Double Bag | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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88
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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
558
Ratings:
1,645
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
21.03%
 
 
Wants:
86
Gots:
321
For Trade:
1
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Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a gift from the other Matt. Beer is amber / orange and completely clear with a thin head that breaks. Lacing is a plus.

Aroma is a little weak but smells mildly malty with hints of caramel.

Beer is nice, its a great great alt. Medium bodied, interesting late flavors from the yeast, mild bitterness mild sweetness, complete beer, nice connectivity. A great beer all around.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a vibrant, bright, crisp, orange-copper coloring with a bit of filmy head on the pour that disappears almost instantly, leaving behind a ring of film around the edge of the surface. Caramel and toffee aromas richly sweeten the slight toasting on the nose. Flavors are rich and smooth, with a creamy blending of cream and toffee forming the backbone. Toasty, rich overtones, with a sweetness similar to SugarDaddy. The aftertaste is toffee rich, with a crisp, roasted finish. Very tasty brew, and surprisingly easy to drink with the richness of the flavors.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with 'bottled on " dating. pours almond, clear, with sticky well developed lacing. Nose is of some alcohol, malt and nuts. Malt is the deal here. Lots of rich, smooth, sweet and tasty malt. Nuttyness evident. Deeply flavorful. Warming at 7.2%. This is a fine sipper from the skillfull folks at LT. Widely available about New England. Very worthy ALT beer.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.53/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Nice rich color, like a peach toned iced tea. Low head very little head retention with moderate lace.

S- There is a very boozy front note with hints of nuts. Very light, slightly watery on back end.

T- Very light flavor, A little malty on front end. gets a bit watery in the middle and finishes light and slightly bready.

M- Light, no coating at all and the watery middle is not very desirable.

O- A very light beer, the wateriness is not pleasant. The malt flavors would be nice but they die out far to quickly and there is no complexity to the flavor. Not very drinkable

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

The beer pours a nice ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that fades slowly to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very complex malt aroma that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a fruity yeast finish. The taste is awesome. It is full of malts, bitter hops, and a slightly dry, but fruity yeast finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good altbier. It has awesome aroma and flavor; a great drinker.

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Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper in color with a nice two finger head. Thick lacing develops through the drink. Slow rising carbonation bubbles. The aroma is of caramel, nuts, and some bitterness. The flavor leans towards the sweet maltier side, with caramel, honey, butter, and stronger than expected bitterness. Alcohol level is slightly noticeable.

Medium - medium heavy in body. Mouthfeel is mildly crisp at the start. Finish is crisp with a long malt and buttery aftertaste. Easy drinking. One of the better Long Trail brews I have had.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.88/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to thirdeye11? for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is fairly bland, with some biscuit malt and not much else. The flavor is also lacking, with some bread, grain and a hint of grass. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not much going on here.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass twice. Found this one on a whim.

A- LT double bag holds a deep copper look to it with rising bubbles. A careful pour yielded only an inch of off white head, but more of an incline could of easily added to that. Nice sheets of lace on this all the way down.

S- Reminds me of a few Lagunitas offerings with a rich caramel smell from some toasted malt additions. This also gives off some baked bread. Some earthy smelling hops hiding in the background. Has a good strong scent to it that's noticable.

T- Malt sweetness up front and a lot of it. Big caramel notes that takes the cake as far as taste. The hops used kind of only round out the taste and don't make their own impression, not bitter in any way. A nice fruit basket taste in the middle plus some faint brown sugar. The malts come back in the finish, they are huge.

M- Kind of weak for a strong ale, double bag feels more like your average beer. DB has a less than medium feel with light carbonation. For a strong ale, this one is not so strong, perhaps a style change is due. This one kind of reminds me of a weak bock.

D- I finished the bomber in a 1/2 hour so this is very drinkable although kind of one sided. 7.2% is pretty much in the middle of the spectrum, so this left me feeling nice after a shitty day, but with the option of drinking more if need be. Perhaps an AA meeting is due in my future.

The funny thing is that throughout enjoying this it kept on reminding me of lagunitas products. Perhaps they share some of the same recipes, and with the low prices, they at least have to be very similar.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to NutBrown for this brew.

Pours a clean/clear golden amber color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy off-white head, not much sticky lacing at all. The nose is malty, slightly fruity (dark), lots of caramel. The taste is slightly sweet/tangy, malty, slight dark fruits, and caramel. The finish is slightly dry. Alcohol is hidden very well, would not think this to be a 7.2% ABV brew. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, would recommend.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a filtered, clear copper with a bubbly, thick creamy head. Long lasting retention with foamy clumps of lacing. Aroma is caramel and nutty malt, light butterscotch and faint leafy hops. Creamy smooth body with light carbonation and a sticky butterscotch sweet finish. Toffee and caramel malt sweetness dominate the flavor with a leafy and earthy hop flavor in the finish (but not particularly bitter). A little sweet, but the depth of the toasted malts are pleasant and is the best Long Trail beer I've had to date.

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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 tone77
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty caramel color with a small head. Smell is of grains, some sweetness. Taste is malts, grains, some bitterness at the finish, different but in a good way. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear beer that is on the more orange side of amber. A little bit of white head is present but not too much.

Smell is a little sweet with toasted grains, fruitiness and a faint scent of banana. Faint scent of pecans and faintly woody.

Taste is sweet with a quickly drying grassy hop flavor. Fruity and bitter hops are aggressively used to tame the sweetness of all the malt. Flavor of roasted malts and nuts predominate with a little banana in the background. Hop flavor is medicinally herbal in flavor. A complex Altbier here.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability suffers a little from the bitterness level, after a bit it gets tiring. A good beer for exercising your taste buds but I don't think I would want to drink 3 of these in one night.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a moderate haze and a strong effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. Attractive.

Smell: big, sweet malt with a strong caramel character and some earthy undertones. It appeals to me, and is quite stylistically appropriate.

Taste: sweet, very caramelly malt with earthy and slightly citrusy hops. Bitterness is pretty heavy for the style, but the beer is pretty balanced. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation, although the texture is not as smooth or creamy as I would have expected for a beer with this sweetness. Decent.

Overall: this is a tasty beer, but it's a bit sweet and bitter for me for the style. Not exactly a session ale.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a rich amber with a 1 finger off white head. Nice lacing.
Smell is of sweet caramel and rich syrupy malt and sugary biscuits.
Taste is of rich, syrupy cocoa and biscuits.
Mouthfeel is smooth and rolling with a light amount of carbonation. Very chewy and rich.
Drinkability is pretty good. This is a decent take on a German Sticke. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades to a thin layer leaving some lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight malty nose. Flavor is sweet malty but finishes with some bitterness. $1.65 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle with a marking of 110209-2226. Sampled on January 25, 2010. Served at about 45 degrees. It pours a beautiful ruby red color with fantastic clarity and about two fingers of fronty, foamy, soapy off-white head and a decent amount of lacing along the glass. The aroma is not terribly enticing and quite frankly reminded me of paint thinner with a dash of floral hops. But the mouthfeel and taste turned around the initial impression with a medium, chewy mouthfeel and a mildly hopped taste with a dry finish. Once I got around the aroma I liked it.

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Photo of Derek
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As an Alt, I'd give this a 3.25.

It's really more of an American Strong Ale (as the brewer labels it).

A: Copper-amber with a light tan head, very little retention or lace.

S: Nutty caramel; slightly earthy & very floral hops; alcohol is apparent.

T: The malt is very American... pale with plenty of crystal. A little dark fruit, nut, VERY warming alcohol. The hopping is alright, quite floral with a little earthy/spicy/grassyness. Bitterness is nicely balanced.

M: Moderate body has a light residual sweetness (it's lacking the proteins from decocted, Continental malt).

D: The alcohol would be more subtle in a German brew, but as an American strong, it's a decent drinker.

A good brew, but certainly more American than Alt.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY.

Pours a clear dark amber, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells strongly of caramel and toffee- great malts here.

The taste is similar. Slightly hoppy flavor- grassy and slightly piney, with a warm rich malt flavor. The bitterness from the hops keeps the malt flavor from being too sweet, which is nice. Like drinking a big toasty piece of bread, really.

Medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, the alcohol is not present, which is awesome.

Long Trail's altbier is a great beer- not quite a traditional version, but still quite tasty nonetheless. It is better on tap than in the bottle.

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

A: Poured a very clear orange with virtually no visible carbonation and a very thin macro-bubbly white head that faded quickly.

S: A sweet orange malting filled the nose with a touch of fresh fruitiness (apples, pears).

T: The initial flavor was fruity (apples, melons), some sweet brown sugar and sweet caramel malting providing a smooth finish. The palate was nicely balanced between malts and hops. In the finish you can almost taste the lighly smoked Vermont woodiness with dry oranges.

M: The mouthful was light with creamy caramel slickness. A light body and carbonation finishes things out.

D: A very easy drink by nature, woodsy, enjoyable, and very well balanced. Great fall beer and six pack worthy.

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Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a goblet of Double Bag served chilled.

Appearance: The ale has a nice thick light brown-copper color, with absolutely no head (a fairly common occurrence for Long Trail, in my observation).

Smell: The ale has a malty aroma that provides hints of sweetness (and therefore is not overpowering).

Taste: The malts are a biscuity grain flavor, providing a hint of sweetness without overdoing it. The malts come across as fairly complex but have mellowed compared to the draught version.

Mouthfeel: The ale is smooth and has a firm taste, with the malts acting as the driving force.

Drinkability: Well made beer that is presented better in a bottle than on tap.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden light brown with good tan head and carbonation on top of a candi-sugar sweet malt aroma like caramel and toffee. The beer is real smooth and creamy with a good sweet malt taste of caramel and toffee a I swear I'm picking up vanilla. A bready dryness is evident as well, maybe a roasted/toasted malt as well as some stickiness. Picking up minor hop fruit flavors that are bitter and I think I'm getting some apple. Must say the higher ABV is well hidden and the beer has a good dry yet crisp finish.

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Photo of dar482
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank out of the can so only flavor notes.

The beer has a rich maltiness towards a hefty brown ale. Caramel sweetness, nuttiness, toasted malt, almost even some coffee and chocolate. There's a punch of deeply sweet and roasted apples in there with that fruit quality coming through. On the back, it attacks of herbal and cleans off quite nicely.

Not the altbier I'm familiar with from Dusseldorf, but it's a higher ABV, richer, and a good drinking beer.

As someone who enjoys some malty brews, this is a decent attempt.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle a clear reddish-gold with a small head of foam that dissipated quickly leaving just a fine layer.

The smell is pretty fruity to me with some citrus and there's some malt sweetness there as well.

The taste is of biscuit malt up front, not sweet but certainly yummy , and as I enjoy *that*, it is quickly complimented by a nice hoppy bitterness...wow, and it finishes on the very dry side.

There be Big flavours to be found here yet they work so well together that my bottom line for this Alt is that it's a real smooth drinker and one that I'd recommend without reservations.

Thanks to Nutbrown for including this Alt in our trade!

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear orange/amber color. Poured a 2 finger off-white head that dissipated to a thick skim. Decanted lightly. Wide webs of lacing.

S: Bready toasted malts; caramel and burnt toast. Hay and grass; a bit of earth.

T: Big crystal malt flavor up front. Biscuity in the middle ahead of a peppery hop finish. Some yeast esters throughout.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Clean and dry in the finish.

D: Very drinkable. Disguises the abv well. Flavorful, smooth and balanced.

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Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 558 ratings.
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