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Sawyer's Triple - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

112 Reviews
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Reviews: 112
Hads: 137
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 46
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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: 137
Photo of t0rin0
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (897 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,126 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with large foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of fruity ester is dominating and quite enjoyable. Taste is a nice mix between some fruity ester and light sweet Belgian style malt. Taste is really smooth and alcohol is well hidden as well as any peppery yeast notes usually associated with the style. Maybe a tad too sweet but very well done overall. (407 characters)

Photo of largadeer
1.92/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bomber into a Stone tulip. Golden-amber appearance, semi-hazy, with two fingers of pure white froth. Signature tripel appearance. The nose is bubblegum, pure bubblegum. I honestly can't pick out anything else. Whatever yeast they use for this stuff, I'm not a fan. Tastes like a bubblegum sandwich; light breadiness mixed with shitloads of bubblegum. The mouthfeel is sweet from start to finish; where's the dryness? I've never been a huge fan of Stone's attempts at Belgian ales, but damn, this one just sucks. (511 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.39/5  rDev -40.4%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,107 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 feloniousmonk
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Normally, the beers I review are full samples, fully sampled by yours truly, but this time I dug into my generous nature and shared the bomber with fellow BA Steorn, who'd never had anything from Stone! What better way to change that sad status than to treat him with a rare, limited bottling! And, as for the beer?
I shelved sentimentality, not that it's easy, but merely to judge the brew on the brew, and, wouldn't you know, that ain't all so hard...
Appearance: golden hue, with a pure, milky whitewhead...lovely!
Aroma: sweetness and spice, a perfect tripel feel, highly sugared, overwhelmingly pleasant, light, and. oh, so, nice.
Taste: sublime. Just perfect. Throws me back, thrusts me into a sublime state, utterly out-of-this-world, that sort of brew that sends you into something other -than-the-norm, did I say, perfect? With an abundant fruitiness, peach, apricot, citrus, and more, ...the finish is swift, but thirsty, in that it mouake you ache for more," where's my Sawyer's Tripel", you scream! Honestly, it's like that, not too big, not too small, just so-right, damn, but they made a perfect tripel, sweet, but not too much so, tasty, but just enough, refreshingly simple, but thoroughly complex...Great job, Stone, once again!!!
Enormous, effervescent gratitude to Mr. BeachBum hisself, Sir Darren of Nightengale! (1,337 characters)

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12/17/08- Purchased at Stone Brewing Company in Escondido, CA.

Presentation- 22oz silk screened bottle. Not sure of the freshness. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Very clear orange-amber colored pour. Smaller 1/2 inch, quickly dissapating head. Leaves some light streaks and a few spots of lace.

Smell- Mild whiff of alcohol, lots of brewers yeast, some corriander and a bubble gum nose.

Taste- Bubble gum is quite heavy. Could actually pass for a hefe, or maybe a kristallweizen. Good amount of corriander and some light sugar. Alcohol is present, but not overwhelming. Flavors meld together decently enough. Hops come through at the end of each sip.

Mouthfeel- Medium to a lower carbonation level. Very crisp with a very slight hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- Good job by Stone. Not great, but definitely drinkable. Worth every penny for the cause. I would by more if it were available out here just for that reason alone. (956 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (1,783 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for this blast from the past...
Appears a semi-transparent gold with a small white head that slowly fades out. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrus, melon, apricots, pears, spices, and light bananas.
Taste mimics the aromas with standout flavors of spiced apricots, and poached pears pulling through.
Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, mildly sweet, spicy, and slightly oxidized. (428 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (870 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (343 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (347 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 DrJay
3.85/5  rDev -4%
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. (539 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 Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking amber orange color. A small white head adorns the surface and has good enough retention. Lacing is sparse. Great nose. Bready and yeasty. Spicy and peppery. Musty and minty. The flavors of this beer really follow suit with the nose. Bread and yeasty dough tones are very nice. The spice is subdued, but apparant. Minty tones are very delicate. And there's some fruitiness to go around as well. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated. Body about medium. This special brew has a pretty special taste.

As a father of 3 little ones, I found that drinking this beer brought out some emotions. The Sherwood (and Stone) family are in my thoughts. (647 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to organicbrewer for this Stone bomber. Very touching background based on the description on the bottle, and I applaud Stone for the efforts to raise money for ALD research.

The beer is crystal clear and gold colored with almost no head. The smell is spot on for a tripel, I'd assume Golden Monkey if this was a blind test. Sweet sugary aroma with some spice and a little alcohol. The taste is very sweet, spicy hops breaking up the sugary flavors very well, an after-taste almost like anise? The body is appropriate for the stylelight and drinkable. A very nice take on the style, not overly hopped as you might expect (and want) from Stone, but there's nothing wrong with hitting a bulls eye. (702 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 Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer as it vamooses from the 22 ounce bottle pours a resplendent lucid golden-orange with a diminutive bright white head that is creamy in texture, the lace a wispy silk like sheet to obscure the glass. The aroma of over ripe fruit, yeast and a sugar cookie like sweetness pervades this crisp and appetizing nose, start is ambrosial with a personable malt profile, the top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a salubrious acidity and the hops saporous with the aftertaste dry and long lasting, a quite quaffable and thirst quenching beer. (556 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -4%
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. (527 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 sweemzander
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (535 characters)

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