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Triple Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

320 Ratings
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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 14
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-05-2008)
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BTVflatlander

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-30-2013 17:19:08 | More by BTVflatlander
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Tiernan

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-24-2012 23:19:01 | More by Tiernan
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steelerguy

New York

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

A - Mahogany with ruby hues, slight head that fades to slight covering rapidly, low carbonation.

S - Caramel and toasted malts and not much else. Good aroma but lacks depth.

T - Now we are talking...lots of malt flavor, some dark fruit, some some caramel, a touch of bitterness at the end.

M - Nice creamy feel, definitely a sipper, coats the mouth and lets you savor each sip.

O - Nice beer, one I go to frequently when I want a nice malty beer without too much bitterness (not that often...but it happens).

03-23-2012 23:29:07 | More by steelerguy
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generallee

New York

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a brief description and it lists the abv at 9.2% abv.

Appearance: In the glass it looks dark brown with some lighter brownish tan highlights. It also seems to be a bit hazy as well. On top I got a tall loose or soapy head which slowly settles down to just a thin ring of foam at the edge of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is full, sweet and very malty. It has a deep raisin/dark dried fruity character with sweet bready notes as well.

Taste / Palate: It’s flavor is full bodied and loaded with notes of caramel and sweet raisin bread. There is a pleasant boozy warmth though out and its finnish brings only a just very slight earthy hops flavor. The feel is full, well rounded and a bit slick but not in a cloying way. Notes: Just as a side notes this beer was aged over a year in my beer cellar.

08-13-2014 23:50:03 | More by generallee
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Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Growler fill up at Yorktown Bev. Yorktown, NY.

Dark honey amber pour, glowing ruby highlights. Clear liquid under a medium tan head, leaving loads of fine lace and some nice windowpanes.

Sniff, sniff....caramel malts abound, with some powdered sugar.

Yum, yum, smooth and tasty. Malt is the star here, waves of caramel, candied sugar, dark maple with some spice notes including cinnamon. Obviously on the sweet side, so not for everybody. Not cloying, with moderate complexity. I'm sure it will go well in my sweet and spicy marinade for some chicken.

Being an appreciator of double bag over the years, I'm glad to be able to give this one a try, after missing its limited appearance last year.

02-13-2011 22:20:57 | More by Billolick
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mctizzz

California

1/5  rDev -73.7%

11-23-2011 16:29:16 | More by mctizzz
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marchnlv

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-23-2011 13:26:20 | More by marchnlv
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

64oz growler poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown color with a small white lacing. Nose is malty and mellow, sweet and caramel-y.

Taste is sharp, boozy and lots of dark fruit and sweet creamy flavors. Mouthfeel is full and thick. It's pretty decent.

03-27-2011 01:11:45 | More by kingcrowing
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PretzelsNBeer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-05-2011 03:31:39 | More by PretzelsNBeer
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far333

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

On tap at Plan B, Simsbury, CT

Deep caramel colored with some rusty highights.

Low aroma of sweetish toasted malt. Would have liked more aroma but it was poured right to the rim with no head.

Rich flavors of darkly toasted malt, caramel and toffee, marshmallow and vanilla, overripe fig and some bourbon notes. A slight hoppy bitter emerges in the finish. Very rich flavor, semi-sweet. Slight warming from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is a touch slick and syrupy at first, and becomes tingly as it finishes.

Good cold weather sipping beer, preferably in front of a fire, perhaps with a dark cigar.

11-28-2008 21:41:01 | More by far333
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

07-12-2013 19:50:35 | More by doremite
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Ptzy13

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

01-01-2014 02:20:51 | More by Ptzy13
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

02-16-2013 12:09:52 | More by williamjbauer
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pwoods

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%

Thanks to beachbum1975 for sharing this bottle.

12oz. brown bottle, with an upside down 'Hit the Trail' label, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark amber, good clarity. Decent head with only a bit of retention. Some lacing here and there.

S: Some sweet, boozy fruits. Maybe some apricot. Present alcohol.

T/M: Bready, malty, dense malts. More of the boozy fruits, some dark but mostly juicy medium fruits. Some muted hops. Very odd brew. Body is medium full with lowered carbonation.

D: Decently drinkable but a bit boozy.

11-22-2008 01:42:44 | More by pwoods
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LordofTime25

Iowa

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

Poured a light ruby with dark orange accents with a thin tan head that will last for a few sips. Leaves minor lacing.

Smelles of drark fruits maybe dates and pruins. A sweetness was present.

Can taste a sweet fruitiness with rich sweet malts. Good balance.

Thick and flavorful. Pretty high carbination.

A very tasty American Strong Ale!

11-01-2008 23:42:01 | More by LordofTime25
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TheycallmeTim

New York

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured from a growler into an American pint glass.

From my notes:

A--Pours a deep honey/russet, like a late sunset, with a small yellowish creme head, maybe a 1/4".

S--Deep, deep caramel malt, like a caramel candy with liquor in it. Pretty boozy with some faint honeyed fruit aromas, mainly pear but a little black cherry, too.

T--This is the cognac of beers. If the avalanche of malt doesn't crush you then the ABV will. Whoa, nelly, not for the faint of heart. If Bud is the consummate lawnmower beer, then this is the perfect fireplace beer. Almost no hops on the finish, just a full, satisfying near-liqueur of grain.

M&D--Definitely a sippin beer, as the mouthfeel is more or less like trying to hold a water balloon in your mouth. Had to review this from notes because I couldn't read words off the computer screen after two pints. 8.2? Bull...corn--I think this is closer to 9 or 10, but I ain't got no proof of that. Also and last, the fella at Bierkraft in brooklyn told me this was a Doppelsticke, but whatever (dunno if BA even has that as an option).

10-18-2008 01:18:33 | More by TheycallmeTim
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twowheelssoar

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-16-2011 03:23:09 | More by twowheelssoar
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zaphodchak

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

A pour with serious altitude yields a half finger of tan head with some large foam and some fine bubbles. Hazy body that gradients from ruddy gold to reddish-brown.

The nose is awesome. Plum, dark fruit, plenty of yeasty character, actually a bit of bubblegum. This wouldn't be out of place in a Unibroue-esque lineup.

The first thing in the taste is actually a hop kick, which gets balanced out in the middle by a huge wave of caramel-raisin malt, and returns for a tangy finish. If it weren't for this telltale tang, this beer would be perhaps *too* drinkable. The 9.2% is otherwise imperceptible; I can see why there's an "indulge in moderation" warning on the bottle. The label basically tells all-- an amped up alt-- Double Bag on HGH, if you will.

Mouthfeel is smooth and thick.

After tasting, I am 100% percent behind my plan to lay a couple of these down for a year. I am a non-hop lover, and once that tang wears down and everything else develops, I predict I'll love this even more.

Around the 10-month mark, it has as much bite as it did fresh. Less sure that I want to hang onto the rest, if they're taking up cellar space. Still smells amazing, still great tasting, just a bit more hops than I like; kinda American Barleywine.

10-22-2011 03:12:07 | More by zaphodchak
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Homberto

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-02-2012 17:25:58 | More by Homberto
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blknikon

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-08-2013 00:15:26 | More by blknikon
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EBeckett3

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

08-14-2013 03:45:31 | More by EBeckett3
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rjm0715

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.3%

02-03-2014 22:35:22 | More by rjm0715
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Enriquehopnog

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-12-2013 21:34:26 | More by Enriquehopnog
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Heritage02Rider

New York

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Bought a growler of this at the local growler outlet and proceeded to have a few pints. The beer was tasty and smooth and since I sipped it, I found it stayed good even after warming a bit. I find this normal for stronger/darker beers to taste as good or better as they get to a certain temp. This beer is probably best around 48-50 degrees.

A - (as poured into a clear, wetted pint glass) a medium dark brown color with a small light colored foamy head

S - the smell was fairly strong and malty with no noticeable hop presence. A fairly atypical smell for a "strong ale".

T - the taste was a bit malty, but not sweet. The higher alcohol presence was notable, especially at the first pour (lower temperature) and less notable as the temp came up.

M - the mouthfeel was fairly smooth and had that ever noticeable strong ale feel. Nothing definitely good or bad here.

D - i was able to easily down a few pints of this. Due to the high alcohol content I would say the drinkability is more towards a couple rather than an all night bender, but easy enough to enjoy over the course of an evening.

Overall I would say this is a very good beer. I like Long Trail as a brewery and find most of their beers consistently good. I would purchase this again.

03-08-2012 15:07:38 | More by Heritage02Rider
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Kinsman

California

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%

Dark chestnut red with lighter cherry highlights. Beautiful sticky and dense ivory colored head.

Strong, sweet, and malty aroma. Fruity character with notes of raisins and red red grapes. Sweet caramel and molasses in the background.

Nice aggressive malt-forward strong ale. Lots of caramel and brown sugar notes with the fruitier notes lingering around in the finish. Hops add just enough bitterness to balance things out. A tad bit boozy as well.

Thick mouthfeel but smooth and creamy in texture. Overall, I'm digging this strong ale from Long Trail. Lots of malty and boozy goodness with just enough hops to keep things in line.

09-30-2011 22:00:41 | More by Kinsman
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Triple Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.