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Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

547 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 547
Hads: 1,543
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 78
Gots: 251 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-08-1999

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.

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Reviews: 547 | Hads: 1,543
Photo of Etan
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz.

A: Pours a pretty, clear dark brass with a nice white head.

S: Smell brings moderate toffee, crisp yeast and caramelized grain, some fruity esters (grape, dried peach).

T: Taste brings mildly sweet dark bread, light molasses, crisp grain, very mild spicy hop bitterness.

M: Light-bodied with crisp carbonation.

O: Pretty nice altbier. Could drink a lot of this. (372 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Has a bright, slightly cloudy copper color. Short-lived creamy white head leaves a small amount of lacing. Aroma is rich and sweet, with notes of caramel, bread and fruit. Taste is very similar with just a slight hint of bitter hops on the finish. Has a very small carbonation and nice mouthfeel, not too thin or thick. This is a great big-flavored ale (400 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into new Belgium globe. Ive had this so many times and couldn't believe I haven't reviewed it yet.
Pours a see through amber with nice off white foam and nice lacing. Great sweet malt and alcohol aroma. Taste of sweet caramel and toffee malts. Really nice.
Slightly sharp on the abv but drinks quite nice. Really nice brew thats readily available. (368 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a pilsener glass

Copper brown, no visible carbonation, thin sudsy cap with some lacings clinging to the edge of the glass, clear

Malty sweet aroma, faint hops, fresh beer

Malt , smooth, faint hop bitterness on the sides of the tongue to smooth it out. Light to medium light mouthfeel. Faint hoppy bitterness on the after taste does not linger long.

I love this beer. One of my favorites and one that I always keep in my fridge. It is one of my " go to " beers. Malt with just the right amount of hops. Delicious. (536 characters)

Photo of 57md
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a finger of head that dissipates quickly. However, the quickly disappearing head does leave some nice lacing behind. The nose is reminiscent of biscuits. The taste is bready with some mild sweetness. There is a touch of hop bitterness that accompanies the upfront flavors.

Very drinkable in spite of the relatively high abv. (343 characters)

Photo of gr0g
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice copper color capped with a one finger head. Retention and lace formation are merely OK. Aroma is malty-sweet, floral, and fruity. I think this is the first Altbier I've tried, and it's much more estery than any German lager. I'm getting some very ripe apple, even caramel apple, and maybe some sweet grape, too.

The malty-sweet character carries over to the flavor profile. Very nicely balanced, reminiscent of a good marzen. Leads with sweet caramel/toffee malt that lingers on the palate for bit, then finishes with a crisp, clean bitterness. The hop bill, which looks to be composed of American and not noble hops, is understated but deserves credit for balancing out the maltiness. Somewhat vinous quality akin to a full-bodied white wine. Though somewhat prickly, the carbonation is otherwise unobtrusive, with the overall texture being nicely weighted.

I had long ignored Long Trail's beers, and now I'm regretting not trying Double Bag sooner. This is surely one beer that will wind up in my fridge time and again. (1,030 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice amber color, minimal head with nearly no lacing.
S - Big time sweet malts, breads and an underlying fruitiness to it that rings of a belgian quality, a small hint of alcohol.
T - Big full sweet malt, a medium and welcomed hop bite, mildly bitter, a few spices as well. Interesting and moderately complex.
M - Thin, and a bit of a dark bitterness hangs on, nothing super.
O - Actually a pretty good offering from Long Trail, I'm not really familiar with this style, but its not what I expected, but it does have a nice complexity in taste that is good and refreshing. Would really like to get this on tap. (645 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY.

Pours a clear dark amber, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells strongly of caramel and toffee- great malts here.

The taste is similar. Slightly hoppy flavor- grassy and slightly piney, with a warm rich malt flavor. The bitterness from the hops keeps the malt flavor from being too sweet, which is nice. Like drinking a big toasty piece of bread, really.

Medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, the alcohol is not present, which is awesome.

Long Trail's altbier is a great beer- not quite a traditional version, but still quite tasty nonetheless. It is better on tap than in the bottle. (669 characters)

Photo of duracell
2.39/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz into a snifter.
Pours a caramel/amber color with an almost non-existent head which disappears instantly to leave a thin topping. Smells caramel, some cereals, little earthy notes, slightly herbal at the back. Flavors are very mild and clean. Similar to the nose and, in my opinion, not so enjoyable. Moderate carbonation with low bitterness. I didn't like this one. Wonder if it's a bad bottle or I just don't like the style... (432 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance
Golden amber with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Great clarity and low carbonation.

Nose
Sweet apple cider, breads and caramel.

Taste
Very sweet apple cider-like flavors. Carnival drizzled candy apples, buttered biscuits and sweet breads. Touches of brown sugar and a subtle earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel
Medium-full bodied, clean and smooth.

Overall
Sweet and biscuity. Incredibly easy drinking and smooth for 7.2%. Always a fan of the Double Bag. (521 characters)

Photo of BTVflatlander
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich copper, very clear.

S: Very malty and fruity, almost Belgian.

T: Not especially "strong" in anything other than ABV. Deceptive.

M: Light, sweet, malty.

O: Hands down--by far--Long Trail's best year-round, probably all together. Not to mention the fact that, at just a dollar more than any other LT 6-pack, it is a steal here in Long Trail's home state. One of my choice, go-to VT sixers under $10. (409 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Tallgrass tulip.
7.2% ABV, no date.

Thanks for the bottle Chris!

A - This "Strong Ale" pours a gorgeous clear rusty amber color that shines vibrantly while topped with an off white head. Curtains of lace clutch the glass as the head disappears.

S - Double Bag has an inviting, soft and smooth aroma of sweet caramel malt and dense breadiness reminiscent of a doppelbock. Subtle fruity yeast undertones introduce notes of raisin and soft peach while toasted amber malts add a faint dryness to the finish.

T - Toast surfaces quickly, drying out the sweet caramel malt nuances for a flavor that departs from what the nose offers. Fruit esters are no longer noticeable as this ale begins to show more of it's lager traits, finishing with a touch of sour dough bread and biscuit.

M - Smooth but well carbonated, Double Bag has a nice round, medium bodied feel across the palate with a malty but dry, balanced finish.

O - Long Trail's Double Bag shows no signs of being a strong ale with it's nice malty presence and deceptively smooth finish. This is a good beer that straddles the line of ale and lager with characteristics of both coming through. (1,176 characters)

Photo of greybeardloon
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dated 07/08/12

A: Tight head that doesn't last too long but it does leave tight lacing.

S: Caramel, dusty, yeasty, doughy.

T: Heavy, sweet caramel and a strong, not sweet, dough-like yeastiness again; bracing herbal hops follow and cut through the sweetness quickly. Remarkably balanced. Really quite tasty, and the alcohol is not noticeable.

M: Medium fullness, fits the flavor perfectly.

O: Everything works well together, and this is remarkably easy to drink in spite of the abv. I want another, and it's a tough act for the Single Bag to follow. (554 characters)

Photo of JohnFatAss
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice deep amber color. White head that left some lacing and never quite went away. Got an initial whif of skunk, but that soon disapeared, after that sweet malts and floral hops.

Sweet malty taste, some alcohol spice, a little citrus hop bitternes, and a dry finish.

Man, this stuff is awsome.
Nice malty flavor, with some bite, and not too mention the 7.2% ABV kick. (372 characters)

Photo of HomeBrewer211
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I opened a bottle and poured it into a pint glass. As I drank the beer I found a nice lacing on the glass.

The Color is a deep amber.

The Aroma has hints of caramel malt

There is nice thick mouthfeel.

The Flavor has a caramel bitter to it, with a well deserved average rating.

My vote is to give it a shot and then move on. (328 characters)

Photo of greenengineer
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into my Notch 0.5L pint glass
A- clear bronze, foamy head with nice lacings - outstanding. What beer should look like.
S - slight sweetness, yeasty
T - malty sweetness, caramel, a little citrus flavor, well rounded taste. Doesn't taste like 7.2%
M - just a little crunchiness, maybe a little flat
O - an old stand by, one of my go-to brews when I'm not sure what I want. Nice ale with a high alcohol content. Very drinkable. Plus for Vermont. (457 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a moderate haze and a strong effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. Attractive.

Smell: big, sweet malt with a strong caramel character and some earthy undertones. It appeals to me, and is quite stylistically appropriate.

Taste: sweet, very caramelly malt with earthy and slightly citrusy hops. Bitterness is pretty heavy for the style, but the beer is pretty balanced. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation, although the texture is not as smooth or creamy as I would have expected for a beer with this sweetness. Decent.

Overall: this is a tasty beer, but it's a bit sweet and bitter for me for the style. Not exactly a session ale. (752 characters)

Photo of ColdWaffles
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Amber, little to no head effect.

Smell: Not particularly strong. I can smell malts, and almost a medicinal smell.

Taste: The first thing I thought when I tasted this was: "I need cheese!" This beer roared at me, basically demanding some kind of cut, blocked cheese. Anyway, this is weirdly sweet and bitter at the the same time. Can taste a solid balance of hops and malts, and then an astringent after taste. I actually like this, and I'm kind of surprised. Probably not something I'd drink all the time though.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, but slightly almost... syrupy at the end? Light carbonation.

This is an interesting beer, and I might pick some more up sometime. (739 characters)

Photo of 401J
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow

You know how you see something on a shelf several times and you've already made up your mind on how it tastes? Yeah? You should be ashamed of yourself..

as I am me.

This brew has been long recomended to me and for some reason I had made up my mind it would be some sort of participant of the pissing contest that goes on with brewers that try to hop the bejesus out of their product... but alas,, so wrong.

Poured beautifully.. Tight bubbles. head hung around and laced up like a pair of Chuck Taylors..

The nose was straight Ike Taylor.. It struck me extremely hard but had me hooked and jonesin for more.. It was honey all the way, really beautiful but a bit one dimensional..

Taste was way up my alley.. Full bodied, on the sweet side and extremely drinkable..

Great beer overall.. I will def be enjoying again soon.. (831 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a pint

Appearance – The beer pours an amber color with a two finger off white head. The head fades over a moderate level of time to give a decent level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is bready and malty with some notes of caramel and some herbal hop.

Taste – The taste begins with a lightly roasted and bready taste. Upfront there is a caramel taste that melds with the bready tastes well. Soon some bitter grapefruit and lemon hop flavors come to the tongue. Shortly after arriving these flavors seem to lose their strength. As the lemon and grapefruit dwindle a bitter herbal flavor comes to the tongue. This herbal flavor intensifies to the end where they combined with a light alcohol flavor to leave a malty and lightly bittered flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is on the rather average side, but kind of thin for a 7.2 % abv brew. Its carbonation level

Overall – It was a decent brew. It had some good malty flavors and a light herbal hop. Worth a try, but nothing that is super exceptional. A decent stronger Alt. style ale. (1,089 characters)

Photo of DukeBedford
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber in color, with one-finger head which disappears fairly quickly. Clear and very smooth. Malty, with minimal hops. I haven't figured out yet how to describe the smell, but it's clean and fresh. I really like this one. I've switched to this (from Sam Adams Boston Ale) as my default brew, with food or just by itself. (325 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 081412.

A: Pours a clear dark amber with a 1 finger white head. Dissipates over the course of a few minutes, not leaving much lacing. Not much visible carbonation at all.

S: A light fruity semi-tart aroma. Backing of malt and hints of hops. Almost an apple like quality.

T: Sweet caramel flavor complimented by sweet malts. Hoppiness in the background but mostly dominated by malt. Sort of a forced tinny-steel like alcohol flavor.

M: A little thin for what I expected. Low carbonation. Fairly easy drinking.

Overall a cheap and strong beer but lacks in complexity. (617 characters)

Photo of IronLover
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Soft amber in color with near perfect clarity. Poured with a short off-white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Caramel malt, toffee and ripe fruit aromas blend very nicely with delicate floral notes in the background. Soft, silky smooth feel with creamy, rich carbonation. Sweet caramel malt and toffee flavors up front with a tangy floral hop bite through the middle. Toasted malt flavors follow the tangy hop bite as this finishes semi-dry with a lingering biscuity, floral hop bitterness. (499 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle from New Hampshire, brought back for a recent tasting. Poured into a stein. Light chestnut - chocolate, amber when held to the light, with a half inch of head that survives as a thick ring. Some lacing flecks.

Nose is malty and sweet, with a strong blast of caramel, toffee, and either grape or raisin. Biscuit and crusty bread as well.

Good altbier, very smooth and sweet, with a bit of hops and fruit towards the back. The finish is fruity and sweet. Not too much in the way of hops. Good flavour on this, without too much complexity. Light bodied, medium to high carbonation to keep the brew from becoming cloying.

Altbiers are not my favorite style, but I do like this one. Good cold weather brew. (721 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a very unique brew. pours thick and milk chocolate brown color. lets just a little light through, and sports a lasting two inch head. smells like dark german malts, caramel, and crusty bread. the flavor is very malt forward without much sweetness. the alcohol content is very well hidden. it can be felt but not tasted. mouthfeel works well, rich and creamy beer but somehow drinkable to the max. full bodied but not heavy, moderate carbonation. this is one of the best long trail brew is my opinion, and im glad they started making it available all year. great with a nice hearty meal on an early fall night. (617 characters)

Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.