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Triple Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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309 Ratings
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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 13
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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 Casey10


4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up as a new 4 pack today at a local place in the area. Had heard about this didn't know that it was going to be distibuted but anyway it has been in bottle format and is listed as 9.2%

I really liked this as a strong beer it seems smooth, has a lot of grape/raison flavor going on and for the abv has the alcohol well hidden.

Not much on the head some lacing copper brown look.

Give this one a try I was glad I did and looking forward to the other 3 that came in the 4 pack :)

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 23:57:43 | More by Casey10
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 kingcrowing


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

64oz growler poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown color with a small white lacing. Nose is malty and mellow, sweet and caramel-y.

Taste is sharp, boozy and lots of dark fruit and sweet creamy flavors. Mouthfeel is full and thick. It's pretty decent.

Serving type: growler

03-27-2011 01:11:45 | More by kingcrowing
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 Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler fill up at Yorktown Bev. Yorktown, NY.

Dark honey amber pour, glowing ruby highlights. Clear liquid under a medium tan head, leaving loads of fine lace and some nice windowpanes.

Sniff, sniff....caramel malts abound, with some powdered sugar.

Yum, yum, smooth and tasty. Malt is the star here, waves of caramel, candied sugar, dark maple with some spice notes including cinnamon. Obviously on the sweet side, so not for everybody. Not cloying, with moderate complexity. I'm sure it will go well in my sweet and spicy marinade for some chicken.

Being an appreciator of double bag over the years, I'm glad to be able to give this one a try, after missing its limited appearance last year.

Serving type: growler

02-13-2011 22:20:57 | More by Billolick
Photo of DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Triple Bag on a growler filled at The Pony Bar, Hell's Kitchen, New York.

Appearance: Bright walnut color, transparent, like a creamy chestnut puree, with a light brownish white head that looks as if it had just come out of a cask engine. Low carbonation.

Smell: Incredibly malty, sort of like an Amaretto liqueur, the imitation kind, or one of those annoyingly sweet European chocolates filled with liquid booze. Very sweet, sugary, nutty and honey-like. Not too pleasant.

Taste: More malts, more sugars, more nuttiness. Caramel. Some hoppiness in the back. Toasty, reminds me of Blue Point Toasted Lager. Booze all around.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, boozy, nutty, low in carbonation. Very sweet.

Drinkability: Alright, not great. Booze is ever-present, and those malts and sugars are overwhelming. I'm not a big fan of this one and Long Trail in general, but it is worth at least trying it once.

Serving type: growler

02-03-2011 20:22:42 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Photo of indiapaleale


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

This bottle has been sitting in my cellar for quite some time. Its got the Long Trail "Hit the Trail" label inverted on it which I guess is the only label its ever had?

Pours a caramel-y brown with some very rich ruby red highlights and a great looking head for having sat for as long as it has.

Lots of sweetness in the aroma, definitely some oxidization. This smells like an old English Barleywine. Lots of maltiness coming through.

Tastes sort of wow. A little tangy and sweet, lots of stewed apples and pears, a little kick of alcohol and some oxidization that does some good (yeah, something I don't say very often).

Mouthfeel is definitely a bit thin despite the wallop this packs.

I will be sipping this fine aged ale that is for sure!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 02:38:02 | More by indiapaleale
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 mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to the doctor for sending this one down my way. This was a real treat and I was thrilled to be able to get a growler of it. Served cold and poured into several pint glasses, this one was consumed on 11/29/2008.

The pour was very nice. A rich hazelnut brown color coming forward right away. This was followed up nicely with a light tan head of about two inches in height. Nice retention let this one sit back and relax and kept a nice crown on the top.

The aroma was very sweet. Lots of cinnamon and maple sugar, hints of nutmeg and an almost tea like aroma. Some light grainy hops on here as well. The flavor was smooth as could be. Light to medium body with a not overwhelming amount of carbonation to but not flat by any means. Smooth caramel and cinnamon flavors are dominating here with a rich note of tea again, and some light grain flavors. Smooth, herbal hop flavor on the back end and the slightest tinge of alcohol.

Overall one of the strangest beers I can remember trying. Very spices and sweet, with a flavor that is really hard to nail down. Still a solid choice and I would not shy away from it again.

Serving type: growler

11-30-2008 16:16:23 | More by mikesgroove
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
Triple Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.