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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: 561 | Ratings: 1,657
Photo of Scottasaurus
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Double Bag pours with a thin head and has a reddish golden brown color. It is sediment free and has a strong earthy fruit smell. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, dates, and a hint of citrus. Lighter carbonation makes this beer an easy drinker and less filling. The higher alcohol content is hidden by its deliciousness. My absolute favorite Long Trail brew.

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Photo of devo1980
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic beer. Can not believe the high-alcohol level. Doesn't taste like it. But after two, certainly felt like it. A unique beer that is smooth and tasty. Definitely recommend.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite a rich and remarkable take on an Altbier. Assertive, fruity, yet rather well balanced.

Presentation: 16 oz draft serving. Menu with a minimal description of the brew. Served in a pint-shaker glass.

A - Clear deep amber pour, short creamy head touching the rim, fair surface memory and lacing.

S - Malty, fruity and softy floral nose...

T - Nice malty range with a sweet fruity range that is very pleasing, peaches, prunes… caramel. Soft hoppy earthy finish…

M - Medium body with medium carbonation, rather crisp as it flows with a nice soft bitterness in the finish.

O - Very inviting, quite the treat…

Notes: Nice surprise. Finding this on tap locally was very pleasing. I´d sure love to try a bottled version.

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Photo of Coachrick
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A favorite when tasted at the brewery. Malt forward but with enough hoppiness and alcohol (7.2 abv) to keep it interesting. Faint fruitiness and ester aroma that grew as it sat but never was pronounced. Excellent drinkable alt bier. Get it if you can.

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Photo of erosier
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice amber brown color with a short but creamy tan colored head that sits atop the beer most of the time. There is a decent amount of lacing all the way down the sides of the glass. It smells of very sweet malts, some viney fruitiness, and caramel. The taste is good as well. It has a deep but sweet malty base intertwined with some viney fruit flavors, some caramel, and then a touch of hops finishing off the taste of this beer. It has a very smooth and rich mouthfeel and doesn't feel anywhere near its alcoholic content which makes for a very drinkable altbier. Well worth a try.

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Photo of beernut7
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a quality strong ale. Nice roasted malt aroma and a deep copper color introduce a nicely balanced body of mild malt sweetness. The smooth medium body makes for an easy drinking warming beer.

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Photo of Saint
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Its a hit, Long Trail never fail! This beer, best in Bombers, looks beautiful, a lot of beers are said to look amber (there is a huge array natural amber color and tones, even green from certain places in the Caribbean, and Europe) that being said, this is what most people think of when they think amber, its clear and you can see right through, but the color, like honey amber. Its head isn't overwhelming, but present, and honey white in color. It smell like none other, its mild almost sweet and smells somewhat like bananas. The taste is good, it not harsh in any way, it doesn't taste nearly as alcoholic as it is, again, like its smell its somewhat sweet, (but no banana taste, so far as I can tell). The mouthfeel is strong and crisp, the way I like it. Overall, this beer is very very drinkable, so much so that you might not realize its high alcohol content after putting back a several pints until the buzz hits you strongly. Delicious, thank you Long Trail.

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Photo of soulfly1492
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Lots of crystal malt. Some pils & Munich in the background. Not bold overall.m Lightly roasty, mildly worty. Very sweet with a touch of bitter. Mild dark fruity esters.

Appearance: Deep copper. High clarity. Moderate white head. Good retention and tons of lacing.

Taste: Sweet and bitter malt. Much bolder than the aroma suggested. Bitter malt followed by the piney and floral hops. Clean lager finish. Little roastiness. Mild burnt caramel and subtle sulfur notes. Moderately worty.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Mostly dry. Some residual sugars. Finishes quite dry. Mild to medium carbonation.

Overall: Nice bold brew. Start sweet, but qucikly turns to bitter malt and hops. Strong lingering aftertaste.

Notes: Drank on 5/5/2012.

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Photo of nixhecks
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is perfect for the winter time, as the higher ABV definetely provides much needed warmth. An aggressive pour brings about a small tannish head that lasts a few minutes. While the malt flavors dominate, they don't overpower. I was a little nervous that it was going to be too sweet for my liking, as some stronger ales are, but this brew was very drinkable and very well balanced. Another great beer from Long Trail.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simple cream colored head over rich gold clear ale. Nose is lightly toasty, malty sweet, and flowery fresh hoppiness. The taste is just as the nose, very drinkable with flavors of sugar sweet malt blasted away by quite bitter hoppiness and some slight warming alcohol too. Finshes long, warming and bitter...a superbly crafted Sticke Altbier.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is very malty and contains mostly caramel along with nuts and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste is mainly caramelized malt, but was good. There’s a little bit of hops in there and the after taste was dry and a little sweet. Essentially it was what I’ve come to expect from this style.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is dry but clean.

D: Tasty, goes down real easy, not very filling and I didn’t really notice the 7.20% ABV much at all. I thought this beer went well with my turkey & stuffing for Thanksgiving dinner. In retrospect, I should have brought a 12-pack with me instead of a sixer as I ended up not being the only person that drank it.

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Photo of beyah
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pilsner glass from a 22 oz. bottle

A- Copper color with off white head.

S- Caramel like Malt smell.

Taste- Rich caramel malt, with nice hop bitterness, a slight presence of alcohol, very well balanced .

D- Easy drinking beer, at 7.2% one needs to keep track of how many.

Note: I have had this beer in both 12 oz. bottles and 22 oz bottles, the 22 oz bottles always taste better, and less bitter, I have no idea why, but this has been consistant over multiple trails. This is one of my favorites.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear lightened copper color with a big, bold ivory capping of frothy foam. Keeps its cap well throughout the seesion. Big patchy lacing sticks in place across the glass.

Aroma is of toasted grains and breads with a nice graasy undertone to it. Clean, crisp, inviting.

Taste is more of the same, nicely mild, wholesome, natural, and easy goin' toasted tones of bread grains that drift long with grassy hopped undertones that add a unique leafy bitterness of fluffy pine to the finish. A very light and tender caramel sweetened warmth resides off to the side then brings up the rear after the finish to sit with a malty warming sensation in the back of the throat.

Feel is soft, smooth, semi-silky, and just above a medium body within a lower carbonation level and only the slight hoppy bitterness and the malty warmth adding to the supply of interest in texture and length.

Quite a drinkable treat. Smooth, mild, subtle, and warming with just that right kinda of balance and roundedness that makes for a good beer. Alt style, and the like. Good stuff.

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Photo of Greenlabel
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time I've had a beer which labels itself as a "double alt". Whatever it is, it's definitely a fine product. Nice amber color and lasting head with a definite malty emphasis although hops are by no means lacking. Excellent body which might be expected from a 7% brew. Would make a good winter seasonal but fortunately it's a year-round product. When I purchased a 6-pack in NH, it was priced no higher than Long Trail's other products which makes it quite a bargain. I had a Sierra Nevada Celebration just after the Double Bag and didn't find it to be any tastier - and I love the Celebration.

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Photo of Folderol
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now this is what I call a session beer. (Yeah, I know... way too strong, but that's how I like 'em!) Looks good, decent but not huge head although it recedes pretty quickly. Smell is sweet malt, nothing special really. It's the taste that makes this brew. Smooth full-bodied well-balanced mix of sweet malt and hops. Mouthfeel is good too, finely carbonated and just chewy enough. Loses some of that as I get to the bottom of the glass and lose the carbonation, but up to that point it's a really smooth brew.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

clear copper color, thick off-white head that fades slowly to a few wisps of foam and a ring around the edge, which leaves a decent foamy lacing, but less so further down the glass.

gently floral and herbal hop aroma, with caramel and even whole grain crackers to round things out.

malty and fruity on the palate, accompanied by moderate hop spice and bitterness. toasted flavors appear towards the finish, which leaves a trademark american hop "snap".

mouthfeel is quite smooth. carbonation gentle enough just to keep things lively and doesn't get in the way.

will be interesting when i compare this to an actual german alt...

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Photo of cooter
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Excellent lacing and a classy head that diminishes from solid to wispy. Smell is unusually impressive for what I expect of this kind of beer--fruity, especially blueberry and mango notes, with hop tang and characteristically malty flavors evident in equal parts. The smell is actually rivaling a tripel in complexity!

Flavor is mild, as in, English. Balanced, certainly, but with an IPA-ish thwack to the tongue, and from the malt? Some sour notes. Okay, maybe a little more hopheaded, considering the fruit flavors. More blueberry on the tongue, especially in the aftertaste, plus grapefruit, kiwi, butter, avocado, and...well, alcohol is somehow present but not in a normal sense. Smoother.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, a little thick (like a dark lager...blech), and generally mediocre. Extremely drinkable. I hope the beer store still has it on special, this could be a heck of a transition beer for college boozers, considering the double-deuce ounce bottle, high alcohol content, and mild but flavorful presence. I vote yea!

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost-clear copper with nearly zero head, just an off-white right. Nice color though. Aroma is slightly malty and just a hint of earthy hop. Flavor is a whole different bag... Delicious waves of malty goodness bread/cracker mixed with a nice dose of caramel. Very slight earthy bitter catches up at the finish, leaving the palate very clean and ready for a another sip. Again, delicious.

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interestingly this is described on the label as a "double alt". Never heard that term before, so I've learned something new! Anyway you catagorize it, this is an excllent brew. Deep copper color, great looking head. Rich malty aroma. Flavor and body are rich with a hint of chocolate. A pleasant alcohol warming sensation follows each swallow. Hops balance things out nicely. Good drinkability for such a strong, rich beer.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber-brown copper color with a light tan head that fades to a thin layer. Smells of spice and creamy caramel and slightly toasted nuts. A nice swirl brings out the diacetyl and german hoppiness. I forgot how good this beer is. Taste is loaded with rich maltiness. Fruity and sweet toffee, toasty, nutty and very nice long finish. Nicely bitter at the end with a subtle alcohol warming. Very balenced overall. High amount of flavor in the medium body makes this very drinkable.


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Photo of kkosmoski
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Longneck with a bottling date of 8/13/08. Pours a crystal clear amber in the glass with lively carbonation rising up. Nice, tightly-packed, cream-colored head reminiscent of latte froth. All sorts of authentic smelling German malts billowing off the top of this. Toffee, toast, caramel and a bit of butter round out the nose. Fruity to start (apple), going into dark toast and caramel and finishing off with a subtle flowery bitterness and delicate European grain note. A somewhat sharp medium carbonation with a medium-full body and bit of warming. A very nice drinking ale with an awesome malt profile. This has to be one of the most authentic tasting American-brewed, German style ales that I have had. Great job by Long Trail on producing this smooth, unique ale. I'm glad that I'm in the distribution range of this one!

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Doublebag pours out a partially hazy amber color topped with a small head. Lots of small bubbles stick to the side of the glass. Fruit and nuts aroma with some floral characteristics. Toasted malt flavor with some nuttiness. Sweetness comes in at first, but is balanced by a tasty dose of German hops. The alcohol is masked by a crisp mouthfeel. Great drinkability. For a 7.2% beer, this is quite poundable.

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Photo of mshallah
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with deep red tones. Minimal head retention with a thin persistent ring of foam. Smell is invitingly sweet and fruity and almost dessert-like. Taste is huge, lots of malt up-front and a very distinct banana flavor. Not a hint of ale yeast banana fruitiness, but full-on like you just ate a chicita. This beer is perfectly hopped with bittering levels to balance all this sweetness. Believe it or not, this big 7.2abv beer is a great cross-over beer for macro swillers because it just tastes great.

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Photo of JVEyck309
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance - Clear tawny red/copper color. The head dissipates rather quickly leaving moderate lacing. Not overly carbonated but this is not off putting.

Smell - Caramel, toffee, biscuity, sweetness

Taste - Sweet right off the start, caramel tastes, nice amount of carbonation - much what I expected from the smell. Hop bitterness follows the inital sweetness but isn't overly intense. Very nice balance overall. Bready, caramel toffee..

Mouthfeel - Chewey, great mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Definitely a very drinkable beer. Great balance to it, the flavors are just right.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The label uses the term "double alt" to describe this one. That catches my attention right off the bat.

You can tell this is one viscous beer when it's oozing into the glass. It's a clear deep copper in color. Just a collaring of a head. Clean malt aroma. Almost bock-like in nature. Mouthfeel is indeed viscous and syrupy. Full bodied but smooth and mellow. Carbonation is low but fitting. Taste is very malty. It does have an "alt-like" taste, although not as hoppy as many alts that I've had. There's a candied apple type of a flavor present as well. Clean mellow malt dominates. Hops are present only to balance. Some slight alcohol notes. Big sweet toffe. And brown sugar. Yes, a very interesting and tasty brew.

Thanks a million to pbrian for sending me my first "double alt."

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Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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