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Aureus | Draai Laag Brewing Company

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3.8/5
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55 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Draai Laag Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
draailaag.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by OneDropSoup on 01-01-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,173
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
55
pDev:
15.53%
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Reviews by SaintD:
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4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy, but it's bottle conditioned, with a full creamy head. Aromas of banana, orange and Belgian yeast esters...Beautiful! This beer is well attenuated, but doesn't necessarily clear the pallet. The esters linger slightly with an overall creaminess...all around great beer. Very impressive and definetly one of the better beers around. Can't wait to experience the other offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of DWolf
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong effervescence from this stubby 12 ounce bottle as the carbonation is released as I pop the cap, who would have thought Millvale would be home to the next production brewery in Pittsburgh. Appears a cloudy sunshine golden orange slurry with a bright white head forming thick and fleeting quickly. Fine speckled lacing left behind on my shapely glassware. Aroma strong spices accented with a soft vanilla bean profile all upon a citrus peel canvas of aromatic pith and skin from the fruit. Alcohol and fruit esters fill the air bewteen each sniff. A bit of chalky bubblegum esters maybe hints of clover and vanilla again this sniff around. Flavors quite sweet with banana and clover and vanilla bean encompassing the palate with a chalky dry finish very sweet with residual sugars pressing on toward the sides of the palate with each gulp. Very sweet crushing the palate with sugar and marshmallow fluff like flavor profiles fresh juicy pear, hints of tropical fruit and banana cocktail going on...the vanilla bean freshly scraped and citrus peel with a hint of acidic dryness on the back of the throat and between burps shining through in a very unique way. Mouthfeel is cloying and warm with alcohol but still easy to consume due to the level of sweetness spice/citrus/vanilla to balance things out. Let this one settle down very unique beer drinking experience these guys are ready for big league flavor just need to start fine tuning all of the firepower and start using a bit more finesse.

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tibi81
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a bronzed yellow sort of color to it. Finger’s worth of white foamy head that fell off at a moderate pace. Slight stringy lace. The aroma had some banana, peach, vanilla, sweet wood, grassiness, subtle funk/sour, bleu cheese/basement/old sweatsock, leather, light earthiness/dried leaves and ended with a semi-sour to sweet grassy character. The flavor had the fruitiness meld with the vanilla to lead into the sweet wood. Light herbal quality and bubblegum come in to lighten the funkiness. Aftertaste softened towards the previously mentioned tastes. Finished somewhat funky yet sour with an ample sweetness. The palate was about medium bodied with a clean sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt good. Overall, what style was this supposed to be? Hell if I know, hell if I care, just damn good.

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Photo of ArtAttackEd
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Immortale25
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy orangeish medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that soon subsides to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and not much lacing to speak of. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Fruity phenols from the yeast and a noticeable booze presence. Generic wheat malt.

T- Orange peel is front and center bringing with it lots of tangy fruitiness. The yeast and wheat are there but are easily overpowered by all that orange peel. Easy enough to drink if you like intense orange a la Shock Top. Vanilla only really comes through in the aftertaste.

M- Again, tangy to the point of almost being tart. Medium-low carbonation where there should be more given the style and a lightish body.

O- Though it hides the alcohol well, getting past the orange peel which dominates the flavor profile is a bit of a challenge. Everything else about the beer is pretty meh as well. My first beer by this brewery and it will most likely also be my last unless I hear reason to give them another shot.

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Photo of dannyfayy
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of MinorThreat
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single for 3 bucks. Was told this one was better than Simon Gurty which I also enjoyed.

A - Damn a blast of carbonation creating over an inch of bubbly white head. Color is a bright yellow kind of cloudy since it has a bit of sediment at the base of the bottle.

S - Mostly smelly like your typical Belgium triple with fruity yeasts, mild hops, and a bit of orange peel.

T - Taste is pretty balanced with a touch of sweet vanilla like flavors in the finish. I also get some mildly bittering hops next to typical sweet candied sugars and fruity yeasts. Taste is as expected.

M - A bit heavy but still medium bodied. A nice sipper.

Overall a pretty nice beer, a touch smoother than the Simon Gurty but not as sweet as expected. Needs more vanilla sweetness.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Slightly rusty orange, translucent but hazy, under 2 fingers of beautiful, fluffy white head that really lasts. Thin, fast strands of nucleation all around replenish the head. Really nice-looking brew.

Very hefe-like smell, banana-forward, creamy orange sherbet, lemon zest, bubble gum, with just a little bit of peppery spice grounding it. Sweet & complex.

Taste brings overripe banana & orange cream at first, with a mild, spicy sharpness (anise?). Booze heat & dryness kick in, ending with a curling vanilla yogurt kind of flavor, tempered by the alcohol.

Full-bodied, frothy & creamy with that bit of heat & booziness thinning it out a bit. The yeast character is strong & sticks in my throat a bit, something that's my personal struggle but may be a little aversive to others as well. Not bad, though.

I feel like I could eat this with a spoon: rich, complex, dessert-like. An impressive first offering from these newcomers, but pretty satiating. I can't see drinking multiples in a sitting; one is good.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It was difficult to contain my excitement when the FGBS initially began receiving distro from this Pittsburgh-area brewery, so I purchased what was then available & subsequently added to them. It was never my intent to create a Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, but its eradication allows me the opportunity to conduct horizontals as I go. I am finding the results to be VERRRRY interesting & not at all stupid, per Arte Johnson of "Laugh-In".

From the bottle: "Ale Brewed with Orange Peel and Vanilla Beans"; "Wild by Design"; "Original Gravity: 17.5 (deg.) P (1.072 S.G.)"; "Apparent Degree of Attenuation: 86%"; "Made With: Orange Peel, Vanilla Beans"; "Mmm, can you taste those vanilla notes? No. You can't. During fermentation, we add enough beans to create a distinctly creamy head texture, but not enough to distract from the predominant banana and citrus flavors of this robust golden strong ale."

As with some of their previous beers, I am going to perform two separate pours, one leaving the lees in the bottle, the second with the lees swirled in.

I Pop!ped the cap & conducted a VERY gentle pour, given the presence of lees in every other one of their beers thus far. An in-glass swirl produced two fingers of fizzy, foamy, bone-white head with low retention, quickly falling away to wisps. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with just the faintest haze, which could be attributed to chill, as I keep my reefer on the cool side, or to a modicum of lees leaching into the pour, although I thought that I had been careful. Nose definitely smelled of oranges, but with a little bit of underlying funk. Did they use Brett in this one, also? The label did not indicate such, but who knows with these guys. Mouthfeel was kind of thin, but with a good bit of carbonation. The initial taste was quite citrusy, with loads of lemon and orange, making for a very tart, puckering drink. I did not get the banana esters that the label mentioned, but conversely, the vanilla started to become evident & when paired with the orange flavor, it reminded me of a Creamsicle/Dreamsicle from when I was a kid. The finish was tart & dry and I really think that Brett was used in the process at some level. This was certainly an interesting drink.

Now, for the second pour to release the lees back into suspension. Now, I got a finger of foamy, bone-white head that actually lasted! Color was a murky Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose still had that Dreamsicle/Creamsicle quality, but the barnyard funk of Brett was also very noticeable. Mouthfeel was mow thin-to-full. The taste was a little more tart & less orangey and more lemony. Finish was very dry and vinous.

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Photo of outoffocus
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of sulldaddy
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer was purchased on a trip to PA a few months ago and has been in my cellar since.
The beer pours a clear copper color with several active streams of bubbles rising to the surface and popping immediately after arrival. the head is very fizzy and off white and also disappears almost immediately after the pour.
the aroma is sweet and fruity with some green apple and orange notes. I also get some floral hits and a bit of bready yeast. I pour the last couple MLs into my glass with a hazy beige gush. The beer is much more cloudy now and the aroma is a lot sweeter orange and the yeast is more like a scone now. As the label promises I dont get any vanilla bean.
The first sip reveals lots of sweet orange and a bit of cereal malt. The body is smooth textured and not very thick but the carbonation is fine and fairly prickly on my tongue.
Very easy to drink with no hints of the ABV anywhere on this beer. the sweet flavor lingers a bit and some banana does make an appearance in conjunction with the heavy orange presence.
Again no vanilla, which is fine as it may make the beer a little cloying if there was anymore sweetness here.
No hop presence nor booze, and this easy drinking bigger beer is a nice one and would be good on a hot day or a cool night. I enjoy it and will be searching out other beers from this brewery now.

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Photo of Rojada1988
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeffrey2310
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of HollyHops
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, a sweet yeast, and a small bubblegum. In the taste, same as the aroma, a sweet yeast, bubblegum like and a dry end. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry bubblegum like yeast in the aftertaste. Sweet to dry bubblegum like yeast, yet, kinda nice.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow, grey with a fluffy white head. Really ugly beer.

Smells of peppery/phenolic Belgian yeast with orange peel and just a hint of vanilla coming through the other lighter fruit notes.

Taste shifts from vanilla to orange to bready Belgian yeast up front before going into a more stone fruit and bitter middle before ending with a nice light fruit and vanilla finish. The flavors all blend surprisingly well.

Lighter body and high carbonation make this spot on for the style. Alcohol is present but not out of balance.

This beer is very similar to La Fin Du Monde but has a nice variation with more overt orange and subtle vanilla notes. I like it and would gladly get it again...too bad it is so unappealing in appearance, heh.

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Photo of justincourts
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draai Laag
Aureus

12oz stubby bottle. Pours a hazed burnt orange color, decent amount of sticky white foam and lacing. Aroma is full of Belgian yeast, wheat malt, bubblegum, fruity esters and mild spice. In the flavor, ester-y Belgian yeast giving off mild banana, clove and spicy notes, as well as a touch of citrus and honey oat bread. Alcohol is not apparent for a beer clocking in around 8% ABV. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lively and well carbonated. Overall, many a beer lover appreciates a well crafted brew, and Aureus qualifies. This offering is very tasty. Perfect on a hot sunny day.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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Aureus from Draai Laag Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 55 ratings
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