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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
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 42
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
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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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to organicbrewer for this Stone bomber. Very touching background based on the description on the bottle, and I applaud Stone for the efforts to raise money for ALD research.

The beer is crystal clear and gold colored with almost no head. The smell is spot on for a tripel, I'd assume Golden Monkey if this was a blind test. Sweet sugary aroma with some spice and a little alcohol. The taste is very sweet, spicy hops breaking up the sugary flavors very well, an after-taste almost like anise? The body is appropriate for the stylelight and drinkable. A very nice take on the style, not overly hopped as you might expect (and want) from Stone, but there's nothing wrong with hitting a bulls eye.

Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split amongst friends at a recent gathering. Thanks goes out to Swimsum for bringing this treat!

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Cloudy, honey-colored body with a thin, white, foamy halo on top. No lacing. Pretty weak retention. Meh.

Smell: Warm apple pie, overripe banana, honey, clove, and maybe even cinnamon. Lots of candy-like sweetness in here. Very fun to quaff.

Taste: Dough, clove, leafy hops, and banana, with a touch of sourness/funk from the Belgian yeast. Not as exciting or deep as I had hoped. Pretty good overall; mellow.

Mouthfeel: Actively carbonated with tiny, soft bubbles. Medium-bodied and very dry. Nice amount of mouth-numbing.

Drinkability: Other than the smell, this was a very forgettable tripel. With that said, Sawyer's is still a solid beer. I probably won't buy it again, but I wouldn't mind drinking it.

Photo of GClarkage
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12/17/08- Purchased at Stone Brewing Company in Escondido, CA.

Presentation- 22oz silk screened bottle. Not sure of the freshness. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Very clear orange-amber colored pour. Smaller 1/2 inch, quickly dissapating head. Leaves some light streaks and a few spots of lace.

Smell- Mild whiff of alcohol, lots of brewers yeast, some corriander and a bubble gum nose.

Taste- Bubble gum is quite heavy. Could actually pass for a hefe, or maybe a kristallweizen. Good amount of corriander and some light sugar. Alcohol is present, but not overwhelming. Flavors meld together decently enough. Hops come through at the end of each sip.

Mouthfeel- Medium to a lower carbonation level. Very crisp with a very slight hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- Good job by Stone. Not great, but definitely drinkable. Worth every penny for the cause. I would by more if it were available out here just for that reason alone.

Photo of illidurit
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orangey gold color with a small, wet white head. Little if any lacing. Big bruised apple and banana aroma, very fruit salad-like. Flavor is very similar but there's a light spiciness in the finish. No trace of alcohol but the beer is rather sweet which hurts the drinkability. Semidry finish, smooth.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a dark gold / copper color that shows a faintly hazed, rich gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of creamy fruit somehow, it reminds me of sugar sweetened pears, some melon like notes, lots of cotton candy, some lightly musty phenolics, a touch of clove towards the finish, perhaps a touch of over-ripe almost rotting fruit, accentuating honey-like malt and a touch of cracker like grain. The aroma is really over the top fruit / sugary smelling, not bad, but a bit unbalanced.

Sweet tasting and it carries through from the aroma that sugary, fruity, somehow creamy note. This is quite floral (the aroma is too, I just didn't associate it until after tasting the beer for the first time) and reminds me of some big, sweet, but sort of stinky tropical flower. Fruit flavors of pear, floral melon, fake-fruit flavored cotton candy, sugar laden sweet pale malt and some honey-like notes are here. The beer finishes with a touch of herbal, perhaps hop derived character that is quite subtle and there is only a touch of hop bitterness here. The finish also has quite a bit of clove character that is hiding just underneath the up front sweet fruit flavors. This hits the body of a Tripel just about on the nose, the sweetness makes it seem a bit richer than it actually is, but it is quite quaffable for its strength.

Interesting, it severely lacks the complexity, both yeast and malt derived, that should be part of a really good Tripel. On the other hand this isn't half bad, and given that Stone doesn't really do Belgian Styles, is about what I was expecting. I am quite happy to be drinking this beer though, and you certainly have to salute the cause.

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..

Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for this blast from the past...
Appears a semi-transparent gold with a small white head that slowly fades out. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrus, melon, apricots, pears, spices, and light bananas.
Taste mimics the aromas with standout flavors of spiced apricots, and poached pears pulling through.
Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, mildly sweet, spicy, and slightly oxidized.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy light straw yellow with an off-white head. Nose was nice and fruity sweet but not over the top sweet. taste is spices are quite there too. Touch of hop bitter bite at the end aswell. Nice chew of a mouthfeel and the brew goes down easy. This beer is hotter than it lets on by the ABV. Pretty good Tripel and worth a try for sure.

Photo of Rastacouere
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden-amber body with a slight haze wears almost no head at all which disappoints a bit for a tripel. Honest aroma consisting mostly of gentle yeast notes and mead-like maltiness (honey, flowers, clovers). Moderate spiciness, herbs and mild smokiness. Rather perfumey palate, spicy (rosemary, basil), honey attack and candi sugar dominates a mild alcohol character. Nice soft carbonation, medium bodied. Average tripel.

Photo of beagle75
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft service into a half-pint goblet at Stone Bistro.

A: Clear, medium golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Light toast is obscured somewhat by bright esters, wild mint, and fusel alcohols that impart occasional whiffs of solvent and urea.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with lightly toasted malt, delicate herbs, and some snappy anise that lends an edge. The trend is toward increasing dryness, becoming more clean, with a burst of bright apples and pears in the middle. It finishes with restrained bitterness amidst more herbaceous spice. Alcohol is occasionally detected, adding a spirituous quality that is consistent with the style (but seems inconsistent with the mildness of the other flavors found here.)

M: Thin to medium viscosity, feels more substantial on the palate than it tastes, with moderate carbonation.

D: An interesting take on the abbey tripel style--more like a tripel lite--whose sensory qualities come totally unexpected in a beer from Stone. It drinks easily enough, and leans toward the lower end of the abv range for the style, but flavors seem muted and lacking interest compared to other beers of the style. In fact, this beer may be one of Stone's mildest, tasting less assertive than the pale ale. Definitely rare and probably over-rated, Sawyer's triple is the least likely beer to be judged a Stone brew in a blind tasting.

Photo of chrisafari
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: subtle spice, easters (banana) and bubble-gum.

Pours golden amber with thin white head. Easy to make a nice with a quick swirl, but fades quickly.

Flavor: similar to the nose. Pronounced flavors of sweet and pungent fruit: subtle citrus with mostly plum. There is a nice spicy finish in the throat.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-light body. No lacing. Nice carb., though.

Drinkability: medium to medium-low. The bubble gum easters take away from the drinkability.

Overall: ok. Seems a little weak for Stone. Not my favorite. The bubble gum easters were too overpowering for me, in the nose and in the flavor. I wish there was more spice and more complexity.

Photo of FosterJM
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1123rd Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet
22 oz

Purchased from Stone @WinterStorm 2012

Shared with GuruDel

App- Freshly squeezed orange juice mixed with some yellow and golds. A bit unfiltered and a bit cloudy. No real head formed but had a nice ring of bubbles. Very small amount of cling towards the end.

Smell- Standard triple notes, but a bit faded. The yeast is still there with a small backing citrus note.

Taste- It was a pretty good triple. I just dont think its aging all that well. I am glad I got to try it as I love the style, but its a bit sweet with a softer yeast note. Has a certain flavor I can't put my finger on. The flavors are seeming to me at least of pullling apart a bit.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a low-medium carbonation. Seemed a bit sweet on the finish with a little too much orange/lemon juice flavors.

Drink- I love the cause that this supports. I would gladly buy this beer again. It was good. I think I am just being nitpicky about it because its Stone and I love what they do.

Photo of ffejherb
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to seanboley for sharing this 22oz. bomber on 3/18/10.

A - Poured a clear golden body with sparse carbonation and a minimal white head that reduced to a patchy film and thin ring of retention.

S - Initial aroma is very floral and sweet with hints of rose petals, candi sugar and sweet berries.

T - Lots of sweet, fruity character right from the get-go suggesting fleshy tree fruit akin to apples and pears. A slightly spicy presence is also apparent in the middle, followed by floral notes reminiscent of rose and lavender. While a moderate alcohol warmth is apparent, the flavor is quite sweet overall... perhaps even a bit too sweet.

M - Medium bodied with a very syrupy texture. Finishes dry with a lot of residual sweetness and a hint of spicy heat on the palate.

D - Pretty tasty Belgian-style Tripel overall, although I found it to be a bit on the sweet side... kind of like a Tripel doused with liquid sugar.

Photo of WaXHeLL
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass - tasted on 4/27/2009:

Appearance - Yellow with a moderate white head. Looks like a "fizzy" yellow beer, as per Stone. Nothing to write home about, and other Tripels have a better appearance. Good amount of lacing.

Smell - Nose is slightly floral and fruity with the typical Belgium yeast undertones. Banana is the first distinctive flavor to hit me. The other flavors are mixed together, with a blend of spices (almost like Christmas spices, but not really) as the only other smell that stands out. Not much of a nose, especially when compared to other Tripels.

Taste - Slightly sweet tones, Finishes with a significant banana aftertaste. The taste definitely has fruit undertones to match the taste. The spice flavor is most distinctive during the finish, with strong nutmeg flavors. The nutmeg flavor is quite good, but still pretty low-key. The flavors are straightforward and muted.

Mouthfeel - The sugars come out in the mouth feel, sticking to your tongue. The lingering aftertaste definitely has a banana tone to it, and sticks to your mouth/tongue like a banana. Not bad, but not great. Significant amounts of carbonation, but not excessive.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink. Decently high ABV, but noting special. Could be a sessions beer, but that would be somewhat pushing it.

Overall -- A little overkill on the banana (which is not my favorite flavor), which is a shame, because some of the other flavors and tones would be much more interesting if they came out stronger. Would definitely prefer a Belgian Tripel over this. Compared to other Stone beers, I'd definitely recommend something else from their strong selection.

Photo of neorunner
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bottle up last year this time when I toured the brewery. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Appearance is a nice golden hue, but there is little to no carbonation which is slightly disappointing. Aroma is mostly banana and clove. Mouthfeel is tart and sharp on the tongue. Body is fairly smooth and taste is mostly banana and some mild spice. I love the premise of this beer and the fact that it is for charity, however its not an outstanding tripel. Which I find surprising considering the history that Stone has brewing Belgians.

Photo of taylor714914
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of hawkmage
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of jerz
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of charlzm
2.6/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed Feb 7th, 2010 at Stone World Bistro.

Mostly clear light gold, almost lemony yellow. Minimal head, slight lacing. No discernable carbonation activity in glass.

Floral, perfumey aroma.

Flavor follows nose, mostly. Slight citric lemon zest, some soft yeast. No bitterness to speak of. A shame, since there is nothing to really offset the sweetness that borders on cloying. Flavor was not as complex or strong as other reviewers have noted.

Mouthfeel is unremarkable.

Not especially drinkable as it's just too sweet. This may have finally passed its prime.

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.

Photo of mschofield
2.42/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I really wanted to like this, it was brewed to raise money for a sick kid, well I'm glad I donated some money to the cause at least.
Pours a crystal clear golden amber, topped with a one finger white head that disappears almost immediately, leaves small bits of lacing.
Soft fruity aroma, toast, some floral and wheat notes.
A bit warming but there isn't much to the flavor - wheat, candy, bubblegum and fruit. Theres no real punch or anything to grab you, pull you in, and let you know you're drinking a tripel.
Next time I'd just mail in a check and skip the beer.

Photo of womencantsail
2.35/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: The beer pours a clear golden orange color with a tall white head.

S: Reeks of sugar. Cloying as any beer I've smelled with over ripe bananas and spices being the only break from the sugar (not that they really help much). Bubblegum and cotton candy only add to the problem.

T: This is so sweet, it's almost got a grainy texture to it. Sugar, sugar, and more sugar with cotton candy, bubblegum, and overly ripe fruits such as bananas and apples. A strong spice character of clove that is also unpleasant.

M: Syrupy with medium carbonation.

O: Unenjoyable on all fronts. I know it's sort of a dick move to bash this beer considering its purpose, but it's just not good.

Sawyer's Triple from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.