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Sawyer's Triple - Stone Brewing Co.

Sawyer's TripleSawyer's Triple

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BA SCORE
90
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133 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%


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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chrisafari

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 02:59:51 | More by chrisafari
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beagle75

Iowa

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2011 17:16:41 | More by beagle75
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 01:18:22 | More by weeare138
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 03:10:10 | More by barleywinefiend
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rallison

California

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..

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 03:21:43 | More by rallison
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 16:18:14 | More by Gueuzedude
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illidurit

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 19:10:03 | More by illidurit
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GClarkage

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 16:06:07 | More by GClarkage
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ThreeWiseMen

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 20:29:34 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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KevinBrewer

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear orange-gold with a light white head. Moderate retention and minimal lacing.

Aroma of cloves, banana skin, light spices, and flowery hops. Slight sting of alcohol.

Light, sweet fruity taste (pears, bananas) mixed with floral hops, followed by spiciness and alcohol. Light clean hop bitterness at the end. Aftertaste of grain husk and alcohol.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

The alcoholic qualities limit the drinkability for me, but otherwise it is a nice brew.

Serving type: growler

01-30-2009 01:19:22 | More by KevinBrewer
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 01:34:16 | More by TurdFurgison
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aracauna

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear beer although there seems to be a tiny fuzz of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. This has a nice coppe/pink gold glow. The head is light and a bit fizzy. It's short-lived and fades to a small ring around the edge of the glass. It's a five color with a 2 head. I weigh color higher than head so I'm giving it a 4. The aroma is definitely nice. Pepper, cotton candy, apricots something that I'm missing the word for. The flavor is good, adds on a tad of sourness (barely noticeable). A bit cidery. I'm actually surprised by the bitterness in the finish. I wouldn't call this a bitter beer, but it's more bitter than what I was expecting from the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2003 07:07:58 | More by aracauna
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Boilermaker88

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2005 16:58:14 | More by Boilermaker88
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this one at the brewery, as I had never heard of it and it was for a very good cause. That said, this one poured a dark golden color with a billowy white head. Aromas of candi sugar, yeast, clove and lemon zest. On the palate, this one is light to medium bodied, with flavors of candi sugar, yeast and Belgian spice.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 00:17:05 | More by emmasdad
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Westsidethreat

California

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Stone Winter Storm

A: Buttercup color with a decent bit of haze but almost no head. A small snow white ring remains.

S: Banana, cloves, cardomon and vanilla.

T: Strong banana candy flavors transforms slowly to butterscotch. Finishes lightly grassy and somewhat spicy. Thats really about it,

M: Medium body, syrupy mouthfeel.

D: Not bad. Good flavor but nothing special. Lacks a lot of depth.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2006 23:23:21 | More by Westsidethreat
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CoolJosh

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was surprised to see this in my roommates section of the beer cellar. This beer definitely has some age on it... Let's see how it's drinking!

The appearance is typical triple, no stand out/ out of the ordinary characteristics. Very clear orange brown with a light white head. The smell is fairly bold and a little bit spicy. Tons of corriander adds a cherry applesque scent. Tons of dry orange peel. The taste is mostly filled with dry orange peel and the belgian yeast is very noticeable. Drinkable, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 01:52:18 | More by CoolJosh
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dwilson01

California

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into my arrogant bastard pint glass, a golden slightly hazy color to the body, barely any head on this brew at all with a small amount of carbonation reaching the surface.

The smell on this brew is fresh hops, almost but not quite citrus, and a sweet malt forward honeyed tingle. Smells a lot like hawaiin sweetbread to me, dense and delicious.

The flavor has some spiciness to it but on the whole was actually quite unimpressive I thought, including the mouthfeel in that I was suprised at how thin and bland it tasted and felt. The hawaiin sweetbread smell turned more towards a biscuit flavor that didn't impart too much sweetness and left me desiring a bit more, The hops are there though, i mean seriously it is a stone brew so you really can't go wrong.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 01:14:07 | More by dwilson01
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badbeer

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 03:37:18 | More by badbeer
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to cjacobsen for sharing this one!

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange hue. Produced a light layer of white foam before dissipating. Minimal lacing.

(S)- Tons of clove and banana. Hints of lemon rind as well. Lightly earthy and dry.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Lots of wheat-like lemon and banana. Slightly dry and earthy.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Crisp and earthy with good fruits.

(D)- A good triple. Has that crispness I like about the style with a good body and flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 01:14:41 | More by sweemzander
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thirstybird for hosting and sharing. 22oz. bottle split amongst four tasting snifters. Pours a translucent orange-gold; no head, no lacing. Nose is citrusy, with a noted hops presence, a hint of spice and a slightly earthy quality. Taste follows nose; however, some candi sugar comes out in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a mild, even carbonation and a semi-dry finish with a lightly lingering acidity. Easy drinking tripel without being cloying. Definitely Stone's expression of a classic style.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 21:56:58 | More by Jwale73
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went through a bomber of this during dinner at Stone. It was a hazy gold colour with fine white foam capping the beer. Decent head retention, but not much in the way of lacing. The aroma was bready with notes of banana, cloves, and spices. The same character was present in the flavour, but was balanced by a mild bitterness, wheat crackers, and light strawberry sweetness. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation and it was a bit on the dry side. Overall, a decent triple with some character that I associate more strongly with weissbier.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 23:54:30 | More by DrJay
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BierReise

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden with hardly any head at all. Aroma is spicy fruity with noticible yeast. Orange like citrus also present. Excellent aroma in my opinion. Has a sweet and sour flavor to it, a bit spicy with sweet fruitiness. Carbonation is lower than other tripels I've had, still a bit of crispness though. Overall pretty decent for an American Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2003 22:16:32 | More by BierReise
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Stoneman78

California

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the 2008 Stone Winter Storm

Appearance is a murky golden hue, thin off-white head dissipates quickly, minimal lacing

Smell is dark fruits (raisins, cherries), honey, citrus, thick caramel malts, rather subtle for a Tripel

Taste is big raisins up front, followed by brown sugar and molasses, some sweet honey, finishes sweet and slightly dry

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, thick chewy texture, highly carbonated

Drinkability is good, this is a pretty solid Tripel that loses some points on the weak aromas, but is otherwise decent, this has held up well over time (I think it was brewed in 2004?), definitely worth trying once, especially since proceeds go to charity

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2008 06:57:20 | More by Stoneman78
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Wasatch

Utah

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice yeast notes, spicy. The taste is malty, yeasty, bitter, a good dose of spice. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 23:52:43 | More by Wasatch
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bunnyhustle

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at recent brewery visit. Poured into tulip, slightly hazy and golden. Creamy 2 finger head with minimal retention and lacing. Smell is of candi sugar, some fruit (almost hefe like) and yeast. Taste is of sweet ripe fruit, some spice, yeast and bread. Slight banana after taste which I dont think I've ever said before, maybe I'm just nuts. Mouthfeel was fine, a little thin. Overall a great beer and definitely different than most every one of there other beers, hops are not the defining characteristic here. And, given the spirit behind this beer, how can you not enjoy drinking this. Cheers to Stone for supporting such a great cause.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 04:16:46 | More by bunnyhustle
Sawyer's Triple from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.