Aureus | Draai Laag Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Draai Laag Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by OneDropSoup on 01-01-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
53
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
26.97%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
8
For Trade:
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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 53
Reviews by SaintD:
Photo of SaintD
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
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 -4.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tibi81
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of ArtAttackEd
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Immortale25
3.38/5  rDev -14%
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 +1.8%

Photo of MinorThreat
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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 -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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 outoffocus
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of sulldaddy
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
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 -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeffrey2310
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of HollyHops
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +1.5%
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 -10.9%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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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Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -30%

Photo of Cylinsier
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a light hazy lemon gold with a sugar white head, about an inch, which dissipates quickly to a lacing.

Smells of coriander, lemon peel, white grapes, bretty yeast, banana esters and fresh wheat malts.

Tastes of tart citrus and bananas with mild candi sugar sweetness and fresh wheat malt. Whispers of dry bitter hops.

Medium to full body with prickly carbonation in the throat.

Delicious and flavorful saison-like ale. Very light but potent flavors with a nice balance of the different elements. Hides its strength to a degree. I'll be looking for this one again.

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Photo of J455K
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Aureus from Draai Laag Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.
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