SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2003
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. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2003
Tragic circumstances surround this beer, but I'm gald I was able to help the cause by purchasing (trading for) a bottle. It pours a rich golden with a thin layer of white head. Has nowhere near the amount of carbonation of some tripels I've had, but this is a good thing. Aroma of sweet bready Belgian malts, authentic Belgian yeast, and a touch of spice. Nice thick syrupy body with some small bubbled carbonation throughout. Light fruity flavor and a very mild bitterness. Clean, crisp warming finish. Very true to style. It's nice to see Stone branch out and succeed at it too. Thanks jcalabre! joet (2606) - 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! Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2003
This belgian pours with a golden orange body topped by a thin to medium thick white head with some lacing left behind. The aroma just flows to the nose as soon as the beer is poured. The aroam is sweet and malty with citrusy notes, a touch of spice and a slight yeastiness. The flavor is slightly sweet, citrusy and malty with a slight spiciness and a very slight touch of yeast. A very tastey brew. Medium to full bodied, tingly from the carbonation yet smooth and slightly warming. PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 19, 2003
Soft orange in appearance, with a small white head, a slight citrus smell, oranges... The taste is refreshing and excellent, sparkly. a bit of vanilla perhaps
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2004
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. MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Pours cloudy hazy yellow-orange color, has a small white foamy head of small bubbles that doesn't last long. Fruity and spicy flowery aromas. Fruity bready and spicy yeasty flavors. Full bodied with soft carbonation, full and round mouthfeel, alcohol is hardly noticed, a really enjoyable tripple. I would like to thank herbjones for sending me this great brew. jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2007
On tap @ the brewery. What a treat to try this one. Very smooth. Low alcohol for a tripel. Beautiful pour. Drake (13726) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2008
22 ounce bottle shared by cdumler. Thanks! Pours a clear and
very vivid orange color with a thin head, light lacing and very
poor head retention. The aroma is bubblegum, pineapple, banana,
cotton candy, clove and caramel. Taste is pineapple, clove and
caramel. More tart and earthy than the aroma. Full bodied with a
smooth mouthfeel. 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.