Double Bag | Long Trail Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
88
very good
571 Reviews
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States
longtrail.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
571
Ratings:
1,687
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
12.05%
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
344
For Trade:
1
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Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stange

Pours copper- nice clarity - with a thin head that almost immediately becomes a thin lacing.

The smell is of caramel with hints of butterscotch.

It has a nice malt profile. Sweet caramel, butterscotch, graininess. Sweet, but restrained by a crisp, balancing earthy hop bitterness.

It's medium-full bodied. Creamy and coating with just a slight astringency from the hops in the finish. It still goes down very smoothly, though (almost too smoothly). The alcohol is incredibly well-covered.
A very nice interpretation of an altbier.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Heard that Long Trail was coming back to the Philly area and had to get Some Double Bag. It was one of my favorites while I lived in CT.

12oz. Bottle

A: Poured a burnt orange/amber color with a one finger head that stayed around as I drank. Also there was some nice lacing.

S: Toffee, brown sugar/molasses smell with a bit of fruit or flowery sweetness.

T: Similar to the smell with toffee in the fore front and a hint of hop bitterness to smooth any would be alcohol flavor.

M: Very smooth. Perfect Carbonation.

D: Goes down very easy especially for its abv.

As a side note I drank one of these one night after drinking a rather hoppy amber ale and the complexity of the beer jumped out much further. It reminded me of a tripel mixed with a Quad. The sweetness and richness of the malts really came through.

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

Poured a crystal clear copper with a nice looking head. Mighty fine. Aroma is of sweet malts and a pleasant alcoholic touch. Bready, very inviting. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, with the carbonation prickling the tip of the tongue. At the same time the beer feels nice and light, not watery, just smooth and light. This is one smooth and elegant beer. The majority of the flavor is comprised of bready malt, and a slightly warming alcohol. Taste earthy/woody at the same time. It's not an overly complex brew, but it hits all the right notes.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a glass with only a slight beige head that quickly receded into a lacing. The beer was reddish orange with no haze. The smell hit with notes of caramel, fruity esters, and a small bite os hops. Loved the complexity and balance of the taste. Hit upfront immediately with caramel and sweetness from the malts. After the initial sweetness, there is a nice smokey finish, which balances well with the sweetness. There is also a slight hop bite which adds some bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice bite from the carbonation. Drinkability is good since this beer goes down smooth, despite the above average ABV.

Overall, a great, complex beer not similiar to anything I have had so far. Great choice for a session brew. Something I will go out of my way to have again.

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

The beer pours a nice ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that fades slowly to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very complex malt aroma that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a fruity yeast finish. The taste is awesome. It is full of malts, bitter hops, and a slightly dry, but fruity yeast finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good altbier. It has awesome aroma and flavor; a great drinker.

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

Truely a great session beer. Immensely drinkable and smooth. I wish this was more readily available outside of the NE area. Had it this past weekend during a visit to a friend at Sugarbush, VT. Pours a medium brown with hoppy floral scents. Taste is smooth, creamy, slightly hoppy and toasty. Perhaps a little tiny bit of brown sugar somewhere in there. Goes down very easily and could be quite dangerous at 7%+ ABV. Truely a gem worth finding if you're in the area.

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Photo of capo56
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a very thin off-white head leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The smell is very malty and caramel along with a decent amount of hops.
T: The taste is mainly caramelized malt, but was good. There’s a little bit of hops. The after taste was dry and sweet. basically it ss what I’ve come to expect from this style.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but clean.
D: Tasty, It dose go down real easy, and it is not very filling.


Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
I didn’t notice that it has a 7.20% ABV.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle a clear reddish-gold with a small head of foam that dissipated quickly leaving just a fine layer.

The smell is pretty fruity to me with some citrus and there's some malt sweetness there as well.

The taste is of biscuit malt up front, not sweet but certainly yummy , and as I enjoy *that*, it is quickly complimented by a nice hoppy bitterness...wow, and it finishes on the very dry side.

There be Big flavours to be found here yet they work so well together that my bottom line for this Alt is that it's a real smooth drinker and one that I'd recommend without reservations.

Thanks to Nutbrown for including this Alt in our trade!

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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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Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,687 ratings.
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