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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 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 Act25
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Could be one of Long Trail's best, and altho VT is filled with craft, I'm regularly underwhelmed by LongTrail and Magic Hat.

A: Pours a very fizzy, bubbly 1 finger head over clear copper brown body, but I dont observe as much stickiness or lace as I would like to see. Bubbles are large and tan.

S: Dominated by sweet malts, dark bread, sugar. (Too sweet for me, but true to style - better in Dusseldorf!)

T: Follows smell. Somewhat crisp apple-like start, malty ales, then over the tongue lots of caramel and brown sugar, makes this too sweet for me and too back of tongue coating to love.
Lots of subtle nutty, mineral back notes, but too little hops, and too much sweetness for me.

F: Mouth is medium but the finish is too sweet and cola like for me.

A slight bit of booze at 7.2%, too much sweetness, an interesting mineral back note. Not much hop. I'd pick this over other long-trails, but only in a pinch.

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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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Photo of Guden
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light copper brown with decent clarity and a half finger head that fades quickly.

S - Bread and caramel. Big, malty and full with a small floral hop component in the background.

T - Light maltiness with a lot of caramel and some definite alcohol presence. Not overly strong or complex but sweet and alcohol balance each other out somewhat.

M - Light and smooth with a bit of creaminess. Goes down really easy.

D - There's nothing here for me to get too excited about, but its balanced and lacks flaws so I could have a few more, and it was worth the addition to the mix and match six pack.

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Photo of inthewoods
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour is copper in color light head. Smell was very fruity mostly apple. The alcohol is very noticable in this beer but is not over powering at all. Very sweet and crisp with a little hop at the end. Overall I would say this is a very good beer and will drink again.

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Photo of madjr80
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer had that dark wood appearance, with a kicking smell. The aroma reminded me a little bit of medicine (maybe because of the high alcohol content). I really did enjoy this beer. I don't think i would want more than 3 in a night, because of its potency. I would like to tr"y it on draft some time. Overall its a good brew and I agree with the guy that says "too many of these will put you in the bag."

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not too impressed with this offering. Poured a deep amber, just a wisp of a head. Had a sweet porter taste to it. Hops were definitely lacking. The ABV was not over powering. A good malt base though. It went down smooth enough. A good beer, but just not impressive.

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Photo of marcpal
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Orange/amber that with high clarity. Extremely minimal shake of head that disappeared immediately- not sure if due to the beer or the age of where attained.

A: Yeasty and bready. Malty and nice balance.

T: Alcohol content was hidden up front. Feel it a bit on the back end but doesnt hold on or overpower. Sense of fruits right up front and hops as well. I may be wrong on this one, but a sense of potential cherries on the back enbd.

M: Extremely thin and smooth. Carbonation was minimal and thickness matched the flavores of the beer.

D: Very drinkable given the abv. Enjoyed it with a burger and could have enjoyed a few more.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Tavern 17, Philly, PA

Poured a burnt copper color with a thin white layer of a head. Toasted malt aroma with hints of caramel. Caramel malts on the tongue, with light graininess, and some hop bitterness balancing things out. Medium bodied with a bit of a metallic aftertaste, but overall drinkable.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours red-amber with a short light head, a little lacing. Nose is pretty light but the hops and some alcohol is present. Taste is better, more balanced. A good solid hops, slight maltiness, hints of fruits and some alcohol. Pretty decent, but would be better without the mild skunkiness.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark beer, amber in color, with a medium head and some slight lacing. Not much in the aroma department, mostly sweet. A caramel/toffee taste, with a little hops. Pretty good taste, actually, just not enough of it. I liked this beer, and have had several in one sitting, but I keep thinking it could be better.

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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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