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Triple Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

118 Reviews
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Reviews: 118
Hads: 376
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
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: 376
Photo of jtierney89
1.65/5  rDev -56.3%
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 (427 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a thin, patchy cocoa head. Minimal lacing on the side of my snifter glass. The smell seems a little watered down for the style. Cinnamon, nutmeg, spice, alcohol, and malt. Very sweet smelling, and not enough meat in the smell. Taste is the same. Just not a lot happening compared to the best in style. The taste is very nutty, and almost tastes like a spiked iced tea. Hmmm.. Feel is medium, with below average carbonation and a alcohol heat aftertaste. The whole beer just seems a little 'off'. Overall, this is a fairly mediocre example of the style... I'll probably not look for this again. Cheers. (625 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.84/5  rDev -24.9%
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. (811 characters)

Photo of Boto
2.86/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught: This one pours a somewhat ruby tinged mahogany. There was almost no head and lacing. I was not quite sure what to make of the aroma. There was a sweetness to it, but it lacked any kind of caramel, toffee of fruits that you might expect with a beer like this. It smelled a bit astringent. There was not a lot of sweetness to the taste. In fact, it had a very dry finish. A bit of alcohol to the taste, maybe some fruits and caramel, maybe a bit woody. I do not think I will be drinking this one again. It just was not that good. (536 characters)

Photo of Kranders
2.87/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice deep amber, just a bit to opaque to see anything through the beer. Slightly rich and sweet aroma. Things change in the taste. All I get is malt, and almost sickeningly sweet malt at that, which finishes with a slightly bitter-sweet note. The whole beer lasts a lot longer on the tongue than you'd expect. (318 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - poured a clear deep red/brown, no head, slight rim of bubbles around edges

S - malts, smells of grapes

T - tastes slightly boozy, a bit fruity (plum/grapes), malty

M - a very dry ale. slightly tart, smooth feeling on the roof

O - i had heard good things of double bag so i didn't think twice when i saw triple bag for growler fills. i'm a bit disappointed honestly. the abv% is quite honestly the only reason i could understand drinking this one. there's not much there in flavors, smell, or even the pour. maybe this is better with aging. i would probably pick up a bottle to store for year or so, but never again in growler/tap. (638 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.17/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (1,030 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (770 characters)

Photo of beachbum1975
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presented in an upside-down labeled "Hit The Trail Ale" bottle. Per nugget247, this beer was bottled and packaged with no Triple Bag labels. Thanks for the change to try this one, man!

Pours a clear dark amber with a little tan head. Dissipates quickly leaving nice lacing.

Smells of heavy malts, apricot and some mustiness.

Medium-bodied with lots a malts and light carbonation. Lots of alcohol and caramelized malts up front. Almost tastes like and an old Double IPA to me.

Pretty good, but nothing amazing. (513 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: The hazy amber liquid is capped by several inches of foam that leaves leggy tracks of lacing behind

Smell: Caramel, fortified grapes and herbacious bitters

Taste: Opens with caramel and a port-like malt character that is altered, mid-palate, by the herbacious bitters that dominate the finish and leave a phenolic element in the aftertaste, though there is a lot of port-like sweetness that lingers, as well

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: With a flavor profile that is all over the map, the herbal bitters sends this one to an ultimate place on the palate that I didn't really enjoy

Thanks, Bendurgin, for the opportunity (665 characters)

Photo of pwoods
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
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... (462 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a quite nearly opaque chestnut color. The foamy cap is smallish but dense fades slightly to a sturdy foam collar. Aromatic have a strong toffee and sweet malt bill. Some molasses and fruit at the end. Taste pretty much like it smells. Toffee an sweet caramel malts with hints of dark fruits and lastly molasses sweetness.
Feels thick and syrupy on the palette. And with a rather substanial dose of booze.
A big robust beer. (429 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of DNICE555
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one at Plan B in the berry. Served in a Chalice. Had the allure of a limited release. (Actually had this last winter but just getting around to reviewing it... came across some notes I had in my phone)

A very bold, dark caramel color. Not very much head (could have been the pour). Didn't notice much lacing either.

Wasn't impressed with the aroma. Didn't pick up much besides a toasted malt.

Big on flavour - caramel, again toasted malt, finished with a slight 'hoppy ending' which I enjoyed (sorry had to do it).

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, a warming alcohol sensation tingles with every sip.

Good sipping beer, very sweet. Wouldn't have more than one. Decent beer though. (695 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

LT3Bag is a dark brown to auburn color and sports a thin tan head. Good retention for such an alcoholic brew. Bottle label displays a bicep flexing cow and begs the obvious question, "do the Long Trail double and triple bag cows hang out with the Long Trail seasonal bears?"

As soon as I pop the cap I'm surprised to find a grassy, piney hop aroma leaping out of the bottle. Not what I expected from a 9.2% dopplesticke. Boozy alcohol comes across as some sort of high varnish lacquer and shirley temple.

Tastes as big and chewy as it does sweet. Several balancing acts going on - earthy vs. sweet and blended whiskey caramel malt vs. solvent-y hops - and LT3B pulls off the act well. Alcohol and pine hop character combine to taste like what Pinesol smells like.

A fine slow sipper. I'm looking forward to quadrupel and quintuple bag. (839 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a very deep amber with a small amount of fine creamy light tan head that does not linger at all and leaves no lacing whatsoever
S: cherries are what I'm sensing most prevalently with a nice amount of malt and depth
T: very small amount of cherries in the beginning then moves into heavy malt kind of like syrup and ends with a bit of an alcohol tinge
M: medium carbonation initially then moves into a thickness and also leaves the palate very clean
O: an extremely complex and unique brew but every sip is kind of all over the place, decent but thick and heavy (596 characters)

Photo of berley31
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Had on-tap at the Great Lost Bear, poured into a tulip glass. It's a pretty nice-looking beer, with a brilliant, clear, dark-ruby color, and a small, white head.

S: The aroma is quite sweet and fruity... are there cherries in there somewhere? Pretty complex, but maybe a little too fruity.

T: Very sweet and fruity, with a warmth from the higher alcohol. Finish has a long duration and comes across as quite dry as you continue to sip at it.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy texture, with a soft-to-average carbonation.

D: Not a bad beer, but it's not something I would have more than one of. I think I definitely prefer the Double Bag over this one. (649 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (715 characters)

Photo of maddogruss
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a pint of this from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a deep amber hue with a small, off-white head with some retention and nice lacing along the sides of the glass until the finish.

S: A fairly sweet, malty smell with some slightly fruity, apple notes that were nice.

T: A fairly malty and slightly earthy taste with some alcohol bitterness and a hint of sweet apple notes in the aftertaste. Pretty good taste, overall.

M: A medium-bodied beer that was still fairly smooth. Nice feel on the palette as well.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination. A pretty good, easy drinking beer that was pretty good overall and definitely worth a go if you have the chance. (671 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep brown color with a smallish tan head that recedes quickly. Smells of caramel and cherries mostly, with hints of prunes and alcohol thrown in for good measure. Sweet, fruity, syrupy flavor. Lots of caramel and dark fruits with a bit of alcohol burn. Sweet sticky mouthfeel, low to moderate level of carbonation, with a medium to thick body. Decent brew that I enjoyed sipping for a couple of hours but a touch to high with the alcohol burn. (458 characters)

Photo of thequeen711
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Long Trail Triple Bag...what a crazy name for a brew!!! This is a highly malty version of the Double Bag. Pours a copper colour,leaving light lacing. Mild nose, just a better than average American Ale at 8.2% ABV. Not a brew to quench the thirst, but to appreciate the great flavours of this not so hoppy ale. (309 characters)

Photo of LordofTime25
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
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! (341 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (458 characters)

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