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Sawyer's Triple | Stone Brewing

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Sawyer's TripleSawyer's Triple

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by xlperro on 10-04-2003

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Reviews: 112 | Ratings: 139
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.

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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.

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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.


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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle thanks to mashmaster, nice golden orange clear color, decent head, decent lacing. Smells like a fruity tripel. The taste is subtle but nice spice, fruit flavors, usual tripel profile. I was actually surprised to like this as much as I did but it was good and the lower (for a tripel) ABV was welcome.

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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.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Bright orange body, almost florescent, with a decent head that laced the glass well. This one looks the part.

Smell – This has a nice malt base complimented by a sweet orange syrup and balancing hops. There’s some subtle yet effective spicing in there as well, mostly pepper and coriander.

Taste – This is not a heavy hitter like the HOTD Rose or Westmalle Trappist Trippel. It is definitely more balanced to the extent that it goes down like silk.

The orange flavor is good but not overpowering. It is mixed with a fresh melon taste followed by a hint of banana and cherry. The fruits are light here and unspiced, which is my preference for the style.

The hop profile balances nicely. It’s difficult to actually pick out the hops, but the offsetting nature of the taste establishes their presence.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and refreshing. No hint of alcohol to this medium-bodied ale.

Drinkability – This went down like a light lunch. It was excellent.

Comments – We all know the sad history as to the advent of this bottle. I picked this up at the brewery in a solemn crowd.

The CEO was on hand (the supposed “Arrogant Bastard” himself who was anything but) thanking everyone who came by. The proceeds of the beer sales, along with a percentage of all purchases in the gift shop (I loaded up on Stone paraphernalia that day) went to help research for the deadly disease that stole little Sawyer’s life just days before.

Update: I cellared this for six months and popped it at a tasting over at skyhand’s house. I thought it was perfect at this point. The flavors were fully mixed yet nothing was breaking down. The mouthfeel especially was incredible, so I changed the rating from 4.5 to 5.0.

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Photo of gford217
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of illidurit
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orangey gold color with a small, wet white head. Little if any lacing. Big bruised apple and banana aroma, very fruit salad-like. Flavor is very similar but there's a light spiciness in the finish. No trace of alcohol but the beer is rather sweet which hurts the drinkability. Semidry finish, smooth.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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...


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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.77/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1123rd Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet
22 oz

Purchased from Stone @WinterStorm 2012

Shared with GuruDel

App- Freshly squeezed orange juice mixed with some yellow and golds. A bit unfiltered and a bit cloudy. No real head formed but had a nice ring of bubbles. Very small amount of cling towards the end.

Smell- Standard triple notes, but a bit faded. The yeast is still there with a small backing citrus note.

Taste- It was a pretty good triple. I just dont think its aging all that well. I am glad I got to try it as I love the style, but its a bit sweet with a softer yeast note. Has a certain flavor I can't put my finger on. The flavors are seeming to me at least of pullling apart a bit.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a low-medium carbonation. Seemed a bit sweet on the finish with a little too much orange/lemon juice flavors.

Drink- I love the cause that this supports. I would gladly buy this beer again. It was good. I think I am just being nitpicky about it because its Stone and I love what they do.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber secured from the World Bistro

Pours a hazy golden orange with a very thin white head that leaves no lacing.

Smell is yeasty and sweet with some fruit

Taste is hop bitterness followed by Belgian sweetness then some
spicy peper notes

This is a great belgian tripel, worth picking up if you can find it.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.17/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Sawyer's Triple from Stone Brewing
4.01 out of 5 based on 139 ratings.
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