SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, it doesn't take Ratebeerians long to log in on a new brew! This special fundraising ale just was released to the public less than 8 hours ago and I'm number 5 to rate it! This was a 22 oz. bottle purchased at Stone. It poured languidly, giving rise to a small white head that diminished rapidly to a thin ring of bubbles. This Belgian style ale is a truly splendid golden-orange color, clear and clean despite being unfiltered. Aroma is floral and fruity with lots of yeast richness. Apricots, spice and gentle hops combine for an enticing nose. Flavor is also sweet and fruity with spice cake and citrus hops. Mouthfeel is nice, medium body with oh so gentle carbonation. This is definitely helping to win me over as a fan of Belgian styles. Note, there was some talk in the forum this afternoon of giving this beer some extra rating points in honor of its namesake and charitable cause, the recently deceased young Sawyer Sherwood and the ALD charities. There is no need - this is a fine ale. Father Bill Sherwood has created a memorable tribute to his courageous son and we are all richer for sharing in the knowledge and experience. Thanks Stone for your dedication to your employees, their families and this cause.
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a beautiful solid pale gold, lazy bubbles meander their way to the top. Head blooms a big frothy white, then quickly subsides into a lazy spider web trail, as sparse bubbles work their way to the top. The aroma blooms with big spice and thick classic Belgian yeast overtones. The hops are subdued. A slight hint of bubblegum and definitely some big, yet not overpowering, coriander tones hit first, then it finishes into a very mellow malt and lemon like overtone that is very pleasing. This is an excellent brew. My only wish is that there could be more. I raise a glass high for Sawyer, and thank Bill for sharing this with us.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - OCT 3, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent triple. I can drink the entire 22oz bottle and still stand up. Great yeasty-sweet-fresh hops nose on this one. Awesome sweetness as it warms up. One of the finest American made Belgian styles I've ever had. Cheers to Sawyer, and thank you Stone. Nice meeting Greg outside in the parking lot, too.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - OCT 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2004 10/3/03. Poured out of 22 oz. bottle, bought at Stone Brewery in San Marcos, CA 10/3/03. Rare that a beer conjures sentimental feelings when you drink it, and even more rare when it's the first time you've tried it. I'm sure many people will be toasting their glasses of Sawyer's Triple to the memory of its namesake, the late Sawyer Sherwood, who tragically passed long before his time. It's difficult to "rate" such a beer, because circumstances make this one extraordinarily special, no matter how it tastes. Problem is, it's delicious. Pours to a bright, clear golden hue with a slight, white head that diminishes. Nose is light and slightly sweet with a little undercurrent of spice, very pleasant, almost like a golden cream. Flavor is a bit fruity and subtly spicy. Immediate but inviting yeast character and hum on the tongue and, again, very creamy. Finishes incredibly smooth and subtle, but still respectably long, flavors of banana developing with slight drying. A different kind of brew from Stone, and no better time to make something as delicate, lovely, and singular among their brews as this. Cheers, Sawyer. . .
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 poured a crystal clear orangish-gold color with a thin sheet of white suds atop..big yeasty aroma with telling notes of coriander and white pepper..and subtle hints of orange peel, grass, alcohol, and honey..yeasty flavor profile with some nice citrus tones..hitting tangerine notes at times..some straw-like, grassy undertones..some spicy pepper..some yeasty orange soda flavors too..nice creamy mouthfeel...actually quite impressive trippel since i don’t normally fully enjoy trippels..i wish it had a higher ABV though..but whatever..its good to see stone hittin’ belgian styles more often.