gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2003
before i rate this beer i would like to say how saddened i am to hear of Sawyer's passing. I think what Stone did is great and it shows just how awsome the beer community is. pours golden with a white head that doesn't last. aroma is of apples, peaches, and other fruits. flavor is a little tart and yeasty with warming alcohol notes and a dry woody finish. not really very hoppy flavor more sweet and smooth. this is the first tripel i've ever had so i have no basis for comparison, but i really enjoyed this. much thanks to snoot for hooking me up with this. cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Flowery, perfumed aroma w/touch of cedar. Embellished apple juice color. White wine, baked apples with maple syrup flavors. Nothing really stands out about this for me...reminds me of the New Belgium Trippel only more yeasty and not quite as good. BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Golden color with little head. Aroma is malt, yeast, and spice. Palate is nice, Good carbonation, soft and with a crisp finish. Spicy and warming as alcohol is evident, just barely.
I had a hard time putting this one down until it was all gone. Very good triple and I hope Stone decides to add this to their line-up permenantly as I could drink some more. egajdzis (6730) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2007 Poured a clear golden color with a very small white head, Aroma of oranges, peach, some yeast, and I finally figured out it was vanilla I was smelling. Taste was spicy, citrusy, and mildy hoppy. Somewhat oily mouthfeel. Ernest (7822) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2003
Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is dark yellow. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, bread, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers), moderately yeasty (cobwebs, mold), with notes of sugar, pineapple, clove, and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. The usual Stone small/dying head and dullish body makes the appearance a little depressing, but the aroma and flavor balance are decent. As I worked my way through an 8oz pour, the syrupy sweet quality eventually became overbearing, so there's no way I could ever stomach an entire 75cl bottle of this.
joet (2664) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2003
citric, creamy, a wellcrafted tribute beer -- God bless Sawyer. A clean alcohol as it warms, very tiny bits of phenols. Very nice! singificant Stone-range hops. extra enjoyable with some great ratebeerians in ybor city -- thanks so much for the excellent tour of your fine town y'all! BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Had this sitting on an outdoor patio with some fellow RateBeerians - it was compliments of the very generous joet and the lovely jen. It was served, as Matt has described, at room temp (well outdoor patio temp). Had I not known it was the beer, I would have attributed the incredible aroma to the local night blooming jasmine or orange blossoms. My nose was rewarded every time I put it in the glass. Taste was sweet, clean and pure without the slightest hint of harsh edges or bitterness - just like Sawyer I bet. The texture was ceamy, buttery - slightly viscous. Knowing the circumstances surrounding this beer makes it almost un-ratable for me. Enjoying it with lovely people and thinking of its namesake and every other little boy who touches lives so deeply with thier brief time here was surely to be appreciated. matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2003
This was a brew that I thought was completely inexcusable to me but then JoeT and his wife come into town and bring the unexpected.
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2003
So we share a bomber of room-temp Triple, and I don’t think it could have been better at any other temperature. The appearance was a sunrise of golden copper hues, with a fluffy white toped whip cream head. The aroma and flavor are a mass of buttery notes, caramel and almond oils. I perceive hints of orange peal, papaya and orange blossoms, white pepper, pears and light notes of rosemary; it’s a very pleasant experience. Alcohol is apparent throughout the entire occasion, but in an agreeable and enhancing approach. Sweet but noticeably hoped in the finish.
I would certainly love to acquire another bottle for further examination, but I owe huge thanks to JoeT for bringing this to our tasting, Cheers boss!
Lightly hazy and brilliantly orange. Nose was sweet (fresh-baked pastries), yeasty and fruity. Mouthfeel was wonderful: thickish, velvety, creamy and silky, with a light carbonation. Malts were honey-sweet and biscuity. Hops were lightly herbal, spicy and aromatic. Fruity throughout, with notes of spiced apples, grapes (not the skin, just the inside), passion fruit, pears and cantaloupes. Very pleasant beer. Very painful story. (So as not to inundate him with trading offers, I won't mention his name, but thanks for the trade ... and thanks to all the southern Cali. people for making this beer accessible to those in other parts of the country.) This beer is a symbol of passion and heart in the human spirit. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2003
Orange amber hue with almost no head or lace. Very fizzy initally. Aroma is the standard sweet fruity and spicy belgian style but seems to have a bit more hop kick than the traditional tripels. Alcohol is slighty noticeable on the nose. I found the taste to be quite different than most in the genre. This beer is very lively and as a noticeable hoppy bitter undertone beneath the fruity and malty tastes. Aromatic and grainy as well. The spices to tend to linger on the finish too long. Dry and a bit thin mouthfeel. This brew needs to age to gain a smoother and mellow approach and allow the characteristics to blend.