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Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,114 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1114
Reviews: 513
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%


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

Style | ABV
Altbier |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This malty, full-bodied double alt is also known as “Stickebier” – German slang for “secret brew”. Long Trail Double Bag was originally offered only in our brewery taproom as a special treat to our visitors. With an alcohol content of 7.2%, please indulge in moderation. The Long Trail Brewing Company is proud to have Double Bag named Malt Advocate’s “Beer of the Year” in 2001. Malt Advocate is a national magazine devoted to “expanding the boundaries of fine drinks”. Their panel of judges likes to keep things simple, and therefore of thousands of eligible competitors they award only two categories: “Imported” and “Domestic”. It is a great honor to receive this recognition.

33 IBU

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Brewtaster34

New Hampshire

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle poured into a 12 ounce glass

Appearance: Dark brown in color, held against the light you can see some red. Small head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Malty with caramel. Smells fairly light and appealing wouldn't guess this beer is over 7 abv.

Taste: Almost toffee flavor up front, turns to caramel, a little bit of bread flavor, malts, and a slight essence of chocolate. Balanced, flavorful, simple but very well put together.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, medium carbonation, full flavored but not too heavy. Very crisp for an ale.

Overall: Very good beer. I cant go more than a week or two with a six pack of this. One I will always go back full flavor very drinkable for a fairly high abv beer. Smooth, flavorful, full bodied, and balanced everything I look for in an ale. A must try for anyone who enjoys a good ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 03:54:00 | More by Brewtaster34
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Ctone33

Connecticut

3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I'm drinking this bad boy out of a bottle in a beer glass. The beer is copper colored and I have found that you really have to play with it as you pour in order to get a noticeable head, which is cream colored and retains for about .5 secs. The beer has a faint noticeable smell that is malty maybe with a little fruit. When you taste it there is an initial very malty toffee flavor followed by a smooth hop bitterness and alcohol bite at the end which sometimes persists. This is a beer that stays with you in the back of the mouth, producing continuing flavors after the initial taste. It is very sweet and goes well after dinner. It is tough to drink a lot of these as they are very rich and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 22:23:10 | More by Ctone33
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper color. The head is a one finger off-white shade, and while it's relatively creamy looking, it doesn't have the best retention.

S: The malt is typically toffee-forward, but with that faint German touch to it. Namely, stone fruits and just a hint of diacetyl. There's a hop profile that's very mellow yet still noticeable. Not bad, not bad at all.

T: Loads of toffee start this one off. The flavor even gets faintly nutty at times, with some nice apricot notes right after the swallow. There does seem to be a touch of alcohol flavor (along with a faint burn) on the finish. I have to say that overall, the flavor profile isn't my cup of tea.

M: It's actually kind of coarse, and even slightly angular in feel. This helps to give it pretty good drinkability in spite of its maltiness. Carbonation is light, which somehow suits this one.

O: This isn't my (double) bag, as the scores reflect. Still, I don't hate it. Decent to try if you're looking for something different, but I wouldn't recommend a full 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 02:30:16 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Cheld

Maine

3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Harpoon Dark glass from a can
Appearance- a light caramely color with a thick head, the head sticks around for quite a while and leaves significant lacing.
Aroma- mild malty smell, not as strong as expected for a 7.2% alcohol beer.
Taste- Smooth. So smooth. A great balance of malt and hops... Nothing too powerful, but it all plays together nicely.
Mouthfeel- light and crisp for the most part
Overall- a very nice beer, and a good change from all the IPAs I've been having lately. Very very different, as no one part of this beer stands out, but it all comes together well. Definitely something to have again in the future

Serving type: can

10-21-2013 01:38:28 | More by Cheld
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beergoot

Colorado

3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep copper color with a very thin, wispy head. Rich malt nose with a twinge of alcohol in the background. Blend of caramel, toffee, and booze in the flavors, followed by a crisp hop bitterness. Heavy body; thick and chewy.

A big, malty beer with enough balance and complexity to keep you interested sip after sip. Heavy on the residual sugars, it tastes and feels much like a barley wine. Deep and inviting for a big beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 21:47:12 | More by beergoot
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TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A:
Pours a clear reddish amber with a skiff of beige head that doesn’t amount to much; finally settles to a thin (but consistent) film. Okay retention; good lacing.

S:
Slight beer sourness with some strong caramel malt notes. Simple and straightforward.

T:
Strong malt up front with a hearty hop backbone. Cherries, earthy hop flavors, biscuity malt, and a touch of burnt almost-chocolatey sweetness at the finish. Really has a lot going on.

M:
Almost milky cream feel with a lingering but not stifling finish and a good level of carbonation.

O:
Really good beer. It looks okay, smells good, tastes great, and has a phenomenal mouthfeel. It just gets better as you go. It is a little restrained on the smell front and doesn’t have a great head, but it is an enjoyable beer to drink. I especially like that neither the look of it nor the smell told me what it would taste like. The flavor is surprisingly complex and is not what I would have expected on opening the bottle.
Would have again. Worth getting ahold of.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 03:01:02 | More by TheDoctor
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

a: Pale, clear peachy copper color; pours with a white head that faded to large chunky lace.

s: Subdued biscuity toffee and a little something mineral-y.

t: Surprisingly muted; I found grainy, lightly sweet bready malts, some biscuits and grapes. Lingering minerals and sulphur; a little unclean.

m: On light side.

o: I had an altbier of regular strength last week that was more flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 19:34:24 | More by DIM
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber in color with lite carbs. The head is thin but lingers a good while. In the aroma I picked up a lot of malts. I could smell toffee and sweetness. There was also a sulfur aspect too.
Taste was all malts. I didn't pick up much hops in flavor oe bitternss. Additional flavors were bread, toffee and some mild fruity esters.
Drinks smooth on the palate. It's fairly clean with pretty much no aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 12:01:22 | More by micromaniac129
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hopsputin

California

4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a: golden caramel, very clear. large 4 finger solid white head

s: aroma is dominated by sweet malts. some syrup-like toffee notes and dark berries as well. just the faintest hit of some hops in here as well.

t: sweet caramel and toffee malts right away. there is some earthy spice in here as well. fresh dough. the finish is very faint generic hops. this is a nice malt-forward beer. not overly complicated, but all the flavors in here are nice

m: light to medium mouthfeel. there is carbonation in here, but can't really feel it

o: as mentioned before - its not overly complicated, but all the flavors in here work really well. drinks really smooth, and is quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 08:40:34 | More by hopsputin
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gregO59

New Jersey

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

appearance - dark but translucent enough to see through.
smell - not overpowering , malty with caramel overtones. taste - smooth and easy on the way down nice aftertaste makes you eager for next sip. mouthfeel - not overly carbonated, smooth and silky on the way down. overall - a very drinkable offering from long trail. Decent price for a quality beer. I like it served ice cold after work is done. At 7.20 ABV the taste is well balanced with the alcohol content . It seems to sell well because its spot on the shelves in local shops

sometimes sold out. Not real heavy if you don't want a stout but something a little lighter.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 21:46:12 | More by gregO59
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ckollias

Maryland

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

A: Pours a clear copper hue with a white head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a great trail and solid lace.

S: Very aromatic flora and hoppy scents.

T: Malty biscuit flavor with a decent hop background.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Solid brew – well-built and well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 03:24:58 | More by ckollias
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BethanyB

New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark amber in color, with a creamy white head and some chill haze.

Smell: The aroma of pungent grainy malt is made more refined by fresh floral hops. And yet, the bouquet is not quite balanced, as the smell of multigrain Cheerios really fights for the forefront.

Taste: Sweet cereal grains are also present in the taste. They fail to mesh with a roasty chocolate flavor, as well as some sulfuric sourdough.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel and carbonation, with a slightly bitter, yet otherwise crisp, clean finish.

Overall: Interesting, but not in the most appetizing way. Could see it growing on me, however. The juxtaposition of the flavors, while not outright complementary, definitely gives one something to mull over.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2013 16:21:24 | More by BethanyB
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spokeydonkey

New York

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -Dark copper and clear in color. Little to no head.

Smell - Sweet cherry and grape aroma. Malt sweetness. Clean with no hops.

Taste - Very malty sweet up front. A nice spicy hop in the back end. Finishes crisp but malty. Lingering spicy bitterness. Nice clean malt-forward beer with enough hops to balance it out.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - A very nice, clean, crisp beer. Definitely malt-heavy without being out of balance. Crisp finish with lingering bitterness keeps you coming back for more. In no way would I guess this was over 7% ABV. It's a bit big for the style (altbier), but it's a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 22:31:02 | More by spokeydonkey
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Andrew041180

Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a really nice deep copper. It has a little bit of brown, along with some ruby. It's a really nice color. About an inch of head pops up on a fairly aggressive pour, retention is decent, and lacing is light. Great start!

S - Nice strong smell. I like when a beer can tell me what it's going to taste like, and this one does. I know it's going to be a malty, sweet, full-bodied beer by the first whiff. Mostly caramel and toffee. I need to smell more toffee, but I'm pretty sure this is it.

T - Normally I'm not a huge fan of sweet, but this one pulls it off nicely. There are some solid earthy notes to go with the sweetness. Nice, complex profile.

M - Full-bodied, as advertised. It suits the other attributes quite nicely.

O - I'm surprisingly okay with this beer. I was wary of the malt-forwardness coming into my first taste, but it really was pleasant to drink. I wouldn't recommend it for the summer, but thankfully it was cool out tonight. Not bad at all!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 01:28:38 | More by Andrew041180
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: amber in color, minimal head, low carbonation, clear

Smell: rich caramel malt and toffee

Taste: rich caramel malt and toffee with slight citrus hops

Mouthfeel: medium-light carbonation, medium body, very sweet with slight bitterness at the end

Overall: This is so readily available around here, I keep on forgetting how good a quality this beer is. This is a nice and sweet malty treat. It is sweet without ever being cloying. I do like this one on the colder side though.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2013 13:42:35 | More by tigg924
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MistahBeah

Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear brown with ruby chestnut hues. Slight khaki head with very little retention. The color is fantastic

Aroma: Lots of malts. Toasty graininess. Candied fruits. Caramel. Some brown sugar. A little spice (maybe cinnamon). The aroma screams autumn to me

Taste: Follows the nose with a crisp fruity sweetness followed by some rustic spice with a pleasant hop bitterness on the end. Spicy and warming. Alcohol is noticeable as it warms. Complex and delicious

Mouthfeel: Crisp and full-bodied. Clean. Very pleasant on the palate.

Overall: Impressed by this one. My favorite from Long Trail

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 02:30:59 | More by MistahBeah
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Red-orange beer. Soppy foam holds short. Super clear.

Grainy, toasty, and lightly fruity. All malts. Light roast, caramel, wet grains, stewed apple, and a hint of peach.

Quince tartness, apple, well-toasted grain, dried apricot, toffee, and some leaky booze. Nice ale fruitiness. Malty, but not richly so. Stinging alcohol wakes up in the swallow. Bitterness comes in waves and peaks at around medium. Throat lozenge sweetness with that medicinal note.

Medium thickness. Leaning alcohol level. Carbonation is just about medium, as well.

Nice commodity altbier with some flair. Doesn't stand alone... but it never dissappoints.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2013 00:30:15 | More by thecheapies
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz.

A: Pours a pretty, clear dark brass with a nice white head.

S: Smell brings moderate toffee, crisp yeast and caramelized grain, some fruity esters (grape, dried peach).

T: Taste brings mildly sweet dark bread, light molasses, crisp grain, very mild spicy hop bitterness.

M: Light-bodied with crisp carbonation.

O: Pretty nice altbier. Could drink a lot of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 01:44:57 | More by Etan
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delta490

Virginia

4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Has a bright, slightly cloudy copper color. Short-lived creamy white head leaves a small amount of lacing. Aroma is rich and sweet, with notes of caramel, bread and fruit. Taste is very similar with just a slight hint of bitter hops on the finish. Has a very small carbonation and nice mouthfeel, not too thin or thick. This is a great big-flavored ale

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 19:41:51 | More by delta490
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

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

Poured from bottle into new Belgium globe. Ive had this so many times and couldn't believe I haven't reviewed it yet.
Pours a see through amber with nice off white foam and nice lacing. Great sweet malt and alcohol aroma. Taste of sweet caramel and toffee malts. Really nice.
Slightly sharp on the abv but drinks quite nice. Really nice brew thats readily available.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 23:56:06 | More by DrinkSlurm
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WunderLlama

Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into a pilsener glass

Copper brown, no visible carbonation, thin sudsy cap with some lacings clinging to the edge of the glass, clear

Malty sweet aroma, faint hops, fresh beer

Malt , smooth, faint hop bitterness on the sides of the tongue to smooth it out. Light to medium light mouthfeel. Faint hoppy bitterness on the after taste does not linger long.

I love this beer. One of my favorites and one that I always keep in my fridge. It is one of my " go to " beers. Malt with just the right amount of hops. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 03:56:53 | More by WunderLlama
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57md

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a finger of head that dissipates quickly. However, the quickly disappearing head does leave some nice lacing behind. The nose is reminiscent of biscuits. The taste is bready with some mild sweetness. There is a touch of hop bitterness that accompanies the upfront flavors.

Very drinkable in spite of the relatively high abv.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 02:17:57 | More by 57md
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gr0g

New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice copper color capped with a one finger head. Retention and lace formation are merely OK. Aroma is malty-sweet, floral, and fruity. I think this is the first Altbier I've tried, and it's much more estery than any German lager. I'm getting some very ripe apple, even caramel apple, and maybe some sweet grape, too.

The malty-sweet character carries over to the flavor profile. Very nicely balanced, reminiscent of a good marzen. Leads with sweet caramel/toffee malt that lingers on the palate for bit, then finishes with a crisp, clean bitterness. The hop bill, which looks to be composed of American and not noble hops, is understated but deserves credit for balancing out the maltiness. Somewhat vinous quality akin to a full-bodied white wine. Though somewhat prickly, the carbonation is otherwise unobtrusive, with the overall texture being nicely weighted.

I had long ignored Long Trail's beers, and now I'm regretting not trying Double Bag sooner. This is surely one beer that will wind up in my fridge time and again.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 00:06:36 | More by gr0g
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice amber color, minimal head with nearly no lacing.
S - Big time sweet malts, breads and an underlying fruitiness to it that rings of a belgian quality, a small hint of alcohol.
T - Big full sweet malt, a medium and welcomed hop bite, mildly bitter, a few spices as well. Interesting and moderately complex.
M - Thin, and a bit of a dark bitterness hangs on, nothing super.
O - Actually a pretty good offering from Long Trail, I'm not really familiar with this style, but its not what I expected, but it does have a nice complexity in taste that is good and refreshing. Would really like to get this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 03:15:13 | More by Omnium
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duracell

Quebec (Canada)

2.35/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz into a snifter.
Pours a caramel/amber color with an almost non-existent head which disappears instantly to leave a thin topping. Smells caramel, some cereals, little earthy notes, slightly herbal at the back. Flavors are very mild and clean. Similar to the nose and, in my opinion, not so enjoyable. Moderate carbonation with low bitterness. I didn't like this one. Wonder if it's a bad bottle or I just don't like the style...

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 20:28:57 | More by duracell
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Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,114 ratings.