Triple Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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85
very good

375 Ratings
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very good

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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 19
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  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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Ratings: 375 | Reviews: 119
Reviews by greybeardloon:
Photo of greybeardloon
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

no clear date code

A: Dark reddish brown, cloudy, with a tight head and lots of lacing.

S: Sharp alcohol cuts through most everything else.

T: Thick breadiness that reminds me of pumpernickel for some reason. Sherry-like sweetness, but not too cloying. A touch of herbal bitterness on the finish. The booze comes through.

M: Full, soft, not sticky.

O: Too sweet and boozy to want another. In fact, I'm not even eager to finish my first. I generally prefer Double Bag.

More User Reviews:
Photo of steelerguy
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).

Photo of generallee
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Oh boy, we've got a big one here. Bright tawny hue, topped with a tiny bubbled lacing. Floral alcohol, biscuity malt, & mild fruitiness in the nose. Creamy, smooth, almost cordial-like. Boozy but not hot, biscuity malt from start to finish. This is a massive brew, easy to sip but the alcohol gives a kick to the palate letting me know I should be taking my time. Beer geek delight with this one.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of far333
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of pwoods
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of LordofTime25
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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).

Photo of brother_rebus
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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 zaphodchak
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Heritage02Rider
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Kinsman
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cola brown into my Portsmouth tulip - nice tan meringue head that laces well, but ultimately settles to nothing.

Nose is sweet dark malt, grainy, some dark berries, molasses, bubblegum.

A sip is rich and smooth - warm throughout. Dark caramel, more dark fruit and a present-but-not-overwhelming hit of alcohol. Lightly toasty finish. Really enjoyable as it warms up.

One of my favorite offerings from LT -- I still gotta hate on the packaging, though. Saving two bottles for some cellar time. A nice, drinkable strong ale.

Photo of KTCamm
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark brown, very little foam. Nutty. Candi sugar nose. Sweet. Syrup too. Strong astringent taste, puckering. Really boozy. Woody. Harsh aftertaste. Thick mouthfeel. Hearty.

Yuck. Frankly, quite hard to drink. And high ABV kicks you around for your trouble. Not my thing.

Photo of jtierney89
1.65/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was expecting a little more from this, tastes like other triples. Has a dark orange color with almost no head, smells of raisins. Tastes like a barley wine, grapes and raisin with a lingering sweetness. Little carbonation and medium bodied, slightly warming from the high alcohol content. Drinks rather easy though.

Don't let the score I gave fool you, it was good, but I just can't see myself having more than one at a time

Photo of puboflyons
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle stamped 3094092211. Sampled on November 17, 2011. It has a nice looking, average dark amber pour with a head that dissolves in short order. On the nose there is a solid malt character as well as something like apple or pear. The body falls into the medium range. Malts are definitely a key element to the taste but not quite as malty as a Barleywine. It has a sour, hopped ending that is also a tad dry. This is a nice deviation for Long Trail.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Deep ruby-burgundy with a medium sense of effervesce. The topping is thin with a tannish-bronze skim coating that quickly dissipates.

S: The abv% of 9.2 is very well hidden on the nose. Unfortunately so is much of everything else. Toasty cereal grains with dry apple peels and not much aromatically in terms of strength.

T: Flavor of fruity apple-dry caramel and sweet toasted grains. Dry touch of alcohol is more evident especially upon warming. Lingering dry apple alcohol notes and dry cinnamon.

M: Malty and lush mouthful, thick and viscose with a quiet demeanor of carbonation.

O: Overall the booziness takes over at times and becomes distracting. Im not one to shy away from big boozy beers, only when they inhibit most of the flavor aspects and complexity. Drinkability is limited average excitiment, meh. To be fair im a huge fan of their double bag which i believe rated b+ and really enjoyed and think it is a much better tuned beer in terms of balance and malt profile. bigger isnt always bigger in this case.

Photo of Doshkin
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - deep clear brown with a dark orange/red base. not much head

s - sour and malty. very inviting

t - starts smooth and frothy and moves into a malty and high alcohol content flavor. a solid bitter aftertaste that comes well after the swallow

m - smooth and thick. very easy to drink

o - this beer is delicious. it's quite mellow for the 9.4% abv. yes, there is a kick, but it doesn't turn you away. i got this bottle as a small gift from a good friend, but i have seen it for about 2 or 3 dollars at a local beer store. i would definitely buy this again, and i will. sometimes it's nice to have a great brew that you don't really have to analyze that much.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.84/5  rDev -25.1%
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 mikesgroove
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to the doctor for sending this one down my way. This was a real treat and I was thrilled to be able to get a growler of it. Served cold and poured into several pint glasses, this one was consumed on 11/29/2008.

The pour was very nice. A rich hazelnut brown color coming forward right away. This was followed up nicely with a light tan head of about two inches in height. Nice retention let this one sit back and relax and kept a nice crown on the top.

The aroma was very sweet. Lots of cinnamon and maple sugar, hints of nutmeg and an almost tea like aroma. Some light grainy hops on here as well. The flavor was smooth as could be. Light to medium body with a not overwhelming amount of carbonation to but not flat by any means. Smooth caramel and cinnamon flavors are dominating here with a rich note of tea again, and some light grain flavors. Smooth, herbal hop flavor on the back end and the slightest tinge of alcohol.

Overall one of the strangest beers I can remember trying. Very spices and sweet, with a flavor that is really hard to nail down. Still a solid choice and I would not shy away from it again.

Photo of angrybabboon
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 5/28/12

Appearance: Dark caramel color with some amber - small, off-white head, fades to some streaks and spots of lacing

Smell: Malt extract syrup and some dark fruits - cooked, caramelized malts, nicely rich - molasses and brown sugar - some sweetness like candi sugar - caramel - some herbal hops as well - grapes, plums

Taste: Malty with dark fruits - clearly designed to be a sipper - rich, chewy malts - cooked, caramelized malts - liquid biscuits, toffee - malt extract - hints of grapes, apple skins, plums - lots of molasses, some brown sugar - a touch of herbal hops - a hint of alcohol, but pretty balanced for 9.2%

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium, smooth, slight alcohol burn

Overall: A tasty strong ale

I think Double Bag is one of Long Trail's better offerings, so I guess I am predisposed to enjoy this. I think it probably mellowed a bit in the few months I accidentally let this age. I will be drinking this again.

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy reddish amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly died down, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are strong, sweet aromas of caramel, raisins and toffee in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very sweet and has flavors of caramel, brown sugar, raisins and toffee along with some hints of alcohol.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and slightly cloying on the palate with a low amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol, particularly in the finish.
O: The beer has a good aroma and taste but it feels a bit syrupy, which diminishes its drinkability and makes it more of a beer that needs to be sipped.

Photo of rlee1390
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy deep amber, one finger head

S-Roasted malt, some spices, a little bland.

T-Nice mix of roasted malt and spices. A little bit of nuttiness. Some hop bitterness but not much. Very Malty

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation but smooth.

O-One of Long Trail's best offerings, glad I picked up a bottle. Once again it is very malty.

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Triple Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.