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Triple Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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339 Ratings
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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 18
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  11.00% 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 begforme4484
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a dark mahogany brown. Very little head to be seen.

Rich malt smell with some dark fruits.

Very malty sweet tastes. It's like a stronger, sweeter, smoother double bag.

Medium, almost heavy.

It's a good beer that I will continue to enjoy. :)

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

Had this one on tap first earlier this year, nice to see it in bottles especially 12oz ones.

A dark golden red in my snifter, Triple Bag has a small head that recedes quickly. Smells very malty sweet, caramel, a little maple, alchohol, dark fruits. It tastes sweet, again a bit of maple and dark fruits, with a slight hop bite, but a smooth sweet finish that leaves lingering heat. (refill's snifter) Its rather tasty, theres a strong presence of alcohol, but with the pleasant sweetness of the beer I'm not minding it much. Its just a bit syrupy, and a tad lacking in carbonation.

Overall this is some of the best beer to have come out of Longtrail in a while, and I'm very happy to have a new beer for after dinner sipping.

I'm very curious to see how this will age, and wonder if anyone at LT has tried with previous years kegs.

Photo of MightyMonk
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.

Photo of Kinsman
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chestnut red with lighter cherry highlights. Beautiful sticky and dense ivory colored head.

Strong, sweet, and malty aroma. Fruity character with notes of raisins and red red grapes. Sweet caramel and molasses in the background.

Nice aggressive malt-forward strong ale. Lots of caramel and brown sugar notes with the fruitier notes lingering around in the finish. Hops add just enough bitterness to balance things out. A tad bit boozy as well.

Thick mouthfeel but smooth and creamy in texture. Overall, I'm digging this strong ale from Long Trail. Lots of malty and boozy goodness with just enough hops to keep things in line.

Photo of jtierney89
1.65/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was expecting a little more from this, tastes like other triples. Has a dark orange color with almost no head, smells of raisins. Tastes like a barley wine, grapes and raisin with a lingering sweetness. Little carbonation and medium bodied, slightly warming from the high alcohol content. Drinks rather easy though.

Don't let the score I gave fool you, it was good, but I just can't see myself having more than one at a time

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 :)

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.

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

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.

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.

Photo of Billolick
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.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
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.

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!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

Photo of mostpoetsdo
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.

Photo of berley31
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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

Photo of maddogruss
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.

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.

Photo of dsa7783
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...

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.

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.

Triple Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.