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 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 mooseo
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Deep amber copper with a small white head.

S - Biscuit malts, caramel, light banana notes.

T - Very bready with some fruitiness and sweet caramel malt. Finish has a light hop bitterness with slight nuttiness.

M - Super smooth, medium bodied, decent carbonation.

O - Delicious altbier. Highly drinkable, alcohol is masked well. Definitely one of the best examples I've had for this style.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a translucent coppery/amber tone while yielding a smallish, 1/2" foamy head. middling retention and not a great deal of lacing. aroma is a bit on the subdued side. getting some sweet and bready maltiness and a touch of hops in the background.

taste follows the aroma, though is more flavorful that i expected. definitely a malt forward flavor profile, rounded out with a dose of dark fruits and hops. not bad at all. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall a nice altbier. doesn't move the earth but it's tasty; very solid offering from long trail.

(originally reviewed: 07-13-2011)

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear copper to amber in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall light beige head that reduces to a large patch of extremely thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of biscuit and caramel malts, slightly sweet. Additionally there are light to moderate aromas of floral hops.

T: The beer taste quite malty with some biscuit malt flavors as well as some caramel malt sweetness. There is a light amount of bitterness mid-taste.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light dryness in the finish.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer that hides the alcohol very well. A pretty good example for the style, though I'm probably a little more harsh in reviewing it than others after having spent a couple of weeks in Dusseldorf drinking altbiers.

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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 fitzy84
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six-pack at Table and Vine. Has a light, clear-brown appearance with a lasting lacing on the side. Aromas are quite strong with alcohol, malt, caramel, and some fruit flavoring. Maybe some burnt sugar or a maple flavor? Taste is great with a sweet, definitely maple flavor. Mouthfeel has a slight dairy feel, but it is pretty light and drinkable. Overall, a fantastic drink.

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Photo of soulfly1492
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Lots of crystal malt. Some pils & Munich in the background. Not bold overall.m Lightly roasty, mildly worty. Very sweet with a touch of bitter. Mild dark fruity esters.

Appearance: Deep copper. High clarity. Moderate white head. Good retention and tons of lacing.

Taste: Sweet and bitter malt. Much bolder than the aroma suggested. Bitter malt followed by the piney and floral hops. Clean lager finish. Little roastiness. Mild burnt caramel and subtle sulfur notes. Moderately worty.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Mostly dry. Some residual sugars. Finishes quite dry. Mild to medium carbonation.

Overall: Nice bold brew. Start sweet, but qucikly turns to bitter malt and hops. Strong lingering aftertaste.

Notes: Drank on 5/5/2012.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic tumber (don't have a stange)- pours a clear golden copper color, one finger of head, a thin layer of retention and a lil bit of patchy lacing.

Smell is very malty and a little fruity- lots of pale malt, a little bread, some banana, maybe a little pineapple.

Taste's good- lots of malt throughout, pretty consistent with the style. Definitely still get some banana, no pineapple, but actually get a little hop spice towards the end. Nice.

Mouthfeel is good- medium body, light to moderate carbonation of the soft, concentrated variety. Surprisingly good beer.

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

Sweet and malty with a hint of hops on the nose. Caramel, and some dark fruit.

Taste has a nice caramel sweetness to it with a dark fruit contingent also showing up. Far from cloying, it's pretty middle of the road. Small bitterness on the finish with some Euro hops giving it a somewhat dry finish that is still somewhat sweet.

Very smooth and drinkable beer...definitely a beer that tilts toward the malty side of the scale but without becoming sickly sweet...and it still has some balance at the end.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled on leap day 2012. Pours a clear orange red, with a 3 inch sticky off white head, lacing all over. Smell is biscuit, carmel, brown sugar, some pine hops, and figs. Taste is very balanced, lots of malts with a touch of hops in the finish. The body is medium large, plenty of life, more lush than dry, and very drinkable. This is very nice, I remember when this beer seemed giant, now it is easy going down.

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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 could see through but there was also some 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 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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Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,687 ratings.
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