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Sawyer's Triple - Stone Brewing Co.

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Sawyer's TripleSawyer's Triple

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

136 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 42
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 10-04-2003)
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Reviews by newk340:
Photo of newk340
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: a hazy golden yellow, thin lasting head that leaves fluffy lacing.

S: an initial smell of bananas and coriander, some wheat towards the end.

T: drinks like a tripel contrary to what the smell indicates, some yeast, apricot, and sweet malts round out the flavors.

MF/D: incredibly smooth like a hefe, a medium weight as it slides down the throat, a sipper to be enjoyed with friends... or alone.

newk340, Sep 15, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Bright orange body, almost florescent, with a decent head that laced the glass well. This one looks the part.

Smell – This has a nice malt base complimented by a sweet orange syrup and balancing hops. There’s some subtle yet effective spicing in there as well, mostly pepper and coriander.

Taste – This is not a heavy hitter like the HOTD Rose or Westmalle Trappist Trippel. It is definitely more balanced to the extent that it goes down like silk.

The orange flavor is good but not overpowering. It is mixed with a fresh melon taste followed by a hint of banana and cherry. The fruits are light here and unspiced, which is my preference for the style.

The hop profile balances nicely. It’s difficult to actually pick out the hops, but the offsetting nature of the taste establishes their presence.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and refreshing. No hint of alcohol to this medium-bodied ale.

Drinkability – This went down like a light lunch. It was excellent.

Comments – We all know the sad history as to the advent of this bottle. I picked this up at the brewery in a solemn crowd.

The CEO was on hand (the supposed “Arrogant Bastard” himself who was anything but) thanking everyone who came by. The proceeds of the beer sales, along with a percentage of all purchases in the gift shop (I loaded up on Stone paraphernalia that day) went to help research for the deadly disease that stole little Sawyer’s life just days before.

Update: I cellared this for six months and popped it at a tasting over at skyhand’s house. I thought it was perfect at this point. The flavors were fully mixed yet nothing was breaking down. The mouthfeel especially was incredible, so I changed the rating from 4.5 to 5.0.

RoyalT, Oct 06, 2003
Photo of badbeer
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Apricot color with a white head that doesn't really leave any lacing or retention. Smell is grainy and has some nice clove, bubblegum, and some other spice to it. Taste is sweet, grainy malt with some light spice, clove, bubblegum, and lemon to it. Higher than medium body with relatively light carbonation to it. Might be a bit better if it was more dry, but it's still pretty good.

badbeer, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright-looking orange/gold in color with a tight, long-lasting white head. Aromas are spot-on for the style: spicy, bready, doughy, sugary. Flavor was spicy, sweet, lots of fruits. Finishes with a bready aftertaste. Fairly full-bodied and slick mouthfeel. Very, very drinkable. Huge note of thanks to the entire crew at Stone for creating a special beer for a special person. Very well-done.

http://www.stopald.org
http://www.aldfoundation.org

OldFrothingSlosh, Dec 02, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was sampled at the BA gathering at Chiodo's this past weekend. Appearance: Strong golden orange ambrosia like nectar packed in my sampling glass with an effervescent white head leaves specks of lacing and the head dwindles fairly quick. Aroma: Rich spicy layers of honey toned malts, makes quite an aromatic impact nice triple brewed out of tragic circumstances. Taste: Once again in the taste the spicy layers compacted with the honey sweetness of this ale is so complex, like riding a wave of rich biscuit sweetness and spicy coriander tones this is quite the American made Belgian style delight. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied applies a syrup like texture upon the palate, excellent. Drinkability: Great beer it were brewed annually it seemed like the right time to pull this beer from the cellar, sharing with fellow beer lovers.

WVbeergeek, Mar 02, 2004
Photo of OStrungT
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy orange, with a tiny white head. The head fades fast, leaving a very thin lacing.

This beer has a grainy aroma. It has some spices mixed in also. Mostly cloves. Some citrus hops aroma is present, but only just slightly. All the aromas of this beer are very subtle.

This beer tastes exactly like it smells. Grainy up front, with some spicyness. Cloves and maybe a little coriander. Some citrus flavor is present.

This beer is very low in carbonation, but since it is old, I expected as much. It goes down smooth, leaving a grainy aftertaste.

This beer might be a decent session beer, if it was accessable. It is quite rare though, and hard to get even one bottle. It does taste good though.

Overall: Stones was selling this beer as part fo their Winter Storm party. It was $22 a bottle, with all the procedes going to ALD charitys. I liked this beer. I was happy to give a little.

OStrungT, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lee - thanks!

Pours a crystal clear gold color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of ripe pears with good amounts of robust sweet malts with a hint of biscuit. Also present are mild amounts of indistinct spices lurking in the background.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth, sweet malt flavors kick things off with very light hints of breadiness. Coming in shortly thereafter are good amounts of light fruits - mostly pears but also mild amounts of bruised bananas. Rounding things out is a light spiciness that carries through to a crisp ending on the sweet side of things.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a very solid tripel that didn't get overly sweet with a bit of age on it. Worth a shot.

glid02, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of cjacobsen
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FtownThrowDown for hooking me up with this one.

Opaque orange with a slight haze to it. Little to almost no head.

Smelled of banana, citrus and sweetness.

The taste was a lot like the smell. Simple and cut to the point. The white Belgian candi sugar gave it enough sweetness but wasn't overpowering. It's a light but full bodied brew with some slight lemon or orange peel that comes around as the beer warms. Had a bit of a wheat character to it.

It was very smooth with no bite, which wasn't a surprise seeing the head was quite minimal. It's a really well balanced beer.

It's a good triple that isn't really sweet like some that I've had. Lighter and fruitier than most. This beer doesn't really fall into the usual Stone style of ales that they produce, but its a nice offset brew that I am glad I had the chance to try.

cjacobsen, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a Chimay glass. Bought this direct at the brewery back in March.

Pours a clear copper with a thin covering of fizzy eggshell colored head. Not much retention or lacing to this. Overall flat look after a bit. Fruity notes really shine here in the aroma, with green apple, orange peel, and yeasty banana phenols all shining brightly. Peppery spices make themselves known as well, as does lightly sweet smelling undercurrent of candied sugars and bread.

The taste is very similar, if not with just a tad less pop to it. A sweet base of bread and fruity citrus chracter with a dose of peppery clove and heavy warming yeasty accents in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with that near 8% ABV providing some definite beef to the body. Yet it still maintains a pretty effervescent and prickly feel in the mouth, which helps this go down better than the first sip would indicate.

A solid Tripel here for sure, I really dug on the aroma and all around drinkibility of this for the size. It's nice to see Stone experimenting more with the Belgian styles beyond the Vertical Epic line.

Kegatron, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of Hobbit
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Hobbit, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of HalfFull
2.53/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a 22 oz. bomber into a large wine glass. Pours a mostly clear light golden in color with a short lived head and just a touch of haze. Retention is brief, surrendering to a surface cap for the duration of the glass, or a surface ring more accurately as this soon looks like apple juice. You really need to force the pour if you want a good head here.

Smell is somewhat sweet and yeasty but offers little depth. Notes of sweet rollup fruits plus some alcohol. Improves with warming. Sweetness easily trumps any yeast notes here, this is the antithesis of a good Belgian in the nose. Yeast notes abound when agitated but settle down rather quickly and remain cloaked in malts of secrecy most of the time.

Taste is a bit soapy sweet and again offers only moderate depth. What's there is citric sweet to a degree, with orange notes dominating.

Decent feel and drink but not really. The beer seems rushed and has a malty sweetness that offers little reason to linger.

Surely an American Triple. Malts are uniform and without a lot of character, yet the sweetness is apparent though not complex. As I embrace Belgian Tripels I question American versions thereof.

HalfFull, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of bashiba
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright orange with a thick and creamy long lasting off white head.

The smell was strong and fruity with a big sweet banana nose and a hint of candy sugar.

A big fruity blast up front with banana, apricot, and mango's all coming through, the yeast then becomes prevalent along with a clean bit of wheat and a some dry grassy hops.

The mouthfeel was creamy and full with a long lingering dry finish.

Very solid Tripel, I like it.

bashiba, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of Beertracker
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Sawyer's Tripel pours up with a modest whitish head that barely rings the bright, deep sunset-peach golden body. The white head dissipates rather quickly leaving some light lacing in its wake. The aroma is ripe with fruity esters (bubblegum, green banana, peach pit) which emerges more as it warms along with some earthy (arugula, coriander, cilantro), floral (hibiscus, redbud, rosehip) & spicy (black peppercorn, coriander) notes from the chosen Belgian yeast. Alcohol is notable, but doesn't detract. The flavor starts off with some honey & candied fruit sweetness which is underscored by a light but unabtrusive bitterness that carries towards slightly sweet, fruity & spicy, cheek warming finish. Sawyer's Triple is one of the better microbrewed tripels that I've had in a good while. Here's to a fine beer for a great cause fighting ALD!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Taster's Note: Thanks to RodBurg for the opportunity!

Beertracker, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright hazy orange color with a short white head and light lacing. Nose of orange and light malt and lemon peel.

The hit here is in the flavor and balance. Wonderful malt and fruit (stone fruit and banana) in the front palate and nice subtle but bitter grapefruit hops on the back palate and finish.

The balance of this beer just may be perfect. The mouth feel is big but not too thick. The balance of fruit, malt, yeast, hops and citrus is perfect, as is the carbonation which is "just right." Rich and bold flavors that seem to be great for anything. Simply put, it just tastes good and you want more! What could be better?

The finish is a light fruit that goes to grapefruit and is long lasting and pleasant. '

This is a beer to quench thirst, consume with all kinds of food; and you could even sip as a delicious strong ale.

I waited too long to try this one! This is one of the best all around quality beers I've tried. When evaluating the perfect beer (whatever that is...) this would be in the running. I will definitely add more of this to my home stock the next time I'm at Stone.

As always, just my opinion.

GRG1313, May 28, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with large foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of fruity ester is dominating and quite enjoyable. Taste is a nice mix between some fruity ester and light sweet Belgian style malt. Taste is really smooth and alcohol is well hidden as well as any peppery yeast notes usually associated with the style. Maybe a tad too sweet but very well done overall.

Phyl21ca, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of CRJMellor
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yello with a moderate orange tint. No real head but tremendous stream of thin bubbles surging for air.
Aroma is grain, fruit and light strawberry notes and a big hit of yeasty bread. Picked up some Grains of paradise and pale malt in the background.
Flavor is wheat, bread crust, citurs fruit and a fairly strong nose of pale malt.
Mouthfeel is a classic Trippel. Grainy with a modest malt sweetness abd a yeasty and fruity alcoholic finish. Little bit thin and watery IMHO.
Drinkability is very good. Wouldn't say its a complex beer but very enjoyable. Reminds of a Piraat.
(Tim relayed the story behind this beer. Needless to say I was speechless for quite a while and made me appreicate how lucky I am to have 3 very healthy kids. God speed Sawyer, we need all the brewer's apprentices that we can get in heaven.)

CRJMellor, Jun 04, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last night, my wife and I decided to share a bottle of beer, she having me pick something out. I opted for one of my last two bottles of Sawyers Triple and, without letting her see me pour it, had her guess what I handed her. She nailed it on the first try. Good girl, my missus!
So how was Sawyers Triple, now going on 20 months old from the time of release? It still has a clear golden color, vibrant carbonation and a short-lived white head that shrivelled down to a thin collar. The nose has fallen off a bit, particularly in the spiciness it possessed in the beginning. There is still the fruity sweetness and dusty yeasty malt notes but the pepper and clove spice notes, as well as the light bubblegum aroma, has diminished.
The taste carries more of a apple fruitiness and bready malt flavor while the spiciness has faded some. Still, an ephemeral peppery bite haunts the finish. The bitterness has softened over time. The alcohol is still present, providing a slight kick and warmth with each swallow. The feel is still where it was at the start, medium-bodied, lively and well-carbonated.
Overall, Sawyer's Triple is still a nice triple and easily drinkable. I'd say it's getting on in beer-years so I plan on drinking my last one fairly soon. If you've got a few stashed away, you might want to break one out and try it again yourself.

Boilermaker88, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 received from an incredible trade with numbeercruncher... badass... poured into my Chimay goblet..

1" rocky head.. big and bubbly.. only slight lace... brew is slightly hazy deep golden honey.

Aroma is sorta mild and lends to spicy phenols.. clove.. bready pale malts, albeit light... some banana as it warms.

Flavor is again only mildly phenolic.. pepper and some subtle bubblegum... fruity esters come in mid/late palate as a little bit of orange... some pear essence... a little sweetness from front to back helps carry and blend all the flavors together. Body is pretty much spot on .. so is the carbonation.. drinkability might take a hit just because it really doesn't seem as complex as it's European brothers.

Interesting take on the style and one of the best Belgian styles I've had from Stone. Glad I got a chance to try this, I've tried to trade for the 1st run a few times over the years and was shut down hard every time. Thanks to numbeercruncher for a simply fantastic trade.

3.5/4/4.5/4/4

JohnGalt1, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +24.4%

CEDAMA, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of hyuga
4.97/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just had this at the Stone Anniversary Ale tasting event at Sun Devil Liquors. Stone's brewmaster, Steve Wagner, bought a case himself and brought it for the tasting. Thanks a lot, Steve. We Stone fans in Arizona really appreciate it, and I'm sure the Sherwood family does too. We all send our heartfelt condolences to the family of Sawyer Sherwood, who this beer was brewed for, and who we learned passed away this past Tuesday.

This was a cloudy orange brew with a good-sized white head. Very well presented. Aroma of coconut and fruity esters with spicy Belgian yeast. As for the flavor, the first thing I noticed was the peppery character, from what seemed to be the alligator pepper that was used in brewing the 03.03.03 Vertical Epic, which I loved in that beer, and which I now like even better in this beer. The sweet malt and spicy yeasty flavors really come through after that. They blend quite well and balance perfectly with the hops. To me, that makes the best tripel. A wonderful beer brewed for a wonderful cause. I only wish I could have contributed myself and bought bottles of this at the brewery.

hyuga, Oct 04, 2003
Photo of Brewsmith
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 2L growler fill at the brewery. Golden yellow with a small white head. Clear. Aroma is banana and bubblegum with a little spice. Malty with more of the bubblegum fruitiness. Clean and dry with a little more fruit in the finish. Some alcohol in there. Balanced and drinkable.

Brewsmith, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of mikedashg
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pored into a Stone sniffer. Pours nice with a thick white head that comes very late in the pour. Nice and easy pour. Golden Yellow / Apricot in color. There is some light lacing, but it disappears very quickly.

Smell: Clove, Banana, Light Hops

Taste: Clove, banana, vanilla, moderate bitterness, very hefeweizen like. Would be a good entry level craft brew for someone who is use to adjunct lagers.

Mouthful: well carbonated and moderate mouthfeel

Very good drinkability on this one. Nice and smooth, good carbonation. Not too heavy, not too light. The ABV on this one isn't over the top, but more then your average brew.

I would bring this to a party of adjunct lager drinkers and open their eyes to good taste, flavor, a little higher ABV and still REAL drinkability.

mikedashg, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of rallison
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New bottling of this beer.

A: Golden orange with a minimal white head that dies relatively quickly.

S: Phenolic sweetness with a coriander sort of spice character. Decent, but not all that inviting for me.

T: A bit on the sweet side with touches of caramel and a somewhat sharp spice and alcohol bite toward the end. Not all that complex and doesn't intrigue like the really good triples (a tough feat though, apparently). Meh.

M: Decent carbonation, but it just isn't lively on the tongue. Something about it seems to weigh it down in a way I don't enjoy. I suppose it could be a tad more dry - that could help.

D: As above, meh.

Maybe some age will help, but this is not really a great triple. Admittedly, I've had few American triples that were truly good, but still. Well, let's see how it ages..

rallison, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of scottoale
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. brown Stone bomber into a Chimay chalice, a bright amber-gold with a small 1/3" of white foamy head. The head turns to surface patch and a ring, with very little clinging lace. Good carbonation with tons of microscopic bubbles rising from the bottom.

Sweet, fruity, yeasty and spicy...very nice Belgian type Triple nose. Ripe green apple, banana, pear, yeast and candi sugar to name a few of the aromatics coming through.

The flavor is even more complex with a fruit filled sweetness that tapers off to a hop and yeasty spiciness in the finish. A light warming from the 7.6% alcohol, lingers with the aftertaste. Medium body and perfect carbonation for this style, give this brew an authentic taste and drinkability that I truly recommend.

The beer has not been brewed for several years and has been brought back by Stone for it's original charities sake. The proceeds from this brew go to an organization to help fight ALD's, a life threatening disease. A worthy cause.

scottoale, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of largadeer
1.9/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bomber into a Stone tulip. Golden-amber appearance, semi-hazy, with two fingers of pure white froth. Signature tripel appearance. The nose is bubblegum, pure bubblegum. I honestly can't pick out anything else. Whatever yeast they use for this stuff, I'm not a fan. Tastes like a bubblegum sandwich; light breadiness mixed with shitloads of bubblegum. The mouthfeel is sweet from start to finish; where's the dryness? I've never been a huge fan of Stone's attempts at Belgian ales, but damn, this one just sucks.

largadeer, Feb 28, 2009
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Sawyer's Triple from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.