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Double Bag | Long Trail Brewing Co.

very good
558 Reviews
Double BagDouble Bag

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

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Reviews: 558 | Ratings: 1,638
Photo of Hibernator
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a pint glass. I picked up a 6 pack of the LT Double Bag from the LT brewery this past weekend. The bottled on date is clearly marked for 9/22/04.

I love this front label. The cows say it all!
The top label reads that "With an alcohol content of 7.2%, please indulge in moderation."

Appearance is a copper color with a nice, fluffy 1" head. Excellent sticky lacings sustain to the sides of this glass.

Aroma is floral, buttery, and hoppy.

Taste has a sweet front with a buttery, soft presence. I detect just the slightest diacetyl flavor in between. There is a also a fruity element on the finish. Esters and a hoppy snap blend well. Alcohol warmth in each sip, but nothing too much.

This brew is a German Stickebier or a double alt and is very hard for me to compare to any other beers that I've tried up to this point. I think that the Double Bag is in a class by its own and a personal favorite that supplies quite the buzz after just a few.

I've been lucky enough to have this beer at the brewery a few times and its even better on draught. Unfortunately, its rare to find this beer on tap anywhere but the brewery in Bridgewater Corners, VT.

* [ Update ] Oddly enough, the day after I wrote this review I recieved an email from LT stating that Double Bag will now be available in MA & NY. Excellent news!

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

12 oz brown bottle.

Creamy white head that fades rather quickly to a few pools of bigger bubbles. Spotty lacing without much strength. Quite clear auburn with a red tint in appearance.

Sweet caramel malt aroma; subdued floral tones but not much else.

Sweet maltiness with some dark fruit flavors yet no tartness. This one is driven by its malt character with some hints of almond and walnuts. The alcohol is very present in the aftertaste.

Very chewy mouthfeel; full bodied.

Surprisingly drinkable given the 7.2%abv for an alt! This is a beer you can drink all night long without you really noticing. A pleasant drinking big beer for the style.

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Photo of freed
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 12oz with some other BAs. The humorous swiss looking logo seemed rather appropriate for the style.

Once poured, it was a rich copper with almost no head and excellent clarity. The aroma was typical for an amber, a nutty malty smell, very slightly smokey, and no apparent hop constituent.

The taste was excellent, and really a surprise. I've not had many domestic alts that I've found this good. There was little excess malt sweetness, nutty and amber malt flavors, dry, and with a slight acid tartness.

Compared to other alts, this one sits very high on my list. Definitely recommendable.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a brilliant orangish-brown in color and was very clear. It came with a thin head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – The aroma here is brown sugary sweet with strong, heavily-toasted caramel malts.

Taste – The big, toasty malts are wonderful at the taste. There’s that musty sense that you often get with the style as well. The super big caramel sweetness came in with a bit of butter and pleasantly rounded things out.

Mouthfeel – This one is almost medium in the body. I enjoyed the malty body to this one but the deep, rich, sweet finish is what sets this apart from the pack.

Drinkability – This is an excellent effort at a little known style here in the US that is brewed out of CT. Somebody thoughtfully did their homework on this recipe. Well done, Long Trail.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love Alt Biers. This one is exceptional. Poured into a strait sided glass it had a rocky two finger head which lasted a five minutes or so leaving plenty of lacing. Floral/malty balanced aroma. First sip was initially sweet (almost like a mild ginger bread) with a sharp long hop finish. I bought two sixes of this while in VT on business at a store in Woodstock, down the road from the brewery. (also picked up hit the trail and long trail...reviews to follow) Had the long trail on draft at Mulligans in Manchester. Sadly, my palate was fatigued from too many "american adjunct lagers" at the Equinox down the road.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Double Bag was served from a 12 oz. bottle with a label illustrating a healthy pair of bags. In a pint glass, the beer was a beautifully rich red-orange color, and was topped by an ample, fine white head. The nose was rich and enticing, with a lightly roasty oatmeal cookyish maltiness and an excellent citric-vague banana fruity edge as a counter point. The taste was also rich and very well-developed, with a lightly astringent/roasty chewy malt profile that released some oatmeal-raisin cookie-banana and limey citirc flavors in the transition to the tasty, chewy (though still slightly astringent) malty, moderately bittered, light citric-fruity finish. I simply loved the flavors and flow this brew had to offer. To top it off, the body was perfectly bodied (med-full) with just the right amount of lively carbonation. It drank quite well too, even for a stronger beer. Double Bag is a top-notch brew!

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Photo of Truh
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got caught holding with this one on 8/7/2004 at the Long Trail Brewing Company pub. 16-oz. pour in shaker glass.

Fluffy, initial one inch head with craters; settles with lacing all the way down. Copper to light molasses in hue, extremely clear and lively with active carbonation creating a wonderful tableau. Strong malt nose with some floweriness as well to bouquet. Berry tinge to malt profile, juniper and rose hip, and some slight astringency to the whole affair. Would describe it as slippery, medium-bodied, and yet at the same time enormously clean and refreshing, which is not unsurprising as it was brewed literally twenty feet from where I was sitting.

On the whole, this almost seems like a different animal altogether than that served in the bottle. The juniper aspects were particularly surprising to me, happily, in the draught version. I only wish I didn’t have to travel to Vermont to get this one fresh.

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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 merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What a cute label, with two cows' udders prominent in what is billed as a "double alt". Poured into a pint glass, this has a clear, copper amber body, with a small, offwhite head. Patch lace is abundant down the side of the glass.

Interesting aroma is very malty, with toffee and caramel up front. Hops profile is difficult to pinpoint, but seems to waver between floral and noble.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and carbonation is moderate.

Taste has a Munich maltiness, with plenty of molasses flavor. Plenty of hops are present to lend a balancing bitterness. Hops waver between floral, herbal, and pear/fruity. Alcohol is very well disguised by the nice complexity of this Vermont alt.

This was the first Vermont brew that I ever enjoyed in the Green Mountain State. An excellent way to start, with this very well crafted ale. Highly recommended!

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Photo of waughbrew
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Caramelly-light-orange with a small head that quickly settles to a sticky cap. Dark caramel, cocoa powder, a little apple, and earthy spicy hops that seem english to me but apparently are German as one would expect. Flavor is caramel (there it is again) coated nuts, apple, and an empty space right in the middle where some flavor is supposed to be. Perhaps what I am picking up is the lack of yeast characteristics because of a cold fermentation? Well, something is missing anyway. Smooth, thick body that is not cloying.

A neat beer, the malt character just seems a little dulled and the flavor lacked a special something. Good, but nothing I will seek out.

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

This is a rather nice beer. It pours a nice dark amber-copper color. The head is not very significant and the carbonation is minimal. But this does not really distract from the experience of enjoying this beer. The smell is of sweet malts. The taste is very good. A mixture of nice malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is a wonder to enjoy. Definitely a beer to give a try.

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

This beer was a nice reddish-brown hued beauty with not much head, which I attribute to my pouring.

The aroma was of sweet malt, light aromatic hops, and a definite apple fruitiness. Quite surprising and appealing. It begged to be tasted.

The taste was quite different. There was a lovely bitter hop foretaste, followed by some fruitiness reminiscent of bananas, underlying malt, and a long bitter aftertaste. Very good, indeed.

This is one of the best altbiers I have had in a long time.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simple cream colored head over rich gold clear ale. Nose is lightly toasty, malty sweet, and flowery fresh hoppiness. The taste is just as the nose, very drinkable with flavors of sugar sweet malt blasted away by quite bitter hoppiness and some slight warming alcohol too. Finshes long, warming and bitter...a superbly crafted Sticke Altbier.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy amber body, beige head, almost yellowish. Aroma is well structured, very malty (maple, nutty) accompanied by subtle grassy hops and a mysterious woodiness that I couldn't describe better than cedar powder. Very crisp mouthfeel, highly carbonated medium body. Honeyish malt, grassy/earthy finish with a nice mild bitter touch. Solid

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Photo of necoadam
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a nice copper color with light carbonation. Smell consisted of a variety of things. Some caramel, malts, nuts, toffee, and some toasted aroma. Taste is quite malty mixed with some nuts in there. Some hop bitterness comes towards the end and mixes with some spiciness. I wished there was a little more carbonation in this beer. But other than that it's a good beer.

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Photo of Hagbard
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber color with a small off-white head that fades quickly. Malty aroma that is very understated. No hint of hops in the smell. Very malty beginning. A little hint of caramel in the background. Also, some dark fruits. As the beer sits a bit, a moderate bitterness joins the malty sweetness in a nice harmony. This fades to the aftertaste without much of a change. The carbonation level is fairly low. The drinkability I rated on the low side, because I don't think I'd want more than one in a sitting.

I'm not really sure how I feel about this beer. I didn't really like the first one or two I tried, but as the week passed, and the six-pack dwindled, it definitely grew on me. Still not my favorite though, and I'm not sure I'll revisit it soon.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12ozer, purchased at Main St. Liquors, Monson, MA, as part of do-it-yourself mixed 6 pack.

Poured into a pint glass, small very slightly off-white head, which quickly depletes to a film of bubbles. Laces slightly during the drinking process. The definition of amber in color, with perhaps the slightest tinge of orange lurking in there. Malty aroma, with evidence of alcohol even in the nose. Powerful malt in the taste as well, with the hops and alcohol pretty much balancing themselves out in the background. A warming yet drinkable ale, apparently made for the slopes from which Long Trail originates.

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

Pours a clear red-copper color, minor head is fomred despite vigorous pour. Depsite this solid straks of lace are deposited on the side of the glass.
Aroma is carael, malt liquor, brown sugar with some spicy hop aroma hiding in the background.
Flavor of light caramel, heavy, gritty hops taste. Very spicy and dry pure alochol taste on the back end.
Mouthfeel starts smooth and lively but finishes wit an alcholic spicy kick. Slight buring sensation on the tongue.
Drinkability is somewhat limited by predominat alcohol hit.

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

Appearance: This beer was an absolutely crystal clear amber that had an orange glow when it was in the sunlight. The head was thin, rising up to just shy of a finger, and light tan in colour. It had a medium density to it and dissipated in a hurry, quickly leaving just a thin ring of bubbles around the circumference of the glass. Not a stitch of lacing remained in this beer's wake.

Smell: A good, classic beer smell is the best way to describe the aroma of this one. It was nice and malty, having more of a bread-like quality to it than that of an overly sweet malt. This was combined with a light hoppiness that was definitely present, but somewhat indistinct. I couldn't tell if it was spicy, floral, etc., let alone what type of hops it was. As the beer sat, the malt grew to be the most dominant aroma and was joined by an odd fruitiness that seemed to be a combination of cherries and melon.

Mouthfeel: This beer was medium-bodied and creamy, buttery smooth on the tip of the tongue. A lot of carbonation kicked in as the beer moved back in the mouth. This, combined with a tingle from the alcohol, provided a lot of "texture" as the beer hit the throat.

Taste: There was a subtle, underlying layer of malt and sweet fruit. The malt was both roasted and sweet, with some caramel characteristics as well. Over the top of the aforementioned flavors was a sharp hops bitterness. This rose up quickly and dominated the brew through from start to finish. The hops were somewhat spicy and herbal, sometimes even taking on a menthol-like quality. A little sweetness rose up in the aftertaste to mingle with the bitter hops. Occasionally, some strong hits of alcohol came through. On these drinks, it completely dominated the flavor and was rather irritating. These occurances were very few and far between, though, and did not detract from my overall enjoyment of this beer.

A pretty good brew. A little more malt to balance it out wouldn't hurt.

A big thanks to noclueaboutbeer for hauling this one out to Kansas all the way from Connecticut.

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Photo of BCMan
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer produced a frothy head that quickly dissipated. It was deep amber in color and smelled...mediciney. The flvor popped at first but it didn't last. I found myself wanting to keep drinking this beer as if it made me thirsty for it. I was happy to try this beer since it is not available in Pennsylvania, land of crap liquer laws. This beer also has an interesting story behind it. I would definetly recommend it. I think I could live happily in Vermont.

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Photo of francisweizen
2.82/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was a bit dissapointed with this one. It was a nice enough burnt orange colour with a nice, yet modest, thin white head. The aromas were all over the board, but they contained the "melon-like" aromas that I have only previously picked up in the recent Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale from Yards. The taste was very melon-y and not very "alt-like" (or "double-alt-like") at all, IMVHO. The mouthfeel was creamy yet thin and the drinkability was not the best. This brew is definately Interesting and different, but it is also definately not one of my favorite alt biers or strong ales!

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddish-tan in color with a very small head that doesn't last. Smell is very sweet with some alcohol notes in the background. The taste is much sweeter than I remembered. Hints of nuts, hops and something like cherry? Medium to full bodied. Very smooth aftertaste.

A solid beer that I will have more of.

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Photo of littlebibs
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer, especially during the fall months as it gets
cold out, this beer has a nice warming effect. Like some of
my favorites, Magic Hat's Jinx and Gritty's Halloween Ale this seasonal style
brew has a special combo of flavors, some sweet nutty/bitterness
in a dark amber strong ale. The creamy head leaves you soon after you fill your glass but
most time you beat it down just because it is a great drinking
beer. Retained it lace well. I like the rather salty after taste bitter/dry finish, its a nice
change for the fall/winter months. At 7.2% it will leave a big smile
on your face after a couple!

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Photo of Gusler
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber color on the pour with a modest sized head that is frothy in texture and a light tan color as it diminishes in size the laced formed is a nice coating upon the glass. Nose has a nut like sweetness, and the hops play a part in the fresh crispness, start is also sweet and loaded with malt, top has a moderate feel to the palate. Finish is frisky in its carbonation and the hops prankish in their spicy bite; bone-dry aftertaste that lingers on perpetuating the taste of the hops till the last drop is drained form the glass.

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