Triple Bag | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Triple BagTriple Bag

Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Bierman9 on 10-05-2008

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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 threeviews
4.71/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle (BOD 11/25/14) poured into a Long Trail 25th Anniversary Spiegelau tulip glass

A- Pours somewhere between a deep mahogany and ruby red color. Due to it being bottle conditioned, some (minuscule) particulate floats about...but does result in a 'hazy' appearance like an unfiltered ale or wheat beer. (4.75)

S- Although the aroma is similar to a Scottish Wee Heavy (sans smoked malt), this is very much its own animal (reference intended). Rich and divine: Caramel, Honey, Candied Fruits (think Dole Mixed Fruit Cup in Light Syrup), Apples, Bubblegum, and Vanilla. Absolutely no alcohol in the aroma. (4.75)

T- Much like the aroma, Caramel, Honey, Candied Fruits, Bubblegum and Apples. The palate is left with a spicy, cinnamon-like dryness which reduces the time all those sweet malty/fruity flavors are left to linger on the tongue. The balance of malt and hop are quite reminiscent of a hoppy, American Strong Ale (a la Brown Shugga' or Lukcy Basartd). (4.5)

M- The drinkability is outrageous considering the hefty 11% ABV. Although the body is substantial, it is far from being thick and viscous. A lively carbonation adds to making this one dangerous beer if you are not careful. (4.75)

O- I have waited patiently for this 'Imperial German Altbier' to (finally) make return after its first release in bottles back in 2011...and it was well worth the wait. Although similar in format to Otter Creek's 20th Anniversary Ale (another 'Imperial German Altbier' brewed back in 2011), Triple Bag is superior with regards to its pleasant body, non-cloying flavor profile and lack of alcohol presence in the nose, taste and feel. I really hope Long Trail keeps up the momentum with their bigger beers with Triple Bag staying in more regular rotation. (4.75)

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Photo of chefdaddy18042
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
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 Maxwell
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark candied brown, with nice hints of amber in it. The beer’s body is clean but cloudy with a haze, and the beer’s head is very lightly tan in color. The beer’s lacing is thin and slick, leaving slippery lines of foam on my glass. On the nose, this beer is big and pungent from the moment the cap is popped. Beautiful rich malts leap from the bottle, the glass, and whatever other container you might have this beer in. When you stick your nose in the glass you get sweet notes of brown sugar, raisin, prune, slight maple syrup notes, and a surprising amount of creamy and also unripe banana. On the tongue, this beer is creamy sweet, bringing raisins, banana, brown sugar, caramel, and slight toasted malts on to the tongue. The beer begins with sweet brown sugar and a touch of maple syrup before opening into raisins, then prunes, then a touch of dates and lovely toasted caramel malts before the beer hits the finish of banana, raisins, and brown sugar. The aftertaste is beautifully long lasting, giving hints of both ripe and unripe banana and brown sugar. On the mouth, the beer feels slightly below heavy but chewy in body and creamy smooth on the tongue. The mouth is left dry on the sides but swimming in saliva on the middles of the tongue. Overall this beer is fantastic, sweet, and complex. I love how this beer is specially made from the first runnings of the mash as that adds a certain amount of fanciness to it. I also love how it smells and how it feels on the tongue, and especially how it tastes. This is a beautiful sipping beer that is ripe with flavors and doesn’t quite touch on the common flavor profiles of other big beers. This beer is a winner. Try 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 generallee
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a brief description and it lists the abv at 9.2% abv.

Appearance: In the glass it looks dark brown with some lighter brownish tan highlights. It also seems to be a bit hazy as well. On top I got a tall loose or soapy head which slowly settles down to just a thin ring of foam at the edge of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is full, sweet and very malty. It has a deep raisin/dark dried fruity character with sweet bready notes as well.

Taste / Palate: It’s flavor is full bodied and loaded with notes of caramel and sweet raisin bread. There is a pleasant boozy warmth though out and its finnish brings only a just very slight earthy hops flavor. The feel is full, well rounded and a bit slick but not in a cloying way. Notes: Just as a side notes this beer was aged over a year in my beer cellar.

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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 i'd love to see go from limited release to Long Trail's regular lineup!

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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 TheHopMonster
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance--Deep orange, tarnished Amber with a thick tan head of foam

Smell- Semi earthy with intense malty characteristics. The hops come through a bit with a subtle grassy/pine smell

Mouthfeel- Hearty beer with moderate carbonation but actually pretty drinkable

Taste-Sweet and malty upfront but the sweetness is counteracted by some interesting hop characteristics (citrus, grassy, moss) that stick with you throughout the bottle.

Overall- Nice, well rounded beer with some uniqueness, but still keeping true to the strong ale roots

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Photo of Casey10
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up as a new 4 pack today at a local place in the area. Had heard about this didn't know that it was going to be distibuted but anyway it has been in bottle format and is listed as 9.2%

I really liked this as a strong beer it seems smooth, has a lot of grape/raison flavor going on and for the abv has the alcohol well hidden.

Not much on the head some lacing copper brown look.

Give this one a try I was glad I did and looking forward to the other 3 that came in the 4 pack :)

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend of mine was generous enough to pour me a full bottle of this gem from a case he bought at the brewery earlier this summer during the renovations. Billy Hoffman was very surprised to see there were still bottles of this left as my friend bought they were coming off the line. Triplebag is currenly only available on tap now so that added to the enjoyment of putting this one down.

A: Poured into oversized wine glass to show off a light ruby with dark orange accents. The head was a proud 3/4 finger tan head, minor lacing and good cap to let you know this one is high in ABV.

S: The nose was a nice mixture of candy, alcohol and dark fruits, perhaps dates and prunes.

T: Get ready for an rush of sweet malts to hit your tongue, followed by the zing of the hops. I would have thought this was a quad at points but appreicated the new try on the double bag.

M: Thick and sultry. The carbonation keeps your tongue awake and somewhat cleansed from the malt brigade.

D: As recommended and I expected, this is a fantastic beer in many respects. Triplebag goes to show you American brewers can come up with some wonderful creations while following our elder brothers in the brewmaking process. This is a strong beer and one to be drawn out to release the library of flavors. Look forward to picking up a growler of this and sipping with the wife by the fire this winter.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of brureview
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured an amber red muddy color with a 2F head in a Stange glass.

Nice looking beer in this glass.

Aroma: not as strong as expected- malt, sweet, syrup.

MF: excellent. malty and carbonated. A special MF that makes this beer quite drinkable.

Taste: sweet, complex, syrupy.

The taste and aroma broaden with warming. More sweetness; MF becomes more piquant.

Overall, an excellent beer and quite underrated. It's based on an Altbier, and a Stange glass is best of the tasting.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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 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 gaahvey
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. A nice hazy caramel color with an off white head (nice retention for 9.2%). Smelled like malt, lots of malt. There was clearly a complex combination of malts used. There was a nice balance of hops but nothing overpowering, which was a little unexpected but it worked well. The first sip was kind of fruity, along with caramel notes. Strong malt flavors with a clean finish. Warming on the way down.

overall, a great beer. One of the best of this style i've had.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Theresa's Next Door...
Appears a transparent, copper toned amber with a two finger beige head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Tons of spotty lacing is left around the glass. Plenty of CO2 pumps to the top of the glass.
Smell is of toffee, earthy hops, minerals, cocoa, ripe fruits, gentle spicing of cinnamon, and nougat.
Taste is of the mentioned aroma with a punchy, ripe fruit flavor that seems to pull through a bit more in the flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy up front, with toffee, and sourdough battling along the palate, leading to a chewy finish.

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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 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 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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Photo of beer2day
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
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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Photo of HamdenHector
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Zraly
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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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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Triple Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.77 out of 5 based on 417 ratings.
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