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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: 562 | Ratings: 1,661
Photo of mesperon
3.02/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear amber with thin disappearing head. Weak and mildly malty aroma with a bit of green apple. Starts with a citrussy bitterness and fruitiness. Slight peppery alcohol, biscuity malt base. Finishes with a faint grassy hop bitterness that lasts a little. Decent, not too impressive.

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Photo of harrymel
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes at bier baron in dc

A: ruby orange ale, excellent clarity. No head. No lace.

S: some banana, some clove. Mostly sweet bananas here.

T: still sweet banana, some clove and maybe wood tones. Hint of bitters in there. Meh.

M: medium bodied with medium carb. Dry finish.

O: pretty forgettable.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes. Bottle into goblet.

Clear copper, little head, no lacing.

estery heat in the nose, grainy, touch of sweetness.

Dry graininess, slight bitterness but with no hop flavor. Alcohol and some malty sweetness. Doesn't quite work for me.

Thin side of medium body, strong carbonation and alc warming, dry texture and finish.

To me, the flavors don't blend or balance well, a bit too dry, not enough body. Glad a got a 12oz instead of 22, sorry to say.

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Photo of mattgreger
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This brew poured a nice, clear copper color. It had a small, thin off white head, with a little bit of a bubbly lacing that remained.

This brew has a very interesting aroma. Its very woody. Aged oak, honey, roasted nuts, and earthly hops that give this a brew a very fall like aroma.

The flavor to this brew mirrors the aroma very well. A very earthly hop and woodsy like flavor at the front, then a bit of the nutty flavor in the middle, with bit of citrus that is present.

This is a medium bodied brew, that has a nice mellow carbonination. The muddlement of the flavors on this brew give this mouthful a nice dry, bitter finish.

The drink on this one might be a little high for some. Its a stong drink , if you haven't had a altbier like this before. Its a great brew for those who seek out this kind style. Not quite what you expect from a altbier though, seems to be a bit on there own style. Still a decent brew, I would certianly have again.

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Photo of Hagbard
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber color with a small off-white head that fades quickly. Malty aroma that is very understated. No hint of hops in the smell. Very malty beginning. A little hint of caramel in the background. Also, some dark fruits. As the beer sits a bit, a moderate bitterness joins the malty sweetness in a nice harmony. This fades to the aftertaste without much of a change. The carbonation level is fairly low. The drinkability I rated on the low side, because I don't think I'd want more than one in a sitting.

I'm not really sure how I feel about this beer. I didn't really like the first one or two I tried, but as the week passed, and the six-pack dwindled, it definitely grew on me. Still not my favorite though, and I'm not sure I'll revisit it soon.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean orange-sh/ copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, sweet malt, caramel, and somewhat a small hop. In the taste, small roasty, buscuity malt. A smooth and light to medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small malty and clean aftetaste. Nice ale, good color, small hints of a pils backround.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dude, I don't know; this seems to be a well-liked beer, but I just wasn't diggin it. It has a nice clear amber color, but the head was smallish and didn't hang out long. Left some thin strings of lace. Very malty aroma with a bit of hops. The flavor is incredibly malty with a pronounced fruitiness and some grassy hop leaf in the finish, but what I really get in the finish is a pretty harsh alcohol presence. Somewhat bittering and unpleasant. The feel is nice, smooth and soft. Light body. Overall I found the second half of the glass to be less enjoyable than the first, which is never a good thing. The malty twang becomes a bit irritating and the alcohol is harsh. For all my criticism, it's not a terrible beer, perhaps it's just the style that I don't care for.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

If you're looking to stick every rating here on at least one beer, this fits the just-above-the-middle-of-the-road rating. It's got a bitter aftertaste that takes away from the initial taste, but not so bitter that it runs it. It's...just above average.

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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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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 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 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 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 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 Dewey0603
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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,661 ratings.
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