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 jayhawk73
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a thin, patchy cocoa head. Minimal lacing on the side of my snifter glass. The smell seems a little watered down for the style. Cinnamon, nutmeg, spice, alcohol, and malt. Very sweet smelling, and not enough meat in the smell. Taste is the same. Just not a lot happening compared to the best in style. The taste is very nutty, and almost tastes like a spiked iced tea. Hmmm.. Feel is medium, with below average carbonation and a alcohol heat aftertaste. The whole beer just seems a little 'off'. Overall, this is a fairly mediocre example of the style... I'll probably not look for this again. Cheers.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer #1 from Shogo.
Calls for a pint, so I grabbed my trusty old Mineapolis Town Hall nonic.

So I popped the cap and smelled the bottle... "Smells hoppy" was my first thought.... Then I poured it and it looked... well, not like a pale ale. The beer looks slightly hazy reddish amber. A beige head of 1.5 fingers settles pretty quickly to a little wispy film with a collar forming around the inner-ring of the glass. Virtually no lacing.

Smells like loads of caramel malt... Some biscuit action in there too... As well as a strange bread-type note that I don't think I've ever smelled in a beer before, but that reminds me of German food. Hops have a little astringent earthy booziness.

The flavor is sweet, with a dry astringent finish. Some alcohol makes itself known here on the aftertaste-- I'd guess this is every bit of 10+%, and it isn't trying to hide it. Once it's out of the bottle it doesn't smell as hoppy as i had initially thought. Lots of caramel and even toffee notes with some bready biscuit notes as well-- and even that odd German food breadiness I cannot put a name to. There also appears to be just the lightest hint of milk chocolate-- like tootsie rolls.

The beer is quite full. Very hefty body. Medium carbonation with a creamy character to it.

Overall-- very interesting beer here. I have a hard time placing this beer in a category... It is too light in color to be a porter or stout, too thick to be an amber... It certainly seems like "strong ale" is the only category large enough to hold a beer like this.

REVEAL-- Long Trail Triple Bag

Well well. I'm pretty impressed by this beer. Now knowin what this is makes my experience with it make a lot more sense. Now knowing the style, I can give it some ratings;

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Photo of SawDog505
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a clear dark brown with hints of red, with a 2 inch fluffy white head, that hangs around awhile, and laces the hell out of the glass. Smell is dark fruit, brown sugar, bread, and carmel. Taste is that more enjoyable then smell, with a hint of booze and hard candy in the finish. Body isn't that big considering the hefty abv, that helps with its drinkability, good amount of life, and isn't dry. This is nice and a different beer, malt lovers should love this, but has enough hop presence to satisfy a hop head.

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Photo of Kuromaru
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance--Pours a semi-opaque, deep golden/ orange umber with a thin, cream colored head.

Smell--Very straightforward: roasted malts, alcohol, earth.

Mouthfeel--Full body. Light/ medium carbonation. Still, not as heavy on the palate as I was expecting.

Taste--Pumpernickel-y toasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, peat and a garden-clean hop finish. Very nice.

Overall--I'm definitely getting a kind of "American Scotch Ale" vibe here. Alcohol comes through more in the nose than in taste. This is a wonderful beer for a chilly late fall night. Great for nursing and mulling over the day by the fire. Unique and highly recommended.

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Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy reddish amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly died down, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are strong, sweet aromas of caramel, raisins and toffee in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very sweet and has flavors of caramel, brown sugar, raisins and toffee along with some hints of alcohol.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and slightly cloying on the palate with a low amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol, particularly in the finish.
O: The beer has a good aroma and taste but it feels a bit syrupy, which diminishes its drinkability and makes it more of a beer that needs to be sipped.

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass.
Deep brown thick color. Slight off-white head.
Great malty, fruity/cherry aroma.
I was super surprised with this one. It doesnt have th ebest reviews here on BA, but it was delicious. Slightly over malty, but otherwise nice strong fruity overtones, with just the right amount of alcohol. It tastes more like a Tripel to the name may suggest. Overall, well worth trying and hopefully you will be as surprised as me.

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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 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 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 PicoPapa
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Bottled On Date of I think 092811. Pours a muddy mahogany color with no head. Some lacing. Aroma is pretty boozey and malty. Some dark fruits. Smells somewhat like the higher abv DFH beers (Olde School, WWS etc). Taste is earthy, malty and boozey. Again I got to say this tastes alot like the cousin of the higher octane DFH beers. Dark fruits and some sweetness as well as some spices. More bitter towards the end. The 9.2% abv is very present. This is a very interesting beer and a great cold weather sipper. Overall, I want to have this again.

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Photo of Kranders
2.87/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice deep amber, just a bit to opaque to see anything through the beer. Slightly rich and sweet aroma. Things change in the taste. All I get is malt, and almost sickeningly sweet malt at that, which finishes with a slightly bitter-sweet note. The whole beer lasts a lot longer on the tongue than you'd expect.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy deep amber, one finger head

S-Roasted malt, some spices, a little bland.

T-Nice mix of roasted malt and spices. A little bit of nuttiness. Some hop bitterness but not much. Very Malty

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation but smooth.

O-One of Long Trail's best offerings, glad I picked up a bottle. Once again it is very malty.

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

From a bottle stamped 3094092211. Sampled on November 17, 2011. It has a nice looking, average dark amber pour with a head that dissolves in short order. On the nose there is a solid malt character as well as something like apple or pear. The body falls into the medium range. Malts are definitely a key element to the taste but not quite as malty as a Barleywine. It has a sour, hopped ending that is also a tad dry. This is a nice deviation for Long Trail.

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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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Photo of LtCracker20
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a mohagany body, pretty clear, with a 1.5-finger head that quickly falls to a spotty cap. Lacing left is minimal.

S- Dark fruits (plums, raisins, cherries), a little yeasty, some toffee aromas. Very little of the ABV shows through.

T- Slight metallic bitterness, more of the raisin and cherry, and a slight alchohol flavor. Slight breadiness.

MF- Full bodied and very creamy. Might be the best part of the beer.

O- Glad I got to try this as it's never been on tap each time we've made the trek up there, but I don't think I'd ever search it out again. Not saying it's a bad beer, it's still very good, but unless it's where ever I am, most likely won't look for 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 donkeyrunner
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

LT3Bag is a dark brown to auburn color and sports a thin tan head. Good retention for such an alcoholic brew. Bottle label displays a bicep flexing cow and begs the obvious question, "do the Long Trail double and triple bag cows hang out with the Long Trail seasonal bears?"

As soon as I pop the cap I'm surprised to find a grassy, piney hop aroma leaping out of the bottle. Not what I expected from a 9.2% dopplesticke. Boozy alcohol comes across as some sort of high varnish lacquer and shirley temple.

Tastes as big and chewy as it does sweet. Several balancing acts going on - earthy vs. sweet and blended whiskey caramel malt vs. solvent-y hops - and LT3B pulls off the act well. Alcohol and pine hop character combine to taste like what Pinesol smells like.

A fine slow sipper. I'm looking forward to quadrupel and quintuple bag.

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

Had it on tap at Cloverleaf Tavern and enjoyed it from a 12oz bottle as well.

Appearance: a reddish brown in color with a fingers worth of head that fades and leaves little lacing.

Smells: a sweet honey smell comes to me behind the pungent citrus hop that dominates.

Tastes: there is a fig fruit taste that blends with a light honey taste. It is well balanced with the bread like barley not allowing the brew to be overly bitter from the hops.

Mouthfeel: it has little carbonation and the barley sits in the mouth and finishes warm from the 9.4%.

Overall: I like drinking this as a winter warmer. In my opinion it is more fitting than their Hibernation ale yet both are good ,but this is better. good job again Long Trail!!!!

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Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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 micromaniac129
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a quite nearly opaque chestnut color. The foamy cap is smallish but dense fades slightly to a sturdy foam collar. Aromatic have a strong toffee and sweet malt bill. Some molasses and fruit at the end. Taste pretty much like it smells. Toffee an sweet caramel malts with hints of dark fruits and lastly molasses sweetness.
Feels thick and syrupy on the palette. And with a rather substanial dose of booze.
A big robust beer.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a ¾ pint glass.

A: Clear copper body topped by a finger of dense, creamy tan foam that settles into a nice lingering cap and leaves a decent amount of lace. Attractive.

S: Caramel malt, brown sugar, herbal hops, spice, and booze. A little bit of fruitiness as well – apricot and fig. Quite pleasant.

T: Starts out sweet and fruity, with caramel and spice following close behind some raisin and date flavors. Herbal hops and spicy alcohol show up on the finish, keeping it from being cloying but making it rather abrasive. Long, bitter finish. Spice (cinnamon? clove?) comes out more and more as it warms. Ok, but not as nice as the aroma.

M: Medium body (a little lighter than I’d like), with moderate carbonation that starts out a bit prickly and winds up creamy. Ok.

O: Tasty enough, but pretty forgettable. I won’t be ordering another.


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Triple Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.77 out of 5 based on 412 ratings.
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