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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.

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Reviews: 122 | Hads: 384
Photo of PicoPapa
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Kranders
2.87/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of CJfromPhilly
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

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Photo of stache
4.85/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wish I could describe how wonderful this feels and tastes. Do NOT drink below 45 degrees. Very Dark, Very Rich, heavy, full, almost like a mouthful of warm brown bread. Picked up two four packs from the brewery last month. Would have bought more but for the $$$. Worth every penny, just wish I had more pennies.

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Photo of berliner07
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow was this a fun beer. Congrats to Long Trail on this one. I'm usually not a fan of malt bombs, but this one did me right. Rich, caramel, toffee, molasses, burnt sugar, all tickling my mouth. The heat is there, but does not interfere, like some malt forward beers of this ABV do. A real pleasure.

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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 BeerMaverick
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown beer with slight amber tones when held up to a light. Minimal head and lace. Appears as though it will live up to its 9.4 abv. and pack a punch.

S - Very malt-forward aroma with no hop presence. Tons of sweet esters with dominant elements such as caramel and cherry.

T - Strong malt profile as suggested by the aroma that contains sweeter ingredients such as the caramel and cherry mentioned before at the flavor-forefront followed by hints of blueberry, chocolate, coffee, heath bar, plum, and slight grape and apple notes.

M - The powerful and sweet caramel character lives on after the initial sip and compliments this full-bodied and strong-flavored beer. Some cinnamon resides in the aftertaste.

O - If you're at the less popular end of the beer-spectrum (opposite the hop-heads) and looking for a malt-bomb, this beer will be a rare treat. This is probably the maltly equivalent of the hop-bomb, Hop Stoopid, by Lagunitas. This beer has tons of flavor and alcohol that will satisfy all wants/needs of someone looking for a sweeter one-and-done beer.

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Photo of LtCracker20
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a mohagany body, pretty clear, with a 1.5-finger head that quickly falls to a spotty cap. Lacing left is minimal.

S- Dark fruits (plums, raisins, cherries), a little yeasty, some toffee aromas. Very little of the ABV shows through.

T- Slight metallic bitterness, more of the raisin and cherry, and a slight alchohol flavor. Slight breadiness.

MF- Full bodied and very creamy. Might be the best part of the beer.

O- Glad I got to try this as it's never been on tap each time we've made the trek up there, but I don't think I'd ever search it out again. Not saying it's a bad beer, it's still very good, but unless it's where ever I am, most likely won't look for it.

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Photo of tdexterc
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep red with a tinge of brown. Large light-tan head which disappeared quickly. Not much lacing to speak of

S- Sweet off the top with a healthy dose of ripe dark fruit and caramelized sugars. Not as much alcohol as I expected.

T- Sweet and fruity. Nice esters present along with an enjoyable bittering on the back of the tongue. A subtle but enjoyable toasted grain finishes off.

M- Medium mouthfeel with the perfect amount of bitter. It could stand to see a little more carbonation (but maybe it’s just the growler).

Overall, I love this beer. It’s a Belgian strong dark minus yeast funk, plus an abundant hop bittering. Perfect for an evening after a cold and lousy opening day of rifle season.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.43/5  rDev -9%
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.

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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 kennylopez
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at Cloverleaf Tavern and enjoyed it from a 12oz bottle as well.

Appearance: a reddish brown in color with a fingers worth of head that fades and leaves little lacing.

Smells: a sweet honey smell comes to me behind the pungent citrus hop that dominates.

Tastes: there is a fig fruit taste that blends with a light honey taste. It is well balanced with the bread like barley not allowing the brew to be overly bitter from the hops.

Mouthfeel: it has little carbonation and the barley sits in the mouth and finishes warm from the 9.4%.

Overall: I like drinking this as a winter warmer. In my opinion it is more fitting than their Hibernation ale yet both are good ,but this is better. good job again Long Trail!!!!

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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 micromaniac129
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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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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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 greenengineer
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excited about this - I love Double Bag

Comes out of the bottle without too much head - maybe a little flat. Deep reddish color. Wisp of alcohol in the smell. Not smelling the hops. Taste is good, fairly bitter. Considering the alcohol content, doesn't taste strong. Definitely drinkable. A little sticky in the mouth.

Overall, it's nice, but I think I prefer the Double Bag

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice dark oak color with a large two finger head in a tulip glass.

S: Aroma of sweet caramel malt, toffee and a bit of spice from the yeast.

T: Tons of caramel and molasses mixing with a light wheat flavor. This is a strong ale which is extremely rich and syrupy. Very complex with a bit of booze in it / butterscotch and some banana flavors are in abundance here.

M: Thick and lightly carbonated.

O: This will be on heavy rotation as long as I can find it. Great beer at a great price. You can never go wrong with Double Bag or Triple bag

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
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

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

A: Pours a completely clear but very dark amber-brown.  Brilliant ruby highlights shine through the entire body when held to light.  A medium khaki-colored head forms slowly on top and takes even longer to subside to a thin but consistent foam and a sticky ring of tight bubbles.  Pretty impressive lacing is left behind on the edges of the glass.

S: The aroma is sweet with a ton of brown sugar, caramel, and a touch of cinnamon.  As soon as the cap pops off, the sweetness gentle fills the vicinity of the bottle.  Dark fruits of fig and prune are layered underneath the candy-like sweetness.  A subtle earthiness and booze are in the background.  Really well rounded smell and very welcoming. 

T: Unlike the aroma, the dark fruits are right up front in the taste that match the aroma well ... definitely fig and some prune.  As a result, the sweetness is somewhat subdued in comparison to the aroma.  The caramel and brown sugar take center stage shortly after along with the subtle cinnamon, creating a sweeter middle ground.  The finish is slightly sweet, but is comprised much of earthy hops. 

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation that reduces the smoothness and makes it slightly prickly.  Overall, it's quite sweet, but not overly so, with a slightly hoppy and earthy finish.  

D: This is a really nice strong ale.  Not overly complex and not overly sweet, with a nice balance between the sweetness and subtle spiciness and earthiness.  Goes down very easy despite the booze content.  A nice extra that I'm glad I got to try.  

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

Long Trail Triple Bag
12 oz brown bottle
Jet Ink #3084Q90811
Served in my Smuttynose Big Beer tulip glass

Pours a deep mahogany brown with a khaki colored head on top that leaves webs of sticky lace on the side of the glass.

Whiffs of malts, sugars and a strong dairy note.

A sweet and syrupy beer with chewy caramel malts. Strong flavors of brown sugar, candy sugar and rum soaked raisins.

The main flavor profile of this beer has a caramelized sugar or molasses punch. A hint of dairy too with a mini hop snap on the finish.

An interesting beer, a souped-up Double Bag with a deceiving 9.4% ABV. A nice sipper beer for the upcoming cooler Fall and Winter months.

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

A- Nutty brown into my tulip, a fast-rising head that laces nicely, tan in color. Settles to a thick little pancake on the beer.

S- Very sweet, sticky malt. Like fresh wheat bread.

T- This beer starts off with a lot of toffee, some cinnamon/nutmeg and some red grapes come out as well. Reminds me of toasty pumpernickel bread. I saw another review mention the similarity to a weizenbock, and I can see the comparison.

M- Thick, heavy, good body, it's got some weight to it but there's enough carbonation to keep it rollin'. Nice and creamy.

O- Enjoyable- I will be working this in to the rotation. I love a good strong ale. Perfect for the winter months.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cola brown into my Portsmouth tulip - nice tan meringue head that laces well, but ultimately settles to nothing.

Nose is sweet dark malt, grainy, some dark berries, molasses, bubblegum.

A sip is rich and smooth - warm throughout. Dark caramel, more dark fruit and a present-but-not-overwhelming hit of alcohol. Lightly toasty finish. Really enjoyable as it warms up.

One of my favorite offerings from LT -- I still gotta hate on the packaging, though. Saving two bottles for some cellar time. A nice, drinkable strong ale.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pour with serious altitude yields a half finger of tan head with some large foam and some fine bubbles. Hazy body that gradients from ruddy gold to reddish-brown.

The nose is awesome. Plum, dark fruit, plenty of yeasty character, actually a bit of bubblegum. This wouldn't be out of place in a Unibroue-esque lineup.

The first thing in the taste is actually a hop kick, which gets balanced out in the middle by a huge wave of caramel-raisin malt, and returns for a tangy finish. If it weren't for this telltale tang, this beer would be perhaps *too* drinkable. The 9.2% is otherwise imperceptible; I can see why there's an "indulge in moderation" warning on the bottle. The label basically tells all-- an amped up alt-- Double Bag on HGH, if you will.

Mouthfeel is smooth and thick.

After tasting, I am 100% percent behind my plan to lay a couple of these down for a year. I am a non-hop lover, and once that tang wears down and everything else develops, I predict I'll love this even more.

Around the 10-month mark, it has as much bite as it did fresh. Less sure that I want to hang onto the rest, if they're taking up cellar space. Still smells amazing, still great tasting, just a bit more hops than I like; kinda American Barleywine.

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