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RATINGS: 533   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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.


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewballs (212) - USA - MAR 30, 2014
Stone does a lot of stuff as of late. It’s always hit and miss with them for me. A smoke saison? Well, it had a copper hue. Thin head. A bit malty, more than I like in a saison. Boozy. I think the maltiness hinders the taste. It needs to be more smoother. It has a cloying taste. And the finish is way too bitter. Its alright but not great. Stone puts out overrated and overhyped beers consistently.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (10462) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JUN 21, 2015
Trübes goldenes Bier mit einer ordentlichen weißen schaumkrone. Geruch sehr malzig, fruchtig, viel restsüße, würzig. Geschmack sehr malzig süß, reife Früchte, alkoholisch.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2239) - Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2015
Hazy amber/orange color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of smoke, yeast, floral/fruit, & spice; Flavor of sweet smoky malt, yeast, fruit, floral hops, and spice; Dry finish; Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boto (1960) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUN 19, 2015
22oz. bottle: This one pours a somewhat opaque golden color. There was a small white head that didn’t linger very long. It has an interesting nose. A bit of funk mixed with a bit of smokiness. Some earthy, apple and citrus notes also. The taste is very good. Just a faint sourness to it. Hints of apple, smokiness, yeastiness, wheat. A very complex brew. Hopefully they will brew this again!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Goodgrief (1869) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAY 30, 2015
On tap at Two Stones Newark. Straw pour with orange tones. Small head. Fruity aroma. The smoke immediately hits the tongue, but it’s rather nicely subtle. The cherry, burnt wood and fruit flavors come through nicely. I had an 8 oz small pour and it was the perfect size. Worth a try if you like "interesting".

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6236) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2015
Bomber, hazed orange yellow pour with white foam, has a slight smoke and fruit aroma, flavor is fruity with balance of wood and cherries, some flowers, smoke, nice finish

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jh773 (232) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2015
2/19/14: Bottle date unknown. Pretty sweet. Fruit (mostly apple), bread, some funk. A little smoke in the nose, though slightly clinical. Good carbonation. Pretty decent. 5/11/15: Bottled 12/31/13. Very thin head, light carbonation. Smell is cider, apple jam, some yeast, a bit of spice. Taste is slightly bitter, intense sweet spiced apple and yeast flavors with lots of charred woody character. Finish is nicely complex and abrupt. Really interesting beer from Stone.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryecatcher (1017) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2015
Bomber. Pours a hazy, pale gold, medium white head with okay retention and lacing. Nose is mildly funky, fruity, some grass, earthiness, toasty bread. Mouth is medium bodied, creamy, leads in a bit sweet, then goes slightly tart, then bitter. Green apples, hay, bread dough, yeasty spice, touch of cloves, soap. Actually pretty complex. Not sure how pronounced it was a year ago when it was bottled, but there’s so little in the way of smokiness (...and that’s definitely not a bad thing in my book...) it would’ve been completely lost in a malty or funkier beer. Matt sounds like he was one hell of a cool guy and I obviously can’t speak for him, but if someone did this beer as a tribute to me, I would be touched.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (975) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Bomber given to me 13 months ago by my sister-in-law as a birthday gift. Pours a slightly hazed (unusual for a Stone beer) sunset-orange hue with two fingers of off-white foam. AROMA of a lovely sticky fruity sweetness, honey, typical saison yeast, light caramel, light spice, but only a tiny bit of perceptible smoke on the back end. FLAVOR of quite sweet overripe stone fruit, juicy apple, honey malts, Belgian yeast, with some subtle but definitely noticeable smokiness on the back end. The smoke is certainly subtle but makes itself known at the very end of the finish, blending in smoothly. The huge ABV is very well concealed here...actually drinks very easily (a little dangerous). Perhaps the rauch element has mellowed with the year of aging, but I find that style-wise, this is much more saison than smoked...I would suggest that it be re-classified here on RateBeer. (527, 952)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (3207) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2015
22oz bottle, golden honey color, with a frothy white head, nice fruity belgian saison yeast, mild honeyed pale, toasted,caramunich, smoked malty nose, with some candied lemon, grapefruit peel, woody cherrywood tree branch chip, faint fruity cherry accents, and a light herbal floral leafy, grassy, citrus hop, spicy, spritzy, subtle lemon candyish lollipop note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate, with nice warmth fruity saison yeasty, honeyed pale, toasted, caramunich, pilsener, smoked malt, smokey cherrywood chip, light mild wood cherry, faint spritzy, spicy lemon pepper, orange, lemon zest character, with a light herbal flowery leafy, grassy, citrus hop, faint honey, lemon candyish lollipop, lemon pie crust flavour, leading towards a warming honeyed pale, pilsener, caramunich, toasted, smoked maltiness, spritzy fruity, citrus, spicy saison yeastiness, light lingering leafy, grassy, citrus hop bitterness, candied lemon, orange peel fruitiness finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ADfan (659) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Beer has a hazy golden color with a medium head. Aroma of fruit and some sweetness with a little smoke. Taste has citrus, yeast and a small amount of smoke. Slight bitterness on the end,


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