Gouden Brugge | Draai Laag Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Draai Laag Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by RblWthACoz on 03-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draai Laag "Gouden Brugge"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$6.45 @ The Beer Shoppe, Ardmore, PA

Carefully poured to leave the lees behind, Gouden Brugge is a clear deep gold beneath a full head of creamy bright white froth. The head dwindles to a wide collar but still manages to leave spots and splashes of lace behind with each sip.

The aroma expresses lemon juice and pith over rock candy and a sweetish malt base, and that carries over into the flavor with the lemon softening amidst the sweetish and very gently caramelish malt base. There's an acidic edge to it, and coupled with the restrained bitterness it finishes drying with some residual lemon amidst honeyish notes of malt. What takes it beyond the two central components of lemon and malt is the yeast, which lends a lightly mineralish, fruity, and mildly phenolic side (clove, white pepper) that's quite authentically Belgian.

In the mouth it's full bodied and dextrinous, but with a gently bristling natural carbonation that livens the tongue. The creamy and smooth character lends to the sweetish lemon giving it an almost dessert-like quality.

As I have no idea how old my sample is I'll have to assume that it's pretty fresh and suggest that a little bit of age should sharpen it up a bit, although it's quite agreeable as-is. Charming, and satiating.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle for 10 bucks. Poured into a teku, the beer appears a hazy golden color with a white cap. As the head fades, it leaves patchy spotty lace on the walls of the glass.

The aroma contains notes of clove and banana with some sweet grain scent that getsnslightly herbal and grassy with a bit of a hop impact. Overall this is a pretty clean smelling brew, nice and yeasty without much noticeable inclusion of the listed adjuncts.

The taste is sweet with alcohol/yeast driven esters and notes of pear and apple skins. As it warms a bit of spicy clove and pepper come out. The aftertaste includes a wheat graininess with a flavor reminiscent of pink bubblegum.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is an interesting mix of character. A big bubblegum presence with typical clove, banana and pepper aspects. Strangely none of the advertised lemon addition came though to me.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'll list this as a strong ale, because, well, this is America. And being american means following the truthiness of your heart and ignoring rules and regulations.

The beer is pretty solid, and somewhat one-dimensional, as many of the draft versions of Draai Laag beers seem to be. (I find the bottles harness greater complexity; probably because it allows them to age.) Kind of a bready and doughy thing with a very mild burn of alcohol. Smooth feel. A bit too thick and rough on the edges. This could stand some age, as many of the Draai Laag beers could. Regardless, it's still pretty decent.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours a clear golden color, white head recedes to a ring with little coating on the snifter.

SMELL : Spicy and sweet, expressive yeast, a bit of wheat.

TASTE: Complex flavors of pepper, clove, coriander, dusty herb, and white sugar. Some pear and cotton candy like flavor is nice, almost has that bubblegum thing going on. Restrained bitterness and a coarse graininess.

FEEL: Light to medium bodied, semi dry, medium carbonation. There is a nice crispness to the brew.

OVERALL: A great ale with rich complexity and fine yeast development. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of hozersr
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of madelf66
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of skaboom420
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thecheapies
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a honey color. Lost carbonation from the transfer into a masin jar. No visible head. Looks flat.

Apricot, pear, candi sugar, lemon peel, assorted citrus, and some fleshy apple. Rather nice. Not yeast overblown.

Lots of lemon peel. Notes of apricot and candied pear are also evident. Really follows the nose. Some white wine fruitiness and crispness with a hint of woodiness. The combination of lemon and booze gives it a slight cleanser quality. Still, very good.

Very much flat, but that's my fault. The body has a softness that feels round and enveloping. Good.

A very good Belgian Strong Pale. Recommended. Enjoyable.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of brother_rebus
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of micropale
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psuKinger
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft enjoyed at the brewery. Served in a snifter.

A: dense straw, with a fluffy bone-white head on top, 1 finger's worth. 4.0.

S: spicy, clove, banana, and maybe a touch of cinnamon? 4.0

T: spicy clove arrives forcefully up front, with an undercurrent of mild bready sweetness that grows, and nice mellow grapefruit hop finish on the back end. Artistically rendered. 4.5.

M: light, sticky sweet, with a finish that is semi-dry. My only critique would be that it is a shade under-carb'd for my liking. 3.5.

D/O: it's semi-sweet finish keeps it light and refreshing. I will definitely revisit, and could *reload* if other enticing options weren't also on the menu... 4.0

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ArtAttackEd
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Gouden Brugge from Draai Laag Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 25 ratings.
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