La Pienture | Draai Laag Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Draai Laag Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
draailaag.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by OneDropSoup on 09-24-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
56
Reviews:
16
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
12.91%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
7
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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of paresis
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cyrushire
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mcpat1993
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is so full flavored and really sour. It tastes a hell of a lot like Rodenbachs grand Cru I believe is what it's called. Delicious.

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Photo of stakem
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle into a snifter appears clear reddish copper with a khaki head.

The aroma has cherry and plastic phenolics slightly herbal and medicinal.

The taste is sour with cherry skin/pits and a bit of acedic character. Some faint plastic phenolics.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Actually, its not as bad as I was expecting but I didnt want to finish the bottle either.

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Photo of smanson56
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beers pours a muddy brownish orange color into my tulip glass. Light foamy head that disappears quickly.
Lots of stuff in the nose with the tartness coming through strong. Has that flanders red type of nose. Sour but lots of funk going on here.
The taste is sour but the black cherry comes through nicely. Lots of earthy overtones and some good flavor from the barrel aging. This is supposed to 8% ABV but that is totally hidden in the blend of flavors.
There is a good amount of carbonation in this beer and last through the glass.
In all this is a good solid beer and I think perhaps a little more age will improve the flavors even more.

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

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy reddish orange/light copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of tart/sour black cherry, strawberry, raspberry, lemon, green apple, plum, red grape, hay, straw, pepper, brown sugar, toasted oak, and bread; with lighter notes of musty/leathery funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, cherry juice, oak barrel, and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big tart/sour black cherry, strawberry, raspberry, lemon, green apple, plum, red grape, hay, straw, pepper, brown sugar, toasted oak, and bread; with lighter notes of musty/leathery funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate fruity/lactic tartness and yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of black cherry, strawberry, raspberry, lemon, green apple, plum, red grape, hay, straw, pepper, brown sugar, toasted oak, bread, light funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, cherry juice, oak barrel, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, dry, and moderately acidic/tannic/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 8%. Overall this is a great Kriek/Flemish red styled wild ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, cherry juice, oak barrel, and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink with the balanced acidity and high carbonation. Great balance of Brett/Lacto complexity, cherry juice, and oak flavors; with a nice malt backing. Not too funky, but I am sure that would change with some aging. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BubbleBobble
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bright red with no real head to speak of.

This one is very sour. It starts sweet with a little graham, while a bitter acetic oak smell is present, it does not warn you for what's to come. Cherry and green apple are overcome by overwhelmingly acidic sourness. While fun, and especially if you found a friend unfamiliar with the style, I think there's something to be said for balance.

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Photo of Jhfinn
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LJTate
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenMind
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ajm5108
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a darker maroon color, head / lacing / carbonation is non-existent. Nose is heavy on lactic yeast notes - tad vinegary - and there is underplay from lots of other notes (oak tannin, currant, cherry). There is a bit of a caustic alchohol note too but it's faint & doesn't ruin it.

Flavor is good, the black cherry note is much more accomplished than on the nose & starts the beer off lightly. It segues into more of flanders red, with notes of tanned leather, sandal wood and black currant. There is some lacto in there, and it comes dangerously close to falling into the "bile" category, but it's dialed-in enough to not throw the entire thing off. Certainly stops it from being the beer it could be, though. A little more refinement (or frankly, focus on the Kriek elements & junk the flanders) and this could be a grear beer.

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Photo of LeftHanded666
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of golf4collet
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chefduff2
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of EdgarGerik
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

No bottling date. Served cold in a teku

Appearance: super hazy ruddy brown with a light tan or khaki head of tight foam. The bottle art is wonderful and I love 500ml sour beers. There seemed to be leas beer in the bottle than i would have thought. Still had a lot of carbonation so I don't think ullage is to blame. Potty they don't fill them more full.

Bose: Brett funk, lacto sourness, tart cherries, very geuze like, wildly complex. Lemons, spice and cinnamon on the back end.

Taste: follows the nose well but adds a massive amount of Brett complexity. The cherry is very forward, lemons, malty sweetness. Wonderful

Overall: this beer is seriously underrated; just like the brewery who made it. I think it is up there with the best American Sours. Well done Draai Laag!

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Photo of skaboom420
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jbaker67
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sour. Green Apples. Nice.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KevBot89
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wild ale brewed by Draai Laag in Pittsburgh with authentic black cherries from the Payottenland.

Hazy red, cream colored head.

Smell is acidic, vinegar, some funk and sour cherries.

Taste is similar to nose. Very acidic, pretty good balance of funk and fruit. As it warms and as the palate adjusts to the acidity, the black cherries really start to shine with a hint of moldy cheese.

Mouthfeel is kinda light, but this is quaffable.

Overall this is a great beer. Not quite as complex as a traditional Belgian lambic but this is pretty good. I really like it.

*edit: I can't explain why, but this beer is noticeably better on draft. Bottle is still fantastic, but on draft this is another level good.

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La Pienture from Draai Laag Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 56 ratings.
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