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%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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

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

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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

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

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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4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of craft4mike
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very sweet as a young ale. If you can age for a year the residual sugars turn to funk and really make this beer great.

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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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4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Draai Laag : Goudenacht

LOOK: Pours a mostly clear gold color at first, then swirled some yeast in and clouded it up a bit. Well retaining froth leaves some lacing.

SMELL: Apple pie, tart apricot, grains, touch of spice.

TASTE: Interesting flavors of tart apple cider, candied orange peel, honey and peppery Belgian yeast. The raw coriander lasts into the finish with a dirty, spicy dryness. This is damn tasty.

FEEL: Medium bodied, spritzy high level of carbonation and the beer finishes with dry spicing.

OVERALL: An impressive brew here from Pittsburgh's own Draai Laag. Brewed with apples, orange blossom honey and coriander, I was impressed how this wasn't overly cidery and it had some depth and balance. It must also be mentioned that this was fun to drink, 9.5% abv and no sign of it in the taste. I'd get this again for sure, pairing with mild cheeses, fig jelly and crackers.

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

Photo of mcpat1993
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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Photo of Zonian1
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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