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Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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1,275 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,275
Reviews: 523
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 53
Gots: 96 | 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 Rifugium


3.5/5  rDev -10%

First had: on tap at Tavern 17, Philly, PA

Poured a burnt copper color with a thin white layer of a head. Toasted malt aroma with hints of caramel. Caramel malts on the tongue, with light graininess, and some hop bitterness balancing things out. Medium bodied with a bit of a metallic aftertaste, but overall drinkable.

05-13-2011 17:39:22 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Bendurgin


3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

Poured this into a tulip. This one pours a clear copper color with about a finger of beige head. The head dies down and leaves a thin bubbly rim of foam.

Lots of malt here with a bit of floral and fruity hops. A bit of ginger and peaches. Finishes nicely with a light hop aroma. Similar to the nose. Floral hops with a big caramel malt body. I get peaches and a bit of spiciness.

Nice light body on this. A little bit on the side of low carbonation. Overall, a good beer hear. I'm relativly unfamiliar with the style so I'd be interested to see a few more.

05-10-2011 23:50:26 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of OrangeAmps


3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

Grabbed one of these at the yankee spirits.

the body is a dark golden color with a large white head that lingers. the body is pretty simple and easy going down. A balanced amount of malts with a slight hop smell.

the hops are somewhat subdued, but then again, so are the malts. A very drinkable, but not particularly memorable, beer for me.

05-06-2011 04:27:49 | More by OrangeAmps
Photo of DrinkingDrake


3.93/5  rDev +1%

Grabbed one of these at the Foundry. A dark copper color with a lot of frothy head. A pretty light and simple body. A balanced amount of sweet caramel malts with a floral hop aroma. The hops are subdued compared to the malty sweetness. Malts are present but take a back seat to the hops in the taste. However the body is balanced well. A toasty body that compliments the pretty intense hop flavors.

04-24-2011 22:38:02 | More by DrinkingDrake
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Presently in the top 10 Altbiers here on BA.

A: Mildly hazy, ruby brown color with a substantial one finger or so head that had tremendous staying power.

S: A bit of toffee and nut character, with a bit of malty and bready sweetness.

T: Same as the nose only more intensified. It had a pleasant, mildly bitter finish. The sweet-bread character really came to the foreground the more sips I took.

M: The carbonation was surprisingly very low, but it worked here. I got a prickle every now and again. The lacing left on the glass was a sight to behold.

O: Good stuff! I had some wasabi mix on hand, which was a good choice.

04-16-2011 19:03:34 | More by Chaney
Photo of ILiveOffHops

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -1%

One of Long Trail's best regulars. Pours into a tulip with a solid white head with a perfect cap and nice lacing. Raisins, dark fruits, currants, molasses. Nicely lightly carbonated.

This is a nice strong brew from Long Trail that always hides it's true ABV.

03-20-2011 04:40:09 | More by ILiveOffHops
Photo of phantomwyse


3.85/5  rDev -1%

A: Pours a copper colored body with hints of rust brown. Perfectly clear with a half finger of eggshell white head.

S: Apple skin, musty dried fruit, creamed corn, slightly metallic.

T: Sweet and fruity up front - apples, a bit of raisons, prunes, figs. Then it turns plenty malty with warm dinner rolls, brown sugar, bread crust.

M: Solid medium body, smooth, and finished just a touch dry.

D: Nice complete flavors, it tends a bit on the sweeter side which makes it a bit less drinkable than the flavor warrants.

03-16-2011 23:14:02 | More by phantomwyse
Photo of deaconoflove


4.28/5  rDev +10%

Ap. Pretty, clear, golden brown with minimal head.
Sm. Caramel immediately with a small citrisy hops note back there.
Ta. Mild caramel flavor that goes into a long slow sweet fade to a very light bitterness. Very smooth.
Mf. Coats like a sticky ale, but it isn't.
Dr. So very easy to drink this. Love it.

03-14-2011 00:09:35 | More by deaconoflove
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

Very red and of clear complexion. Not a whole lot of head or lacing, but pleasing to the eye nonetheless.

Smell is of smooth caramel malts, sweet fruity apples and plums, a touch of smoke, and a nice butterscotch accent.

Taste is a very rich, almost buttery, permeating wood like maltiness. A fruity floral character peeks through with an almost white wine like background character.

Tangily carbonated and relatively light in body, despite the style. Wet and inviting to drink. Slight tinge of alcohol is noticed.

A pretty interesting and different beer that I quite enjoyed.

03-12-2011 23:01:55 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of derekmorris7


3.45/5  rDev -11.3%

Nice amber color but thin quickly disappearing head. Smell wasn't great kind of metallic. Taste was nice, creamy and malt with some late hoppy and alcohol hints. Mouthfeel was milky with light cling. Very drinkable recommend a few at a time to get good feel for it.

03-10-2011 23:57:35 | More by derekmorris7
Photo of danmcg62


4.2/5  rDev +8%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with a funny picture.

A-Pours a copper-orange color with a smallish head that doesn't stay long.

S-Creamy/fruity smell. Grapes come to mind. Reminds of a cream style ale. Can't smell much else.

T-Very creamy, milky taste. I like this very much. Mild hops kick in at the end. Tastes better than it smells.

M-Millky/watery feel in the mouth.

D-For a beer that's 7.2%ABV it's super drinkable. It's very smooth and goes down real easy, maybe too easy ;)

Overall I like this beer very much. This is one of the better offerings from Long Trail in my opinion.

02-26-2011 00:32:10 | More by danmcg62
Photo of birderbeerer


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

02-26-2011 00:00:32 | More by birderbeerer
Photo of mnrider


3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

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.


02-23-2011 04:30:31 | More by mnrider
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

02-18-2011 01:36:07 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

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!

02-12-2011 23:26:18 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

02-10-2011 01:08:21 | More by metter98
Photo of jlindros


3.78/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

02-05-2011 00:25:36 | More by jlindros
Photo of bum732


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

02-03-2011 04:27:41 | More by bum732
Photo of sdj5

New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

01-30-2011 21:31:39 | More by sdj5
Photo of ElliotNess


3.4/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

01-23-2011 22:08:22 | More by ElliotNess
Photo of smokeypeat


4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

01-15-2011 14:05:23 | More by smokeypeat
Photo of Minkybut


2.98/5  rDev -23.4%

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.

01-07-2011 23:22:20 | More by Minkybut
Photo of clayrock81


3.78/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

01-06-2011 15:44:54 | More by clayrock81
Photo of rlee1390


4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

01-05-2011 03:29:39 | More by rlee1390
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -1%

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.

12-24-2010 02:45:11 | More by claspada
Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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