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Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Double BagDouble Bag

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

553 Reviews

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Reviews: 553
Hads: 1,571
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 20.51%
Wants: 82
Gots: 274 | 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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Photo of BethanyB
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of spokeydonkey
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.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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!

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white head that dissipates quickly while the beer is a beautiful deep amber. The hue it gives off is a very nice copper color that makes it attractive.

The smell is pretty good. It has a very sweet smell from the malt and probably a little bit from the alcohol has well. The floral hop bitterness is also there but only balances the sweetness from becoming too sweet. With the two, you get a light bittersweet note.

The taste is a bit more bittersweet than the smell. The hop bitterness is a bit stronger and is barely the dominate taste. The malts are still caramel sweet and are detectable underneath the light bitterness. Also, the malts seem to have developed a light smoky note.

The feel is fantastic. On the lighter of medium bodied with light bubbly carbonation to give it a bit of texture. The beer also has a nice smooth and creamy feel to it as well.

Overall, a pretty good classic worth seeking out or revisiting. It isn't your strategic hop bomb but it's definitely a well-made and crafted beer.

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Photo of tigg924
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.

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Photo of MistahBeah
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

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Photo of thecheapies
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of Etan
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


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.

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Photo of delta490
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

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
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.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of 57md
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of gr0g
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY.

Pours a clear dark amber, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells strongly of caramel and toffee- great malts here.

The taste is similar. Slightly hoppy flavor- grassy and slightly piney, with a warm rich malt flavor. The bitterness from the hops keeps the malt flavor from being too sweet, which is nice. Like drinking a big toasty piece of bread, really.

Medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, the alcohol is not present, which is awesome.

Long Trail's altbier is a great beer- not quite a traditional version, but still quite tasty nonetheless. It is better on tap than in the bottle.

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Photo of duracell
2.39/5  rDev -38.7%
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...

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Photo of justintcoons
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Golden amber with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Great clarity and low carbonation.

Sweet apple cider, breads and caramel.

Very sweet apple cider-like flavors. Carnival drizzled candy apples, buttered biscuits and sweet breads. Touches of brown sugar and a subtle earthy bitterness.

Medium-full bodied, clean and smooth.

Sweet and biscuity. Incredibly easy drinking and smooth for 7.2%. Always a fan of the Double Bag.

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

A: Rich copper, very clear.

S: Very malty and fruity, almost Belgian.

T: Not especially "strong" in anything other than ABV. Deceptive.

M: Light, sweet, malty.

O: Hands down--by far--Long Trail's best year-round, probably all together. Not to mention the fact that, at just a dollar more than any other LT 6-pack, it is a steal here in Long Trail's home state. One of my choice, go-to VT sixers under $10.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Tallgrass tulip.
7.2% ABV, no date.

Thanks for the bottle Chris!

A - This "Strong Ale" pours a gorgeous clear rusty amber color that shines vibrantly while topped with an off white head. Curtains of lace clutch the glass as the head disappears.

S - Double Bag has an inviting, soft and smooth aroma of sweet caramel malt and dense breadiness reminiscent of a doppelbock. Subtle fruity yeast undertones introduce notes of raisin and soft peach while toasted amber malts add a faint dryness to the finish.

T - Toast surfaces quickly, drying out the sweet caramel malt nuances for a flavor that departs from what the nose offers. Fruit esters are no longer noticeable as this ale begins to show more of it's lager traits, finishing with a touch of sour dough bread and biscuit.

M - Smooth but well carbonated, Double Bag has a nice round, medium bodied feel across the palate with a malty but dry, balanced finish.

O - Long Trail's Double Bag shows no signs of being a strong ale with it's nice malty presence and deceptively smooth finish. This is a good beer that straddles the line of ale and lager with characteristics of both coming through.

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Photo of greybeardloon
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dated 07/08/12

A: Tight head that doesn't last too long but it does leave tight lacing.

S: Caramel, dusty, yeasty, doughy.

T: Heavy, sweet caramel and a strong, not sweet, dough-like yeastiness again; bracing herbal hops follow and cut through the sweetness quickly. Remarkably balanced. Really quite tasty, and the alcohol is not noticeable.

M: Medium fullness, fits the flavor perfectly.

O: Everything works well together, and this is remarkably easy to drink in spite of the abv. I want another, and it's a tough act for the Single Bag to follow.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice deep amber color. White head that left some lacing and never quite went away. Got an initial whif of skunk, but that soon disapeared, after that sweet malts and floral hops.

Sweet malty taste, some alcohol spice, a little citrus hop bitternes, and a dry finish.

Man, this stuff is awsome.
Nice malty flavor, with some bite, and not too mention the 7.2% ABV kick.

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Photo of HomeBrewer211
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I opened a bottle and poured it into a pint glass. As I drank the beer I found a nice lacing on the glass.

The Color is a deep amber.

The Aroma has hints of caramel malt

There is nice thick mouthfeel.

The Flavor has a caramel bitter to it, with a well deserved average rating.

My vote is to give it a shot and then move on.

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Photo of greenengineer
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into my Notch 0.5L pint glass
A- clear bronze, foamy head with nice lacings - outstanding. What beer should look like.
S - slight sweetness, yeasty
T - malty sweetness, caramel, a little citrus flavor, well rounded taste. Doesn't taste like 7.2%
M - just a little crunchiness, maybe a little flat
O - an old stand by, one of my go-to brews when I'm not sure what I want. Nice ale with a high alcohol content. Very drinkable. Plus for Vermont.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a moderate haze and a strong effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. Attractive.

Smell: big, sweet malt with a strong caramel character and some earthy undertones. It appeals to me, and is quite stylistically appropriate.

Taste: sweet, very caramelly malt with earthy and slightly citrusy hops. Bitterness is pretty heavy for the style, but the beer is pretty balanced. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation, although the texture is not as smooth or creamy as I would have expected for a beer with this sweetness. Decent.

Overall: this is a tasty beer, but it's a bit sweet and bitter for me for the style. Not exactly a session ale.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Amber, little to no head effect.

Smell: Not particularly strong. I can smell malts, and almost a medicinal smell.

Taste: The first thing I thought when I tasted this was: "I need cheese!" This beer roared at me, basically demanding some kind of cut, blocked cheese. Anyway, this is weirdly sweet and bitter at the the same time. Can taste a solid balance of hops and malts, and then an astringent after taste. I actually like this, and I'm kind of surprised. Probably not something I'd drink all the time though.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, but slightly almost... syrupy at the end? Light carbonation.

This is an interesting beer, and I might pick some more up sometime.

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Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 553 ratings.