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Triple Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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320 Ratings
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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 14
Gots: 21 | 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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4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

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).

12-31-2008 12:25:38 | More by IBUnit63
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

12-28-2008 13:15:45 | More by Reagan1984
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New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

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...

12-27-2008 17:46:29 | More by dsa7783
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3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

12-15-2008 04:02:31 | More by Gambrinus1184
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2.83/5  rDev -25.5%

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.

12-10-2008 22:36:43 | More by Boto
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3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

12-05-2008 16:10:43 | More by Hojaminbag
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4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

12-04-2008 01:00:31 | More by weeare138
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New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

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


12-01-2008 17:20:47 | More by Bierman9
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South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

11-30-2008 16:16:23 | More by mikesgroove
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

11-28-2008 21:41:01 | More by far333
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3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

11-23-2008 17:02:37 | More by DrDogbeer
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Presented in an upside-down labeled "Hit The Trail Ale" bottle. Per nugget247, this beer was bottled and packaged with no Triple Bag labels. Thanks for the change to try this one, man!

Pours a clear dark amber with a little tan head. Dissipates quickly leaving nice lacing.

Smells of heavy malts, apricot and some mustiness.

Medium-bodied with lots a malts and light carbonation. Lots of alcohol and caramelized malts up front. Almost tastes like and an old Double IPA to me.

Pretty good, but nothing amazing.

11-22-2008 02:33:51 | More by beachbum1975
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3.4/5  rDev -10.5%

Thanks to beachbum1975 for sharing this bottle.

12oz. brown bottle, with an upside down 'Hit the Trail' label, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark amber, good clarity. Decent head with only a bit of retention. Some lacing here and there.

S: Some sweet, boozy fruits. Maybe some apricot. Present alcohol.

T/M: Bready, malty, dense malts. More of the boozy fruits, some dark but mostly juicy medium fruits. Some muted hops. Very odd brew. Body is medium full with lowered carbonation.

D: Decently drinkable but a bit boozy.

11-22-2008 01:42:44 | More by pwoods
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New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Received this as an extra in a trade with MtGoat who advised that

"The Triple Bag was poured for the VT brewers fest this summer. Recently they released bottles of the beer (batch 2) at the brewery only! A friend of mine (from VT) went to the brewery and picked up a case. I was in VT last weekend and he split the case with me. The bottles all had the upside down label but the 6 packs say "brewers reserve" or something similar."

Thanks for the opportunity to try this hard to find beer!

Appearance: 12oz "Hit the Trail Ale" bottle with upside down label. Pours a brownish dark copper with little head and practically no lacing.

Smell: Strong malt characteristic with some banana esters. Similar to a weak weizenbock.

Taste: Lots of sweet malt, banana esters, and a slight alcohol tinge. Fairly bold but not really refined IMHO.

Mouthfeel: This one is a bit thicker than I expected. The carbonation is ok if not on the lite side.

Drinkability: Not really a session beer but not a sipper either.

11-22-2008 00:32:39 | More by koopa
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours a dark dark copper. Little head, no lacing

Smells sweet and malty with some fruit.

Tastes as it smells malty sweet, with some alcohol bite at the end.

Medium body could use a little more carbonation.

This brew is alright. Not stellar just average.

11-17-2008 00:41:38 | More by LennyV
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3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

Poured a light ruby with dark orange accents with a thin tan head that will last for a few sips. Leaves minor lacing.

Smelles of drark fruits maybe dates and pruins. A sweetness was present.

Can taste a sweet fruitiness with rich sweet malts. Good balance.

Thick and flavorful. Pretty high carbination.

A very tasty American Strong Ale!

11-01-2008 23:42:01 | More by LordofTime25
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%

A friend of mine was generous enough to pour me a full bottle of this gem from a case he bought at the brewery earlier this summer during the renovations. Billy Hoffman was very surprised to see there were still bottles of this left as my friend bought they were coming off the line. Triplebag is currenly only available on tap now so that added to the enjoyment of putting this one down.

A: Poured into oversized wine glass to show off a light ruby with dark orange accents. The head was a proud 3/4 finger tan head, minor lacing and good cap to let you know this one is high in ABV.

S: The nose was a nice mixture of candy, alcohol and dark fruits, perhaps dates and prunes.

T: Get ready for an rush of sweet malts to hit your tongue, followed by the zing of the hops. I would have thought this was a quad at points but appreicated the new try on the double bag.

M: Thick and sultry. The carbonation keeps your tongue awake and somewhat cleansed from the malt brigade.

D: As recommended and I expected, this is a fantastic beer in many respects. Triplebag goes to show you American brewers can come up with some wonderful creations while following our elder brothers in the brewmaking process. This is a strong beer and one to be drawn out to release the library of flavors. Look forward to picking up a growler of this and sipping with the wife by the fire this winter.

10-26-2008 18:54:18 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured from a growler into an American pint glass.

From my notes:

A--Pours a deep honey/russet, like a late sunset, with a small yellowish creme head, maybe a 1/4".

S--Deep, deep caramel malt, like a caramel candy with liquor in it. Pretty boozy with some faint honeyed fruit aromas, mainly pear but a little black cherry, too.

T--This is the cognac of beers. If the avalanche of malt doesn't crush you then the ABV will. Whoa, nelly, not for the faint of heart. If Bud is the consummate lawnmower beer, then this is the perfect fireplace beer. Almost no hops on the finish, just a full, satisfying near-liqueur of grain.

M&D--Definitely a sippin beer, as the mouthfeel is more or less like trying to hold a water balloon in your mouth. Had to review this from notes because I couldn't read words off the computer screen after two pints. 8.2? Bull...corn--I think this is closer to 9 or 10, but I ain't got no proof of that. Also and last, the fella at Bierkraft in brooklyn told me this was a Doppelsticke, but whatever (dunno if BA even has that as an option).

10-18-2008 01:18:33 | More by TheycallmeTim
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

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 320 ratings.