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Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,406 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,406
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 62
Gots: 136 | FT: 1
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-08-1999)
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Photo of ElliotNess
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very familiar with Altbiers this was a first look at a Double Alt.

A very nice color of amber/orange not completely crystal clear. A sweet aroma of raisin, and just a slice of banana. A sweet taste with a dry finish. Not the most flavorful and an absence of bitterness made this a decent experience and a solid drink.

Waiting to try another Double Alt.

ElliotNess, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of smokeypeat
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light brown color into the glass. My glass had a very small amount of white head that quickly dissipated. Smells immediately of bready biscuit, some caramel and toffee. Light floral notes are present as well. Upon drinking I sense a big malt backbone with the caramel and toffee really standing out. Also a hint of honey. Really smooth beer, drinks incredibly easily. I can't believe the ABV is over 7%. Drinks more like a beer around 4%. Feels like a top notch session beer with the ABV so well hidden, just don't let it sneak up on you.

smokeypeat, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of Minkybut
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a golden color and it poured a thin brown head. The head was gone instantly. The beer had a caramel smell with a big hoppy smell sitting on top of that. Caramel notes on the finish but hops blew that away. I will not buy again.

Minkybut, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of clayrock81
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden light brown with good tan head and carbonation on top of a candi-sugar sweet malt aroma like caramel and toffee. The beer is real smooth and creamy with a good sweet malt taste of caramel and toffee a I swear I'm picking up vanilla. A bready dryness is evident as well, maybe a roasted/toasted malt as well as some stickiness. Picking up minor hop fruit flavors that are bitter and I think I'm getting some apple. Must say the higher ABV is well hidden and the beer has a good dry yet crisp finish.

clayrock81, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of rlee1390
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

rlee1390, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

claspada, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of droomyster
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a small white head that settles into a collar. The nose has some honey and grain, but not much else. Flavors of bold toasty and caramel malts that are Perfectly balanced with a woody, tea-like bitterness. Elegant in its simple but balanced flavor construction.

droomyster, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear orange/amber color. Poured a 2 finger off-white head that dissipated to a thick skim. Decanted lightly. Wide webs of lacing.

S: Bready toasted malts; caramel and burnt toast. Hay and grass; a bit of earth.

T: Big crystal malt flavor up front. Biscuity in the middle ahead of a peppery hop finish. Some yeast esters throughout.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Clean and dry in the finish.

D: Very drinkable. Disguises the abv well. Flavorful, smooth and balanced.

Haybeerman, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on 10/22/10.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent amber color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, swet fruity malts, and caramel malts. Decent smelling.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, bready malts, wheat, caramel malts. Again, decent and above average.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Very smooth going down.

d - A pretty good alt. Didn't blow me away and not my favorite beer from Long Trail, but it's well made and has a great mouthfeel. Would drink again.

mdfb79, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of hdofu
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Transparent amber with a beige head. Smells is herbal not anything offensive but nothing outstanding either. Taste is bitter sweet. Pleasantly so. Has a bit of a burn. I could drink this one down easily. I'd recommend this to someone looking for something different.

hdofu, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of StaveHooks
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark amber red. 1 finger off-white head that melts down into a thin ceiling and forming a tight collar.

S - Graham cracker, toffee, yeast, over ripened plums, brown sugar, roasted caramel malt.

T - Sweet caramel/toffee up front and quickly turns complex with raisins, ginger, toasted nuts, and soft grain. More hops in the flavor than the nose reveals and creates some spice in the back of the mouth. Everything comes together like a symphony at the end. Excellent finish!

M - Low carbonation. Medium to full bodied.

Long Trail has a winner here! Lots of complex fruit esters melded with an excellent malt profile. I wish I would have picked up a six pack of his stuff.

StaveHooks, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of huxcrunner
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a-good amber brown color with one fingers worth of off white head that fades fast ok lacing

s-smells of sweet malt and spices

t-good full taste of malt and just the right amount of hops bitterness

m- clean and full mouthfeel full body

d- overall this is a pretty good beer that has just enough bite to it and plenty of taste to it

huxcrunner, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a gift from the other Matt. Beer is amber / orange and completely clear with a thin head that breaks. Lacing is a plus.

Aroma is a little weak but smells mildly malty with hints of caramel.

Beer is nice, its a great great alt. Medium bodied, interesting late flavors from the yeast, mild bitterness mild sweetness, complete beer, nice connectivity. A great beer all around.

drabmuh, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of flavorshark
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ruby red in sunlight. My go-to for quite a while, about sixer per week. Overtones of caramel and molasses. Sweet, malty body. Overall a strong, reliable and distinctive ale, accessible enough for guests you may have at dinner, but not quite complex enough to inspire mystery in this noob.

flavorshark, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of mralphabet
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Deep copper color, very clear with about a fingers worth of head... that settled to thin layer with very nice lacing.

S: Very bready aroma with hint of caramel and subtle hint of hops.

T: There is a lot of caramel and biscuit right up front then a the bitter hops kicks in and ends with a caramel sweetness.... Pretty well balanced.

M: Clean, smooth, full bodied and balanced carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

D: Pretty drinkable for a 7.2% ABV.... Great flavors and very easy to drink. Worth looking for.

mralphabet, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer appears orange to amber in color and transparent. The glass is absolutely teeming with bubbles. The head is somewhat thin and wispy, but manages to leave some lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet malts, assorted fruit

T: Sweet and malty fruits that make my jaw and cheeks tense up. Wasn't expecting that. I just had an IPA and apparently my palate has to adjust to the other end of the spectrum. There we go...no more jawbone aching. Apples, plums, and perhaps raisins blend very well with a sturdy malt character.

M: Really silky smooth feel. Adequately carbonated with a lasting finish.

O: This is a nostalgic beer for me. My wife and I went camping in Canada and split a warm sixer of this after sitting in the front row of the Sting / Annie Lennox concert. I will always have a soft spot for this beer. Good stuff.

Huhzubendah, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of Daktyls
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep amber color with a one finger head that dissipates fairly quickly. The foam diminishes to a fine lacing that is thick around the outside edge of the glass but a nice little patch of fine bubbles in the middle.

S: Definitely a big nose here with quite a bit of different aromas. Most present is a lot of malt, with both the roasted and unroasted components being present. There is also a distinct caramel aroma and a hint of citrus in the back, I can't quite put my finger on what they are, but there is definitely a fruitiness.

T: Mostly similar to the nose but there are added earthy tones, some nuttiness and toasted grains. There are also some hops to go round with the bitterness of the hops canceling out the high ABV.

M: Medium-high carbonation for this fairly big bodied brew. The finish is not as clean as I had expected, but overall still quite good.

D: For a high ABV beer, this is unbelievably drinkable. The alcohol content is almost undetectable which makes this a great beer to have on hand.

Daktyls, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. The pour is a light amber with some brown streaks. White head. The nose is a bit nutty with some slightly-toasted malt, caramel, and a bit of earthy hops. The flavor is light malt, chopped peanuts, toffee, and light earth. Decent body. One of the better brews that I've had from Long Trail. Not a bad beer at all.

Thorpe429, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of tchenery
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very thin head. Nice rich copper/brown color. Has visible carbonation and very bright.

Smells big. There is a lot of caramel coming off the nose. I'm not getting much bitterness at all but am picking up a slight sweetness along with a roasted/toasted aroma.

Has a thick caramel taste. This beer is pretty much all malt and very little hops. There's a strange but nice 'tobacco' flavor (lack of better description) on the back of the tongue that lingers into a kind of marshmallowy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a bit full and dry, but not unpleasant. It's a thick beer.

Definitely drinkable. This would make a good fall six pack.

tchenery, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of mattgreger
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This brew poured a nice, clear copper color. It had a small, thin off white head, with a little bit of a bubbly lacing that remained.

This brew has a very interesting aroma. Its very woody. Aged oak, honey, roasted nuts, and earthly hops that give this a brew a very fall like aroma.

The flavor to this brew mirrors the aroma very well. A very earthly hop and woodsy like flavor at the front, then a bit of the nutty flavor in the middle, with bit of citrus that is present.

This is a medium bodied brew, that has a nice mellow carbonination. The muddlement of the flavors on this brew give this mouthful a nice dry, bitter finish.

The drink on this one might be a little high for some. Its a stong drink , if you haven't had a altbier like this before. Its a great brew for those who seek out this kind style. Not quite what you expect from a altbier though, seems to be a bit on there own style. Still a decent brew, I would certianly have again.

mattgreger, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of endincolorado
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on our trip through Vermont this October.

Pours a nice, clear copper body with a finger of off-white head, lots of sudsy bubbles and good head-retention. Lacing is good as well.

Smell is very inviting with a strong, malty characteristics including toasted grain, nuttiness, and a nice, earthy hop presence to balance.

Flavor mirrors aroma, with an earthy hops, nutty malt and a pleasant dryness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is really nice- medium body with a perfectly appropriate amount of carbonation.

A very drinkable beer, and an affordable one as well.

endincolorado, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of mlazzaro
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- pour amber, slightly low head retention, possibly from alcohol content. rings from head on the glass.

s- great refreshing smell. slight maltiness, hoppiness, with some healthy smelling yeast.

t- bitterness is really strong, balancing out that 7.2 ABV content. Taste like some munich malt, maybe some toasted malt. pretty delicious.

m+d- nice full mouthfeel. boozy and warming. not scorching, just strong, very easy to drink considering. makes sense they rate it as a double alt, I had never considered that style for this beer.

also widely available in my area, and a great value for the ABV.

mlazzaro, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of IronCitySteve
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Long Trail Brewery in VT.

A: Pours a light amber color with a small off white foam head. Provides ample lacing.

S: There are some mild scents of chocolate, wheat, toast and maybe some roasted nuts. Not much in the way of hop character.

T: The tasty is slightly sweet with the chocolate being the most predominant flavor throughout. There is some citrus hop bitterness on the back end but it is mild.

M: Slightly slick with just a very mild bitterness.

D: A tad too sweet for me overall, but a nice beer that should be tried.

IronCitySteve, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of nerdrocker101
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle. A light brown body with a thin white head that rapidly dissolves to just a sparsely bubbled coat. Sweet, malty nose with just a hint of citrus. A mouth full of bready malts, honey and some earthy hops. Light-medium body with plenty of carbonation. Very deceptive at 7.2%. Easy drinking beer. Long Trails describes this as a strong ale, but here it's an altbier. Not what I would typically consider mistakable for a strong ale.

nerdrocker101, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of MaxBrewell
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Mild-brown and very clean with almost no head.

S - Very earthy aromas with hints of charred oak, maple syrup and butterscotch. Definite reminder of fall.

T - Also earthy with bread characteristics and the alcohol is only slightly present at the finish.

M - Very smooth and crisp for a strong ale.

D - Finishes great. Low-carbonation makes this a silky-smooth "stickebier" that goes down quite well, even for 7.2% ABV.

Final Note - Fall certainly comes to mind with this one, but I'd enjoy one no matter the season.

MaxBrewell, Sep 24, 2010
Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,406 ratings.