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Triple Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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very good

365 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.72%
Wants: 19
Gots: 36 | 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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3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
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;

Photo of Kelp
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of SawDog505
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Kuromaru
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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 WreckingBrew
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of chefdaddy18042
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
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!

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of beer2day
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Zraly
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Triple Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.