Simon Girty - Draai Laag Brewing Company / Saints & Turncoats Public House
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Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
2.55/5 rDev -30.5%
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.
07-06-2012 15:56:02 | More by drinknewbelgium
3.33/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
06-04-2012 18:07:59 | More by WVbeergeek
3.48/5 rDev -5.2%
Pours a deep amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, orange citrus all day. In the taste, dry orange citrus with notes of cocoa. A spice like bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry note of cocoa in the aftertaste. A bit too sweet for me, especially with the mix of orange and cocoa all the way through.
06-01-2012 19:24:55 | More by OWSLEY069
3.73/5 rDev +1.6%
Poured into a snifter: Deep, raisiny brown under a finger of soft, light tan head with loads of little nucleation bubbles rising. Head sinks to a thin, uneven dusting with a thick collar. A few deep crimson highlights.
Nice nose of light molasses, dark stewed fruits, honey, overripe banana, & a moderate baking spice like anise. Not overdone, & a lot to pick out here.
IN the taste, there's a sweetness like root beer barrel, some more dark fruit & that spicy anise character, a little brown sugar, mildly doughy. When I swish it around, I notice a very dry, rum-like boozy character that's not there if I just swallow. It's kind of unpleasant when I do that, so I just don't do it & it's alright. I'll split the difference.
Medium-full-bodied, with a sweet, slightly sticky note that turns dry & a little warming toward the end.
Really reminds me of a lot of Belgian Christmas beers - has that BSDA character with an added bit of spice & sweetness. A little problematic at points, but still a solid one & a good companion to Aureus, with a lot of shared characteristics.
02-22-2012 01:57:18 | More by OneDropSoup
3.9/5 rDev +6.3%
This one is better after it warms. Woody tones are evident. There is a somewhat funky tone on the back end; which I never mind. Mild woody fruit. Smooth feel. Consistent, as usual, for Draai Laag. A pleasurable drink, and another nice one from this brewery.
02-03-2013 03:44:23 | More by RblWthACoz
3.98/5 rDev +8.4%
Draai Laag : Simon Girty
Brewed in Millvale PA, where no brewery has existed in nearly a century.
Ontap. Pours a murky brown color with a short lived, wispy head. Aroma of sugary malts, spice, and an expressive Belgian yeast strain. In the flavor, a unique mix of dark fruits, dry orange peel, cinnamon, cocoa, brown sugar and alittle peppery spice. There is a small amount of alcohol noted but it is well within tasteful boundaries. Hop bitterness is mild to low. Medium to full bodied, thick, and pretty well rounded. Overall, this brew is a strong statement and product from a new local Pittsburgh area brewery. Can be found ontap at various bars in the area, and also is now available in 12oz bottles.
03-14-2012 16:41:28 | More by Stinkypuss
3.98/5 rDev +8.4%
Appearance: Pours a cola color with ruby highlights; the head faded quickly leaving just a few dots of lace
Smell: Caramel, honey and cocoa powder, with undertones of dark fruit
Taste: Cocoa forward, with the caramel and honey flavors rounding out the front end; dark fruit adds complexity, by mid-palate, with the citrus peel and yeasty phenols adding an herbacious bitterness after the swallow; the up-front, sweeter flavors predominate in the finish, with some vanilla lingering in the aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Overall: Another style bender from this new brewery; they are brewing with one powerful yeast strain
03-23-2012 02:13:20 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev +9%
Aroma: Lots of dark fruit, plums and dates. Moderate phenols, spicy clove and black pepper. Mild alcohol. A bit nutty, but no roastiness or chocolate.
Appearance: Deep copper color. A bright light shows a mostly clear brew, just a touch of cloudiness. Pours a moderate off-white head with orange highlights. Moderate retention. Mild lacing (when still quite cold anyways). Lots of yeast at the bottom of the bottle.
Taste: Lots there. moderate esters which is mostly dates with some plum. Spicyness from the alcohol, some black pepper. Moderate clove and honey as the aftertaste kicks in. Some mild pine hop bitterness. As it warms up, it brings about a cough-syrup-like taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Creamy, buttery texture. The finish is mildly dry from the alcohol and hops.
Overall: Another quality Belgian brew from Draai Laag. Nice balance of sweet, bitter, and spicyness. But not over the top on any aspect. Goes down smooth and easy.
04-11-2012 23:26:33 | More by soulfly1492
Simon Girty from Draai Laag Brewing Company / Saints & Turncoats Public House
83 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.