Goedenacht | 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): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale Brewed With Apples, Orange Blossom Honey, Coriander.

Added by DrDemento456 on 07-07-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
57
Reviews:
13
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
11.42%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
11
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0
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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of whatname
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of waiting4lunch
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | 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 wiith Apples, Orange Blossom Honey, Coriander"

The name means "Good Night" and the label is very evocative of some of the Belgians, like B.O.M. & De Dolle, among others. Here, Moose plays a banjo while sitting on a log as Bunny lays alongside of him, holding a cup of ale. Bear, meanwhile is pouring beer directly from a cask into Birdie's beak as Crescent Moon looks down, howling with laughter.

I was also laughing as I Pop!ped the cap on this one & began a very gentle pour. Once sufficiently decanted, I gave it an in-glass swirl to raise two-plus fingers of fizzy, foamy, bone-white head that quickly reduced to wisps. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy Yellow-Gold, which may have been attributable to either chill haze or an overeager pour that touched the sleeping lees. Nose had a light funk & some sites have identified this as a Saison, which is not out of the question. Mouthfeel was on the light side, not outright thin, but not much beyond it, either. There was a nice effervescence, however, that really allowed the honey to stand out. Initially, anyway. I quickly got the apples & the coriander was actually rather subdued for once. I have reviewed MANY coriander-driven beers that were off the hizzy, so this was a nice change of pace. The apples & the yeast imparted a light tartness to offset the sweetness of the honey. I was really running through it until I looked down at the speedometer & saw 9.5% ABV! Eeek! Way too easy to drink. Finish was semi-dry, slightly fruity & a really nice late-afternoon drink.

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4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The head on this beer seemed to last longer than herpes. Taste is very full and a slight tinge of sour

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4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wheels2532
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zonian1
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drtth
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First 250ml pour decanted so as not to disturb the yeast. The beer pours out into a Corsendonk goblet a clear bright golden honey color with a 1/4" white head that recedes visibly to an island of foam on the surface and a ring of foam rising a bit up the sides of the glass. Sipping creates scattered patches of lacing on the side of the glass.

The aromas are a complex blending of some tart apple, a bit of floral honey and some coriander. In the background there’s also some light funkiness that seems both earthy and a bit like leather.

The flavors follow the nose with the slightly tart apple (maybe even a bit of pear) up front with some balancing sweetness. In the background there is coriander, some white pepper and a bit of the earthy, leathery funk from the yeast. The second pour includes a bit more of the yeast and so is a bit hazy with a softening of the tartness and more of the malt being noticeable.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium-bodied and nicely crisp and prickly from the persistent finely bubbled carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. The medium length finish begins as the sweetness fades leaving a bit of tart fruitiness and just a hint of funk in the dry ending that goes on for quite a while.

I liked this well brewed beer for its subtle complexity and the combination of flavors, none of which overwhelm the others. I could easily have another and will certainly be looking for another bottle. In addition I can recommend this one to fans of wild ales. The more beers I have from this brewery the more I think that the brewery and its “Wild by Design” brewing philosophy have a good future ahead of them and will only get better over time.

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Photo of billab914
3.14/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GreenMind
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rlee1390
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Latex.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean golden hue, aggressive head but strong retention. Aroma features the honey, Brett loam (not too strong) & a nice hint of the orange mixed with some straw / wheat smell (I imagine from the coriander). Good mix of flavor though the individual notes don't pop the way they do on the nose. A little muddled. There is more of the coriander presence upfront, and the orange & honey come in towards the end. I was hoping for a little more Brett flavor but gets lost in the shuffle except for just a tad mear the end. Ends with a big sweet note from the honey, maybe a bit too much so & the one big off note. Good mouthfeel. Overall a very drinkable beer such high ABV, definitely a great beer from a smaller brewery.

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3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ArtAttackEd
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at the LA Beer Talk bottle share.

Pours a murky honey yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with grain, fruit, spice, and honey aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour earth, honey, spice, fruit, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting mix of aromas and flavors with a slight sourness.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of dabear85
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Child_Pugh
4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of -Royce-
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brother_rebus
4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mnteti
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nstygles
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Soresport
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Goedenacht from Draai Laag Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
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