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Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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1,197 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,197
Reviews: 518
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 48
Gots: 59 | 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 mesperon

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear amber with thin disappearing head. Weak and mildly malty aroma with a bit of green apple. Starts with a citrussy bitterness and fruitiness. Slight peppery alcohol, biscuity malt base. Finishes with a faint grassy hop bitterness that lasts a little. Decent, not too impressive.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 04:32:08 | More by mesperon
Photo of brdc


3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks johnnnniee for this one, poured into a pint.

Dark amber body, creamy yet short light tan head, decent retention.
Aroma is fruity, with some noticeable sweet maltiness but also a grassy hoppiness, along with some spices.
Medium body, creamy, with a well balanced combination of sweet maltiness, mostly caramel, along with fruitiness and a hoppy, grassy bite and some unexpected spiciness; alcohol is well hidden.
Nicely crafted.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 14:33:36 | More by brdc
Photo of dnichols


4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a ;int poured from the tap at the brewery.

A: It poured a bright, clear, orange tinged amber with slight white head that disappeared quickly. There were clumps lacing down the side of the glass as the beer was consumed.

S It hit the nose with a sweet sugary and lightly toasted caramel aroma. There were hints of ripe apples and pears.

T: It was dominated by toasted sweet malts with lots of caramel and brown sugar. There were hints of white fruit and very light bite from hops. The flavors were well balanced and the alcohol was hidden.

M: It was light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. It finished tangy warm and clean. There was a slightly sweet aftertaste that lingered for a short while.

D: It is a well structured brew with excellent balance and mouth feel. It hits the ABV well making it an excellent session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2008 22:13:54 | More by dnichols
Photo of bigdeuce


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice looking pour, with good head retention and dark brown color. Sweet and woody on the nose, smelling of brown sugar but oddly, and rare, this beer imo, tastes nothing like it smells. Sweet malty brown sugar on the front followed by spicey, high hoppiness, udetectable high hoppiness. Beer smelled to me, more like an english brown, but tastes like a highly hopped American strong ale. Says it's an altbier, but I think BA has it right, as an American Strong, as I've never had this hoppy of an alt. Excellent beer, nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 23:24:06 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of sethmeister

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear reddish amber with a very thin cream colored head which drops immediately leaving no lace.

Scent is alcohol, fruit, raisins, vegetal and vinous notes.

Taste is raisins, dark fruit sweetness, big thick malt character. Caramel. Bread, maple and spices. Nice sturdy bitter hop finish.

Very little carbonation; med-thick almost chewy mouthfeel.

Surprisingly drinkable with a remarkably well hidden ABV.

A very unusual brew. Lots going on. Would enjoy another.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 23:08:11 | More by sethmeister
Photo of oriolesfan4


4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Label lists this as a Sticke-Alt.. American Strong ale on here? Semantics aside, this is a hell of a beer. So smooth for its 7.2% ABV and is a nice malty beer with tons of taste. A great bready/biscuity aroma and just fantastic taste. This is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 19:33:57 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of TrevorGW


3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a nice dark fruit Aroma. Intense flavor that you would expect from a double. The malt backbone is rich and could use more of a bitter counterbalance. The dark and maple-y sweetness is a bit cloying, but this is certainly a good beer to try. Liquid fruit cake is not my thing at the moment. But I recognize that this is a well-crafted beer that I will likely appreciate more as I deviate towards the maltier styles.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2008 18:41:36 | More by TrevorGW
Photo of SeanRedd

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pumpkin pie treat of nutmeg spice and sweet bread pudding. Cinnamon breads containing spice so nice. Confident body, confident head, balance hiding "almost over-the-top, yet comfortable alcohol." Autumn leaves and a Novemeber to remember. French toasty toffee. Granola, Oatmeal, grade B syrup. Highest regards. Sip with Chai tea.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 22:28:36 | More by SeanRedd
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick, fluffy head floats on top of bubbling amber beer. Floral aroma with touches of fruit and a splash of vanilla extract. Now for the taste: smooth, malty, full-bodied brew that disguises alcohol extremely well with medicinal flavor that slicks the tongue. Nonexistent carbonation while in the palate creates a syrupy characteristic to the beer, a well balanced thickness like molasses or milk.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 20:04:26 | More by JRed
Photo of SirSketch


4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer I received in trade with paulthebeerguru. Didn't know what to think of this beer from the label. Good example of why one should never judge a beer by its cover.

After about twenty second of pouring, virtually all head dissolves. The color is a very clean, pale amber. Sort of strange and a little intriguing. The aroma is of roasted malts, piney hops, plum, grapefruit, and other dark esters as well as some hints of alcohol.

Taste consists of a sweet mix of dark malts, caramel, and some stale fruits. Amazing balance of hops. Faint alcohol, also. Oh, so pleasing. Medium to full bodied with very little carbonation. Very smooth and milky. One of my highest rated, for sure!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 22:32:31 | More by SirSketch
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ah a nice reddish amber color with a thick and sticky looking light tan head. Lacing is splendid looking as the head slowly wanes.

Aroma of deep earthy malt, extra-ripe banana and other fruits, some hop notes. Taste is caramel and sweet malts, Spice and hoppy bitterness in the end, and some pretty fair warmth from the alcohol (despite the claim on the bottle) . No complaints here, it all works very nicely together.

Big body, lazy bubbles. This one has good feel and is a bit filling in the process. Good one to sip and them move on to something else.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 18:41:28 | More by ZimZamZoom
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Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper body with a small tan head that left some lacing. Sweet biscuity aroma with a hint of caramel and hops. Roasted malt flavours mixed in with caraml and a sweet nuttiness, and some grassy hops in the finish. Smooth, chewy mouthfeel seems to suit the flavours perfectly, and I can't see much room for improvement. Likewise the drinkability is just short of exceptional, and only the dangerously hidden alcohol could be a negative factor. Awesome brew. Well done Long Trail!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 18:21:51 | More by bobsy
Photo of changeup45


3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First thing I noticed was the 7.2% alcohol content. Pours an almost syrupy texture, amber colored with a thin white head that leaves a little bit of lace. Very rich malty, spiced taste that stays with you until the spicy hoppy finish. There isn't a dull moment with this beer. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 21:12:27 | More by changeup45
Photo of ATLbeerDog


3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber/red with as mall 1/8 off white head. Aromas of floral hops dominate. First taste is way smooth and much less hoppy than the aroma indicated. There are a couple of favors at work here that I cannot easily identify. Is it smoke? Oak chips? Overall not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 00:11:51 | More by ATLbeerDog
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean orange-sh/ copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, sweet malt, caramel, and somewhat a small hop. In the taste, small roasty, buscuity malt. A smooth and light to medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small malty and clean aftetaste. Nice ale, good color, small hints of a pils backround.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 22:59:05 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of thekevlarkid


4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery, as it should be. Appealing amber/orange color with a two-finger, off-white head. Head dissipated after a minute or two but bubbles continue to rise. Good looking brew. Aromas of toffee, sweet malts and alcohol esters. Good flavors, roasted malt and sweet malt which is cut by floral hops, hints of caramel and nuts. A little alcohol heat appears at it warms up. Very smooth, perfect light/medium carbonation. For 7.2% this is unusually drinkable and could be dangerous (convince your girlfriend to drink a pair and you'll have a fine night!). Well balanced and probably Long Trails best beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 15:29:03 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of sleazo

New York

2.83/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A_Clear brown with an off wite one finger head. Settles in as a decent sized cap.

S_Aroma is not very strong. Mild fruity esters and sweet malt.

T_The beggining of this is very fruity, pineapple and papaya like tropical fruit dominate. This is followed up by an extreme malt rush akin to a dark liquid malt extract. The finish is mildly boozy and give a slight bitter edge which veers towards the vegetable side of things.

M_Slightly on the thicker/syrup side of things, mild carbonation.

D_Meh. The fruity esters tend to dominate here and it isn't too good of a thing. A passable beer at best, at best.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 02:42:06 | More by sleazo
Photo of generallee

New York

4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It had a deep copper color with visible carbonation and nice clarity. The head was thin, light tan in color and faded fast leaving spotty bubbles on top of the liquid. A small amount of lace was left on the glass.

Smell: The aroma had a sweet malty character with caramel notes and mild hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: On the tongue there is a thick sweet malt presence with sweet biscuit and caramel notes. The sweetness is balanced nicely by a strong herbal and leafy hops that seems to take over by the finish. The finish is slow and the flavor seems to stick on the tongue. It has a medium body with a creamy smooth texture and carbonation is active yet very mild.

Notes: It is a strong beer with bold flavor. Very well done!

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 19:02:34 | More by generallee
Photo of steinlifter


4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured an orange/brown,head diminished and retained a tight collar.
The aroma was fruity and whiffs of floral hops,bit of an astringent whiff.
Taste was delicious, hops hit up front but quickly followed by an immense malt character, I give the malt the edge here however is balanced well,and finishes quite smoothly.
Mouthfeel, is bubbly and creamy.
The drinkability on this is fantastic!I was surprised at how good this was!..excellent stuff..

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 15:22:19 | More by steinlifter
Photo of Proteus93


4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep orangish gold - crisp amber. White head, with a consistency somewhere between creamy and seafoam. Doesn't last incredibly long, but leaves a nice full layer of head over the brew.

S: Very floral - quite a pleasant scent. Some sweet citrus notes - like sweet, canned tangerines.

T: Sweet, sugary - something similar to the sweet syrup in the tangerine can. Quite nice, a honey essence. and a light bittering finish. Very tasty, and absolutely no hints of alcohol in there. VERY well hidden. Some toffee like qualities in there.

M + D: Medium carbonation, a fuller body. The surprisingly tasty flavour and well hidden alcohol makes tihis decievingly easy to drink. Sip away the best you can!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 22:32:10 | More by Proteus93
Photo of morebeergood


3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had the pleasure of having a pint yesterday while having lunch at the LT brewery on the drive home from the VT beer fest. Served in a pint glass. Brownish red hue to the color, bordering on a hint of orange. Smell didn't hit me with much. Taste was good, a nice balance of hops and malt. Though for a strong ale, the flavor seemed a bit subdued. I guess I am used to beers knocking my proverbial socks off. This was nice beer to enjoy with some food, as it's a bit strong (+7%), so some food in the stomach was good before driving. Besides the Ale, this is my second most favorite beer that LT makes.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2008 00:02:53 | More by morebeergood
Photo of MrRetardedMonkey

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber with darker highlights and a one-finger light tan head that recedes pretty quickly and leaves only spotty lacing.

Smell is sweet malts, toffee and caramel, dried apricots, some sweet fruits, a whiff of alcohol, and just a hint of floral/piny hops.

Taste is sweet malts and toasted grains up front. There's a bit of spice from the alcohol, some tart fruits, and a minor hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Pretty good drinkability. Not quite a session beer, but smooth and tasty enough to enjoy more than one at a time.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 19:32:28 | More by MrRetardedMonkey
Photo of chefnash51


4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light brown, with a tinge of copper to it. 1" think white head that stuck around. Good retention. Didn't leave much lacing behind.

S- Hints of alcohol and spices.

T - great crisp malt taste. Some notes of brown sugar, hop leaves a bitter trail behind.

M - Crisp. this beer is a smooth one that I could sip on for awhile or go through a sixer in a sitting. On the higher side for carbonation.

D - This was one of my first craft beer loves, and I like to re-visit from time to time. 7% makes this a non-session beer.. but I usually find myself drinking in concession. Goes down with ease and that 7% can sneak up on you.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 15:58:55 | More by chefnash51
Photo of paulthebeerguru


3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: snifter. nice amber color with a lot of orange to it. off-white head. great retention and moderate to low lacing.

S: nice bouquet of apples. citrus hops, pears, some spices...mostly clove.

T: nice spiced flavor. some fall fruits, apples and pears. the end is a little bitter.

M: nice and smooth. very crisp. carbonation level is a little high. very enjoyable.

D: nice brew! very easy to drink...especially at more than 7%. good flavors. before seeing the ABV, I though that I could drink several of these.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 05:14:01 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of scottg


4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at the Long Trail Brewery in Bridgewater Corners, Vermont.

Pours a clear medium amber with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of caramel, floral/citrus hops & toffee. Up front flavors of carmelized malt and grapefruit hops are well balanced highlighting each other. Medium body and carbonation, this is a mouth cleansing beer with a dry finish and has a lemon rind/espresso bitterness in the aftertaste. Clean flavors, crisp and well balanced, very drinkable for the 7.2% ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2008 14:39:08 | More by scottg
Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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