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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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mdindy (35) - Attleboro, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2014
color is nice clear copper tint with white head and doughy aroma. strong flavors of cherry and spices, boozy/alcohol undertones. heavy malts, yeast and thick smokey taste. definitely a slow sipping beer. very strong for a saison, great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Calisky (701) - ALSACE, FRANCE - SEP 13, 2014
Mondial des bières Couleur dorée aux reflets orangés, mousse blanche qui disparaît. Nez malté, orge, herbe grasse, fruité, abricot, épices, alcool. Gout malté, fruit jaunes, raisins, épices, chêne, caramel, notes fumées. Pas mal!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mmargarucci (24) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Smokey fruity aroma. Pours a bit on light side. Taste is a wonderful mix of smokeyness with saison fruity and bitter hops. A great well balanced brew!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (4735) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Slightly hazy light copper coloured body with a peach glow and a nice two centimetre tall pale white head. Aroma of smoked grain, rye, earth, oak, vanilla, scotch, bourbon and some meat and mushrooms. Full-bodied; Earthy flavour with a ton of meat flavours, soy sauce, alcohol, oak, dry grain, rye and some light sugars. Aftertaste is funky - smoked, but not in a good way, earthy, malty, rich with the meat, mushroom and umami flavours really coming out. Overall, a very passable beer that shows way too many strong earthy and meaty flavours and not enough saison or complexity that is wanted. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Tyson’s Corner (Falls Church), Virginia on 06-February-2014 for US$6,79 sampled at home in Washington on 11-September-2014 after spending some time at the Pentagon today after 13 years.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Reynolds314 (2331) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Glass of bad. Odd lightly smokey intensely sweet saisonish beer. Candy sugar, wood, banana, smoke, grass, and bad. Finish is sweeeeeet with nothing to make you want more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
tectactoe (1855) - Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Bottle: Hazy yellow, orange, & amber all over with a foamy, sudsy white head that settles to a fine film & collar quickly. Aroma of slightly gummy & spiced Belgian yeast, bread, mild caramel apple, lightly musty cotton, & a small touch of candied fruit. Intensely sweet flavor... Wow. Didn’t see that one coming. Huge Candi sugar, caramel coated cherries, toffee batter, phenols, light medicinal yeasty spice, clove, hint of honey baked bread. Floral notes up front, a bit spicy. I can’t get over the immense sweetness & cottony medicinal finish. Not my jam.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whoisghost (61) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 5, 2014
A pale amber with hints of green in the right light, thin, stark white head. Big aroma - fruity, pepper and strong cherry. Very complex beer. Really sweet upfront, developing Into a mixing pot of spice and pepper In the middle finishing on a bitter and smoky end. You can definitely taste the cherry and it almost feels as if it were built around a wine template. Agree with previous reviewer that it probably belong in the strong ale category. I think the bitterness at the end is a little crude and throws out the balance a bit but I can’t deny that the complex flavours make for an interesting drink. Mouth feel is quite dense and syrupy, daring you to keep drinking; very dangerous for a 10.5

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (11812) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tightslice (188) - Redwood City, California, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle from Bevmo! in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is rotten orange rinds, spicy yeasts, mild smoke. Taste is fermented fruits (strawberries, peaches) with a complex balance of smoke, bitter, tart and spicy. Some warming burn on the finish as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (1939) - Silver Spring, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Poured from 22 oz. bottle. Hazy amber-gold with a 3-finger off-white head and good lacing. Aroma of smoked apples, candied fruit, spices, coriander, strawberries, pale malt and overripe apricots. The taste is full-flavored and always interesting with smoky tropical fruit, spices, caramel, overripe apricots, berries, composting leaves, pale malt and citrus. Medium body and medium/low carbonization with a smooth, foamy mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (1743) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 30, 2014
More Belgian ale or Belgian strong than Saison at 10%. Just a hint of tart. Comte sweet and yeasty than anything else. Aroma sweet Belgian with a little cherry. Smoke only comes out at room temp. Smoke more peeve land in the flavor. Less cherry. A pretty good beer, but pretty ho hum for Stone. Mighta been better at 6-7%."

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