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Ragnarōk - Draai Laag Brewing Company / Saints & Turncoats Public House

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23 Ratings
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Ratings: 23
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 16.27%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Draai Laag Brewing Company / Saints & Turncoats Public House visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 05-12-2013

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Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 5
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3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Draai Laag "Ragnarok"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$75.47/case @ Holiday Beverage Inc., Indiana, PA

Carefully poured so as to leave the lees behind, Ragnarok displays a perfectly clear dark mahogany that's been stained cherry. When held to the light it becomes almost completely crimson and ruby beneath its massive head of foamy light tan. The head retention is excellent, bolstered by the teeming effervescent bubbles from below, and you'll most likely have to wait a moment or two for it to settle down enough to take a sip. As you progress through the glass it will leave creamy rings within solid walls of lacing, although with time they do erode and slide back down.

In the meantime you can enjoy the aroma, which is fruity with notes of both dark skinned fruits and juicer red fruits (altogether... cherry, grape, berry, fig, raisin) as well as a light touch of earthy and mineralish character (which may or may not be coming from Brettanomyces, even partially). As it warms there's even a passing whiff of smoke, like wood fire on a woolen shirt.

In the mouth it's medium-light in body, and surprisingly smooth given the head that rises up during the pour (of course all Draai Laag beers are bottle conditioned, so the way it's been handled makes a difference in the final presentation).

The flavor is as the aroma suggests, but with more berry flavor, less cherry, and just a touch of the dark fruit skins. It's also not as mineralish as you'd expect, but there is an interesting earthy woodiness that gives it complexity. At the front of the mouth it's fruity and just lightly tart and sweet, and then it becomes more malty with a bit of dark but soft caramel across the middle. The earthy woodiness rises, and then steadily fades in the finish as a mild smokiness arises. The more you drink, and the more it warms, the more smokiness comes out, essentially leaving you with a different beer than you began with! Now that's a trick of complexity that I haven't seen too often. It's impressive, and to add to that, the complexity isn't coming out of girth or brash use of ingredients, but rather a delft hand in combining ingredients. It's really quite accessible, and rather easy to drink, yet it's in the end remarkably complex! Worth seeking out!!!

Photo of Rojada1988
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of craft4mike
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of skaboom420
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.65/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4.08/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of devilfluff
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of amalburg
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of saison90
1.5/5  rDev -60%

Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Deep purple-black, like a dark plum skin. Really pillowy, tight-bubbled head, like a glistening latte. Pretty nice-looking beer.

Nose is dominated by the black cherries & raspberries. At first there's a little earthy, loamy smell underneath that goes away, & later replaced by a more floral smell, soft like powder room soap. That cherry & raspberry combo lingers throughout, though.

Sharp berry taste up front, both tart & sweet, mineral kind of flintiness in the middle, kind of stony, giving away to a kind of lightly ashy flavor, at times like Scotch & at others like singed greens, ends dry & - dare I say it? - phenolic, with a little burnt plastic. I keep expecting that initial sweetness to return, which it never does. Interesting movements, if never fully satisfying. There's that cherry-dominated aftertaste.

Full-bodied & very effervescent, this will fill you up pretty good. That cherry sticks around on the tongue a while.

I'm finding a lot of Draai Laag's brews are more intriguing than gratifying. They give me plenty to talk & think about, they keep me engaged, they're stimulating, but I can't say they've made anything I've fallen in love with. This is right in line with that, though there are some definite highlights

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +6.7%

It pours a deep ruddy nearly ruby hued amber brown color with light beige khaki head forming nicely and speckled lacing.

Aroma has deep tart cherries upfront, hint of oak, lingering yeast spiciness.

Flavor super carbonated upfront with straight up spiced yeast notes, and tart cherry notes the labels mentions elderberries, black currants, raspberries, and black cherry juice additions to this beer. Dry finish after the tart multitude of fruit notes hit.

Mouthfeel is super dry with each finish of every sip, super carbonated almost primed but this ale was aged on lees, nice chunks of yeast sediment settle out in the bottom of the bottle I drank.

Overall, it’s enjoyable, but there are some elements that made me feel, funny about enjoying this beer.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish brown with a bubbly off-white head. Aroma is smokey, peaty, but also definitely fruity. In the taste, rich malt, Belgian yeast esters, berries, dark cherries, and currants come through nicely. Elderberries are used as well, perhaps thats the other taste I can't quite describe. Just a hint of smoke. Finishes funky, semi sweet turning dry. Has some fruity tart notes and very smooth through and through. Nice dry carbonation. Dangerously drinkable, the 8.8% is definitely not found in the taste. A hybrid of Scottish ale, Belgian strong dark, and "imperial" fruit beer. Good stuff.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is significantly easier to drink than St Angus, which I had prior to this one. Definite black currant influence here in a subtle way. This is very easy drinking. I could go for these all night. This is Draai Laag at its best, in my opinion. Make more of these, I say.

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Ragnarōk from Draai Laag Brewing Company / Saints & Turncoats Public House
84 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.