Double Bag | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of BethanyB
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark amber in color, with a creamy white head and some chill haze.

Smell: The aroma of pungent grainy malt is made more refined by fresh floral hops. And yet, the bouquet is not quite balanced, as the smell of multigrain Cheerios really fights for the forefront.

Taste: Sweet cereal grains are also present in the taste. They fail to mesh with a roasty chocolate flavor, as well as some sulfuric sourdough.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel and carbonation, with a slightly bitter, yet otherwise crisp, clean finish.

Overall: Interesting, but not in the most appetizing way. Could see it growing on me, however. The juxtaposition of the flavors, while not outright complementary, definitely gives one something to mull over.

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Photo of 71ADub
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Just to be clear, this style is an ale that is fermented at temperatures lower than your typical ale, but above lager temps. It is closer to a lager than an ale, however (IMHO)...

Would pair well with Colby Jack (oddly enough...)

12 oz. bottle (with the red hiker prominently featured, the cows are pushed to the bottom, really tiny), no date purchased early Fall 2015, to frosty mug Feb. 12, 2016:

A - orange/copper color, 1/2 inch creamy tan head, dissipates quickly. sticks to the mug like Krazy Glue as I empty it.
S - bready, not really much is discernible, however
T - Simply Complex, if that makes sense: starts malty, quickly subdued by the heat, but then bitterness creeps in and that's the last thing on your tongue - this could be due to the carbonation.
M - medium hi carbonation, light to moderate body, crisp finish. Sorta creamy.
O-not really an altbier, but a interesting spin on a German classic. I am partial to German lagers, and I enjoy brewing them in the wintertime here in the Old Dominion. Would buy again for sure.

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Photo of derekmorris7
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice amber color but thin quickly disappearing head. Smell wasn't great kind of metallic. Taste was nice, creamy and malt with some late hoppy and alcohol hints. Mouthfeel was milky with light cling. Very drinkable recommend a few at a time to get good feel for it.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - orange amber pour, bright and clear. A thin layer of soapy head goes away readily. Some layered rings of lace.

Aroma - fairly full malt aroma. A sweet yeasty undertow, a bit buttery. Fades somewhat but still nice.

Taste - light maltiness starts out. Spreading across the palate, hops and a light alcohol presence dominate rather quickly. The hops are mildly fruity at first, turning dry and pretty bitter on the swallow. They impart an orange kind of flavor, picked up mostly on the swallow and aftertaste. Alcohol intensifies the ending, not very subtle but it adds a little more flavor. A rather sour bite at the end, too.

Mouthfeel - thin, crispy, but not so great for me. A little smoothness would work here.

Drinkability - a pretty decent brew with some nice variety for the tastebuds. Thanks to afatty for the sample.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served a few degrees above fridge temperature in an imperial pint glass. Bottled on March 4, 2009.

Appearance- A medium amber color, this beer pours with a resiliency that sustains a three finger bone white head... solid and effectively whetting my appetite for a first long, appreciative sip. There are some nice areas of lacing drapes along the inside of the glass.

Smell- The dominant aromas of malt and phenols are upfront, with some zippy, sharp hops not far behind. The nose is grainy and husky, with that crisp, sweet smell of Vermont water always present.

Taste- Loaded with malt and hops, the flavors bring forth the clean, traditional character of an Altbier from Germany but with a heavier hand. Grain and husk carries through the middle, then a whopping hop bitterness lasts long through the swallow.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The initial entrance on the tongue is uneventful and weak, but it does improve with a swish and it remains moderately carbonated. The harsh, whipping flavors don't help make this beer a truly enjoyable experience.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not my favorite style, but not too bad. 22oz. bomber date 3/15/05, relatively fresh, no sedimentary residue.

Poured brownish/red with decent carbonation but no head or lacing. Smells very earthy, reminds me of an Octoberfest, with bad intentions. Vegetable and late fall esters (if you live in New England, you'll know what I'm talking about.

A pretty tasty offering with a nice alcohol kick. Very drinkable even at 7.2

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clean and dark amber in color with a wispy head that goes away rather quickly. Smells of malty sweetness, faint smell of alcohol, stewed fruit and cinnamon. If you really inhale this it has the smell and tingle in your nose of a strong alcohol like whiskey.

Tastes malty with a definite alcohol backbone. Kind of surprising as stronger beers mask that a little better. The alcohol content in this one is definitely not a secret. Aftertaste is slightly bitter without the initial sweetness. Its a very easy drinking beer despite the alcohol content being over 7%.

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Photo of dickieb
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber color with little head, but whats their leaves a nice lacing. The smell is mostly sweet malts with some yeast notes, The taste is also sweet, with a fruit and hop bite at the end. Not super drinkable. A tad to sweet for my taste without the hop to balance it. A decent beer from long trail.

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Photo of TrevorGW
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a nice dark fruit Aroma. Intense flavor that you would expect from a double. The malt backbone is rich and could use more of a bitter counterbalance. The dark and maple-y sweetness is a bit cloying, but this is certainly a good beer to try. Liquid fruit cake is not my thing at the moment. But I recognize that this is a well-crafted beer that I will likely appreciate more as I deviate towards the maltier styles.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had the pleasure of having a pint yesterday while having lunch at the LT brewery on the drive home from the VT beer fest. Served in a pint glass. Brownish red hue to the color, bordering on a hint of orange. Smell didn't hit me with much. Taste was good, a nice balance of hops and malt. Though for a strong ale, the flavor seemed a bit subdued. I guess I am used to beers knocking my proverbial socks off. This was nice beer to enjoy with some food, as it's a bit strong (+7%), so some food in the stomach was good before driving. Besides the Ale, this is my second most favorite beer that LT makes.

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Photo of Damian
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank on-tap at Vegas Boulevard, Hartford, CT

Poured a clear, copper-ish amber with a two-finger, frothy, light tan head that lasted a moderate amount of time. The head slowly faded to a thin film with a thick ring of lace. Some periodic lacing.

Smell was very sweet and fruity. Noticeable malts along with notes of bubble gum and cotton candy.

Taste was rather bland yet biting. Some caramel malts up front before the astringent alcohol flavor took over. The alcohol seemed to get stronger as it moved along the palate. Unlike most beers with noticeable amounts of alcohol, there was no pleasant alcohol warming in this beer. Not much else going on here in regard to flavors. Finish was somewhat hoppy and very dry.

Mouthfeel was decent. Medium bodied and slightly creamy with a distinct graininess.

Drinkability was hampered by the unpleasant alcohol taste, which likely masked many of the more subtle flavors in this beer.

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Photo of sholland119
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blind Beers BIF bottle #1 from ShogoKawada.

A-Pours a crystal clear amber with a thin pool of white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin white film at the edges. Carbonation is very light.

S-Mostly sweet malts in the nose. A vigorous swirl yields some light hoppiness and some notes of apple cider. Maybe a bit oxidized.

T-A bit of earthy bitterness in the front, which I did not expect, followed by caramel sweet malt and some apple cider/cardboard. Some earthy hops in the finish and a whiff of booziness.

M-Light to medium bodied, dry.

D-A pleasant drinker.


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Photo of Finkel
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out, this beer looked exactly like apple cider with a small amount of head that barely retained itself. Definitely on the more boring side in terms of looks and wasn't exciting in any way.

Although the smell was nicer than the appearance, I wouldn't say it was anything spectacular. An apple flavor, cinnamon, nutmet, and several other spices came through, which in combination created a delicate overall blend. Again, nothing fancy here, just a basic but concrete overall aroma.

As you could imagine, the taste of the beer was similar to the appearance and the smell - kind of plain and unexciting. Don't get me wrong, this wasn't a bad beer at all, just not spectacular in any kind of way. A fruity flavor came through, particularly the sucrose sugars from a lighter fruit. Hops were also identifiable, though light in presence.

In terms of texture, the beer was on the thinner side but was creamy enough for me not to be too unhappy. However, for the first time ever, I felt a prickling sensation on my tongue if the beer remained still in my mouth. Very weird, but different and interesting.

Overall this was a pretty simple beer that's good for just enjoying and not thinking about/analyzing. Not something I see myself visiting often or possibly ever again, but not bad.

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Photo of hreb
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into Viking imperial pint glass, cold. Beer pours a rich but crystal-clear brown amber with a thick brownish tan head. Big, pungent malty aroma. Bitter and beery, not caramely.

Flavor brings out hop cues not present in the nose. Slightly chalky feel with sweetness around the edges, but still balanced.

An excellent after beer after snowboarding. Not particularly drinkable: the flavors are simple and strong more than pleasant and interesting.

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Photo of jmz62565
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very nice dark coppery color,however the head ,one finger,is a little smallish and disappears too fast.The aroma is a very full scent of spices,cinnamon,nutmeg?,hops,and others.This tastes ok,but its a little weak.You would think with an alc. content as high as this you would have alittle more flavor.It does have a malty flavor that makes me want chips!
This ,all in all,is a slightly above average beer that leaves you wanting more flavor.I don't think I'd buy a 6 of this again,but I would like to try it on tap.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber/red with as mall 1/8 off white head. Aromas of floral hops dominate. First taste is way smooth and much less hoppy than the aroma indicated. There are a couple of favors at work here that I cannot easily identify. Is it smoke? Oak chips? Overall not a bad beer.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A very malty, full bodied brew with a meh after taste. I personally thinking they went too far with the malts, neglecting the other aspects of the beer. Nothing about it DiD or for me.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.24/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a flaired tulip glass from a brown long neck bottle with a crimped on cap.Another Long Trail via Sudsdog.

Clear,medium amber with a bright reddish hue. 1"off-white head faded quickly to a ring of foam, some stings of tiny bubbles racing from the center of the glass leaving no lacing at all.

Clean complex aromas,very fruity,burnt carmell with a tinge of alcohol,some sweet malt,grassy,wiffs of candied apples. Interesting,pleasing aroma.

Sweet fruity taste with booziness,syrupy carmellness,some mid taste tangyness,finishes with a boozy citrus rind bitterness. A bit off balanced with the alcohol presence thought it would be a bit more hidden.

Smooth,medium towards thick mouthfeel,feels like a lighter bodied doubble bock than an altbier.
Had no trouble finishing the beer,couldn't drink a lot of this one. Not a bad beer,maybe caught me a bit off guard being called an altbier.

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Photo of delicious
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into a tall slender mug.

A short white head sits atop a sepia-copper body.
The light nose is malty at first and is followed up with hops.
This beer is listed as an Altbier, but its strength is closer to that of a doublebock. However, it's hoppier than any doublebock I've had; really, it's very well balanced. Though malty at first sip, hop bitterness follows quickly. The alcohol warmth isn't strong but is quite pleasant.
Both the mouthfeel and drinkability are about average, which works well with a sandwich or a pizza. Uncharacteristically hoppy for a doublebock and strong for an altbier, this beer pairs well with a fall lunch.

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Photo of Brad007
3.22/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a medium brown color. The aroma is rich and malty with hints of alcohol in the backbone. The taste confirms this with nothing but malt, a slight hint of hops and strong alcohol taste. Definitely not a session ale or for the weak. Somewhat drinkable still.

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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 Buildscharacter
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a very nice amber. Small bubbles constantly coming up from the bottom of the glass. Head is small from the bottle and goes away quite fast.

There is a smooth nutty taste that comes on fairly strong and goes away within 3-4 seconds. Excellent mouthfeel. Not too thick, but surprisingly easy to drink considering the ABV.

Overall this is an enjoyable beer. Not my favorite thing, but I have very little experience with Altbier. I'll have to drink the others in the 6-pack and bring up an overall review in a week or so.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark pumpkin color, bubbly but with no head/lacing.

Smells of malts, honey and syrup.

Very light, watery taste. Nothing really grabs my attention but it doesn't taste bad or have any unappealing flavors.

Dry, crisp mouthfeel. Reminds me of an ipa.

Absolutely can't believe its 7.2% Tastes much softer.

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Photo of bl400315
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

poured into a pint glass, lighter shade of amber with a small white head that quickly dissapeared and hung around rim. smell brought a thick malt followed by the hops, another attempt gave hints of caramel and alcohol. smooth, grainy with a strong presence of hops- finishing with a bitter taste. a bit complex and very well balanced beer. well carbonated but a bit overwhelming, the drinkability is poorer than the triple bag in my opinion.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My cousin picked up a bottle and we split it between ourselves. The color was pretty nice, it poured as a transparent brown color with a fizzy tan head on it that turned into just a little film over top of the beer. The smell of the beer is mostly grains and malts. The taste is a little bit light. I wasn't able to really pull too much from the flavors in there besides some grains and caramel. The mouthfeel was light and drinkable. This brew didn't really impress me all that much. I'd try it again if I could.

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Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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