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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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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 DirtyPenny
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a bona-fide pint glass, with a second pour to capture the rest once there was room.

A: Double Bag is a hazy, lazy amber/copper, poured with one finger of beige head that rapidly disappears. The lacing is thick around the rim, at first, but it seems to cling less as this brew warms up.

S: Sweet, tart apple and heady caramel notes are abundant, gradually giving way to a subtler earthiness. Only little dots and blobs of lacing at the end.

T: Sweet and fruity with caramel notes that come to the forefront as it warms, and apple flavor that gives way to less sharp and less specific bouquet of fruity notes.There's a tartness and a minimal bitterness which slide on in at the end. Alcohol warmth and vapors knock on the door when close to room temp.

M: Smooth, a little syrupy and only lightly carbonated. Think I might have enjoyed this with a slightly higher level of carbonation. Mouthfeel is a little flat and boring as it is.

O: Aww, I don't want to leave on a negative note, so I'll say that I like you a lot Long Trail, but I think I'd rather stick with your flagship brew. Double Bag ain't bad, but if I want something on the slightly stronger, slightly sweeter side, I think I'd rather have a Geary's Hampshire Special.

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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Pours a clear deep orange hue with a sticky and creamy bright white head with excellent lacing and head retention.

Full and creamy mouthfeel with very concentrated and well blended flavors. deep complexity, notes of toffee and caramel, a touch of phenolics, some dark fruit, enough floral hop bitterness to make the finish clean and dry. Not a touch of detectable alcohol which is impressive. My standard go to beer at my local watering hole since they have it on tap. Good stuff.

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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 NiceTaps
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap into a pint glass.

A- good looking bright and clean copper-brown color with a one-finger tan color head. Some bubbles and some lacing.

S-yeasty, bready, and earthy.

T-not too sweet bread maltiness with a bit of fruit in the backround. I was looking for a bit more hop balance.

M- very sturdy, full body. Nice carbonation. Flavors hang on a bit.

O-A good beer that I wish has a little more bite.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall pint glass, color is copper to light amber with light tan head, light clinging on glass.

Smell is lightly fruity and malty, hints of toast and biscuit maybe some raisans, very inviting.

Taste is on the sweeter side, solid caramel, toast, fruity mix of flavors but nothing over done.

Mouthfeel is fuller bodied with some lingering sweetness and light carbonation, nice lingering flavors.

Overall, very nicely done beer, a little sneaky with this abv but the flavors work very well from the bottle.

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

Poured into a beer mug stange.

Pours a hazy, caramel amber color. Has a one inch light tan head. Lots of bubbles rising. Brew leaves decent lace. A lacy island rims the edges of the glass. Decent looks.

Brew smells of caramel malts, yeasts/grains and some nuttiness. Pretty good nose.

Brew is nice and malty; caramel and nutty, this brew starts smooth with a little bit of carbonation to pepper the tongue. Sweet caramel and good light roasted nutty notes. Almost a tad bit of fruitiness as well in here. Finishes slightly dry. Good brew here.

Nice flavors and drinkability here. I am surprised by the ABV; cant even tell its 7.2%. This is a good session brew. A good malt heavy brew when you desire all malts. Very good stuff here.

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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 CJfromPhilly
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12 oz. bottle an iced tea-ish brown color with a 1/2 finger foam that settles into a medium collar. Carbonation appears to be very light...not many bubbles. Aroma is of slightly sweet caramel malt. 1st sip brings a rather dry flavor that somewhat belies the aroma. Mouthfeel is right down the middle, not heavy or watery. Overall, a nice brown ale.

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Photo of Gary-Z
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color was much lighter than I expected - there was barely any head. Nice malt taste with carmel notes. Good beer overall not very familar with altbiers so I will definitely have to try more in the future.

I'm pretty new to beer tasting, so it would have been nice to have some tasting notes on the Long Trail website.

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Photo of thebrood1987
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It has a very sweet almost bock like malt forward beer with that alcohol solvent smell in the background. Hardly any hop in the smell. The smell reminds me of an Old Ale I had from Lancaster brewing one time and also has reminiscent smells of Samuel Adams double bock.

Its a very very smooth beer and thats what makes this beer a great one. The malt is very smooth no graininess like youd get in cheap beers and its sweet but not overly so. You get a tad of herbal leafy hop flavor reminiscent of the hop flavor youd get in their IPA.

You get a bit of the alcohol taste and burn at the end of the sip as well but the velvety smooth rich malty taste melded together with that slight herbal hop quality will definitely have me getting this beer again in the future.

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Photo of RTEdmunds
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smallish head, tiny little bubbles. Lighter amber color than I expected.

Sweet caramel scent with some non-citrus fruit undertones. Pleasant, but a little mild.

Malty and tastes of figs or something similar. Tastes boozy too, but not terribly so. If I try hard enough, I can detect the caramel I mentioned.

Mouthfeel is light, and like I said it's pretty boozy. They didn't try to cover up the alcohol but that isn't always a bad thing. Carbonation is on the heavy side, but not overdone.

Overall it's pretty good but not spectacular.

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Photo of thain709
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served with a darker shade of copper tinted body...you could see through but there was also some haze...one finger of off white head formed and receded to a full ring...not much lacing

S - Sweet caramel and toffee...dark fruits...all in all the nose was a little on the lighter side

T - Lots of sweet caramel here...it never becomes too much but the caramel has a dark, sticky flavor to it which is very nice...the grainy malt comes through just a touch in the middle...but the fruits are stronger in flavor in the middle...soft, earthy hops make a presence to finish the beer

M - Medium bodied...smooth with the right amount of carbonation...sweet

O - I enjoy trying Altbiers and Long Trail's version is very nice...the caramel flavors really stand out and are supported nicely throughout the beer

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Photo of jayhawk73
2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a rusty copper color with almost zero head in my snifter glass. Minimal lacing as well. This beer is fairly clear, in spite of the fact it's a darker beer. The nose is caramel malt, nutty aroma, and that's about it. Fairly weak nose on this beer. The taste follows suit, with a little bit of hops thrown in. The feel is thin, with a nutty aftertaste. Overall, I'm not a fan of this beer. Glad I got to try the style though. Cheers.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass (later sampled by a borrowed stange, nothing changed):

A: clear yet dark amber/brown colored body with a short slightly creamy looking head, spotty lacing drips down the side of the glass as it goes down

S: malty and slightly fruity

T: rich and well balanced through the fruitiness that is slightly in the background

M: medium, sessionable, no aftertaste yet dry earthy finish, slightly crisp

O: this is a good beer for its style and good to me

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

Quite a rich and remarkable take on an Altbier. Assertive, fruity, yet rather well balanced.

Presentation: 16 oz draft serving. Menu with a minimal description of the brew. Served in a pint-shaker glass.

A - Clear deep amber pour, short creamy head touching the rim, fair surface memory and lacing.

S - Malty, fruity and softy floral nose...

T - Nice malty range with a sweet fruity range that is very pleasing, peaches, prunes… caramel. Soft hoppy earthy finish…

M - Medium body with medium carbonation, rather crisp as it flows with a nice soft bitterness in the finish.

O - Very inviting, quite the treat…

Notes: Nice surprise. Finding this on tap locally was very pleasing. I´d sure love to try a bottled version.

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

Pours a clear light brown with a small tan head that falls to a ring but leaves some decent lacing.

Aroma is too light, caramel notes with some toffee hints hints of fruit. Seems little light but it is to style.

Taste is nice malty caramel notes hints of toffee light fruitiness. Very smooth and sweet malt notes abound finish is light floral hop notes. Finish is pretty clean.

Mouthfeel is smooth about medium carbonation is on the light side.

Overall enjoyable American try of a rare German style. Easy drinking tasty brew with lots of flavors dancing on your tongue. Only thing kind of disappointing is the nose isn't as good as the taste buds say it is.

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

A: Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark amber with with an off white head that recedes rather quickly.

S: Smells sweet, with caramel, some fruitiness, and booze.

T: Like the smell, sweet. Caramel, a bit fruity, with earthy, herbal hops coming through in the finish, along with some alcohol. Very tasty.

M: Thick, full body with little carbonation.

O: Very good beer. Could use a bit more carbonation, but other then that, solid.

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Photo of rypkr
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a copperish light-amber color with little head even with an aggressive pour.

S - Smells floral but tame and not overpowering. A hint of something sweet comes through also.

T - Smoooth, extremely impressive for 7.2% beer. A near perfect balance of bittnerness and sweetness. Finishes with a lingering zest of hoppiness.

M - Fairly carbonated but overall mouthfeel is light. I read a review below where one stated this to be a filling beer, but the contrary. While it no adjunct light beer you'll find college students doing kegstands with, I find it remarkably easy drinking for a well rounded and complex brew.

O - Overall this one is a keeper. I first bought a case last year and was extremely impressed. It's no surprise that I had no apprehension in picking it up again this winter, as well I imagine I will purchase it again in the future. Very nice work long trail!

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

A: Dark orangey copper. Clear with a small off-white / light khaki head. Okay retention & alright lacing.

S: Fruity esters & richly malty and sweetly malty. Plums? – sort of jam quality – fruity and sweet. Melanoidans, bread crust, malty sweetness. Touch of toffee with a hint of diacetyl. Hint of alcohol that is estery and sweet. A hint of hops emerges as it warms. Nicely interesting, inviting, and with good strength. Overall it is quite sweet & fruity – for the style or regardless. It smells fine, with good strength, but it doesn’t clearly say Alt.

T: Estery, fruity sweetness – more sweet & generally fruity than leaning to any particular fruit. Rich malts. Bread crust, melanoidans, with an underlying doughy & toasty quality. All leaning strongly to malty sweetness. Even with all the sweet richness, it is not all that robust and varied.

M: Just slightly over medium body with carbonation a touch under matched. Smooth and rich feel. Chew and texture from dextrins & sweetly sticky sugars. Barest hint of creeping warmth.

D: An intriguingly sweet & richly malty “sticke” style alt. Certainly not as darkly or robustly malty as many stabs at the sub-style, but rich nonetheless. I like the estery, fruity sweetness. Very drinkable and potent with a well disguised 7.2 % abv.

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Photo of KypFisto
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured out "Lincoln Penny" copper. The thin head disappeared less than a minute after I poured it into glass with a slight cider-like translucence.

S: Sweet, almost fruity fragrance, but tart. A hint of caramel as well.

T: Sweet and wheaty up front, but complimented by the hoppy bitterness. Dry aftertaste. Splits a good difference between sweet and dry.

M: Very filling and thick with a good amount of carbonation. Almost forces you to savor every sip.

O: Just a really tasty beer. I've only had the Hibernator before this. I was a little worried it wouldn't be to my taste due to my preference for porters, but I was pleasantly surprised. As a caveat, it is very filling. I would recommend taking one's time with it.

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Photo of cscott73
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a beautiful copper color, hint of red under my kitchen light. A little less than an inch of head that dissipated but did not disappear. Excellent lacing
Smell - Caramel malt, slightly sweet, very enticing, like the color.
Taste - Wow! Caramel, candy, hops are in there, complimenting the malt. Smooth and balanced.
Mouthfeel - Medium body, feels sticky (in a good way). Slight bitterness.
Overall - I've not had this style before, and that will change starting this weekend. Very good beer, especially on a cold winter night.

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Photo of Johnnyfacelift
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This is a great looking beer! A beautiful copper/red color that is crystal clear with just a bit of foam that is already sticking to the glass.

S: All malt here, sweet with just a hint of metallic aroma which may dissipate as it breathes. Just a wiff of hops in the background to round it out.

T: Really nice smooth malt flavor and a nice balanced bitterness that holds on at the back of your mouth. Hops are more up front in the taste and it strikes a nice balance with the malty aroma.

M: Rich & smooth. This beer is perfectly attenuated striking a nice balance of sweet and dry.

O: A really nice beer for the post winter months. Well crafted.

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Photo of Zraly
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a light mahogany-amber color with a nice two finger head. Nice and clear. Nice smell of fresh biscuits and hops.

Wonderful caramel, bread, and toasted malt plays an important role here. The hop leaf note melds seamlessly with the malt. Toffee, honey, and fruit play a second role in the malt department -- just layers of sweet -- but balanced -- rich flavors. Creamy and medium to full-bodied. A bit of chew to the mouthfeel and the carbonation helps cut through to reveal a clean finish. So easy to drink and pleasing to the palate it is criminal. At over 7% ABV, I need to be careful because I could throw these back without much thinking involved.

I paid $7.99 for a six pack and feel like I just robbed a bank. A big "cheers" to Long Trail for making a mighty fine altbier (er, stickebier, according to the label). I think I found a new "go to" beer -- I must keep a few of these around at all times.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a chalice

Appearance - dark copper color with 1 finger of white head

Smell - toffee, caramel, dark cherries, whole grain bread

taste - toffee, caramel, malts, whole grains

mouthfeel - medium bodied, ample carbonation, slightly sweet, slight bitterness on the finish, good hearty beverage on a cool night without necessarily being too heavy

overall - this is a really good example of the Altbier style, readily available and affordable, I would love to drink more of this

Price point - single purchased for $1.79

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Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,657 ratings.
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