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RATINGS: 591   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   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.

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abcfan (928) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Different. Pours a clear orange with little head. Aroma is smoke / cherry with some candi sweetness. Taste is a bit heavy on the smoke with some cherry notes. Smokey medicinal finish.

Block (3222) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 15, 2014
This was a great bomber to end the dinner and beer session. Strong on the Belgian flavor. Crisp with a yeasty finish.

nimbleprop (8922) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 14, 2014
22oz bottle I picked up at Trader Joe’s of all places. Pours a crystal clear orange with some thin, lacing white head. Nose is very interesting, some wheat chaff, a bit of cold smoke, chestnut honey, malt, some bright fruit, could be cherry, could be starfruit, some candy sugar, some spice. Flavor is a little industrial, paint, malt, heavy floral petal, some orange, some mint, straw. Odd, industrial finish. I don’t know about this.

Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate sweet apple, banana, Belgian yeast, light smoky notes, orange peel, and a touch of floral notes. It pours a transparent orange with a two finger yellow-tinged off-white head that eventually fades a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There’s a decent amount of webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of apple, faint banana, and Belgian yeast. The finish has moderate smoked meat, light-moderate floral notes, light bretty notes, lemon peel, and band aid/plastic. The smoke is definitely stronger than the aroma lead me to anticipate. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, on top of coming to the conclusion that a smoked Saison just probably isn’t my thing, the band aid/plastic notes are a little unpleasant as well.

closey22 (2126) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Golden with lacy offwhite head; aroma is sweet and yeasty; Flava is very rich smoky and fruity sweet; feels medium and silky; finishes malty dry and bitter

JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2014 Had this in the fridge for a few weeks.... decided to give it a go tonight... Poured into my HotD tulip... slightly hazed golden with a decent white head that leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is a bit lighter than I was expecting... but when I get a good read it is apple juice/pear cider and sweet wood smoke.. I guess that jives, but I wasn’t expecting it to be so clear and also one dimensional... a bit of clovey phenol with warmth so rises sharp EtOH vapors. The smoke really blooms on the palate, but still jives with what the nose tells us... pretty big-boned estery/stone fruit... plenty of fruitiness but a pretty sharp clove bite seems IMO out of place.. Saison? Not what I would picture, but maybe a BSPA? Smoke essence combines with the phenols and get a bit "bandaid" for my liking... Boozy. Seems too heavy on the palate to be a saison... perhaps a big-boned BSPA, but even then I don’t care for the brew too much. Nothing but respect and my hope for peace for Matt’s family and friends.

topherh (1929) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Pours golden, eggshell head. Aroma is clove, smoke, spice, and bananas. Flavor is sweet malt, spice, smoke, and light cherry. Smoke lingers in the finish.

Bule (2309) - California, USA - FEB 13, 2014
On Tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a pale straw color without any head. Citrusy flavors, mild belgian yeast. Higher alcohol not noticeable.

mdindy (38) - Weymouth, 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

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.

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