Double Bag | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-08-1999

BEER STATS
Reviews:
559
Ratings:
1,652
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
21.03%
 
 
Wants:
87
Gots:
326
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 559 | Ratings: 1,652
Photo of ppoitras
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12ozer, purchased at Main St. Liquors, Monson, MA, as part of do-it-yourself mixed 6 pack.

Poured into a pint glass, small very slightly off-white head, which quickly depletes to a film of bubbles. Laces slightly during the drinking process. The definition of amber in color, with perhaps the slightest tinge of orange lurking in there. Malty aroma, with evidence of alcohol even in the nose. Powerful malt in the taste as well, with the hops and alcohol pretty much balancing themselves out in the background. A warming yet drinkable ale, apparently made for the slopes from which Long Trail originates.

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

A-Pours reddish in color with a large head.

S-One of the best smelling Long Trail brews. Deeply malty. Earthy spices. Booze.

T-Bready and sweet malt. Some earthy flavor accompanied by chocolate. Mild hops follow the complex malt. Booze is evident.

M-Slick with a medium/heavy body. Carbonated.

D-I enjoy the taste but for me the drinkablility is not extremely high. A bit too boozey and not my favorite style but still goes down easy enough.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a kolsch glass. Had a bright copper color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: Smelled predominantly of malt and caramel. Not overly aromatic, but nice nonetheless.

T: Tasted of malt, caramel, and an almost bready quality. This is a solid, well-constructed beer. Basically, it tastes like an altbier should.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a focused, well made, likeable beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: amber in color, minimal head, low carbonation, clear

Smell: rich caramel malt and toffee

Taste: rich caramel malt and toffee with slight citrus hops

Mouthfeel: medium-light carbonation, medium body, very sweet with slight bitterness at the end

Overall: This is so readily available around here, I keep on forgetting how good a quality this beer is. This is a nice and sweet malty treat. It is sweet without ever being cloying. I do like this one on the colder side though.

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Photo of Brad007
3.22/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a medium brown color. The aroma is rich and malty with hints of alcohol in the backbone. The taste confirms this with nothing but malt, a slight hint of hops and strong alcohol taste. Definitely not a session ale or for the weak. Somewhat drinkable still.

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

The label uses the term "double alt" to describe this one. That catches my attention right off the bat.

You can tell this is one viscous beer when it's oozing into the glass. It's a clear deep copper in color. Just a collaring of a head. Clean malt aroma. Almost bock-like in nature. Mouthfeel is indeed viscous and syrupy. Full bodied but smooth and mellow. Carbonation is low but fitting. Taste is very malty. It does have an "alt-like" taste, although not as hoppy as many alts that I've had. There's a candied apple type of a flavor present as well. Clean mellow malt dominates. Hops are present only to balance. Some slight alcohol notes. Big sweet toffe. And brown sugar. Yes, a very interesting and tasty brew.

Thanks a million to pbrian for sending me my first "double alt."

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

Had this at Bridgewater's Pub at Amtrak Station in Philadelphia. Served with a small off white head that persisted and good lace. Color was a medium coppery amber. Aroma is caramel, toffee, malt, and a bit of hop. Flavor was same but sweet up front and a bitter end. Good body and carbonation. Short finish. Very drinkable. Session beer.

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Photo of claspada
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas of sweet biscuity maltiness and significant notes of earthy, herbal and citrus hops. A slight caramel taste with a bitter and sweet aftertaste. Malts were evident and pretty sweet, but the taste of caramel was more evident. A pretty equal balance upon further review. Though malty at first sip, hop bitterness follows quickly. The alcohol warmth isn't strong but is quite pleasant. I would describe it as slippery, medium-bodied, and yet at the same time enormously clean and refreshing. A good solid hops, slight maltiness, hints of fruits and some alcohol. Overall this is a well made beer that comes very close to being excellent.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my New Belgium Globe glass. 032409 indicated on the bottle. Poured a translucent chestnut with a half inch off-white head that dissipated into a bulls-eye of white in the middle, a slick of foam around the edges and a frothy band around the perimeter of the glass. Some spots of lacing were revealed as the brew was consumed. Nose suggests dark fruit and a little breadiness. Taste follows nose, but there's also some muted spicy qualities and some caramel notes. Mouthfeel is between light- and medium-bodied with a light carbonation and a mild acidity at the finish. Not really what I would consider an American Strong Ale; however, alcohol is well-hidden and it goes down easy.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a pint

Appearance – The beer pours an amber color with a two finger off white head. The head fades over a moderate level of time to give a decent level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is bready and malty with some notes of caramel and some herbal hop.

Taste – The taste begins with a lightly roasted and bready taste. Upfront there is a caramel taste that melds with the bready tastes well. Soon some bitter grapefruit and lemon hop flavors come to the tongue. Shortly after arriving these flavors seem to lose their strength. As the lemon and grapefruit dwindle a bitter herbal flavor comes to the tongue. This herbal flavor intensifies to the end where they combined with a light alcohol flavor to leave a malty and lightly bittered flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is on the rather average side, but kind of thin for a 7.2 % abv brew. Its carbonation level

Overall – It was a decent brew. It had some good malty flavors and a light herbal hop. Worth a try, but nothing that is super exceptional. A decent stronger Alt. style ale.

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Photo of Gusler
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber color on the pour with a modest sized head that is frothy in texture and a light tan color as it diminishes in size the laced formed is a nice coating upon the glass. Nose has a nut like sweetness, and the hops play a part in the fresh crispness, start is also sweet and loaded with malt, top has a moderate feel to the palate. Finish is frisky in its carbonation and the hops prankish in their spicy bite; bone-dry aftertaste that lingers on perpetuating the taste of the hops till the last drop is drained form the glass.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark beer, amber in color, with a medium head and some slight lacing. Not much in the aroma department, mostly sweet. A caramel/toffee taste, with a little hops. Pretty good taste, actually, just not enough of it. I liked this beer, and have had several in one sitting, but I keep thinking it could be better.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Tallgrass tulip.
7.2% ABV, no date.

Thanks for the bottle Chris!

A - This "Strong Ale" pours a gorgeous clear rusty amber color that shines vibrantly while topped with an off white head. Curtains of lace clutch the glass as the head disappears.

S - Double Bag has an inviting, soft and smooth aroma of sweet caramel malt and dense breadiness reminiscent of a doppelbock. Subtle fruity yeast undertones introduce notes of raisin and soft peach while toasted amber malts add a faint dryness to the finish.

T - Toast surfaces quickly, drying out the sweet caramel malt nuances for a flavor that departs from what the nose offers. Fruit esters are no longer noticeable as this ale begins to show more of it's lager traits, finishing with a touch of sour dough bread and biscuit.

M - Smooth but well carbonated, Double Bag has a nice round, medium bodied feel across the palate with a malty but dry, balanced finish.

O - Long Trail's Double Bag shows no signs of being a strong ale with it's nice malty presence and deceptively smooth finish. This is a good beer that straddles the line of ale and lager with characteristics of both coming through.

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Photo of ZAP
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now here's a kick ass beer....a double alt is something new to me but it seems to fit that style....it is rich, sweet and syruppy, but also exhibits alt bier like characteristics...pours an impressively clear dark orange.....nose smells a bit like a scotch ale minus the smokiness....malty...some alcohol (like rum..and even some nuttiness....with some floral hop notes....I mentioned the body, but it finishes with a nice tight dry hop bite....that really seems to balance this out and make it special....the taste is very malty....sweet plums,pears,mangos....but then there is that nice dry finish....this is really a dandy..a big giant ZAP thanks to Bierman9 for this beauty....

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Photo of Suds
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first tried this beer several years ago and didn't really appreciate its uniqueness. Mature, malty, but not sweet…deep, dark red color with a respectable head…pleasant background of hop bitterness. Great brew.

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Photo of Durge
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another fun find on tap at My Place in Newtown, CT, this one shows a deep copper color, clear with yellow highlights, a decent white head and great lacing. The aroma says wheat and thin yeasty malt. Not my favorite but reasonable for the style I suppose. The flavor brings lemony malt and honey sweetness. There’s a little licorice edge almost a bock. Interesting and consistent with my previous enjoyment form bottles. It's medium-light bodied with modest carbonation and a fairly aqueous feel. It’s got a tart quality, a bit of citrous hops perhaps, but very subtle. Nice drinkable brew with some personality.

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Photo of mynie
2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark, brownish orange. Minimal head, but this was the sort of bar where if you put a head on a guy's Bud Light he might offended, so I'll let that slide.

Smells surprisingly hoppy, for an alt. Earthy, bocky grain against nobel hops with some esters of ethanol.

Tastes good up front, super sweet in the middle, and very alcoholic in the back. Starts out pretty well balanced with a good blend of hops and zippy malt. Then the zippiness zips further, becomes far too intense and sweet.

I dunno. I remember hearing about Double Bag way back in 2005 or so--back in the day, it was possible for malt bombs to generate buzz, believe it or not. Maybe my pallet has just been destroyed by the extremeness of the modern beer scene, or maybe this was just an off batch. Either way, I was let down.

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Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear Amber with some carbonation, a 1/2 finger foam head that dissipated and did not leave behind any lacing

S-Biscuits and Earthy tones

T-Starts off sweet with caramel, biscuit, sugary then finishes with a spicy bitterness. Very tasty.

M-Medium bodied with some carbonation

D-Very drinkable, so far the best offering from Long Trail. I was reluctant to pick this up after having tried their Ale, IPA, Belgian White and Blackberry beers in a mix pack but this one was great.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.01/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper color. The head is a one finger off-white shade, and while it's relatively creamy looking, it doesn't have the best retention.

S: The malt is typically toffee-forward, but with that faint German touch to it. Namely, stone fruits and just a hint of diacetyl. There's a hop profile that's very mellow yet still noticeable. Not bad, not bad at all.

T: Loads of toffee start this one off. The flavor even gets faintly nutty at times, with some nice apricot notes right after the swallow. There does seem to be a touch of alcohol flavor (along with a faint burn) on the finish. I have to say that overall, the flavor profile isn't my cup of tea.

M: It's actually kind of coarse, and even slightly angular in feel. This helps to give it pretty good drinkability in spite of its maltiness. Carbonation is light, which somehow suits this one.

O: This isn't my (double) bag, as the scores reflect. Still, I don't hate it. Decent to try if you're looking for something different, but I wouldn't recommend a full 6 pack.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean orange-sh/ copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, sweet malt, caramel, and somewhat a small hop. In the taste, small roasty, buscuity malt. A smooth and light to medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small malty and clean aftetaste. Nice ale, good color, small hints of a pils backround.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear lightened copper color with a big, bold ivory capping of frothy foam. Keeps its cap well throughout the seesion. Big patchy lacing sticks in place across the glass.

Aroma is of toasted grains and breads with a nice graasy undertone to it. Clean, crisp, inviting.

Taste is more of the same, nicely mild, wholesome, natural, and easy goin' toasted tones of bread grains that drift long with grassy hopped undertones that add a unique leafy bitterness of fluffy pine to the finish. A very light and tender caramel sweetened warmth resides off to the side then brings up the rear after the finish to sit with a malty warming sensation in the back of the throat.

Feel is soft, smooth, semi-silky, and just above a medium body within a lower carbonation level and only the slight hoppy bitterness and the malty warmth adding to the supply of interest in texture and length.

Quite a drinkable treat. Smooth, mild, subtle, and warming with just that right kinda of balance and roundedness that makes for a good beer. Alt style, and the like. Good stuff.

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

Quite a rich and remarkable take on an Altbier. Assertive, fruity, yet rather well balanced.

Presentation: 16 oz draft serving. Menu with a minimal description of the brew. Served in a pint-shaker glass.

A - Clear deep amber pour, short creamy head touching the rim, fair surface memory and lacing.

S - Malty, fruity and softy floral nose...

T - Nice malty range with a sweet fruity range that is very pleasing, peaches, prunes… caramel. Soft hoppy earthy finish…

M - Medium body with medium carbonation, rather crisp as it flows with a nice soft bitterness in the finish.

O - Very inviting, quite the treat…

Notes: Nice surprise. Finding this on tap locally was very pleasing. I´d sure love to try a bottled version.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a brilliant orangish-brown in color and was very clear. It came with a thin head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – The aroma here is brown sugary sweet with strong, heavily-toasted caramel malts.

Taste – The big, toasty malts are wonderful at the taste. There’s that musty sense that you often get with the style as well. The super big caramel sweetness came in with a bit of butter and pleasantly rounded things out.

Mouthfeel – This one is almost medium in the body. I enjoyed the malty body to this one but the deep, rich, sweet finish is what sets this apart from the pack.

Drinkability – This is an excellent effort at a little known style here in the US that is brewed out of CT. Somebody thoughtfully did their homework on this recipe. Well done, Long Trail.

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

Pours a clear golden amber color with a smallish off-white head that left some spot lacing. The smell is of caramel malt and some nice floral hops. The taste is of caramel malt, slightly buttery with a metallic twang. This is followed by a nice mellow floral/grassy hop presence. The malt and hops balance very well in the brew. The alcohol is subtle, you know that it is there but you can't really taste/feel it. The feel is light but not watery, crisp and well balanced. A good malty brew with a nice complimenting hop balance and enough of a alcohol presence to be able to put you in the "bag" if you had a few of these.

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

Poured from bottle into new Belgium globe. Ive had this so many times and couldn't believe I haven't reviewed it yet.
Pours a see through amber with nice off white foam and nice lacing. Great sweet malt and alcohol aroma. Taste of sweet caramel and toffee malts. Really nice.
Slightly sharp on the abv but drinks quite nice. Really nice brew thats readily available.

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Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,652 ratings.
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