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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

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Reviews: 562 | Ratings: 1,661
Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a small off white head that quickly departs from the scene and leaves little lacing

Smell: Interesting blend of caramel/toffee malt sweetness with more than a touch of hops and alcohol

Taste: Starts out with a malt blast, though not overly sweet (as I was thinking this might have some doppelbock characteristics); within a couple of seconds, the hops kick in and build and build to complement the sweetness; somewhat fruity (cherries and oranges) in the middle

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with relatively low carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice altbier; like the balance a lot

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Photo of JMendyka
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my pewter Jagerstein at refrigetor chilled temperature.

I peaked a look at the color from my friends glass and found it to be somewhere between amber and stout/porter black. The kind of color that would decieve the average drinker into thinking that this was going to be a beer as thick as motor oil.

But that's not how they roll in VT. The smell betrayed a sweeter character, almost over emphasizing the malt properties.

The taste was a bit on the hoppy side. That is to say that, the aftertaste left you remembering more of the hops than the also very strong, caramel malt taste. The mouthfeel was perfect for a cool summer night. This would probably be a great beer from late April to early June and late September to early November. I could drink a few of these at a time, but would probably want to move on to something lighter after that.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a rich amber with a 1 finger off white head. Nice lacing.
Smell is of sweet caramel and rich syrupy malt and sugary biscuits.
Taste is of rich, syrupy cocoa and biscuits.
Mouthfeel is smooth and rolling with a light amount of carbonation. Very chewy and rich.
Drinkability is pretty good. This is a decent take on a German Sticke. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of villainchiwwin
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz. bottle
nice copper brown color with an initially substancial head that dwindled but stuck around in a thin layer. some patchy lacing. yeast and floral smells over malt and hops - quite interesting. maybe a little whiff of butter in there too. tasted sweet malt at first before a quick hit of pleasant spiciness before all is overwhelmed by estery hops bitterness. this brew has solid complexity in its shift of flavor as it progresses along the palate and a good, long, bitter malt finish with some citrusy notes to kick it off. felt smooth yet medium-bodied in the mouth. abv just apparent enough without being entirely masked or distracting. a solid, strong, and warming brew that is a pleasure to drink.

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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 Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper in color with a nice two finger head. Thick lacing develops through the drink. Slow rising carbonation bubbles. The aroma is of caramel, nuts, and some bitterness. The flavor leans towards the sweet maltier side, with caramel, honey, butter, and stronger than expected bitterness. Alcohol level is slightly noticeable.

Medium - medium heavy in body. Mouthfeel is mildly crisp at the start. Finish is crisp with a long malt and buttery aftertaste. Easy drinking. One of the better Long Trail brews I have had.

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Photo of Ego
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5.13.05

copper and clean. nice carbonation and flowing head with good retention

sweet malt is up front, honey biscuit with a hops edge, florals in the mix, with good concentration the alcohol is noted

taste etc...
medium to full mouth feel, very well balanced, I really thought the malt might bowl me over but honestly the hops are more apprent in the flavor and aftertaste. the alcohol level is hidden unbelievably well. very easy drinking. this is much like their regular long trial ale (a personal fave) in it's body and overall drinkability.

it's definitely worth a try. it has a very interesting bitterness to it that I can't place, almost reminds me a touch of the aftertaste of Three Floyd's Alpha King. good stuff.

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Photo of Chaz
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The Nose: bursting with fruity esters, pungent (and more than a hint of mischievous alcohol) and with honey notes (which I didn't pay as much attention to a few years back), toffee, and a touch of biscuit and very faint herbal/aromatic hop. A brilliant copper in color, and with fine carbonation. Medium pour elicits a one finger head (sorry, time for the ubiquitous Duvel tulip again), off-white to-tan in color, which lingers for a minute or two before subsiding and leaving enough lace (plus a Gilligan's Island of foam) to make me wonder about the protein count -- guess I won't need the eggs with my bacon this morning?

The taste: even better than I remember! Fruity, with subtle notes of banana, orange, apple, and berry, even into the sinus passages oy veh! Great gobs of fruit. It's like the time the Fruit of the Loom guys got together for a luau and had a human sacrifice with their friend, the pineapple (you notice how ya never see him anymore??)

Nice restrained use of hops for aromatic and bittering purposes, bitterness lingers alongside the best of 'em (think of the subtle lingering bitterness of a Sam Smith or a really good pilsener.)

Mouthfeel is good, but deceptive - it REALLY isn't thin, only drinks like it is, more like medium-bodied, a bit of coating on the tongue. On the sweet side (oh no, watch out for the sappy Woody Allen ending!) but finishes like it WANTS to be dry, and the bitterness helps a lot here.

If'n ya think I'm rating this one a wee-bit high? Yep, you are correct sir and . . . (aside: if it's any consolation this reminds me a bit of "Eye of the Hawk" in terms of gusto, relative SRM, and drinkability - uh, make that an *aggregate* of the original Mendo/CA-brewed version and the new and gradually-improving 'toga Springs version) I will explain it as such: tasting this now in the early part of summer, 2005 brings me back a buncha years to when I was a dumb college grad living in Slummerville/Medford. I am now a dumb thirty-something bachelor who no longer has a smokin-hawt Polish American girlfriend, and living in Minneapolis - so there, how the mighty have fallen, eh? A big THANK YOU to the Monk and whoever tha heck he got it from for the bottle!

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice but unassuming amber colour with a thinnish, slightly sticky head.

The smell is in the same league, with a malty alcohol feel to it. A slight hop sweetenss can be picked up in the back, as well as a touch of butter.

Flavour and mouthfeel are good, with a silky yet chewy feel and a taste that is sweet, buttery, floral and earthy all throughout. The finish has a tart alcohol taste that is noticeable, but not as strong as the alcohol in the smell, meaning it's pretty much just right.

I enjoyed this one overall. In college, I was a big Long Trail fan but never really took a liking to the Double Bag at all for some reason. Now, I'm not as high on LT as I was in college (though I still like the brewery & its products very much) but have a newfound appreciation/liking for the DB. Funny how things work sometimes.

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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 LPorter33
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Apperance = barely any head. Color is a clear fine looking deep amber with few bubbles.

Smell = Very nice floral hops, like smelling a bountiful flower garden.

Taste = mmm...lots of flavor to this one.Initial hops is quite bitter with a good touch of sourness present Alcohol is perfectly balanced as it doesn't ruin the flavor and taste at all. Lastly is almost a buttery popcorn flavor that lingers in the mouth. Aftertaste that trails is a little too bitter, the only thing I do not like about the taste.

Overall = I'd give the taste a 5 if it was a little less bitter. This is still an extremely tasty beer. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clean dark copper colored beer. Has a small off white head and some lace. The aroma starts with a light sweet malt followed by a floral hop with a bit of graininess in the background. The flavor has the malt start at the tip of your tongue and slide down the middle. While the hops nip at the sides of your tongue and then join the malt at the back of your throat foe a well balanced finish.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The label is kind of corny which somehow doesn't convey the gravity of this beer. The beer is big and yet very refined. Pours a very nice clear mid gold with good head. The dominant nose and first flavour is malt. The beer becomes more complex with every sip unitl you start to realize that the alcohol is almost invisible. Very food friendly and very well made.

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Photo of pikemark
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this ffrom a six pack I got, was excited to see a whole fridge of Long Trail beers. In my mug it looked like a nice amber color, maybe a little darker but very little head. Smelled very malty, lacing wasnt bad though. The taste was interesting. Most of the Long Trail stuff has a very mellow aftertaste to it. There is a bit of hoppiness to it but its very smooth. A solid beer, nothing too exceptional, definitely nothing bad about it. I would love to have a keg of this for a party.

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Photo of BuckSpin
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a "tail" (bad joke) of two beers for me. I had the opportunity to sample this in the summer of 04' and I just didn't like it...then. Since then I have had the opportunity to expand my beer horizons and sample/enjoy a variety of crafted beers, which have advanced my palete. I get a chance to revisit this beer now and what a difference a year makes!

Beautiful warm copper hues dancing of orange & red, a oddly aromatic ivory head of about 1/2" of loose foam with little lace that had a coy nose...alcohol? malt? sea air? mulling spices?

Initial tongue is crisp, which gives way to the smoothest, rich malt that just rolls and rolls...nice. Pleasantly bitter on the swallow with just the right mix of hops to the deep malt. Don't be fooled by the cartoon cow on the label, this is a sophisicated brew that deserves a quiet, slow savor. And with a ABV over 7, you wouldn't want to slam these down anyway.

Without question the best beer I have given a 2nd chance to, and I am much better for it.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really nice find at my local beverage distributor. No wonder this was one of the last complete six packs left. For $7.99 it was a steal.
Poured a 12 ounce bottle into my Konings hoeven chalice. It's a clear, rich amber color; served it a bit cold so no head or lacing to speak of. Smells sweeter than it tastes but the smell speaks of the complexity; the only downside that I'm getting out of the smell in this serving is a slight metallic tinge.
Attacks with a nice, hoppy bite while subtle candied flavors flow over the tongue. Minimal astringent qualities, at times has an almost buttery mouthfeel and finish.
This is a far more sophisticated brew than the cows on the bottle would lead you to believe.
Wonderfully smooth for 7.2% alcohol.
A really solid, all around beer. It has a little something for everyone.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottled on 17.1.2005

Beautiful looking brew. Deep amber? barely orange color. Not red. Moderate carbonation. Very nice head that has left nice lacing on the glass. Has settled down to about 5mm of head. Very nice. The way the bubbles move through the beer is beautiful. Has really nice 'legs'.

Very nice nose. Mostly sweet, caramelly malts. Munich and vienna I imagine. Very nice and rich. Also get a touch of something spicy. I'd say it was hops, but I can't be sure. Maybe just a touch fruity. Just barely.

Wow. Really incredibly rich tasting beer. If it wasn't for the hint of astringency in the finish I'd give it a 5 for sure. Really perfectly balanced between rich, warm malts and bitter, spicy hops. Really nicely done. So subtle yet so rich. The hop character in this beer is what really impresses me. I love the rich malty goodness, but the hop flavor is so subtle yet so flavorful and unique. I mean, it's a fairly bitter beer, but the hops are not citrusy, they're more spicy and maybe a bit earthy than anything else .

Excellent mouthfeel. Really nice and substantial without being overly thick. Right on.

Very drinkable beer. Just a little astringent in the finish, but not really at all. I just can't bring myself to say this beer is perfect. It's damn close, just a little astringent in the finish...damn! Nto cloying at all. I love this brew.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz longneck brown bottle, capped.

This altbier poured a clear, copper color with light tan, creamy foam that settled, but clung to the glass a little, leaving some lacing. The smell was fruity hops with malt and a faint caramel aroma and a bit of a slightly vinous odor. The taste was tangy and malty with fruity hops. There was a nice hoppiness overall. There was also a bit of a vinous taste and a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel was dry and airy with medium body and moderate carbonation. The aftertaste was lightly malty and hoppy. This was a decent altbier, though a bit thin for a sticke altbier. I have also had this one on-tap though took no notes.

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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 alexgash
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at a gas station on the way back to Boston from a day of ice-skiing at Jay Peak.
Pours a clear, hearty, flaming amber with a small-medium sized, dirty off-white head. Big aromas of caramel apples, toaste malt, and spicy hops. Very good. Taste does not disappoint. Rich, malty cookie dough sweetness up front. There's a spicy, toasty edge along with it too. Malt turns fruity as the bitterness picks up into the sweetish, spicy bitter, warming finish. Medium bodied, with a near-syrupy feel. A very tasty sticke-alt beer that is very drinkable for the punch it "secretly" packs.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy easy drink, with good malts and hops working in tandem. Copper, whote head. Some spicy yeast. Citrus, pepper, and malts and biscuit yeasts in taste. Medium mouthfeel, with creaminess. Unclassifiable until I saw its an alt. Nice with food. A must try.

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Photo of nomad
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

"Ooh, ahh," what a pretty ale to behold, glistening true amber with striking clarity and orange undertones. Builds up a nice head with some lacing that fights hard to stay. But the color, oh, the color is a beaut.

Smells of Munich malt. If someone asked me, "What does Munich malt smell like?," I'd point them to this beer. Toasty, warm, sweet, soft malty scents. Strong but not overpowering. Kind of coy and alluring.

Long Trail must lager the snot out of this beer. It has a slightly sweet profile that drags out long and deftly smooth, I'm talking teflon slick and marathon long, before an exacting balance of hop dryness at the finish. All cushy Munich malts and barely caramel body with quasi-minty nips late on the palette. Though the carbonation is appreciatively low, the mouthfeel is a little thin, though lagered clean and slippery. Drinkable if ever that word was invented.

The cream of the crop for Long Trail ales and, like all of their brands regardless of style, much too easy quaff. Now the task is on me to savor the sixpack of this long lost favorite.

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Photo of RocketWidget
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rather good! An excellent choice if you are in Vermont and looking for a beer that is excellent, yet different from the norm. Pours a dark orange/amber color. Head is light and lacy. But quite delicious. A very dark sweet, like molasses, was dominant here. The bitter hops were a nice complement, but more noticeable with the aftertaste. Given this beer blind, I don't think I would be able to warn you about the high alcohol content, so drink with caution. Thumps up to this one.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sand bagged by the double bag--yet again. The brewers do a pretty good job at masking the alcohol in the beer. I could still notice it, but it tasted much more like 5%, and in my holiday-spirit induced arrogance I forget that is actually 7.2%. It poured mohagany in color with very little head and spotty lace. The hops are sweet and there is a strong taste of brown sugar. I also noticed a bit of citrus. Sweet malts were also noticable in both the aroma and flavor. The feel was smooth with the perfect carbonation to compliment the beer.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very pretty beer, the colour is of a very clear medium/dark amber. The head was very short leading to a thick ring and a large light lace.
The body is full and the carbonation very light.
The aroma has a nut like quality to it.
The taste was surprizingly pleasant as I was expecting a much sweeter product. What I got was an initial hoppy taste replaced quickly with a moderate carmel like malty sence.
I particu;arly enjoyed the packaging, the label was great as was the beer.

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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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