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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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crash_the_dog (181) - Fairway, Kansas, USA - APR 5, 2014
Clear copper color with a rich off-white head. Nose was pleasant, but with few distinguishable notes. Flavor was enjoyable, slightly malty, but without any real smokiness. Velvety palette. Well crafted, but also well short of amazing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

zoucrew102 (2150) - - OCT 24, 2017
Bomber, 2013 vintage. Bright fruity aroma with notes of floral, smoke, wood and spicy yeast. Pours cloudy golden colored with a finger of off white head that has excellent retention and lacing. Starts with bright cherry fruit and floral flavors with a lively mouthfeel. Finishes dry with spicy Belgian yeast and great wood smoke flavors. Really nice saison.

alexeyb (11) - LITHUANIA - SEP 13, 2017
What the explosion of fruit and flower esters. Beautiful, pleasant imperial saison. The smoked character is delicate and fits the rest of aroma perfectly.

Alengrin (5779) - BELGIUM - AUG 5, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2017 Bomber bought by Craftmember at the Oedipus brewery in Amsterdam, thanks for sharing Vincent! A tribute to a late Stone employee, see the whole story above. Weird concept: "imperial cherry wood smoked saison" - I was eager to find out what this is supposed to be... Lacing, creamy, dense, snow white, very moussy and fairly stable head over a hazy orangey blonde beer with vague salmon pinkish tinge. Aroma of peaches drenched in liquor, crêpe Suzette, carrot cake, sugarloaf, Grand Marnier, apricot jam, vanilla beans, subtle smoked bacon, moist cigarette tobacco, overripe pear, sugared yoghurt, caramel, some glue-like solvents, white rum. Candied sweet onset, marmelade and yellow raisin notes but countered by a soft and discreet, yet effective ’underground’ sourishness running through the whole like a dash of citrus fruit juice; medium carbonation, soft and notably creamy, ’filling’ but still supple and lean body. Residual sugars surf on top of a smooth caramelly malt sweet core with that orange flesh-like flavour persisting till the end but subtly so; a touch of smoked meat shows up late and very briefly, but the whole beer remains centered around this dessert- and candied orange-like sweetness, though in the end balanced by a beautifully positioned tannic dryness from the cherrywood - indeed without that vanilla-ish factor associated with oak. A spicy and earthy, yet ’friendly’ hop bitterishness ensues, along with an afterglow of warming, brandy-like alcohol. Stone has done pretty astonishing things throughout its existence and not all of their more experimental beers, which this one very clearly belongs to, have been great successes for me; I can easily imagine how a ’weirdo’ like this would divide opinions and then it all comes down to personal taste. In my personal taste, this desserty, original, layered beer fits very well I must say - I hugely enjoyed the discovery of cherrywood, for one thing, indeed tasting a bit different than the oak we have all grown accustomed to by now. Very interesting barleywine-ish but not so much ’smoked’ - and, as expected, as much a ’saison’ as Budweiser is an imperial stout.

androman (2867) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2017
UT 230717 backlog. On tap at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Berlin. Sourish floral. Honey, molasses, waffle. Medium to heavy sweet, Light sour. Medium lasting medium sweet-sour, Light umami. Full body, sticky, Soft carb. Bit heavy. 746514

HogTownHarry (7077) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - JUL 15, 2017
March 21, 2014 - with blankboy, gregclow, mabel and jercraigs - bomber. Mostly clear bright brassy amber-gold with a tiny white head. Smells like a smoked golden ale all right - floral with definite alcohol presence. Taste is smokey and a little fruity/floral. Slick mouthfeel, mild carbonation, dry campfire finish - pretty solid. "Paul has nuts on the brain!" "Greg missed the nuts again!"

dorain (691) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 8, 2017
Vom Fass im Stone Brewing Berlin 2016-10 getrunken. Ein sehr leichtes Bier mit einer sehr feinen Rauchnote - doch am Ende bleibt es ein Saison. Lecker!

llkc (2760) - århus, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2017
duft: frisk krydret malt sød
smag. malt sød røg krydret. lime sød malt kant til slut

MetalNHopHead (2223) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - APR 23, 2017
Matt’s Burning Rosid’s is odd, even for a Stone creation, and it’s something I’ve never had before: a Smoked Saison. (I guess?) Somehow it’s got a strange charm that makes the whole damn think work somehow. Hazy orange pour. Smoky, woodsy, fruity, yeasty, earthy, and spicy notes. Minus the "smoky" and "woodsy" those are all pretty typical Saison descriptors. Yet, those added elements do contribute a certain campfire quality to this brew’s inherent barnyard smells and flavors. I realize that description doesn’t really sound like something appetizing (barnyard + campfire?) but I guess you’ll have to take my word for it.

HuskerTan (2403) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - MAR 5, 2017

A- Subtle cherry, woody, spices, mild smoke.

A- Reddish amber color, hazy liquid, off white head.

T- Spices, oak, subtle cherry, mild smoke.

P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, balanced finish.

O- Not sure I would call this a smoked beer. Definitely a lot of woodsy and spice notes. Fairly smooth and balanced but not overly exciting.

anders37 (27237) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2017
Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty spicy smoky aroma. Fruity malty spicy yeasty smoky flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty smoky finish.

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