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Double Bag | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Double BagDouble Bag

Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-08-1999

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Reviews: 561 | Ratings: 1,656
Reviews by JmBrkr:
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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Photo of drnknthwds
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

You all sound like a bunch of pinkys up hoity toities...I love this beer and think it kinda feels like milk in my mouth

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Photo of predikit
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper, left a quarter in white head that dissipated almost completely. Leaves a fair amount of lacing behind on the glass.

The smell is fairly muted, sweet fruity yeast/malty aroma to be had.

A well developed malt foundation with an earthy herbal hop bite, of the types of hops to find in a beer this quality is probably my favorite. Dark brown bread and a grassy finish. Not bad at all. The bitterness lasts for a long while through the finish.

Medium light bodied, fairly mild carbonation. Oily feel coats your mouth after a swallow.

I wouldn't seek this brew out, but it was a pretty good one to try.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

If you're looking to stick every rating here on at least one beer, this fits the just-above-the-middle-of-the-road rating. It's got a bitter aftertaste that takes away from the initial taste, but not so bitter that it runs it. It's...just above average.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember drinking this a few times while living in VT back in 2000-01 first time drinking since,poured a clear lighter bronze color with a thinner white head that settled into a soapy-like top with a decent amount of lace behind.Fruity esters in the nose along with some brown sugar and well some bubble gum wich was a little odd I wouldnt have expected to come across that.Pretty fruity up front dare I say gummy wormish?Fruity flavors and brown sugar sweetness meld into a nice dryer spicey finish with an herbal tinge true to alt beer style.Does not feel like 7.2% alc thats for sure goes down quite easily,I am revisiting the Long Trail beers they are readily available here in in western NY this is a very nice offering.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of 71ADub
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Just to be clear, this style is an ale that is fermented at temperatures lower than your typical ale, but above lager temps. It is closer to a lager than an ale, however (IMHO)...

Would pair well with Colby Jack (oddly enough...)

12 oz. bottle (with the red hiker prominently featured, the cows are pushed to the bottom, really tiny), no date purchased early Fall 2015, to frosty mug Feb. 12, 2016:

A - orange/copper color, 1/2 inch creamy tan head, dissipates quickly. sticks to the mug like Krazy Glue as I empty it.
S - bready, not really much is discernible, however
T - Simply Complex, if that makes sense: starts malty, quickly subdued by the heat, but then bitterness creeps in and that's the last thing on your tongue - this could be due to the carbonation.
M - medium hi carbonation, light to moderate body, crisp finish. Sorta creamy.
O-not really an altbier, but a interesting spin on a German classic. I am partial to German lagers, and I enjoy brewing them in the wintertime here in the Old Dominion. Would buy again for sure.

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interestingly this is described on the label as a "double alt". Never heard that term before, so I've learned something new! Anyway you catagorize it, this is an excllent brew. Deep copper color, great looking head. Rich malty aroma. Flavor and body are rich with a hint of chocolate. A pleasant alcohol warming sensation follows each swallow. Hops balance things out nicely. Good drinkability for such a strong, rich beer.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mlasher1
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love this beer.

Pours copper with a single finger head which leaves good lacing. Head diminishes into a thin film within a few minutes.

Smells of hops and malt balanced to perfection.

Wonderful sweet start quickly followed by hoppy bitterness.

Drinkability suffers due to the alcohol content and medium body, but 1 or two is definitly managable.

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Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of blitz134
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think I was shorted a bit in the bottle. Liquid level was barely past the base of the neck. This will complete the trifecta of the series...I had Triple Bag a few months back.

Clear copper bodied with a solid 1" eggshell colored head. Sticky and persistant leaving rings of foam.

Notably sweet with candy sugar. Clean and slightly bready malt. Hints of floral and some dark fruity sweetness.

Taste is much more malty than the aroma lets on, especially in the finish. The similarities to the standard Long Trail Ale show through now. Sweetness is thankfully subdued, but is still there in the form of some dark crystal and plays nicely with the hints of alcohol. Some floral and spicy hopping work in too.

A solid medium bodied beer, helped by the residual sweetness. Nicely carbonated to a fairly low level, just enough to cut the sweet edge, remains smooth.

Overall a tasty beer. Easy to drink given its size. Its a nice interpretation to this catch all style that is usually overly hopped.

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Photo of GiannaG
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of PotterBrewart
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of dandaugherty1221
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark beer, amber in color, with a medium head and some slight lacing. Not much in the aroma department, mostly sweet. A caramel/toffee taste, with a little hops. Pretty good taste, actually, just not enough of it. I liked this beer, and have had several in one sitting, but I keep thinking it could be better.

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Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Todd
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beaut of a beer with a nice and clear copper colour and creamy/sticky head that retains very well. Soft floral aroma initially, backed by a near pungent hop nose -- very aromatic.

Ultra-smooth and malty with biscuit malt flavours, near milky mouthfeel, even nectar-like sweetness followed by a coarse/mildly astringent hop character and balanced bitterness. Semi-dry finish.

An incredible beer, IMO. Well worth seeking out if you are anywhere near the Vermont area.

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Photo of generallee
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It had a deep copper color with visible carbonation and nice clarity. The head was thin, light tan in color and faded fast leaving spotty bubbles on top of the liquid. A small amount of lace was left on the glass.

Smell: The aroma had a sweet malty character with caramel notes and mild hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: On the tongue there is a thick sweet malt presence with sweet biscuit and caramel notes. The sweetness is balanced nicely by a strong herbal and leafy hops that seems to take over by the finish. The finish is slow and the flavor seems to stick on the tongue. It has a medium body with a creamy smooth texture and carbonation is active yet very mild.

Notes: It is a strong beer with bold flavor. Very well done!

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear amber color with a decent 1/3 inch head that dissipates quickly, leaving just a ring in it's wake. Leaves behind decent lacing as well.

Smells very malty and sweet. Dates, figs, cherries, some smokiness coming through.

Taste is pretty swet as well but not cloying or anything. Tastes of ripe fruit, cherries, candied malts, vanilla, honey, bready, ending with a light hop spice. Perhaps some additional hops could benefit this brew but it is still very good and very smooth for a 7.2% abv tag.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, good carbonation, semi-dry finish, medium bodied. All in all, a great Altbier. I'm usually not a huge fan of this style but it is going well with the cold air and snow all over the ground. This beer exceeded my expectations by a long shot. Good job at hiding the alcohol volume as well. Very sessionable.

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Photo of Guden
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light copper brown with decent clarity and a half finger head that fades quickly.

S - Bread and caramel. Big, malty and full with a small floral hop component in the background.

T - Light maltiness with a lot of caramel and some definite alcohol presence. Not overly strong or complex but sweet and alcohol balance each other out somewhat.

M - Light and smooth with a bit of creaminess. Goes down really easy.

D - There's nothing here for me to get too excited about, but its balanced and lacks flaws so I could have a few more, and it was worth the addition to the mix and match six pack.

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Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Jason
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown long neck with a bottled on date scored.

Appearance: Clear copper in colour with a patchy bubbly light tan head.

Smell: Rich sweet caramel and toffee with an almost butterscotch aroma meet up with the scent of heady ester alcohol.

Taste: Rich chewy malt, a little toasted, a hint of diacetyl, a touch of caramel and a good dose of sweetness which is cut by an ample semi tangy hop bitterness, a fuming estery alcohol and a toasted grainy flavour. The toasted grain/malt and a vanishing hop leaf flavour linger for a bit while the alcohol warms the body a bit.

Notes: A very intense and interesting brew, well balanced and finishes quite clean for a brew that boasts 7.2% abv. This brew is called a Sticke (secret) Alt Style Ale, an obscure sub-style of the Alts that is only brewed as a specialty ( once in a blue moon ) in Germany, Long Trail has done it justice for an American brewed version.

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Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

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