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RATINGS: 529   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 canít 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. Mattís 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 Mattís 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 Mattís 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 Mattís 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 Mattís 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 lifeís passions and, again, lots of laughter, with good friends as we remember ours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (17487) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2014
7th August 2014
RBESG pt 1. Craft Clapham. Bottle coutesy of Scopey - cheers ears! Almost clear gold beer, small pale cream colour head. Light malts with well integrated mellow smoke. Nice rich but mild cherry led fruity tang on the back end. Comes together well. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (16175) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouver
Hazy golden color; it pours viscously; small head. It has the flowery and alsmost fruity aroma typical of many American Saison, deep, with a light spicy touch. Good body structure, the mouthfeel is slightly oily, and itís fairly sweet; delicate pale malt flavor, mix of spices and fruit from the yeast, light smoked touch, and light acidity; these components blend well together for a dynamic result; correct bitterness; the alcohol is not noticeable.
Nice beer, mostly a sipper, and I would like to try a version with more smoke too.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (15102) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle and draft. Golden color, fluffy white head. Aroma of steady smoke, stone fruit. Taste starts smokey then sweet then fruit. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (14910) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 16, 2014
Bottle, 22oz. Itís a crystal clear dark golden beer with a small, dense, off-white head. The aroma has the typical saison scent in the back, fruity, grassy and peppery, and then thereís a pleasant woody touch and a faint smoke note showing up. Some rose hints and a touch of cellar in the far back. Itís full-bodied and lighlty warming on the palate, with a soft carbonation. Itís pretty dry, but some sweetness is detected. Fruityness, grass, pine cones and pepper, some smoked wood and a touch of cellar in the flavor. A decent bitterness too, lasting for a good while. Although not a favorite of mine, itís sure a solid and well brewed beer, well suited as a celebration to a passed away co-worked. Cheers to Matt. 140516

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (14290) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2014
Draught at Watering Hole, Yoyogi. Clear golden - white head. Sweetness. Nice smokey. Light candy like notes. Spicy notes. Peppery. Zesty. Wooden notes. Apple. Nice - too sweet, and very fracmented - not smoooth enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (13565) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2014 Draft at Lui Luiís - West Leb, NH. Pours clear, bright gold with a frothy, white head. The nose has some bready, doughy pale malts, wheat, honey. Medium to big sweet flavor, moderate dry smoke, some honey. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sweet finish, some further wheat, yeast, lightly smoked pale malts. Decent. (June 2014, 3.5)

Bottle shared during the RBESG 2014 opening dinner - CBC Clapham. Pours clear gold with a white foam cap. The nose has doughy pale malts, some dry smoke. Medium sweet flavor with bitter grain husk, alcohol, dried wheat, smoke. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Boozy finish with light astringency, more dry, smoked wheat, soft yeast notes. So so. (August 2014, 3.2)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (13272) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
Light amber, floral, quite sweet and a little phenolic. Sweet, alcoholic, strong, light overripe peach character. A messy beer. Not all bad, but messy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (12834) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2014
Draught at Stone Brewing Company, Escondido. Somewhat hazy golden beer with a small white head. Malty caramel aroma, smoked notes, fruity, citrus, caramel, hay, peach, some red apples. Hoppy fruity flavor, citrus, grapes, raisins, smoked notes, alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (12498) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12140) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Tap at Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours light amber with a white head. Light smoky aroma. Med body. Burns a bit. Flavor is wood, caramel., hop. Pretty astringent. Then it develops a bit of sweet malt. Then it goes dry. Hard to pin down the hop. Quite good drink.

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