Double Bag | Long Trail Brewing Co.

very good
1,707 Ratings
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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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 dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear copper to amber in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall light beige head that reduces to a large patch of extremely thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of biscuit and caramel malts, slightly sweet. Additionally there are light to moderate aromas of floral hops.

T: The beer taste quite malty with some biscuit malt flavors as well as some caramel malt sweetness. There is a light amount of bitterness mid-taste.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light dryness in the finish.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer that hides the alcohol very well. A pretty good example for the style, though I'm probably a little more harsh in reviewing it than others after having spent a couple of weeks in Dusseldorf drinking altbiers.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Tavern 17, Philly, PA

Poured a burnt copper color with a thin white layer of a head. Toasted malt aroma with hints of caramel. Caramel malts on the tongue, with light graininess, and some hop bitterness balancing things out. Medium bodied with a bit of a metallic aftertaste, but overall drinkable.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of smithj4
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of smcolw
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ring lace after each sip. Initial pour gives a three-finger foamy head. Copper amber color; crystal clear.

Creamy malt aroma, very low hop bite aromas. Notable alcohol warmth to the nose

More hop in the taste than the nose. The alcohol provides some very nice warming qualities--could easily be mistaken for a double bock. It reminds me of some unspiced winter warmers. The malt base is dry and is tertiary in the flavor profile. Rich body with a proper level of bubbles.

This is a creamy beer with good balance and full flavor.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.53/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Nice rich color, like a peach toned iced tea. Low head very little head retention with moderate lace.

S- There is a very boozy front note with hints of nuts. Very light, slightly watery on back end.

T- Very light flavor, A little malty on front end. gets a bit watery in the middle and finishes light and slightly bready.

M- Light, no coating at all and the watery middle is not very desirable.

O- A very light beer, the wateriness is not pleasant. The malt flavors would be nice but they die out far to quickly and there is no complexity to the flavor. Not very drinkable

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dusky apricot with butterscotch borders. The two fingers of foam is some combination of ivory, pale orange and khaki, probably favoring the last of those. A thick band of lace above the nonic bulge pulls the appearance score up one notch.

The aroma is strangely subdued. It features a faint, earthy, nutty maltiness and a musky hoppiness, but neither one jumps out of the glass. Looks like I'll have to wait for the taste bud soaking to get a bead on Double Bag. Note: warming helps a little.

This is very good beer. I have always been impressed with the abundant, yet balanced, flavors of a well-brewed altbier. A sticke (like this) is even better because the flavors are even bolder.

There must not be too much chocolate malt (pale, crystal and wheat are present as well) because LTDB tastes more pale than your average brown ale. Caramel apples and sugar-crusted pecans lay down a solid bass line.

Top notes are due to a surprising amount of herbal-grassy hoppiness that leads to a tight and drying finish. Other flavors include cocoa, vanilla bean and wood. This is wonderfully complex beer that deserves to have its taste score increased. The body/mouthfeel is fine. Sure, it could be a little more full, but ease of drinkability might suffer as a result. Spot-on carbonation cannot be faulted.

Long Trail Double Bag has been on my radar screen for some time now. I'm pleased to say that it has lived up to my high expectations and is a beer that I would gladly purchase on a semi-regular basis if it was available locally. Thanks to far333 (a BA's BA) for sending me a bottle out of the blue.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Jason
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown long neck with a bottled on date scored.

Appearance: Clear copper in colour with a patchy bubbly light tan head.

Smell: Rich sweet caramel and toffee with an almost butterscotch aroma meet up with the scent of heady ester alcohol.

Taste: Rich chewy malt, a little toasted, a hint of diacetyl, a touch of caramel and a good dose of sweetness which is cut by an ample semi tangy hop bitterness, a fuming estery alcohol and a toasted grainy flavour. The toasted grain/malt and a vanishing hop leaf flavour linger for a bit while the alcohol warms the body a bit.

Notes: A very intense and interesting brew, well balanced and finishes quite clean for a brew that boasts 7.2% abv. This brew is called a Sticke (secret) Alt Style Ale, an obscure sub-style of the Alts that is only brewed as a specialty ( once in a blue moon ) in Germany, Long Trail has done it justice for an American brewed version.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

4.5 A 4.0 S 4.0 T 3.5 M and 4.0 D
I bought this at Quick six in West York, poured chilled from the 12oz into a double walled tumbler.

A - A very cleary dark rum shade of amber w/ very good clarity and 2 fingers of light cream head, the head creates a thick snowflake like lace pattern. The top appears like baby swiss with small holes in the head and the bead is tiny.

S - I really like the malt odor of the ale - it is sweet w/ caramel notes of vanilla and lemon notes which are accented but slight almondlike nut odors are kind of nougat-like in candy smell

M - A sweet feel at first w/ a candy tinge and herbal hop tinge which gives a mild balancing bitterness. The moderate carbonation lightens the malt heavy feel slightly and has warmth, but not hot from alcohol. The texture has a residual spice element in the finish

T - The taste is nutty w/ smooth notes of caramel malt and a mild hop flavor as the wave of malt passes. Herbal hops are fresh and add a dry spice element to the taste. The flavor has nutty qualities, but not roasty, more creamy. The hops are bitter, leafy and give an astringent aspect like tea. The ale finishes semi-sweet w/ mild nutty toasted malt in the last sips like sweetened cereal, very appetizing.

D - A great beer w/ very good drinkability. The taste is sweet and yet still refreshing w/ nice malt/hop balance - I recommend this as it does not taste like a 7.2% - the abv is well hidden -Kudos, Long Trail!

Edit re-review on 6/20/12
A A deep amber tea-like look with hazed appearance and thin tan cap
Smell is mix of fruity yeast and floral hop ester with light woody accent. The feel is slight herbal and moerately toasted with sweet texture w/ light spice and moderately full feel with a still moderate carbonation level with low alcohol influence.

The taste is good with semi-dry herbal hops with slight fruity tinges of yeast and mild caramel body with slightly creamy malt and gentle spice in the hops with light alcohol taste and dark cherry element from the yeast. The finish is sweet and tangy wtih slight tinge of alcohol. I think this is a good double alt with nice malt but doesn't really become cloying, still a good quaffer even though it appears my palate may have changed in 3 years

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Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was at The Foodery (Rittenhouse Square) in PHL recently when I needed to fill a mixed-sixer & this helped to fill the bill. I do not know the date of my original review, but it looks to have been an early one. This will afford me the opportunity to revisit this beer & hopefully write a more comprehensive review.

From the bottle: "This Double-Alt features a complex malt profile and at 7.2% alcohol by volume, is one ale worth milking."; "Take a hike!'; "Best enjoyed 'til the cows come home ..."

I Pop!ped the cap and gave it a heavy-handed pour to get things started while watching playoff hockey & regular-season baseball on Su, 24 April 2016. This raised two fingers of dense, foamy, light-tan head with good retention. Color was Copper-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like brown sugar & cinnamon oatmeal! Actually, it was more like brown sugar and oatmeal - very sweet with a grainy quality that really put me in mind of rolled oats. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was more towards sugary, syrupy sweetness with a mild alcohol heat to accompany it. The more I mulled it over, the more I really think that it reminded me of maple syrup. It was an interesting beer, but much too sweet for this self-avowed/self-described hophead. Finish was sweet, almost cloying, but not so sweet as to be undrinkable. If you enjoy malty beers, you will undoubtedly like this. For me, one was plenty.

My original review follows:

This poured with a thick, off-tan head. The color was a clear, deep amber. The nose had a predominantly malty sweetness to it, underlain by a faint hoppiness. The mouthfeel was medium and I got a pleasant mix of malt and hops on the tongue. The finish was lightly hoppy and very refreshing. This was a tasty beer that I would want to drink again.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on 10/22/10.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent amber color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, swet fruity malts, and caramel malts. Decent smelling.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, bready malts, wheat, caramel malts. Again, decent and above average.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Very smooth going down.

d - A pretty good alt. Didn't blow me away and not my favorite beer from Long Trail, but it's well made and has a great mouthfeel. Would drink again.

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Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer appears orange to amber in color and transparent. The glass is absolutely teeming with bubbles. The head is somewhat thin and wispy, but manages to leave some lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet malts, assorted fruit

T: Sweet and malty fruits that make my jaw and cheeks tense up. Wasn't expecting that. I just had an IPA and apparently my palate has to adjust to the other end of the spectrum. There we more jawbone aching. Apples, plums, and perhaps raisins blend very well with a sturdy malt character.

M: Really silky smooth feel. Adequately carbonated with a lasting finish.

O: This is a nostalgic beer for me. My wife and I went camping in Canada and split a warm sixer of this after sitting in the front row of the Sting / Annie Lennox concert. I will always have a soft spot for this beer. Good stuff.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Harvest Market
Pours a fairly clear medium amber color with a smallish off white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aromas of caramel toffee and brown sugar with just a hint of butterscotch. Earthy bitterness in the aroma keeps this in check. The flavor is sweet rich sugars with some melanoids and a bit of burnt sneaking in there. Earthy bitterness with a touch of burnt butter round us out. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. There is a bit of diacetyl here and that usually turns me off to a beer, but this is one of the rare instances where I think it works within the frame of the rest of the brew.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,707 ratings.
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