Stone Sawyer's Triple

Stone Sawyer's Triple

Rated 3.860 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Stone Brewing Company

Escondido, CA, United States

Style:  Abbey Tripel

7.6% Alcohol by Volume

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Inspiration comes from many sources. The inspiration for Sawyer's Triple came from namesake Sawyer Benjamin Sherwood, the 8 year-old son of Stone brewer Bill Sherwood and his wife Janis. Over a period of four years, we had the distinct pleasure of getting to know Sawyer via his visits to the brewery or at the occasional backyard BBQ. An engaging and athletic kid if you ever knew one! In early 2003 Sawyer was diagnosed with Adrenoleukodystrophy — also known as ALD — a rare neuro-degenerative disease. At the time of the original creation of this beer and writing of this label in August 2003, Sawyer was in a fight for his life. It felt like a crushing blow when we lost Sawyer in September 2003, only days before the initial release of Sawyer's Triple. The outpouring of support from family, the community, and fans of Stone Brewing brought comfort and solace to such a great degree that it simply cannot be expressed in words. When you enjoy this brew, we encourage you to lift a glass to the noble fight in all of us. When your own fight is overwhelming, remember to seek help. And when you are able to, offer help to others. On Sawyer's behalf, and for all who need assistance with their own fight, we thank you for yours... First Release Date: October 2003 Hop Variety: German Perle & Sterling Stats: ALC/VOL 7.6% Availability: 22oz Bottles (In Stone store only)

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Overall Rank374
Overall Percentile99.3
Style Rank11 of 580
Style Percentile98.1
Lowest Score3.7
Highest Score4.7
Average Score4.075
Weighted Score3.860
Standard Deviation0.305

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  • IBREW2OR3 1135 reviews
    rated 3.9 1 month ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Rated March 2009. Big thanks to markwise for bringing this to the weekly tasting. This beer has eluded me going back to its initial release. Pours clear gold with thin white head. The aroma is perfumy, lemony then sweetness and various spice notes join the fun. I’m also getting notes of berries and faint cardboard with additional draws. The taste begins with a wave of sugar sweetness then mild lemon tart notes surface to go along with hints of apple, coriander, raisins and a touch of pepper. Very nice.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 4.1 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A very nice tripel, Pours a medium gold, with fantastic foam, and lacing .. . light for the style but just as complex- light yeast, cider, honey, and dry apricots .. . light bitter finish that leaves you wanting more, good stuff. .. Can you tell me where the pube fair is?

  • MMMMBEER 1119 reviews
    rated 3.9 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Dark brown to bright cloudy copper, nice crown on top. So much sweet wheat and zesty yeast in the aroma. Lots of ginger also comes through in the nose this is a very warm and comforting smell. Reminds me of Christmas pudding with the spices and warmth. Very smooth lots of wheat malt more ginger in the flavor lots of spice and perfect sweetness. Love this brew it be tasty.

  • PHILB 2479 reviews
    rated 3.9 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    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.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.8 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    a beer i enjoyed more than most triples i've had before, but it still didn't stand up to Stone's bigger beers. Light bodied for the style, some spicy yeastiness - not too aggressive. good but not great flavor...barely noticeable hops.

  • ARACAUNA 2100 reviews
    rated 3.9 18 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    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.

  • EYECHARTBREW 1451 reviews
    rated 4.6 18 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 10

    The story behind this beer has been discussed at length by many other fine reviewers, so I won't dwell too much on the namesake of this beer, or the horrible disease that tooke his life much to early. Rather, I can think of nothing more than what I want to dwell upon than how perfectly lovely this beer is.

    Golder in hue than what I normally expect to see in more traditional (Belgian) Tripels, and a lot less foam and head production, too. Unconventional, yes..., but then again, Stone seemingly never "plays by the rules", IMO.

    Fragrant and spicy in the nose, with alcohol showing up a touch. Much of the same can be said at the very first sip, to the very last slurp, and all points in-between. Amaxingly clean and light, yet filling and satisfying too. Lovely stuff, and nicely warming.

    Overall, this is one heck of a beer -- something that I strongly suspect I'll never see or taste ever again. While it's shame that this will never see the light of day again, I think it's appropriate, considering this beer's background and inspiration. A world-class beer that deserves to ride off into the sunset in fine form -- much in the way young Sawyer braved his illness in fine form.

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 4.7 18 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    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 JohnC for this beer. I too hope the proceeds helped the cause.

  • JOHNC 1186 reviews
    rated 4.2 18 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Originally reviewed October 3, 2003 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.

  • CLASH 2576 reviews
    rated 3.7 19 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    A citrusy aroma. Appearance is a cloudy yellow with a rather small head. It tastes pretty sweet with a slight sour lemon edge. The aftertaste is a bit acidic and sort of mediciney. A pretty good beer just not alot to it.

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