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Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,202 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,202
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 48
Gots: 61 | 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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durkle


4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

03-05-2012 21:05:17 | More by durkle
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slim2043

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

09-30-2012 19:04:25 | More by slim2043
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danmc50

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

03-11-2012 01:58:27 | More by danmc50
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beerdedbiker

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

07-09-2012 14:50:14 | More by beerdedbiker
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JVoyager

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

05-16-2012 23:45:28 | More by JVoyager
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HEADYdb

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

06-02-2012 04:09:42 | More by HEADYdb
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Wally1912

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

05-21-2012 23:25:40 | More by Wally1912
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

05-27-2014 21:32:14 | More by Durandal_777
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lauries444

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

04-10-2014 23:55:45 | More by lauries444
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Doug_Skipper

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

10-12-2013 00:49:46 | More by Doug_Skipper
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hopley

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

08-19-2013 01:43:52 | More by hopley
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TwinSox33

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

By far the CLASS of the Long Trail Lineup! This beer has a rich amber color, and a pretty good head. It smells sweet and malty. The taste is malty, sweet, and there is a hint of hops with a citrus tinge in there somewhere, strangely enough. It's smooth mouthfeel can lead you to keep drinking..Beware! The strong ABV is hidden well in this intense flavour experience. Bravo Long Trail!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 04:09:14 | More by TwinSox33
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dwyerol

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

06-16-2014 20:31:16 | More by dwyerol
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HiroProtagonist

Maryland

4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Double Bag was served from a 12 oz. bottle with a label illustrating a healthy pair of bags. In a pint glass, the beer was a beautifully rich red-orange color, and was topped by an ample, fine white head. The nose was rich and enticing, with a lightly roasty oatmeal cookyish maltiness and an excellent citric-vague banana fruity edge as a counter point. The taste was also rich and very well-developed, with a lightly astringent/roasty chewy malt profile that released some oatmeal-raisin cookie-banana and limey citirc flavors in the transition to the tasty, chewy (though still slightly astringent) malty, moderately bittered, light citric-fruity finish. I simply loved the flavors and flow this brew had to offer. To top it off, the body was perfectly bodied (med-full) with just the right amount of lively carbonation. It drank quite well too, even for a stronger beer. Double Bag is a top-notch brew!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2004 01:55:54 | More by HiroProtagonist
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mattyblazer

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! This beer was more than I expected, I think that "Long Trail" put's out decent product, usually a 7 out of 10 across the board, this was better!

I got a nice half inch head, dicipated after a few and left nice lace behind, I smelled the alcohol mostly at first sniff, the taste has a nice bite, buiscuity malt, then an almost intense alchohol bite that finishes with a fruity hop finish. The after taste is pleasent, with a "milky" mouth feel.

I really enjoyed this .

-Matt

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 21:45:37 | More by mattyblazer
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pbrian

Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rich and complex ale. A hint of alcohol on the nose first lets you know what you're in for but a grainy malt sweetness balances it off nicely. Extremely drinkable for its strength.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2001 09:52:40 | More by pbrian
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Drufus

Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours Light amber with a small head.

Smell is malty and sweet, with maple syrup and apricot notes.

Taste is freakin awesome. Nicely balanced and damned smooth. Slightly tart on the swallow

Mouthfeel is a little bubbly.

Outstanding drinkability, By far the most drinkable brew at this ABV.

Just a great beer that is hard to point out individual details, but is just an excellent beverage that always leaves me smiling and satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 03:15:39 | More by Drufus
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godlessape

Georgia

4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a deep whiskey shade of brown with not that much head at all.

Smell: I'm not picking up much aroma with this. Just a faint hint of malt and bready yeast but that's it.

Taste: Wow. This beer is all about balance. A perfect ying of malty sweetness and yang of hop bitterness. Nothing stands out above the other. Perfect.

Mouth-feel: Smooth on the palate--nicely carbonated.

Overall: This beer is stunning. I'm currently doing a road trip thru the North East and turning it into a beercation. So now my big dilemma is: Should I continue sampling other NE brews, or should I head back to Sam the Beer Man in Binghamton and Buy a shit-load more Double Bag Longtrail? Oh how I suffer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 23:55:11 | More by godlessape
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this a while back; remembered as being good. Mmmm, sorry now it's been so long! Just had to have more!!! Clear copper color, with a thin, fine head; minimal lace. Caramel-notes in a pleasing malty nose. Sweet, toasty malt flavors co-mingle with caramel, leading to a nice little hop twang at the end. Real good body, and a creamy smoothness. Warming as it goes down, and those hops linger on the palate. A real winner from Long Trail. This one goes down verrry easily!!! Surprised there aren't more reviews for this and the rest of their line. I think this makes 100?!! Hot dog!!

overall: 4.5
appearance: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 5 | drinkability: 5

100

Prosit!!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2002 13:35:44 | More by Bierman9
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granite

New Hampshire

4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into alt glass

A--- Polished copper with a one inch white head that faded quickly leaving behind lace and legs.

S---Malt, brown sugar, apricot and slight esters.

T---Slight caramel sweetness and saltine crackers flavored base malt forward. More intense malt with just enough bitterness to balance followed. It finished with a subtle alcohol presence that was warming.

M---Medium bodied

D---One of my top all-time favorites and I drink it year-round. It’s just dry enough to quench on a hot day and at 7%, it could melt a snow bank if you happen to fall in one after a 6-pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 15:05:20 | More by granite
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in a Long Trail glass, im so fashionable with all my matching

A - pours a rich semi-dark brown color with a full finger of antique white head

S - some definite malty sweetness with some tea like aromas, an uncomplicated but enticing odor

T - very well balanced, the malty sweetness battles the hoppy bitterness, this juxtaposition is crafted masterfully, i have always loved this beer and having it again reminds me why, reminds me of drinking it while playing Dungeons and Dragons (god, im such a nerd)

M - extremely well-balanced as i mentioned, and this coupling goes down very smooth, the higher than average ABV and smoothness and flavor can combine to give some trouble to those unaware, prolly my favorite long trail year round brew

D - very high, even though a higher ABV than most macros, the ABV is masked very well in the flavor, what a high quality beer. well done Long Trail

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2006 02:44:12 | More by sinstaineddemon
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kbnooshay

New York

4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a- This poured an insanely clear orange amber color with a creamy off-white head that didn't retain very well. The lacing is nice but was only created from the head right at the top, none throughout the drinking.

s- Amazing aroma. Very unique. At first i detected this odd sweetness, possibly banana? The smell has a very faint floral hoppiness to it but more prominent is the sweet caramel malts.

t- So yummy. There was enough hop to balance the malt flavor. The hint of caramel is very tasty. Really clean fruity malt taste. Nice and bold.

m- Moderate but very smooth. Kinda sticky and there is a decent tingle from the carbonation.

d- Wow this is so drinkable. You could throw a few of these back with no difficulty. How is this 7.3 abv? Such a unique bold and drinkable beer from longtrail, I certainly did not expect this. Highly reccomemended.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 19:00:22 | More by kbnooshay
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WunderLlama

Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 03:56:53 | More by WunderLlama
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delta490

Virginia

4.59/5  rDev +18%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 19:41:51 | More by delta490
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cerevisiaephilus

Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottled on 17.1.2005

Beautiful looking brew. Deep amber? barely orange color. Not red. Moderate carbonation. Very nice head that has left nice lacing on the glass. Has settled down to about 5mm of head. Very nice. The way the bubbles move through the beer is beautiful. Has really nice 'legs'.

Very nice nose. Mostly sweet, caramelly malts. Munich and vienna I imagine. Very nice and rich. Also get a touch of something spicy. I'd say it was hops, but I can't be sure. Maybe just a touch fruity. Just barely.

Wow. Really incredibly rich tasting beer. If it wasn't for the hint of astringency in the finish I'd give it a 5 for sure. Really perfectly balanced between rich, warm malts and bitter, spicy hops. Really nicely done. So subtle yet so rich. The hop character in this beer is what really impresses me. I love the rich malty goodness, but the hop flavor is so subtle yet so flavorful and unique. I mean, it's a fairly bitter beer, but the hops are not citrusy, they're more spicy and maybe a bit earthy than anything else .

Excellent mouthfeel. Really nice and substantial without being overly thick. Right on.

Very drinkable beer. Just a little astringent in the finish, but not really at all. I just can't bring myself to say this beer is perfect. It's damn close, just a little astringent in the finish...damn! Nto cloying at all. I love this brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2005 02:18:47 | More by cerevisiaephilus
Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,202 ratings.