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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Photo of Lillie1128
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on 7/19 at the brewery

A - Pours a pretty reddish amber

S - A little yeasty

T - Yum, sweet and malty. You can really taste the caramel malts in this one, along with a little spice and some hops at the end

M - Goes down smooth

D - medium

I'm usually unimpressed with Long Trail, but this is actually a quality beer. It's really tasty. Try the triple bag!

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Photo of Onceeven
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a crystal clear copper with a nice looking head. Mighty fine. Aroma is of sweet malts and a pleasant alcoholic touch. Bready, very inviting. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, with the carbonation prickling the tip of the tongue. At the same time the beer feels nice and light, not watery, just smooth and light. This is one smooth and elegant beer. The majority of the flavor is comprised of bready malt, and a slightly warming alcohol. Taste earthy/woody at the same time. It's not an overly complex brew, but it hits all the right notes.

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

Note: BA lists this as an American Strong Ale but my understanding is Long Trail considers this a strong ("Sticke") Alt so I'm reviewing it as such...

A: Pours a brilliantly clear reddish copper with a decent ivory head. Pretty much dead-on for a strong Alt.

S: Somewhat bready aroma... I'm getting a lot of Pils and a touch of DMS (cooked veggies) along with spicy, hay-like hops.

T: A somewhat dry hop flavor unexpectedly hits your tongue up front, but that quickly gives way to a crystally malt sweetness with hints of cotton candy and cane sugar. The sweetness lingers but is forced to compete with a nice bitterness in the finish. There's a little too much pine and citrus to be noble hops, but these notes don't dominate too much so it's probably as close as you're going to get to a true Düsseldorf flavor using American hops. The balance is a tad sweeter than I would expect from an Alt, but not overly so.

M: Well carbonated but not bubbly. Light and crisp for a 7% beer.

D: At 7.2%, a beer like this could get you in trouble.

Overall: Alts (especially stong Alts) are one of my brewing passions, and Americans tend to butcher them, so I'll admit I was expecting the worst when I first poured this beer. I was especially nervous after reading on their website some the malts (mostly two-row and crystal rather than Munich) and hops (Mt. Hood) that they use. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised with the results. My biggest complaint would be that using two row and crystal rather than Munich leaves this beer more sweet than bready, and as you continue to drink the beer this leaves it a bit full and cloying. Nonetheless, it's an enjoyable beer that I wish I could get here in Chicago.

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Photo of talkinghatrack
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - clear amber with a quickly dissipating head

s - minimal hops here. Crisp apples and spice. Beer version of a cider.

t - big toasted malts, some chocolate. Bitter earthy, toasted finish puts a nice masking on the 7.2% ABV.

m - medium body with a light body swallow. Lots of mouth-coating with a hint of numbing.

d - good stuff. I could see this as a session beer if I was in the mood and planned on slow-sipping only a few glasses during an evening. The burnt and bitter aftertaste might catch up on me in the long run, though.

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Photo of jmarvin4189
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - an amber red with about 1 finger of off white head

Smell - very malty smell with some faint floral aromas

Taste - malty with a very bold taste. Its hard to describe since I don't know what it actually tastes like other than describing it as good.

Mouthfeel - very smooth with a very little bit of bitter undertone. very faint though. its quite refreshing.

Drinkability - very drinkable, this is a good beer to just relax with. its smooth refreshing and full of flavor, everything I look for in a beer.

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Photo of TwinSox33
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

By far the CLASS of the Long Trail Lineup! This beer has a rich amber color, and a pretty good head. It smells sweet and malty. The taste is malty, sweet, and there is a hint of hops with a citrus tinge in there somewhere, strangely enough. It's smooth mouthfeel can lead you to keep drinking..Beware! The strong ABV is hidden well in this intense flavour experience. Bravo Long Trail!

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Photo of 3leggeddub
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint.

Appearance: Crystal clear chestnut brown with amber touches. Inch thick off-white head settles to a thin covering with nice lacing. A really good looking beer.

Smell: Very subdued aroma. Some floral notes and hop twang. Alcohol in the back.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, but not thick. Slightly dry finish. Nice mild alcohol warmth.

Taste: Very nice balance between hop bitterness and biscuity malt. Some sweetness and alcohol spice.

Drinkability: Very smooth and quaffable.

Overall: This brew doesn't drink like you would think a 7.2 ABV would. Double Bag is a solid yet subtle beer. Some might dismiss it because there's nothing really over the top about it, but that why I like it. Sometimes you need a beer that is well crafted but not a test of your mouth's endurance to drink. This is a balanced beer that is far from boring and is very drinkable. Kudos to Long Trail. Just watch out for that ABV. It will sneak up on you.

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

Served on-tap into a pint glass, a bit cold but allowed to warm.

Served up a clear almost-brown amber with a creamy, 1-finger beige head. Signs of carbonation persisted and left nice rings and a little lacing as the beer vanished. Spicy noble hops aroma is balanced off with rich malt, slightly like toasty bread. Rich and clean in smell. The taste is equally clean. The light hoppy flavor hits the tongue first quickly followed by mid-low bittering. Bitter flavor could have been a bit stronger. The sweet, toasty malt fills the mouth and sticks through a dry aftertaste. Mid-full mouth feel and a bit light on the carbonation, which may have helped add to the bitter taste. Very nice taste, clean, smooth and subtly rich. Bittering or carbonation could have been a bit increased. Flavors get much richer as it is allowed to warm. Good offering and highly drinkable.

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Photo of granite
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into alt glass

A--- Polished copper with a one inch white head that faded quickly leaving behind lace and legs.

S---Malt, brown sugar, apricot and slight esters.

T---Slight caramel sweetness and saltine crackers flavored base malt forward. More intense malt with just enough bitterness to balance followed. It finished with a subtle alcohol presence that was warming.

M---Medium bodied

D---One of my top all-time favorites and I drink it year-round. It’s just dry enough to quench on a hot day and at 7%, it could melt a snow bank if you happen to fall in one after a 6-pack.

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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 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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Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,681 ratings.
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