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Sawyer's Triple - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

135 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 43
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of KevinBrewer
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.

KevinBrewer, Jan 30, 2009
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.

TurdFurgison, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

imperialking, Oct 19, 2012
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 aracauna
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.

aracauna, Nov 19, 2003
Photo of emmasdad
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.

emmasdad, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of dwilson01
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.

dwilson01, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of CoolJosh
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.

CoolJosh, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of Westsidethreat
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.

Westsidethreat, Dec 31, 2006
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 sweemzander
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.

sweemzander, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of DrJay
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.

DrJay, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
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.

Jwale73, Jan 02, 2010
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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.

bunnyhustle, Oct 14, 2009
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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

Stoneman78, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
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.

Wasatch, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of BierReise
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.

BierReise, Nov 28, 2003
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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 BevMoAndrew
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served into a standard pint at about 40 degrees.

Shows a straw yellow with a thick, white froth and decent lacing. Pretty aromas of honey, belgian candy sugar, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, light banana, hop spice, and a little yeast funkiness. Sweet, but crisp with citrusy flavors of grapefruit, lime, and orange are accompanied by a bready malt and funky yeast. Overall a solid brew with a nice hop presence, but not bitterness.

BevMoAndrew, Nov 29, 2009
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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
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3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A buddy of mine picked this up for me on his trip to CA. Here it goes.

Pours straw yellow with a brilliantly white head and lots of visible carbonation.

Aroma of yeast, bananas, and sweet fruit and sugar.

Taste is incredibly malty with more flavor coming from the malt than from the yeast. Odd for this style, but very tasty. Very sweet and a slight alcohol presence and fruity finish.

Mouthfeel is very slick and heavy. Not a lot of feel from the carbonation. Considerably more drinkable than many

wiseguy142, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of goodspeed94
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: More of an orange, copper color than others of this style. Fair head retention, transparent body. I'm interested.

S: Yeast, citrus, also see the Chiclet type gum smell. Hints of coriander, ginger. Hard for me to stop smelling this and actually write something because it smells really good.

T: Something is going on here where I feel like I am being brought fast up some flavor roller coaster, and then as I'm about to make the 200ft drop, the ride breaks. Not that the taste of this one is bad, far from it, I just feel like it is stealing it away from me. This is probably just me. That said, the upfront citrus and lingering yeast taste is really nice, very smooth, spices complement well.

M: Good body, light on the palate, large citrus profile, one of those where you let out a big sigh after a sip. Perfect after a long Sunday at work (I know).

D: The difference here is drinkability. Would easily drink this all day, would love it in one of those Adirondack chairs out in the Stone gardens on a good sunny, fall San Diego day.

Fairly different than other Tripels, glad this one was brought back. And to justify drinking this beer as charity, can't be beat.

goodspeed94, Nov 24, 2008
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3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A surprise offering shared by Kegatron.

Poured a clear golden yellow with a nice white head. Retention doesn't last long but leaves some spotty lacing cling. Smells of green apple, pineapple, candy, peppery spices, honey, and yeast. Tastes of mango, pineapple, orange peel, green apple, banana, clove, coriander, honey, Belgian candy, cracker meal, and yeast with a peppery finish. Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a nice fruitiness and some spicy notes. A good Tripel that is easy to drink and isn't too boozy.

HopDerek, Mar 30, 2009
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
Sawyer's Triple from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.