Triple Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

118 Reviews
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Reviews: 118
Hads: 375
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 6.08%
Wants: 19
Gots: 45 | 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: 375
Photo of jjboesen
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This hearty craft opens in a vanilla froth, which immediately sinks into a flimsy lace strip atop a dark foreboding body. The nose here is a busy place, with much to and froing going on; there are subtle hints of grspe, grass and walnut. A patient quaff should result in a swift wift of red wine. This said, the palate is confused as this is a complex elixir that lays out a steady barrage of plum, oak, malt and spice.

At 53 IBUs, this is no hop bomb; there is a hearty suppliment of honey and malt to bring out a smooth chewiness; all of this, to make for a unique quaff at the end of a tiresome day. One of these should do it. (631 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (952 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (340 characters)

Photo of gaahvey
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. A nice hazy caramel color with an off white head (nice retention for 9.2%). Smelled like malt, lots of malt. There was clearly a complex combination of malts used. There was a nice balance of hops but nothing overpowering, which was a little unexpected but it worked well. The first sip was kind of fruity, along with caramel notes. Strong malt flavors with a clean finish. Warming on the way down.

overall, a great beer. One of the best of this style i've had. (497 characters)

Photo of taez555
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a ruby/tan body with a small off-white head.

Nose is thick fruity, almost bubble gum, type caramel malt smell.

Taste is thick and very full bodied. Tons of malt, more malt, and then a little more malt. Lots of caramel, sugary, some sweet candy flavors. Not a whole lot when it comes to hops, but it's well balanced and doesn't seem to be overwhelmed by the malt.

It's really a very simple, big, slow sipping barleywine/double double bock (quadruple bock?). I like it a lot. Not the session beer that double bag is, but a really nice almost english style barleywine. I'll have another please. (610 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of steelerguy
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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). (512 characters)

Photo of Heritage02Rider
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (1,251 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 Neorebel
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As I pour Triple bag into my mug, it appears oily, deep, and dark. Burnt sienna. An initial 1/2 inch head of carbonation is present, but quickly disappears almost completely. The nose is very sweet and extremely malty, with plum and spice notes. Surprisingly, the body of the beer is fairly light. Flavor-wise I am picking up baker's chocolate, caramel, and a tiny bit of resiny hops, along with some other sort of earthiness for a very dry finish. Towards the finish there is an intense warming sensation! Can't have too many of these in one night... (551 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (753 characters)

Photo of TheHopMonster
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance--Deep orange, tarnished Amber with a thick tan head of foam

Smell- Semi earthy with intense malty characteristics. The hops come through a bit with a subtle grassy/pine smell

Mouthfeel- Hearty beer with moderate carbonation but actually pretty drinkable

Taste-Sweet and malty upfront but the sweetness is counteracted by some interesting hop characteristics (citrus, grassy, moss) that stick with you throughout the bottle.

Overall- Nice, well rounded beer with some uniqueness, but still keeping true to the strong ale roots (541 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 AleWatcher
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer #1 from Shogo.
Calls for a pint, so I grabbed my trusty old Mineapolis Town Hall nonic.

So I popped the cap and smelled the bottle... "Smells hoppy" was my first thought.... Then I poured it and it looked... well, not like a pale ale. The beer looks slightly hazy reddish amber. A beige head of 1.5 fingers settles pretty quickly to a little wispy film with a collar forming around the inner-ring of the glass. Virtually no lacing.

Smells like loads of caramel malt... Some biscuit action in there too... As well as a strange bread-type note that I don't think I've ever smelled in a beer before, but that reminds me of German food. Hops have a little astringent earthy booziness.

The flavor is sweet, with a dry astringent finish. Some alcohol makes itself known here on the aftertaste-- I'd guess this is every bit of 10+%, and it isn't trying to hide it. Once it's out of the bottle it doesn't smell as hoppy as i had initially thought. Lots of caramel and even toffee notes with some bready biscuit notes as well-- and even that odd German food breadiness I cannot put a name to. There also appears to be just the lightest hint of milk chocolate-- like tootsie rolls.

The beer is quite full. Very hefty body. Medium carbonation with a creamy character to it.

Overall-- very interesting beer here. I have a hard time placing this beer in a category... It is too light in color to be a porter or stout, too thick to be an amber... It certainly seems like "strong ale" is the only category large enough to hold a beer like this.

REVEAL-- Long Trail Triple Bag

Well well. I'm pretty impressed by this beer. Now knowin what this is makes my experience with it make a lot more sense. Now knowing the style, I can give it some ratings;
A-3
S-4
T-4
M-4.5
O-4 (1,771 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a clear dark brown with hints of red, with a 2 inch fluffy white head, that hangs around awhile, and laces the hell out of the glass. Smell is dark fruit, brown sugar, bread, and carmel. Taste is that more enjoyable then smell, with a hint of booze and hard candy in the finish. Body isn't that big considering the hefty abv, that helps with its drinkability, good amount of life, and isn't dry. This is nice and a different beer, malt lovers should love this, but has enough hop presence to satisfy a hop head. (550 characters)

Photo of Kuromaru
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance--Pours a semi-opaque, deep golden/ orange umber with a thin, cream colored head.

Smell--Very straightforward: roasted malts, alcohol, earth.

Mouthfeel--Full body. Light/ medium carbonation. Still, not as heavy on the palate as I was expecting.

Taste--Pumpernickel-y toasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, peat and a garden-clean hop finish. Very nice.

Overall--I'm definitely getting a kind of "American Scotch Ale" vibe here. Alcohol comes through more in the nose than in taste. This is a wonderful beer for a chilly late fall night. Great for nursing and mulling over the day by the fire. Unique and highly recommended. (637 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (798 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.
Deep brown thick color. Slight off-white head.
Great malty, fruity/cherry aroma.
I was super surprised with this one. It doesnt have th ebest reviews here on BA, but it was delicious. Slightly over malty, but otherwise nice strong fruity overtones, with just the right amount of alcohol. It tastes more like a Tripel to me....as the name may suggest. Overall, well worth trying and hopefully you will be as surprised as me. (462 characters)

Photo of chefdaddy18042
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really liked this one. Heavy on the malt as you would expect from a strong ale. Very reminiscent of the Double Bastard. Lots of alcohol in the nose and palate, definitely a sipping beer as the ABV would suggest. Lots of malt but lacks the lingering taste, i guess this is where the hops should come in, but none present. Still a great beer and worth a try if you enjoy the double bag, thank you Long Trail! (406 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Market St in Charlottesville.

Dark red pour with just a hint of head. Not much retention nor lace. Fairly still.

Big dark fruit nose. Plum, cherry, fig, dried apricot ... just a lot going on. A little too strong at first pour, but becomes more palatable as you make your way through.

All that dark fruit carries over to the taste. Very rich tasting with a bit of candy sugar thrown in.

Not overly syrupy, but a very substantial glass of beer. Heavy body.

I was skeptical at first, when even purchasing the beer, but glad I gave it a try. (557 characters)

Photo of Zraly
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last stop in my Long Trail tasting. I rated the Long Trail Ale and Double Bag (on a different night) and now, I taste Triple Bag for the first time.

Pours the color of dark Grade B maple syrup. Rich smell of earth, malt, and a touch of cocoa. A deep inhale reveals a faint smell of cherry juice. One-finger light tan head.

Wow -- some serious malt going on here. Sweet but not cloying. Rich notes of caramel, cocoa, and a touch of booze. It has very subtle bourbon undertone. There is also secondary notes of vanilla, cherries, and bread. Every sip or two reveals a nuance of a chocolate licquer cherry. Earthy, subdued hops kick up momentarily in the finish to help dry things down a bit. Sticky mouthfeel as my palate is coated in malty goodness. Chewy. Ample carbonation keeps this heavyweight on target for easy sipping.

What a monster of an ale -- really rich but creamy smooth. Great night cap for those of us who like malt bombs. Also, this follows nicely after a glass of Double Bag -- a real hard task to follow. (1,030 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Bottled On Date of I think 092811. Pours a muddy mahogany color with no head. Some lacing. Aroma is pretty boozey and malty. Some dark fruits. Smells somewhat like the higher abv DFH beers (Olde School, WWS etc). Taste is earthy, malty and boozey. Again I got to say this tastes alot like the cousin of the higher octane DFH beers. Dark fruits and some sweetness as well as some spices. More bitter towards the end. The 9.2% abv is very present. This is a very interesting beer and a great cold weather sipper. Overall, I want to have this again. (565 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 rlee1390
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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. (340 characters)

Photo of CJfromPhilly
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 12 oz. bottle a coppery brown with a creamy one finger head that quickly dissolves into a medium lacing. Carbonation is light. Aroma is heavy with sweetness ( apples, peaches, strawberries, honey). 1st sip brings all that sweet aroma to the tongue in a very pleasant, non-cloying way. Mouthfeel is silky and creamy, and there is a hint of alcohol on the swallow, but it's very subtle. This goes down a little too smoothly for a 9.25% abv ale! Overall, this is a very good strong ale...one i'd love to see go from limited release to Long Trail's regular lineup! (575 characters)

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