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Double Bag | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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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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Ratings: 1,720 |  Reviews: 580
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle. Served in a nonic tumber.
It pours a shiny tan mahogany color with a fast-fading beige head. Some patchy and sticking lacing.
The aroma is certainly malt forward. Sweet malt followed by limey citrus and mixed fruit cup. A bit of rummy fuminess advances.
The sweet honey-like malty backbone could easily double as a dopple bock. The German citrusy and metallic tangy Nobles hops and Alt yeast are what keeps this in the Altbier family. The 7.2% ABV makes it a Sticke.

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Photo of dwoolley1
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of alpinebryant
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a copper amber color, I have drank this one many times, but only thought it appropriate to finally review it as it has been in my fridge for years.

Smells just like a regular pale ale, tastes better. Nutty Malt flavor with minimal hops to overtake the malt. Very well balanced and for the ABV, amazingly smooth, good thickness. No phenol alchohol flavor here, good bitterness and overall a nice ride.

You can drink 3 of these before you know what has caught up with you and still desire more.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting brew revisited when my Mom brought me a sixer from her home in VT. Clear, dark amber brown in color with a thick head of light beige foam than looks creamy and retains nicely, only leaving a whisper of lace.

Aroma is mild, but gets better as it warms. Roasty grains, toasted nuts, light caramel, and a dusting of cocoa reminds me more of an ESB or Brown Ale than an Alt.

Flavor focuses of nutty, caramel malts, a hint of chocolate baked goods, with some bitter grassy and floral hops in the finish. Balanced and very easy to drink.

Body is barely medium, with tight carbonation and a slick, almost mineral-laden mouthfeel. Doesn't taste of drink like 7.2%, more like 5.

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Photo of asabreed
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light amber peachy copper color. White head. Decent spotty lacing.

Smell: Bready malts, nuts, caramel.

Taste: A nutty, caramel sourness backed by earthy and slightly vanilla and maple notes. A bit unbalanced, though tasty.

Mouthfeel: A bit watery and full-bodied, and there could be more carbonation.

Drinkability: Solid, if a bit visceral and wild, though there's a balance issue that would make me not want to have more than a few I'd say. Still worth a shot for a bottle.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice pour with a copper color to it and an average sized beige head. Not a huge aroma by any means, a slight trace of hops can be noticed if you try hard enough, but this brew is all about the malt. The malts really give this beer a nice, smooth, creamy taste. Very full-bodied and very drinkable. This beer goes down with the greatest of ease, but is strong enough to be a sipper. This is comparable in a way to Samuel Adams Double Bock. I see a lot of similar characteristics. Either way, this beer is a must try if you have the opportunity!

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of WunderLlama
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a pilsener glass

Copper brown, no visible carbonation, thin sudsy cap with some lacings clinging to the edge of the glass, clear

Malty sweet aroma, faint hops, fresh beer

Malt , smooth, faint hop bitterness on the sides of the tongue to smooth it out. Light to medium light mouthfeel. Faint hoppy bitterness on the after taste does not linger long.

I love this beer. One of my favorites and one that I always keep in my fridge. It is one of my " go to " beers. Malt with just the right amount of hops. Delicious.

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Photo of CB2maltygoodness
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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2.36/5  rDev -39%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby brown color with great clarity. Decent head.

Smell accentuates the Malt with a touch of spalt aroma. Biscuit and caramel aroma.

Taste is very malt and caramel sweet. Bitterness is a little low on the balance but some noble hop aroma comes through.

Mouthful is smooth and creamy.

Don't notice the 7% abv alcohol at all.

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Photo of erosier
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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 SixpointJMH
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of indiapaleale
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clean and dark amber in color with a wispy head that goes away rather quickly. Smells of malty sweetness, faint smell of alcohol, stewed fruit and cinnamon. If you really inhale this it has the smell and tingle in your nose of a strong alcohol like whiskey.

Tastes malty with a definite alcohol backbone. Kind of surprising as stronger beers mask that a little better. The alcohol content in this one is definitely not a secret. Aftertaste is slightly bitter without the initial sweetness. Its a very easy drinking beer despite the alcohol content being over 7%.

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Photo of mmorris15
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Foxman
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a quite clear rubyesque amber. Two fingers of loose off-white head dwindles soon to thin foamy groupings. A thin tapestry of lacing marks the glass.

The aroma delivers a general air of toasted malt, along with a woodsy cherry fruit presence. A distant hops character flits about a clearing vapor not quite identifiable as alcohol.

Upon tasting, a very rapid splash of cooked malt sweetness promptly cedes to an indistinct earthy fruit memory, which then morphs to a hoppy but basically vague bitterness. Contrary to the label, while mostly smooth, a buzzing current of alcohol is quite present and seems to vercome most attempts of any poignance in the flavor. The finish is dry and carries yet more nasally evidence of alcohol.

Roughly medium bodied, things slip away quicklt to just the cooling spice of alcohol.

I started by feeling bad for the cows on the label, with bloated udders painfully in need of some prompt cartoonish milking. From there I fell almost into apathy, as the beer had nothing really memorable going on. It's got an ABV that makes it a bit to handle, and what it offers just doesn't carry enough muscle to cmpete. Sure, it's basically drinkable, but just above average may be the best I can say. Sure, I'll finish this sixer, with some measure of enjoyment, but this is likely it. Probably, anyway.

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Photo of IronLover
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Soft amber in color with near perfect clarity. Poured with a short off-white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Caramel malt, toffee and ripe fruit aromas blend very nicely with delicate floral notes in the background. Soft, silky smooth feel with creamy, rich carbonation. Sweet caramel malt and toffee flavors up front with a tangy floral hop bite through the middle. Toasted malt flavors follow the tangy hop bite as this finishes semi-dry with a lingering biscuity, floral hop bitterness.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of chinabeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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 Botulizard
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,720 ratings
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