Triple Bag
Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Strong Ale
Ranked #209
ABV:
11%
Score:
86
Ranked #21,364
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 13.32%
Reviews:
136
Ratings:
435
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Long Trail Brewing Co.
 
Vermont, United States
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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
Reviews: 136 | Ratings: 435 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by SABERG:
Photo of SABERG
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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More User Reviews:
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 4/9/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, fruit, brown sugar and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel, brown sugar and fruit that are followed by a hearty malt character, then a touch of an alcohol sting. There's a decent hops presence that brings some balance but the candy-like sweetness still dominates into the after-taste.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, it's not much stronger than Double Bag but it's a lot sweeter. Overall, it's a good beer to drink for while.

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Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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 chefdaddy18042
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.84/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear dark-ish brown, with a a small half inch head, and a little bit of webby lacing.

Smells like bitter, burnt wood and bitter hops, and some burnt bread.

This has a sort of unpleasant burnt bitter taste to it that I just can't get over. It's bitter, with not a whole lot of malt complexity. I'd expect a bit more malt complexity for an altbier of 11% ABV (which honestly means it's not honestly an altbier anymore). There's some burnt wood, and burnt bread flavor, with basically no sweetness.

This has a thick body, with a perplexing mouthfeel- it's both syrupy and dry at the same time. It's hard to drink a lot of this, because the bitterness is long-lasting and unpleasant.

As you can tell, I really did not enjoy this one.

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Photo of KTCamm
2.8/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark brown, very little foam. Nutty. Candi sugar nose. Sweet. Syrup too. Strong astringent taste, puckering. Really boozy. Woody. Harsh aftertaste. Thick mouthfeel. Hearty.

Yuck. Frankly, quite hard to drink. And high ABV kicks you around for your trouble. Not my thing.

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Photo of smanson56
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a darker brownish orange color when poured slowly into my glass. A thin white head on top.
The nose is rich and robust of the blend of malts but this is a hidden bitterness in the nose also.
The first taste seemed a little bitter but perhaps it was my palate not being clean at that time. The second taste was much smoother and had a wonderful malty flavor smooth and mouth filling. This beer IMO hides the 11% abv very well as it drinks pretty darn smooth.
Yup the mouth feel is smooth and pleasing.
In all a nice job on this higher ABV from Long trail and since it only comes out this time of year is probably why I hadn't tried it before now. This bottle was dated 10/21/15 so only a month old.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Mikexw
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of twowheelssoar
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of phishterrrrrrr88
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of sdaly3
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of pfhanlon
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of mrbojangles31
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of ToddKehoe
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of klopez1253
4.83/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of M_chav
3.07/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of PretzelsNBeer
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of snowmageddon
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JmBrkr
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of ChrisinRI
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Kinsman
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chestnut red with lighter cherry highlights. Beautiful sticky and dense ivory colored head.

Strong, sweet, and malty aroma. Fruity character with notes of raisins and red red grapes. Sweet caramel and molasses in the background.

Nice aggressive malt-forward strong ale. Lots of caramel and brown sugar notes with the fruitier notes lingering around in the finish. Hops add just enough bitterness to balance things out. A tad bit boozy as well.

Thick mouthfeel but smooth and creamy in texture. Overall, I'm digging this strong ale from Long Trail. Lots of malty and boozy goodness with just enough hops to keep things in line.

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Photo of CTHomer
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; deep amber colored; 1 finger khaki head that receded quickly to a thin uneven cap; nice lacing;

S: toffee; alcohol is noticeable;

T: toffee, dark fruit, caramel, and brown sugar; alcohol becomes noticeable before mid-palate; just a touch of bitterness at the end; as it warms, fig and vanilla become very evident;

M: medium bodied; light to moderate carbonation;

O: really well done; the high ABV is noticeable, bit it matches the flavor and aroma nicely;

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Triple Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 435 ratings