Sawyer's Triple
Stone Brewing

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Style:
Tripel
ABV:
7.6%
Score:
89
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 12.59%
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
139
From:
Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  46
Gots
  6
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: The quality of Stones’ Bottles continues with another screen printed Bomber. Because of the circumstances, the design is a little more restrained, and I have to say that I like the simple classic looks. The usual description on the back of the bottle, which always raises a laugh or two, in this instance makes for a very sobering read. As I read it again, it has an even greater, more poignant, significance as little Sawyer lost his battle to the awful disease ALD, only a few days earlier.

Appearance: A massive ‘Belgium’ off-white head when first poured, which slowly settles to a smooth covering. The head fizzes with a lively effervescence which is very audible. The body is a very lucid dark golden color, with some amber hints at times when back-lit. Sadly, the head breaks to reveal just a collar like halo head.

Nose: A fantastic spicy hop aroma intermingled with yeast, and freshly kneaded dough. Effortlessly ‘Belgium’ in character.

Taste: Slightly sweet beginning, spicy hops invade the mouth. The black-pepper, spices, yeast and hops continually battle with each other. Orange peel and coriander enter the affray but only as Referees. No-one gains from this flavorsome fight – except the Imbiber. Towards the ending, & in the finish, there are small hints of cloves & banana’s at times.

Mouthfeel: A bold mouthfeel that leaves a nice tingle of the tongue and a spicy-clove aftertaste. The aftertaste of ones burps & belches are marvelous. The 7.6% is well masked.

Drinkability: I love Belgium beer & I love Stone beers – so to have both, is quite the treat. A very easy ‘5’. Gorgeously quaffable.

Overall: I am sure I am not the only one who did not really want to write this Review. Well, I have no fancy words to finish with, and I never knew little Sawyer, but I will say this - I happened to look at the Photograph of Sawyer on the wall of the Brewery’s Gift Shop, just as I was ordering some of this beer on Friday. His cheerful looking bespectacled face, his right arm raised with a clenched fist, somehow says everything I cannot. Maybe Stone could release this once a year in memory of Sawyer, raise much needed funds for the fight against ALD, and remind us all - just how damn lucky we are.

Oct 06, 2003
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beerguy101 from California

4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Light orange gold color. Small head. Aroma is fruity and spicy (coriander and pepper?) Orange and apricots. Bready. A medium bodied Belgian Style Ale. Not sure if it really a triple but its definitely has pure Belgian roots. Malts are very fruity and spicy. Carbonation is bright and lively. Its hoppy for a Belgian ale, but what else would you expect from Stone? Very nicely balanced. Extremely drinkable. I realize that this was a special brew, but do you think you could make more of this beer? Maybe sort of an annual thing. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. Thanks to jcalabre for this beer.

Nov 30, 2003
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Bighuge from Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Nov 14, 2003
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mickeymac from California

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Oct 17, 2003
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maxpower from Missouri

4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy hazy yellow-orange color, has a small white foamy head of small bubbles that doesn't last long. Fruity and spicy flowery aromas. Fruity bready and spicy yeasty flavors. Full bodied with soft carbonation, full and round mouthfeel, alcohol is hardly noticed, a really enjoyable tripple. I would like to thank herbjones for sending me this great brew.

Jan 01, 2004
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aracauna from Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear beer although there seems to be a tiny fuzz of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. This has a nice coppe/pink gold glow. The head is light and a bit fizzy. It's short-lived and fades to a small ring around the edge of the glass. It's a five color with a 2 head. I weigh color higher than head so I'm giving it a 4. The aroma is definitely nice. Pepper, cotton candy, apricots something that I'm missing the word for. The flavor is good, adds on a tad of sourness (barely noticeable). A bit cidery. I'm actually surprised by the bitterness in the finish. I wouldn't call this a bitter beer, but it's more bitter than what I was expecting from the style.

Nov 19, 2003
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yemenmocha from Arizona

4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Jul 29, 2009
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Dogbrick from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Dec 22, 2003
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hyuga from North Carolina

4.97/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just had this at the Stone Anniversary Ale tasting event at Sun Devil Liquors. Stone's brewmaster, Steve Wagner, bought a case himself and brought it for the tasting. Thanks a lot, Steve. We Stone fans in Arizona really appreciate it, and I'm sure the Sherwood family does too. We all send our heartfelt condolences to the family of Sawyer Sherwood, who this beer was brewed for, and who we learned passed away this past Tuesday.

This was a cloudy orange brew with a good-sized white head. Very well presented. Aroma of coconut and fruity esters with spicy Belgian yeast. As for the flavor, the first thing I noticed was the peppery character, from what seemed to be the alligator pepper that was used in brewing the 03.03.03 Vertical Epic, which I loved in that beer, and which I now like even better in this beer. The sweet malt and spicy yeasty flavors really come through after that. They blend quite well and balance perfectly with the hops. To me, that makes the best tripel. A wonderful beer brewed for a wonderful cause. I only wish I could have contributed myself and bought bottles of this at the brewery.

Oct 04, 2003
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UncleJimbo from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Dec 12, 2004
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Mar 02, 2004
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Gusler from Arizona

4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Feb 29, 2004
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brewdlyhooked13 from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Traded for a bottle or two of this many years ago, I believe this is the 2004 release.

Appearance - a slight haze to this tangerine/gold brew. A thin finger of white bubbles away fairly quickly but does manage to keep a scant cover for a while.

Aroma - sweet caramel and orange, light yeast and phenols.

Taste - starts out a bit pilsnery, but sweeter in the malts.Obviously, no bite in the hops at all some nine years later, yet the dryness of the style allows for good balance anyway. The yeast and phenols cut the sugar quite well, and the aftertaste has a really nice level of throat and belly warming. The end is easy, pleasant, warm, very nice.

Mouthfeel - crisp, thin, medium-bodied.

Overall - definitely aged longer than the recommended max of six months, but it tastes super. As a lighter tripel on the abv side,you should be so lucky to even have the option for a second or third of these in one sitting. Here's to Sawyer, may we exhibit similar courage when we need it most.

Mar 24, 2013
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mschofield from Massachusetts

2.47/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I really wanted to like this, it was brewed to raise money for a sick kid, well I'm glad I donated some money to the cause at least.
Pours a crystal clear golden amber, topped with a one finger white head that disappears almost immediately, leaves small bits of lacing.
Soft fruity aroma, toast, some floral and wheat notes.
A bit warming but there isn't much to the flavor - wheat, candy, bubblegum and fruit. Theres no real punch or anything to grab you, pull you in, and let you know you're drinking a tripel.
Next time I'd just mail in a check and skip the beer.

Mar 29, 2005
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francisweizen from Alaska

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a light peach coloured liquid with a nice white head, that dies all too quickly. The aromas are of belgian candy sugar, yeast, various spices, sweet malts,a nd slight hops. I also detect some honey in the aroma as well. The taste is very well balanced and integrated. I can taste the yeast, candy sugar, slight hops, and sweet malts in good correlation to one another. The mouthfeel is a bit light, but it is also creamy, and pretty dead-on for the style. The drinkability is excellent, but the sweetness and honey-like nuances of this beer, make it a little cloying, so the drinkability has to be knocked a few points. This is not my favorite beer from Stone, nor my favorite triple, but this is another excellentbrew from the brewers at Stone. It's a shame that such a good beer has to come from such horrible circumstances :-(

Cheers to Sawyer and his family....Sincerely from me and my family...

Francis.

Nov 29, 2003
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

Nov 27, 2003
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OldFrothingSlosh from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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

Dec 02, 2004
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scottum from Vermont

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Jan 18, 2004
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SheepNutz from Kentucky

4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Nov 04, 2003
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BierReise from Florida

3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Nov 28, 2003
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tavernjef from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a magnificent golden deep yellow, very little head, waffer thin and stark white, a mirco thin ring sticks along the edge and the lace is in fast drippy blots. Aroma is slightly spicy of clove and phenols, clean and soft, yet pleasing pleasant. A soild smelling triple with a good touch of citrus, warmth, and alcohol. Taste has a very clean character with a nice fullness of light dullish citrus, slight lemony notes and melons, refined yeastyness with a very delicate dash of clove. Well rounded and befittingly blends together well too. Feel is properly proportioned with a clean fullness that keeps a general smooth character throughout with just a bit of zip in the carbonation to keep it interesting and is never to over the top, lending a gratifying drinkability.
I won't retrospect to much on the aspect of this beers' namesake, I'll just close by saying that my heartfelt best wishes go out to all those at Stone and all whose lives were touched by young Saywer.

Jan 16, 2004
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weeare138 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

May 12, 2008
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beergeek279 from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Mar 04, 2004
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jcalabre from California

4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Oct 05, 2003
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Feb 14, 2009
Sawyer's Triple from Stone Brewing
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