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RATINGS: 556   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jandd1983 (3451) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2014
It poured a yellow/gold color with a small white head. The aroma was of cherries, some light smoke, Belgian yeast, herbs and light fruit. The taste was similar with black pepper, bready malts and some alcohol. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5757) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle. Amber pour with a tall frothy white head. Strong smoky malts atop floral hops, grass, yeast notes, ripe fruits and burning wood. Taste is smoked malt, burning wood, strong yeast, ripe fruits, candied fruit notes, floral notes, grass and toasted grains. Body is medium and chewy with a strong, creamy carbonation. Ends with more smoked malts, toasted grains, caramel, grass, strong yeast, candied fruit notes and floral hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zizzybalubba (1736) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2014
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA. Yellowish-orange pour with a thin white head. Aroma of bubblegum and smoke, mostly, with hints of clove. The flavor is interesting and unique with almost sugary flavors upfront and then a huge amount of wood smoke that adds depth to the flavor. The result here reminds me more of a tripel than a saison but this is a good beer all the same.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sloth (2719) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Thin white head thats short lived with minimal lacing. Lightly hazy, gold hued brew. Nose of yeast and faint smoke,leafy. Body is medium, dead carbonation and a bit acidic. Jumbled flavors of yeast, phenols, faintly faint smoke notes, sweet malts and herbs. Lightly sweet finish, some grain and yeast. Fuckin weird and not necessary. Bomber from statelineliquors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
suprchunk (2781) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Brilliant golden colored pour. Small white head that quickly falls. Not much lacing, but there is some. Bready yeast aroma. Taste is a very flowery up front taste that follows with a sweet fruit and finishes dry and crisp. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
gschrade (922) - Collinsville, USA - FEB 7, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours clear gold with a white head. Taste sweet and a little funky, a little spice, earthy. I thought this was good. I could drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (2243) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Draft at Moriartys. Hazy orange gold pour with some nice lacing around the top. Strong cherry wood flavors. Juicy and woodsy. More burnt than smokey. Queen Anne cherries. Autumn leaves. Chardonnay. Peppers. Burnt amber fruits. Hearts of palm. Anbesol. Green tomatoes. Apricot fuzz. Cigarette burned leather. High alcohol is pronounced, not hidden. Very sharp dry finish and lingers quite a while. Feels more like a high hopped IPA than a Saison. Unbalanced but unusual and unique enough. Definitely worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
48FanInCali (829) - California, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Bomber. Might be a bit young. Fairly smokey with even a little band aid in the taste. Strong yeasty flavors with not much Saison funk. The smokiness seems a little artificial. Credit for something new and different.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jjh19 (62) - California, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Appearance: Bubbly, large bubbles, bright yellow. Smell: Peppery and spicy. Taste: Odd. Odd. Odd. Smokey, sweet, not particularly balanced. Some fruit and heavy-handed finish. This is all over the place. Bluh. Mouthfeel: Medium body. Drinkability: Not my cup of Saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (10423) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Sample at Daily Growler. The beer is a hazy golden-orange color with a medium frothy off-white head that diminishes slowly. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of yeast, fruit and smoked malt. Full-bodied for a Saison with flavors of fruity yeast, charred malt and spices. The finish is vinous with a citrus and smoky malt aftertaste. Pretty good all around.

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