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Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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very good

1,395 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,395
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 61
Gots: 133 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Straight to the point...
The overwhelming taste here is...booze.
That shouldn't be the forefront of any beer.
Other flavors include caramel, toffee, prunes. Like drinking a port.
Some nice flavors in there, but the booze hits first and lingers around the other flavors for too long.
Not my kind of thing.

SoulFroosh, Sep 30, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Date: 08/30/14
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Bottled: 07/18/14
Glass: Lawson's Tulip

* First, I need to mention that I made the mistake of sampling this side by side w/ Freigeist Hoppeditz (a true Doppelsticke Alt from the Dusseldorph region of Germany), which was a huge mistake as it showed all the glaring weaknesses of this attempted American rendition.

Pours a light brown almost golden in color w/ only a few bubbles of carbonation that produced little to no lacing. Aromas of candied sugar, treacle, caramel, light toffee, and that somewhat signature German yeast/basement mustiness. The taste was almost like the nose, candied and caramel/toffee up front, leading into booziness and herbal hops. Medium bodied and a touch lush and slightly sticky, versus clean and crisp like a good Alt should. Somewhat drinkable, the stickiness that it should not have hinders it severely.

Overall, a good try from Long Trail at a true Doppelsticke Alt, but I still felt bad for it in the glass next to Freigeist! It is very hard to duplicate such a delicate German style that is so refined, which is why so few American breweries dabble in them.

mikeyv35, Sep 24, 2014
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Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,395 ratings.