Triple Bag | Long Trail Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
85
very good
419 Ratings
Triple BagTriple Bag
BEER INFO

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

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
Ratings:
419
Reviews:
133
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
13.26%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
66
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 419 |  Reviews: 133
Photo of Uzarnayme
2.63/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

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 JimRice
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 nyrblue2
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 snowmageddon
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 harryhops
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DBosco
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle dated 12/6/16. Label says 65 IBU. Color is deep mahogany red with very little head. Smells like fresh paint and old peaches, not so great. Tastes like alcohol, old peaches, and some bitter hops. Mouthfeel is plain lightly carbonated with an alcohol burn and hop bitterness. Overall, an OK beer that has a lot of alcohol but not my first or second choice.

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Photo of mpmcguire11
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 von_kaiser
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 JorgesThemeSwimming
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of smb71481
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 TheFightfan1
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bieniek30
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beerdemon2731
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LeftHanded666
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AaronEcht
4.51/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Triple Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.77 out of 5 based on 419 ratings.
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