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Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,316 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,316
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 60
Gots: 108 | 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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Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jlindros, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

drabmuh, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Tavern 17, Philly, PA

Poured a burnt copper color with a thin white layer of a head. Toasted malt aroma with hints of caramel. Caramel malts on the tongue, with light graininess, and some hop bitterness balancing things out. Medium bodied with a bit of a metallic aftertaste, but overall drinkable.

Rifugium, May 13, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

WesWes, Oct 19, 2004
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

mendvicdog, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to thirdeye11? for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is fairly bland, with some biscuit malt and not much else. The flavor is also lacking, with some bread, grain and a hint of grass. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not much going on here.

Mora2000, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

mdfb79, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of jwc215
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stange

Pours copper- nice clarity - with a thin head that almost immediately becomes a thin lacing.

The smell is of caramel with hints of butterscotch.

It has a nice malt profile. Sweet caramel, butterscotch, graininess. Sweet, but restrained by a crisp, balancing earthy hop bitterness.

It's medium-full bodied. Creamy and coating with just a slight astringency from the hops in the finish. It still goes down very smoothly, though (almost too smoothly). The alcohol is incredibly well-covered.
A very nice interpretation of an altbier.

jwc215, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ring lace after each sip. Initial pour gives a one-finger head which lies down quickly

Creamy malt aroma, very low hop bite aromas. No notable alcohol warmth

More hop in the taste than the nose. The alcohol provides some very nice warming qualities. The malt base is dry and is tertiary in the flavor profile. Rich body with a proper level of bubbles.

This is a creamy beer with good balance and full flavor.

smcolw, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper in color with a nice two finger head. Thick lacing develops through the drink. Slow rising carbonation bubbles. The aroma is of caramel, nuts, and some bitterness. The flavor leans towards the sweet maltier side, with caramel, honey, butter, and stronger than expected bitterness. Alcohol level is slightly noticeable.

Medium - medium heavy in body. Mouthfeel is mildly crisp at the start. Finish is crisp with a long malt and buttery aftertaste. Easy drinking. One of the better Long Trail brews I have had.

Gavage, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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.

oriolesfan4, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +3.1%

InspectorBob, May 27, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured with a thick, off-tan head. The color was a clear, deep amber. The nose had a predominantly malty sweetness to it, underlain by a faint hoppiness. The mouthfeel was medium and I got a pleasant mix of malt and hops on the tongue. The finish was lightly hoppy and very refreshing. This was a tasty beer that I would want to drink again.

woodychandler, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of yourefragile
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a filtered, clear copper with a bubbly, thick creamy head. Long lasting retention with foamy clumps of lacing. Aroma is caramel and nutty malt, light butterscotch and faint leafy hops. Creamy smooth body with light carbonation and a sticky butterscotch sweet finish. Toffee and caramel malt sweetness dominate the flavor with a leafy and earthy hop flavor in the finish (but not particularly bitter). A little sweet, but the depth of the toasted malts are pleasant and is the best Long Trail beer I've had to date.

yourefragile, May 15, 2011
Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a rich amber with a 1 finger off white head. Nice lacing.
Smell is of sweet caramel and rich syrupy malt and sugary biscuits.
Taste is of rich, syrupy cocoa and biscuits.
Mouthfeel is smooth and rolling with a light amount of carbonation. Very chewy and rich.
Drinkability is pretty good. This is a decent take on a German Sticke. Very enjoyable.

weeare138, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear copper to amber in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall light beige head that reduces to a large patch of extremely thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of biscuit and caramel malts, slightly sweet. Additionally there are light to moderate aromas of floral hops.

T: The beer taste quite malty with some biscuit malt flavors as well as some caramel malt sweetness. There is a light amount of bitterness mid-taste.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light dryness in the finish.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer that hides the alcohol very well. A pretty good example for the style, though I'm probably a little more harsh in reviewing it than others after having spent a couple of weeks in Dusseldorf drinking altbiers.

dbrauneis, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Billolick, Aug 05, 2004
Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

wrightst, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

akorsak, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

duceswild, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of Zorro
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear beer that is on the more orange side of amber. A little bit of white head is present but not too much.

Smell is a little sweet with toasted grains, fruitiness and a faint scent of banana. Faint scent of pecans and faintly woody.

Taste is sweet with a quickly drying grassy hop flavor. Fruity and bitter hops are aggressively used to tame the sweetness of all the malt. Flavor of roasted malts and nuts predominate with a little banana in the background. Hop flavor is medicinally herbal in flavor. A complex Altbier here.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability suffers a little from the bitterness level, after a bit it gets tiring. A good beer for exercising your taste buds but I don't think I would want to drink 3 of these in one night.

Zorro, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades to a thin layer leaving some lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight malty nose. Flavor is sweet malty but finishes with some bitterness. $1.65 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

jdhilt, May 26, 2009
Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

ejimhof, Sep 19, 2013
Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,316 ratings.