Double Bag | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Double BagDouble Bag

Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States | website

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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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 pgenius
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my personal favorites. Its got a very smooth and full taste with a good amount of hops, malts, with a sweat finish. At 7.2% ABV its got a good kick to it, and enough of these will get you drunk dialing real soon. As far as altbier’s go, this is a damn good one, especially for an American made one. So grab yourself a six pack and enjoy.

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Photo of happilysurly
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz bottle to a glass. Rich copper color, minimal head. Very clear indeed. Smells of molasses and caramel. Nice malt undertones. Taste is rich and thick. No real hop taste or bitterness. Slightly metallic aftertaste. The taste that lingers is less pleasant than the initial taste, more metallic. Drinkability is average due to its heaviness, but still lovely.

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Photo of jermar
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a great blend of malt, hops, and alcohol! And so smoooothe... This seems to me to be a perfect autumn beer, hiking up the body a bit and the alcohol to combat the coming darkness and chill. I've not had anything else quite like this -- kudos to Long Trail for uncovering such an obscure style and having such a great go at it!

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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 SoulFroosh
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Straight to the point...
The overwhelming taste here is...booze.
That shouldn't be the forefront of any beer.
Other flavors include caramel, toffee, prunes. Like drinking a port.
Some nice flavors in there, but the booze hits first and lingers around the other flavors for too long.
Not my kind of thing.

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Photo of BabaJohn
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a delicious beer. From what I understand, alts are german style beers fermented with ale yeast but treated in the same manner as a lager. Well, both characteristics come out in this brew with nice, clean and refreshing lager traits balanced and complemented by fruity esters and malt sweetness and body. Fruits, berries (cranberries, blackberries and some cherries) and caramel sugar in the nose. It is a nice, clear, medium brown color with red highlights and a thin, white, bubbly head. Tastes malty and sweet but with enough bitterness to satisfy the hop-heads; a very balanced presentation in all. Both malt and hops are fully enjoyed in this brew. Smooth mouthfeel and reasonable carbonation. I can’t really remember a beer in which the alcohol is so disguised. It’ll make you want to down a few, so watch out.

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Photo of Heritage02Rider
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler of double bag at Consumers... sign read strong ale, with a full, malty body, balanced by three generous additions of noble hops.

A - The appearance in my frosted glass was a medium dark amber. Very translucent, so a real ambery look to it. Head was full and creamy with a creme color (not white) and stuck around for most of the pint.

S - There is a small hint of malted beer without any hoppy overtone. Almost no smell at all.

T - The taste is very smooth and velvety. The malty flavor comes through and no real noticeable hop taste. This is not a hoppy beer. (Since I am not a big hop fan, this is right up my alley)

M - Again, this is smooth with no lingering aftertaste other than a small sweet malt taste. If you like malted beers, you will have no issue with the small amount of aftertaste.

D - Well one down while writing this and getting ready to pour another, so before a growler full is gone I will say the drinkability is top notch. I will probably try and down this tonight.

Overall, I would say this is a mighty fine Vermont beer.

Bottoms up!

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Photo of HoorayBeer
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brownish amber color. A one inch foamy head, that risided quickly after pouring, laces the glass slighty, it falls as the beer goes down.

Hoppy aromas with a slight sweet nose. Maybe coffee or toffee, nothing over powering.

Good first flavor, hops come right out, with a slight taste of toffee. Bitters come out in the finish. Good flavor, nothing terribly exciting in the flavor.

Not too filling, easy going down though, but not too light either, maybe a medium bodied, could be trouble.

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Photo of pandashaver
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Foamy white 1.5 finger head atop an red amber brown translucent body. After head dwindled, enough still remained to get those nice aromas.

S - Malts, cheddar cheese, nuts. Incredibly, strong rye smell came forth as it warmed. Served in a pint glass. Will try in a snifter next time to get more volatiles.

T - Very complex. Initially spiced, slightly sweet, and even a bit peppery. Then it turns slightly bitter, and ends lightly sticky, sweet, and warming on the tongue from some alcohol detectable in the finish.

M - Excellent medium body. Nice foam from the head. Sticky and bitter finish leaves you satisfied, but wanting another sip.

D - Very drinkable, especially with a flavorful meal of cheese/beef/pork.

Will buy again, possibly a six pack!

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Photo of MaxBrewell
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Mild-brown and very clean with almost no head.

S - Very earthy aromas with hints of charred oak, maple syrup and butterscotch. Definite reminder of fall.

T - Also earthy with bread characteristics and the alcohol is only slightly present at the finish.

M - Very smooth and crisp for a strong ale.

D - Finishes great. Low-carbonation makes this a silky-smooth "stickebier" that goes down quite well, even for 7.2% ABV.

Final Note - Fall certainly comes to mind with this one, but I'd enjoy one no matter the season.

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Photo of RTEdmunds
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smallish head, tiny little bubbles. Lighter amber color than I expected.

Sweet caramel scent with some non-citrus fruit undertones. Pleasant, but a little mild.

Malty and tastes of figs or something similar. Tastes boozy too, but not terribly so. If I try hard enough, I can detect the caramel I mentioned.

Mouthfeel is light, and like I said it's pretty boozy. They didn't try to cover up the alcohol but that isn't always a bad thing. Carbonation is on the heavy side, but not overdone.

Overall it's pretty good but not spectacular.

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Photo of uconnalum2
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with very little head. The aroma is somewhat sweet with some alcohol. Syrupy and malty taste. The alcohol is very evident. Nice tasting beer. The mouthfeel is smooth and slick. Quite drinkable for being 7.2% ABV. Overall, I enjoyed this beer. It goes down easy and the ABV is in the range that I like.

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Photo of ProfessorCJ
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into an ale glass. No appreciable foam over a red amber ale. Pleasant smell without being over hoppy. Tastes surprisingly light for a higher ABV. I enjoyed the combination of bitter and almost sweet. The slight carbonation gave it a good mouthfeel without it being too syrupy. Very drinkable inviting you back for another sip.

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Photo of Cure_Tap
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought the cows on the label of this were a little strange when I first saw them, but boy are they appropriate, because this is creamy. Creamy feel, and it has a sweet creamy taste to it as well, there's like a mocha sort of flavor in here. A little bitterness and JUST enough alcohol seep through to give it some balance, and you're left with this semi-sweet, slightly bitter, almost coffee-like aftertaste. Excellent, excellent beer. Definitely a new favorite.

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Photo of kevd193213
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz Bottle. Browish amber pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of toffee and caramel. Taste of malt, chocolate, caramel and brown sugar. Sticky mouthfeel but not overwhelmingly sweet. Great full finish. Very accessible in my area and a great intro to altbiers.

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Photo of blackheartbilly
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six pack for a cook-out, poured into a pilsner style glass.

The label listed this beer as "Altbier" or mystery beer, and that kind of made me nervous. My friend claimed that the double bag is two beers mixed, claimed he tried it at the Long trail Brewery, and they made a sort of black & tan in their pitcher.

that being said, this was a great summer beer, perfect for the cook-out I bought it for.

The appearence was amber, dark gold, with a little to no head.
Defintely well carbonated, lots of bubbles travelling up the long pilsner glass.

The taste was excellent and reminded me of an American strong Ale. I still can't believe that this beer has 7% ABV. They hid it very well with a nice hop presence, lightly malted.

This turned out to be a great session beer, but be careful, that 7% sneaks up on you.

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Photo of necrat
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my long time favorites, I have always enjoyed the this beer. Pours a nice dark copper color. The beer left a 2" head in a beer glass, with a lot of lacing.The smell is of malts and slightly sweetness to it. The taste is remarkable. Its very malty with a nice sweetish taste to it that has a little alchohol and even a slight hint of Caramel. When held in the mouth, the alchohol taste is more present, but definatley not over bearing. Has a nice aftertaste almost wheatish, that makes you want to sip again. The beer has no sign of being 7.2% by drinking alone.

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

A- Dark caramel color with a 1 finger fluffy, foamy beige head. Good head retention.

S- The aromas are awesome! Sweet malt, citrus, cherries, sourdough bread, and a clean hoppiness.

T- Very Complex. Chewy malt at first, then a frutiness, and clean hop bitterness on the finish. A warmth from the alcohol coats your mouth as it all goes down.

M- Good carbonation. Just right. Not too thin, not too thick. Makes this beer very drinkable and easy to lose track of! Very enjoyable.

O- This is a great great beer. It's the first German Alt i've ever had, so i'm not sure about style guidelines, but i'd definitely buy more of this. Lot's of complex flavors, and they come together well.

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Photo of ABCJiugui
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber poured into shaped pint glass.

A- Hazy brown, amber into sam adams pint bomber, 3 finger creamy head, thin lacing, runs around the glass, broken in areas, but evident, clings fairly consistently. Head retention is good, bout a millimeter consistently down to the bottom of the glass..

S- malt, pleasantly fresh hop flowers, slightly bready/biscuity.

T- mellow malt sweetness is in great proportion with an equally mellow and slightly tangy hop bitterness, little bit of caramel in there as well. Finishes very smooth, tangy hop bitterness lingers pleasantly on the tongue, not harsh at all, but very present and enjoyable. Overall, a very balanced brew.

M- active carb, smooth liquid in the mouth, refreshing going down. Little thin as it went along with the carbonation dissipating (but that is likely due to a slightly harder pour on my part), but still enjoyable to drink.

D- really drinkable. Very enjoyable, smooth, and refreshing. And at 7+abv, a surprisingly refreshing beer! Had it with some salt and cracked pepper pan fried sirloin strips, went very well- toasty, mellow maltiness picked up the caramelized meat flavors very well and the hop bitterness and initial carbonation lifted away the fattiness.

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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 bargerking
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A Dark amber. Small head but reatains. Great lacing that lasts to the end. Off white head.

S Bready. Clove with orange peel and citrus undertones. Spicy. Little alcohol to smell.

T Zesty malt. Fruity finish. Maybe a little hops with clove in the background.

M Creamy. Velvet. Medium to thick body. Malt lingers but is welcome. Alcohol masked very well. Smooth, Smooth, and Smooth.

D A great beer to come home to at the end of the day! Very smooth, tasty, and filling. It's malt reminds me of a Oktoberfest... Great beer but not the best.

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Photo of derekmorris7
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice amber color but thin quickly disappearing head. Smell wasn't great kind of metallic. Taste was nice, creamy and malt with some late hoppy and alcohol hints. Mouthfeel was milky with light cling. Very drinkable recommend a few at a time to get good feel for it.

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Photo of clemtiger8202
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass. Clear amber with a thick, lingering off-white head; good lacing. Notes of malt, biscuit, maybe something like a dark fruit in there, no real hop notes coming through. Sweet tasting with just a bit of hop bitterness on the finish that gradually builds. Very smooth beer. Highly drinkable considering the high alcohol content and initial sweetness.

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

Great "double alt" which in the true spirit of its style, drinks like a meal. Poured a large tan head, which was fairly quick to fall leaving behind a sweet and malty tone. This sweet tone made the double bag an easy drinking strong one. Kudos to Long Trail on this one.

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Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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