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Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Double BagDouble Bag

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

1,487 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,487
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 72
Gots: 187 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-08-1999

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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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of vfgccp
2.53/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Nice rich color, like a peach toned iced tea. Low head very little head retention with moderate lace.

S- There is a very boozy front note with hints of nuts. Very light, slightly watery on back end.

T- Very light flavor, A little malty on front end. gets a bit watery in the middle and finishes light and slightly bready.

M- Light, no coating at all and the watery middle is not very desirable.

O- A very light beer, the wateriness is not pleasant. The malt flavors would be nice but they die out far to quickly and there is no complexity to the flavor. Not very drinkable

Photo of PDXHops
2.56/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On tap in a shaker pint. See-thru copperish amber with an off-white head a finger or so in height. Good retention, scattered patches of drippy lacing.

For an alt, especially a sticke version, this is pretty tame stuff. Smells of caramel malt and little else. Taste is again pretty malty, but there's just not a lot going on here. Buttery and bready with very light leafy and baked apple notes. Clean and crisp for sure- obviously a brew constructed with care- but not something I'd revisit.

Photo of Naes
2.56/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew is an amber color with a two finger white head.
Its aroma is faint, but is malty sweet.
The flavor starts out roasty and incredibly sweet but is given some balance by a little bit of hop character near the finish. There is also a slight alcohol warmness in the flavor as well.
Mouth feel is medium bodied, but semi thick from the sugar, a bit syrupy for me.

Photo of ElGuapo
2.68/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a little too malty for me, but not an undrinkable beer. as a strong ale, this one is pretty good. somewhat sweet malt and a smooth rich consistency. i can't say i would get it again, but it was not the worst strong ale i have had

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of mikeyv35
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Date: 08/30/14
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Bottled: 07/18/14
Glass: Lawson's Tulip

* First, I need to mention that I made the mistake of sampling this side by side w/ Freigeist Hoppeditz (a true Doppelsticke Alt from the Dusseldorph region of Germany), which was a huge mistake as it showed all the glaring weaknesses of this attempted American rendition.

Pours a light brown almost golden in color w/ only a few bubbles of carbonation that produced little to no lacing. Aromas of candied sugar, treacle, caramel, light toffee, and that somewhat signature German yeast/basement mustiness. The taste was almost like the nose, candied and caramel/toffee up front, leading into booziness and herbal hops. Medium bodied and a touch lush and slightly sticky, versus clean and crisp like a good Alt should. Somewhat drinkable, the stickiness that it should not have hinders it severely.

Overall, a good try from Long Trail at a true Doppelsticke Alt, but I still felt bad for it in the glass next to Freigeist! It is very hard to duplicate such a delicate German style that is so refined, which is why so few American breweries dabble in them.

Photo of Zetcha7x
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of wenkalman
2.77/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Moderately dark amber color with NO head at all. Straight pour down the middle at a moderate speed and no head. A lighter shade of gold around the base of my tulip, turns to the darker amber as it gets to the bulb.

Smell - Smells sweet, notes of fruit; dates, plums and pears.

Taste - Unique....very sweet, beginnning to the end. Slight sour apple taste at the end.

Mouthfeel - Very bad, but I think I have an old bottle. I checked the year, and it is an 09; but judging by complete lack of head and little to no carbonation, I think it might be old.

Drinkability - Unique...but I couldn't see myself drinking more then 1; so I would say it is low.

Photo of flanmedic51
2.8/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank it from the bottle and noticed it was a bit sweet with hop bitterness and noticed more of a alcohol taste and realized what the hell the ABV was...I was surprised. I detected some citrus notes as well. I was warm and fuzzy when it hit the gut. I have to say that I won't be looking to get it again. Too much of an alcohol taste causing more of a bite than I would like when enjoying a beer.

Photo of francisweizen
2.82/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was a bit dissapointed with this one. It was a nice enough burnt orange colour with a nice, yet modest, thin white head. The aromas were all over the board, but they contained the "melon-like" aromas that I have only previously picked up in the recent Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale from Yards. The taste was very melon-y and not very "alt-like" (or "double-alt-like") at all, IMVHO. The mouthfeel was creamy yet thin and the drinkability was not the best. This brew is definately Interesting and different, but it is also definately not one of my favorite alt biers or strong ales!

Photo of KTCamm
2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a reddish amber color with minimal foal.

Smell is malty and fruity.

Taste is harsher than I liked - the hops start and finish and hang around a lot longer than I would care to say. In between there is a mixture of tastes I can quite pinpoint, none of it terribly pleasing.

I would not go back to this one. Way to bitter without enough taste throughout the offset it.

Photo of jayhawk73
2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a rusty copper color with almost zero head in my snifter glass. Minimal lacing as well. This beer is fairly clear, in spite of the fact it's a darker beer. The nose is caramel malt, nutty aroma, and that's about it. Fairly weak nose on this beer. The taste follows suit, with a little bit of hops thrown in. The feel is thin, with a nutty aftertaste. Overall, I'm not a fan of this beer. Glad I got to try the style though. Cheers.

Photo of callmemickey
2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Amber body... moderate white body.. little lacing...

S: Bland malt character... soft...

T: Sweet roasted malts... some milky caramel.. not much going on here... slight bitter hop finish

M: Medium bodied... a kind of viscous feel towards the end..

D: Over all its ok... i'd probably never choose this one again though.

Photo of sleazo
2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A_Clear brown with an off wite one finger head. Settles in as a decent sized cap.

S_Aroma is not very strong. Mild fruity esters and sweet malt.

T_The beggining of this is very fruity, pineapple and papaya like tropical fruit dominate. This is followed up by an extreme malt rush akin to a dark liquid malt extract. The finish is mildly boozy and give a slight bitter edge which veers towards the vegetable side of things.

M_Slightly on the thicker/syrup side of things, mild carbonation.

D_Meh. The fruity esters tend to dominate here and it isn't too good of a thing. A passable beer at best, at best.

Photo of jonziefle
2.84/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a clear brown amber, with one finger bubbly/foamy white head. Not much head, but stuck around in a thin layer on top. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Nose of caramel and lightly roasted malts at first. A sharp and sweet green apple fragrance down deep. Kind of cider-like.

Taste: Mild caramel malts and mild sweetness, with an apple twang. Not that “strong”.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and incredibly smooth. Creamy feeling in the mouth, without actually being “creamy”. Not much carbonation bite at all. No alcohol bite either.

Drinkability: Little wimpy tasting for a strong ale. Looks good and tastes alright, but the nose is a strange one. Easy to drink though; the ABV never shows up.

Buy Again? No

Photo of coldmeat23
2.85/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

GLASS: Stange
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
BOTTLED: 06-28-2010
Thanks to BigTomZ for this one!

This pours a crystal clear shade of medium brown. A light brown colored head of loose foam, just less than a fingers worth, forms and dissipates rapidly. Lacing is decent, but very slippery.

A good nose, filled with mild malt notes. A good touch of breadiness. Light hints of fruity sweetness. A tiny trace of caramel.

I expected this one to be more sweet and malty. It has a very 'german' malt profile. That is to say that the malts are very mild, in presence and flavor, and lean more to the earthy side of the scale than sweet. Definite kiss of hops, right at the end.

An almost full body with a light level of carbonation. It suffers from it's lack of carbonation, which makes it seem almost oily, but not in a good way.

I really wanted to like this, but I just don't. It doesn't seem, to me, like they stayed true to the styler, either. It seems like they tried to do something a touch different, which is commendable. Unfortunaely, risk sometimes rewards and sometimes it doesn't. I don't think that it has, this time.

Photo of Mora2000
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to thirdeye11? for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is fairly bland, with some biscuit malt and not much else. The flavor is also lacking, with some bread, grain and a hint of grass. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not much going on here.

Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,487 ratings.