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RATINGS: 590   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Draft at taps 25. Light gold with an off white head. Light cherry and funk in the aroma. Smoke, yeast and funk with a cherry aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LilBeerDoctor (3820) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear orange with a thin white head. Aroma of sweet malt, floral perfume, light booze, dark fruits, cherry. Flavor of salt initially and a little wood, then the cherry sweetness, light spices, sweet malt. Very powerful and a bit sweet. Interesting though. 7/4/7/3/13 (3.4/5)

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Concealer (1210) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Bomber. Orange gold with a frothy off white head that lasts on the sides. Aromas of spice, clove, light banana, light floral and smoke. Flavor is sweet spice and smoke, light banana and clove with some yeast. Medium bodied, lingering spicy smoke.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2014
22oz bottle. The label grabbed my attention, we share a name. After u got the bottle home, it crushed me. I remember reading the story. I live in the eastern time zone. I read about the tragic event at the brewery. I remembered how horrible the story was. Orange color. Aroma of pale grain, yeast, smoked wood, and distant apple. Thick, heavy bodied. Strong too. Flavor is dry, sharp bitterness, pale malts, long lasting fruity esters. Lingering bitterness in the palate, fruit esters stick around for a while. Hints of smoked malt in the finish as well. Whoa, that?s a big Saison! (3969)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ed5388 (3255) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2014
22oz bomber from Crossroads Spirits. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a small foamy off white head. Aroma of light funk, sour lemons, barnyard, grass, and a hint of smoke. Taste of grapefruit skins, sour citrus, grass, and smoked malt.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Pours a hazy golden honey color with a small white head. Lots of really nice spice and subtle wood on the nose, a hint of smoke, fruity esters, and that typical saison funk. Delicious beer. A nice meaty smoky flavor up front, banana and clove, a bit of that burnt wood comes through, a nice amount of spice, and a hint of alcohol. Really nice beer, especially for this cold, snowy, icy day.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11487) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2014
Spicy, pepper saison, lacy. Decent saison and drinkability. On tap at Barcade Brooklyn

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
peteinSD (1467) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Tap @ Stone O’Side. Clear copper pour with a slick of white foam. Light malt, cherry wood, and various subtle spices in the aroma. Taste is a light yeast character with wood and sweet malt and soft bitterness. Relatively dry mouthfeel. Unique and not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2193) - New Mexico, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Tap. Pours a clear amber with a thick head that does not last. Aroma is mild cherry and spice with barely a hint of smoke. Smoke comes out in the taste. Balanced with the sweetness of the cherry. Smoke lingers in the finish. thick syrupy mouthfeel. I like this. A nice sipper on a cold evening watching curling on tv that has some attractive russian women. While waiting to meet with some friends. It’s going to be o.k.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Pours a deep orange color with a fantastic, 1/2 inch white, frothy head. Aroma of cherry and deep smoke hits you as soon as its poured. A modest amount of saison fruitiness hits later with a touch of grassy hops. Flavor starts off a strong saison, tart fruitiness with light notes of grassy hops and later the light smoke flavor filters into the mix. The smokiness is perfect as it doesn’t overpower the other flavors. A light alcohol kick does come once the flavors have subsided but the beer is a extremely heavy so this takes a bit to occur. There is a light sharpness from the carbonation but not as much as you generally see in a saison as the body is pretty dense. It does get a of help from the tartness imparted by the yeast strain. Overall a good brew for a very good cause.


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