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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: 1,572
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 claspada
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas of sweet biscuity maltiness and significant notes of earthy, herbal and citrus hops. A slight caramel taste with a bitter and sweet aftertaste. Malts were evident and pretty sweet, but the taste of caramel was more evident. A pretty equal balance upon further review. Though malty at first sip, hop bitterness follows quickly. The alcohol warmth isn't strong but is quite pleasant. I would describe it as slippery, medium-bodied, and yet at the same time enormously clean and refreshing. A good solid hops, slight maltiness, hints of fruits and some alcohol. Overall this is a well made beer that comes very close to being excellent.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a kolsch glass. Had a bright copper color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: Smelled predominantly of malt and caramel. Not overly aromatic, but nice nonetheless.

T: Tasted of malt, caramel, and an almost bready quality. This is a solid, well-constructed beer. Basically, it tastes like an altbier should.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a focused, well made, likeable beer.

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Photo of Gusler
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber color on the pour with a modest sized head that is frothy in texture and a light tan color as it diminishes in size the laced formed is a nice coating upon the glass. Nose has a nut like sweetness, and the hops play a part in the fresh crispness, start is also sweet and loaded with malt, top has a moderate feel to the palate. Finish is frisky in its carbonation and the hops prankish in their spicy bite; bone-dry aftertaste that lingers on perpetuating the taste of the hops till the last drop is drained form the glass.

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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 VelvetExtract
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours reddish in color with a large head.

S-One of the best smelling Long Trail brews. Deeply malty. Earthy spices. Booze.

T-Bready and sweet malt. Some earthy flavor accompanied by chocolate. Mild hops follow the complex malt. Booze is evident.

M-Slick with a medium/heavy body. Carbonated.

D-I enjoy the taste but for me the drinkablility is not extremely high. A bit too boozey and not my favorite style but still goes down easy enough.

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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 Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my New Belgium Globe glass. 032409 indicated on the bottle. Poured a translucent chestnut with a half inch off-white head that dissipated into a bulls-eye of white in the middle, a slick of foam around the edges and a frothy band around the perimeter of the glass. Some spots of lacing were revealed as the brew was consumed. Nose suggests dark fruit and a little breadiness. Taste follows nose, but there's also some muted spicy qualities and some caramel notes. Mouthfeel is between light- and medium-bodied with a light carbonation and a mild acidity at the finish. Not really what I would consider an American Strong Ale; however, alcohol is well-hidden and it goes down easy.

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Photo of dar482
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank out of the can so only flavor notes.

The beer has a rich maltiness towards a hefty brown ale. Caramel sweetness, nuttiness, toasted malt, almost even some coffee and chocolate. There's a punch of deeply sweet and roasted apples in there with that fruit quality coming through. On the back, it attacks of herbal and cleans off quite nicely.

Not the altbier I'm familiar with from Dusseldorf, but it's a higher ABV, richer, and a good drinking beer.

As someone who enjoys some malty brews, this is a decent attempt.

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

Another fun find on tap at My Place in Newtown, CT, this one shows a deep copper color, clear with yellow highlights, a decent white head and great lacing. The aroma says wheat and thin yeasty malt. Not my favorite but reasonable for the style I suppose. The flavor brings lemony malt and honey sweetness. There’s a little licorice edge almost a bock. Interesting and consistent with my previous enjoyment form bottles. It's medium-light bodied with modest carbonation and a fairly aqueous feel. It’s got a tart quality, a bit of citrous hops perhaps, but very subtle. Nice drinkable brew with some personality.

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

Had this at Bridgewater's Pub at Amtrak Station in Philadelphia. Served with a small off white head that persisted and good lace. Color was a medium coppery amber. Aroma is caramel, toffee, malt, and a bit of hop. Flavor was same but sweet up front and a bitter end. Good body and carbonation. Short finish. Very drinkable. Session beer.

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Photo of ZAP
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now here's a kick ass beer....a double alt is something new to me but it seems to fit that style....it is rich, sweet and syruppy, but also exhibits alt bier like characteristics...pours an impressively clear dark orange.....nose smells a bit like a scotch ale minus the smokiness....malty...some alcohol (like rum..and even some nuttiness....with some floral hop notes....I mentioned the body, but it finishes with a nice tight dry hop bite....that really seems to balance this out and make it special....the taste is very malty....sweet plums,pears,mangos....but then there is that nice dry finish....this is really a dandy..a big giant ZAP thanks to Bierman9 for this beauty....

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a pint

Appearance – The beer pours an amber color with a two finger off white head. The head fades over a moderate level of time to give a decent level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is bready and malty with some notes of caramel and some herbal hop.

Taste – The taste begins with a lightly roasted and bready taste. Upfront there is a caramel taste that melds with the bready tastes well. Soon some bitter grapefruit and lemon hop flavors come to the tongue. Shortly after arriving these flavors seem to lose their strength. As the lemon and grapefruit dwindle a bitter herbal flavor comes to the tongue. This herbal flavor intensifies to the end where they combined with a light alcohol flavor to leave a malty and lightly bittered flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is on the rather average side, but kind of thin for a 7.2 % abv brew. Its carbonation level

Overall – It was a decent brew. It had some good malty flavors and a light herbal hop. Worth a try, but nothing that is super exceptional. A decent stronger Alt. style ale.

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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 OWSLEY069
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean orange-sh/ copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, sweet malt, caramel, and somewhat a small hop. In the taste, small roasty, buscuity malt. A smooth and light to medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small malty and clean aftetaste. Nice ale, good color, small hints of a pils backround.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear lightened copper color with a big, bold ivory capping of frothy foam. Keeps its cap well throughout the seesion. Big patchy lacing sticks in place across the glass.

Aroma is of toasted grains and breads with a nice graasy undertone to it. Clean, crisp, inviting.

Taste is more of the same, nicely mild, wholesome, natural, and easy goin' toasted tones of bread grains that drift long with grassy hopped undertones that add a unique leafy bitterness of fluffy pine to the finish. A very light and tender caramel sweetened warmth resides off to the side then brings up the rear after the finish to sit with a malty warming sensation in the back of the throat.

Feel is soft, smooth, semi-silky, and just above a medium body within a lower carbonation level and only the slight hoppy bitterness and the malty warmth adding to the supply of interest in texture and length.

Quite a drinkable treat. Smooth, mild, subtle, and warming with just that right kinda of balance and roundedness that makes for a good beer. Alt style, and the like. Good stuff.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark beer, amber in color, with a medium head and some slight lacing. Not much in the aroma department, mostly sweet. A caramel/toffee taste, with a little hops. Pretty good taste, actually, just not enough of it. I liked this beer, and have had several in one sitting, but I keep thinking it could be better.

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Photo of mynie
2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark, brownish orange. Minimal head, but this was the sort of bar where if you put a head on a guy's Bud Light he might offended, so I'll let that slide.

Smells surprisingly hoppy, for an alt. Earthy, bocky grain against nobel hops with some esters of ethanol.

Tastes good up front, super sweet in the middle, and very alcoholic in the back. Starts out pretty well balanced with a good blend of hops and zippy malt. Then the zippiness zips further, becomes far too intense and sweet.

I dunno. I remember hearing about Double Bag way back in 2005 or so--back in the day, it was possible for malt bombs to generate buzz, believe it or not. Maybe my pallet has just been destroyed by the extremeness of the modern beer scene, or maybe this was just an off batch. Either way, I was let down.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a brilliant orangish-brown in color and was very clear. It came with a thin head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – The aroma here is brown sugary sweet with strong, heavily-toasted caramel malts.

Taste – The big, toasty malts are wonderful at the taste. There’s that musty sense that you often get with the style as well. The super big caramel sweetness came in with a bit of butter and pleasantly rounded things out.

Mouthfeel – This one is almost medium in the body. I enjoyed the malty body to this one but the deep, rich, sweet finish is what sets this apart from the pack.

Drinkability – This is an excellent effort at a little known style here in the US that is brewed out of CT. Somebody thoughtfully did their homework on this recipe. Well done, Long Trail.

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Photo of francisweizen
2.82/5  rDev -27.7%
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!

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Photo of Suds
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first tried this beer several years ago and didn't really appreciate its uniqueness. Mature, malty, but not sweet…deep, dark red color with a respectable head…pleasant background of hop bitterness. Great brew.

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

Pours a clear golden amber color with a smallish off-white head that left some spot lacing. The smell is of caramel malt and some nice floral hops. The taste is of caramel malt, slightly buttery with a metallic twang. This is followed by a nice mellow floral/grassy hop presence. The malt and hops balance very well in the brew. The alcohol is subtle, you know that it is there but you can't really taste/feel it. The feel is light but not watery, crisp and well balanced. A good malty brew with a nice complimenting hop balance and enough of a alcohol presence to be able to put you in the "bag" if you had a few of these.

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Photo of cokes
4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Woo-hoo! This is one hell of a beer. A big-ass alt (or double alt as the label says).
Pours a nice brownish amber with a slightly off-white head that lasts.
Hits the nostrils with some sweet malt and floral hoppiness. Faint chocolate appears in both the smell and the taste.
Maltiness is two pronged. First being somewhat dry and bready, underlying this is a faint toffee flavor. This is all snapped by some prevalent juicy hops.
Feels very nice, drinks incredible. I could drink this until every last brain cell died...which may not take too long. Just delicious.
Hell yeah, Venom. You sent another winner. Thanks so much for including two!

After roughly 2yrs, this has gained incredible additional character. Nearly pumpkin-pie-esque with its spicing with ginger and cinnamon notes. Huge caramelly pears and apples. Dry cedar wood closure. Overall rating stays the same, but this beer sure hasn't. Just a fantastic brew, young or aged. This is an absolute favorite of mine.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear cider-cola color with a moderate white head of big exploding bubbles. Lots of lace left in the stange.

Smell is lots of fruit and malt. There's apple, pear, some peach, and some nutty aromas as well. A very light hoppiness throughout.

The flavor itself is nutty with a nice crisp apple flavor on the back end, a moderate Euro hop bitter bite and a moderately dry finish. The flavor is pretty big, and the alcohol comes through lightly in the finish, but not overwhelmingly so.

Mouthfeel is crisp and sharply carbonated. Nice.

Overall: Nice domestic sticke; one of the better American alts I've encountered.

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Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear Amber with some carbonation, a 1/2 finger foam head that dissipated and did not leave behind any lacing

S-Biscuits and Earthy tones

T-Starts off sweet with caramel, biscuit, sugary then finishes with a spicy bitterness. Very tasty.

M-Medium bodied with some carbonation

D-Very drinkable, so far the best offering from Long Trail. I was reluctant to pick this up after having tried their Ale, IPA, Belgian White and Blackberry beers in a mix pack but this one was great.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured almost the perfect pint. Two fingers of creamy head with lots of structure. The beer was an orange/amber color that was crystal clear with no visible carbonation. Some spotty lacing.
Nice looking beer

Aroma was slightly fruity with a touch of sweetness.

Flavor was quite nice and smooth. Despite the comment on the label, I could detect a bit of warming from the alcohol as I worked my way through the pint. Starts with a bit of fruit and a touch of sweetness. Then it moves to a very nice malt flavor profile that I enjoy. Finally some nice bitter hops come into play and linger for a short while. The after taste finishes with a touch of sweetness again. Some nice grain flavors through the middle.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and just shy of thick. You get a hint of a sticky sense. Again I have to mention the warming effect from the alcohol. Not really a bad thing. Just noticed it.

Yes, for a 7.2% ABV, this is quite drinkable.

A good beer. Not sure I'd chase it, but if someone offered it to me, I'd be very happy and accept their gift.

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