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Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,199 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,199
Reviews: 519
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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BillRoth

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

12-28-2013 23:10:02 | More by BillRoth
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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

A: The beer appears orange to amber in color and transparent. The glass is absolutely teeming with bubbles. The head is somewhat thin and wispy, but manages to leave some lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet malts, assorted fruit

T: Sweet and malty fruits that make my jaw and cheeks tense up. Wasn't expecting that. I just had an IPA and apparently my palate has to adjust to the other end of the spectrum. There we go...no more jawbone aching. Apples, plums, and perhaps raisins blend very well with a sturdy malt character.

M: Really silky smooth feel. Adequately carbonated with a lasting finish.

O: This is a nostalgic beer for me. My wife and I went camping in Canada and split a warm sixer of this after sitting in the front row of the Sting / Annie Lennox concert. I will always have a soft spot for this beer. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 01:34:45 | More by Huhzubendah
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-02-2011 03:30:25 | More by rab53
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

A: Poured a very clear orange with virtually no visible carbonation and a very thin macro-bubbly white head that faded quickly.

S: A sweet orange malting filled the nose with a touch of fresh fruitiness (apples, pears).

T: The initial flavor was fruity (apples, melons), some sweet brown sugar and sweet caramel malting providing a smooth finish. The palate was nicely balanced between malts and hops. In the finish you can almost taste the lighly smoked Vermont woodiness with dry oranges.

M: The mouthful was light with creamy caramel slickness. A light body and carbonation finishes things out.

D: A very easy drink by nature, woodsy, enjoyable, and very well balanced. Great fall beer and six pack worthy.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 01:32:08 | More by beerthulhu
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-06-2014 04:03:49 | More by mdaschaf
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The label uses the term "double alt" to describe this one. That catches my attention right off the bat.

You can tell this is one viscous beer when it's oozing into the glass. It's a clear deep copper in color. Just a collaring of a head. Clean malt aroma. Almost bock-like in nature. Mouthfeel is indeed viscous and syrupy. Full bodied but smooth and mellow. Carbonation is low but fitting. Taste is very malty. It does have an "alt-like" taste, although not as hoppy as many alts that I've had. There's a candied apple type of a flavor present as well. Clean mellow malt dominates. Hops are present only to balance. Some slight alcohol notes. Big sweet toffe. And brown sugar. Yes, a very interesting and tasty brew.

Thanks a million to pbrian for sending me my first "double alt."

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2002 20:19:20 | More by Bighuge
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smakawhat

Maryland

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A nice off white to tan head forms in a creamy way. Gorgeous amber clear color with slow rising carbonation coming up. Head has a little bit of foamy retention character slowly recedes.

Mild malts and spritzy like yeast powder, hints of lactose it seems on the nose.

Taste is quite flavorful. Dense malt and thick palate. Chewy grains and muted hop and yeast like bread punch in the middle. Finishes large with a good yeast like blast, with some residual like alcohol sweetness.

This is one really tasty altbier for sure!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 22:23:16 | More by smakawhat
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

04-15-2013 05:35:03 | More by Kelp
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Gusler

Arizona

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber color on the pour with a modest sized head that is frothy in texture and a light tan color as it diminishes in size the laced formed is a nice coating upon the glass. Nose has a nut like sweetness, and the hops play a part in the fresh crispness, start is also sweet and loaded with malt, top has a moderate feel to the palate. Finish is frisky in its carbonation and the hops prankish in their spicy bite; bone-dry aftertaste that lingers on perpetuating the taste of the hops till the last drop is drained form the glass.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2003 14:08:50 | More by Gusler
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-24-2011 13:36:28 | More by PEIhop
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Brad007

Vermont

3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a medium brown color. The aroma is rich and malty with hints of alcohol in the backbone. The taste confirms this with nothing but malt, a slight hint of hops and strong alcohol taste. Definitely not a session ale or for the weak. Somewhat drinkable still.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2007 01:05:05 | More by Brad007
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As an Alt, I'd give this a 3.25.

It's really more of an American Strong Ale (as the brewer labels it).

A: Copper-amber with a light tan head, very little retention or lace.

S: Nutty caramel; slightly earthy & very floral hops; alcohol is apparent.

T: The malt is very American... pale with plenty of crystal. A little dark fruit, nut, VERY warming alcohol. The hopping is alright, quite floral with a little earthy/spicy/grassyness. Bitterness is nicely balanced.

M: Moderate body has a light residual sweetness (it's lacking the proteins from decocted, Continental malt).

D: The alcohol would be more subtle in a German brew, but as an American strong, it's a decent drinker.

A good brew, but certainly more American than Alt.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 01:25:20 | More by Derek
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Tallgrass tulip.
7.2% ABV, no date.

Thanks for the bottle Chris!

A - This "Strong Ale" pours a gorgeous clear rusty amber color that shines vibrantly while topped with an off white head. Curtains of lace clutch the glass as the head disappears.

S - Double Bag has an inviting, soft and smooth aroma of sweet caramel malt and dense breadiness reminiscent of a doppelbock. Subtle fruity yeast undertones introduce notes of raisin and soft peach while toasted amber malts add a faint dryness to the finish.

T - Toast surfaces quickly, drying out the sweet caramel malt nuances for a flavor that departs from what the nose offers. Fruit esters are no longer noticeable as this ale begins to show more of it's lager traits, finishing with a touch of sour dough bread and biscuit.

M - Smooth but well carbonated, Double Bag has a nice round, medium bodied feel across the palate with a malty but dry, balanced finish.

O - Long Trail's Double Bag shows no signs of being a strong ale with it's nice malty presence and deceptively smooth finish. This is a good beer that straddles the line of ale and lager with characteristics of both coming through.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 00:00:48 | More by BeerFMAndy
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a vibrant, bright, crisp, orange-copper coloring with a bit of filmy head on the pour that disappears almost instantly, leaving behind a ring of film around the edge of the surface. Caramel and toffee aromas richly sweeten the slight toasting on the nose. Flavors are rich and smooth, with a creamy blending of cream and toffee forming the backbone. Toasty, rich overtones, with a sweetness similar to SugarDaddy. The aftertaste is toffee rich, with a crisp, roasted finish. Very tasty brew, and surprisingly easy to drink with the richness of the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 00:27:53 | More by GarthDanielson
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

11-01-2012 04:14:03 | More by tobelerone
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Harvest Market
Pours a fairly clear medium amber color with a smallish off white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aromas of caramel toffee and brown sugar with just a hint of butterscotch. Earthy bitterness in the aroma keeps this in check. The flavor is sweet rich sugars with some melanoids and a bit of burnt sneaking in there. Earthy bitterness with a touch of burnt butter round us out. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. There is a bit of diacetyl here and that usually turns me off to a beer, but this is one of the rare instances where I think it works within the frame of the rest of the brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2014 01:00:23 | More by johnnnniee
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

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

Poured from 12oz bottle a clear reddish-gold with a small head of foam that dissipated quickly leaving just a fine layer.

The smell is pretty fruity to me with some citrus and there's some malt sweetness there as well.

The taste is of biscuit malt up front, not sweet but certainly yummy , and as I enjoy *that*, it is quickly complimented by a nice hoppy bitterness...wow, and it finishes on the very dry side.

There be Big flavours to be found here yet they work so well together that my bottom line for this Alt is that it's a real smooth drinker and one that I'd recommend without reservations.

Thanks to Nutbrown for including this Alt in our trade!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 17:13:30 | More by Bitterbill
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avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a kolsch glass. Had a bright copper color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: Smelled predominantly of malt and caramel. Not overly aromatic, but nice nonetheless.

T: Tasted of malt, caramel, and an almost bready quality. This is a solid, well-constructed beer. Basically, it tastes like an altbier should.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a focused, well made, likeable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 13:13:49 | More by avalon07
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

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
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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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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear lightened copper color with a big, bold ivory capping of frothy foam. Keeps its cap well throughout the seesion. Big patchy lacing sticks in place across the glass.

Aroma is of toasted grains and breads with a nice graasy undertone to it. Clean, crisp, inviting.

Taste is more of the same, nicely mild, wholesome, natural, and easy goin' toasted tones of bread grains that drift long with grassy hopped undertones that add a unique leafy bitterness of fluffy pine to the finish. A very light and tender caramel sweetened warmth resides off to the side then brings up the rear after the finish to sit with a malty warming sensation in the back of the throat.

Feel is soft, smooth, semi-silky, and just above a medium body within a lower carbonation level and only the slight hoppy bitterness and the malty warmth adding to the supply of interest in texture and length.

Quite a drinkable treat. Smooth, mild, subtle, and warming with just that right kinda of balance and roundedness that makes for a good beer. Alt style, and the like. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 01:52:45 | More by tavernjef
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty caramel color with a small head. Smell is of grains, some sweetness. Taste is malts, grains, some bitterness at the finish, different but in a good way. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 15:05:01 | More by tone77
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now here's a kick ass beer....a double alt is something new to me but it seems to fit that style....it is rich, sweet and syruppy, but also exhibits alt bier like characteristics...pours an impressively clear dark orange.....nose smells a bit like a scotch ale minus the smokiness....malty...some alcohol (like rum..and even some nuttiness....with some floral hop notes....I mentioned the body, but it finishes with a nice tight dry hop bite....that really seems to balance this out and make it special....the taste is very malty....sweet plums,pears,mangos....but then there is that nice dry finish....this is really a dandy..a big giant ZAP thanks to Bierman9 for this beauty....

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2003 22:02:21 | More by ZAP
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2004 16:36:34 | More by RoyalT
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claspada

New Jersey

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

Aromas of sweet biscuity maltiness and significant notes of earthy, herbal and citrus hops. A slight caramel taste with a bitter and sweet aftertaste. Malts were evident and pretty sweet, but the taste of caramel was more evident. A pretty equal balance upon further review. Though malty at first sip, hop bitterness follows quickly. The alcohol warmth isn't strong but is quite pleasant. I would describe it as slippery, medium-bodied, and yet at the same time enormously clean and refreshing. A good solid hops, slight maltiness, hints of fruits and some alcohol. Overall this is a well made beer that comes very close to being excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2010 02:45:11 | More by claspada
Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,199 ratings.