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

thanks to johnnnniee for the trade.

A - Poured amber into a pint glass, with a huge head, that subsided into a whispy layer with ring around.

S - Sweet - malts and fruit, and alcohol.

T - Sweet & malty, and roasted. Slightly bitter finish.

M - Thin, medium to heavy carbonation.

D - Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Harvest Market
Pours a fairly clear medium amber color with a smallish off white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aromas of caramel toffee and brown sugar with just a hint of butterscotch. Earthy bitterness in the aroma keeps this in check. The flavor is sweet rich sugars with some melanoids and a bit of burnt sneaking in there. Earthy bitterness with a touch of burnt butter round us out. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. There is a bit of diacetyl here and that usually turns me off to a beer, but this is one of the rare instances where I think it works within the frame of the rest of the brew.

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

A clean dark copper colored beer. Has a small off white head and some lace. The aroma starts with a light sweet malt followed by a floral hop with a bit of graininess in the background. The flavor has the malt start at the tip of your tongue and slide down the middle. While the hops nip at the sides of your tongue and then join the malt at the back of your throat foe a well balanced finish.

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Photo of joe1510
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5


Received this is a recent trade with israel, thanks again! Long Trail's Double Bag fills the glass a perfectly clear amber with orange highlights throughout the glass. Carbonation rises from all over the bottom of the glass. The off white head grew to two fingers on the pour and after a few drinks settled to a solid cap leaving chunky lace lines behind. This is a very good looking beer.

The first thing that's hits me in the aroma is the nuttiness from the malt. There's a touch of floral hoppiness floating around in the background and a nice addition of caramel throughout that adds to the nuttiness. There's a ghost like alcohol presence just sort of gliding through here and there.

The flavor follows the aroma fairly closely. A malt driven caramel and nuttiness lead the way allowing the floral hoppiness to rise and fall throughout. The hops even show a touch of citrus on the tongue. The alcohol is a little more pronounced in the flavor then the nose suggested but overall this is a good beer.

The mouthfeel of this beer is the standout point. Double Bag is luxuriously rich and creamy right off the bat. The body slides through without a problem. The only thing keeping this from getting a 5 is that it seems to get a little light in the back of the throat and a little heat is present.

This is an easy enough beer to drink. It's a good beer but just seems a little dull. I would happily drink a few in a sitting but the abv could catch up rather easy after a couple more.

This is a solid alt from Long Trail. Although alts really aren't something I drink all that often this was an enjoyable beer. I wouldn't mind giving this another try if I had a couple more. Thanks again Israel.

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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 BWH3
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Bag Long Trail
12 oz bottle in Pint Glass at 50 degrees F

Appearance: Thin, quickly fading tan head atop pale clear brown alt. No red hints. (3.0)

Smell: Oh so sweet caramel with a touch of vanilla creaminess. Hops seem musky. (3.5)

Taste: Hits first with creamy sweetness quickly chased away by a mild yet firm bitterness. Finishes with earthy hops. Too little alcohol warmth. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Average, mid-bodied and appropriate for style. (4.0)

Drinkability: Pretty enjoyable despite somewhat unpleasant initial hop presence. Good but not exceptional. (4.0)

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Photo of predikit
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper, left a quarter in white head that dissipated almost completely. Leaves a fair amount of lacing behind on the glass.

The smell is fairly muted, sweet fruity yeast/malty aroma to be had.

A well developed malt foundation with an earthy herbal hop bite, of the types of hops to find in a beer this quality is probably my favorite. Dark brown bread and a grassy finish. Not bad at all. The bitterness lasts for a long while through the finish.

Medium light bodied, fairly mild carbonation. Oily feel coats your mouth after a swallow.

I wouldn't seek this brew out, but it was a pretty good one to try.

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Photo of tzieser
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a brownish amber color with a very small head that settles into a thin lacing. little to no carbonation on this one....maybe its kinda cold

s: lots of malts on the nose. slight diacetyl aroma. no hops i can pickup.

t: not as good as i remember. lots of malt up front, diacetyl pretty dominant again. i can pick up some caramel malts, but again, the hop flavor is almost non-existent. 7.2 abv is very well hidden

m&d: mouthfeel is kind of slick. not very pleasant. drinkability is above average, thanks to the smooth flavor and well hidden 7.2

ah, double bag. how you've let me down. i really used to love this beer and now it seems it isn't quite as good as i remember. kind of tastes like a shipyard or something. not what it used to be, but worth a try if you haven't had it yet.

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Photo of CHickman
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber reddish with a small off white to tannish head, with a little lacing; smells of light malt, faint hops and something sweet.

Tastes of sweet malt, faint hops, caramel, nut, sugar, grass, some fruit and some alcohol is is a strong ale, but not that strong where a burn is evident or offensive. It actually has a smooth feel on the tongue with medium to light carbonation, and goes down real easy.

Very nice overall sweet malty flavor, but not outstanding in any way. An enjoyable beer with mid-range flavor that's quite drinkable considering the ABV, but it's just above average taste-wise.

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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 HopDerek
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with 1 finger of foamy eggshell colored head. OK retention and some lacing. Smells of caramel, clove, and apples. Tastes of toasted grainy malts, apples, chocolate, and caramel with a very bitter pine and spicy hop finish. Medium in body with average carbonation. Sticky with a strong dry bitter finish. Drinkable, but not something I would want too often, a little too much bitterness that doesn't really mesh well with the other flavors.

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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 d0ggnate
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this in trade from channon. 22oz bomber poured to a pint glass.

A: Brown/amber colored por with close to no head.
S: Spices, pumpkin, autumn air. Hints of alcohol on nose.
T: Spices (heavily) carry over. Strong malt characteristics.
M: A bit dry. Sweet and light in body.
D: Refreshing and definately seasonal. I think this fits the fall/winter seasons better than right now.

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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 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 horshack7
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: Pours a nice amber color with a thin white head. The head goes away rather quick.

Aromas: Wonderful scents of chocolate malts. Slight hints of hop aroma.

Taste: More hints of chocolate malt sweetness. Lightly crisp mouthfeel with mild hopiness.

Notes: This is certainly a beer to be enjoyed year round and very drinkable.Cheers

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Photo of huxcrunner
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a-good amber brown color with one fingers worth of off white head that fades fast ok lacing

s-smells of sweet malt and spices

t-good full taste of malt and just the right amount of hops bitterness

m- clean and full mouthfeel full body

d- overall this is a pretty good beer that has just enough bite to it and plenty of taste to it

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Grade A amber maple syrup in color. Very thin head, short-lasting.

S: Strong smelling Munich malts. Earthy and caramel sweetness. Some grassy hops.

M: Medium body, light feel, medium carbonation. Not notably creamy or smooth. A good amount of alcohol warmth.

T/O: Lots of caramel. Booze makes a showing as well. Orange, blue curacao, very sweet. Bitter builds, light cocoa dusted almond flavor. A little tinny in the finish. One of the maltier beers. Nice grassy and toasty hay tones. Not as dry, crisp, nutty, or bitter as I prefer my altbiers.

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Photo of changeup45
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First thing I noticed was the 7.2% alcohol content. Pours an almost syrupy texture, amber colored with a thin white head that leaves a little bit of lace. Very rich malty, spiced taste that stays with you until the spicy hoppy finish. There isn't a dull moment with this beer. Good beer.

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Photo of DIM
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

a: Pale, clear peachy copper color; pours with a white head that faded to large chunky lace.

s: Subdued biscuity toffee and a little something mineral-y.

t: Surprisingly muted; I found grainy, lightly sweet bready malts, some biscuits and grapes. Lingering minerals and sulphur; a little unclean.

m: On light side.

o: I had an altbier of regular strength last week that was more flavorful.

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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 asabreed
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light amber peachy copper color. White head. Decent spotty lacing.

Smell: Bready malts, nuts, caramel.

Taste: A nutty, caramel sourness backed by earthy and slightly vanilla and maple notes. A bit unbalanced, though tasty.

Mouthfeel: A bit watery and full-bodied, and there could be more carbonation.

Drinkability: Solid, if a bit visceral and wild, though there's a balance issue that would make me not want to have more than a few I'd say. Still worth a shot for a bottle.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to billab914 for sending this extra.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is orange amber hued. About a half a finger of off white head fades to leave a nice little lace ring.

The aroma is lightly spiced fruits. Moderate malt and a dusty chalk like character comes on after each whiff.

The flavor is much more pronounced than the nose. A solid amount of fruit with hints of cinnamon and honey. Malty with a sweet cherry like finish.

Medium body with a dry finish. Average carbonation.

Overall an interesting beer for. Glad I had the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 12/05.
Orange, clear...nice foamy head.laces, settles to film.
Smells doughy, malty..a little fruit.
Taste of malt mostly..starts sweet...little dried fruit..alcohol very well hidden...finishes with a sharply bitter hop-zing...and kind of soapy....this actually diminishes a little as it warms....maybe a little too bitter for me,though.
Medium/heavy mouthfeel...full.
One of these will do. It's a good brew, but for me, the finish is a little harsh.

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Photo of ski271
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium orange-copper with a small, frothy, off-white head that quickly diminished to a film. Some light lacing.

Smell: Caramel and toffee stick are the most pronounced in this malt-dominant aroma. Lightly floral and a touch of diacetyl.

Taste: Malts are still dominant with some alcohol early. Sweet, grainy bread, caramel, light esters and lightly metallic. The finish was more bitter than expected with a rather pronounced late hit of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, slightly oily texture, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Label says it’s so smooth you won’t believe it’s 7.2%. Well I believe it. I don’t think it was hidden all that well to boast about it on the label. It was a fairly smooth, enjoyable beer nothing that really impressed me.

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Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,689 ratings.
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