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: 572 | Ratings: 1,690
Photo of LarryV
2.95/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've tried to like this beer, but despite my best efforts to delve into it's mystique I just find it a very boring beer. Primary character is malty, but I wouldn't call it a malt bomb. Kind of like an androgynous beer that's not quite sure what it wants to be. It's not offensive at all, nor is it exciting. One or two and I've had enough.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. A clear ruby orange with a thin layer of head that dissapates to a thin lace quickly. Toasted grains, caramel malts on the nose and in the taste. Some orange/honey/tea thing happening. The carbonation is medium low, the heft is medium, goes down fast. A good change of pace.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a flute glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Transparent Amber with medium bubbles on the body and an off-white head rising just about a surprisingly two finger's length.

Smell: Light yeast and smooth malts, resembles an IPA as far as scent.

Taste: Light malts a bit sweet. A touch sour which feels a bit like a lemon was squeezed in the brew.

Mouth: Medoum carbonation, lightly sticky.

Overall: Good brew especially considering the price I got it for. Breadth feel at the end which definitely complimented the prosciutto I just inhaled.

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Photo of AndrewKiser
4.81/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Actually one of the closest American Alts I've had to actual Altstadt Altbier I had back in the 80's in central Germany. Very smooth and great taste both warm and cold

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle brought back from New York City last year. It pours a hazy dark amber colour with a off-white head that leaves lacings. Aromas of roasted malt, orange, caramel & honey. Tastes of roasted malt, orange, caramel, honey, Aftertaste has crisp hops in the middle ending crisp with a lingering sweetness. Light in body with average carbonation.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi clear and semi hazy copper/amber color. A fingernail length bubbly head dissapates to a frothy film that retains quite well and leaves a significant amount of lacing on the side of the glass.
The aroma consists mainly of toffee, caramel and biscuity malt. The aroma is closely aligned with the taste. Although this is a malt forward beer, there is a modest floral hops profile that balances it out.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. It is silky and creamy, particularly in the finish.
I must confess I do not know much about the altbier style, however, I will say that this one is pleasant and flavorful, and, pairs well with a meal. I would have again.

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Photo of JohnLasher92
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer's label has changed from the one on the post. If you look at the image of the cow, you can see the Long Trail hiker is one of it's spots.
Bottled 10/11/16 and enjoyed early Jan 2017.
If you love malt AND hops but want a good balance in your beverage, this is the brew for you. Very smooth, just a tad complex profile and enough ABV to satisfy. This is the only Long Trail beer I've had so far but it's perfect.

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Photo of Holderness
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L -- Pours a clear orange-hued amber with a practically non-existent off-white head that dissipates very quickly to a thin layer of foam
S -- Mild bready malts
T -- Malts, smoke, bittersweet chocolate, biscuit, caramel
F -- Very nice overall malt flavors make for a robust yet easy drinking brew

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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 angrybabboon
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 11/8/16

A: Dark caramel with some brown at the core and burnt gold around the edges - nicely clear - pours with a medium size, light beige head, fades to a small collar and a few wisps

S: Malty but somewhat mild - dark bread, toast, biscuits, bread dough, and bread crust - dark caramel, molasses, toffee - some floral and grassy malts, hint of citrus - lightly earthy - slight oxidation - but mostly bread

T: Very bready, with some bread, toasted bread, toasted grains, grainy bread, biscuits, crackers - some sweetness, with caramel, dark caramel, molasses - earthy, some oxidation - floral and grassy notes, some citrus - some heat

M: Medium body, carbonation on the low side, very smooth, a touch oily

O: When one bag isn't enough

I was fairly certain that I reviewed Double Bag years ago. But apparently not. This is a unique beer that does not really fit any styles. It's probably not for everyone, but the bready biscuits are charming.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost-clear copper with nearly zero head, just an off-white right. Nice color though. Aroma is slightly malty and just a hint of earthy hop. Flavor is a whole different bag... Delicious waves of malty goodness bread/cracker mixed with a nice dose of caramel. Very slight earthy bitter catches up at the finish, leaving the palate very clean and ready for a another sip. Again, delicious.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Coppery brown ale with a foamy tan head. The aroma is sweet grain and biscuit malt with a bit of yeast. The flavor is toasted malt and a hint of brown sugar with yeast and some grain and earthy qualities. Smooth, with a dry finish and a bitterness that is subdued. An interesting beer in many ways - one I hope I get to drink again!

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Photo of daliandragon
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have personally consumed many four packs of tall boy cans of this so I'm somewhat shocked I never actually reviewed it. Pours a medium amber with red highlights and little head. Nose is caramel malt and dark fruits. Very sugary sweet smelling .
Deep burnt malt flavors with caramel and sweet fruits. Some late bitterness gives a touch of balance but this is what you thought it was. Texture is thick and keeps the booze from taking over. Different and worth a try if you've not yet sampled one.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This “double altbier” pours a fairly dark reddish brown color with a thick creamy white head. The smell is yeasty and malty with some grain and faintly sweet notes. There is also a hint of alcohol in the scent. The flavor is much the same with some standard yeast as well as biscuit and caramel malt flavors dominating in the initial flavor with a hint of alcohol. There is some bitter piney hoppiness in the finish also, however. The finish is semi-dry and very creamy. The body is medium, but a little lighter than I would have guessed. This is definitely a nice homage to this traditional German style. The flavors are simple, but pretty on point. It is a great addition to the Long Trail roster.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours a deep amber color with a very thin head. Aroma is almost nonexistent with slight hops & yeast tones. With mild malt and hops flavors (without collateral weirdness) it comes off as a well balanced and totally drinkable beer. But, yes, it's not super stand-out special.

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Photo of David_JD79
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

looks good, feels nice and thick. slight banana bread smell and taste that may put some off. but not me. def one of my current faves. love this brewery.

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Photo of devo1980
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic beer. Can not believe the high-alcohol level. Doesn't taste like it. But after two, certainly felt like it. A unique beer that is smooth and tasty. Definitely recommend.

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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 stevoj
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picke dup in upstate New York. Very good attempt at a Dusseldorf altbier. Nice copper color with light carbonation and mellow roasted bitterness. Yum!

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Photo of Pantalones
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My last bottle from the six-pack -- put off reviewing until the last because I was honestly having a hard time describing exactly what I smelled/tasted in this beer -- leaving it as "malty" just wasn't descriptive enough for me. XD Bottling date is June 17th, 2015.

This one has a very nice color to it -- dark red-orange, bordering on light brown but not quite there (plus it's a little too shiny and clear to really come across as "brown.") Very clear, but just dark enough that it's difficult to see the bubbles without holding it up to the light. With the help of a light, though, it's easy to see tons of tiny bubbles rising up from the bottom. Only low point appearance-wise is that hardly any head forms when pouring; there was a thin layer at first, but within a minute or two it's already reduced to a ring around the inside of the glass with scattered bits in the middle.

Smell is pretty noticeably malty, but I'm finding difficulty really describing what I'm smelling beyond that. It's sweet, "beery," and without any obvious hop presence -- the hops in there are probably mostly if not entirely for bittering. Maybe a little caramel-y and something that reminds me a bit of brown sugar... almost a candy-like smell at times. Definitely a very sweet, malty smell. After drinking a bit and taking another smell, I'm noticing a bit of the biscuity malt becoming more noticeable in there. Reminding me of a yeasty biscuit/roll sort of thing.

Taste is similar to the smell, but the flavors are more distinct from each other than the smells. It's definitely malty, of course. There's a good bit of a biscuity/crackery sort of flavor along with the darker, sweeter caramel-y and brown sugar/candy-like sorts of things. A bit of an earthy something in there too -- maybe that could be from the hops? There does seem to be a bit of bitterness right on the end, just enough that the sweet malty flavors don't linger much. Alcohol seems to be detectable in the taste (though oddly I'm not getting much of the mouth-warming sensation that sometimes comes with 7%-and-up beers), though it blends in with the sweeter flavors well enough that it's not unpleasant. A tiny bit of grassy/leafy-type bitterness builds up on the aftertaste after the halfway mark, but this is still far from a bitter beer by any means.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice overall -- a bit of a thicker, slipperier sort of feel to it than a lot of beers, though not to the point of feeling almost sticky like some of the big, sweet doppelbocks I've had. Sometimes the carbonation seems maybe a teeny tiny bit pricklier than I'd like, but other times it feels pretty nice... not sure what's going on there.

Overall, this is a pretty nice beer -- I picked it up without knowing anything about the style or the brewery, and it turns out to have been a pretty good decision, as I've definitely enjoyed gradually drinking my way through this pack of sweet, malty, nearly indescribable cool-weather beers. The hiking/camping theme of the brewery seems appropriate, I could see myself really appreciating one of these when sitting around a campfire on a cool night. I noticed during my most recent beer stock-up trip that the standard Long Trail Ale (regular altbier vs. Double Bag's double altbier) is also available around here now; I'll have to try that one at some point and see how the two compare.

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Photo of Coachrick
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A favorite when tasted at the brewery. Malt forward but with enough hoppiness and alcohol (7.2 abv) to keep it interesting. Faint fruitiness and ester aroma that grew as it sat but never was pronounced. Excellent drinkable alt bier. Get it if you can.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 22 ounce bottle, it pours amber with a small head. Lacing as the beer is enjoyed. Malty to the nose and tongue. Tiny bubbles also continue as you enjoy the beer.

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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 jrschaef
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely the superior Long Trail ale. This is well worth picking up a 6-pack next time in northern New England. One of the best beers I enjoyed up there over Labor Day weekend!

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A very malty, full bodied brew with a meh after taste. I personally thinking they went too far with the malts, neglecting the other aspects of the beer. Nothing about it DiD or for me.

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