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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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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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

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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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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

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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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4/5  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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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

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3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Good night" in Dutch.

Super bready flavor profile with strong yeasty tones. Seems quite balanced and interesting. The strong bready Belgian ales don't do it for me usually, but I like this one. It's consistent and a thorough flavor profile with no off putting after taste or any crap like that. This is a nice beer. It's my second at the brewery, and I am surprised how well the Belgian ales are coming off. And there's no offense meant by that statement; I think we can all acknowledge how difficult it can be to brew a proper Belgian ale.

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3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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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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3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
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 -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, a dry orange and clove presence, almost cider like. In the taste, quite cider like, starts sweet to a dry orange citrus and clove. A spice bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry clove and orange presence in the aftertaste. Very cider like, good, but just above average.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

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

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