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Triple Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 118
Hads: 377
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 24.4%
Wants: 19
Gots: 48 | 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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Reviews: 118 | Hads: 377
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From steel growler, pours a light golden color with excellent clarity. White head leaves a little lace. Ariana of leafy, herbal hops and a touch of stewed veggies. No real hint of alcohol.

Flavor is bright and hoppy, some citrus and pine mainly. Bitterness and pale malts and really no hint of alcohol flavor. Deceptive. Good stuff.

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Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Legend_of_Troybrau
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A:) Pours a translucent amber with a quarter inch head with no sediment (into 12oz pint glass)
S:) rich, vinous, caramel, barley-wine tartness and alcohol... Soft on the nose, but hints at potency. Peanut brittle?
T:) Surprisingly smooth, though a bitterness in the middle of the palate picks up, with touches of caramel and brandy jumping around. It has a light biscuity finish with tartness coming off the lingering carbonation. It has the flavor of danger.
M:) Light in body, no, but subtle as its components come into play, with lingering abv on the tongue and a sense that often accompanies the darkest of quads.... Beers with names like palate wrecker don't necessarily have to be ipas.
O:) Heavy and loaded... this may be the perfect brandy drinker's beer.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.58/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
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; as it warms, fig and vanilla become very evident;

M: medium bodied; light to moderate carbonation;

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

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.16/5  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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.84/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

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Photo of threeviews
4.71/5  rDev +24.9%
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)

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Photo of FFreak
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of InkedinRi
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of generallee
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This bottle definitely has at least a year on it.

A-Pours a slightly murky brown color. This mass of bubbles for a head. Body has some particulate swirling and sinking within it.

S-Sweet and richly malty. Caramel, toffee and brown sugar. Some dark fruit. Zero hop presence. Some alcohol.

T-Even with some age on it, this beer is too hot. It's rather high in alcohol but the booze is not well integrated. All the stuff in the nose is here, without much else to add.

M-A bit syrupy. Hot. Not cloying but it's within reach. Warms the cheeks for sure.

O/D-Nigger is not better. Double Bag was one of my first intros to craft. I still enjoy it somewhat. This one doesn't have the same magic as it's little brother.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: 12 oz pour into a tulip. Pours a deep, dark brown with very little whitish head which fades relatively quickly.

Smell: Very sweet, perhaps surprisingly so. I get hints of molasses, dark fruit, and some hints of alcohol, similar to a port wine. Not the most appealing scent for this type of brew.

Taste: Sweetness comes through with brown sugar, raisins, and an abundance of caramel malt. There is some alcohol in the aftertaste for sure.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with medium carbonation and a bit of stickiness to it. A decent sipper and the 9.2% is certainly noticeable.

Overall: Eh, this was just okay to me and certainly not something I'll rush out to try again. I haven't had too many altbiers, but I certainly prefer the Double Bag to the Triple Bag.

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Photo of mttaylor1066
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Long Trail "altbier" does not deliver on the palate.

I'll skip most of the descriptives and get down to the basics. This ale just does not deliver the taste of many altbiers you can purchase today. It has a great mouthfeel, a pleasant appearance but has a bite to it that is not attractive in combination with its malt backing.

Perhaps it would be a good "food" beer. Maybe some sweet sausages or braunschweiger would balance out the edges of this ale.

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Photo of KTCamm
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

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Photo of ksimons
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-a slightly hazy dark amber with a thing layer of white head that quickly disappears to leave a bit of lace

S-Smell is very sweet and a little boozy. Rum soaked raisins, caramel, light chocolate and brown sugar.

T-the taste is not as sweet as the smell would suggest. Caramel malt, grapes, raisins, and bitter hops

M-medium body, medium carbonation, and a slightly syrupy sweet finish

Overall a touch boozier and sweeter than Double Bag, but I think I like Triple Bag better

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of duracell
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a snifter.
A - Mohogany color with an almost non-existent head leaving a thin topping. No lacing but nice legs on the glass.
S - Caramel, dark fruits, hoppy notes, slightly herbal.
F - Big malty flavors: caramel, butterscotch, a bit of diacetyl, some esters (dark fruits). A little bit acidic in the middle to make a transition to hops.
M - Medium bitterness, quite alcoholic. Carbonation on the high side. Spicy and dry.
O - After trying the Double and Triple Bag, I can say I'm not fond of the style...

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Photo of justintcoons
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Murky mahogany with 1 finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly.

Bread, caramel, toffee, brown sugar and notes of banana.

Caramel, sweet bread and hints of toffee. Brown sugar, banana and plantain. Touches of fig and prune. Has an earthy bitterness with slight hints of honeydew and grapefruit.

Medium-full bodied, silky and smooth.

A nicely balanced Sticke Alt. The 9.2% abv is barely perceived.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Long Trail - Triple Bag - 12fl oz bottle

Look - Pours a cloudy red with an amber tint. Minimal, bubbly head. Unfiltered, low carbonation.

Smell - Malty bite, slight hint of hops.

Taste - Creamy malt festival in your mouth, almost a bit much.

Mouthfeel - Malt sticks around, quite sweet.

Overall - A little too malty and the alcohol is definitely present. I prefer their Double Bag to this brew.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark candied brown, with nice hints of amber in it. The beer’s body is clean but cloudy with a haze, and the beer’s head is very lightly tan in color. The beer’s lacing is thin and slick, leaving slippery lines of foam on my glass. On the nose, this beer is big and pungent from the moment the cap is popped. Beautiful rich malts leap from the bottle, the glass, and whatever other container you might have this beer in. When you stick your nose in the glass you get sweet notes of brown sugar, raisin, prune, slight maple syrup notes, and a surprising amount of creamy and also unripe banana. On the tongue, this beer is creamy sweet, bringing raisins, banana, brown sugar, caramel, and slight toasted malts on to the tongue. The beer begins with sweet brown sugar and a touch of maple syrup before opening into raisins, then prunes, then a touch of dates and lovely toasted caramel malts before the beer hits the finish of banana, raisins, and brown sugar. The aftertaste is beautifully long lasting, giving hints of both ripe and unripe banana and brown sugar. On the mouth, the beer feels slightly below heavy but chewy in body and creamy smooth on the tongue. The mouth is left dry on the sides but swimming in saliva on the middles of the tongue. Overall this beer is fantastic, sweet, and complex. I love how this beer is specially made from the first runnings of the mash as that adds a certain amount of fanciness to it. I also love how it smells and how it feels on the tongue, and especially how it tastes. This is a beautiful sipping beer that is ripe with flavors and doesn’t quite touch on the common flavor profiles of other big beers. This beer is a winner. Try it.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.17/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of Seanniek91
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Newport Storm pint glass.

Appearance- Cloudy amber/brown with bubbly white head that didn't last too long.

Smell- Malt. Some more malt. Banana. Alcohol. Malt.

Taste- Caramel malts. Banana. Some very mild coffee. Big malt bomb. Not as much alcohol as I expected or as people had said.

Mouthfeel- Kind of syrupy. Nice amount of carbonation. Not much else.

Overall- Not a bad beer. Not Great. Better than Double bag actually...

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

1656th Review on BA
Bottle to Alchemist glass

Thanks to Thegerm87 for this one

App- This was a nice looking beer. A solid amber/brown/ruby color with a pretty good dense center. Looked like a wine at 1st. Once the head formed that was light tan and had a so-so cling.

Smell- This was a big malt bomb. Very full and creamy on the nose with lots of dark fruits and a tannic like sweetness. A bit of caramel and more like a Ubu Ale or a Double Bastard.

Taste- Its a good beer. Its solid and malty. Doesnt deviate a lot from what it is though. More of a dessert beer for what I would say a good torte or berry cheesecake with the sweetness and body to balance. Full and malty with a good bit of berry and caramel behind it.

Mouth- A good full body and a solid medium-low carbonation with enough bubbles to balance it all out. Residual full malts remain with a touch of sweetness and dark fruits (Ie- blackberries)

Drink- Pretty good and malty. A bit thick and flavorful. Like I mentioned. Better for dessert.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, RI.

A- Dark brown-amber, clear body with a cream colored, 1.5" head that reduces to a thin ring. Could have had more retention and lacing.

S- Mostly lightly toasted malt, wine, slightly sour. Very malty.

T- Upfront, this brew has a huge malt-bomb sweetness that finishes with a peppery, slightly hoppy aftertaste. Good balance for the ABV with a slight warming alcohol feel.

M- Medium-low carbonation, medium-heavy body.

Overall not one of my favorites, but definitely worth a try. Not as drinkable as the double bag, but expected for the ABV. You'll be feeling good after a couple of these.

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Triple Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.