Double Bag | Long Trail Brewing Co.

very good
1,701 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

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Ratings: 1,701 |  Reviews: 574
Photo of BostonPhilly
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of BRYeleJR
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of indiapaleale
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
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 +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alpinebryant
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
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 Foxman
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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 CB2maltygoodness
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of SABERG
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

What a delight, the malt base is big, alcohol hidden weel.
There is a sweetness ;that could be dialed back a bit, Wonderful clarity and a hop snap that keeps things interesting.
Worth seeking out

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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 ajdemma
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of phishbone23
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of gwiedman1
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of coldmeat23
2.85/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

GLASS: Stange
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
BOTTLED: 06-28-2010
Thanks to BigTomZ for this one!

This pours a crystal clear shade of medium brown. A light brown colored head of loose foam, just less than a fingers worth, forms and dissipates rapidly. Lacing is decent, but very slippery.

A good nose, filled with mild malt notes. A good touch of breadiness. Light hints of fruity sweetness. A tiny trace of caramel.

I expected this one to be more sweet and malty. It has a very 'german' malt profile. That is to say that the malts are very mild, in presence and flavor, and lean more to the earthy side of the scale than sweet. Definite kiss of hops, right at the end.

An almost full body with a light level of carbonation. It suffers from it's lack of carbonation, which makes it seem almost oily, but not in a good way.

I really wanted to like this, but I just don't. It doesn't seem, to me, like they stayed true to the styler, either. It seems like they tried to do something a touch different, which is commendable. Unfortunaely, risk sometimes rewards and sometimes it doesn't. I don't think that it has, this time.

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Photo of ChrisinRI
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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

My first altbier... Red translucent body with inch-thick off white head... Smells hoppy but not overwealmingly so with a little malt. Tastes sweet, with some floral hops. Medium to high body. Very well balanced and extremely tasty. Color me impressed! I'll be getting a sixpack of this.

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Photo of browniewithnuts
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of LoudRed
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of cfinch2
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jhavs
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tastybeer
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber-brown copper color with a light tan head that fades to a thin layer. Smells of spice and creamy caramel and slightly toasted nuts. A nice swirl brings out the diacetyl and german hoppiness. I forgot how good this beer is. Taste is loaded with rich maltiness. Fruity and sweet toffee, toasty, nutty and very nice long finish. Nicely bitter at the end with a subtle alcohol warming. Very balenced overall. High amount of flavor in the medium body makes this very drinkable.


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Photo of Jacobob10
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Photo of sprucetip
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes. Bottle into goblet.

Clear copper, little head, no lacing.

estery heat in the nose, grainy, touch of sweetness.

Dry graininess, slight bitterness but with no hop flavor. Alcohol and some malty sweetness. Doesn't quite work for me.

Thin side of medium body, strong carbonation and alc warming, dry texture and finish.

To me, the flavors don't blend or balance well, a bit too dry, not enough body. Glad a got a 12oz instead of 22, sorry to say.

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Photo of Shaw
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a beautiful amber with a short head. It has a big, sweet malt aroma. There is also a buttery, caramel smell, too.

The flavor is malty, with a noticeable alcohol aftertaste, thanks to the higher ABV. The body is nice and substantial.

Overall this is a fine beer and it's very drinkable, even with the 7.2 percent ABV.

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

Pours a deep copper with a medium, fluffy head that drops to very nice lacing. The aroma is surprisingly mild, with a little toasty grain, but not much else, at least straight out of the bottle. The flavor is toasty, with just a little caramel, and a spicy malt burn on the finish, a little cinnamony. I am just not getting much in the way of hops, at least at first, though a little light floral hop comes up as the beer opens in the glass. The mouthfeel is a little slick, carrying that malt burn satisfyingly down the throat.

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

Single bottle from New Hampshire, brought back for a recent tasting. Poured into a stein. Light chestnut - chocolate, amber when held to the light, with a half inch of head that survives as a thick ring. Some lacing flecks.

Nose is malty and sweet, with a strong blast of caramel, toffee, and either grape or raisin. Biscuit and crusty bread as well.

Good altbier, very smooth and sweet, with a bit of hops and fruit towards the back. The finish is fruity and sweet. Not too much in the way of hops. Good flavour on this, without too much complexity. Light bodied, medium to high carbonation to keep the brew from becoming cloying.

Altbiers are not my favorite style, but I do like this one. Good cold weather brew.

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Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,701 ratings.
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