Triple Bag | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
129
Ratings:
408
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
24.14%
 
 
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Photo of HattedClassic
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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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 smakawhat
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Bottled October 21st 2015.

Deep opaque honey orange body color, quite dark a bit, but with a bit of tangerine orange dark edges along the glass. Head is creamy tan yellow, and easily making two fingers off a center punch pour. Scattered fine leopard like lacing and dots surround the edges, a very solid and nice looking brew.

Aroma is a bit closed. Subtle hints of caramel sweetness, very small though, but at least a hair noticeable. Pleasant, small, but not much really going on.

Palate is pretty solid. Good malt body with hints of honey but far lighter in feel and taste. Mid palate opens with some simple toffee, then taken over by a full pine hop flavor and aroma. Large lingering pine dryness while finishing, and more lighter honey coating qualities. Definitely hop forward, even some of that lip smacking oily lip coating flavors of honey and tree sap seem to be the dominant character. Good mix of classic malt sweetness of caramel and a big classic hop pine balance that lingers what seems like forever and pleasantly.

Really reminds me of a milder Arrogant Bastard, which is good company to be keeping in! Just wish this had a bigger bouquet on it.

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Photo of dd43
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A slow sipping night cap brew. This is a big malty and strong ale, and the booze notes will make sure you know it. Pours a pretty dark brown with a large head if you're aggressive about it. Recedes to a milky white spotty cap. Laces better than I thought it would based on other reviews.

Aromas are malt forward, and on the sweet side. The mouthfeel kind of goes along with that, this is a bit tacky on the palate and lips. Smells include molasses, some caramel and a touch of honey. Hops are actually more bitter than I would have guessed given the relatively low IBU rating for a beer of this gravity. Pine and some earth, I guess you could say there's a floral quality as well. Apparently that's a noble hop signature though I've had plenty of pilsners that didn't strike me as floral but rather grassy.

Overall I would say this makes for a great 12 oz pour in a nice chalice snifter or tulip, to consume on a cool night when you want a little imperial warming in your life. Bombers of this are strictly for sharing. I can't imagine the wonderful things a rum barrel aging of this beer would do, given how hot and darkly sweet it already is.

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Photo of delta490
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep clouded brown, orange tint, with a slip of white head. Barely any retention but small amounts lacing. The aroma is light, malty, but the taste has some nice malty depth and a good balance of earthy and piney hops. There's a pleasant thickness with a little tingle on the finish.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a reddish brown body with good head on top and a nice ring around glass for a few seconds. Aroma has this spicy sweet kick like cinnamon or nutmeg, at least to me, along with a mild, fig/raisin dark fruit aroma and some caramel (could be toffee, or both). A thick, sticky body that has this spicy sweetness that is akin to caramel/toffee yet with something additional (does not taste like cinnamon or nutmeg but there's something that is sugary sweet with a kick, possibly some vanilla/bourbon/booze sweetness). Enjoyed the beer but find it a tad offkilter b/c the sweetness overpowers the dark fruits of figs/raisins/prunes(?) and it's mostly a sticky and slow sipper that makes finishing the whole bomber a bit of a chore.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- A dark amber to light brownish pour results in a 1/2 inch white frothy head. This diminishes over time to a thin film. Lacing is moderate and lasting.
S-Sweet caramel malts vie with alcohol with the alcohol winning out.
T-The taste is similar to the nose except that the sweet malts last a tad longer and the alcohol is a touch stronger. 11% abv is not "hot", but does provide a pleasant warming. You are left with a lingering bitterness that lasts for a minute or two.
M- Carbonation is low to medium resulting in a medium to high mouthfeel. It coats the tongue and combined with the 11%ABV makes this one a slow sipper.
O- If you want a malty, boozy sipper than may be for you. A winter brew for sure. Feels like a slightly less roasty/creamy BA stout. Personally I'll stick to Double Bag.

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Photo of smanson56
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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 Davepoolesque
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Bottle. Earthy, bitter, toffee, burnt brown sugar. Some latent fruitiness. It's essentially an American Barleywine. With 3 years on it, it shows no signs of slowing down. Pretty good.

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Photo of Damian
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl oz bottle
11/25/14
Served in a snifter

Thanks to my father-in-law Neil for this Christmas gift.

Attractive appearance. A creamy, frothy, light khaki colored crown topped the nearly crystal clear, crimson-amber liquid. The head slowly dropped to a thin foamy film that was surrounded by a substantial ring of bubbles. Streaky, patchy lacing clung to the glass.

The aroma was sweet and very malt forward. Really bready and rich. Loads of caramel and toffee notes. Maple syrup came through strong. Dark fruits were also quite noticeable. Raisins and figs were most apparent. There was definitely a strong boozy quality as well. Overall, perhaps not super complex but pleasant. As the beer sat, the nose tuned more subtle but the booziness really intensified.

The flavor profile was similar except not quite as smooth. Loads of rich, sweet caramel malts on the front end. Brown sugar came through strong. Some maple as well. Slightly spicy in the center. Boozy notes appeared on the back end. The beer finished super hoppy and bitter. Sharp, dry, piney and earthy hop notes overwhelmed my palate. This was a bit overwhelming.

The mouthfeel was fairly nondescript. Lighter bodied for the style. The fine, zippy effervescence definitely made the beer seem a bit overcarbonated.

Even with a year of age, my bottle of Triple Bag was still quite disjointed. Although this had some interesting things going on, the range of flavors was far too extreme. Perhaps even more time in the cellar would help bring this beer together.

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Photo of stakem
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

3 year old 12oz bottle. The brew pours a clear mahogany color with khaki cap thats quick to fade. It smells of raison, caramel and papery oxidation. It also tastes papery with oxidation, caramel, toffee and raisony sweetness fill out the rest of the profile. This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Its ok and I probably didnt fo it much justice waiting this long to drink it but oh well.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From steel growler, pours a light golden color with excellent clarity. White head leaves a little lace. Ariana of leafy, herbal hops and a touch of stewed veggies. No real hint of alcohol.

Flavor is bright and hoppy, some citrus and pine mainly. Bitterness and pale malts and really no hint of alcohol flavor. Deceptive. Good stuff.

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Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Oh boy, we've got a big one here. Bright tawny hue, topped with a tiny bubbled lacing. Floral alcohol, biscuity malt, & mild fruitiness in the nose. Creamy, smooth, almost cordial-like. Boozy but not hot, biscuity malt from start to finish. This is a massive brew, easy to sip but the alcohol gives a kick to the palate letting me know I should be taking my time. Beer geek delight with this one.

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Photo of Legend_of_Troybrau
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A:) Pours a translucent amber with a quarter inch head with no sediment (into 12oz pint glass)
S:) rich, vinous, caramel, barley-wine tartness and alcohol... Soft on the nose, but hints at potency. Peanut brittle?
T:) Surprisingly smooth, though a bitterness in the middle of the palate picks up, with touches of caramel and brandy jumping around. It has a light biscuity finish with tartness coming off the lingering carbonation. It has the flavor of danger.
M:) Light in body, no, but subtle as its components come into play, with lingering abv on the tongue and a sense that often accompanies the darkest of quads.... Beers with names like palate wrecker don't necessarily have to be ipas.
O:) Heavy and loaded... this may be the perfect brandy drinker's beer.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy russet brown tinge. Light creme colored head. A bit o lacing. Malty sweet nose. Mild hop taste and carbonation profile on the front of the tongue. Malty sweet tones of caramelized fruit on the middle of the tongue. Slightly boozy afterbreath over the rear of the pallet. Overall well disguised 11%ABV.

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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 GreesyFizeek
2.84/5  rDev -24.7%
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 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 FFreak
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $3.99 at Cheese Traders for a single 12 oz bottle that was about 13 months old (11% ABV - 65 IBUs). Poured into a large tulip. Beer is a clear, slightly dark, reddish copper color with a finger of off-white head that lingers and leaves beautiful tracing. Aroma is of caramel, molasses, slight citrus and some dried fruit or candy. Taste is slightly boozy but has nice notes of malt, caramel, molasses and is balanced nicely with a bitter finish and lingering booze. Mouth feel is nice...full bodied, slightly slick, with ample carbonation. Overall, I liked this beer. I haven't had Double Bag so can't compare them, but this was an enjoyable beer for a winter evening.

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Photo of InkedinRi
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I did like this beer, at 11% ABV you could taste the alcohol.. I would not drink this everyday. But if you can find some pick it up (a single) and it's well worth chocking it up to the lift of beers tried :) IMO it's boozy. But at 11% it to be expected.

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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 VelvetExtract
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This bottle definitely has at least a year on it.

A-Pours a slightly murky brown color. This mass of bubbles for a head. Body has some particulate swirling and sinking within it.

S-Sweet and richly malty. Caramel, toffee and brown sugar. Some dark fruit. Zero hop presence. Some alcohol.

T-Even with some age on it, this beer is too hot. It's rather high in alcohol but the booze is not well integrated. All the stuff in the nose is here, without much else to add.

M-A bit syrupy. Hot. Not cloying but it's within reach. Warms the cheeks for sure.

O/D-Nigger is not better. Double Bag was one of my first intros to craft. I still enjoy it somewhat. This one doesn't have the same magic as it's little brother.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: 12 oz pour into a tulip. Pours a deep, dark brown with very little whitish head which fades relatively quickly.

Smell: Very sweet, perhaps surprisingly so. I get hints of molasses, dark fruit, and some hints of alcohol, similar to a port wine. Not the most appealing scent for this type of brew.

Taste: Sweetness comes through with brown sugar, raisins, and an abundance of caramel malt. There is some alcohol in the aftertaste for sure.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with medium carbonation and a bit of stickiness to it. A decent sipper and the 9.2% is certainly noticeable.

Overall: Eh, this was just okay to me and certainly not something I'll rush out to try again. I haven't had too many altbiers, but I certainly prefer the Double Bag to the Triple Bag.

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Photo of mttaylor1066
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Long Trail "altbier" does not deliver on the palate.

I'll skip most of the descriptives and get down to the basics. This ale just does not deliver the taste of many altbiers you can purchase today. It has a great mouthfeel, a pleasant appearance but has a bite to it that is not attractive in combination with its malt backing.

Perhaps it would be a good "food" beer. Maybe some sweet sausages or braunschweiger would balance out the edges of this ale.

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Triple Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.77 out of 5 based on 408 ratings.
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