harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2003
What a beautiful sight, a big golden pour with a head that stands right up in your face, but slowly backs down with time, receding into some nice lacing. The aroma is spectacular, with whiffs of fruits ranging from banana to apples. A quite yeasty beer, bith some big flavors that are very pronounced, some slight candy undertones with a little bit of salt water taffy and bubblegum. Finish is light and spicy. stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - OCT 3, 2003
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. SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2003
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.
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2003
Slightly hazy gold pour with small head. Lazy bubbles rise in the beer. Aroma of spices, some candy. Flavor of bannanas and cloves. Very smooth palate. Good beer, but it almost reminds me of a german wheat moreso than a trippel. TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2003
Awesome Abbey Tripel. Have been sitting on this bottle for about a week waiting for the proper time. Well the wait was justly rewarded. Ale pours golden with white head that competely dissipates. Aroma is delicious. Yeast, fruit, esters, a little spice. Flavor fullfills the promise of the aroma. Ripe fruit, spice, and candy sugar. This is a very special brew for a special cause for a special boy. Very sad story. Another huge winner from the best most accessible brewery: Stone.
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. BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
A friend and I split a case of this to help the cause. Truly sad circumstances that made this beer come about. Excellent spice and fruit scent. Tastes of banana, apple, citrus, alcohol, hops and something else which I can't put my finger on. When Stone does a Belgian, they do a great job. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
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!!!
altehkiller (71) - , California, USA - APR 7, 2009
Interesting tripel. Definitely has a strong banana flavor that is slightly sweet but not overpowering. Slightly spicy too. Good stuff and a rare find too! coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 23, 2009
Pours a clear, golden, orange color, with a hint of amber. One finger head of frothy white foam that dissipates quickly. Lacing is decent, but minimal.
Nice sugarey sweetness greets me first. Followed up with some nice fruitiness and a touch of spices. Slight hints of malts.
A very good, mild triple. Nice fruit flavors, accompanied by a touch of floral. Apples, pears and a touch of banana, are mixed with corriander and clove. The spices are balanced by a nice level of sugar sweetness.
Nice and creamy smooth feeling, in the mouth. Enough body to interest you, yet not enough to overpower. Perfect level of medium carbonation.
If you want a brew that doesn’t ask too much of you, this could be it. Very smooth, light, and easy to drink. Recommended, if you have the opportunity.