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Triple Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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122 Reviews
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Reviews: 122
Hads: 384
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 24.14%
Wants: 20
Gots: 50 | 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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Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
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

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light fizzy head fades semi quickly with no real lacing, dark murky rosy, maroon brown color.

Nose loaded with darker malts, brown sugar galore, light booze, light nutty malt aromas, hint of booze and esters with touch off fruit, caramel and molasses, then some light earthy herbal bittering hops.

Taste is loaded with darker malts, rich creamy crystal malts, hint of creamy malt, then sweetness with brown sugar, molasses, caramel, candi sugar even, bringing a big booze kick and some esters, then fruit with dark raisin and fig, almost feusel alcohol that starts to burn a little. Bitter hops cut through eventually with a big bittering component and some earthy herbal chewy hops. finish brings more bitter chewy spicy hops that start to get astringent, sticky sweet dark malts and brown sugar molasses combo, and hint of caramel and dark malts lingering as well.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, decent carb and a big warming tingly almost feusel booze kick.

Overall not bad, a bit too heavy for its own good, but decent with nice malts and sweeteners, the hops are interesting but a bit much, and sticky syrupy malt flavors a bit too much. Then again as its supposed to be much bigger than double bag I think they pretty much achieved that.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was surprised to even see this at my local store so bought a 4 pack of it for about $10. Love the double bag so was excited to see the triple bag. It definitely does not disappoint. Nice caramel and sweet aroma, very unique style beer with really no category. A bit strong, but that's to be expected. Great mouthfeel and is super balanced and finishes nice and smooth. A delight to drink, great beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 4/9/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, fruit, brown sugar and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel, brown sugar and fruit that are followed by a hearty malt character, then a touch of an alcohol sting. There's a decent hops presence that brings some balance but the candy-like sweetness still dominates into the after-taste.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, it's not much stronger than Double Bag but it's a lot sweeter. Overall, it's a good beer to drink for while.

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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 stakem
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

3 year old 12oz bottle. The brew pours a clear mahogany color with khaki cap thats quick to fade. It smells of raison, caramel and papery oxidation. It also tastes papery with oxidation, caramel, toffee and raisony sweetness fill out the rest of the profile. This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Its ok and I probably didnt fo it much justice waiting this long to drink it but oh well.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark reddish brown color with a 2" head that falls quickly to a spotty foam.

Smell: caramel and fruit sweetness is all you can detect.

Taste: big malt presence. Caramel, ripe plums, ripe red apples, moderate bitterness, and a mild alcohol tone rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth at the start and finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: this is a hearty and malt-focused beer. This is a meal and the flavor is well balanced. Enjoyable but slow sipping.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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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 weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Theresa's Next Door...
Appears a transparent, copper toned amber with a two finger beige head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Tons of spotty lacing is left around the glass. Plenty of CO2 pumps to the top of the glass.
Smell is of toffee, earthy hops, minerals, cocoa, ripe fruits, gentle spicing of cinnamon, and nougat.
Taste is of the mentioned aroma with a punchy, ripe fruit flavor that seems to pull through a bit more in the flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy up front, with toffee, and sourdough battling along the palate, leading to a chewy finish.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a four finger khaki head that fades slowly to thin layer leaving some lace. Hazy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Malty caramel nose, flavor is similar, malty caramel with hops balancing. Expecting more flavor, more body than the Double Bag. $11.95 for a 4-pak of 12oz bottles from Bert’s Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

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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 puboflyons
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 4 pack of this and the Otter Creek 20th Anniversary Ale as well. Triple Bag was available on tap at one point but I never really had a chance to try it that way. Grateful for the 4 packs!

Pours a dark amber with a thin head into my glass. It's supposed to be an altbier though.

A warm dose of raisin, plum and alcohol in the nose. Well, lots of alcohol for sure.

Sweet, warming raisin and plum flavors coat the mouth with the alcohol fading a bit before the back of the tongue. This certainly opens up the flavor profile.

Lingering warmness and sweet raisin/plum round out the mouthfeel.

An extreme altbier? It tastes more like a barleywine to me. Regardless, worth a try!

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Categorized as a Strong ale but I seen it as a Triple Alt

A - A very dark shade of brown, slightly hazy with only a minimal of lace ring head that obviously is opaque colored.

S - Damn it smells like caramel and biscuit malts to the max! Sweet almost overboard with biscuit malts keeping in check.

T - Actually not as bad as expected and ABV is notable but never cloying. Caramel and toffee flavors matched with a dry biscuit finish and hops in the finish with alcohol flavors also in the finish. Not bad.

M - Medium to heavy body but more drinkable than expected.

Overall this is one of the better beers I have had from long trail, really a one and done kind of thing and no way is available to me locally. Still as good as expected if not better.

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Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy chestnut, borderline hazelnut brown color with a 1 inch khaki colored soapy head that recedes rather rapidly leaving some specs of spotty lacing.
Aromas begin with a boat ton of caramelized brown sugar and toffee maltiness. Then I get some dark fruitiness, plums and figs mainly with a little raisin. A slight earthiest is also present as it warms.
The tastes directly follow the nose but I can get a bunch more toasty and bready malt flavors that I could not detect amongst the caramels in the nose. The dark fruitiness is there once again, sweet ripe figs and plum are once again the highlight; I wouldn't say there is any raisin which I feel is a darker fruit component. All along the way you get the nice caramelized brown sugar and sweet toffee maltiness just as in the aroma. There is a little underlying earthiness presumably from the hops but the dark fruit and caramel malts are large and in charge of this brew.
The mouthfeel is medium to thick bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is slightly slick and sweet but it's appropriate here for the style.
Overall I really enjoyed this beer. It has all the great flavors of the original Double Bag but it's taken to a new level with the darker fruity flavors that are absent from the original. I imagine they are adding a darker Lovibond caramel malt here that adds that nice dark caramel and dark fruit flavors which really add to the complexity and overall flavor profile in this beer. Almost smells and tastes like a Belgian Dubbel because of the dominant plum and fig aromas and flavors present here. A great job by a great brewery that is always under-rated despite delivering amazing quality for amazing value.

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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 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 Davepoolesque
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Bottle. Earthy, bitter, toffee, burnt brown sugar. Some latent fruitiness. It's essentially an American Barleywine. With 3 years on it, it shows no signs of slowing down. Pretty good.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my Maudite tulip. Pours a deep brown, not quite the color of cola, with a one inch, loose, cream-colored head that quickly dissipates into a rolling, sudsy froth that coalesces around the edges. A half moon swath of delicate lacing encircles the bowl. Nose expresses dark malts and dark fruits; aromas are somewhat akin to an Americanized Belgian Strong Dark. Taste follows nose; however, there's also an interesting bubblegum quality (maybe grape), as well as a faint yeast presence. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an even carbonation that falls short of lively. I've been looking forward to trying this for a while and I have to say that I'm pretty pleased with this beer. Definitely the best brew I've had from Long Trail and I hope to see this added to their line as a seasonal rotation. I definitely plan on picking up some more to lay down for a couple years.

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

on tap at irish pol in philly. served in pint glass.

Pours a somewhat hazed caramel auburn color with some brighter hues. A fluff of head retains for a bit, leaving some spots of lacing on the glass.

Scents of cinnamon, burnt sugar, caramel, and roasted malt. Some touches of alcohol heat and sweetness.

Roasted malt with a thick layer of caramel and brown sugar. Some near burnt edges with maple syrup and cinnamon. Definitely on the sweeter side, along with a thick malted backbone. Finishes with some alcohol heat.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. Drinks decently, although this was a bit warm and sweet for my personal tastes.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a ¾ pint glass.

A: Clear copper body topped by a finger of dense, creamy tan foam that settles into a nice lingering cap and leaves a decent amount of lace. Attractive.

S: Caramel malt, brown sugar, herbal hops, spice, and booze. A little bit of fruitiness as well – apricot and fig. Quite pleasant.

T: Starts out sweet and fruity, with caramel and spice following close behind some raisin and date flavors. Herbal hops and spicy alcohol show up on the finish, keeping it from being cloying but making it rather abrasive. Long, bitter finish. Spice (cinnamon? clove?) comes out more and more as it warms. Ok, but not as nice as the aroma.

M: Medium body (a little lighter than I’d like), with moderate carbonation that starts out a bit prickly and winds up creamy. Ok.

O: Tasty enough, but pretty forgettable. I won’t be ordering another.


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Triple Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.