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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
Ranking:
#11,629
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
58
pDev:
11.25%
Bros Score:
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3
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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by thecheapies:
Photo of thecheapies
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ale brewed with apples, orange blossom, honey, & coriander. Poured into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.

Three fingers off the pour. Bright white. The beer below is a true amber with some scummy murk. Thanks to the glassware, somewhat, the retention is superb. This collar means business.

First, I notice the combo of honey and orange blossom. Faint pomme fruit, like ripe apple, mixed with yeasty esters and barley and wheat. Belgique in its paleness.

Heavy honey and coriander. Syrupy sweetness with elements of both apple flesh and sugary Asti. Grape and orange blossom and peppery spice. Big time dose of that coriander. As it warms, it starts to mellow and a cidery harvest apple pulls through late in the middle of the palate and finishes with a lightly-tannic bitterness.

Very thick to style. Sticky and bristly. Carbonation is trying hard to keep up to even just a medium pace.

A big sweet BSPA. Would suit well on a cool autumn evening.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draai Laag "Goedenacht"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$7.20 @ The Beer Shoppe, Ardmore, PA

Carefully poured so as not to disturb the lees, Goedenacht delivers a fingerprint-clear deep golden body beneath a massive head of bright white foam that seems to want to rise right up out of the glass, forced out by the wide plume of very fine bubbles rising from the base of the glass.

Apples appear in the aroma, along with pear, sugar, coriander and yeast (mineralish, gently peppery). It's just slightly tart with an edge of earthiness and wet leather.

In the mouth it's medium-light in body and crisply effervescent with a delicate tingle on the tongue.

The flavor offers plenty of pear and apple wrapped in the embrace of a light tartness and sweetness. Coriander and a touch of yeasty pepper give it a 'stake in the ground' to keep it from 'floating off'; and the gentle funkiness (wet straw, leather, and earth) gives it an all-over sparkle. The yeast pour widens it a bit, cutting down on some of the tartness and funk, and allowing the straightforwardly grainy malt to come through a bit more clearly. It finishes dry with a spritz of acidity and some lingering fruitiness. Not once does the alcohol appear in even the most minuscule way.

I was blown away by the truly "Belgian" character of Draai Laag's Geestelijke, and this one is no exception; served in a blind tasting there's no way that I would possibly believe that it didn't come directly from Belgium. It's bright, refreshingly fruity, and gently funky. Absolutely stunning! I'll have to call my friend Greg at Holiday Beverages in Indiana, PA and ask him to acquire a case or two of this for me!

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Photo of drtth
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
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 heddar33
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DWolf
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +2.3%

These guys keep making great Belgian style ales but this bottle to go from the six pack shop I went to costed 9 bucks for a 12 ounce Millvale brewed Belgian style pale ale with apples orange blossom honey and coriander. Cloudy golden white effervescent head, fine speckled lacing around the sides of the glass. Aroma tart apples, hints of coriander very subtle, honey floral notes linger but the sugar content was fermented out to a whopping 9.5% abv. Flavor is delicious complex strong blonde Belgian style ale, cider dryness in the backend, floral honey notes, spices are minimal just barely enough to complement I even get a hint of sea salt this is really awesome well brewed Belgian style ale...I've been impressed by every bottled offering I've had from Draai Laag but they need to find a way to keep their prices competitive. 115 a case, is what we pay for Belgian ales, these Belgian style ales are more rustic and more flavorful so go forth and actually try their beers before knocking Draai Laag they are making some great stuff!!! The mouthfeel of their beers really set them apart from most Belgian style brews in America, this is bottle fermented ale on lees with lively bubbly carbonation medium bodied dry mouthfeel from the coriander spice. Overall, I'm really really excited about visiting the Millvale brewery to check this place out at the source and finally hit up Grist House as well!

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Photo of Zonian1
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of brother_rebus
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stigs
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of whatname
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zimmybluke
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dtx00
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of trevorpost
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ArtAttackEd
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rlee1390
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Latex.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Surprised this hasn't been submitted yet. Picked it up at the House of 1,000 beer for $3.50

A - Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a 1/2 inch of sticky head. Slight sediment at the base of the bottle.

S - Most of Belgium qualities, almost triple like with coriander and fruity yeast. Not getting much honey but the apple cider is interesting.

T - Well it's not as balanced as the other offerings not hiding much of this almost 10% brew. Alcohol esters and tart cider flood the palate at first making it hard to sip but as it warms (half into the bottle) it gets more bearable with mild sweet honey malts and a touch of coriander spice.

M - Quite heavy in body this Belgium Ale is a hard hitter.

Overall it was still very well crafted and far from unbearable but I kind of hate to have to "adjust" to a beer so I will not be purchasing this again.

Edit: This might be considered a "Belgium Strong Pale" ale so for this I am sorry.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

On tap at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a vase: Light, hazy honey-gold body with a thin collar & just dusting of head.

Smells of pineapple, baked apple, with a sweetness like honey. There's a baking spice vibe to it, kind of rounding out the apple & making it more "sauce"-like: some cinnamon, nutmeg, clove character.

Taste definitely has some apple sauce note, with cinnamon, nutmeg, & some heat - the 9.5% is showing, to be sure, with a boozy bite in the finish. Rich honey comes in.

Mouthfeel is full, sticky, & a little hot.

Good overall, teetering on a little too much, borderling unwieldy. Aside from the whole braggot-cyser thing going on (which is definitely cool), I was looking for some of the brett character which, aside from the little bit of pineapple at first, I don't really get. It's an interesting undertaking to attempt a style hybrid that's so sweet & adding a funky/dry yeast strain to it, but it's really underplayed. Still very enjoyable, just looking for that added wild card, I guess.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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