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Simon Girty - Draai Laag Brewing Company / Saints & Turncoats Public House

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 18.55%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Draai Laag Brewing Company / Saints & Turncoats Public House visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OneDropSoup on 02-22-2012)
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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Cylinsier:
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tap

Pours an opaque woody brown with bits of lacing for a head.

Smells of caramel, apples and mild bourbon.

Tastes of bourbon, oak, caramel apples, and a bit of vanilla.

Full mouth with mild carbonation.

Tasty and different, really like this and am looking forward to getting to know Draai Laag more moving forward. I would definitely have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2013 02:52:20 | More by Cylinsier
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Aroma: Dark fruit, plum, bubblegum, mild bananas and dates. Moderate phenolics, esters, spices, clove, pepper and cocoa.

Appearance: Deep red-brown color with a slight cloudiness. Pours an off-white/tan head.

Taste: Tons of flavor, encompassing an estery belgian aspect much like the normal dark fruit of dates and plum, but a citrusy orange.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body and you would never expect...like a black lager. Creamy, choclate texture. The finish is dry and tannic, probably from the cocoa and the alcohol.

Overall: Very Belgian, but with a twist of difference that you don't see with other beers. This brewery is producing some very interesting beers. I'm glad they are local.

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I hate to be critical of local brews, but after I tried this beer something needs to be said. I think this is the first beer that I have ordered in a bar and could not finish it. I will be objective and professional in my review.
First, the best thing this beer has is it's looks. Tight, lacing head that is neither to much nor too little for this style. Smell is of slight chocolate, alcohol, sweet cedar and some fruit. This is where it gets ugly-the most important factors of a good beer is where this beer totally misses the boat.
The taste, agree with person below that this beer is extremely unpleasant to put down. There is a significant imbalance between the alcohol and the dry, toasty fruit hits that attempt to mask the brutal sting of the alcohol. If I did not look at the bottle, I would guess this beer comes in at 16%. I was shocked to find out that this beer is only 8%! It goes down like 151!
Mouthfeel was slightly better as some of the smells manifested into some of the flavor. It was a medium to heavy bodied beer which is prime for this style, however, the imbalances are too overwhelming.
Overall, this beer was a poor representation of a strong Belgian dark. I will give the hometown benefit of the doubt, but I can not tell a lie and would be lying if I said this beer was worth your time or dollar with so many better examples of this style available.

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07-06-2012 15:56:02 | More by drinknewbelgium
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WVbeergeek

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3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce SN style stubby here. 8% abv, with honey, cocoa, and orange peel. Pours dark mahogany ruby tinted brown with a big khaki tan head forming thick. Fine even lacing, surrounds my chalice. Aroma has big phenolic fruitiness, with hints of cocoa, honey, and orange peel citrus notes. Deep vinous layers of fruity with herbal earthiness, I'm getting raisins and tart apples. Flavor big alcohol assertive up front with dark fruit, more vinous grapes/raisin sweetness with dry cocoa bitterness weighing heavy with dark roasts on the palate. Also honey hits with sweetness and the citrus peel bitterness almost overwhelms the palate. As I add the rest of the yeast sediment the dry chalkiness subdues some of the harsh flavors and it melds a little better than my first few initial sips. Most of honey ferments out in this one very few residual sugars are left behind, a bit cloying still with the cocoa and bitter orange peel clashing together. Carbonation is mellow body is medium to full, and it just doesn't go down with ease. Complex yes, adventurous yes, a beer I want to try again, not sure. I did love their Belgian style golden ale, very creative thus far, keeps me open to try more of their beers maybe just not a huge fan of this one.

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psuKinger

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into one of my Bruery Tulips.

A: Pours a deep deep dark murky brown, with a big creamy off-white head, over a fingers worth. Leaving nice lacing along my glass as I work my way through, as well.

S: Candied sugars, malt sweetness, and orange peel.

T: A surprising amount of cocoa accompanies the candied sugars. Orange Peel on the back end. A hint of "fig", but not much in the way of "dark fruits" here for such a Belgian Dark.

In my mind, the most distinguishing flavor is the orange peel. It's certainly pronounced, but initial impressions are not that of it being "unbalanced". Certainly unique, though. Based on the two brews Draai Laag has put out so far, they don't seem to be concerned with coloring within the lines when it comes to "style guidelines".

M: Lively, with great carbonation. A lot of *heft* behind those bubbles, though. Great viscosity underneath, with lots of dry sticky malt sugars left behind on the finish.

D/O: Enjoyable from start to finish. Definitely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

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