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Sawyer's Triple - Stone Brewing Co.

Sawyer's TripleSawyer's Triple

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

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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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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HopHead84

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

02/08/2011

On tap at Stone Winter Storm 2011. Advertised as the last keg of Sawyer's Tripel! Seems to me like Stone has some explaining to do to Sawyer's family.

A: Transparent golden with a white head.

S: Sweet bready malt with a prodigious amount of banana and a little clove. A touch of honey is noticeable, as are alcohol and coriander. Quite aromatic, with notes of orange and dried mango.

T: Slightly spicy up front with notes of clove and white pepper. Coriander makes a strong appearance, as does banana. Malt is bready and moderately sweet with a slight sugary note. Alcohol is noticeable but not out of line. Fruit is reminiscent of orange, melon, and mango. Finish is dry.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry, creamy, and sticky.

Overall: Sort of a cross between a Wit, Hefeweizen, and a Tripel, but a good beer and enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2011 04:27:13 | More by HopHead84
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dalion037

California

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had not heard of this beer so when i saw it on tap I had to have one. This is a very typical Belgium Tripel. The color was golden brown and it had a nice head on it. The aroma was strong with coriander. It felt like a tripel in my mouth. The evervescence was that of champagne which was nice on the palate. I very good tripel from a bunch of California Yankees.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2008 02:08:48 | More by dalion037
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t0rin0

California

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at stone the other day. I noticed that they also had 22 oz bottles for sale but didn't really want to pay $22 for it. This is definitely starting to age and I like it.

The color was a golden yellow and was fairly hazy. Looked like a good belgian tripel. There was a touch of foam, about 1/2 inch but it didn't last long.

The smell was partly fruity with some orange showing through. There was a lot of base malt in the smell and it smelled real sweet. Pretty strong smelling for a tripel. The flavor was also very sweet with a touch of fruit but most of it was the pale malt. There was a hint of bread there but not real strong. I think the alcohol had more of a bite to it than the hops did at this point.

Overall it was very smooth and drinkable. I'm glad that the money paid for this beer is going to a good cause but I'm not sure that I want to pay $22 for a 22 oz bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2008 20:58:02 | More by t0rin0
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Floydster

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

8 ounce glass at the Stone Winter Storm for eight dollars, all proceeds went to charity for
ALD, always willing to give some money for a good cause

Color was golden yellow with a slight orange tint, head was about 1/2 inch and had a soapy white appearance, some pretty impressive retention and lacing for a beer that is about four years old

Smell was missing something, lots of sugary aromas, different scents of fruit consisted of raisins, cherries, tangerine, and grapefruit, some bready malt aromas but none of these smells were substantial or stuck out much

Taste was calm and inviting that I could have probably drank a gallon of this stuff, well that might have been an exaggeration, taste was sweet all the way around, citrus at first with oranges and tangerine, later dark fruit surfaced with raisins and prunes leading the way, sugar hit the tongue each sip, aftertaste was super smooth and relaxed, not much hops left in this one if there was much to begin with when it was fresh, it was still well balanced regardless, some candy-like tastes came about when it continued to get warm, awesome beer overall

Body was nice with a medium body, thicker than most tripels I have seen, mellow level of carbonation, taste lasted a long time, sweet and creamy mouthfeel

Could have drink this all day, it went down so easy because of its unparalleled smoothness, alcohol percentage is not too bad, under eight percent, light on the stomach even though it is sweet, it had a subtle and light flavor with great drinkability

Have been wanting to try this for a few years now, finally was able to take this off my wants list, deserved to be the most expensive beer on the day, super good tripel, wish Stone made beers like this more often, highly recommended for anyone who is lucky enough to try it, would drink again in the future if possible with no questions asked, one of the best beers I have ever had from Stone Brewing

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2008 07:59:10 | More by Floydster
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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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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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mschofield

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2005 00:37:58 | More by mschofield
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This triple poured a clear, golden color with white foam that settled. The smell was sweet and malty (Belgian malt) with some fruitiness. The taste was sweet (sugar) and malty (Belgian) and fruity with some floral notes and a moderate amount of hoppiness to balance. The mouthfeel was smooth and warming with medium body and good carbonation. There was a tangy, sweet, malty aftertaste. This was a very nice triple.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2004 23:08:39 | More by UncleJimbo
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

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

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2004 01:16:28 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Traded for a bottle or two of this many years ago, I believe this is the 2004 release.

Appearance - a slight haze to this tangerine/gold brew. A thin finger of white bubbles away fairly quickly but does manage to keep a scant cover for a while.

Aroma - sweet caramel and orange, light yeast and phenols.

Taste - starts out a bit pilsnery, but sweeter in the malts.Obviously, no bite in the hops at all some nine years later, yet the dryness of the style allows for good balance anyway. The yeast and phenols cut the sugar quite well, and the aftertaste has a really nice level of throat and belly warming. The end is easy, pleasant, warm, very nice.

Mouthfeel - crisp, thin, medium-bodied.

Overall - definitely aged longer than the recommended max of six months, but it tastes super. As a lighter tripel on the abv side,you should be so lucky to even have the option for a second or third of these in one sitting. Here's to Sawyer, may we exhibit similar courage when we need it most.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 21:24:20 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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FosterJM

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 15:38:53 | More by FosterJM
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womencantsail

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 04:45:21 | More by womencantsail
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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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nycwinter

California

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought two of these at the brewery about 6 months ago after our tour guide told us Sawyer's story. I had one soon after, and now the second one is poured into my Chimay chalice. Reading the story on the bottle again, and drinking this tasty tripel really makes me wish I had purchased more at the time.

A: Golden orange hue. Minimal head and lacing to speak of.

S: A very fragrant brew. Cloves and faint banana nut sweetness on the nose with a floral alcohol backbone.

T: I can tell this is a Stone brew right off the bat (hop character maybe?), but it is definitely true to the Belgian tripel style (with a SoCal touch). The malt sweetness sits on the tongue, but the yeast (i think) gives a alcohol bitterness that spreads around the whole mouth and makes the deliciousness stay for a while. Soooo yummy.

M: Medium-light body with alcohol hotness. Carbonation takes a back seat here, but still lets you know it's there.

D: I could go for another bomber. Especially because I'm a sucker for consuming things of which the proceeds go to a good cause. Fight ALD!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 04:11:14 | More by nycwinter
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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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cjacobsen

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 14:48:04 | More by cjacobsen
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neorunner

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 02:59:26 | More by neorunner
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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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srandycarter

California

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours fairly clear honey, not much head, some spotty lace.

S - fruity, Begian yeast, little spicy and some wheat smell.

T - Best part. Fruity, esp banana and orange peel, Belgian yeast flavor comes through pretty aggressive, holiday spice peeks out a little.

M - Med bod, good carb, balance pretty decent.

D - Does not overpower and ABV not incredibly high. Could have a few.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 04:01:04 | More by srandycarter
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newk340

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 00:28:19 | More by newk340
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armock

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear golden color with a thin white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Has a fruity nose with spicy Belgian yeast

T - Like the nose fruits upfront finishes spicy and yeasty

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - This was actually a lot better than I expected it to be and I'm not sure why I just wasn't expecting a Tripel this good if you see it at the brewery you should pick up a bomber of this

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 23:51:12 | More by armock
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StoneBrewFanatic

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice honey color with about one finger of head that dissipates into a thing layer. Moderate lacing.

S - Relatively mild in aroma, bread, pear, banana, and spice.

T - On contrary to the mild aroma the taste is huge and delicious. Fruits are pear and banana as with the aroma, sweet malts, nice spice to the finish that is a little prickly on the tongue, and also just the right amount of bitterness to round it out.

M - Medium in body, very crisp and refreshing, reel melts in the mouth nicely.

D - Really enjoyable, as I would expect from the guys at Stone and for a great cause!

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 18:25:42 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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riored4v

Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 6/11/10

Clear copper color body, that fades to thin layer. 1 finger off white head.

Hintsof banana and ester aromas. Some caramelly sweetness with a good maltiness backed with a nice fruitiness.

Good drinkability with no signs of ABV. Nice balance

Mouthfeel had a medium body, high carbonation with nice dry finish

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 01:05:10 | More by riored4v
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Schmaltzy

California

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear straw/gold color with 2 fingers of white head that leaves lacing throughout my glass.

S- Wow, loads of scents starting with a spiced apple and spiced pear followed by great light sweet malt scents and of course the belgian bready yeast... This reminded me of my trips I used to take to Julian with my parents and brothers as a child, we would always go up there for some fresh apple pie and hot cider...

T- Not as much as the smell, but still great. You pick up on the apple/pear, spices, light sweet malt and loads of bready yeast with a nice crisp finish.

M- Nice slightly medium body with ample carbonation that is quite smooth and doesn't attack the tounge.

D- Took me back to my youth growing up, had no problem drinking this 22 oz. beer and ordering another at Stone, also had no problem throwing down $9 per bomber with 100% going to charity.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 01:51:28 | More by Schmaltzy
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Sawyer's Triple from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.