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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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Photo of t0rin0
4.1/5  rDev +2%

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.

t0rin0, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
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.

yemenmocha, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of Brewsmith
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

Brewsmith, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of katan
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.

katan, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of vacax
4.18/5  rDev +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.

vacax, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of dalion037
4.18/5  rDev +4%

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.

dalion037, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of RocketWidget
4.18/5  rDev +4%

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!

RocketWidget, Mar 26, 2005
Photo of erica
4.18/5  rDev +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.

erica, Dec 01, 2003
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.2/5  rDev +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

OldFrothingSlosh, Dec 02, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
4.2/5  rDev +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.)

CRJMellor, Jun 04, 2004
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

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

JohnGalt1, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

srandycarter, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of gford217
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.

gford217, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

UncleJimbo, Dec 12, 2004
Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +5%

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.

glid02, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of scottum
4.22/5  rDev +5%

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.

scottum, Jan 18, 2004
Photo of scottoale
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

scottoale, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of goatsby
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

goatsby, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

WVbeergeek, Mar 02, 2004
Photo of Schmaltzy
4.3/5  rDev +7%

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.

Schmaltzy, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of Viggo
4.3/5  rDev +7%

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!

Viggo, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of d0ggnate
4.3/5  rDev +7%

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.

d0ggnate, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of Crosling
4.3/5  rDev +7%

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.

Crosling, Dec 05, 2003
Photo of coldmeat23
4.3/5  rDev +7%

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.

coldmeat23, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of OStrungT
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

This beer pours a cloudy orange, with a tiny white head. The head fades fast, leaving a very thin lacing.

This beer has a grainy aroma. It has some spices mixed in also. Mostly cloves. Some citrus hops aroma is present, but only just slightly. All the aromas of this beer are very subtle.

This beer tastes exactly like it smells. Grainy up front, with some spicyness. Cloves and maybe a little coriander. Some citrus flavor is present.

This beer is very low in carbonation, but since it is old, I expected as much. It goes down smooth, leaving a grainy aftertaste.

This beer might be a decent session beer, if it was accessable. It is quite rare though, and hard to get even one bottle. It does taste good though.

Overall: Stones was selling this beer as part fo their Winter Storm party. It was $22 a bottle, with all the procedes going to ALD charitys. I liked this beer. I was happy to give a little.

OStrungT, Dec 24, 2006
Sawyer's Triple from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.