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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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Reviews: 563 | Ratings: 1,662
Photo of duracell
2.39/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz into a snifter.
Pours a caramel/amber color with an almost non-existent head which disappears instantly to leave a thin topping. Smells caramel, some cereals, little earthy notes, slightly herbal at the back. Flavors are very mild and clean. Similar to the nose and, in my opinion, not so enjoyable. Moderate carbonation with low bitterness. I didn't like this one. Wonder if it's a bad bottle or I just don't like the style...

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Photo of justintcoons
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Golden amber with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Great clarity and low carbonation.

Sweet apple cider, breads and caramel.

Very sweet apple cider-like flavors. Carnival drizzled candy apples, buttered biscuits and sweet breads. Touches of brown sugar and a subtle earthy bitterness.

Medium-full bodied, clean and smooth.

Sweet and biscuity. Incredibly easy drinking and smooth for 7.2%. Always a fan of the Double Bag.

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

A: Rich copper, very clear.

S: Very malty and fruity, almost Belgian.

T: Not especially "strong" in anything other than ABV. Deceptive.

M: Light, sweet, malty.

O: Hands down--by far--Long Trail's best year-round, probably all together. Not to mention the fact that, at just a dollar more than any other LT 6-pack, it is a steal here in Long Trail's home state. One of my choice, go-to VT sixers under $10.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Tallgrass tulip.
7.2% ABV, no date.

Thanks for the bottle Chris!

A - This "Strong Ale" pours a gorgeous clear rusty amber color that shines vibrantly while topped with an off white head. Curtains of lace clutch the glass as the head disappears.

S - Double Bag has an inviting, soft and smooth aroma of sweet caramel malt and dense breadiness reminiscent of a doppelbock. Subtle fruity yeast undertones introduce notes of raisin and soft peach while toasted amber malts add a faint dryness to the finish.

T - Toast surfaces quickly, drying out the sweet caramel malt nuances for a flavor that departs from what the nose offers. Fruit esters are no longer noticeable as this ale begins to show more of it's lager traits, finishing with a touch of sour dough bread and biscuit.

M - Smooth but well carbonated, Double Bag has a nice round, medium bodied feel across the palate with a malty but dry, balanced finish.

O - Long Trail's Double Bag shows no signs of being a strong ale with it's nice malty presence and deceptively smooth finish. This is a good beer that straddles the line of ale and lager with characteristics of both coming through.

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Photo of greybeardloon
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dated 07/08/12

A: Tight head that doesn't last too long but it does leave tight lacing.

S: Caramel, dusty, yeasty, doughy.

T: Heavy, sweet caramel and a strong, not sweet, dough-like yeastiness again; bracing herbal hops follow and cut through the sweetness quickly. Remarkably balanced. Really quite tasty, and the alcohol is not noticeable.

M: Medium fullness, fits the flavor perfectly.

O: Everything works well together, and this is remarkably easy to drink in spite of the abv. I want another, and it's a tough act for the Single Bag to follow.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice deep amber color. White head that left some lacing and never quite went away. Got an initial whif of skunk, but that soon disapeared, after that sweet malts and floral hops.

Sweet malty taste, some alcohol spice, a little citrus hop bitternes, and a dry finish.

Man, this stuff is awsome.
Nice malty flavor, with some bite, and not too mention the 7.2% ABV kick.

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Photo of HomeBrewer211
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I opened a bottle and poured it into a pint glass. As I drank the beer I found a nice lacing on the glass.

The Color is a deep amber.

The Aroma has hints of caramel malt

There is nice thick mouthfeel.

The Flavor has a caramel bitter to it, with a well deserved average rating.

My vote is to give it a shot and then move on.

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Photo of greenengineer
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into my Notch 0.5L pint glass
A- clear bronze, foamy head with nice lacings - outstanding. What beer should look like.
S - slight sweetness, yeasty
T - malty sweetness, caramel, a little citrus flavor, well rounded taste. Doesn't taste like 7.2%
M - just a little crunchiness, maybe a little flat
O - an old stand by, one of my go-to brews when I'm not sure what I want. Nice ale with a high alcohol content. Very drinkable. Plus for Vermont.

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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 ColdWaffles
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Amber, little to no head effect.

Smell: Not particularly strong. I can smell malts, and almost a medicinal smell.

Taste: The first thing I thought when I tasted this was: "I need cheese!" This beer roared at me, basically demanding some kind of cut, blocked cheese. Anyway, this is weirdly sweet and bitter at the the same time. Can taste a solid balance of hops and malts, and then an astringent after taste. I actually like this, and I'm kind of surprised. Probably not something I'd drink all the time though.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, but slightly almost... syrupy at the end? Light carbonation.

This is an interesting beer, and I might pick some more up sometime.

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Photo of 401J
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


You know how you see something on a shelf several times and you've already made up your mind on how it tastes? Yeah? You should be ashamed of yourself..

as I am me.

This brew has been long recomended to me and for some reason I had made up my mind it would be some sort of participant of the pissing contest that goes on with brewers that try to hop the bejesus out of their product... but alas,, so wrong.

Poured beautifully.. Tight bubbles. head hung around and laced up like a pair of Chuck Taylors..

The nose was straight Ike Taylor.. It struck me extremely hard but had me hooked and jonesin for more.. It was honey all the way, really beautiful but a bit one dimensional..

Taste was way up my alley.. Full bodied, on the sweet side and extremely drinkable..

Great beer overall.. I will def be enjoying again soon..

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a pint

Appearance – The beer pours an amber color with a two finger off white head. The head fades over a moderate level of time to give a decent level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is bready and malty with some notes of caramel and some herbal hop.

Taste – The taste begins with a lightly roasted and bready taste. Upfront there is a caramel taste that melds with the bready tastes well. Soon some bitter grapefruit and lemon hop flavors come to the tongue. Shortly after arriving these flavors seem to lose their strength. As the lemon and grapefruit dwindle a bitter herbal flavor comes to the tongue. This herbal flavor intensifies to the end where they combined with a light alcohol flavor to leave a malty and lightly bittered flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is on the rather average side, but kind of thin for a 7.2 % abv brew. Its carbonation level

Overall – It was a decent brew. It had some good malty flavors and a light herbal hop. Worth a try, but nothing that is super exceptional. A decent stronger Alt. style ale.

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Photo of DukeBedford
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber in color, with one-finger head which disappears fairly quickly. Clear and very smooth. Malty, with minimal hops. I haven't figured out yet how to describe the smell, but it's clean and fresh. I really like this one. I've switched to this (from Sam Adams Boston Ale) as my default brew, with food or just by itself.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 081412.

A: Pours a clear dark amber with a 1 finger white head. Dissipates over the course of a few minutes, not leaving much lacing. Not much visible carbonation at all.

S: A light fruity semi-tart aroma. Backing of malt and hints of hops. Almost an apple like quality.

T: Sweet caramel flavor complimented by sweet malts. Hoppiness in the background but mostly dominated by malt. Sort of a forced tinny-steel like alcohol flavor.

M: A little thin for what I expected. Low carbonation. Fairly easy drinking.

Overall a cheap and strong beer but lacks in complexity.

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

Soft amber in color with near perfect clarity. Poured with a short off-white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Caramel malt, toffee and ripe fruit aromas blend very nicely with delicate floral notes in the background. Soft, silky smooth feel with creamy, rich carbonation. Sweet caramel malt and toffee flavors up front with a tangy floral hop bite through the middle. Toasted malt flavors follow the tangy hop bite as this finishes semi-dry with a lingering biscuity, floral hop bitterness.

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

Single bottle from New Hampshire, brought back for a recent tasting. Poured into a stein. Light chestnut - chocolate, amber when held to the light, with a half inch of head that survives as a thick ring. Some lacing flecks.

Nose is malty and sweet, with a strong blast of caramel, toffee, and either grape or raisin. Biscuit and crusty bread as well.

Good altbier, very smooth and sweet, with a bit of hops and fruit towards the back. The finish is fruity and sweet. Not too much in the way of hops. Good flavour on this, without too much complexity. Light bodied, medium to high carbonation to keep the brew from becoming cloying.

Altbiers are not my favorite style, but I do like this one. Good cold weather brew.

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

this is a very unique brew. pours thick and milk chocolate brown color. lets just a little light through, and sports a lasting two inch head. smells like dark german malts, caramel, and crusty bread. the flavor is very malt forward without much sweetness. the alcohol content is very well hidden. it can be felt but not tasted. mouthfeel works well, rich and creamy beer but somehow drinkable to the max. full bodied but not heavy, moderate carbonation. this is one of the best long trail brew is my opinion, and im glad they started making it available all year. great with a nice hearty meal on an early fall night.

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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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Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,662 ratings.
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