Triple Bag
Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States
Strong Ale - American
Ranked #116
Ranked #20,632
3.8 | pDev: 13.42%
Aug 02, 2020
Oct 05, 2008
Very Good
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Notes: 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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4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Aug 02, 2020
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4.59/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

Pours dark maroon amber red-brown with a creamy khaki colored foam head. Smells a bit vinous like an oxidized sherry wine, some toasty malts, dark fruit, creamy caramel, toffee, molasses, dark chocolate, vanilla, with some earthy herbal piney hops. Tastes concentrated and rich, dark, roasty, a bit charred, nutty, toasty, caramely, fruity, with creamy caramel notes, toasted bready malts, toffee, dark chocolate, blackstrap molasses, dark dried fruit, vanilla, and some earthy herbal piney hops. Feels medium bodied, thick, creamy with moderate smooth carbonation. Overall a real nice triple amber ale.

Jul 20, 2020
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4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Tony210 from New Jersey

Pours a murky amber color, appropriate off-white head. Great malty aroma: toffee, brown sugar, molasses, caramel. Flavor is fairly sweet, lots of caramel, some burnt brown sugar, blackstrap molasses, burnt toffee. I think the burnt flavors are due to the age of the beer. Also, the hops present as pure bitterness, not overwhelming, but very noticeable on the finish. Tremendous creamy texture - not sure if it is from the carbonation, but age def has an impact on it. Overall, a successful experiment - glad I sat on this one, as it is quite enjoyable. Reminiscent of Kane’s Vengeful Heart, with less hops...

12 oz bottle dated 10/15
4.25 rating

***notes from 2016***
Huge beer, reminds me of a double bock. Loads of malt in this, tons of molasses, caramel, brown sugar. Big boy at 11%, but not too boozy. Well done, buy again.
5 stars

Note - bought it recently, bottling date of 10/2015. Circus Liquors Middletown

Jan 29, 2020
3.34 by walt5 from Delaware on Mar 18, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

Just like double bag but bigger and maybe a bit more of a hop bite. This was 2 years old and I bet even better at 5 or 6.

Sep 16, 2018
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4.83/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by klopez1253 from Massachusetts

This is close to being my perfect beer: plenty of malt, but not as overpowering as a porter or stout, and enough hops to hold its own, for a good balance.

I've never understood why a strong "double" or "triple" amber was so hard to come by, when strong porters, "imperial" stouts, and double or triple IPAs are routine these days. Perhaps just not as many people wanting them.

But this beer is easy to drink -- as easy as the double bag, ie, no more alcohol feel than that -- with a mellow flavor that is not to sweet and still retains some hoppy bitterness.

I love this beer, but expect that with Long Trail having been sold to a larger brewer it's likely to become a thing of the past. If so, a very sad loss, in my opinion.

Aug 17, 2018
3.87 by Phil9250 from New Hampshire on Jul 07, 2018
4.05 by Chipotle from New York on May 22, 2018
4 by Skabiski from Maryland on Apr 14, 2018
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3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by sasamarinkovic89 from New Hampshire

Pours dark amber with a thin brown head. Very strong alcohol taste, bitter at the end.

Apr 11, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by bret717 from Pennsylvania

Look- pours a cloudy, rusty orange-hued brown; 1.2 finger tan head, decent amount of lacing

Aroma- butterscotch, toffee, figs and pipe tobacco

Taste- follows the nose very closely, plus there's a firm hoppy bitterness

Feel- medium/full bodied, lower carbonation, long bitter finish

Overall- really nice "triple amber" that drinks like an exceptional american barleywine

Apr 06, 2018
3.92 by bobstockwell from Massachusetts on Mar 27, 2018
4 by Velivolus from Vermont on Mar 24, 2018
3.92 by Mcb99d from Massachusetts on Mar 22, 2018
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4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by kw_pip from Vermont

Bottle. Reminisce of a barley wine. Boozy barley, raisins. Similar to a dark high ABV Belgian, without the European master-yeast.

Mar 13, 2018
4.71 by ryanm3850 from Rhode Island on Dec 28, 2017
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4.69/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by kboutelle from New York

I wish this was something I could find more often.

Jul 09, 2017
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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

Reviewed from notes. The appearance had a dark brown/amber colored body that left a film of a small white head. Some really light spider web lacing graced the sides of the glass. The body was too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising. The smell was malty with some nice strong scents of dark fruits coming in strong. The taste takes these same flavorings and ends up hiding the alcohol very well. The palate sits about a medium with some slight sharpness on the tongue. Since the alchol was hidden well, I would say this was a mostly drinkable beer. Overall, hey, this was a good one, I liked it for the style and for the beer, I would definitely get this again.

Jun 25, 2017
4.27 by AlexErez from New Hampshire on Jun 18, 2017
3.89 by IBUBrew from Vermont on May 16, 2017
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4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Lingenbrau from Oregon

I'm under the impression that "Triple Amber" is just a fun way to say Barleywine. Or at least when it comes to this beer. It pours a clear deep copper to mahogany with a thin bubbly off white head. Smells of dark fruits, rich caramel malt, a heaping of spicy , floral, and herbal hops, and a hint of alcohol. Flavor follows in the form of caramel covered dark fruits and toffee. A healthy sweetness is followed by an intense bitterness (despite what its 65 ibu would indicate), and to my surprise finished rather dry over the stickiness that I was expecting. Overall, this was a pretty darn good "Triple Amber" categorized as an "American Strong Ale" that resembles a "Barleywine". Cheers!

May 16, 2017
3.5 by lastmango from Pennsylvania on Apr 23, 2017
3.54 by breardon1776 from New York on Apr 15, 2017
4.05 by flgimp from Pennsylvania on Mar 20, 2017
3.28 by Timtac from New Jersey on Mar 07, 2017
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4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by SABERG from Massachusetts

Poured from a 2016 bottle into the test glass.
A - hammered seasoned copper color, meandering carbonation wanders topside. Thin cap and lacing.
S - Woods, pines, and mustiness. narrow in this area.
T - Woo, lots of caramel, toffee, and again piney hops. Very nice
M - Medium in body, a bit oily, nicely carbonated, bitter and dry finish, with a boozy exhale.
O - A big effort, like a faux barleywine. I do like the bitter dry finish.
I will stash some and revisit

Feb 28, 2017
3.9 by dlin0sbb from Ohio on Jan 26, 2017
3.75 by probert from New York on Jan 17, 2017
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4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

slightly hazed amber color with an off white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a few patches of lace.

the aroma is absolutely magnificent - some citric notes are complimented wonderfully by sweet and creamy malts. reminiscent of orange marmalade, orange-vanilla creamsicle, candied lemon and lime, some subtle grassy floral notes, toffee and caramel as well... just a hint of bitterness from the hops. really nice nose.

unfortunately the taste doesnt live up to the smell - some orange notes as well as toffee and caramel, but there is some bitterness and booze coming through that doesnt work well with the flavor profile.

mouthfeel is on point, medium-full bodied, fluffy creamy texture.

Jan 10, 2017
3.75 by animal69 from Louisiana on Jan 02, 2017
3.78 by Gkruszewski from New York on Sep 04, 2016
4.62 by dpgoblejr from New Hampshire on Aug 21, 2016
2.98 by rjp217 from Massachusetts on Jul 21, 2016
3.59 by HermitDan from New Jersey on Jun 18, 2016
4 by Hendry from Vermont on May 26, 2016
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3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by HattedClassic from Virginia

The beer pours a nice white and creamy head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a clear medium amber color with a nice reddish hue. The beer appearance is decent but it isn't certainly anything to brag about either.

The smell is pretty good. While it does have a nice resin bitterness to it, the beer has a strong caramel sweet note with a bit of alcohol sweetness and hint of vanilla boosting it that seems to cut right through the bitterness and contrast it rather well. Technically, the sweetness is the stronger of the two notes but barely. It's almost fairly balanced but tips towards the sweeter side.

The taste still has that caramel sweetness with the vanilla to it but it has a nice bitter aftertaste that lasts. The bitterness isn't overwhelming but it comes out stronger in the taste than in the smell.

The feel is good. It's a heavy bee but feels much more drinkable than someone would expect from the style. The beer has some nice tingling carbonation to it and gives it a nice texture.

Overall, a decent beer and worth getting when it's available. Like most of what the brewer offers, it isn't a tantalizing flavor bomb but a reliable beer that provides a decent drinking experience.

May 19, 2016
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3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by oberon from North Carolina

Pours into a chalice a slight hazed lighter amber shade with a thinner off white head atop.Big caramel malts with some alcohol drenched dar fruits,if you're into big malt beer this is it for you.Sweet brown sugar and caramel/vanilla flavors dominate,along with boozy alcohol it gets a bit sweet after awhile.Not overly complex,it is what it is a big sweet malt bomb,good for a night cap beer in my opinion.

May 15, 2016
4.04 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on May 14, 2016
4 by JLK7299 from North Carolina on Apr 26, 2016
2.5 by waddellc2 from Pennsylvania on Apr 18, 2016
Triple Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 438 ratings