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: 571 | Ratings: 1,687
Photo of alpinebryant
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a copper amber color, I have drank this one many times, but only thought it appropriate to finally review it as it has been in my fridge for years.

Smells just like a regular pale ale, tastes better. Nutty Malt flavor with minimal hops to overtake the malt. Very well balanced and for the ABV, amazingly smooth, good thickness. No phenol alchohol flavor here, good bitterness and overall a nice ride.

You can drink 3 of these before you know what has caught up with you and still desire more.

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Photo of Heritage02Rider
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler of double bag at Consumers... sign read strong ale, with a full, malty body, balanced by three generous additions of noble hops.

A - The appearance in my frosted glass was a medium dark amber. Very translucent, so a real ambery look to it. Head was full and creamy with a creme color (not white) and stuck around for most of the pint.

S - There is a small hint of malted beer without any hoppy overtone. Almost no smell at all.

T - The taste is very smooth and velvety. The malty flavor comes through and no real noticeable hop taste. This is not a hoppy beer. (Since I am not a big hop fan, this is right up my alley)

M - Again, this is smooth with no lingering aftertaste other than a small sweet malt taste. If you like malted beers, you will have no issue with the small amount of aftertaste.

D - Well one down while writing this and getting ready to pour another, so before a growler full is gone I will say the drinkability is top notch. I will probably try and down this tonight.

Overall, I would say this is a mighty fine Vermont beer.

Bottoms up!

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Photo of clemtiger8202
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass. Clear amber with a thick, lingering off-white head; good lacing. Notes of malt, biscuit, maybe something like a dark fruit in there, no real hop notes coming through. Sweet tasting with just a bit of hop bitterness on the finish that gradually builds. Very smooth beer. Highly drinkable considering the high alcohol content and initial sweetness.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours clear deep amber color with a medium creamy white head that has very good retention.

S-The aroma is very very biscuity with some beautiful noble hop aroma. Some caramel notes come through as well.

T-The flavor is much of the same with some soft bitterness and some mildly minty hop flavor and lots of caramel.

M-Very clean and full bodied. Creamy with a touch of alcohol and a slightly dry finish.

D-Very drinkable. It goes down very smooth. I am very glad I had the oppertunity to try this. Thanks Jason! Holla! lol

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Photo of aqualung23
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not that familiar with the style, but damn this is a tasty beer. Great malt backbone without being too sweet and a nice mild hop character. Very drinkable at 7.2%.

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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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Photo of Veillantif
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at a few degrees F below room temperature, poured at 45 degree angle into unchilled stange glass.

A: bright mahogany with a tinge of gold. beautiful steady 1 1/2" thick head.

S: high amplitude: fruity with a tinge of hops, yet there's the richness of a much darker ale as well, with a tinge of roasted malt.

T: much as I expected from the smell: not too much of a surprise, but fantastic anyway. the same balance between pale-hale hoppinees and roasted malt richness is remarkably persistent: it doesn't change as it lingers on the palate.

M: the fizz is a little weak; it goes down a little too easy.

O: juxtaposes a variety of flavors, yet ends up being simple and accessible, and just remarkably pleasant, no matter what your level of sophistication or momentary proclivities may be. beautiful.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a: golden caramel, very clear. large 4 finger solid white head

s: aroma is dominated by sweet malts. some syrup-like toffee notes and dark berries as well. just the faintest hit of some hops in here as well.

t: sweet caramel and toffee malts right away. there is some earthy spice in here as well. fresh dough. the finish is very faint generic hops. this is a nice malt-forward beer. not overly complicated, but all the flavors in here are nice

m: light to medium mouthfeel. there is carbonation in here, but can't really feel it

o: as mentioned before - its not overly complicated, but all the flavors in here work really well. drinks really smooth, and is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to dashirey for this one.

A- Slightly hazy amber, one finger head.

S- Caramel aroma with noble hop aroma in the background.

T- Caramel malt is rich up front with just enough toasted flavor to keep it interesting. Spicy hop flavor comes through at midpoint then transitions to more of an earthy hopp finish.

M- Medium-full bodied, rich and smooth.

D- I'll take this in annother trade anytime.

Simply wunderbar!

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

this is easily one of the more complex beers I've had in a while

A - shiny orange like a dark pumpkin, clear as day, head is a little wispy and unstable

S - notes of everything that makes an interesting beer interesting...fruity floral hops, caramel, alcohol, overripe dark fruits....

T - caramel malt base showcases many different notes with each sip. hops are present and bring some citrus. also in the mix are grape and raisin, roasted cashew, a little cherry, cigar tobacco, and an almost astringent finish. it's a lot to take in all at once

M - really superb silkiness, a little bubbly under it, not too light or too sticky

D - this one might throw off people who aren't accustomed to bold and complex brews. would not recommend as a first or even 30th beer for a beginner, but longtime enthusiasts can easily find something to get behind within this one

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a super clear copper-red color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down to a ring around the glass leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - The aroma is full of rich sweet caramel malts and just a bit of pine hops. Also some bread aroma and floral notes mixed in as well.

T - Starts off with rich sweet lightly toasted caramel malts and some background fruits and yeast. Through the middle, a touch of piney hops come through with some stronger bread flavor and some floral notes. The finish is a mix of sweet toasted malts and some piney hops and bread that linger nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-low carbonation. Feels really smooth and balanced. The finish has a nice bit of sweetness and it fairly clean.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are nice and complex and very balanced at the same time. The mouthfeel is just right with very nice balance.

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Photo of bobsy
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper body with a small tan head that left some lacing. Sweet biscuity aroma with a hint of caramel and hops. Roasted malt flavours mixed in with caraml and a sweet nuttiness, and some grassy hops in the finish. Smooth, chewy mouthfeel seems to suit the flavours perfectly, and I can't see much room for improvement. Likewise the drinkability is just short of exceptional, and only the dangerously hidden alcohol could be a negative factor. Awesome brew. Well done Long Trail!

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Photo of JNeider
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: A rich brown color, like a soft underlying amber tone. The creamy off-white 1 finger head held on really well. The lacing after the pour was also pretty gorgeous!

S: Alot going on here, I catch some bananas (which i was not expecting) and caramel. Overall, the aroma was just a smooth blend of sweetness

T: BANANAS! Were it not for the smell I would have been kind of blown away by this. There is also some underlying caramel flavors. A slight bit of hops and grains. It was very complex, yet carried its sweetness in moderation.

M: Very creamy and smooth. Almost like a smoothy if you let your mind really elaborate.

D: Easy to drink because its so smooth, but also a by-product of this is that its kind of filling.

Overall, an awesome beer. The first one I have tried from Long Trail and apparently, after this one, I need to try more! A delicious blend of sweet gloriousness in a glass.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was really impressed by this brew. great appearance, nice aroma that matches the taste. notes of toasted bread, grains, rich buttery nuttieness, toffee & caramel. very tasty and easy drinking but also super drinkable. texture works well.

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

Amber-brown copper color with a light tan head that fades to a thin layer. Smells of spice and creamy caramel and slightly toasted nuts. A nice swirl brings out the diacetyl and german hoppiness. I forgot how good this beer is. Taste is loaded with rich maltiness. Fruity and sweet toffee, toasty, nutty and very nice long finish. Nicely bitter at the end with a subtle alcohol warming. Very balenced overall. High amount of flavor in the medium body makes this very drinkable.


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

Longneck with a bottling date of 8/13/08. Pours a crystal clear amber in the glass with lively carbonation rising up. Nice, tightly-packed, cream-colored head reminiscent of latte froth. All sorts of authentic smelling German malts billowing off the top of this. Toffee, toast, caramel and a bit of butter round out the nose. Fruity to start (apple), going into dark toast and caramel and finishing off with a subtle flowery bitterness and delicate European grain note. A somewhat sharp medium carbonation with a medium-full body and bit of warming. A very nice drinking ale with an awesome malt profile. This has to be one of the most authentic tasting American-brewed, German style ales that I have had. Great job by Long Trail on producing this smooth, unique ale. I'm glad that I'm in the distribution range of this one!

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

12 ounce bottle. Doublebag pours out a partially hazy amber color topped with a small head. Lots of small bubbles stick to the side of the glass. Fruit and nuts aroma with some floral characteristics. Toasted malt flavor with some nuttiness. Sweetness comes in at first, but is balanced by a tasty dose of German hops. The alcohol is masked by a crisp mouthfeel. Great drinkability. For a 7.2% beer, this is quite poundable.

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Photo of mshallah
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with deep red tones. Minimal head retention with a thin persistent ring of foam. Smell is invitingly sweet and fruity and almost dessert-like. Taste is huge, lots of malt up-front and a very distinct banana flavor. Not a hint of ale yeast banana fruitiness, but full-on like you just ate a chicita. This beer is perfectly hopped with bittering levels to balance all this sweetness. Believe it or not, this big 7.2abv beer is a great cross-over beer for macro swillers because it just tastes great.

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Photo of JVEyck309
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance - Clear tawny red/copper color. The head dissipates rather quickly leaving moderate lacing. Not overly carbonated but this is not off putting.

Smell - Caramel, toffee, biscuity, sweetness

Taste - Sweet right off the start, caramel tastes, nice amount of carbonation - much what I expected from the smell. Hop bitterness follows the inital sweetness but isn't overly intense. Very nice balance overall. Bready, caramel toffee..

Mouthfeel - Chewey, great mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Definitely a very drinkable beer. Great balance to it, the flavors are just right.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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."

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Photo of cooter
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Excellent lacing and a classy head that diminishes from solid to wispy. Smell is unusually impressive for what I expect of this kind of beer--fruity, especially blueberry and mango notes, with hop tang and characteristically malty flavors evident in equal parts. The smell is actually rivaling a tripel in complexity!

Flavor is mild, as in, English. Balanced, certainly, but with an IPA-ish thwack to the tongue, and from the malt? Some sour notes. Okay, maybe a little more hopheaded, considering the fruit flavors. More blueberry on the tongue, especially in the aftertaste, plus grapefruit, kiwi, butter, avocado, and...well, alcohol is somehow present but not in a normal sense. Smoother.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, a little thick (like a dark lager...blech), and generally mediocre. Extremely drinkable. I hope the beer store still has it on special, this could be a heck of a transition beer for college boozers, considering the double-deuce ounce bottle, high alcohol content, and mild but flavorful presence. I vote yea!

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Photo of beerluvr
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simple cream colored head over rich gold clear ale. Nose is lightly toasty, malty sweet, and flowery fresh hoppiness. The taste is just as the nose, very drinkable with flavors of sugar sweet malt blasted away by quite bitter hoppiness and some slight warming alcohol too. Finshes long, warming and bitter...a superbly crafted Sticke Altbier.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is very malty and contains mostly caramel along with nuts and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste is mainly caramelized malt, but was good. There’s a little bit of hops in there and the after taste was dry and a little sweet. Essentially it was what I’ve come to expect from this style.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is dry but clean.

D: Tasty, goes down real easy, not very filling and I didn’t really notice the 7.20% ABV much at all. I thought this beer went well with my turkey & stuffing for Thanksgiving dinner. In retrospect, I should have brought a 12-pack with me instead of a sixer as I ended up not being the only person that drank it.

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Photo of beyah
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pilsner glass from a 22 oz. bottle

A- Copper color with off white head.

S- Caramel like Malt smell.

Taste- Rich caramel malt, with nice hop bitterness, a slight presence of alcohol, very well balanced .

D- Easy drinking beer, at 7.2% one needs to keep track of how many.

Note: I have had this beer in both 12 oz. bottles and 22 oz bottles, the 22 oz bottles always taste better, and less bitter, I have no idea why, but this has been consistant over multiple trails. This is one of my favorites.

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Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,687 ratings.
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