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

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 19.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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:
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(Beer added by: OneDropSoup on 02-22-2012)
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Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

brentk56, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

RblWthACoz, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -19.1%

ejimhof, May 16, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Stinkypuss, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure when it was bottled and even that their was a brewery in Millvale just 12 miles from my house. Paid $3.50 for the 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a clear dark amber brown with a half inch of tan colored head. Lacing is excellent.

S - First whiff I get the cocoa powder, strong and sweet. Repeated smells I get the orange and Belgium yeasts that smell sweet.

T - I really like the balance of cocoa in this it's not overly dry or sweet it nicely compliments the yeast giving it a fruity aspect which I assume is the orange. Finish is honey sweet so as advertised!

M - Medium bodied and drinks more like a Belgium Pale than a Belgium strong ale.

Overall I really like balanced Belgium's that are not overly dry, sweet flavored, and balance the hops the alcohol well enough to not be very filling. Wonder if I can hit up the brewery and pick up a six pack...

DrDemento456, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

OWSLEY069, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

outoffocus, Tuesday at 02:26 AM
Photo of thecheapies
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed with honey, cocoa, and orange peel. 12oz bottle poured into the Westy glass.

Okay cream-colored head atop a murky dark red-brown with burgundy highlights. The head receded to a quaint ring. Looks thick and appetizing.

Nose full of booze, raisin, fig, orange, candi sugar, and vanilla bean. Very complex and full-on. Pretty remarkable, so far.

Nice cocoa dustiness acts as a backdrop to a full-flavored and full-strength Belgian Strong Dark. The orange peel, honey, and esters of prunes and dates are pretty easy to pick up on. Loads of introductory flavors that start strong, but don't finish. The ass-end is all heat and yeasty lingerings. I like the addition of the honey and the subtle role it plays.

Nice wet/slick feel with a mild but prickly carbonation that lingers a bit. Lusciously smooth. Too hot fresh, for sure, especially for 8%. Cuts down on the drinkability. This one's a surefire sipper.

This one's a hit! I can't believe these local boys produced such a fascinating and delicious example of the style. No easy task. Recommended, if you can find it.

thecheapies, Feb 27, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

DarthKostrizer, Jul 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Molson2000, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of baybum
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

baybum, Mar 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

randylangford, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of Cylinsier
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Cylinsier, Jan 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

skaboom420, May 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

kbuzz, Apr 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

KJ2013, Oct 04, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Stigs, Feb 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

DrFunkenstein, 24 minutes ago
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2/5  rDev -46.1%

Walkerjgt, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of Arithmeticus
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Poured chilled in ale glass chez buzzlitebeer.

A: 4 dark copper color; aged 1 year; good head and lacing
S: 4 leather, booze, dark fruit; belgian style yeast
T: 4.5 highly complex, overtones of leather, banana (yeast), cider; bitter, not very sweet; cocoa and orange peel are not very detectable
M: 4
O: very satisfying

Arithmeticus, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

OneDropSoup, Feb 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

HumphreyLee, May 06, 2012
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2/5  rDev -46.1%

tmars13, Jan 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

DWolf, Jul 14, 2013
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Simon Girty from Draai Laag Brewing Company / Saints & Turncoats Public House
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