Aureus | Draai Laag Brewing Company

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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

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Added by OneDropSoup on 01-01-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
55
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
15.56%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
9
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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of KJ2013
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of JetEngine47
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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 sulldaddy
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
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 TheStBernard
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudier than normal for a Belgian Strong, which I liked. You can actually see the living cultures on the beautiful, sunny day when I had it at Pointe Brugge in the Steel City.

S: Heady, with strong fruit notes. Banana, citrus, and a little boozy.

T: Mmmmm... The boozy smell unleashed itself at the outset, which was coupled mightily by banana cream and other fruits. Sweet, without overpowering my palette and ruining dinner. The best pre-dinner beer that I've had in some time.

M: A healthy, pleasant carbonation, but strong nonetheless.

O: A very good, affordable Belgian. I can't wait to see whether Drai Laag changes and grows this lovely beer.

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Photo of soulfly1492
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Overall this one smells like a tripel. Lots of esters, orange, apple, and lots of sweet banana. Bread. Spicy pepper. By far the most prominent and accurate banana aroma in any beer that I've ever had.

Appearance: Pale, cloudy orange. Almost like grapefruit juice. Pours a medium white head, fades away noisily. Leaves a thin coating of head atop the liquid. Some lacing.

Taste: Bold, bold esters in the form of banana, apples, apricot, and orange. There's that bready flavor, followed by spicy black pepper. Impressive. Some alcohol at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. A bit frothy from the carbonation. Slick and oily. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Where did this brewery come from? Bold complex, and easy to drink. Lots of pleasant fruit flavors with a mild chili pepper bite that lingers on the tongue. Excellent Belgian brew from the Burgh!

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Photo of SaintD
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
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 geodonnokepyo
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brother_rebus
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StaceyY1
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of thebeers
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vibrant, hazed, pale orange with a finger of frothy off-white head that's pretty quick to dissipate, leaving heavy sheets of lacing. Big sour aroma with a definite orange profile. If there's any vanilla it's far behind. Fairly thick bodied and full feeling. It's not super creamy, but creamy for the style. It also leaves a nice prickliness on the tongue. The sourness assault in the nose seems a bit more refined in the taste, but only somewhat so. The orange is slightly less prevalent, too, but sour citrus is what stands out. There's also a sweet, understated malt flavor to it, too. I'm digging it. This is a pretty great beer.

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Photo of burnstar
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DIM
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am intrigued by the idea of using vanilla beans not for flavor or aroma, but for a creamier body. American interpretations of Belgian styles and wild ales are often too aggressively fizzy for my taste. While I didn't notice a creamier head (per the label) I did find the body to be pleasingly soft and creamy. Very cool Draai Laag!

The beer itself was very good. The citrus was extremely prominent, masking a lot of the yeasty phenols. I also need to say that I love the 500ml format and the price point. I am looking forward to more from Draai Laag, hopefully closer to Lancaster.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
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 Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of J455K
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a fluffy head that fades rather quickly leaving just a few dots behind

Smell: The vanilla pervades the aroma, with orange peel also dominant; banana and wheat bread underneath, as well as peppery phenols

Taste: Unlike the aroma, the orange peel and peppery yeast elements dominate, up front, and it wouldn't surprise me if there is some coriander in the mix, as well; by mid-palate, the banana and vanilla hit their stride; lots of spicy phenols, after the swallow, with the vanilla lingering in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with prickly carbonation

Overall: One of those style benders - I would call it a Double Wit (or maybe a Tripel Wit) rather than a BSPA; interesting, though it is a bit too yeasty and phenolic for me

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Photo of madelf66
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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 WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +2%
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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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +2%
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 BigRizz62
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Aureus from Draai Laag Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 55 ratings.
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