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Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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1,284 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,284
Reviews: 525
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 55
Gots: 99 | 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 ATLbeerDog


3.28/5  rDev -15.5%

Pours amber/red with as mall 1/8 off white head. Aromas of floral hops dominate. First taste is way smooth and much less hoppy than the aroma indicated. There are a couple of favors at work here that I cannot easily identify. Is it smoke? Oak chips? Overall not a bad beer.

08-23-2008 00:11:51 | More by ATLbeerDog
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.15/5  rDev -18.8%

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.

08-22-2008 22:59:05 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of thekevlarkid


4.3/5  rDev +10.8%

On tap at the brewery, as it should be. Appealing amber/orange color with a two-finger, off-white head. Head dissipated after a minute or two but bubbles continue to rise. Good looking brew. Aromas of toffee, sweet malts and alcohol esters. Good flavors, roasted malt and sweet malt which is cut by floral hops, hints of caramel and nuts. A little alcohol heat appears at it warms up. Very smooth, perfect light/medium carbonation. For 7.2% this is unusually drinkable and could be dangerous (convince your girlfriend to drink a pair and you'll have a fine night!). Well balanced and probably Long Trails best beer.

08-20-2008 15:29:03 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of sleazo

New York

2.83/5  rDev -27.1%

A_Clear brown with an off wite one finger head. Settles in as a decent sized cap.

S_Aroma is not very strong. Mild fruity esters and sweet malt.

T_The beggining of this is very fruity, pineapple and papaya like tropical fruit dominate. This is followed up by an extreme malt rush akin to a dark liquid malt extract. The finish is mildly boozy and give a slight bitter edge which veers towards the vegetable side of things.

M_Slightly on the thicker/syrup side of things, mild carbonation.

D_Meh. The fruity esters tend to dominate here and it isn't too good of a thing. A passable beer at best, at best.

08-18-2008 02:42:06 | More by sleazo
Photo of generallee

New York

4.3/5  rDev +10.8%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It had a deep copper color with visible carbonation and nice clarity. The head was thin, light tan in color and faded fast leaving spotty bubbles on top of the liquid. A small amount of lace was left on the glass.

Smell: The aroma had a sweet malty character with caramel notes and mild hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: On the tongue there is a thick sweet malt presence with sweet biscuit and caramel notes. The sweetness is balanced nicely by a strong herbal and leafy hops that seems to take over by the finish. The finish is slow and the flavor seems to stick on the tongue. It has a medium body with a creamy smooth texture and carbonation is active yet very mild.

Notes: It is a strong beer with bold flavor. Very well done!

08-15-2008 19:02:34 | More by generallee
Photo of steinlifter


4.53/5  rDev +16.8%

Poured an orange/brown,head diminished and retained a tight collar.
The aroma was fruity and whiffs of floral hops,bit of an astringent whiff.
Taste was delicious, hops hit up front but quickly followed by an immense malt character, I give the malt the edge here however is balanced well,and finishes quite smoothly.
Mouthfeel, is bubbly and creamy.
The drinkability on this is fantastic!I was surprised at how good this was!..excellent stuff..

08-04-2008 15:22:19 | More by steinlifter
Photo of Proteus93


4.43/5  rDev +14.2%

A: A deep orangish gold - crisp amber. White head, with a consistency somewhere between creamy and seafoam. Doesn't last incredibly long, but leaves a nice full layer of head over the brew.

S: Very floral - quite a pleasant scent. Some sweet citrus notes - like sweet, canned tangerines.

T: Sweet, sugary - something similar to the sweet syrup in the tangerine can. Quite nice, a honey essence. and a light bittering finish. Very tasty, and absolutely no hints of alcohol in there. VERY well hidden. Some toffee like qualities in there.

M + D: Medium carbonation, a fuller body. The surprisingly tasty flavour and well hidden alcohol makes tihis decievingly easy to drink. Sip away the best you can!

07-26-2008 22:32:10 | More by Proteus93
Photo of morebeergood


3.4/5  rDev -12.4%

Had the pleasure of having a pint yesterday while having lunch at the LT brewery on the drive home from the VT beer fest. Served in a pint glass. Brownish red hue to the color, bordering on a hint of orange. Smell didn't hit me with much. Taste was good, a nice balance of hops and malt. Though for a strong ale, the flavor seemed a bit subdued. I guess I am used to beers knocking my proverbial socks off. This was nice beer to enjoy with some food, as it's a bit strong (+7%), so some food in the stomach was good before driving. Besides the Ale, this is my second most favorite beer that LT makes.

07-22-2008 00:02:53 | More by morebeergood
Photo of MrMonkey

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a reddish amber with darker highlights and a one-finger light tan head that recedes pretty quickly and leaves only spotty lacing.

Smell is sweet malts, toffee and caramel, dried apricots, some sweet fruits, a whiff of alcohol, and just a hint of floral/piny hops.

Taste is sweet malts and toasted grains up front. There's a bit of spice from the alcohol, some tart fruits, and a minor hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Pretty good drinkability. Not quite a session beer, but smooth and tasty enough to enjoy more than one at a time.

07-21-2008 19:32:28 | More by MrMonkey
Photo of chefnash51


4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

A - Light brown, with a tinge of copper to it. 1" think white head that stuck around. Good retention. Didn't leave much lacing behind.

S- Hints of alcohol and spices.

T - great crisp malt taste. Some notes of brown sugar, hop leaves a bitter trail behind.

M - Crisp. this beer is a smooth one that I could sip on for awhile or go through a sixer in a sitting. On the higher side for carbonation.

D - This was one of my first craft beer loves, and I like to re-visit from time to time. 7% makes this a non-session beer.. but I usually find myself drinking in concession. Goes down with ease and that 7% can sneak up on you.

07-18-2008 15:58:55 | More by chefnash51
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3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

A: snifter. nice amber color with a lot of orange to it. off-white head. great retention and moderate to low lacing.

S: nice bouquet of apples. citrus hops, pears, some spices...mostly clove.

T: nice spiced flavor. some fall fruits, apples and pears. the end is a little bitter.

M: nice and smooth. very crisp. carbonation level is a little high. very enjoyable.

D: nice brew! very easy to drink...especially at more than 7%. good flavors. before seeing the ABV, I though that I could drink several of these.

07-03-2008 05:14:01 | More by paulthebeerguru
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4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

Served in a pint glass at the Long Trail Brewery in Bridgewater Corners, Vermont.

Pours a clear medium amber with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of caramel, floral/citrus hops & toffee. Up front flavors of carmelized malt and grapefruit hops are well balanced highlighting each other. Medium body and carbonation, this is a mouth cleansing beer with a dry finish and has a lemon rind/espresso bitterness in the aftertaste. Clean flavors, crisp and well balanced, very drinkable for the 7.2% ABV.

07-01-2008 14:39:08 | More by scottg
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3.63/5  rDev -6.4%


Received this is a recent trade with israel, thanks again! Long Trail's Double Bag fills the glass a perfectly clear amber with orange highlights throughout the glass. Carbonation rises from all over the bottom of the glass. The off white head grew to two fingers on the pour and after a few drinks settled to a solid cap leaving chunky lace lines behind. This is a very good looking beer.

The first thing that's hits me in the aroma is the nuttiness from the malt. There's a touch of floral hoppiness floating around in the background and a nice addition of caramel throughout that adds to the nuttiness. There's a ghost like alcohol presence just sort of gliding through here and there.

The flavor follows the aroma fairly closely. A malt driven caramel and nuttiness lead the way allowing the floral hoppiness to rise and fall throughout. The hops even show a touch of citrus on the tongue. The alcohol is a little more pronounced in the flavor then the nose suggested but overall this is a good beer.

The mouthfeel of this beer is the standout point. Double Bag is luxuriously rich and creamy right off the bat. The body slides through without a problem. The only thing keeping this from getting a 5 is that it seems to get a little light in the back of the throat and a little heat is present.

This is an easy enough beer to drink. It's a good beer but just seems a little dull. I would happily drink a few in a sitting but the abv could catch up rather easy after a couple more.

This is a solid alt from Long Trail. Although alts really aren't something I drink all that often this was an enjoyable beer. I wouldn't mind giving this another try if I had a couple more. Thanks again Israel.

06-27-2008 01:38:39 | More by joe1510
Photo of AJFitz

New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearence: Light brown with a copper coloring. Nice tan head, about one finger thick. Head dissipates quickly, but still has good lacing all the way down.

Smell: Nice light malty smell, with a hint of hops. Neither smell is overwhelming, good balance between the two.

Taste: Sweet with a nice light malt taste, then finishes with a taste of hops. Again, good balance between the two.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium fullness. Not too thick, not too thin.

Drinkability: Great beer, easy to drink, great taste. Definitly one of my favorites from Long Trail.

06-19-2008 14:46:32 | More by AJFitz
Photo of mlasher1


4.28/5  rDev +10.3%

I love this beer.

Pours copper with a single finger head which leaves good lacing. Head diminishes into a thin film within a few minutes.

Smells of hops and malt balanced to perfection.

Wonderful sweet start quickly followed by hoppy bitterness.

Drinkability suffers due to the alcohol content and medium body, but 1 or two is definitly managable.

06-18-2008 01:56:22 | More by mlasher1
Photo of iceball585

New York

4.3/5  rDev +10.8%

A- Brownish copper color, semi-clear, thin layer head that dissolved quickly, some bubbles rising throughout

S- Caramel malts, grains, brown sugar, floral hops, hint of butterscotch

T- Toasted grains, biscuits, dark malts, caramel, toffee, mild hop bitterness

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, slightly dry finish

D- Worth buying again and again

This beer is great for anytime of the year. Not too dark for summertime and not too light for winter.

06-17-2008 22:44:04 | More by iceball585
Photo of Matty1918


3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a drak amber with a nice tan head with a good amount of lacing.

Nice aroma of citrus up front with hints of sweet malts.

First sip is very creamy with some nice toasted malts. A nice slight bitterness that is hidden by the taosted sweet malts. A nice mellow nutty flavor and a hint of clove. Very nice brew.

I'd buy this again with no regrets. I could see drinking these on a summer night in front of a campfire or in front of my TV watching the Pats kick butt.

06-15-2008 18:51:21 | More by Matty1918
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%

Pours clear,golden brown with a decent head and a thin, sticky lace.
The aroma is coffee,roasted malts with some very light chocolate notes.
The taste is roasted malts,caramel,sweet and some hop notes.
The overall feel is mild bitterness that is well balanced with cream and grains. The hops are just fine and it goes down really smooth. Carbonation can be high,but everything compliments itself. Tiny notes of metallic flavor with the alcohol coming through as it warms.
Notes: Not for session. The ABV is not the only obstacle,it is that the beer is medium to full bodied. One can sip or drink it quickly. Good tasting.

06-02-2008 17:24:54 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of TwinSox33

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

By far the CLASS of the Long Trail Lineup! This beer has a rich amber color, and a pretty good head. It smells sweet and malty. The taste is malty, sweet, and there is a hint of hops with a citrus tinge in there somewhere, strangely enough. It's smooth mouthfeel can lead you to keep drinking..Beware! The strong ABV is hidden well in this intense flavour experience. Bravo Long Trail!

05-06-2008 04:09:14 | More by TwinSox33
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3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

Apperance: Pours a nice amber color with a thin white head. The head goes away rather quick.

Aromas: Wonderful scents of chocolate malts. Slight hints of hop aroma.

Taste: More hints of chocolate malt sweetness. Lightly crisp mouthfeel with mild hopiness.

Notes: This is certainly a beer to be enjoyed year round and very drinkable.Cheers

05-05-2008 01:49:26 | More by horshack7
Photo of BDIMike


4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours a nice amber color with a good amount of carbonation and a thin white head with good retention.
Smell is a good malt smell. Nice chocolate hints in the malts.
The taste has a good strong taste of malts. The hops come in and give a good hit to the pallet. The chocolate taste comes at the end and sits on the tongue.
Mouthfeel has a good thickness to it. It has a sharp taste, but very smooth going down.
Drinkability is very good. Nice smooth beer that leaves a nice taste on your tongue pushing you to take another sip.

05-01-2008 02:52:28 | More by BDIMike
Photo of desertbronze


4/5  rDev +3.1%

Got a sixer of this in a trade with YonderWanderer.

Pours with an off-white one finger head. Head fades quickly with minimal lacing in the glass. Clear orange-amber in the glass. Malty nose - no noticeable hop aroma - as is typical with this style.

Malt in the forefront with a bitter, dry finish. Good mouthfeel - leaves a pleasant aftertaste on the tongue. Goes down easy for for a 7% beer. I am looking forward to drinking the rest of this sixpack.

04-27-2008 00:27:40 | More by desertbronze
Photo of dasenebler


4.3/5  rDev +10.8%

A great brew, worthy of widespread praise. After drinking an IPA or something hoppy, the Double Bag will seem like candy, but in the best possible way.

Pours a beautiful, clear and filtered amber-brown, with a small head (this beer really isn't that carbonated). It is a double "Altbier," a German ale originally from the Rhineland. Taste is of malt, nutty sweetness, also some almost creamy, candy-like flavors. Mouthfeel is superb-- the beer is definitely "there," but its very drinkable and smooth, not too bubbly. You won't notice it's 7% ABV until it sneaks up on you.

My favorite Long Trail brew, and one of the beers that started me on a never-ending odyssey of drinking craft beer. Try it.

04-23-2008 04:59:11 | More by dasenebler
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4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

The Double Bag pours with a thin head and has a reddish golden brown color. It is sediment free and has a strong earthy fruit smell. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, dates, and a hint of citrus. Lighter carbonation makes this beer an easy drinker and less filling. The higher alcohol content is hidden by its deliciousness. My absolute favorite Long Trail brew.

04-22-2008 00:13:20 | More by Scottasaurus
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3.7/5  rDev -4.6%

Long Trail Double Bag poured copper-orange color with a creamy white head and good lace. Aroma had orange zest, a little grapefruit and bread dough. Flavor had a touch of citrus, bread, carmel malt and a mellow bitterness that peaked at the finish. Medium body and carbonation that was medium high, a touch too gassy.

The Double Bag is a pretty solid alt, but not quite equal to its inspiration, Uerige Sticke.

04-10-2008 01:09:31 | More by frazbri
Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,284 ratings.