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Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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1,235 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,235
Reviews: 522
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 52
Gots: 74 | 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 madjr80


3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer had that dark wood appearance, with a kicking smell. The aroma reminded me a little bit of medicine (maybe because of the high alcohol content). I really did enjoy this beer. I don't think i would want more than 3 in a night, because of its potency. I would like to tr"y it on draft some time. Overall its a good brew and I agree with the guy that says "too many of these will put you in the bag."

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 03:32:57 | More by madjr80
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 02:29:44 | More by Gmann
Photo of walshclimb


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

Nice looking reddish browh with 1/2" tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves continuous to spotty lace. Very active bubbling in the body. Smelss big and malty with a hint of sweetness. The initial flavor is excellent big malt with light bread and a very smooth transition to nicely balanced malt and bitter hop aftertaste. Medium to full bodied with slightly dry texture and lively9 carbonation. This is a great beer and one that I wish were more widely available. It has a very nicely balanced flavor that is just a little sweet. This is a big beer that feels a lot more traditional than some of America's other big beers. It is not overwhelming in any way. No need for making faces due to overabundant hops. Very pleasant and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 23:32:02 | More by walshclimb
Photo of Folderol

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now this is what I call a session beer. (Yeah, I know... way too strong, but that's how I like 'em!) Looks good, decent but not huge head although it recedes pretty quickly. Smell is sweet malt, nothing special really. It's the taste that makes this brew. Smooth full-bodied well-balanced mix of sweet malt and hops. Mouthfeel is good too, finely carbonated and just chewy enough. Loses some of that as I get to the bottom of the glass and lose the carbonation, but up to that point it's a really smooth brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 03:31:02 | More by Folderol
Photo of BWH3


3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Bag Long Trail
12 oz bottle in Pint Glass at 50 degrees F

Appearance: Thin, quickly fading tan head atop pale clear brown alt. No red hints. (3.0)

Smell: Oh so sweet caramel with a touch of vanilla creaminess. Hops seem musky. (3.5)

Taste: Hits first with creamy sweetness quickly chased away by a mild yet firm bitterness. Finishes with earthy hops. Too little alcohol warmth. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Average, mid-bodied and appropriate for style. (4.0)

Drinkability: Pretty enjoyable despite somewhat unpleasant initial hop presence. Good but not exceptional. (4.0)

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 11:10:28 | More by BWH3
Photo of PSUDREW


3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

really dug this beer. pours a nice golden color, little head, very little lacing.
Very grassy nose. almost nothing else there
Last pretty matly, but not overly sweet and very crisp. definantly can notice the hops, but not in a dominant way. kind of a chewy mouthfeel, but overall the body is pretty good. Very drinkable, good beer all around

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 03:30:46 | More by PSUDREW
Photo of KevinB

New York

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

Served 12oz bottle,pour revealed a nice rich rubiginous, copper body, topped off with a 1 finger whey head. Head quickly retreated leaving some sporadic lacing behind.
Smell is bready, malty and has sweet candy notes of caramel and toffee.
Taste is malty, nice sweetness upfront, slowly gets more hoppy and ends with bitter notes. Overall nice warm alcohol, feeling.
Mouthfeel is very pleasant, it's a medium bodied brew, with a decent amount of carbonation. The beer is warming, tongue numbing and has a dry, somewhat bitter finish.
Overall Double Bag is a really good brew, it's a highly drinkable smooth tasting strong beer, I definitely recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 06:48:03 | More by KevinB
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Orange/amber that with high clarity. Extremely minimal shake of head that disappeared immediately- not sure if due to the beer or the age of where attained.

A: Yeasty and bready. Malty and nice balance.

T: Alcohol content was hidden up front. Feel it a bit on the back end but doesnt hold on or overpower. Sense of fruits right up front and hops as well. I may be wrong on this one, but a sense of potential cherries on the back enbd.

M: Extremely thin and smooth. Carbonation was minimal and thickness matched the flavores of the beer.

D: Very drinkable given the abv. Enjoyed it with a burger and could have enjoyed a few more.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 01:07:58 | More by marcpal
Photo of BabaJohn


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

This is a delicious beer. From what I understand, alts are german style beers fermented with ale yeast but treated in the same manner as a lager. Well, both characteristics come out in this brew with nice, clean and refreshing lager traits balanced and complemented by fruity esters and malt sweetness and body. Fruits, berries (cranberries, blackberries and some cherries) and caramel sugar in the nose. It is a nice, clear, medium brown color with red highlights and a thin, white, bubbly head. Tastes malty and sweet but with enough bitterness to satisfy the hop-heads; a very balanced presentation in all. Both malt and hops are fully enjoyed in this brew. Smooth mouthfeel and reasonable carbonation. I can’t really remember a beer in which the alcohol is so disguised. It’ll make you want to down a few, so watch out.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 02:02:09 | More by BabaJohn
Photo of Biscuit033


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

Heard that Long Trail was coming back to the Philly area and had to get Some Double Bag. It was one of my favorites while I lived in CT.

12oz. Bottle

A: Poured a burnt orange/amber color with a one finger head that stayed around as I drank. Also there was some nice lacing.

S: Toffee, brown sugar/molasses smell with a bit of fruit or flowery sweetness.

T: Similar to the smell with toffee in the fore front and a hint of hop bitterness to smooth any would be alcohol flavor.

M: Very smooth. Perfect Carbonation.

D: Goes down very easy especially for its abv.

As a side note I drank one of these one night after drinking a rather hoppy amber ale and the complexity of the beer jumped out much further. It reminded me of a tripel mixed with a Quad. The sweetness and richness of the malts really came through.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 01:33:27 | More by Biscuit033
Photo of Jmamay22

New York

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

I'm not a big Long Trail fan, but a friend recommended this one so I picked up a single. As far as I recall this is also my first altbier. On to the review...

Double Bag pours a beautiful dark amber with a full thick light brown head. Great head retention and amazing looking beer.

Smells of sweet bready malts. There's a little bit of a farmhouse mustiness, but this scent is far from a farmhouse Belgian saison. It's not musty, but an earthy tone. There are some definite fruit characteristics too. The fruit melds well with caramel and brown sugar characteristics. Very complex and wonderful scent.

Taste is not as complex as the nose, but this is a highly enjoyable beer. Tastes of the aforementioned fruit which gives way to bready malts and finishes with floral hop spiciness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light. The abv is very well hidden and makes this a dangerously drinkable brew. By far my favorite Long Trail brew. I will definetly be picking up a six pack of this next time I visit the liquor store.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 16:26:37 | More by Jmamay22
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
Photo of uconnalum2


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
Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,235 ratings.