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Sawyer's Triple - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 42
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
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 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.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last night, my wife and I decided to share a bottle of beer, she having me pick something out. I opted for one of my last two bottles of Sawyers Triple and, without letting her see me pour it, had her guess what I handed her. She nailed it on the first try. Good girl, my missus!
So how was Sawyers Triple, now going on 20 months old from the time of release? It still has a clear golden color, vibrant carbonation and a short-lived white head that shrivelled down to a thin collar. The nose has fallen off a bit, particularly in the spiciness it possessed in the beginning. There is still the fruity sweetness and dusty yeasty malt notes but the pepper and clove spice notes, as well as the light bubblegum aroma, has diminished.
The taste carries more of a apple fruitiness and bready malt flavor while the spiciness has faded some. Still, an ephemeral peppery bite haunts the finish. The bitterness has softened over time. The alcohol is still present, providing a slight kick and warmth with each swallow. The feel is still where it was at the start, medium-bodied, lively and well-carbonated.
Overall, Sawyer's Triple is still a nice triple and easily drinkable. I'd say it's getting on in beer-years so I plan on drinking my last one fairly soon. If you've got a few stashed away, you might want to break one out and try it again yourself.

Photo of beergeek279
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served as a sample from the 22 oz. bomber, into a sampler glass. The color was golden, with a nice head retention. The smell was a nice sweetness. The taste was honey sweet, and had a slight alcohol bite. Mouthfeel was nicely carbonated. As for drinkability, a few of these would be nice.

The best beer I wish I never had. A fitting tribute to courage, both in Sawyer Sherwood as well as in all of us, and hopefully tragedies like this will soon cease with the support for ALD prevention that Stone so graciously donated. I thank my good friend WVbeergeek for bringing this bottle to Chiodo's on the day of the Pittsburgh Gathering, and hopefully the next time I have this beer, ALD will be a bad memory.

Photo of scottoale
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of Rastacouere
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden-amber body with a slight haze wears almost no head at all which disappoints a bit for a tripel. Honest aroma consisting mostly of gentle yeast notes and mead-like maltiness (honey, flowers, clovers). Moderate spiciness, herbs and mild smokiness. Rather perfumey palate, spicy (rosemary, basil), honey attack and candi sugar dominates a mild alcohol character. Nice soft carbonation, medium bodied. Average tripel.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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

Photo of OStrungT
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of HopDerek
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A surprise offering shared by Kegatron.

Poured a clear golden yellow with a nice white head. Retention doesn't last long but leaves some spotty lacing cling. Smells of green apple, pineapple, candy, peppery spices, honey, and yeast. Tastes of mango, pineapple, orange peel, green apple, banana, clove, coriander, honey, Belgian candy, cracker meal, and yeast with a peppery finish. Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a nice fruitiness and some spicy notes. A good Tripel that is easy to drink and isn't too boozy.

Photo of SheepNutz
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy golden orange color with two fingers of head. The smell is fairly spicy with cloves and pepper. There are also some fruity esters and alcohol to the smell. The taste is smooth and mellow starting off with sweet malt. Hints of spice and fruit then show up. The finish brings forth a little bit of hops and just a hint of alcohol. It is an extremely balanced brew. The mouthfeel is very thick and smooth, and the drinkability is superb for a tripel. I think this is a great representation of the style.

But, no matter how much I like this beer, I wish it would have never been made. I wish that there was no such thing ALD, and I wish Sawyer didn't have to battle the disease. My glass is raised up toward heaven, toward little Sawyer. It is also raised for every other person that has to battle this disease. I thank Greg and everyone at Stone for helping the cause, and all my thoughts and condolences go out to the Sherwood family.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of rallison
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New bottling of this beer.

A: Golden orange with a minimal white head that dies relatively quickly.

S: Phenolic sweetness with a coriander sort of spice character. Decent, but not all that inviting for me.

T: A bit on the sweet side with touches of caramel and a somewhat sharp spice and alcohol bite toward the end. Not all that complex and doesn't intrigue like the really good triples (a tough feat though, apparently). Meh.

M: Decent carbonation, but it just isn't lively on the tongue. Something about it seems to weigh it down in a way I don't enjoy. I suppose it could be a tad more dry - that could help.

D: As above, meh.

Maybe some age will help, but this is not really a great triple. Admittedly, I've had few American triples that were truly good, but still. Well, let's see how it ages..

Photo of scottum
4.22/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of vacax
4.18/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of jcalabre
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drove from my house in Mission Viejo down to Stone in San Marcos today to buy beer. And I've never been so depressed buying a beer. You can all look at Stone's website and read for yourself about the tragedy involving Sawyer Sherwood and his loss in his battle against ALD. Since all the proceeds from the sale of Stone Sawyer are going to be used in helping fight ALD, hopefully the money being raised will save some other child from this horrible fate.
As far as the beer, it pours a beautiful clear golden color with a quickly diminishing white head. The effervesence is continual. I poured this into a Chimay goblet and it looks great sitting there.
The aroma is wonderfully spicey with yeastiness to it. There's a sweet aspect to the nose. too.
The flavor is slightly sweet on the tongue. You can put this up against any comparable Belgian Trippel and Stone would win in many people's views.
The texture and mouthfeel are great. It has a medium feel and it is so easy to drink.
It's another world class beer from Stone. It's ashame that the circumstances are so tragic.

Photo of willjschmidt
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Bright orangish golden color with a nice sized white head.

S: Some light sugar and spicy Belgian yeast.

T: Pale malt base, slightly sweet from the sugar. A nice spicy finish from the yeast. Some light fruits as well.

M: Light bodied, prickly carbonation.

D: A very drinkable tripel. The low ABV for the style helps in this regard. A nice attempt at the style.

Photo of taylor714914
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of mickeymac
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of shockrocker65
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ManekiNeko
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber served chilled in a Duvel tulip. The first beer of the Greer, PintOfAle, AragornUnplugged, and ManekiNeko "Release the Wisdom" beer tasting. This bottle was provided by PintOfAle.

Appearance: Honey colored liquid with little streamers of carbonation. A short lived white head that receded to a ring of bubbles. Wee specks of lacing were left on the glass.

Smell: Bready malt aromas with some subtle fruits and spices. Slightly peachy, peppery, and citrusy coriander.

Taste: Mildly sweet bready malts with light hints of pepper and coriander on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing in body. Quite spritely.

Drinkability: A decent interpretation of a tripel. Rather easy to drink and enjoy, unlike the reason for this beer's existence. Everyone who's had this: support your local children's hospital.

Photo of BierReise
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden with hardly any head at all. Aroma is spicy fruity with noticible yeast. Orange like citrus also present. Excellent aroma in my opinion. Has a sweet and sour flavor to it, a bit spicy with sweet fruitiness. Carbonation is lower than other tripels I've had, still a bit of crispness though. Overall pretty decent for an American Tripel.

Photo of photomike
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of badbeer
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Apricot color with a white head that doesn't really leave any lacing or retention. Smell is grainy and has some nice clove, bubblegum, and some other spice to it. Taste is sweet, grainy malt with some light spice, clove, bubblegum, and lemon to it. Higher than medium body with relatively light carbonation to it. Might be a bit better if it was more dry, but it's still pretty good.

Photo of jpaulsen
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Sawyer's Triple from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.