, definitely built to share, which I did not do unfortunately. The smoke is pretty light, and the tartness really dominates.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - FEB 3, 2014
One of the better Stone beers of late and a fitting tribute for one of their own. Has a restrained touch of smokiness. The saison is also there and allowed to shine plus the darkness of the malts adds a layer as well. Well balanced and with a kick of alcohol too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9347) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 3, 2014
[ Tap ][ Stone Liberty Station ][ 5oz ][ Red Wine Taster ][ $2 ][ 2/2/14 ]
>> Clear golden pour, weaker foam. Nose is mild skunk from the sun sitting outside today, floral, sweet ham. Taste has a sweet ham and smoke flavor with bright flowers and zest. Nice acid backend with orange juice. Really interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Bottle from 16 Tons Taphouse. Pours a clear reddish orange, little to no head. Aroma pleasant, fruity, just a tinge of smoke. Body is another story entirely. Woody, smoky, boozy, yeast kind of lost. Nothing subtle at all. Appreciate the effort but not my cup of tea.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (13245) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 2, 2014
On tap @ Stone Liberty Station. Clear golden orange pour with a white head. Slight skunk on the nose with lots of sweet floral notes, some smoke, banana, and apple. Some sweet bread and a touch of yeast. Slight tartness of fruit and flowers on the palate. Some banana, tart pear, and a lot of apple. Subtle smoke, some caramel, and bread. Nice citrus peel and lemon on the finish.

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