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Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,197 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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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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batsdc

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice refreshing brew with a slight amber color to it. A slight taste of carmel with just the right amount of carbonation. A slight bitter after taste that goes away quickly. It goes well with most meals I've had it with and doesn't overpower the food. Also oddly refreshing. A beer that I highly recommend to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 19:57:41 | More by batsdc
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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

12ozer, purchased at Main St. Liquors, Monson, MA, as part of do-it-yourself mixed 6 pack.

Poured into a pint glass, small very slightly off-white head, which quickly depletes to a film of bubbles. Laces slightly during the drinking process. The definition of amber in color, with perhaps the slightest tinge of orange lurking in there. Malty aroma, with evidence of alcohol even in the nose. Powerful malt in the taste as well, with the hops and alcohol pretty much balancing themselves out in the background. A warming yet drinkable ale, apparently made for the slopes from which Long Trail originates.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2004 00:40:15 | More by ppoitras
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thebrood1987

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It has a very sweet almost bock like malt forward beer with that alcohol solvent smell in the background. Hardly any hop in the smell. The smell reminds me of an Old Ale I had from Lancaster brewing one time and also has reminiscent smells of Samuel Adams double bock.

Its a very very smooth beer and thats what makes this beer a great one. The malt is very smooth no graininess like youd get in cheap beers and its sweet but not overly so. You get a tad of herbal leafy hop flavor reminiscent of the hop flavor youd get in their IPA.

You get a bit of the alcohol taste and burn at the end of the sip as well but the velvety smooth rich malty taste melded together with that slight herbal hop quality will definitely have me getting this beer again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 03:57:46 | More by thebrood1987
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

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

Dark amber pour. Small head, but what's there is creamy and foamy.

Malty sharp and sweet nose.

Malty, hoppy, caramel flavors present. Interesting blend of flavors, kind of similar to a copper ale, but much more intense and better with no metallic flavors.

Later in the pint the flavor darkens with brown sugar and oaky/woody overtones. Spicy and zesty, it has a lot of zip to it.

Mouthfeel seems to thicken during the course of the pint. Still stays sharp and clean, though.

Nicely drinkable, along the lines of other autumn ales/ winter seasonals that I have had. 2 or 3 would go down very well sitting by the fire on a winter's day.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2005 01:57:24 | More by ghostwalker
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greenengineer

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into my Notch 0.5L pint glass
A- clear bronze, foamy head with nice lacings - outstanding. What beer should look like.
S - slight sweetness, yeasty
T - malty sweetness, caramel, a little citrus flavor, well rounded taste. Doesn't taste like 7.2%
M - just a little crunchiness, maybe a little flat
O - an old stand by, one of my go-to brews when I'm not sure what I want. Nice ale with a high alcohol content. Very drinkable. Plus for Vermont.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 00:39:03 | More by greenengineer
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maddogruss

New Jersey

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

Poured a bottle of this into a shaker glass.

A: Pours a cloudy, amber body with no significant white head and minimal lacing.

S: A sweet, robust, malty smell with some bitter and alcohol notes.

T: A pretty robust, malty taste with some nice toffee notes and a slight bitterness to the beer overall that was complimenting of the sweet malts.

M: A medium-bodied, fairly smooth mouthfeel that was pretty nice on the palette.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination made this beer very drinkable. Pretty easy on the stomach too; good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 00:11:42 | More by maddogruss
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phantomwyse

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 23:14:02 | More by phantomwyse
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance
Golden amber with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Great clarity and low carbonation.

Nose
Sweet apple cider, breads and caramel.

Taste
Very sweet apple cider-like flavors. Carnival drizzled candy apples, buttered biscuits and sweet breads. Touches of brown sugar and a subtle earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel
Medium-full bodied, clean and smooth.

Overall
Sweet and biscuity. Incredibly easy drinking and smooth for 7.2%. Always a fan of the Double Bag.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 21:44:36 | More by justintcoons
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flagmantho

Washington

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a moderate haze and a strong effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. Attractive.

Smell: big, sweet malt with a strong caramel character and some earthy undertones. It appeals to me, and is quite stylistically appropriate.

Taste: sweet, very caramelly malt with earthy and slightly citrusy hops. Bitterness is pretty heavy for the style, but the beer is pretty balanced. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation, although the texture is not as smooth or creamy as I would have expected for a beer with this sweetness. Decent.

Overall: this is a tasty beer, but it's a bit sweet and bitter for me for the style. Not exactly a session ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 00:16:48 | More by flagmantho
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Durge

Connecticut

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

Another fun find on tap at My Place in Newtown, CT, this one shows a deep copper color, clear with yellow highlights, a decent white head and great lacing. The aroma says wheat and thin yeasty malt. Not my favorite but reasonable for the style I suppose. The flavor brings lemony malt and honey sweetness. There’s a little licorice edge almost a bock. Interesting and consistent with my previous enjoyment form bottles. It's medium-light bodied with modest carbonation and a fairly aqueous feel. It’s got a tart quality, a bit of citrous hops perhaps, but very subtle. Nice drinkable brew with some personality.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 17:14:14 | More by Durge
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BiereBlanche

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap into a pint glass, a bit cold but allowed to warm.

Served up a clear almost-brown amber with a creamy, 1-finger beige head. Signs of carbonation persisted and left nice rings and a little lacing as the beer vanished. Spicy noble hops aroma is balanced off with rich malt, slightly like toasty bread. Rich and clean in smell. The taste is equally clean. The light hoppy flavor hits the tongue first quickly followed by mid-low bittering. Bitter flavor could have been a bit stronger. The sweet, toasty malt fills the mouth and sticks through a dry aftertaste. Mid-full mouth feel and a bit light on the carbonation, which may have helped add to the bitter taste. Very nice taste, clean, smooth and subtly rich. Bittering or carbonation could have been a bit increased. Flavors get much richer as it is allowed to warm. Good offering and highly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2007 13:19:20 | More by BiereBlanche
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bargerking

California

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A Dark amber. Small head but reatains. Great lacing that lasts to the end. Off white head.

S Bready. Clove with orange peel and citrus undertones. Spicy. Little alcohol to smell.

T Zesty malt. Fruity finish. Maybe a little hops with clove in the background.

M Creamy. Velvet. Medium to thick body. Malt lingers but is welcome. Alcohol masked very well. Smooth, Smooth, and Smooth.

D A great beer to come home to at the end of the day! Very smooth, tasty, and filling. It's malt reminds me of a Oktoberfest... Great beer but not the best.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 05:11:13 | More by bargerking
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scarletfire79

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer definitly looks a lot worse than it tastes. some slight caramel flavor. an excellent overall example of an altbier. the alcohol is very well hidden. i could definitly see this beer being very sessionable. too sessionable. long trail has always been a solid vt. brewery, and this has to be their best offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 02:31:46 | More by scarletfire79
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bboven

Texas

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, dark copper colored body with almost no head but some lacing.

Caramel and prune or fig in the aroma.

Lots of malty sweetness in the flavor, along with sticky fruit, but there is a graininess that is a bit astringent in there as well, though very minute.

Low carbonation and sticky, coating swallow.

This is a pretty good beer, excepting the tiny bit of astringency. I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 23:59:42 | More by bboven
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ILiveOffHops

New Hampshire

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 04:40:09 | More by ILiveOffHops
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

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
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Truh

New Hampshire

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

Got caught holding with this one on 8/7/2004 at the Long Trail Brewing Company pub. 16-oz. pour in shaker glass.

Fluffy, initial one inch head with craters; settles with lacing all the way down. Copper to light molasses in hue, extremely clear and lively with active carbonation creating a wonderful tableau. Strong malt nose with some floweriness as well to bouquet. Berry tinge to malt profile, juniper and rose hip, and some slight astringency to the whole affair. Would describe it as slippery, medium-bodied, and yet at the same time enormously clean and refreshing, which is not unsurprising as it was brewed literally twenty feet from where I was sitting.

On the whole, this almost seems like a different animal altogether than that served in the bottle. The juniper aspects were particularly surprising to me, happily, in the draught version. I only wish I didn’t have to travel to Vermont to get this one fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2004 19:19:42 | More by Truh
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JMendyka

Connecticut

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

Poured from a bottle into my pewter Jagerstein at refrigetor chilled temperature.

I peaked a look at the color from my friends glass and found it to be somewhere between amber and stout/porter black. The kind of color that would decieve the average drinker into thinking that this was going to be a beer as thick as motor oil.

But that's not how they roll in VT. The smell betrayed a sweeter character, almost over emphasizing the malt properties.

The taste was a bit on the hoppy side. That is to say that, the aftertaste left you remembering more of the hops than the also very strong, caramel malt taste. The mouthfeel was perfect for a cool summer night. This would probably be a great beer from late April to early June and late September to early November. I could drink a few of these at a time, but would probably want to move on to something lighter after that.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2005 18:13:25 | More by JMendyka
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uconnalum2

Connecticut

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

Pours a clear amber with very little head. The aroma is somewhat sweet with some alcohol. Syrupy and malty taste. The alcohol is very evident. Nice tasting beer. The mouthfeel is smooth and slick. Quite drinkable for being 7.2% ABV. Overall, I enjoyed this beer. It goes down easy and the ABV is in the range that I like.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 01:34:52 | More by uconnalum2
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

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

Poured into a large tulip style glass.

Poured a vibrant, almost totally clear red-hued amber color. The head was a thin 2" thick that dissipated to a light amount of a lacing like covering. As the fluid volume lowers a small amount of some spread out lacing sticks to the glass.

Smells of sweet malt with a carmel effect. Olives and some "greens" scents come after.

Taste is a robust malt sweetness that gives way to a slightly bitter dry-hop taste. The ABV% is 7.2, but like the lable promises, you will never know it. A red wine taste can be found later.

This is more of a Medium body to me, plenty of activity in bubbles gives you a decent bite at first then ot seems to go down slicker and more syruppy.

These go down really easy to spite it's 7.2 ABV%.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 19:04:21 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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BeerZack

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light orange-amber or mahogany color with fine bubbles that build little to no head but leaves clingy spotty lace.

Smell is sweet, sticky toffee, caramalt, vanilla. Also get a bit of orange, some roastiness and slight alcohol.

Taste is similar, yet less complex than the nose. Some roasty sweet malt flavors, caramel and an alcohol presence on the finish.

Pretty smooth mouthfeel and decently drinkable, but not much going on overall, besides the malt.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 19:50:30 | More by BeerZack
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Gmann

New York

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

Pours a clear golden amber color with a smallish off-white head that left some spot lacing. The smell is of caramel malt and some nice floral hops. The taste is of caramel malt, slightly buttery with a metallic twang. This is followed by a nice mellow floral/grassy hop presence. The malt and hops balance very well in the brew. The alcohol is subtle, you know that it is there but you can't really taste/feel it. The feel is light but not watery, crisp and well balanced. A good malty brew with a nice complimenting hop balance and enough of a alcohol presence to be able to put you in the "bag" if you had a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 02:29:44 | More by Gmann
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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

This is a goblet of Double Bag served chilled.

Appearance: The ale has a nice thick light brown-copper color, with absolutely no head (a fairly common occurrence for Long Trail, in my observation).

Smell: The ale has a malty aroma that provides hints of sweetness (and therefore is not overpowering).

Taste: The malts are a biscuity grain flavor, providing a hint of sweetness without overdoing it. The malts come across as fairly complex but have mellowed compared to the draught version.

Mouthfeel: The ale is smooth and has a firm taste, with the malts acting as the driving force.

Drinkability: Well made beer that is presented better in a bottle than on tap.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 02:22:39 | More by akorsak
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barleyroad

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear amber in appearance. This beer has a nice aroma that serves it well. The feel on the mouth is ok, lingers a little, but not to bad. The taste is very nice and clean. Overall we feel that Long Trail has done it again. nice beer. This beer will go well with a good sweet ham or pork chop.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 01:36:27 | More by barleyroad
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dsa7783

New Jersey

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

12 oz single bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield... pours a clean, clear, lucid amber and copper appearance with a small head that soon receded... smell was a nice balance between malts and hops, which was also strongly evident in the taste, which was also crisp, clear, and refreshing... noticeable dichotomy of malts and hops along with hints of caramel and slight vanilla which included a slick, oily taste combining elements of bread and butter... good mouthfeel that was rich and thick with a nice 7.2% ABV... wasn't impressed by Long Trail's Hefeweizen, but this one was a nice sample... decent mouthfeel with an overall quality taste led to a drinkable and tasty brew... Worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 23:02:53 | More by dsa7783
Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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