Sawyer's Triple - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

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Reviews: 112
Hads: 136
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 44
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: xlperro on 10-04-2003

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Reviews: 112 | Hads: 136
Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber secured from the World Bistro

Pours a hazy golden orange with a very thin white head that leaves no lacing.

Smell is yeasty and sweet with some fruit

Taste is hop bitterness followed by Belgian sweetness then some
spicy peper notes

This is a great belgian tripel, worth picking up if you can find it. (332 characters)

Photo of nycwinter
4.32/5  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!!! (1,070 characters)

Photo of Beertracker
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Sawyer's Tripel pours up with a modest whitish head that barely rings the bright, deep sunset-peach golden body. The white head dissipates rather quickly leaving some light lacing in its wake. The aroma is ripe with fruity esters (bubblegum, green banana, peach pit) which emerges more as it warms along with some earthy (arugula, coriander, cilantro), floral (hibiscus, redbud, rosehip) & spicy (black peppercorn, coriander) notes from the chosen Belgian yeast. Alcohol is notable, but doesn't detract. The flavor starts off with some honey & candied fruit sweetness which is underscored by a light but unabtrusive bitterness that carries towards slightly sweet, fruity & spicy, cheek warming finish. Sawyer's Triple is one of the better microbrewed tripels that I've had in a good while. Here's to a fine beer for a great cause fighting ALD!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Taster's Note: Thanks to RodBurg for the opportunity! (926 characters)

Photo of mikedashg
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (787 characters)

Photo of mickeymac
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As is normally the case with Stone, it's served from a bomber. It pours a lovely golden-orange. Despite a rather vigorous pour, the white head was minimal and then disappeared almost immediately. Carbonation was on the low side. The smell is spicy, slightly medicinal, and musty: everything one would expect in a quality Belgian-style tripel. The taste is also a very pleasant experience. It's more subtle than many tripels, but the subtlety doesn't detract from the taste. The 7.6% abv certainly doesn't smack you in the face. This is a very classy beer and a fitting tribute to Sawyer. (587 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Stone into Duvel glass.

A: Pretty golden slightly orange color. Nice head upon poor. Dissipates gradually. Some of the head is brought after agitation. Mild to moderate lacing.

S: Orange and floral nose up front. Little bit of vanilla. Quite sweet smelling.

T: Orange peel, cream, spice, something I can't quite make out... cloves? I don't know. Quite complex. Very satisfying.

M: Not exceptionally viscous for the style, but quite nice. Moderate carbonation.

D: I could fully session this beer. That probably wouldn't end well though.

As usual, very impressed with Stone's venture into a Belgian style. (621 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aquired via trade. As if buying beer wasn't an enjoyable enough experience, doing it for a good cause makes it all the better! This is one of the more enjoyable Tripels I have had to boot. Pours a lightly cloudy and bright yellow-orange/apricot color with a medium thin white head. Thin and quick lacing. Aroma of citrus, banana and hops. Medium-bodied with a nice blend of citrus, pepper, coriander and apricot. The finish has a bit of alcohol kick to it, along with some fruit. (479 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to googzoid10 for sending this bomber my way in a trade.

Pours a crystal clear amber golden, very nice colour, thin white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring and layer, some lacing sticks to the glass, looks alright. Smell is nice, sweet and sugary up front, orange peel, coriander, yeast, some toasty malt, light floral and tropical fruit, wheat, a bit of vanilla and spice, very nice, light citric sourness in the finish. Taste is sweet and fruity, mangoes, honey, sweet orange peel, dry wheat and biscuits in the middle, caramel, coriander, pepper, dry and yeasty in the finish, very fruity. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, very smooth and drinkable. Alcohol is there but in the background. A real nice tripel, not too sweet, and lots of great spice and fruit character. Thanks Greg! (830 characters)

Photo of Crosling
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Naming a Stone brew after Sawyer was nice way to honor the courage of the little boy who is no longer with us. Very sad story that definately made me think. Thanks Stone and good luck to the family.

This brew poured a solid dark golden with a white head that fell into a smooth layer across the beer. After about 30 minutes there was no head to speak of and lacing was hard to come by. This bothered me.

The nose was full of light fruits and spicy hops.

The flavor was great and very well balanced. Light fruits dominated the palate. Lots of orange and some banana as well as some spicyness. Pretty hoppy but remarkably drinkable. (639 characters)

Photo of coldmeat23
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Chimay Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Big thanks to RodBurg for this one!

Pours a clear, golden, orange color, with a hint of amber. One finger head of frothy white foam that dissipates quickly. Lacing is decent, but minimal.

Nice sugarey sweetness greets me first. Followed up with some nice fruitiness and a touch of spices. Slight hints of malts.

A very good, mild triple. Nice fruit flavors, accompanied by a touch of floral. Apples, pears and a touch of banana, are mixed with corriander and clove. The spices are balanced by a nice level of sugar sweetness.

Nice and creamy smooth feeling, in the mouth. Enough body to interest you, yet not enough to overpower. Perfect level of medium carbonation.

If you want a brew that doesn't ask too much of you, this could be it. Very smooth, light, and easy to drink. Recommended, if you have the opportunity. (880 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was sampled at the BA gathering at Chiodo's this past weekend. Appearance: Strong golden orange ambrosia like nectar packed in my sampling glass with an effervescent white head leaves specks of lacing and the head dwindles fairly quick. Aroma: Rich spicy layers of honey toned malts, makes quite an aromatic impact nice triple brewed out of tragic circumstances. Taste: Once again in the taste the spicy layers compacted with the honey sweetness of this ale is so complex, like riding a wave of rich biscuit sweetness and spicy coriander tones this is quite the American made Belgian style delight. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied applies a syrup like texture upon the palate, excellent. Drinkability: Great beer it were brewed annually it seemed like the right time to pull this beer from the cellar, sharing with fellow beer lovers. (839 characters)

Photo of scottoale
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. brown Stone bomber into a Chimay chalice, a bright amber-gold with a small 1/3" of white foamy head. The head turns to surface patch and a ring, with very little clinging lace. Good carbonation with tons of microscopic bubbles rising from the bottom.

Sweet, fruity, yeasty and spicy...very nice Belgian type Triple nose. Ripe green apple, banana, pear, yeast and candi sugar to name a few of the aromatics coming through.

The flavor is even more complex with a fruit filled sweetness that tapers off to a hop and yeasty spiciness in the finish. A light warming from the 7.6% alcohol, lingers with the aftertaste. Medium body and perfect carbonation for this style, give this brew an authentic taste and drinkability that I truly recommend.

The beer has not been brewed for several years and has been brought back by Stone for it's original charities sake. The proceeds from this brew go to an organization to help fight ALD's, a life threatening disease. A worthy cause. (995 characters)

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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 (447 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yello with a moderate orange tint. No real head but tremendous stream of thin bubbles surging for air.
Aroma is grain, fruit and light strawberry notes and a big hit of yeasty bread. Picked up some Grains of paradise and pale malt in the background.
Flavor is wheat, bread crust, citurs fruit and a fairly strong nose of pale malt.
Mouthfeel is a classic Trippel. Grainy with a modest malt sweetness abd a yeasty and fruity alcoholic finish. Little bit thin and watery IMHO.
Drinkability is very good. Wouldn't say its a complex beer but very enjoyable. Reminds of a Piraat.
(Tim relayed the story behind this beer. Needless to say I was speechless for quite a while and made me appreicate how lucky I am to have 3 very healthy kids. God speed Sawyer, we need all the brewer's apprentices that we can get in heaven.) (829 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lee - thanks!

Pours a crystal clear gold color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of ripe pears with good amounts of robust sweet malts with a hint of biscuit. Also present are mild amounts of indistinct spices lurking in the background.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth, sweet malt flavors kick things off with very light hints of breadiness. Coming in shortly thereafter are good amounts of light fruits - mostly pears but also mild amounts of bruised bananas. Rounding things out is a light spiciness that carries through to a crisp ending on the sweet side of things.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a very solid tripel that didn't get overly sweet with a bit of age on it. Worth a shot. (931 characters)

Photo of scottum
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light brown amber with an ogg-white head. Nice and fruity sweet. But not over the top sweet, more of a mellow sweet. 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. Another first class beer from Stone. (292 characters)

Photo of dalion037
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (363 characters)

Photo of RocketWidget
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
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! (439 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 received from an incredible trade with numbeercruncher... badass... poured into my Chimay goblet..

1" rocky head.. big and bubbly.. only slight lace... brew is slightly hazy deep golden honey.

Aroma is sorta mild and lends to spicy phenols.. clove.. bready pale malts, albeit light... some banana as it warms.

Flavor is again only mildly phenolic.. pepper and some subtle bubblegum... fruity esters come in mid/late palate as a little bit of orange... some pear essence... a little sweetness from front to back helps carry and blend all the flavors together. Body is pretty much spot on .. so is the carbonation.. drinkability might take a hit just because it really doesn't seem as complex as it's European brothers.

Interesting take on the style and one of the best Belgian styles I've had from Stone. Glad I got a chance to try this, I've tried to trade for the 1st run a few times over the years and was shut down hard every time. Thanks to numbeercruncher for a simply fantastic trade.

3.5/4/4.5/4/4 (1,013 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.17/5  rDev +4%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to oldstylecubsfan for this bomber.

Pours exceptionally clear golden amber with a small and very short-lived soapy white head. It recedes quickly, leaving no bubbles at all and no lacing.

Sweet light fruits mix with sugar in the aroma and a lightly toasted malt backbone with very subtle spicy yeast in the nose. There's also some orange peel and some light peppers.

The taste has an initial citrus hop kick, though it's very faint before the light fruity esters and Belgian yeast sweetness take over. The finish is definitely spicy though, maybe some coriander and pepper, and the taste is not as sweet as the nose overall - certainly more layers in the taste.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation with a dry spiciness rounding it out on the palate.

This is an excellent and very drinkable triple that has plenty of complexity in the taste especially, where the spices do a great job of balancing out the dominant fruity sweetness. (969 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.17/5  rDev +4%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of Brewsmith
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (281 characters)

Photo of vacax
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased from the Stone Company Store. $5.99 with 100% of the revenue going to Fight ALD! Beer brewed for a noble cause and enjoyed with great respect.

A: Amber with honey and gold flair in a mildly cloudy muddled beer. Thin but good looking white head.

S: Belgian yeast, fresh grains, hay.

T: A crisp, clean version of an Americanized triple with a pronounced hop presence in the end. Spicy. Prototypical example of a quality American recreation of a Belgian style. I actually greatly prefer this to most Belgian triples. Yet the flavors here are quite classic. Nothing too imaginative, just a quality triple.

M: Light to medium body that is well carbonated. I would like a bit less carbonation, a bit slicker.

D: I think this is an examplary triple brewed in America. If this is what you like, this is going to drink beautifully. Personally this doesn't capture my imagination, but it is quality nonetheless. (923 characters)

Photo of erica
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (688 characters)

Sawyer's Triple from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.