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 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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Photo of KTCamm
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
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 ksimons
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-a slightly hazy dark amber with a thing layer of white head that quickly disappears to leave a bit of lace

S-Smell is very sweet and a little boozy. Rum soaked raisins, caramel, light chocolate and brown sugar.

T-the taste is not as sweet as the smell would suggest. Caramel malt, grapes, raisins, and bitter hops

M-medium body, medium carbonation, and a slightly syrupy sweet finish

Overall a touch boozier and sweeter than Double Bag, but I think I like Triple Bag better

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

no clear date code

A: Dark reddish brown, cloudy, with a tight head and lots of lacing.

S: Sharp alcohol cuts through most everything else.

T: Thick breadiness that reminds me of pumpernickel for some reason. Sherry-like sweetness, but not too cloying. A touch of herbal bitterness on the finish. The booze comes through.

M: Full, soft, not sticky.

O: Too sweet and boozy to want another. In fact, I'm not even eager to finish my first. I generally prefer Double Bag.

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Photo of duracell
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a snifter.
A - Mohogany color with an almost non-existent head leaving a thin topping. No lacing but nice legs on the glass.
S - Caramel, dark fruits, hoppy notes, slightly herbal.
F - Big malty flavors: caramel, butterscotch, a bit of diacetyl, some esters (dark fruits). A little bit acidic in the middle to make a transition to hops.
M - Medium bitterness, quite alcoholic. Carbonation on the high side. Spicy and dry.
O - After trying the Double and Triple Bag, I can say I'm not fond of the style...

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Photo of justintcoons
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Murky mahogany with 1 finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly.

Bread, caramel, toffee, brown sugar and notes of banana.

Caramel, sweet bread and hints of toffee. Brown sugar, banana and plantain. Touches of fig and prune. Has an earthy bitterness with slight hints of honeydew and grapefruit.

Medium-full bodied, silky and smooth.

A nicely balanced Sticke Alt. The 9.2% abv is barely perceived.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Long Trail - Triple Bag - 12fl oz bottle

Look - Pours a cloudy red with an amber tint. Minimal, bubbly head. Unfiltered, low carbonation.

Smell - Malty bite, slight hint of hops.

Taste - Creamy malt festival in your mouth, almost a bit much.

Mouthfeel - Malt sticks around, quite sweet.

Overall - A little too malty and the alcohol is definitely present. I prefer their Double Bag to this brew.

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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 beerthulhu
3.17/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Deep ruby-burgundy with a medium sense of effervesce. The topping is thin with a tannish-bronze skim coating that quickly dissipates.

S: The abv% of 9.2 is very well hidden on the nose. Unfortunately so is much of everything else. Toasty cereal grains with dry apple peels and not much aromatically in terms of strength.

T: Flavor of fruity apple-dry caramel and sweet toasted grains. Dry touch of alcohol is more evident especially upon warming. Lingering dry apple alcohol notes and dry cinnamon.

M: Malty and lush mouthful, thick and viscose with a quiet demeanor of carbonation.

O: Overall the booziness takes over at times and becomes distracting. Im not one to shy away from big boozy beers, only when they inhibit most of the flavor aspects and complexity. Drinkability is limited average excitiment, meh. To be fair im a huge fan of their double bag which i believe rated b+ and really enjoyed and think it is a much better tuned beer in terms of balance and malt profile. bigger isnt always bigger in this case.

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Photo of Seanniek91
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Newport Storm pint glass.

Appearance- Cloudy amber/brown with bubbly white head that didn't last too long.

Smell- Malt. Some more malt. Banana. Alcohol. Malt.

Taste- Caramel malts. Banana. Some very mild coffee. Big malt bomb. Not as much alcohol as I expected or as people had said.

Mouthfeel- Kind of syrupy. Nice amount of carbonation. Not much else.

Overall- Not a bad beer. Not Great. Better than Double bag actually...

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

1656th Review on BA
Bottle to Alchemist glass

Thanks to Thegerm87 for this one

App- This was a nice looking beer. A solid amber/brown/ruby color with a pretty good dense center. Looked like a wine at 1st. Once the head formed that was light tan and had a so-so cling.

Smell- This was a big malt bomb. Very full and creamy on the nose with lots of dark fruits and a tannic like sweetness. A bit of caramel and more like a Ubu Ale or a Double Bastard.

Taste- Its a good beer. Its solid and malty. Doesnt deviate a lot from what it is though. More of a dessert beer for what I would say a good torte or berry cheesecake with the sweetness and body to balance. Full and malty with a good bit of berry and caramel behind it.

Mouth- A good full body and a solid medium-low carbonation with enough bubbles to balance it all out. Residual full malts remain with a touch of sweetness and dark fruits (Ie- blackberries)

Drink- Pretty good and malty. A bit thick and flavorful. Like I mentioned. Better for dessert.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, RI.

A- Dark brown-amber, clear body with a cream colored, 1.5" head that reduces to a thin ring. Could have had more retention and lacing.

S- Mostly lightly toasted malt, wine, slightly sour. Very malty.

T- Upfront, this brew has a huge malt-bomb sweetness that finishes with a peppery, slightly hoppy aftertaste. Good balance for the ABV with a slight warming alcohol feel.

M- Medium-low carbonation, medium-heavy body.

Overall not one of my favorites, but definitely worth a try. Not as drinkable as the double bag, but expected for the ABV. You'll be feeling good after a couple of these.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This hearty craft opens in a vanilla froth, which immediately sinks into a flimsy lace strip atop a dark foreboding body. The nose here is a busy place, with much to and froing going on; there are subtle hints of grspe, grass and walnut. A patient quaff should result in a swift wift of red wine. This said, the palate is confused as this is a complex elixir that lays out a steady barrage of plum, oak, malt and spice.

At 53 IBUs, this is no hop bomb; there is a hearty suppliment of honey and malt to bring out a smooth chewiness; all of this, to make for a unique quaff at the end of a tiresome day. One of these should do it.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 5/28/12

Appearance: Dark caramel color with some amber - small, off-white head, fades to some streaks and spots of lacing

Smell: Malt extract syrup and some dark fruits - cooked, caramelized malts, nicely rich - molasses and brown sugar - some sweetness like candi sugar - caramel - some herbal hops as well - grapes, plums

Taste: Malty with dark fruits - clearly designed to be a sipper - rich, chewy malts - cooked, caramelized malts - liquid biscuits, toffee - malt extract - hints of grapes, apple skins, plums - lots of molasses, some brown sugar - a touch of herbal hops - a hint of alcohol, but pretty balanced for 9.2%

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium, smooth, slight alcohol burn

Overall: A tasty strong ale

I think Double Bag is one of Long Trail's better offerings, so I guess I am predisposed to enjoy this. I think it probably mellowed a bit in the few months I accidentally let this age. I will be drinking this again.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a four finger khaki head that fades slowly to thin layer leaving some lace. Hazy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Malty caramel nose, flavor is similar, malty caramel with hops balancing. Expecting more flavor, more body than the Double Bag. $11.95 for a 4-pak of 12oz bottles from Bert’s Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

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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 taez555
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a ruby/tan body with a small off-white head.

Nose is thick fruity, almost bubble gum, type caramel malt smell.

Taste is thick and very full bodied. Tons of malt, more malt, and then a little more malt. Lots of caramel, sugary, some sweet candy flavors. Not a whole lot when it comes to hops, but it's well balanced and doesn't seem to be overwhelmed by the malt.

It's really a very simple, big, slow sipping barleywine/double double bock (quadruple bock?). I like it a lot. Not the session beer that double bag is, but a really nice almost english style barleywine. I'll have another please.

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Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark reddish brown color with a 2" head that falls quickly to a spotty foam.

Smell: caramel and fruit sweetness is all you can detect.

Taste: big malt presence. Caramel, ripe plums, ripe red apples, moderate bitterness, and a mild alcohol tone rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth at the start and finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: this is a hearty and malt-focused beer. This is a meal and the flavor is well balanced. Enjoyable but slow sipping.

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Photo of steelerguy
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Mahogany with ruby hues, slight head that fades to slight covering rapidly, low carbonation.

S - Caramel and toasted malts and not much else. Good aroma but lacks depth.

T - Now we are talking...lots of malt flavor, some dark fruit, some some caramel, a touch of bitterness at the end.

M - Nice creamy feel, definitely a sipper, coats the mouth and lets you savor each sip.

O - Nice beer, one I go to frequently when I want a nice malty beer without too much bitterness (not that often...but it happens).

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Photo of Heritage02Rider
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a growler of this at the local growler outlet and proceeded to have a few pints. The beer was tasty and smooth and since I sipped it, I found it stayed good even after warming a bit. I find this normal for stronger/darker beers to taste as good or better as they get to a certain temp. This beer is probably best around 48-50 degrees.

A - (as poured into a clear, wetted pint glass) a medium dark brown color with a small light colored foamy head

S - the smell was fairly strong and malty with no noticeable hop presence. A fairly atypical smell for a "strong ale".

T - the taste was a bit malty, but not sweet. The higher alcohol presence was notable, especially at the first pour (lower temperature) and less notable as the temp came up.

M - the mouthfeel was fairly smooth and had that ever noticeable strong ale feel. Nothing definitely good or bad here.

D - i was able to easily down a few pints of this. Due to the high alcohol content I would say the drinkability is more towards a couple rather than an all night bender, but easy enough to enjoy over the course of an evening.

Overall I would say this is a very good beer. I like Long Trail as a brewery and find most of their beers consistently good. I would purchase this again.

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Photo of facundoCNB
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - poured a clear deep red/brown, no head, slight rim of bubbles around edges

S - malts, smells of grapes

T - tastes slightly boozy, a bit fruity (plum/grapes), malty

M - a very dry ale. slightly tart, smooth feeling on the roof

O - i had heard good things of double bag so i didn't think twice when i saw triple bag for growler fills. i'm a bit disappointed honestly. the abv% is quite honestly the only reason i could understand drinking this one. there's not much there in flavors, smell, or even the pour. maybe this is better with aging. i would probably pick up a bottle to store for year or so, but never again in growler/tap.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As I pour Triple bag into my mug, it appears oily, deep, and dark. Burnt sienna. An initial 1/2 inch head of carbonation is present, but quickly disappears almost completely. The nose is very sweet and extremely malty, with plum and spice notes. Surprisingly, the body of the beer is fairly light. Flavor-wise I am picking up baker's chocolate, caramel, and a tiny bit of resiny hops, along with some other sort of earthiness for a very dry finish. Towards the finish there is an intense warming sensation! Can't have too many of these in one night...

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Categorized as a Strong ale but I seen it as a Triple Alt

A - A very dark shade of brown, slightly hazy with only a minimal of lace ring head that obviously is opaque colored.

S - Damn it smells like caramel and biscuit malts to the max! Sweet almost overboard with biscuit malts keeping in check.

T - Actually not as bad as expected and ABV is notable but never cloying. Caramel and toffee flavors matched with a dry biscuit finish and hops in the finish with alcohol flavors also in the finish. Not bad.

M - Medium to heavy body but more drinkable than expected.

Overall this is one of the better beers I have had from long trail, really a one and done kind of thing and no way is available to me locally. Still as good as expected if not better.

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Triple Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.77 out of 5 based on 415 ratings.
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