La Pienture - Draai Laag Brewing Company / Saints & Turncoats Public House

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Reviews: 7
Hads: 21
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: n/a
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Draai Laag Brewing Company / Saints & Turncoats Public House visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: OneDropSoup on 09-24-2012

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Reviews: 7 | Hads: 21
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.3/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light brownish amber, white head and a haze about it. The aroma is fruity, sour, funky and actually smells acidic. Taste follows suit with strong lactic sourness, cherry and berry elements, and just a hint of bitter hops. Well balanced although sour, has a wild element for sure. This falls between a Flemish red and kriek lambic to me, broadly a wild ale as it fits no other description by the book. Another charming, fun and tasty neo Belgian brewed on the outskirts of Pittsburgh in Millvale. A really nice ale that's for sure. (544 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
4.05/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nitro-tap

Pours a hazy brownish amber with a fine sugar white head at a quarter inch, retains indefinitely.

Smells of fresh bananas and melon with some mild sour elements.

Tastes of sour cherry and sour apple mixed with a dry bitter oak undertone.

Medium body with a stinging carbonation.

This is a very nice sour with some very good flavor and aroma. Stronger than you expect from a sour, but doesn't feel that strong at all which makes it very drinkable. One of the best American sours I've had to date and well worth trying. (534 characters)

Photo of craft4mike
4.66/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A- Hazy Amber color. Aggressive pour results in a 3 finger head which quickly dissipates. After head dissipated small bubbles remained on the top of the beer from start to finish.

S- Sour cherries and yeast funk & some lactic acid. Very pleasing smell (wish I had a La Pienture air freshner).

T- Not as sour as it smells. A nice balance between sweet and sour. Mildly sour up front with subtle cherries and dark fruit that follow the nose. Finishes with a little earthy funk. Quite tasty & very easy to drink. Hides the 8% ABV incredibly well.

M- Light on the tongue with good carbonation.

O- Really digging this. Quite unique, like most Draai Laag beers I've had it paints outside the lines of style and conventional thinking. This is described by the brewery as a cross between a Flemish ale and a Kreik Lambic which I feel appropriate description. Not as good as the more expensive Duchesse de Bourgogne Flemish red or Hannsons Kreik Lambic but that is hardly a criticism of this delicious brew, especially with such a low price point for the style. If you find yourself in Millvale PA or one of the bars that they supply give it a try.

Edit: more recent batches have been phenomenal. If you can get some and age it it is truly a world class sour. (1,259 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I like this beer. It's very Flemish in style. Nice mildly funky thing going on. Minimal woody fruit edge. Could use some more aging (common theme for Draai Laag), but it works. Rare to get a Flemish style ale that comes off appropriately. I could actually go for more than one of these. And, I might. (300 characters)

Photo of SaintD
4.28/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Whoa....sour on nitro? This was awesome! More of an intertwining of the dark flavors of a Oud Bruin, with lambic and flanders red notes.

Appearance is a dark magenta/ruby with this creamy head that sits motionless on the top of the glass...really cool to see that on a sour.

Smells of funk, and must with like a dark fruitiness.

Taste is great, not to over powering. Amazing mix of flavors, but I expected more Cherry and less plum/raisin. Still the same very enjoyable.

The texture of this was incredible. Maybe it's because it's not the norm, but without the CO2, it seems as if you taste everything

Overall, really interesting, can't drink a lot of them, and at 8% a great way to start or finish the night. Definetly a new way to appreciate sours. Great job Draai Laag. (778 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.74/5  rDev n/a
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

La Pienture. Served in a snifter.

Nearly opaque red-brown color with only a ring of head due to a bar overpour. Noticing tiny rising bubbles collecting around the surface. 3.0

Sour cherry, red grape, red apple, and vanilla with some subtle acetic qualities. Smells soft and fruity. 4.0

A Flemish ale with a brandied quality. Apple and grape and plum and tart cherry with a sweet balsamico glaze and vanilla bean. Some dry woodiness, but it's a finishing note, just like a sweet fruit brandy-type alcohol. Has that delicious browning-apple flesh note that I love. These boys are doing right by me, for sure. 4.0

Maybe a little warming for the style, but then again, I don't even know how high the ABV is. Too low on carb, so the feel is not exceptional. 3.0

Awesome, just for the fact that this is local and I could take an affordable growler of it home with me. Go Draii Laag. 3.5 (885 characters)

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.45/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On nitro-tap at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Deep amber-brown, 2 fingers of solid eggshell head, honey gold highlights, murky overall.

Smells of balsamic vinaigrette, strawberry jam, a little copper, green apple. As it warms, a kind of fig note arises & really dominates.

Taste of cooked brown sugar, balsamic vinaigrette, stewed berries. The berry character could be characterized as just a little overripe. An acetone character is just starting to emerge, somewhat metallic & coppery in the finish & ending on the dry side with a deadening kind of candy character, like eating a whole bunch of Jolly Ranchers. Tart, dark fruit skins.

Feels as smooth as can be expected with nitro, medium-full-bodied. Kind of fatiguing on the palate, the whole "too-much-candy" thing again, which is interesting because it's not overly sweet.

Can't say I've ever really had a beer like this. I'll show my hand & tell you that the brewery categorizes this as a "neo-lambic", but it smacks much more of Flanders Red than lambic to me. Can't say I loved it, but there was more good than bad going on here, in my opinion. I found it an interesting take on a class of beer that's pretty underrepresented, especially in these parts. I'd love to see what they do with future attempts, as this beer has a lot of potential. (1,357 characters)

La Pienture from Draai Laag Brewing Company / Saints & Turncoats Public House
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