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Triple Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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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 stache
4.85/5  rDev +28.3%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of berliner07
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (298 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)

Photo of BeerMaverick
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (1,079 characters)

Photo of LtCracker20
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of tdexterc
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (707 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 oriolesfan4
4.12/5  rDev +9%
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. (400 characters)

Photo of kennylopez
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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!!!! (730 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev +5%
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. (1,247 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 woosterbill
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Cheers! (883 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 greenengineer
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
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 (376 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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 (558 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 Mississipping
4.12/5  rDev +9%
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.   (1,571 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (671 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (1,244 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep mahogany body, trace tan head, patchy lacing

S: plum, malt, figs, boozy, candy/sugar

T: sweet long boozy finish

M: med/heavy body, smooth/creamy mouth

O: 2nd Long Trail offering and this is amazing.
Nice to see an US craft brewery make a Strong Ale.
Delicious an powerful sipper. Try it, but go easy.

VERY GOOD, SEEK IT OUT! (339 characters)

Photo of Doshkin
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - deep clear brown with a dark orange/red base. not much head

s - sour and malty. very inviting

t - starts smooth and frothy and moves into a malty and high alcohol content flavor. a solid bitter aftertaste that comes well after the swallow

m - smooth and thick. very easy to drink

o - this beer is delicious. it's quite mellow for the 9.4% abv. yes, there is a kick, but it doesn't turn you away. i got this bottle as a small gift from a good friend, but i have seen it for about 2 or 3 dollars at a local beer store. i would definitely buy this again, and i will. sometimes it's nice to have a great brew that you don't really have to analyze that much. (661 characters)

Photo of keysofebony
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer at my work in a 4 pack for 8 bucks (wouldve been 10 +tax (in jersey))

Appearance- Dark crimson red. But transparent though light. Didnt pour too hard but the head been showing some life about 15 mins after pouring. Average

Smell- dark cherry, light chocolate, oatmeal, maple syrup...im sure all of that sounds confusing but it's what I got...moving on.

Taste- The stout that wasn't a stout. I don't know what to think of this beer; somewhere between a brown ale and a stout. I get the nutty taste with a dry chocolate, light-dark cherry stout flavor. Not totally forward with alcohol, but still present. A tiny bit bitter from hops.

Mouthfeel- dry (toward the end) palate covering syrupy-ness

Overall- As of this date, I would say try the Long Trail Harvest seasonal beer, it's phenomenal. This is somewhat forgettable. I am enjoying it, but its just a strong, dark, nut brown....stout..? Peculiar beer, leaves me wanting more to pinpoint it. It's rather expensive because I think its a limited release beer, but if you have the extra cash, check it out. Cheers. (1,081 characters)

Photo of silentjay
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

mahogany/brown with a small khaki head that quickly recedes to a thin film.

lots of dark fruit, molasses, caramel, toffee, maple on the aroma with just a bit of hops for balance.

hot with grainy malts and plenty of dark fruits. sweet malts follow with plenty of caramel, maple, molasses. boozy throughout.

medium bodied and boozy with some slight prickly carbonation and syrup left on the palate.

a slow sipper, but not as complex as a slow sipper should be. the aroma is quite good, but it ends up being boozy and malty, and thats about it. (545 characters)

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