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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
THE BROS
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 42
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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

jeezie, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
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.

emmasdad, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of beagle75
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.

beagle75, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
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.

HopHead84, Feb 09, 2011
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!!!

nycwinter, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
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.

sweemzander, Jan 26, 2011
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.

cjacobsen, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of neorunner
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.

neorunner, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
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.

Gueuzedude, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of srandycarter
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.

srandycarter, Sep 22, 2010
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.

newk340, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of armock
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

armock, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
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!

StoneBrewFanatic, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of riored4v
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

riored4v, Aug 13, 2010
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.

Schmaltzy, Aug 09, 2010
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.

dwilson01, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +5%
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.

glid02, Apr 05, 2010
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.

goatgoat, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of ffejherb
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to seanboley for sharing this 22oz. bomber on 3/18/10.

A - Poured a clear golden body with sparse carbonation and a minimal white head that reduced to a patchy film and thin ring of retention.

S - Initial aroma is very floral and sweet with hints of rose petals, candi sugar and sweet berries.

T - Lots of sweet, fruity character right from the get-go suggesting fleshy tree fruit akin to apples and pears. A slightly spicy presence is also apparent in the middle, followed by floral notes reminiscent of rose and lavender. While a moderate alcohol warmth is apparent, the flavor is quite sweet overall... perhaps even a bit too sweet.

M - Medium bodied with a very syrupy texture. Finishes dry with a lot of residual sweetness and a hint of spicy heat on the palate.

D - Pretty tasty Belgian-style Tripel overall, although I found it to be a bit on the sweet side... kind of like a Tripel doused with liquid sugar.

ffejherb, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split amongst friends at a recent gathering. Thanks goes out to Swimsum for bringing this treat!

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Cloudy, honey-colored body with a thin, white, foamy halo on top. No lacing. Pretty weak retention. Meh.

Smell: Warm apple pie, overripe banana, honey, clove, and maybe even cinnamon. Lots of candy-like sweetness in here. Very fun to quaff.

Taste: Dough, clove, leafy hops, and banana, with a touch of sourness/funk from the Belgian yeast. Not as exciting or deep as I had hoped. Pretty good overall; mellow.

Mouthfeel: Actively carbonated with tiny, soft bubbles. Medium-bodied and very dry. Nice amount of mouth-numbing.

Drinkability: Other than the smell, this was a very forgettable tripel. With that said, Sawyer's is still a solid beer. I probably won't buy it again, but I wouldn't mind drinking it.

ThreeWiseMen, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of charlzm
2.6/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

charlzm, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mothman, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of DrJay
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

DrJay, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Jwale73, Jan 02, 2010
Sawyer's Triple from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.