Double Bag
Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Style:
German Altbier
Ranked #14
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
87
Ranked #12,682
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 12.05%
Reviews:
592
Ratings:
1,754
From:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  97
Gots
  375
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Notes: 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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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 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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Samlover55
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into Nonic Pint
BB sometime in 2017 (would love to try fresh but was amazing so here is review)
Light brown with thin off-white head
Licorice, fruity toffee
Sweet caramel, fruity chewing gum, spicy
Smooth and crisp with a tinge of alcohol, dry finish
Overall im shocked by how good this is, so complex and refreshing

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Photo of brunop
1.76/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

i forget sometimes how much i don't like this beer. i see long trail on sale occasionally and buy it hopin' it'll be better than last time. i mean it's from vermont--so it's 'sposed to be good. maybe i just don't like the style.

i find it flavorless. weird but true. a faint maltiness. no hops whatsoever. and a bad aftertaste.

doesn't leave a lot of lace on the glass.

i have to remember i don't like this.

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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 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 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 Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber and clear, thin finger of head in a shaker on tap at The Good Life in Massapequa. Malt-forward and smooth, some caramel sweetness, mild nut tones, and a vague pale fruit impression. Smooth, medium-bodied, and mild.

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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 nomad
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- A glowing brown/red color- amber mixed in as well. Dissapointed with the amount of head- it was thin and dissipated quickly.

S- Smell was sweet and malty

T- Taste was of alcohol, caramel, toffee, nutty, hops, and some vanilla.

M- Mouthfeel was sticky and pleasant. Went down easily.

D- Drinker please beware: this is a good beer that will creep up on you a little too quickly.

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Photo of artoolemomo
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of ErrandWolfe
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MarkSmithVT
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of sebaastionb
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of rajeshkan
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Beerparrot
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had had it years before and didn't care for it, this one was given to me from the rep, the other may have been old. The malt character jumped right out and there was no hint of the strength. Very tasty, malt sweetness without being too much. It was easy to drink and enjoy. I would like to try more of this style for comparison.

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Photo of dnichols
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a ;int poured from the tap at the brewery.

A: It poured a bright, clear, orange tinged amber with slight white head that disappeared quickly. There were clumps lacing down the side of the glass as the beer was consumed.

S It hit the nose with a sweet sugary and lightly toasted caramel aroma. There were hints of ripe apples and pears.

T: It was dominated by toasted sweet malts with lots of caramel and brown sugar. There were hints of white fruit and very light bite from hops. The flavors were well balanced and the alcohol was hidden.

M: It was light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. It finished tangy warm and clean. There was a slightly sweet aftertaste that lingered for a short while.

D: It is a well structured brew with excellent balance and mouth feel. It hits the ABV well making it an excellent session beer.

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Photo of tchenery
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very thin head. Nice rich copper/brown color. Has visible carbonation and very bright.

Smells big. There is a lot of caramel coming off the nose. I'm not getting much bitterness at all but am picking up a slight sweetness along with a roasted/toasted aroma.

Has a thick caramel taste. This beer is pretty much all malt and very little hops. There's a strange but nice 'tobacco' flavor (lack of better description) on the back of the tongue that lingers into a kind of marshmallowy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a bit full and dry, but not unpleasant. It's a thick beer.

Definitely drinkable. This would make a good fall six pack.

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Photo of bpw28
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Finger bone white head, very deep amber (about a 23 SRM), very nice lacing.

Smell: Rich roasted malt, dark fruits (figs and plums come to mind), earthy, deep woods, very mellow alcohol.

Taste: Big dark fruits (again, the fig and plum), rich malt, great earthy, strong woods, present alcohol but not overdone, light grassy, slight warming, nice body.

Final Thoughts: This is good simplicity. Not folling with out there flavors, just making a good brew. Enjoy this one deep in the fall/start of winter. It would be perfect. Great brew Long Trail.

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Photo of muchos
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
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!

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Photo of timmy2b
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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