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Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

547 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 547
Hads: 1,543
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 78
Gots: 252 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-08-1999

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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Reviews: 547 | Hads: 1,543
Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really nice find at my local beverage distributor. No wonder this was one of the last complete six packs left. For $7.99 it was a steal.
Poured a 12 ounce bottle into my Konings hoeven chalice. It's a clear, rich amber color; served it a bit cold so no head or lacing to speak of. Smells sweeter than it tastes but the smell speaks of the complexity; the only downside that I'm getting out of the smell in this serving is a slight metallic tinge.
Attacks with a nice, hoppy bite while subtle candied flavors flow over the tongue. Minimal astringent qualities, at times has an almost buttery mouthfeel and finish.
This is a far more sophisticated brew than the cows on the bottle would lead you to believe.
Wonderfully smooth for 7.2% alcohol.
A really solid, all around beer. It has a little something for everyone. (822 characters)

Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
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. (1,377 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz longneck brown bottle, capped.

This altbier poured a clear, copper color with light tan, creamy foam that settled, but clung to the glass a little, leaving some lacing. The smell was fruity hops with malt and a faint caramel aroma and a bit of a slightly vinous odor. The taste was tangy and malty with fruity hops. There was a nice hoppiness overall. There was also a bit of a vinous taste and a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel was dry and airy with medium body and moderate carbonation. The aftertaste was lightly malty and hoppy. This was a decent altbier, though a bit thin for a sticke altbier. I have also had this one on-tap though took no notes. (661 characters)

Photo of ChrisBowers
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Truely a great session beer. Immensely drinkable and smooth. I wish this was more readily available outside of the NE area. Had it this past weekend during a visit to a friend at Sugarbush, VT. Pours a medium brown with hoppy floral scents. Taste is smooth, creamy, slightly hoppy and toasty. Perhaps a little tiny bit of brown sugar somewhere in there. Goes down very easily and could be quite dangerous at 7%+ ABV. Truely a gem worth finding if you're in the area. (466 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at a gas station on the way back to Boston from a day of ice-skiing at Jay Peak.
Pours a clear, hearty, flaming amber with a small-medium sized, dirty off-white head. Big aromas of caramel apples, toaste malt, and spicy hops. Very good. Taste does not disappoint. Rich, malty cookie dough sweetness up front. There's a spicy, toasty edge along with it too. Malt turns fruity as the bitterness picks up into the sweetish, spicy bitter, warming finish. Medium bodied, with a near-syrupy feel. A very tasty sticke-alt beer that is very drinkable for the punch it "secretly" packs. (594 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy easy drink, with good malts and hops working in tandem. Copper, whote head. Some spicy yeast. Citrus, pepper, and malts and biscuit yeasts in taste. Medium mouthfeel, with creaminess. Unclassifiable until I saw its an alt. Nice with food. A must try. (256 characters)

Photo of nomad
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

"Ooh, ahh," what a pretty ale to behold, glistening true amber with striking clarity and orange undertones. Builds up a nice head with some lacing that fights hard to stay. But the color, oh, the color is a beaut.

Smells of Munich malt. If someone asked me, "What does Munich malt smell like?," I'd point them to this beer. Toasty, warm, sweet, soft malty scents. Strong but not overpowering. Kind of coy and alluring.

Long Trail must lager the snot out of this beer. It has a slightly sweet profile that drags out long and deftly smooth, I'm talking teflon slick and marathon long, before an exacting balance of hop dryness at the finish. All cushy Munich malts and barely caramel body with quasi-minty nips late on the palette. Though the carbonation is appreciatively low, the mouthfeel is a little thin, though lagered clean and slippery. Drinkable if ever that word was invented.

The cream of the crop for Long Trail ales and, like all of their brands regardless of style, much too easy quaff. Now the task is on me to savor the sixpack of this long lost favorite. (1,078 characters)

Photo of RocketWidget
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rather good! An excellent choice if you are in Vermont and looking for a beer that is excellent, yet different from the norm. Pours a dark orange/amber color. Head is light and lacy. But quite delicious. A very dark sweet, like molasses, was dominant here. The bitter hops were a nice complement, but more noticeable with the aftertaste. Given this beer blind, I don't think I would be able to warn you about the high alcohol content, so drink with caution. Thumps up to this one. (480 characters)

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sand bagged by the double bag--yet again. The brewers do a pretty good job at masking the alcohol in the beer. I could still notice it, but it tasted much more like 5%, and in my holiday-spirit induced arrogance I forget that is actually 7.2%. It poured mohagany in color with very little head and spotty lace. The hops are sweet and there is a strong taste of brown sugar. I also noticed a bit of citrus. Sweet malts were also noticable in both the aroma and flavor. The feel was smooth with the perfect carbonation to compliment the beer. (540 characters)

Photo of Shiloh
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very pretty beer, the colour is of a very clear medium/dark amber. The head was very short leading to a thick ring and a large light lace.
The body is full and the carbonation very light.
The aroma has a nut like quality to it.
The taste was surprizingly pleasant as I was expecting a much sweeter product. What I got was an initial hoppy taste replaced quickly with a moderate carmel like malty sence.
I particu;arly enjoyed the packaging, the label was great as was the beer.
Recomended. (504 characters)

Photo of Onceeven
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a crystal clear copper with a nice looking head. Mighty fine. Aroma is of sweet malts and a pleasant alcoholic touch. Bready, very inviting. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, with the carbonation prickling the tip of the tongue. At the same time the beer feels nice and light, not watery, just smooth and light. This is one smooth and elegant beer. The majority of the flavor is comprised of bready malt, and a slightly warming alcohol. Taste earthy/woody at the same time. It's not an overly complex brew, but it hits all the right notes. (542 characters)

Photo of Skidz
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a bright amber brown and sits a stunning deep amber with a large foamy, slightly off-white head. Absolutely perfection in a tuliped glass, great head retention; lacings up and down the track.

Smells thick and malty, nice toasty background. Doughy and sweet caramel aromas pour out over the top. Mild herbal hop aroma in the back.

Tastes mildly sweet, good malt profile. Toasted and filled with nutty and wooden undertones. Alcohol seeps through, accompanied by a nice herbal spiciness blended with a light, yeasty breadiness. Finish is well bittered and is full of herbal hop goodness.

Smooth and just plain slick in the mouth with nice, easy carbonation in a medium body. Hits you where it counts.

I was definately surprised by this beer, very surprised. Absolutely declicious by every standard and in every measure, and it looks like a million bucks. I'd take another 6-pack, but the two I've are giong to be thoroughly enjoyed. (952 characters)

Photo of taez555
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark, tan and very clear body under a small off-white head.

The nose was a mix of sweet malt, mild touches of fruit, yeast, caramel, some mild earth and even faint hints of alcohol. I know it’s hard to describe, but this beer has a very “clean” smell to it.

The taste was of big caramel and Munich malt and a surprisingly big hop taste. It was almost like a German IPA made with German noble hops. Very clean tasting with a lingering, but oh so mild, bitterness. Very crisp from start to finish. Mild fruits find their way in with a mild grain.

Actually quite a nice beer. An attempt at a stickbier(super alt) says the label. It sort of reminds me of a big malt and hoppy German dunkel crossed with an Oktoberfest. But what do I know. I think I’ll have another. (793 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice pour with a copper color to it and an average sized beige head. Not a huge aroma by any means, a slight trace of hops can be noticed if you try hard enough, but this brew is all about the malt. The malts really give this beer a nice, smooth, creamy taste. Very full-bodied and very drinkable. This beer goes down with the greatest of ease, but is strong enough to be a sipper. This is comparable in a way to Samuel Adams Double Bock. I see a lot of similar characteristics. Either way, this beer is a must try if you have the opportunity! (543 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a pint glass. I picked up a 6 pack of the LT Double Bag from the LT brewery this past weekend. The bottled on date is clearly marked for 9/22/04.

I love this front label. The cows say it all!
The top label reads that "With an alcohol content of 7.2%, please indulge in moderation."

Appearance is a copper color with a nice, fluffy 1" head. Excellent sticky lacings sustain to the sides of this glass.

Aroma is floral, buttery, and hoppy.

Taste has a sweet front with a buttery, soft presence. I detect just the slightest diacetyl flavor in between. There is a also a fruity element on the finish. Esters and a hoppy snap blend well. Alcohol warmth in each sip, but nothing too much.

This brew is a German Stickebier or a double alt and is very hard for me to compare to any other beers that I've tried up to this point. I think that the Double Bag is in a class by its own and a personal favorite that supplies quite the buzz after just a few.

I've been lucky enough to have this beer at the brewery a few times and its even better on draught. Unfortunately, its rare to find this beer on tap anywhere but the brewery in Bridgewater Corners, VT.

* [ Update ] Oddly enough, the day after I wrote this review I recieved an email from LT stating that Double Bag will now be available in MA & NY. Excellent news! (1,387 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that fades slowly to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very complex malt aroma that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a fruity yeast finish. The taste is awesome. It is full of malts, bitter hops, and a slightly dry, but fruity yeast finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good altbier. It has awesome aroma and flavor; a great drinker. (478 characters)

Photo of NEhophead
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.

Creamy white head that fades rather quickly to a few pools of bigger bubbles. Spotty lacing without much strength. Quite clear auburn with a red tint in appearance.

Sweet caramel malt aroma; subdued floral tones but not much else.

Sweet maltiness with some dark fruit flavors yet no tartness. This one is driven by its malt character with some hints of almond and walnuts. The alcohol is very present in the aftertaste.

Very chewy mouthfeel; full bodied.

Surprisingly drinkable given the 7.2%abv for an alt! This is a beer you can drink all night long without you really noticing. A pleasant drinking big beer for the style. (659 characters)

Photo of freed
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 12oz with some other BAs. The humorous swiss looking logo seemed rather appropriate for the style.

Once poured, it was a rich copper with almost no head and excellent clarity. The aroma was typical for an amber, a nutty malty smell, very slightly smokey, and no apparent hop constituent.

The taste was excellent, and really a surprise. I've not had many domestic alts that I've found this good. There was little excess malt sweetness, nutty and amber malt flavors, dry, and with a slight acid tartness.

Compared to other alts, this one sits very high on my list. Definitely recommendable. (606 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a brilliant orangish-brown in color and was very clear. It came with a thin head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – The aroma here is brown sugary sweet with strong, heavily-toasted caramel malts.

Taste – The big, toasty malts are wonderful at the taste. There’s that musty sense that you often get with the style as well. The super big caramel sweetness came in with a bit of butter and pleasantly rounded things out.

Mouthfeel – This one is almost medium in the body. I enjoyed the malty body to this one but the deep, rich, sweet finish is what sets this apart from the pack.

Drinkability – This is an excellent effort at a little known style here in the US that is brewed out of CT. Somebody thoughtfully did their homework on this recipe. Well done, Long Trail. (817 characters)

Photo of Citadel82
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love Alt Biers. This one is exceptional. Poured into a strait sided glass it had a rocky two finger head which lasted a five minutes or so leaving plenty of lacing. Floral/malty balanced aroma. First sip was initially sweet (almost like a mild ginger bread) with a sharp long hop finish. I bought two sixes of this while in VT on business at a store in Woodstock, down the road from the brewery. (also picked up hit the trail and long trail...reviews to follow) Had the long trail on draft at Mulligans in Manchester. Sadly, my palate was fatigued from too many "american adjunct lagers" at the Equinox down the road. (619 characters)

Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
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! (906 characters)

Photo of Truh
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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. (927 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with 'bottled on " dating. pours almond, clear, with sticky well developed lacing. Nose is of some alcohol, malt and nuts. Malt is the deal here. Lots of rich, smooth, sweet and tasty malt. Nuttyness evident. Deeply flavorful. Warming at 7.2%. This is a fine sipper from the skillfull folks at LT. Widely available about New England. Very worthy ALT beer. (371 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What a cute label, with two cows' udders prominent in what is billed as a "double alt". Poured into a pint glass, this has a clear, copper amber body, with a small, offwhite head. Patch lace is abundant down the side of the glass.

Interesting aroma is very malty, with toffee and caramel up front. Hops profile is difficult to pinpoint, but seems to waver between floral and noble.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and carbonation is moderate.

Taste has a Munich maltiness, with plenty of molasses flavor. Plenty of hops are present to lend a balancing bitterness. Hops waver between floral, herbal, and pear/fruity. Alcohol is very well disguised by the nice complexity of this Vermont alt.

This was the first Vermont brew that I ever enjoyed in the Green Mountain State. An excellent way to start, with this very well crafted ale. Highly recommended! (860 characters)

Photo of waughbrew
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Caramelly-light-orange with a small head that quickly settles to a sticky cap. Dark caramel, cocoa powder, a little apple, and earthy spicy hops that seem english to me but apparently are German as one would expect. Flavor is caramel (there it is again) coated nuts, apple, and an empty space right in the middle where some flavor is supposed to be. Perhaps what I am picking up is the lack of yeast characteristics because of a cold fermentation? Well, something is missing anyway. Smooth, thick body that is not cloying.

A neat beer, the malt character just seems a little dulled and the flavor lacked a special something. Good, but nothing I will seek out. (663 characters)

Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.