Aureus | Draai Laag Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Draai Laag Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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1/5  rDev -74.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of skaboom420
3.04/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Immortale25
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured chilled in two small ale glasses, for comparison. Reviewed with buzzlitebeer.

A: not much carbonation; straw, cloudy (but only on the bottom, wherein the yeast lies), no head
S: sour, yeasty (at bottom), pear, cider, slight aroma.
T: sweet, peach flavor; yeast gives a banana key tone flavor; finishes clean with a bit of sour on the end; not aggressive

Quite good, overall.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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 ArtAttackEd
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mnteti
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The theme for Draai Laag beers seems to be a heavy one, and this beer follows suit. But it stands alone and unique, as do all their other beers. A pretty strong yeasty tone to it all with a soapy thing going on as well. Again, as with their other beers. It stays firmly consistent. And unusually so, since so many other American producers make the oddest Belgian ales that are nowhere near what you get from across the pond. Another good Draai Laag brew.

And after trying it via bottle, I like it much better than the tap version. Great subtleties; you know, like how Belgian breweries usually are. I'd score the bottle an overall 4.2, if I was selecting the number.

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3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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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3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a tulip glass.

Muddy, dark grey-straw color with a finger-and-a-half of off-white head. A little ugly.

Smells sweet, yeasty, and musty. Candied oranges, big waves of wheat, and some alcohol. Nice swatches of coriander spice and candi sugars.

Cereal grains mesh with red apple sweetness, juicy orange sweetness, peppermint candy canes, and a spice rack full of seed notes. A tad musty and vinous like a semi-sweet white wine. Nicely disguised alcohol. A lollipop like sweetness mixed with a mustardy spice character. Very fruity.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Not thin, or overly boozy.

This is the second time I've enjoyed this local offering. A character all its own, but reminiscent of some of the greats from Belgium.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
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 BeerForMuscle
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | 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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