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Triple Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

357 Ratings
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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.72%
Wants: 19
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-05-2008

Triple Bag is brewed in a small batch from single infusion that uses only the first runnings of the mash. The result is a brew made from only the purest part of the grains, providing a uniquely rich and dense flavor, with an aroma reminiscent of the finest dessert wines. This brew is naturally carbonated and is an example of brewing purity that is rarely experienced by those other than brewers themselves.

53 IBU
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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AndyHit48
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of d_brommer_nh
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Svendozen
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's good, but I think the Double Bag is much more flavorful and interesting.

Photo of TMWSIY
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy russet brown tinge. Light creme colored head. A bit o lacing. Malty sweet nose. Mild hop taste and carbonation profile on the front of the tongue. Malty sweet tones of caramelized fruit on the middle of the tongue. Slightly boozy afterbreath over the rear of the pallet. Overall well disguised 11%ABV.

Photo of HamdenHector
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; deep amber colored; 1 finger khaki head that receded quickly to a thin uneven cap; nice lacing;

S: toffee; alcohol is noticeable;

T: toffee, dark fruit, caramel, and brown sugar; alcohol becomes noticeable before mid-palate; just a touch of bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: really well done; the high ABV is noticeable, bit it matches the flavor and aroma nicely;

Photo of M_chav
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of OrangeMen
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours a deep amber, beautiful reddish hues, glistens in the glass. Half finger thick slight off-white head, frothy and bubbly. Excellent lacing on sides of glass.
Aroma- Toasted malts, sugary sweet, slight smokiness but a real nice honey sweet quality. Brighter fruits, some cherries, apples, pears. Molasses, brown sugar, slight alcohol traces.
Taste- Sweet and toasty, sugary malts. Brown sugar, slight molasses, and syrup. Bright fruits fermenting, apples, cherries, berries. Bitterness on back end, slight hops, darker fruits.
Feel- Full bodied, thick and syrupy. Lower carbonation, but fine for style.
Overall- Intense and bold in flavor. Toasty sweet malts blend favorably with fruity sweet finish. Brighter fruits taste as if they have been soaked in alcohol, potent alcohol presence, but not off-putting. A sweet beer, but not out of balance.

Photo of Dizzy242
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of elamb106
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Will_cigars-n-brews
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of grahuba
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear dark-ish brown, with a a small half inch head, and a little bit of webby lacing.

Smells like bitter, burnt wood and bitter hops, and some burnt bread.

This has a sort of unpleasant burnt bitter taste to it that I just can't get over. It's bitter, with not a whole lot of malt complexity. I'd expect a bit more malt complexity for an altbier of 11% ABV (which honestly means it's not honestly an altbier anymore). There's some burnt wood, and burnt bread flavor, with basically no sweetness.

This has a thick body, with a perplexing mouthfeel- it's both syrupy and dry at the same time. It's hard to drink a lot of this, because the bitterness is long-lasting and unpleasant.

As you can tell, I really did not enjoy this one.

Photo of mlefebvre7
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mklas
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of threeviews
4.69/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle (BOD 11/25/14) poured into a Long Trail 25th Anniversary Spiegelau tulip glass

A- Pours somewhere between a deep mahogany and ruby red color. Due to it being bottle conditioned, some (minuscule) particulate floats about...but does result in a 'hazy' appearance like an unfiltered ale or wheat beer. (4.75)

S- Although the aroma is similar to a Scottish Wee Heavy (sans smoked malt), this is very much its own animal (reference intended). Rich and divine: Caramel, Honey, Candied Fruits (think Dole Mixed Fruit Cup in Light Syrup), Apples, Bubblegum, and Vanilla. Absolutely no alcohol in the aroma. (4.75)

T- Much like the aroma, Caramel, Honey, Candied Fruits, Bubblegum and Apples. The palate is left with a spicy, cinnamon-like dryness which reduces the time all those sweet malty/fruity flavors are left to linger on the tongue. The balance of malt and hop are quite reminiscent of a hoppy, American Strong Ale (a la Brown Shugga' or Lukcy Basartd). (4.5)

M- The drinkability is outrageous considering the hefty 11% ABV. Although the body is substantial, it is far from being thick and viscous. A lively carbonation adds to making this one dangerous beer if you are not careful. (4.75)

O- I have waited patiently for this 'Imperial German Altbier' to (finally) make return after its first release in bottles back in 2011...and it was well worth the wait. Although similar in format to Otter Creek's 20th Anniversary Ale (another 'Imperial German Altbier' brewed back in 2011), Triple Bag is superior with regards to its pleasant body, non-cloying flavor profile and lack of alcohol presence in the nose, taste and feel. I really hope Long Trail keeps up the momentum with their bigger beers with Triple Bag staying in more regular rotation. (4.75)

Photo of FFreak
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $3.99 at Cheese Traders for a single 12 oz bottle that was about 13 months old (11% ABV - 65 IBUs). Poured into a large tulip. Beer is a clear, slightly dark, reddish copper color with a finger of off-white head that lingers and leaves beautiful tracing. Aroma is of caramel, molasses, slight citrus and some dried fruit or candy. Taste is slightly boozy but has nice notes of malt, caramel, molasses and is balanced nicely with a bitter finish and lingering booze. Mouth feel is nice...full bodied, slightly slick, with ample carbonation. Overall, I liked this beer. I haven't had Double Bag so can't compare them, but this was an enjoyable beer for a winter evening.

Photo of Jersh67
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kdivers
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of InkedinRi
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I did like this beer, at 11% ABV you could taste the alcohol.. I would not drink this everyday. But if you can find some pick it up (a single) and it's well worth chocking it up to the lift of beers tried :) IMO it's boozy. But at 11% it to be expected.

Photo of gwiedman1
1.5/5  rDev -60.4%

Photo of ChrisinRI
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Willsner
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ricknelson
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Bobbymozz
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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Triple Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.