Double Bag | Long Trail Brewing Co.

very good
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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

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Photo of TrevorGW
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a nice dark fruit Aroma. Intense flavor that you would expect from a double. The malt backbone is rich and could use more of a bitter counterbalance. The dark and maple-y sweetness is a bit cloying, but this is certainly a good beer to try. Liquid fruit cake is not my thing at the moment. But I recognize that this is a well-crafted beer that I will likely appreciate more as I deviate towards the maltier styles.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not my favorite style, but not too bad. 22oz. bomber date 3/15/05, relatively fresh, no sedimentary residue.

Poured brownish/red with decent carbonation but no head or lacing. Smells very earthy, reminds me of an Octoberfest, with bad intentions. Vegetable and late fall esters (if you live in New England, you'll know what I'm talking about.

A pretty tasty offering with a nice alcohol kick. Very drinkable even at 7.2

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clean and dark amber in color with a wispy head that goes away rather quickly. Smells of malty sweetness, faint smell of alcohol, stewed fruit and cinnamon. If you really inhale this it has the smell and tingle in your nose of a strong alcohol like whiskey.

Tastes malty with a definite alcohol backbone. Kind of surprising as stronger beers mask that a little better. The alcohol content in this one is definitely not a secret. Aftertaste is slightly bitter without the initial sweetness. Its a very easy drinking beer despite the alcohol content being over 7%.

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Photo of derekmorris7
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice amber color but thin quickly disappearing head. Smell wasn't great kind of metallic. Taste was nice, creamy and malt with some late hoppy and alcohol hints. Mouthfeel was milky with light cling. Very drinkable recommend a few at a time to get good feel for it.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - orange amber pour, bright and clear. A thin layer of soapy head goes away readily. Some layered rings of lace.

Aroma - fairly full malt aroma. A sweet yeasty undertow, a bit buttery. Fades somewhat but still nice.

Taste - light maltiness starts out. Spreading across the palate, hops and a light alcohol presence dominate rather quickly. The hops are mildly fruity at first, turning dry and pretty bitter on the swallow. They impart an orange kind of flavor, picked up mostly on the swallow and aftertaste. Alcohol intensifies the ending, not very subtle but it adds a little more flavor. A rather sour bite at the end, too.

Mouthfeel - thin, crispy, but not so great for me. A little smoothness would work here.

Drinkability - a pretty decent brew with some nice variety for the tastebuds. Thanks to afatty for the sample.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served a few degrees above fridge temperature in an imperial pint glass. Bottled on March 4, 2009.

Appearance- A medium amber color, this beer pours with a resiliency that sustains a three finger bone white head... solid and effectively whetting my appetite for a first long, appreciative sip. There are some nice areas of lacing drapes along the inside of the glass.

Smell- The dominant aromas of malt and phenols are upfront, with some zippy, sharp hops not far behind. The nose is grainy and husky, with that crisp, sweet smell of Vermont water always present.

Taste- Loaded with malt and hops, the flavors bring forth the clean, traditional character of an Altbier from Germany but with a heavier hand. Grain and husk carries through the middle, then a whopping hop bitterness lasts long through the swallow.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The initial entrance on the tongue is uneventful and weak, but it does improve with a swish and it remains moderately carbonated. The harsh, whipping flavors don't help make this beer a truly enjoyable experience.

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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 ElliotNess
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very familiar with Altbiers this was a first look at a Double Alt.

A very nice color of amber/orange not completely crystal clear. A sweet aroma of raisin, and just a slice of banana. A sweet taste with a dry finish. Not the most flavorful and an absence of bitterness made this a decent experience and a solid drink.

Waiting to try another Double Alt.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Bottle dated 12-12-11.

A - Pours a nice clear copper color with a one finer white head. Leaves a nice lacing.

S - Very malty with bready notes. Some corn and caramel as well.

T - Emphasizes the grains and malts. The finish is a bit sweet with toffee/caramel. Leaves some booze on the tongue, more than I would expect from a 7% beer. Slightly metallic aftertaste with some fruit and tobacco.

M - Thin with medium carbonation. Slick.

O - Decent beer. I'm not a big fan of most of the german styles because I think they lack the full flavor I am looking for. I probably won't get it again, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark amber in color, with a creamy white head and some chill haze.

Smell: The aroma of pungent grainy malt is made more refined by fresh floral hops. And yet, the bouquet is not quite balanced, as the smell of multigrain Cheerios really fights for the forefront.

Taste: Sweet cereal grains are also present in the taste. They fail to mesh with a roasty chocolate flavor, as well as some sulfuric sourdough.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel and carbonation, with a slightly bitter, yet otherwise crisp, clean finish.

Overall: Interesting, but not in the most appetizing way. Could see it growing on me, however. The juxtaposition of the flavors, while not outright complementary, definitely gives one something to mull over.

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Photo of zeff80
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, copper/burgundy color with a small, tan head. No lace to speak of.

S - It smelled very malty almost like a brown ale. Also, some earthy and grassy notes.

T - This one in very sweet and malty. The hops are basically drowned out by the sweetness.

M - It was soft and chewy with a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. A medium bodied ale.

D - This is okay. It is not the best altbier by any means and seems a little unbalanced.

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Photo of nerdrocker101
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle. A light brown body with a thin white head that rapidly dissolves to just a sparsely bubbled coat. Sweet, malty nose with just a hint of citrus. A mouth full of bready malts, honey and some earthy hops. Light-medium body with plenty of carbonation. Very deceptive at 7.2%. Easy drinking beer. Long Trails describes this as a strong ale, but here it's an altbier. Not what I would typically consider mistakable for a strong ale.

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

I'm going to have to get a color wheel so that I can say what color beers are... It's, you know, brown and red... Pours clear with a small dense head that is gone in a few quick minutes.
It smells a bit malty...
And, heck, it tastes a bit malty and a lot hoppy.
I like how kelticblood wrote, "Well balanced malt,hops,bitterness,and alcohol all in high amounts," except for the alcohol bit :)
Finish is all bitter hops - pretty powerful and then gradually fading. Verra nice!

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not too impressed with this offering. Poured a deep amber, just a wisp of a head. Had a sweet porter taste to it. Hops were definitely lacking. The ABV was not over powering. A good malt base though. It went down smooth enough. A good beer, but just not impressive.

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Photo of marcpal
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Orange/amber that with high clarity. Extremely minimal shake of head that disappeared immediately- not sure if due to the beer or the age of where attained.

A: Yeasty and bready. Malty and nice balance.

T: Alcohol content was hidden up front. Feel it a bit on the back end but doesnt hold on or overpower. Sense of fruits right up front and hops as well. I may be wrong on this one, but a sense of potential cherries on the back enbd.

M: Extremely thin and smooth. Carbonation was minimal and thickness matched the flavores of the beer.

D: Very drinkable given the abv. Enjoyed it with a burger and could have enjoyed a few more.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours red-amber with a short light head, a little lacing. Nose is pretty light but the hops and some alcohol is present. Taste is better, more balanced. A good solid hops, slight maltiness, hints of fruits and some alcohol. Pretty decent, but would be better without the mild skunkiness.

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Photo of madjr80
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer had that dark wood appearance, with a kicking smell. The aroma reminded me a little bit of medicine (maybe because of the high alcohol content). I really did enjoy this beer. I don't think i would want more than 3 in a night, because of its potency. I would like to tr"y it on draft some time. Overall its a good brew and I agree with the guy that says "too many of these will put you in the bag."

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

The pour is copper in color light head. Smell was very fruity mostly apple. The alcohol is very noticable in this beer but is not over powering at all. Very sweet and crisp with a little hop at the end. Overall I would say this is a very good beer and will drink again.

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Photo of asabreed
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light amber peachy copper color. White head. Decent spotty lacing.

Smell: Bready malts, nuts, caramel.

Taste: A nutty, caramel sourness backed by earthy and slightly vanilla and maple notes. A bit unbalanced, though tasty.

Mouthfeel: A bit watery and full-bodied, and there could be more carbonation.

Drinkability: Solid, if a bit visceral and wild, though there's a balance issue that would make me not want to have more than a few I'd say. Still worth a shot for a bottle.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to billab914 for sending this extra.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is orange amber hued. About a half a finger of off white head fades to leave a nice little lace ring.

The aroma is lightly spiced fruits. Moderate malt and a dusty chalk like character comes on after each whiff.

The flavor is much more pronounced than the nose. A solid amount of fruit with hints of cinnamon and honey. Malty with a sweet cherry like finish.

Medium body with a dry finish. Average carbonation.

Overall an interesting beer for. Glad I had the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 12/05.
Orange, clear...nice foamy head.laces, settles to film.
Smells doughy, malty..a little fruit.
Taste of malt mostly..starts sweet...little dried fruit..alcohol very well hidden...finishes with a sharply bitter hop-zing...and kind of soapy....this actually diminishes a little as it warms....maybe a little too bitter for me,though.
Medium/heavy mouthfeel...full.
One of these will do. It's a good brew, but for me, the finish is a little harsh.

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Photo of ski271
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium orange-copper with a small, frothy, off-white head that quickly diminished to a film. Some light lacing.

Smell: Caramel and toffee stick are the most pronounced in this malt-dominant aroma. Lightly floral and a touch of diacetyl.

Taste: Malts are still dominant with some alcohol early. Sweet, grainy bread, caramel, light esters and lightly metallic. The finish was more bitter than expected with a rather pronounced late hit of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, slightly oily texture, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Label says it’s so smooth you won’t believe it’s 7.2%. Well I believe it. I don’t think it was hidden all that well to boast about it on the label. It was a fairly smooth, enjoyable beer nothing that really impressed me.

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Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,681 ratings.
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