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Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,284 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,284
Reviews: 525
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 55
Gots: 99 | 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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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%

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
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bum732

Lesotho

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

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
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sdj5

New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

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
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ElliotNess

Australia

3.4/5  rDev -12.4%

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
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smokeypeat

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

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
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Minkybut

Virginia

2.98/5  rDev -23.2%

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
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%

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
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

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
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claspada

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

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
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droomyster

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

12-21-2010 03:10:37 | More by droomyster
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

12-19-2010 21:21:35 | More by Haybeerman
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mdfb79

New York

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

12-16-2010 00:21:17 | More by mdfb79
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hdofu

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

12-08-2010 01:59:34 | More by hdofu
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

12-03-2010 01:54:02 | More by StaveHooks
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huxcrunner

New York

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%

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

11-30-2010 01:09:01 | More by huxcrunner
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

11-27-2010 05:56:36 | More by drabmuh
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flavorshark

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

11-26-2010 20:51:02 | More by flavorshark
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mralphabet

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

11-22-2010 01:48:07 | More by mralphabet
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev 0%

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.

11-19-2010 01:34:45 | More by Huhzubendah
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Daktyls

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

11-16-2010 01:40:06 | More by Daktyls
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. The pour is a light amber with some brown streaks. White head. The nose is a bit nutty with some slightly-toasted malt, caramel, and a bit of earthy hops. The flavor is light malt, chopped peanuts, toffee, and light earth. Decent body. One of the better brews that I've had from Long Trail. Not a bad beer at all.

11-14-2010 04:24:03 | More by Thorpe429
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tchenery

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%

Very thin head. Nice rich copper/brown color. Has visible carbonation and very bright.

Smells big. There is a lot of caramel coming off the nose. I'm not getting much bitterness at all but am picking up a slight sweetness along with a roasted/toasted aroma.

Has a thick caramel taste. This beer is pretty much all malt and very little hops. There's a strange but nice 'tobacco' flavor (lack of better description) on the back of the tongue that lingers into a kind of marshmallowy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a bit full and dry, but not unpleasant. It's a thick beer.

Definitely drinkable. This would make a good fall six pack.

11-03-2010 20:58:47 | More by tchenery
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mattgreger

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -20.1%

This brew poured a nice, clear copper color. It had a small, thin off white head, with a little bit of a bubbly lacing that remained.

This brew has a very interesting aroma. Its very woody. Aged oak, honey, roasted nuts, and earthly hops that give this a brew a very fall like aroma.

The flavor to this brew mirrors the aroma very well. A very earthly hop and woodsy like flavor at the front, then a bit of the nutty flavor in the middle, with bit of citrus that is present.

This is a medium bodied brew, that has a nice mellow carbonination. The muddlement of the flavors on this brew give this mouthful a nice dry, bitter finish.

The drink on this one might be a little high for some. Its a stong drink , if you haven't had a altbier like this before. Its a great brew for those who seek out this kind style. Not quite what you expect from a altbier though, seems to be a bit on there own style. Still a decent brew, I would certianly have again.

10-31-2010 18:13:13 | More by mattgreger
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endincolorado

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

Picked this up on our trip through Vermont this October.

Pours a nice, clear copper body with a finger of off-white head, lots of sudsy bubbles and good head-retention. Lacing is good as well.

Smell is very inviting with a strong, malty characteristics including toasted grain, nuttiness, and a nice, earthy hop presence to balance.

Flavor mirrors aroma, with an earthy hops, nutty malt and a pleasant dryness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is really nice- medium body with a perfectly appropriate amount of carbonation.

A very drinkable beer, and an affordable one as well.

10-13-2010 01:06:10 | More by endincolorado
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mlazzaro

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.1%

a- pour amber, slightly low head retention, possibly from alcohol content. rings from head on the glass.

s- great refreshing smell. slight maltiness, hoppiness, with some healthy smelling yeast.

t- bitterness is really strong, balancing out that 7.2 ABV content. Taste like some munich malt, maybe some toasted malt. pretty delicious.

m+d- nice full mouthfeel. boozy and warming. not scorching, just strong, very easy to drink considering. makes sense they rate it as a double alt, I had never considered that style for this beer.

also widely available in my area, and a great value for the ABV.

10-07-2010 13:36:28 | More by mlazzaro
Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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