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La Pienture | Draai Laag Brewing Company

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La PientureLa Pienture

Brewed by:
Draai Laag Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by OneDropSoup on 09-24-2012

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 47
Photo of ajm5108
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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 ClavisAurea
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
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 KevBot89
4.24/5  rDev +5%
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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Photo of thampel09
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Overall didn't find the beer to appear all that nice.. small layer of thick foam hjng around for a little bit. Smelled was decently sour more Brett than anything. Taste was similar to the nose and body was heavly carbed. Overall decent sour glad.I got to try it in a bottle share.

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Photo of Stigs
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Limited release,
12oz bottle in chalice,
Sold-out Pittsburgh whalez.

A: 4.0
Bottle pops with hiss,
Hazy beer can still be good,
Such lace, many foams.

S: 4.0
Wild yeast and sweet malt,
Fruit with hint of musty funk,
Cherry sweet tarts, man.

T: 4.0
Millvale wild yeast strains,
Balance of funk and fruit tonez,
Hint of vinegar.

M: 4.25
Big carbonation,
Thin body cut by tartness,
Oddly drinkable.

O: 4.25
True yinzer lambic,
Draai Laag killing Burgh wild ales,
Can't pronounce the names.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light brownish amber, white head and a haze about it. The aroma is fruity, sour, funky and actually smells acidic. Taste follows suit with strong lactic sourness, cherry and berry elements, and just a hint of bitter hops. Well balanced although sour, has a wild element for sure. This falls between a Flemish red and kriek lambic to me, broadly a wild ale as it fits no other description by the book. Another charming, fun and tasty neo Belgian brewed on the outskirts of Pittsburgh in Millvale. A really nice ale that's for sure.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a hazy brownish amber with a fine sugar white head at a quarter inch, retains indefinitely.

Smells of fresh bananas and melon with some mild sour elements.

Tastes of sour cherry and sour apple mixed with a dry bitter oak undertone.

Medium body with a stinging carbonation.

This is a very nice sour with some very good flavor and aroma. Stronger than you expect from a sour, but doesn't feel that strong at all which makes it very drinkable. One of the best American sours I've had to date and well worth trying.

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Photo of craft4mike
4.66/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A- Hazy Amber color. Aggressive pour results in a 3 finger head which quickly dissipates. After head dissipated small bubbles remained on the top of the beer from start to finish.

S- Sour cherries and yeast funk & some lactic acid. Very pleasing smell (wish I had a La Pienture air freshner).

T- Not as sour as it smells. A nice balance between sweet and sour. Mildly sour up front with subtle cherries and dark fruit that follow the nose. Finishes with a little earthy funk. Quite tasty & very easy to drink. Hides the 8% ABV incredibly well.

M- Light on the tongue with good carbonation.

O- Really digging this. Quite unique, like most Draai Laag beers I've had it paints outside the lines of style and conventional thinking. This is described by the brewery as a cross between a Flemish ale and a Kreik Lambic which I feel appropriate description. Not as good as the more expensive Duchesse de Bourgogne Flemish red or Hannsons Kreik Lambic but that is hardly a criticism of this delicious brew, especially with such a low price point for the style. If you find yourself in Millvale PA or one of the bars that they supply give it a try.

Edit: more recent batches have been phenomenal. If you can get some and age it it is truly a world class sour.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I like this beer. It's very Flemish in style. Nice mildly funky thing going on. Minimal woody fruit edge. Could use some more aging (common theme for Draai Laag), but it works. Rare to get a Flemish style ale that comes off appropriately. I could actually go for more than one of these. And, I might.

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Photo of SaintD
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Whoa....sour on nitro? This was awesome! More of an intertwining of the dark flavors of a Oud Bruin, with lambic and flanders red notes.

Appearance is a dark magenta/ruby with this creamy head that sits motionless on the top of the glass...really cool to see that on a sour.

Smells of funk, and must with like a dark fruitiness.

Taste is great, not to over powering. Amazing mix of flavors, but I expected more Cherry and less plum/raisin. Still the same very enjoyable.

The texture of this was incredible. Maybe it's because it's not the norm, but without the CO2, it seems as if you taste everything

Overall, really interesting, can't drink a lot of them, and at 8% a great way to start or finish the night. Definetly a new way to appreciate sours. Great job Draai Laag.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

La Pienture. Served in a snifter.

Nearly opaque red-brown color with only a ring of head due to a bar overpour. Noticing tiny rising bubbles collecting around the surface. 3.0

Sour cherry, red grape, red apple, and vanilla with some subtle acetic qualities. Smells soft and fruity. 4.0

A Flemish ale with a brandied quality. Apple and grape and plum and tart cherry with a sweet balsamico glaze and vanilla bean. Some dry woodiness, but it's a finishing note, just like a sweet fruit brandy-type alcohol. Has that delicious browning-apple flesh note that I love. These boys are doing right by me, for sure. 4.0

Maybe a little warming for the style, but then again, I don't even know how high the ABV is. Too low on carb, so the feel is not exceptional. 3.0

Awesome, just for the fact that this is local and I could take an affordable growler of it home with me. Go Draii Laag. 3.5

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Deep amber-brown, 2 fingers of solid eggshell head, honey gold highlights, murky overall.

Smells of balsamic vinaigrette, strawberry jam, a little copper, green apple. As it warms, a kind of fig note arises & really dominates.

Taste of cooked brown sugar, balsamic vinaigrette, stewed berries. The berry character could be characterized as just a little overripe. An acetone character is just starting to emerge, somewhat metallic & coppery in the finish & ending on the dry side with a deadening kind of candy character, like eating a whole bunch of Jolly Ranchers. Tart, dark fruit skins.

Feels as smooth as can be expected with nitro, medium-full-bodied. Kind of fatiguing on the palate, the whole "too-much-candy" thing again, which is interesting because it's not overly sweet.

Can't say I've ever really had a beer like this. I'll show my hand & tell you that the brewery categorizes this as a "neo-lambic", but it smacks much more of Flanders Red than lambic to me. Can't say I loved it, but there was more good than bad going on here, in my opinion. I found it an interesting take on a class of beer that's pretty underrepresented, especially in these parts. I'd love to see what they do with future attempts, as this beer has a lot of potential.

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La Pienture from Draai Laag Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 47 ratings.
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