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Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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1,345 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,345
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 60
Gots: 117 | 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 Seanibus
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper with a medium, fluffy head that drops to very nice lacing. The aroma is surprisingly mild, with a little toasty grain, but not much else, at least straight out of the bottle. The flavor is toasty, with just a little caramel, and a spicy malt burn on the finish, a little cinnamony. I am just not getting much in the way of hops, at least at first, though a little light floral hop comes up as the beer opens in the glass. The mouthfeel is a little slick, carrying that malt burn satisfyingly down the throat.

Seanibus, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of dasmith52
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A nice dark brown color that has a nice head on it.

S: You can smell someting slightly nutty as well as a nice malty flavor.

T: A nice malty and sweet flavor that masks the higher alc content. There is also a slightly nutty flavor similar to a brown ale. There is also a nice little bitter aftertaste.

M: A thicker beer that has a nice and head to it and a good smoothness for the thickness.

D: You don't taste the higher alc content that lends itself for great drinking. Very easy to put down a couple before it catches up with you.

dasmith52, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of zeff80
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, copper/burgundy color with a small, tan head. No lace to speak of.

S - It smelled very malty almost like a brown ale. Also, some earthy and grassy notes.

T - This one in very sweet and malty. The hops are basically drowned out by the sweetness.

M - It was soft and chewy with a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. A medium bodied ale.

D - This is okay. It is not the best altbier by any means and seems a little unbalanced.

zeff80, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Jwale73, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours tea brown with a finger of ecru head.

Bready and fruity on the nose. I pick up lots of strange Belgian aromas--banana, bubblegum, spices--and those really don't belong here.

Mmm, this is delicious and goes down like water. It's almost too easy to drink, especially at 7.2%. Caramel malts with a hint of bubblegum, warming alcohol pokes through the middle, and the finish is perfectly bittered by the hops. It definitely doesn't excite the palate, but it's super smooth and it gets the job done.

There's just enough flavor and just enough body to make this exceptional, but not quite enough to make me sit and ponder its complexities.

It's a good beer. Nuff said.

IMincedTheKing, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass twice. Found this one on a whim.

A- LT double bag holds a deep copper look to it with rising bubbles. A careful pour yielded only an inch of off white head, but more of an incline could of easily added to that. Nice sheets of lace on this all the way down.

S- Reminds me of a few Lagunitas offerings with a rich caramel smell from some toasted malt additions. This also gives off some baked bread. Some earthy smelling hops hiding in the background. Has a good strong scent to it that's noticable.

T- Malt sweetness up front and a lot of it. Big caramel notes that takes the cake as far as taste. The hops used kind of only round out the taste and don't make their own impression, not bitter in any way. A nice fruit basket taste in the middle plus some faint brown sugar. The malts come back in the finish, they are huge.

M- Kind of weak for a strong ale, double bag feels more like your average beer. DB has a less than medium feel with light carbonation. For a strong ale, this one is not so strong, perhaps a style change is due. This one kind of reminds me of a weak bock.

D- I finished the bomber in a 1/2 hour so this is very drinkable although kind of one sided. 7.2% is pretty much in the middle of the spectrum, so this left me feeling nice after a shitty day, but with the option of drinking more if need be. Perhaps an AA meeting is due in my future.

The funny thing is that throughout enjoying this it kept on reminding me of lagunitas products. Perhaps they share some of the same recipes, and with the low prices, they at least have to be very similar.

BARFLYB, May 27, 2009
Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades to a thin layer leaving some lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight malty nose. Flavor is sweet malty but finishes with some bitterness. $1.65 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

jdhilt, May 26, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a fairly clear golden brown color with a minimal amount of white head.

S: Nice smell of sweet malt right off the bat. A touch of toffee in there as well. Kind of on the bland side.

T: A ton of sweetness and malt without being overbearing. The balance in this beer is really something nice and different.

M: Medium bodies. Nice carbonation. nothing to add or detract.

D: I think this is a great gateway beer for people. The body is not that heavy but the flavor is up there. At 7% it will be bearable for those just getting in to craft beer. For me it is a nice beer that drinks easier than it should.

aerozeppl, May 14, 2009
Photo of bl400315
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

poured into a pint glass, lighter shade of amber with a small white head that quickly dissapeared and hung around rim. smell brought a thick malt followed by the hops, another attempt gave hints of caramel and alcohol. smooth, grainy with a strong presence of hops- finishing with a bitter taste. a bit complex and very well balanced beer. well carbonated but a bit overwhelming, the drinkability is poorer than the triple bag in my opinion.

bl400315, May 13, 2009
Photo of yelterdow
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served a few degrees above fridge temperature in an imperial pint glass. Bottled on March 4, 2009.

Appearance- A medium amber color, this beer pours with a resiliency that sustains a three finger bone white head... solid and effectively whetting my appetite for a first long, appreciative sip. There are some nice areas of lacing drapes along the inside of the glass.

Smell- The dominant aromas of malt and phenols are upfront, with some zippy, sharp hops not far behind. The nose is grainy and husky, with that crisp, sweet smell of Vermont water always present.

Taste- Loaded with malt and hops, the flavors bring forth the clean, traditional character of an Altbier from Germany but with a heavier hand. Grain and husk carries through the middle, then a whopping hop bitterness lasts long through the swallow.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The initial entrance on the tongue is uneventful and weak, but it does improve with a swish and it remains moderately carbonated. The harsh, whipping flavors don't help make this beer a truly enjoyable experience.

yelterdow, May 04, 2009
Photo of drtth
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark, almost brown, amber with a 1" off-white or light tan head that soon recedes leaving a small ring of foam around the glass and a bit of a patch of foam on the liquid. Sipping leaves little or no lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is not strong, but offers caramel malt sweetness. There are some earthy, grassy hops detectable and there may be a hint of alcohol.

Taste: The taste is initially dominated by the caramel malt but then the hops appear with an earthy grassy character. While this sounds simple the interplay between flavors is really fairly complex and well balanced with neither the malt nor the earthy bitterness dominating.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied but with modest carbonation so it also feels soft but a bit watery. The finish is medium long, begins in sweetness but then is mostly dominated by the tapering off of the bitterness and earthy flavor of the hops.

Drinkability: The overall impression is of a well brewed well balanced beer. I enjoyed this beer and found it easy to drink. While it is not one of my preferred styles, it could grow to be, and I can see having more than one and also returning to it in the future.

drtth, May 03, 2009
Photo of blitz134
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think I was shorted a bit in the bottle. Liquid level was barely past the base of the neck. This will complete the trifecta of the series...I had Triple Bag a few months back.

Clear copper bodied with a solid 1" eggshell colored head. Sticky and persistant leaving rings of foam.

Notably sweet with candy sugar. Clean and slightly bready malt. Hints of floral and some dark fruity sweetness.

Taste is much more malty than the aroma lets on, especially in the finish. The similarities to the standard Long Trail Ale show through now. Sweetness is thankfully subdued, but is still there in the form of some dark crystal and plays nicely with the hints of alcohol. Some floral and spicy hopping work in too.

A solid medium bodied beer, helped by the residual sweetness. Nicely carbonated to a fairly low level, just enough to cut the sweet edge, remains smooth.

Overall a tasty beer. Easy to drink given its size. Its a nice interpretation to this catch all style that is usually overly hopped.

blitz134, May 02, 2009
Photo of Gosox8787
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a glass with only a slight beige head that quickly receded into a lacing. The beer was reddish orange with no haze. The smell hit with notes of caramel, fruity esters, and a small bite os hops. Loved the complexity and balance of the taste. Hit upfront immediately with caramel and sweetness from the malts. After the initial sweetness, there is a nice smokey finish, which balances well with the sweetness. There is also a slight hop bite which adds some bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice bite from the carbonation. Drinkability is good since this beer goes down smooth, despite the above average ABV.

Overall, a great, complex beer not similiar to anything I have had so far. Great choice for a session brew. Something I will go out of my way to have again.

Gosox8787, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

KTCamm, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of Windigstadt
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: BA lists this as an American Strong Ale but my understanding is Long Trail considers this a strong ("Sticke") Alt so I'm reviewing it as such...

A: Pours a brilliantly clear reddish copper with a decent ivory head. Pretty much dead-on for a strong Alt.

S: Somewhat bready aroma... I'm getting a lot of Pils and a touch of DMS (cooked veggies) along with spicy, hay-like hops.

T: A somewhat dry hop flavor unexpectedly hits your tongue up front, but that quickly gives way to a crystally malt sweetness with hints of cotton candy and cane sugar. The sweetness lingers but is forced to compete with a nice bitterness in the finish. There's a little too much pine and citrus to be noble hops, but these notes don't dominate too much so it's probably as close as you're going to get to a true Düsseldorf flavor using American hops. The balance is a tad sweeter than I would expect from an Alt, but not overly so.

M: Well carbonated but not bubbly. Light and crisp for a 7% beer.

D: At 7.2%, a beer like this could get you in trouble.

Overall: Alts (especially stong Alts) are one of my brewing passions, and Americans tend to butcher them, so I'll admit I was expecting the worst when I first poured this beer. I was especially nervous after reading on their website some the malts (mostly two-row and crystal rather than Munich) and hops (Mt. Hood) that they use. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised with the results. My biggest complaint would be that using two row and crystal rather than Munich leaves this beer more sweet than bready, and as you continue to drink the beer this leaves it a bit full and cloying. Nonetheless, it's an enjoyable beer that I wish I could get here in Chicago.

Windigstadt, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of JayNH
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep clear amber with a solid foamy head.

S- A sweet biscuity maltiness. Notes of earthy citric hops.

T- Wow! A superb clean citric hoppiness. Notes of lemons and lime. Wonderfully balanced with a rich biscuity maltiness.

M- Smoooth... Medium to full bodied, carbonation is perfect.

D- Excellent! Across the board a fantastic brew. LT's best offering. This brew is very good bottled, when it's fresh on tap it's absolutely freakin' fantastic.

JayNH, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of JVEyck309
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance - Clear tawny red/copper color. The head dissipates rather quickly leaving moderate lacing. Not overly carbonated but this is not off putting.

Smell - Caramel, toffee, biscuity, sweetness

Taste - Sweet right off the start, caramel tastes, nice amount of carbonation - much what I expected from the smell. Hop bitterness follows the inital sweetness but isn't overly intense. Very nice balance overall. Bready, caramel toffee..

Mouthfeel - Chewey, great mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Definitely a very drinkable beer. Great balance to it, the flavors are just right.

JVEyck309, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of HopDerek
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with 1 finger of foamy eggshell colored head. OK retention and some lacing. Smells of caramel, clove, and apples. Tastes of toasted grainy malts, apples, chocolate, and caramel with a very bitter pine and spicy hop finish. Medium in body with average carbonation. Sticky with a strong dry bitter finish. Drinkable, but not something I would want too often, a little too much bitterness that doesn't really mesh well with the other flavors.

HopDerek, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of argock
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Purchased as 6-pack from Ancona's Wine and Liquor Store (Ridgefield, CT) for $9.99.

A: Brickish dark caramel with 1-2 finger light tan head with average retention and sheeting lace at the top with some tapering as progress occurs.

S: Sweetly nutty with light malt aromas reminiscent of walking outside a brewery combined with herbal hops. Warming accentuates some raisin aromas.

T: A big-time malt bomb which has enough herbal hops to cut the sweetness very effectively. Dominant flavors include caramel, butterscotch, and light chocolate tones but a nice herbal, earthy hops twist at the end makes this interesting and prevents what would probably be a cloying sweet finish. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M: A little lighter bodied than I was looking for/hoping for but still easy-to-drink. Aftertaste is caramel and sweet with an herbal hops tanginess and lasts.

D: An enjoyable malty ale with an interesting hops twist. A nice ale with a wide appeal.

argock, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of talkinghatrack
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - clear amber with a quickly dissipating head

s - minimal hops here. Crisp apples and spice. Beer version of a cider.

t - big toasted malts, some chocolate. Bitter earthy, toasted finish puts a nice masking on the 7.2% ABV.

m - medium body with a light body swallow. Lots of mouth-coating with a hint of numbing.

d - good stuff. I could see this as a session beer if I was in the mood and planned on slow-sipping only a few glasses during an evening. The burnt and bitter aftertaste might catch up on me in the long run, though.

talkinghatrack, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of sprucetip
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes. Bottle into goblet.

Clear copper, little head, no lacing.

estery heat in the nose, grainy, touch of sweetness.

Dry graininess, slight bitterness but with no hop flavor. Alcohol and some malty sweetness. Doesn't quite work for me.

Thin side of medium body, strong carbonation and alc warming, dry texture and finish.

To me, the flavors don't blend or balance well, a bit too dry, not enough body. Glad a got a 12oz instead of 22, sorry to say.

sprucetip, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of dstrand
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Deep copper/amber. Not much of a head on this one. A thin white ring, quickly disappeared.

S - Lots of herbal, floral, sweet malt notes. Definately made me curious.

T - A srong malt taste, sweet, fruity, and herbal hops. A slight taste of alcohol.

M - Smooth, full bodied.

D - For a 7.20% ABV, it was very drinkable. Leaves a sweet, then slightly bitter taste. Very Good.

dstrand, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of m1ked
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is from my notes 5.08, from a trade with Channan- thanks

A- Clear orange copper with minimal- no head. Had a few bubbly streamers.

S- Malty, brown sugary sweet, caramelish.

T- Light & sweet malty creaminess, slight astringent bite at the tail end. Prefer the front half of it.

M- Well carbonated, feels thin to me.

D- On the sweet side, but super easy for me to drink, OctoberFest like.

m1ked, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of pandashaver
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Foamy white 1.5 finger head atop an red amber brown translucent body. After head dwindled, enough still remained to get those nice aromas.

S - Malts, cheddar cheese, nuts. Incredibly, strong rye smell came forth as it warmed. Served in a pint glass. Will try in a snifter next time to get more volatiles.

T - Very complex. Initially spiced, slightly sweet, and even a bit peppery. Then it turns slightly bitter, and ends lightly sticky, sweet, and warming on the tongue from some alcohol detectable in the finish.

M - Excellent medium body. Nice foam from the head. Sticky and bitter finish leaves you satisfied, but wanting another sip.

D - Very drinkable, especially with a flavorful meal of cheese/beef/pork.

Will buy again, possibly a six pack!

pandashaver, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of necrat
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my long time favorites, I have always enjoyed the this beer. Pours a nice dark copper color. The beer left a 2" head in a beer glass, with a lot of lacing.The smell is of malts and slightly sweetness to it. The taste is remarkable. Its very malty with a nice sweetish taste to it that has a little alchohol and even a slight hint of Caramel. When held in the mouth, the alchohol taste is more present, but definatley not over bearing. Has a nice aftertaste almost wheatish, that makes you want to sip again. The beer has no sign of being 7.2% by drinking alone.

necrat, Feb 01, 2009
Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,345 ratings.