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Triple Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

Triple BagTriple Bag

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very good

306 Ratings
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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.95%

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

Style | ABV
Altbier |  9.20% ABV

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

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-05-2008)
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Photo of Mikecap


3.23/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2013 15:04:14 | More by Mikecap
Photo of kennylopez

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.3%
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!!!!

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2011 22:53:01 | More by kennylopez
Photo of woosterbill


3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.


Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2011 03:27:07 | More by woosterbill
Photo of MightyMonk

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Long Trail Brewery's bar that has an extraordinary tap there that siphons all their current styles to the main bar and chills them as they arrive at the tap. It is a great setup and the bar-fare is quite good as well. If you are in Vermont near the brewery, it is a good POI to add on your list.

The color of the triple is dark as you would expect although it is not as dark as their double bag. It is a deep caramel color. It pours with a nice eggshell head that lingers and has good lacing.

It has a rich malty sweet aroma with some floral notes and fruit as well.

The taste is full of refined complex malts with sweet and pleasing aftertaste that defines the double bag taste. It has a warm alcohol after taste as is usually the case in the high abv realm.

It is medium to heavy mouth feel leaning towards medium.

Overall this beer is truly a great beer that I think Long Trail should add to their list of great ales they sell in stores.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2011 00:47:35 | More by MightyMonk
Photo of Bendurgin


3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at When Pigs Fly. Poured into a pint. Pours a dark chestnut with no head or even a layer of foam. Just a still amber mass.

The aroma is full of caramel and toffee. Really a strong malt player here with a little bit of a fruity character to It. Plumbs come to mind with a little bit of grassy hops rounding this out. Toffee on the pallet with a grape skin flavor. Again, lots of malt on the flavor with just a little bit of hop bittering on the finish.

The body is full and the carbonation is a bit soft. Overall not bad here. Not really sure what to ultimately make of this but it's pretty tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2011 22:50:19 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of sinstaineddemon


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - this beer is crimson in color with the tiniest of white rings for a head

S - barleywine type aromas, roasted malts, some mellow toffee sweetness, and dark fruits, especially raisins

T - taste was more complex than I expected, sweet caramel, cane syrup, dark ripe berries, some floral hops reside in the way back and provide a bit of needed balance

M&D - lively on the tongue, but not effervescent, mellow and complex and layered, looked forward to this one for sometime and it didnt disappoint

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2011 02:34:34 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of xnicknj


3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at irish pol in philly. served in pint glass.

Pours a somewhat hazed caramel auburn color with some brighter hues. A fluff of head retains for a bit, leaving some spots of lacing on the glass.

Scents of cinnamon, burnt sugar, caramel, and roasted malt. Some touches of alcohol heat and sweetness.

Roasted malt with a thick layer of caramel and brown sugar. Some near burnt edges with maple syrup and cinnamon. Definitely on the sweeter side, along with a thick malted backbone. Finishes with some alcohol heat.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. Drinks decently, although this was a bit warm and sweet for my personal tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2011 05:24:32 | More by xnicknj
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 4/9/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, fruit, brown sugar and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel, brown sugar and fruit that are followed by a hearty malt character, then a touch of an alcohol sting. There's a decent hops presence that brings some balance but the candy-like sweetness still dominates into the after-taste.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, it's not much stronger than Double Bag but it's a lot sweeter. Overall, it's a good beer to drink for while.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2010 13:28:42 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep reddish copper, with a small off white head.

S: Sweet smelling malts, with a touch of hops.

T: A lot of fruity sweetness going on here, along with a big taste of caramel malts, and somewhat pine hop backing. Decent amount of flavors going on here, even a little booze.

M: A nice medium body, not too thick, smooth and without much alcohol presence.

D: Was quite easy to put down. It is 1% higher in ABV than its sibling, Double Bag (which I prefer to this), but it is actually easier to put down. Both are enjoyable, and glad I tried it while it's around.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2010 07:14:59 | More by mostpoetsdo
Photo of berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Had on-tap at the Great Lost Bear, poured into a tulip glass. It's a pretty nice-looking beer, with a brilliant, clear, dark-ruby color, and a small, white head.

S: The aroma is quite sweet and fruity... are there cherries in there somewhere? Pretty complex, but maybe a little too fruity.

T: Very sweet and fruity, with a warmth from the higher alcohol. Finish has a long duration and comes across as quite dry as you continue to sip at it.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy texture, with a soft-to-average carbonation.

D: Not a bad beer, but it's not something I would have more than one of. I think I definitely prefer the Double Bag over this one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2010 16:23:39 | More by berley31
Photo of DNICE555


3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one at Plan B in the berry. Served in a Chalice. Had the allure of a limited release. (Actually had this last winter but just getting around to reviewing it... came across some notes I had in my phone)

A very bold, dark caramel color. Not very much head (could have been the pour). Didn't notice much lacing either.

Wasn't impressed with the aroma. Didn't pick up much besides a toasted malt.

Big on flavour - caramel, again toasted malt, finished with a slight 'hoppy ending' which I enjoyed (sorry had to do it).

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, a warming alcohol sensation tingles with every sip.

Good sipping beer, very sweet. Wouldn't have more than one. Decent beer though.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2009 18:19:44 | More by DNICE555
Photo of gameface23


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the brewery back in November of 2008. I decided to try it based on it's limit brewing, despite the fact that I prefer hops to malt. Clear burnt orange pour with a thin off-white head. The aroma is an abundance of malty sweetness. Taste is similar with a European hop finish.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2009 13:21:32 | More by gameface23
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off the tap at the Scuffer (thanks Mike & Mike!) this brew was a dark amber/copper color with an off-white head. The retention was not very impressive but the lacing was adequate. The aroma was sweet and spoke to me of rich malt, green apples and some sourness and vinegar. The flavors were of caramel malt, toffee, ripe fruit and fruity alcohol esters with a slightly bitter and hop-filled finish. Though pleasant enough I continued to feel they missed the mark for the style. The mouthfeel was nice and the softer carbonation helped the beer be quaffable. But the Double Bag was still better in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2009 05:34:57 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of IBUnit63


4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sunset Grill...if memory serves me right into a tulip (or maybe a goblet now that I think about it. Matters...).

Cool, still mahogany brown with hints of cherrywood and chestnut. Static cappucino head with good staying power.

Very light hoppiness...bitter English pine and grass. Warm winter blanket-cozy maly. Then the winter spices show up to the pahhhty...lots of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove with good caramel malt. Plenty of ginger.

Rolls like a real Winter Warmer with a hearty maple caramel alcohol veneer. Very clean and comforting for weight class.

A little tight from hoppiness that becomes floral but quite velvety on the finish. Sweetness provides great weight.

This is a good one. Light enough to enjoy, hearty enough to keep warm. Or, as Ron Hawkins' amp used to say, "Clean enough to be healthy, dirty enough to be happy).

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2008 12:25:38 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a pint of this from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a deep amber hue with a small, off-white head with some retention and nice lacing along the sides of the glass until the finish.

S: A fairly sweet, malty smell with some slightly fruity, apple notes that were nice.

T: A fairly malty and slightly earthy taste with some alcohol bitterness and a hint of sweet apple notes in the aftertaste. Pretty good taste, overall.

M: A medium-bodied beer that was still fairly smooth. Nice feel on the palette as well.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination. A pretty good, easy drinking beer that was pretty good overall and definitely worth a go if you have the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2008 21:36:19 | More by maddogruss
Photo of Reagan1984


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on tap at the Horseshoe Pub. Wasn't sure what to have for my second (& last) beer, and I was happy I made this choice.

They served this in a tulip shaped glass due to the higher alcohol content. The beer came with a very thin off white head that faded rather quickly. The beer was a very nice ruby/amber color that had nice clarity and no visible carbonation. Virtually no lacing remained behind in the glass.

Aroma was very bright and fruity. Some fresh hops, light spice (cinnamon?) and very ripe fruits. I was sensing peach in the flavor.. so later I also translated that into the aroma.

My first thought as I tasted this was, big ripe peaches. There was a huge fruit flavor that was sweet and with a hint of cinnamon. You did get a sense of the alcohol but it was not too overpowering. Hop bitterness was not too aggressive and mostly played in the middle of the flavor profile. Towards the end you got more notes from the alcohol.

Fairly syrupy and thick body created a bog mouth feel. One to be savored and certainly not a session beer. I found it quite drinkable and enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2008 13:15:45 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Office...
Appearance: Ruddy, tawny, hue... Slight carbonation, medium head, minor lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Malts, slight gasoline aroma, honey, and cloves...
Taste: Slight alcohol detectable, along with a sweet aftertaste of honey and pears...
Medium-bodied mouthfeel...
Pretty drinkable, as well...
Not bad...

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2008 17:46:29 | More by dsa7783
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the Cambridge House Brewpub in Granby, Conn.

A: Poured a ruddy copper amber color with reddish highlights and a thin veil of ivory foam. The head retention was nonexistent and I was left with a small glass filled with just the viscous, rusty solution.

S: Smells a tad boozy, with hints of toffee, caramel and candied fuits. A certain herbal, grassy hop aroma comes with the zesty grain and bourbon accents.

T: A very potent blend of lightly sweet toffee and caramel malts. The grapefruit and pine tastes of the hops are noticeable, and made more powerful with a clear level of ethyl alcohol. Some light citrus and berry fruit flavors come through the woody, smoked and hoppy contents. It's all over the map and a little tough to palate.

M: Mouthfeel is full bodied and high viscosity. A definite sipper and probably one which should have been had without food.

D: As stated, Triple Bag is a real sipper, and probably a brew which could stand to age and mature some of the thick, alcohol and wild fruit ester flavors. Not a terrible beer, and one with potential, but not something that's good to go as is or could be universally adaptable to certain foods.

A strong ale indeed, and I'd be willing to revisit it. I think the flavors were still pretty raw, but liquor drinkers would probably relish in the wooded, smokey nut and fruit flavors of this strong, sweet concoction. Worth a try, but keep your expectations in check.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2008 04:02:31 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of Boto


2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught: This one pours a somewhat ruby tinged mahogany. There was almost no head and lacing. I was not quite sure what to make of the aroma. There was a sweetness to it, but it lacked any kind of caramel, toffee of fruits that you might expect with a beer like this. It smelled a bit astringent. There was not a lot of sweetness to the taste. In fact, it had a very dry finish. A bit of alcohol to the taste, maybe some fruits and caramel, maybe a bit woody. I do not think I will be drinking this one again. It just was not that good.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2008 22:36:43 | More by Boto
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap, poured into a tulip.

Brown to dark ruby body. Just a small head, but it sits there for a little bit.

Aroma has lots of sweet malts and some spices in there.

Unsurprisingly, this tastes a lot like it smells. Lots of caramel and toffee flavors; they definitely dominate the brew. A touch of cinnamon in there also. A little biscuity quality. Finishes with some earthy hops flavors.

It's medium bodied, but low carbonated so it feels bigger. This is not a negative because the carbonation is not TOO low.

This was a pretty drinkable beer for the ABV. A good winter beer I'd say.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2008 16:10:43 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of weeare138


4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Theresa's Next Door...
Appears a transparent, copper toned amber with a two finger beige head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Tons of spotty lacing is left around the glass. Plenty of CO2 pumps to the top of the glass.
Smell is of toffee, earthy hops, minerals, cocoa, ripe fruits, gentle spicing of cinnamon, and nougat.
Taste is of the mentioned aroma with a punchy, ripe fruit flavor that seems to pull through a bit more in the flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy up front, with toffee, and sourdough battling along the palate, leading to a chewy finish.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2008 01:00:31 | More by weeare138
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hit the Nashua Garden this past Saturday (29NOV08) for a get-together with some "birds" from my high-school class. Got there early and had a chance to try this hard-to-find Long Trail offering. Good deal at $3.50 for a pint, too!

A regular shaker glass was brimming with a clear, deep mahogany liquid topped by a creamy 1/4" layer of fine, frothy, tan bubbles. Carbo rising within was steady, and lacing in the glass was A-1. Nose was restrained, though caramel and toffee notes were forthcoming, with a hint of diacetyl. Body was pretty solid, an easy medium-plus. Some carbo landed in a prickly fashion on the tongue, but it was fairly smooth, overall.

Flavor had healthy doses of malt and accompanying sweetness. Caramel and toffee appear in tandem again here, with some butterscotch along for the ride. Floral hops make a late appearance, and linger a bit with the caramel. A fairly good "bag" job!


look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4


Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2008 17:20:47 | More by Bierman9
Photo of far333


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Plan B, Simsbury, CT

Deep caramel colored with some rusty highights.

Low aroma of sweetish toasted malt. Would have liked more aroma but it was poured right to the rim with no head.

Rich flavors of darkly toasted malt, caramel and toffee, marshmallow and vanilla, overripe fig and some bourbon notes. A slight hoppy bitter emerges in the finish. Very rich flavor, semi-sweet. Slight warming from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is a touch slick and syrupy at first, and becomes tingly as it finishes.

Good cold weather sipping beer, preferably in front of a fire, perhaps with a dark cigar.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2008 21:41:01 | More by far333
Photo of DrDogbeer


3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Union Brewhouse. Poured into a 10oz. pint glass- a dark ruby color with a thin white head that dissapates quickly. Aromas of sweet malt, and some sweet dark fruits and candy. Maybe some oak or booze as well. Tastes similar. Very sweet with a hint of alcohol towards the end. Great sipping beer for a xold night, and very drinkable despite the higher abv. Slick mouthfeel with little carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2008 17:02:37 | More by DrDogbeer
Photo of thequeen711


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Long Trail Triple Bag...what a crazy name for a brew!!! This is a highly malty version of the Double Bag. Pours a copper colour,leaving light lacing. Mild nose, just a better than average American Ale at 8.2% ABV. Not a brew to quench the thirst, but to appreciate the great flavours of this not so hoppy ale.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2008 02:39:04 | More by thequeen711
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Triple Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.