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Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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1,199 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,199
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 48
Gots: 59 | 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

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Photo of MmmIPA


3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my second time trying this style of beer and this beer was awesome.I had this from a Warstiener pils glass.

One finger white head with a stunning clear,red body with tons of carbonation streaming to the top of my glass.The head fell fast but as it did it left some nice lacing.

Bready and fruity notes and some caramel thron in there.

Very caramel tasting with some fruit notes and hop (bitterness) taste during the after taste.

Thick mouthfeel and easy drinking.Now dont kid yourself,the abv is still present but it keeps under the covers.

This is one tasty beer and im glad I got a chance to have it.The abv is hidden and the beer is sweet,this may be the sweetest I like my beer to be without a generous amount of hop balance in there.Go Long Trail Rock On With Your Bad Self!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 14:09:57 | More by MmmIPA
Photo of edskirk3


3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The neck label says Double Bag is a Stickebier, the stronger substyle of Alt. This will be my first.

Pours clear copper with a bit of viscosity. The head is thin and patchy but it appears to be sticky as well.

Very aromatic. Like perfume, with flowers and spices. And toffee. Alcohol is apparent.

Dangerously smooth, that's what I notice first. Much sweetness on the tongue. This fades into a respectable bitterness from both hop and toasted grain. A note of caramel. Alcohol is warming, but not as detectable on the tongue as the nose would indicate.

Very enjoyable, I must say. Had I purchased more than one bottle, I could "sticke" with this for one or two more.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2007 03:23:28 | More by edskirk3
Photo of EPICAC


3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear brownish-copper. Topped by a thick, sudsy head that fades to a film leaving patchy sheets of lace. The head is fed by fizzy bubbles that cling, cola-like, to the side of the glass.

Smell: Very malty, caramel, aromatic alcoholic aromas.

Taste: Prickly carbonation greets the tongue giving a mild bite initially. Very malty throughout. Initially there are caramel and toffee flavors, followed by a tart bite and an alcoholic spice in the finish that hints at something heavier. There's also a mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, high carbonation, smooth.

Drinkability: Flavorful and surprisingly drinkable for something with alcohol this evident.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 22:13:53 | More by EPICAC
Photo of jameaterblues

New York

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at the bodega a couple of minutes ago.

A-pours a clear amber, not as dark as I though, comparable with an oktoberfest bier...little to no head....light white lace. not quite brown.
S- very malty, almost no hops, caramel like, a bit bready, and just a hint phenolic rubberiness.
T-Full bodied amber ale....nothing out of the ordinary....caramel malts, slight toasted flavors, phenolic taste is less than the smell...alcohol is very well hidden....like the bottle says.
M/D- I imagine this could be quite sessionable, and also a beer to get people who don't normally drink craft beer trying somethings. Medium bodied, slightly chewy....not too bad...might pick up one or two more.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 03:27:58 | More by jameaterblues
Photo of dickieb

Rhode Island

3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber color with little head, but whats their leaves a nice lacing. The smell is mostly sweet malts with some yeast notes, The taste is also sweet, with a fruit and hop bite at the end. Not super drinkable. A tad to sweet for my taste without the hop to balance it. A decent beer from long trail.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 23:39:00 | More by dickieb
Photo of letsgopens


4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale copper in color with a lightly frothy white head that recedes quickly but leaves some good lace. Small, uniform rising bubbles.

Malt and citrus aroma. Some nice bread-like qualities as well, buttery. Well pronounced and very appetizing.

A very sturdy sweet malt backbone accented by some really nice fruit: orange, apple, and a hint of plum. Buttery bread and honey. Some mild leafy hops in the finish. A hint of toffee as well.

Creamy and smooth with a juicy fruit and cereal finish. Low/moderate carbonation makes for a more dense finish that is not dry. Pleasant on the palate throughout. Well balanced and very complex. High marks in all categories. I would certainly suggest it.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 17:10:25 | More by letsgopens
Photo of Gatch


4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely a German beer. The malt is very sweet w/ a very subtle fruitiness to it. A deep amber w/ a thick but quickly faded head. The nose is somewhat alcoholic but that doesn't carry over to the taste. Alcohol is barely noticeable and gives it a slight tingle towards the back of the mouth. I can't describe what makes this beer so reminiscent of German beers, but the flavor is unique and tastes very clean. Although the malt is very sweet, there is also a nice complement of roasted malt and light hops which keep it from being too sweet. The mouthfeel is very smooth and clean while the drinkability is crazy, although it can get heavy towards the end of the glass. I'm finishing the last few sips right now and the beer is very close to room temperature but still tastes great. Although this beer claims to be a "secret brew," it still remains very close to German style. Definitely my favorite offering from Long Trail.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2007 23:51:49 | More by Gatch
Photo of blackheartbilly


4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six pack for a cook-out, poured into a pilsner style glass.

The label listed this beer as "Altbier" or mystery beer, and that kind of made me nervous. My friend claimed that the double bag is two beers mixed, claimed he tried it at the Long trail Brewery, and they made a sort of black & tan in their pitcher.

that being said, this was a great summer beer, perfect for the cook-out I bought it for.

The appearence was amber, dark gold, with a little to no head.
Defintely well carbonated, lots of bubbles travelling up the long pilsner glass.

The taste was excellent and reminded me of an American strong Ale. I still can't believe that this beer has 7% ABV. They hid it very well with a nice hop presence, lightly malted.

This turned out to be a great session beer, but be careful, that 7% sneaks up on you.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 20:16:04 | More by blackheartbilly
Photo of Wasatch


3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to NutBrown for this brew.

Pours a clean/clear golden amber color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy off-white head, not much sticky lacing at all. The nose is malty, slightly fruity (dark), lots of caramel. The taste is slightly sweet/tangy, malty, slight dark fruits, and caramel. The finish is slightly dry. Alcohol is hidden very well, would not think this to be a 7.2% ABV brew. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 01:19:18 | More by Wasatch
Photo of cdoublev


4.83/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If anybody has read some of my other reviews, this beer was recommended by the same guy as the Stone Ruination IPA. It pours a clear amber color with a sticky head that stays long enough to be enjoyed for its aroma. This double ale is a smoothe beer that hides its alcohol very well. If taking a blind taste test, I would say it had the same as any other beer on the market even though it sits at a nice 7.2%. It goes down nicely with very little bitterness which is nice if you're just looking for something to have after a hard days work. All in all, this is one of the best beers I sell at work and would recommend it to anyone looking for something new to try.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 03:49:39 | More by cdoublev
Photo of kenito799

New York

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice.

Coppery amber with white head that recedes to a ring and leaves a few wisps of lace.

Aroma is quite nice, very aromatic with fruity winey notes, even a hint of cherry. Mouthfeel somewhat viscous.

Taste is unique, as unique as the Long Trail Ale altbier...this one is sweeter up front, smooth, but then a woody, powdery bitterness kicks in and carries through into the finish...inviting another sip to replenish the aromatic sweet malty notes, only to have them banished by that beguiling dry altbier bitterness. Alcohol well hidden, perhaps best detected in the mouthfeel which is a bit heavier than the lower ABV LT Ale. Really nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 00:09:39 | More by kenito799
Photo of mshallah

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with deep red tones. Minimal head retention with a thin persistent ring of foam. Smell is invitingly sweet and fruity and almost dessert-like. Taste is huge, lots of malt up-front and a very distinct banana flavor. Not a hint of ale yeast banana fruitiness, but full-on like you just ate a chicita. This beer is perfectly hopped with bittering levels to balance all this sweetness. Believe it or not, this big 7.2abv beer is a great cross-over beer for macro swillers because it just tastes great.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2007 14:27:34 | More by mshallah
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - orange amber pour, bright and clear. A thin layer of soapy head goes away readily. Some layered rings of lace.

Aroma - fairly full malt aroma. A sweet yeasty undertow, a bit buttery. Fades somewhat but still nice.

Taste - light maltiness starts out. Spreading across the palate, hops and a light alcohol presence dominate rather quickly. The hops are mildly fruity at first, turning dry and pretty bitter on the swallow. They impart an orange kind of flavor, picked up mostly on the swallow and aftertaste. Alcohol intensifies the ending, not very subtle but it adds a little more flavor. A rather sour bite at the end, too.

Mouthfeel - thin, crispy, but not so great for me. A little smoothness would work here.

Drinkability - a pretty decent brew with some nice variety for the tastebuds. Thanks to afatty for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 18:15:39 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with very little head. The aroma is somewhat sweet with some alcohol. Syrupy and malty taste. The alcohol is very evident. Nice tasting beer. The mouthfeel is smooth and slick. Quite drinkable for being 7.2% ABV. Overall, I enjoyed this beer. It goes down easy and the ABV is in the range that I like.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 01:34:52 | More by uconnalum2
Photo of Brad007


3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a medium brown color. The aroma is rich and malty with hints of alcohol in the backbone. The taste confirms this with nothing but malt, a slight hint of hops and strong alcohol taste. Definitely not a session ale or for the weak. Somewhat drinkable still.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2007 01:05:05 | More by Brad007
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy


3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a reddish hue, one of the redder beers Ive seen. Almost no foam and only tiny bubbles.

Smell- Smell is very very mild, only tiny hints of hops.

Taste- Distinct three part taste, opens with light carbonation and hint of caramel and hops, towards the middle the caramel and hops combine to fill the mouth but dont overpower you, finishes with the hops and caramell subsiding to a mildly bitter end. Taste is almost a rollercoster.

Mouthfeel- Not overly carbonated and medium in heaviness.

Drinkability- Kinda heavy at 7apv and a few would fill you up pretty well.

Overall a very pleasant, complex beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2007 21:11:53 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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West Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a flaired tulip glass from a brown long neck bottle with a crimped on cap.Another Long Trail via Sudsdog.

Clear,medium amber with a bright reddish hue. 1"off-white head faded quickly to a ring of foam, some stings of tiny bubbles racing from the center of the glass leaving no lacing at all.

Clean complex aromas,very fruity,burnt carmell with a tinge of alcohol,some sweet malt,grassy,wiffs of candied apples. Interesting,pleasing aroma.

Sweet fruity taste with booziness,syrupy carmellness,some mid taste tangyness,finishes with a boozy citrus rind bitterness. A bit off balanced with the alcohol presence thought it would be a bit more hidden.

Smooth,medium towards thick mouthfeel,feels like a lighter bodied doubble bock than an altbier.
Had no trouble finishing the beer,couldn't drink a lot of this one. Not a bad beer,maybe caught me a bit off guard being called an altbier.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 03:38:09 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I saw this in the beer store and bought it on a whim - 6 / 12oz botlles, for $6.99

It pours a clear orange/amber, short head that faded fast, not a real lacey beer.

I don't smell much, it's ice cold, maybe thats why?*
*NOTE: I let some of it warm and smelled it, it was kind of a malt and date type of smell, nothing special.

The taste and mouthfeel are good.
I got more from the taste/mouthfeel than the smell would have led me to believe.
Nice malty sweetness up front, the raisin/date taste comes into play and then the slight warming of alcohol, I didn't taste any hops/biterness.

For a 7.2%abv beer, it's exceptionally drinkable for an exceptional beer drinker, like myself!

Drink On!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 00:08:23 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of capo56


4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a very thin off-white head leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The smell is very malty and caramel along with a decent amount of hops.
T: The taste is mainly caramelized malt, but was good. There’s a little bit of hops. The after taste was dry and sweet. basically it ss what I’ve come to expect from this style.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but clean.
D: Tasty, It dose go down real easy, and it is not very filling.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
I didn’t notice that it has a 7.20% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 14:19:27 | More by capo56
Photo of warmstorage


3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber, states bottled 11/24/06. Purchased in Warren, VT for approx $3.49.

Pours a deep copper bordering on light red. Off-white head, medium thick at first, dissipates rapidly, leaving significant cover of lacing.

Aroma is bread, fruit, and deep malty sweetness.

Taste is malty sweetness all the way, with just enough hops to carry it through, and a slight hint of spice that feels more from yeast than hops.

Mouth is slightly creamy, but slightly tingly with a very small alcohol warmth.

Overall, a tasty beer, and something I've bought a few times over the years. It's nothing astonishing, but it's a technically very well done beer, and appears to be done with care.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 04:34:45 | More by warmstorage
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double Bag pours a clear red orange with a healthy head. Smell is rich and malty, almost vinous, like red wine. Its sweet and fruity with just a hint of diacetyl. Taste is sweet caramel malts with nice flavors of dark fruits. Spicy hops back up the sweet malt flavor with a nice spiciness. Diacetyl is there in the aftertaste but light and balenced, a very enjoyable level. Double Bag is my favorite beer from Long Trail.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2007 04:13:24 | More by ericj551
Photo of arnulfooxblood


4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance--Copper in color, roughly 1cm of loose bubbly head. Notable carbonation.

Taste/Mouthfeel--Very nice altbier. Perfectly balanced beer. No discernible alcohol flavor despite being over 7%. Crisp, clean and slightly dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability--Frighteningly easy to drink, but after a couple you realize that this had a kick to it.

I don't know of too many breweries that make two different alts, but Long Trail has certainly proved that it's worthwhile.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 13:37:41 | More by arnulfooxblood
Photo of builder53


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

Pours a pure copper, with a moderate yet dense off-white head that dissipates in 1-2 minutes with minimal lacing. Nose is of grain and malts with just a hint of lemon/ orange peel. Taste is of burnt caramel, cherry, and moderate hoppiness.Mouth feel is very good, full and creamy. Finish is a somewhat dry hoppy one, with a light lingering bitterness on the palate. All in all a well crafted beer that drinks quite smoothly after the palate adjusts about half way through the first one!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 04:09:42 | More by builder53
Photo of vitamaltz


4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'll second what most other people have said about this beer. It pours pure copper - like pennies from heaven. The smell is big barley with some fruit and a little dried spice, not sure what. I'm most impressed with the aroma since I have a bum nose that's usually too clogged up to smell much. Mouthfeel is a nice middle of the road. I love malty beers, but if they're too unbalanced the taste seems thin. This has enough hop to counterweight the malt, but buttery sweet malt is what it's all about. You'll never taste the alcohol, but after sipping for a while I did notice some numbness in my tounge. It's not a once-in-a lifetime beer, but one of these at the brewery after a day at Killington made me feel like I lacked nothing in life...

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2007 20:09:32 | More by vitamaltz
Photo of granite

New Hampshire

4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into alt glass

A--- Polished copper with a one inch white head that faded quickly leaving behind lace and legs.

S---Malt, brown sugar, apricot and slight esters.

T---Slight caramel sweetness and saltine crackers flavored base malt forward. More intense malt with just enough bitterness to balance followed. It finished with a subtle alcohol presence that was warming.

M---Medium bodied

D---One of my top all-time favorites and I drink it year-round. It’s just dry enough to quench on a hot day and at 7%, it could melt a snow bank if you happen to fall in one after a 6-pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 15:05:20 | More by granite
Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,199 ratings.