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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 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.

Photo of wiseguy142
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

Photo of jeezie
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

Photo of goatgoat
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone tulip. A slightly hazy honey gold. A head of white falls quickly to a thin ring. No lace.
Aroma is wonderfully bready and spiced. Fruity. Nothing hinting at hops. Flavor is nicely sweet with a strong spice character. Peppery in a way, which is bolstered by a understated alcohol heat. A very light bitterness, just enough to balance. Finish is spicy with a little heat. A nice combination - lightness of carbonation, drying alcohol, residual sweetness. Overall moderate to light brew.

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle into a snifter/ No freshness date

Big thanks go out to Joe for this!

P: Pours yellow from the bottle, and sits apricot in the glass. Barely a 1/2 inch head of off-white foam that disappeared immediately. Not much lacing.

A: Citrus-flavored bubblegum, ripe bananas & pears, light malts, dash of pepper, and a slight alcohol presence. Smells good!

T: Bubblegum flavors burst onto the scene from the opening sip, accompanied by floral (and slightly citrusy) hops, bruised bananas, apples, pears, and cloves all tied together by a light malt presence. Sweet for the first second, then leans toward being a bit more bitter & spicy from the pepper & alcohol. Finishes dry with a much more pronounced malt, and a kiss of yeast to balance things out. This is damn tasty!

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, clean, moderately carbonated for a good bite.

D: Very drinkable. I sit here writing this wishing that I had another to enjoy.

Notes: I sure am glad that I was able to get my hands on one of these puppies. I enjoyed it immensely! Complex, full-flavored, and downright satisfying. What else would you expect from Stone. Outstanding!

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

Reviewed from notes.

Enjoyed as a 4oz sample at the Belgian Beer Fest 2004. I've been anticipating this sucker for quite a while, and the fact that this beer is all about charity is a pleasant bonus. Pours a truly radiant yellow gold, crystal clear, with light, lacy white head. Smell is standard. Taste is pleasant, refined, and balanced. Very light for a triple, quite citrus-like, with spicy hints throughout. Try this if you see it!

Photo of Schmaltzy
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Rathakem
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

Photo of d0ggnate
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great beer for a great cause. I can think of no better reason to enjoy craft beer than this.

A: Poured clear amber/orange with nearly no head. Thin, off-white bubble layer faded immediately into nothing.
S: Strong candied belgian sugar smell. Sweet aroma of alcohol/brandy. Slight fruit-like, melon notes hinted at.
T: Continued sugary taste, but more caramelized in the taste. The flavors of light belgian yeast, candied sugar and rich, warming alcohol continue.
M: Very sweet and almost sticky on the tongue. Also has a palate-puckering quality.
D: I was happy to grab a few bottles upon its re-release and have marked it from my proverbial list of beers I'd like to try. With that said I thought this Stone triple was a nice representation of the style. Delicious and worthy of some praise.

Photo of nycwinter
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!!!

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.

Photo of erica
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I only got to taste a small sample of this one but it was enough to be able to say it's good. It was a light amber color and smelled spicy, fruity, like a tripel does. There was a lot of flavours then when I took a sip, sugar, honey, spices, tiny bit of that banana flavour I sometimes get... it was well-balanced, well-blended I felt. The mouthfeel is on the thin side, which took away from the taste a bit for me because I thought it seemed watery then, but the overall flavours were pretty strong so the thinness didn't hurt too much. Drinkability, 4 because of the big flavours with watery mouthfeel. Almost balances out.
Good beer, and I'm very sorry about why this beer came to be.

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.

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.

Photo of bearisprime
5/5  rDev +24.4%

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 dalion037
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.

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 goatsby
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of joebrewer
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the brewery.

Clarity: clear. Gold color, poured with little head. Average carbonation: maybe 2-2.5 volumes.

Smells of fruit and flowers (orange blossom?).

Citrusy hops complement the yeast esters. Tastes of fruit all the way through. Maybe a little clove as well.

Tons of fruit flavor in this beer.

Mouthfeel: clean, light body.

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.

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