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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.37/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Heavily aromatic of fruit esters, citrus and underlying banana custard tones, Aureus is well attenuated with mellow rounded bitterness. Golden with a rocky white head, itís complex light-medium body and alcoholic strength adds a smooth warming character, which becomes more apparent at room temperature. It unlocks all of its secrets at cellar temperature and can be aged up to two years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (7915) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Pours hazy gold with 3-finger frothy white head that laces well. Nose is limey citrus, banana custard, funk, hopcitrus. Tastes citric, wiith notes of fruit, funky yeasty, malt, and a floral dry finish. Reminds me of an 80/20 mixture of biere de garde and pinot grigio.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarkSachon (609) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2012
12 oz bottle from The Beerhive in Pittsburgh. Probably has more weaknesses than strengths and is overall lacking against the better Belgian Strong Ales. For a locally brewed novelty, itís an outstanding effort, and if itís your first BSA then youíll be very pleased. Draai Laag is to be commended for the effort and should take note of the reviews to make improvements so they can be on par with the competition.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (4427) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2012
This poured a cloudy darker golden color with a white head. Aroma was medium spices and esters, yeast and some coriander definitely. Flavor was a bit more complex than aroma, vanilla and orange peel are there slightly, sweet and spicey at the beggining and then bready on the finish. Definitely worth drinking, but a bit hollow. Glad to see this new brewery put out something decent on the first run.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
estover (56) - Valencia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Golden in color. Head was gone in seconds, but was full of crisp bubbles while it lasted. There was a very week nose. Taste was of banana and citrus almost like a hoppy wheat. Very enjoyable beverage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bth122 (1290) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Bottle, poured a yellow orange, hazy color. Aroma of orange and coriander. Medium sweetness, light bitter. Medium head. Slightly creamy texture. Not to shabby.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Dull, hazy, orange-brown, off white cover. Aroma is alcohol, orange peel, sweet malt. Taste is spritzy, oranges, almost a licorice like flavor, lightly yeasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2012 ***FRESH***Bottle. The aroma of oranges hits first - and I donít mean citrus; I mean straight up oranges - then it fades to a light molasses and cinnamon scent. The appearance was a carbonated pour with a cloudy copper settled glass full, bronze core. One finger of a dense head settled into a silky even film that lasted the length of drinking. The palate was a smooth medium body, crisp finishing texture. I picked up on the banana custard taste first, a Belgian through and through, which pleasantly moved into a hint of vanilla and finished with that orange flavor. Very impressive first beer from this brewery. Iíll be hunting down more. ***6 MONTH OLD*** Fairly the same other than the orange note shifting to a peachy note, and the yeasty finish kind of rising a bit sharper.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SaintD (9) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2012 does not count
I was interested when a friend of mine told me about this brewery. All I have to say is......WOW! This beer pours golden and slightly cloudy with huge aromatics of banana, briar and stone fruit. Very slight bubble gum. The taste is yeast product dominant with orange citrus tones and a dry finish. The warming alcohol is very well balanced with the bittering, but there isnít any hops evident in the flavor profile. Itís mostly dominated by the aromas of the yeast and very complex as it ripens with temperature. I am a huge Belgian fan and this beer definetly meets, if not exceeds, the quality beers coming from Belgium...I think itís better than Delirium Tremens and Duvel. True, I couldnít drink it all night, but itís a darn nice way to start the evening.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
LinusStick (2870) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2012
A run of the mill Belgian strong ale. I must say that this beer is a great example of a US made Belgian strong ale. A little to sweet and cloying for me, but some people like that huge over the top Belgian flavor and they will love this. Proud that this beer is made in my home town. Aroma was huge. Strong coriander, orange peel and yeast. Pour was a cloudy murky medium gold. A little darker that I would like. Taste was very big and full. Heavy on Belgian candi sugar, sweet malt, strong melon flavors (cantaloupe mostly) and thick Juicy Fruit bubble gum. The onslaught of sweetness was too much for me. Decent carbonation. Hopefully the admins will change the style to Belgian Strong Ale instead of Abbey Dubbel (I always do that when adding a beer!)

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