Double Bag | Long Trail Brewing Co.

very good
1,707 Ratings
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 bigdeuce
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice looking pour, with good head retention and dark brown color. Sweet and woody on the nose, smelling of brown sugar but oddly, and rare, this beer imo, tastes nothing like it smells. Sweet malty brown sugar on the front followed by spicey, high hoppiness, udetectable high hoppiness. Beer smelled to me, more like an english brown, but tastes like a highly hopped American strong ale. Says it's an altbier, but I think BA has it right, as an American Strong, as I've never had this hoppy of an alt. Excellent beer, nonetheless.

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Photo of Stephan16
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first altbier... Red translucent body with inch-thick off white head... Smells hoppy but not overwealmingly so with a little malt. Tastes sweet, with some floral hops. Medium to high body. Very well balanced and extremely tasty. Color me impressed! I'll be getting a sixpack of this.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: shiny copper/burnt orange body, trace head,
excellent lacing

S: mild nose/malt, pine, raisin, toffee

T: sweet malt, honey?, nutty/toffee, light raisins,
hint of pine, mild bitter finish

M: med body, smooth mouth/light crisp

O: Delicious Long Trail offering. This style is
often overlooked and they nailed it. I would
get this again and recommend it to others.


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Photo of HoorayBeer
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brownish amber color. A one inch foamy head, that risided quickly after pouring, laces the glass slighty, it falls as the beer goes down.

Hoppy aromas with a slight sweet nose. Maybe coffee or toffee, nothing over powering.

Good first flavor, hops come right out, with a slight taste of toffee. Bitters come out in the finish. Good flavor, nothing terribly exciting in the flavor.

Not too filling, easy going down though, but not too light either, maybe a medium bodied, could be trouble.

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Photo of Etan
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


A: Pours a pretty, clear dark brass with a nice white head.

S: Smell brings moderate toffee, crisp yeast and caramelized grain, some fruity esters (grape, dried peach).

T: Taste brings mildly sweet dark bread, light molasses, crisp grain, very mild spicy hop bitterness.

M: Light-bodied with crisp carbonation.

O: Pretty nice altbier. Could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of smokeypeat
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light brown color into the glass. My glass had a very small amount of white head that quickly dissipated. Smells immediately of bready biscuit, some caramel and toffee. Light floral notes are present as well. Upon drinking I sense a big malt backbone with the caramel and toffee really standing out. Also a hint of honey. Really smooth beer, drinks incredibly easily. I can't believe the ABV is over 7%. Drinks more like a beer around 4%. Feels like a top notch session beer with the ABV so well hidden, just don't let it sneak up on you.

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Photo of shigg85
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of gr0g
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice copper color capped with a one finger head. Retention and lace formation are merely OK. Aroma is malty-sweet, floral, and fruity. I think this is the first Altbier I've tried, and it's much more estery than any German lager. I'm getting some very ripe apple, even caramel apple, and maybe some sweet grape, too.

The malty-sweet character carries over to the flavor profile. Very nicely balanced, reminiscent of a good marzen. Leads with sweet caramel/toffee malt that lingers on the palate for bit, then finishes with a crisp, clean bitterness. The hop bill, which looks to be composed of American and not noble hops, is understated but deserves credit for balancing out the maltiness. Somewhat vinous quality akin to a full-bodied white wine. Though somewhat prickly, the carbonation is otherwise unobtrusive, with the overall texture being nicely weighted.

I had long ignored Long Trail's beers, and now I'm regretting not trying Double Bag sooner. This is surely one beer that will wind up in my fridge time and again.

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Photo of dnichols
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a ;int poured from the tap at the brewery.

A: It poured a bright, clear, orange tinged amber with slight white head that disappeared quickly. There were clumps lacing down the side of the glass as the beer was consumed.

S It hit the nose with a sweet sugary and lightly toasted caramel aroma. There were hints of ripe apples and pears.

T: It was dominated by toasted sweet malts with lots of caramel and brown sugar. There were hints of white fruit and very light bite from hops. The flavors were well balanced and the alcohol was hidden.

M: It was light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. It finished tangy warm and clean. There was a slightly sweet aftertaste that lingered for a short while.

D: It is a well structured brew with excellent balance and mouth feel. It hits the ABV well making it an excellent session beer.

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Photo of colts9016
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from TheManiacalOne, thank you. Poured into my Trumer Pils Stange at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A monster two finger head that has little retention. The head is a glassy ivory foamy head that is leaving lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a medium amber with orange highlights. The clarity of the beer is clear with some effervescence.

Nose: A rich malty aroma that has biscuit, toasty, and yeasty notes. There are strong solvent, bananas, and phenol aromas. There are also hints of wood, perfumy, floral esters and citrus.

Taste: A medium malty flavor that has biscuit, toasty and bready notes. There are some floral esters, citrus, wood, white pepper, phenols and solvents.

The mouth feel is soft, creamy slightly carbonated, and clean.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium with a medium finish. I really like the flavors and the contrasts in this beer. It is really easy to drink and I am very glad I got to try it.

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Photo of 3leggeddub
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint.

Appearance: Crystal clear chestnut brown with amber touches. Inch thick off-white head settles to a thin covering with nice lacing. A really good looking beer.

Smell: Very subdued aroma. Some floral notes and hop twang. Alcohol in the back.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, but not thick. Slightly dry finish. Nice mild alcohol warmth.

Taste: Very nice balance between hop bitterness and biscuity malt. Some sweetness and alcohol spice.

Drinkability: Very smooth and quaffable.

Overall: This brew doesn't drink like you would think a 7.2 ABV would. Double Bag is a solid yet subtle beer. Some might dismiss it because there's nothing really over the top about it, but that why I like it. Sometimes you need a beer that is well crafted but not a test of your mouth's endurance to drink. This is a balanced beer that is far from boring and is very drinkable. Kudos to Long Trail. Just watch out for that ABV. It will sneak up on you.

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

From the 22 ounce bottle, it pours amber with a small head. Lacing as the beer is enjoyed. Malty to the nose and tongue. Tiny bubbles also continue as you enjoy the 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 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 keithmurray
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a chalice

Appearance - dark copper color with 1 finger of white head

Smell - toffee, caramel, dark cherries, whole grain bread

taste - toffee, caramel, malts, whole grains

mouthfeel - medium bodied, ample carbonation, slightly sweet, slight bitterness on the finish, good hearty beverage on a cool night without necessarily being too heavy

overall - this is a really good example of the Altbier style, readily available and affordable, I would love to drink more of this

Price point - single purchased for $1.79

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

Pours out a clear cider-cola color with a moderate white head of big exploding bubbles. Lots of lace left in the stange.

Smell is lots of fruit and malt. There's apple, pear, some peach, and some nutty aromas as well. A very light hoppiness throughout.

The flavor itself is nutty with a nice crisp apple flavor on the back end, a moderate Euro hop bitter bite and a moderately dry finish. The flavor is pretty big, and the alcohol comes through lightly in the finish, but not overwhelmingly so.

Mouthfeel is crisp and sharply carbonated. Nice.

Overall: Nice domestic sticke; one of the better American alts I've encountered.

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

12oz brown bottle. Served in a nonic tumber.
It pours a shiny tan mahogany color with a fast-fading beige head. Some patchy and sticking lacing.
The aroma is certainly malt forward. Sweet malt followed by limey citrus and mixed fruit cup. A bit of rummy fuminess advances.
The sweet honey-like malty backbone could easily double as a dopple bock. The German citrusy and metallic tangy Nobles hops and Alt yeast are what keeps this in the Altbier family. The 7.2% ABV makes it a Sticke.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Label lists this as a Sticke-Alt.. American Strong ale on here? Semantics aside, this is a hell of a beer. So smooth for its 7.2% ABV and is a nice malty beer with tons of taste. A great bready/biscuity aroma and just fantastic taste. This is a great beer.

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

Pours a clear amber-brown with a quickly dissapearing tan head. Smells hoppy and aweet with hints of apple.

Taste is alot like the smell. Nutty and malty, spicy and hoppy. Very balanced with the sweet malt contrasting from the hoppy bitterness. Medium bodied with with a thick and sticky mouthfeel. Lingers forever on the tongue. Very drinkable for a dark malty brew. Very appropriate for fall in New England.

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Photo of rjniles
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of 57md
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a finger of head that dissipates quickly. However, the quickly disappearing head does leave some nice lacing behind. The nose is reminiscent of biscuits. The taste is bready with some mild sweetness. There is a touch of hop bitterness that accompanies the upfront flavors.

Very drinkable in spite of the relatively high abv.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MisledTitan
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,707 ratings.
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