Long Trail Brewing Co. – Triple Bag Ale

17 Oct

Forgive me for not following the guidelines to a traditional beer review.  Websites like Beer Advocate and others have a formulaic process with lots of things I don’t know what has to do with beer.  I’ve had a lot of craft beer over the last year attempting to sound even remotely like I know what I am talking about.  Most extended trips I’ve taken have involved trying to find local brews and bombers exclusive to the given area.  I’ve bartered with friends from across the country for seasonal selections and other microbrews.  I still feel I have no idea what I am doing.  Be that as I may, I am here to give it a try.  If you know me well enough, you’d know I am a card carrying supporter of the Long Trail brewery located in Northern Vermont, about 120 miles from Albany.  Their flagship Long Trail ale is my favorite everyday beer.  Their strong ale Double Bag is a darker, nuttier brew that was once only reserved for those who came to visit the brewery as a token of appreciation.  It’s popularity led the brewery to brew Double Bag throughout the year.  Occasionally they up the ante to their version of an American Strong ale, the subsequent Triple Bag.  It’s a lot like Double Bag of course, but just with the volume turned up.  The chocolate aroma and malty flavor are ever present, with enough hops to balance things out.  The alcohol content increases from 7.2% to 8.2% providing a warm finish like most higher alcohol beers.  This isn’t your average Sunday afternoon beer.  This will put you on your ass.  If you’re interested in trying it, I’d start with a Double Bag.  If you’re not impressed, I can’t say this will do much more for you.  On the contrary if you’re into it, be sure to pick up a four pack at your local beverage center.

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