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RATINGS: 571   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jhp40219 (445) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 9, 2014
22 oz bomber. Pours a hazy orange with a small white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma of citrus (mostly orange), clove, ginger, leather, pine, sugar. Taste is big citrus and spice up front. Orange, grapefruit, clove, bready malt, pine. Light smoke in the finish. A bit of alcohol burn going down, but extremely well masked for a 10.5%. Medium body, sticky and slightly oily texture, average carbonation, quick and dry finish of smoke, bread malt, and hop bitterness. Very nice saison.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3341) - Salida, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2014
651 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, off white head, with some lacing, over a clear light slightly orange amber (SRM 10) body.....nose is spice, including bay leaf, allspice, hop spice, cereal, hints of pine, citrus, light smoke....taste is dry, with cereal, heavy spice tones, light smoke, finishing with a clean bitterness.....mouth feel medium, slightly sticky, alcohol warmth present, carbonation low with clean acid finish. This is a quite lightly smoked beer, especially when compared to a Rauschbier. The smoke adds hints of complexity to both aroma and taste, but the final bitterness, a combination of spice and hops is a bit harsh. BJCP 8/3/14/4/6

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
conway (2210) - - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle. Clear reddish gold with a thin white head. Aroma is saison yeast and a little smoke. Smoke instantly comes forward in the taste but quickly recedes to a supporting note. Typical saison yeast and malt with nice cherry notes supporting. Delicate mouthfeel with surprisingly light carb. Very unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aarond (150) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle. Aroma is fruity yeast esters, straw, faint smoke, and apricots. Appearance is crystal clear orange with a thin white head. Taste is a bit more smoky than aroma. Notes of peppery spice, fruit esters, and some slight phenols. Some floral and herbal hops notes are present. Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Overall pretty interesting. Shows good restraint on the smoke. ABV well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7088) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Full draft pour at Rustico Alexandria. Poured a very light golden yellow color with a very small white head, dissipated quickly. Aroma was pretty mellow, some light citrus character, a very mild touch of smoke, but not very smoky. Flavor was citrus notes, some herbal notes to it. Smoke hits you on the finish more than anywhere else. Again, pretty light, which is how I like my smoked beers. Alcohol is hugely masked for being 10.5%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (6406) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle. Orange pour with white head. Cherry, smoke, wood and some yeast and spice aromas. Smoky and wood flavors dominate, some light spice and yeast tones.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Amazing beer, amazingly classy move by a great brewery. Pours amber with a thick sourpy look, thin white head ring. Aroma is sweet, cherry and bark. Flavor is tart and sweet, alcohol and smoky malt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Draft at pourhouse in Exton. Pours clear orange with a medium sized white head and tons of carbonation. The aroma has a nice blend of oaky, smoky character with a nice bit of the Saison funk and peppery notes. The taste is medium smoked, Nice peat and smoked wood dryness, a little stronger than the base beer but a solid smoker. The alcohol is well hidden but present. A bit warming.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 8, 2014
Muddled blob of lightly smoked earthy grainy dough, soft pear. Big for no apparent reason. Scroll past.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
furthur (849) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Growler pour, room temp. NO head, amber body. Smells of smoked peaches and goat. Taste is wow, crazy, so much overload. Peach, grapefruit, boozy, slightly smoky funky. Palate is rich, surprisingly thick, with fine carbonation. I can’t decide if I like this or not. Ok, cooler is better on this. Fruitier, smoker, spicier, less funky and boozy.

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