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Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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very good

1,439 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,439
Reviews: 537
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 64
Gots: 145 | 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 birderbeerer
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper beer, with a one-finger white head.

Smells a bit like a Belgian style beer. Yeast and fruit notes, but a clear hop aroma too and some caramel sweetness.

Hops and yeast are the noticeable flavors. The hops are subtle. And there's an apple and berry sweetness along with some yeast and some buttered wheat toast. It's sweet and a little sour but stops before either get to the puckering level.

Good and interesting beer.

Photo of mnrider
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle. Fresh

A: Pours a clear copper with an off white head. It turns thin quickly with little to no lacing.

S: Weak nose. Hops are floral with a little buttery caramel mixed in.

T/M: Smooth, creamy and sweet. The high alcohol is hidden well and is really only noticeable when it first hits the mouth. Mild astringency yet it is well balanced with a slight bitterness towards the end.

D: Really good brew. Best thing about it is the high alcohol level which is hidden very well. One thing though is that the taste is a little off, but still worth a try.


Photo of Clydesdale
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, slightly hazy copper color. The head has a similar tint, but it fairly meager in size, with medium texture. What little head bubbles up doesn't stick around too long, and as a result, lacing is mediocre.

S: Some medium caramel malt notes, along with some toasty/bready/nutty aroma. Some earthy, herbal, and lightly fruity hop notes. A bit of light alcohol is noticeable after the beer warms to room temperature.

T: Firm toasted bread notes up front - pleasant. Some medium caramel sweetness. A bit nutty throughout. Hop flavors are primarily earthy, but some herbal and subtly fruity notes are also present. In fact, overall dark fruit character becomes a bit more apparent as the beer warms, although it never domnates the palate. Bitterness is medium, and rather clean overall.

M: Medium body. Carbonation is delicate and tingly while maintaining a good activity level. Light stickiness up front before a mildly dry finish.

D: A nicely balanced, flavorful beer. Some enjoyable subtlety/complexity to this one, but it's a pretty easy drinker and a nice version of a somewhat uncommon style. Accessible for being a fairly big beer.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Totowa since I never had it before and it looked intriguing to me. I wasn't sure what style of beer this was until I looked on here and seeing how uncommon it is here in the United States only made this more enjoyable as I (quickly) worked my way down my pint glass. I didn't know if this was a Brown Ale or a very mellow Pale Ale but sure enough, I was wrong on both counts. That's how smooth this was and without a doubt, it's one of the more pleasant surprises that I've encountered in quite some time!

Decent pour to this with a pleasing light brown hue and some head at the onset, followed by just a hint of lacing down the sides of my pint glass. The mouthfeel was a bit light but the beer was about as well-balanced as could be expected. Notes of caramel, chocolate, creamy root beer, and earthy/floral hops could be found here but nothing was too strong. All of the notes worked well together and just a slight amount of mellow bitterness could be felt in the aftertaste. This went down pretty fast and I wasn't attempting to chug it at all. That's how well everything works together here!

Unfortunately, that's the only drawback to this beer. It's strong but you won't realize it until the whole bottle is down and the alcohol kicks in. It looks, smells, and tastes like a session beer but this isn't one by any stretch of the imagination. I could easily have more than one in a sitting but not if I was out with my friends. For the wintertime when you're stuck at home, this is a great choice to warm up and mellow out to. It's a shame that this style isn't more readily available around here but there's no need to worry - Long Trail has it nailed and for any lovers of Altbiers, this will suffice quite nicely!

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin head that quickly dissipated into delicate patterns of lacing floating on the surface.
S: There are aromas of biscuit and caramel malts in the nose along with notes of floral hops.
T: The overall taste is quite malty and has some notes of bitterness, caramel and malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. The finish has some dryness.
D: The beer is very drinkable for the style because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying to go back to some of the basics that got me into craft beer and review them. Next is Double Bag, one of my go-to beers throughout college and soon after.

Pours a fizzy and bubbly 1/2 finger head over very clear orange-copper brown colored beer.

Nose of crystal malts, semi dark malts, a little bit of brown sugar and sweetness, followed closely by some decent earthy and little herbal hops, a bit of fruit as well.

Taste starts with a fairly crisp ale, nice darker malts, a bit of caramel and brown sugar, semi sweet, a slight bit of a nutty spice flavor, mixed with more herbal and earthy hops, adding a bit of minerality, the slightest pronunciation of booze, and a decent bitterness. The finish adds a slight warming booze sensation, with a lingering minerality and herbal hop content, the bitterness ramps up a bit, a little spicy hop addition as well.

Mouth is medium to slightly bigger bodied with decent carbonation.

Drink is decent, a slight bit of booze but good for 7.2%, a bit of sweetness and minerality, the herbal hop flavors don't go as well as I remember. In fact this beer is not as much like I remember it. I remember it being a lot more malty, perhaps my tastes are a lot different and more in tune, or perhaps it has to do with the freshness as I was probably used to drinking older ones and this was bottled 12/22/10 so barely 5 weeks old.

Photo of bum732
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Sweet caramel, some herbal/esters, vanilla, desert like sweetness, perfumy, slight doughiness as it warms.

L: Clear light burnt orange. Decent light tan head that dissipates.

T: Herbal and slight caramel maltiness. Some fruity esters on the backbone. Tea-like medium-low bitterness leads to some cracker dryness.

M: Low carbonation, slick medium bodied.

An interesting beer, lots of sweetness without being too cloying. More caramel and estery, maybe not estery actually but might be from the hops.

Photo of sdj5
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper. Not much head with nice lacing.

S: Smells of estery alcohol and sweet malt.

T: Very bready, sharp, alcoholic taste but not overwhelming. Sweet, bold.

M: It is definitely sticky but with good carbonation.

D: High alcohol percentage notwithstanding, it goes down very nicely for a beer of this strength.

Photo of ElliotNess
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of smokeypeat
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of Minkybut
2.98/5  rDev -23%
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.

Photo of clayrock81
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of rlee1390
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of claspada
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of droomyster
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of hdofu
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of StaveHooks
4.18/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of huxcrunner
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of flavorshark
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of mralphabet
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Daktyls
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,439 ratings.