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Sawyer's Triple - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

135 Ratings
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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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charlzm

California

2.6/5  rDev -35.3%

Consumed Feb 7th, 2010 at Stone World Bistro.

Mostly clear light gold, almost lemony yellow. Minimal head, slight lacing. No discernable carbonation activity in glass.

Floral, perfumey aroma.

Flavor follows nose, mostly. Slight citric lemon zest, some soft yeast. No bitterness to speak of. A shame, since there is nothing to really offset the sweetness that borders on cloying. Flavor was not as complex or strong as other reviewers have noted.

Mouthfeel is unremarkable.

Not especially drinkable as it's just too sweet. This may have finally passed its prime.

03-03-2010 18:21:33 | More by charlzm
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured into Stone Old Guardian glass.

Pours 12 finger of white head. Fades fast. Some light splattered lace left. Color is a slight hazed golden orange. Fairly clear.

Aroma: bubble gum, right of the top, bananas, cloves, light spices, Belgian yeast. Kind of dry.

Taste: More spice notes, but a lot like the aroma. Bubble gum and Belgian yeast with bananas and cloves. A nice amount of grassy hops as well. A very nice tripel.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, dry, and relatively smooth. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry, but fairly clean.

Overall, this is a solid tripel. Very well to the style. I am definitely enjoying this and my 1/2 bomber will be good for me. Glad I got to try this one.

02-01-2010 03:01:23 | More by mothman
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

01-02-2010 23:54:30 | More by DrJay
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

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

Germany

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

Thanks to stevemcqueenjr for this bottle!
A - Slightly hazy pale yellow/orange. Off white head disappears quickly to a wisp.
S - Spice, sweet malt, a touch of banana and tropical fruit.
T - Sweet honey malt, tropical fruit, some spice. Nice dry aftertaste.
M/F - on the light side of medium body. Nice carbonation which is fine in structure.
D - A nice tasty triple. Well balanced and interesting enough.

01-02-2010 15:39:29 | More by ThirstyBird
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

12-28-2009 02:50:43 | More by FLBeerGuy
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gford217

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

12-17-2009 03:42:17 | More by gford217
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CoolJosh

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

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

California

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

11-29-2009 04:27:22 | More by BevMoAndrew
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bunnyhustle

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

10-14-2009 04:16:46 | More by bunnyhustle
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Wasatch

Utah

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

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

California

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

09-22-2009 05:10:41 | More by billshmeinke
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +2%

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at the Stone Brewery.

A - A light golden color with good clarity and very little head.

S - Spicy with clove and some banana.

T - A spicy start with lots of clove and a hint of pepper. Then it becomes semi-sweet yet the spices linger faintly. This is a good American brewed Belgian.

M - A moderate consistency and a nice low carbonation.

D - This is easy to drink beer brewed for a good cause. I hope the donated proceeds make a difference.

08-21-2009 04:25:48 | More by GJ40
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +2%

Purchased from brewery gift shop. Pours radiant light amber to honey golden with white head that retains well. Nose is the best feature with delightful floral, esters, angel foodcake and birthday cake icing. Palate brings forth the candy sugar with a good amount of banana and alcohol warmth towards the end. Rather assertive, as I expected it to be, but not one of the best Tripels I've had.

07-29-2009 04:45:56 | More by yemenmocha
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joebrewer

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

07-21-2009 15:09:09 | More by joebrewer
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illidurit

California

3.6/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

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

Iowa

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours dark hazy golden with a thick head that leaves globs of lacing as it dissipates.

Aroma is wheaty, with generous bubblegum. Hint of lemon and honey.

Taste is candied sugar and citrus fruit. Bubblegum, lemon grass and honey as the nose suggested. Lingering subtle yeasty spice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and soft.

Tasty, smooth and very drinkable. Flavor is balanced and unified. Definitely worth a try.

06-16-2009 01:28:59 | More by Blakaeris
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bashiba

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%

Poured a bright orange with a thick and creamy long lasting off white head.

The smell was strong and fruity with a big sweet banana nose and a hint of candy sugar.

A big fruity blast up front with banana, apricot, and mango's all coming through, the yeast then becomes prevalent along with a clean bit of wheat and a some dry grassy hops.

The mouthfeel was creamy and full with a long lingering dry finish.

Very solid Tripel, I like it.

06-16-2009 01:21:30 | More by bashiba
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

06-08-2009 17:05:54 | More by Kegatron
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GRG1313

California

4.6/5  rDev +14.4%

Bright hazy orange color with a short white head and light lacing. Nose of orange and light malt and lemon peel.

The hit here is in the flavor and balance. Wonderful malt and fruit (stone fruit and banana) in the front palate and nice subtle but bitter grapefruit hops on the back palate and finish.

The balance of this beer just may be perfect. The mouth feel is big but not too thick. The balance of fruit, malt, yeast, hops and citrus is perfect, as is the carbonation which is "just right." Rich and bold flavors that seem to be great for anything. Simply put, it just tastes good and you want more! What could be better?

The finish is a light fruit that goes to grapefruit and is long lasting and pleasant. '

This is a beer to quench thirst, consume with all kinds of food; and you could even sip as a delicious strong ale.

I waited too long to try this one! This is one of the best all around quality beers I've tried. When evaluating the perfect beer (whatever that is...) this would be in the running. I will definitely add more of this to my home stock the next time I'm at Stone.

As always, just my opinion.

05-28-2009 04:16:28 | More by GRG1313
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flexabull

California

4.38/5  rDev +9%

Pours a bright and hazy gold color with a faint white head.

Aromas are creamy and kind of sweet, with some spice, and citrus. (a touch of lemon)

Taste has a light candied and creamy sweetness. Full and thick mouthfeel, light citrus, some banana, bubble gum, lemon crispness, spices, and a touch of cloves. Finish has a nice mineral hop bite that balances out the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel as mentioned before is nice and thick, with enough carbonation to balance it out.

Drinkability is very good. Another winner from Stone. No real surprise there, these guys seem to produce nothing but high quality beers, and this complex and very drinkable Triple is no exception.

05-14-2009 00:43:08 | More by flexabull
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

a: This was a bright golden color, a little on the dark side. I couldn't coax much of a head out of this one.

s: Sweet banana esters, mild cloves, candied sugar, and a little flowery heat. Nothing overpowering, this was very balanced and complex.

t: This starts off with sweet bananas and some fairly strong clove flavors. The cloves linger into the fnish with some dry, flowery warmth.

m: This had a very viscous body, but the carbonation was surprisingly gentle.

d: Thanks to rallison for a very tasty tripel. If this was a bit less spicy, and the carbonation was tweaked a bit, this could have been great.

05-04-2009 10:43:53 | More by DIM
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WaXHeLL

California

3.33/5  rDev -17.2%

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.

04-27-2009 04:31:39 | More by WaXHeLL
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

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

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%

Bomber into a "glass" from a hotel

A - Pours a darker golden color - very thick looking. Head formation is very strong, leaving behind a 1/2" foam. Very well retained. Very carbonated looking.

S - A tripel no doubt - has a nice combination of yeast spice and boozy phenolic notes. Reminds me somewhat of a syrup for waffles or pancakes. Some bready undertones.

T - Starts off easy - just a bit sweet. Starts to develop a belgian yeast bite through the mid-stream. Finishes with a nice sweet bready malt hit combined with a lingering phenolic warmth. The spicing exists throughout the beer, somewhere in the vein of a clove. Overall the flavors are fairly muted.

M - The carbonation that I see doesn't translate into the bite I taste. The sugary backbone of this beer does hang out on the tongue big time.

D - Low ABV for the style is a big plus for me. Tripels are moving above witbiers as my favorite style. Not at all abusive to the palette from the flavors, nor is it very filling. A highly drinkable tripel.

Glad to support the fight against ALD - and a superb beer to boot. Straight from Stones today from a brewery tour - I doubt it can be more fresh.

04-20-2009 01:37:21 | More by katan
Sawyer's Triple from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.