Lay Down Stay Down | Roy Pitz Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Roy Pitz Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by KFaulkner on 11-21-2009

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by KFaulkner:
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4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent new offering from Chambersburg's Roy-Pitz. A Belgian strong ale that reminds me of La Fin Du Monde. Has that great Belgian bite covering up the big alcohol content nicely; it's somewhere between a light and a dark Belgian strong. Very cloudy and would probably only improve with aging.

Picked this up from the brewery so if you can't get it locally, drop by. It's worth a taste. Hopefully they'll hold onto some of this for next year...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Roy Pitz Brewing Co. "Belgian Style Strong Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle without production coding or freshness dating
$2 @ Weis Market #231, Conshohocken, PA

While the label on the bottle I hold in my hands doesn't actually say "Laydown Stay Down" on it, the artwork is the same and thus I believe this is the same beer.

It pours a very hazy deep copper colored body that's almost brown. A frothy head of khaki rises up and then gently settles into a creamy cap, leaving behind some nice lacing.

The aroma expresses caramelish malt, dark sugar, fruit (soft red berries, apple, some darker skinned fruits like plum and date), a hint of chocolate, and some mild spicy and plastic-like Belgian yeast phenols.

The flavor follows the aroma with a rich maltiness, more of the dark skinned fruits, and an increased peppery spiciness from the Belgian yeast... or is that the alcohol coming through? It's sweetish upfront with a candyish character, but a fairly stiff bitterness rises up halfway, and ushers it into a dry finish with the spiciness gently lingering.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a fine-bubbled, gently effervescent carbonation that delicately bristles the palate before warming to become smoother and somewhat creamy.

Overall it's very well done. It's rounded and balanced, rich without being overdone, and fairly complex. The alcohol is well-cloaked as well, and yet it makes its presence known as it should for the style.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrBier
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of JMBeall23
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of weaselchew
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of LarryMyers
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GangOf1
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cyber_phoenix
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wingnut93
4.48/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thesoundandthefury
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of golf4collet
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thain709
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Served with a darker shade of amber but it had a glowing vibe to it...the head was white and stood one finger showed decent retention and lacing

S - Belgian spices were apparent right off the bat...even a little hoppiness is noticeable...alcohol is big

T - Everything from the nose carries over...the beer starts off with a little sweetness...there are some fruity flavors (apples and pears)...they later give way to the spices that are in full force in the middle...some yeast pokes its head through...the spices finish out the beer with an earthy hop presence and a lot of hot alcohol

M - Medium bodied...could have been a bit lighter...nice carbonation...too much alcohol

O - The flavors of a Belgian-style ale were there...nice fruit, spice, yeast, and minimal hops...but the alcohol wasn't hidden well enough for my liking

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Photo of JCBears
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App: rich Amber color almost brown, appealing little head>

Smeel: rich Hoppy even a bit spicey, has almost a hint of over heaviness. Not too over powering but anymore and it might be.

Taste/MF: solid mouthfeel. Very nice inner spicey taste of cloves. Says with you after. Nice solid backbone feel

drinkability: Overall great brew. Not some I personally would look for daily but fantastic on a cool winter day. Get the senses up and gives some kick to go out in the turn up your collar weather

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Photo of seanchai
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Rhen19
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Stater for this one.

Poured into a snifter.

Look- deep reddish copper with a few soapy looking hazy bubbles, forming a halo around the inside of the glass.

Smell- Caramel, dark brown sugar, dates, figs, candied orange peel and cherry essence.

Taste- A bit of funk, and some dark sugar, then rises quickly to a briny kalamata olive saltiness. Olive tang hangs out on the palate, and never gets back to sweet.

Feel- Syrupy with a thin bubbly tickle on the palate and throat.

Overall- not sure how old this one is, or if it really is this briny all the time. I would like to try a super fresh one to compare. Decent though, plenty of characteristics for the style, just not as sweet as I expected. Pairs great with some spicy food.


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Photo of ColdWaffles
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of JamesGrove
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The best Roy Pitz beer I've had. It packs some funky belgian spice and fruitiness with a pretty good texture. Not out of the world, but very drinkable American Belgo.

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Lay Down Stay Down from Roy Pitz Brewing Company
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