Gregorius - Stift Engelszell

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Reviews: 123
Hads: 458
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 36
Gots: 69 | FT: 3
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Austria

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: benfons on 10-24-2012

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.88/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Gregorius has a vaport train out the bottle neck, a thin, cream-colored head, a dark brown appearance, minimal lacing, and an incredible amount of pretty large tan chunks which settle at the bottom, making this beer almost a semi-solid beverage. The aroma is intense, and the drinker will pick up a multiplicity of smells, including grape skin, wine, vinegar, Maraschino cherries, acid, duck sauce, yeast, brown bread, bread crust, honey, lo mien noodles, and spice. Taste is likewise complex, with flavors including all of the above, plus smoked pork, Warheads sweet & sour candies, pine oil, licorice, prunes, butter, and assorted spices. Mouthfeel is heavy and chewy, and Gregorius finishes wet and cloying and munch-able. Overall, this is an outstanding beer, at a minimum, and I recommend it, in the strongest possible terms.

RJT (836 characters)

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.57/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 0.33L bottle into a Westmalle chalice. Date is 08.11.14 (best buy date, I got the bottle in February of 2014). Thanks to Jan's father for this one (any many other not reviewed...)

A: Brown body, not much head to speak of.

S: RIch dark sugar and fruit. Boozy and very pleasant.

T: Intense Belgian yeast flavors, a hint of roasted malt. An acidity in the finish.

M: Surprisingly not super heavy. Rich mouthfeel, but enough bitterness to help clear the palate.

O: Overall a great example of one of my favorite styles. (538 characters)

Photo of deg
4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured the beer into a chalice. Unfortunately I lost a little beer because the beer foamed as soon as I opened the bottle. I suspect there's a little too much yeast in the bottle. The beer was a good dark color. The head never completely dissappated. I smelled fruit, like figs and raisins. The taste was rich with malt and fruit. The beer had a creamy consistency. (367 characters)

Photo of BeerIsland
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A FaceBook alert had me out on the trail for this draft. Deep brown with a sweet head made this an attactive tulip. This is a complex, big beer but tart enough to desire a second. Although Belgian style through and through, the Austrian have provided enough of a different take to stand out. Thanks, Paul, for getting this one on. (330 characters)

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Birch.

A - Nice head. Very dark brown/black color.

S - Bready, yeasty, substantial.

T - Spicy, peppery, raisiny, a bit of leather. Am I drinking a Belgian Strong or a Bordeau?

M - Perfect balance of flavors and booze.

O - An outstanding beer that I hope to have again. This one's good. (304 characters)

Photo of Libationguy
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Medium brown in color with a deep tan head. Head pours full with a medium+ retention.

Malt up front and on display in the nose. Hazelnuts, molasses, deep roasted malt, rich fruitiness and bread crust.

Rich, round, roasted malt flavor. Brown sugar and molasses notes bring the beer up to the edge of sweet before hop bitterness puts in a check and brings everything back into balance. Just a little touch of alcohol heat, but really nicely balanced for a beer approaching 10%.

Medium+ texture on the mouthfeel. Rich, creamy, dense and lasting.

So much power and it is truly a meal in a glass. Nicely made. (609 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a chalice glass. This is a dark mahogany colored beer with a light tan head, about a finger's height. The nose features clovy, spicy phenols, slightly woody, with a touch of caramel malt and some light ripe fruitiness. The flavor is rather heady, with malt that's more substantial than the well-known Belgian trappists, bready with caramel and toffee. Nicely phenolic as well, giving a peppery, clovy edge. Yeasty esters are present but not a major component. Strong enough to be warming, though without any tastable alcohol. Good mouthfeel, but not heavy.

Nice addition to the trappist lineup. I'd like to think with the malt they're separating themselves from the default more northern standard for the style. (725 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip)
brewed on 2012/11
A- This beer pours a lumpy dense walnut brown body with a thick tan creamy head that last a good bit and has some thick lacing after each sip.

S- The soft almost nutty dark malt qualities are blended with hint of dark fruit like cherry pits. As it opens the aroma really develops with some vinous notes and finish of soy sauce and cola hints that are quite pleasant.

T- The soft mellow dark malt flavors have more dark dried fruit and prune layers with old wet barrel qualities and a roasted malt hint in the finish that is complimented by a nice alcohol spice. There is also a red wine tannin that lingers in the mix aswell.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a tight little fizz and a nice alcohol warmth.

O- This beer is a classic in the abbey style. Great subtle depth that grows as the beer opens, making it simple yet elegant. It really helped to take the chill of coming in from the cold. (939 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a nice reddish brown with a one finger tan head, leaving little lacing down the glass. Quite nice and true to style, a good appearance. Scents of Belgian yeast, some wild, sour aromas, faint candi sugar, overripe fruit, grape, plum, slight cocoa, dark chocolate and some brown sugar. A very nice, complex aroma, true to form for an Abbey strong dark, very well executed. Taste begins with dark fruit, prune and raisin with some sour funk in the background. White grape appears in the middle, along with spicy yeast and sweet spices. Towards the end of the sip better sweet chocolate and bready malt come forward. A good amount of alcohol is present in the flavor. A sweet brew, with the usual Belgian spiciness. Very well done, quite complex and enjoyable. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with medium low carbonation and a semi-drying, chalky mouthfeel. Very good, very much a Belgian. Overall this is a good Belgian Strong Dark. All the usual flavors and aromas are on display, the complexity is present and its a very good beer. Its not quite on the level of Rochefort, Chimay or Bernardus, but its very good regardless. (1,130 characters)

Photo of carolinabrew
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very murky, dark brown color. Little foam head. Scorched malt flavor on front and back. Sweet, nutty flavor. Crisp finish. For how high the ABV is you don't detect heavy alcohol. (183 characters)

Photo of jroberts8811
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured on tap at the Bier Station - Kansas City MO

A: dark, can't see any effervescence through the haze. dark brown

S: bready, malty, spicy. clove, coriander, banana, yeasty, stone fruit

T: boozy, sweet, malty with spicy undertones.

M: Lighter bodied that I thought. silky, velvety mouthfeel

O: Great overall Trappist product. not in the same league as the Belgian counterparts but delicious nonetheless. (411 characters)

Photo of benfons
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got my hand on two bottles of this new trappist ale.

A: really dark-brown hazy colour, some residue, almost no head.

S: roasted malts, coffee, hints of red fruits, something floral almost medicinal; it gives the impression of a heavy beer.

T: up front roasted malts, hints of red fruitand chocolate break the heaviness slightly. It ends fairly alcoholic with a bittersweet honey touch.

M: creamy, good carbonation, fairly alcoholic finish

O: It can proudly wear the name trappistenbier. Slightly different, but complex and balanced. Well worth the money.

PS the alcohol tends to make it more of a winterbeer (617 characters)

Photo of BGDrock
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a muddy brown with hint of red, like prune juice; thick head sizzles away in a minute, leaving a thin film of suds

Aroma: great rich fruitiness courtesy of the yeast - prune and raisin, strawberry

Taste & Mouthfeel: intense burst of flavour, sweet like candy, even puckering, before heat of alcohol burns away the excess, leaving the palate on fire dried fruit notes and a dry finish, begging for another sip; medium-full body, has great mouthfeel from fine carbonation and unfiltered yeast.

Overall: the depth of flavour may not be as exciting as that of the top trappist beers, but it executes the style well with great feel (647 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As the "little brother" of the Trappist brewing, Stift Engelszell steps into the Strong Dark Ale arena with a bold and majestic ale that carries a regal sense of complexity and with superb drinkability.

Gregorius pours with a deep dark russet brown hue and the expected yeasty rust haze. The beer calmly builds a creamy but short off-white head. Though the beer is restrained with its foamy lacing, it does celebrates brandy-type legging that coats the glass with malt oils with a gentle swirl of the chalice.

Creamy candied aromas and taste begin with an elegant sweetness that's reminescent of grape, hard candy, and powdered sugar. Combined with the robust tastes of grilled dark fruit, blackcurrant, cabernet, mild chocolate, light coffee grind, cola nuts and cashews- the taste is varying but savory and sweet. Added complexities arise with raisin, plumb and prune as the beer warms and the taste buds invite more delicate character. A balance of vinous woods and black pepper balance the sweetness and fruit and close the beer with a dry sweetness that's every bit as wine-like as ale.

Its firm and creamy body is rich, savory and succulent with its initial sip. But finishing warm, its evident that the malts have receded, the bitterness of wood oils rises, and the alcohols pronounce.

And with the same type of satisfaction of Koningshoeven La Trappe Quad, Gregorius has fit the Trappist Strong Dark Ale taste, complexity, and drinakability to a tee. (1,462 characters)

Photo of acevenom
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter glass. Pours dark brown to black with a two-finger length of light tan head. The beer appears to be well carbonated and the head dissipates at a moderate pace. The aroma is fruit forward, smelling a little like cherries and bananas. There are dark roasted malts and caramel. The flavor is much like the nose, which is fruit and malt forward. I get those cherry and banana notes from the yeast as well as dark fruit notes and some mild caramel with the roasted malts. The body is medium to full with strong carbonation. The finish is a little dry and there isn't much of an aftertaste. It's fairly easy drinking despite the high alcohol content. This is an excellent beer, but just so. I would recommend trying this beer if you're a completist for the Trappist breweries or you just like this style. (820 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy texture. There was a small amount of off white, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: A nice aroma of dark fruit, yeast, and malt.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, cherries, caramel, apples, and some malt. A complex, focused, enjoyable flavor. Very easy to like this one.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth (bordering on slick) finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made, drinkable beer. I'm surprised this one has as low a rating as it does. Still, a tasty beer. (558 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I bought this as part of a gift pack that included Benno and the glass.

Bottled in February 2014.

It pours a hazy, no cloudy rusty brown with a huge head of foam that is great with the lacing.

The smell has quite a bit of bitterness to it yet there's a honey sweetness going on as well. Perhaps some molasses but more interestingly, I can smell some funky notes.

The honey is the first thing I notice in the taste; quite sweet on my palate. The bitterness I noted in the smell is very citrus like in the taste and the the curious funk smell...I get that too. A very complicated beer here, I reckon.

Full bodied, medium carbonation.

This is most definitely a "weird" brew and I reckon a very polarizing one. Put me in the camp that likes it. (754 characters)

Photo of tjumfrid
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After trying almost all the Belgian Trappist ales (sans Westveleteren) I was ecstatic to find this in the beer aisle. Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a Belgian tulip.

Appearance: Dark mahogany and purple. Thin lacing on the top.

Smell: Strawberry preserves, some plum. Very unique, not what I was expecting.

Taste: Starts with a concoction of plum and honey. Booziness overpowers these flavors at the finish. Unlike most other Trappist ales with a high abv content, the booze is not concealed in this one. The finish adds to the uniqueness of this Austrian Trappist ale. I rather like it.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly medium-bodied. Not as chewy as would have thought.

Overall: I will be picking this up again. If the Benno is as good as the Gregorious, Engelszell shall be named among my top favorite Trappist breweries. (829 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful super dark brown and opaque beer. Light at the edges reveals floaties and a nut brown hue. Strong tan head with phenomenal retention and wide lacing.

Strong, dominant aroma: sweet dark fruit (figs and prunes), malts (toffee, caramel, and cocoa), a hint of spices (nutmeg), and nuts. Classic Quad/Dubbel aroma.

Flavor is sweet, fruity, and malty up front; prunes, plums, cherries, and raisins carry the day, riding the backs of dark, sweet fruitbread; hints of spices and cocoa, and impressions of walnuts and pecans. There is a curious, slightly overripe sourness that comes through on the back-end and lingers through the aftertaste.

Thick, cloying mouthfeel; slight alcohol heat on the sticky finish; minor puckering; lively with no sting. Very impressive mouthfeel and character for the ABV.

This is an excellent quad, on par with the best American versions I've had. That lasting overripe sourness, however, keeps it firmly from the territory of Rochefort et al. A wonderfully crafted and delicious beer. (1,026 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just over the $3.00 mark for a 330ml bottle. Served at 8deg C in a draught glass

A-Opens well and pours a 2" high light brown head that lasts for a few minutes before filming out. Very dark brown color and filtered clear

S- Fig galore. Super sweet

T- Brunt nuts, figs, molasses. Lots of heat here. Clove and nutmeg. Nice blend. A lot going on here

M- Thick!

O- Very complex brew. Very young though and hot. Needs time to settle down and blend

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went well with...... Roasted pork loin. Rub it down with salt and pepper then into the oven 15mins per pound, fat side up.

Enjoy (641 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle. Pours hazy brown with long lasting, creamy, tanned head. Aroma is of funky yeast, dark fruit, brown sugar, and hints of chocolate and herbal hops. Body is full and crisp. Taste is of chocolate, dark fruit, brown sugar, herbal hops, toasted malt, and hints of wood and alcohol. Finish is long and dry. Wonderful, delicious brew. (342 characters)

Photo of KornWallace
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date: 11/3/14
Location: DeCicco's Harrison
Draught/Bottle: Brown Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Dark brown to ruby copper in color. Pours with a one inch off what head that looks rather fluffy for a strong ale. The alcohol clearly beats the carbonation back down again. Flecks of yeast can be observed near the bottom of the glass
Aroma: Starts with a candied sweetness melding with honey. Dark malts follow providing a more mellow earthy malts and some own malt sweetness of their own.
Taste: So many flavors but again starting with a slight variant on the sweetness as the sugar moves closer to brown sugar flavored. Followed by intense dark fruits ranging from grapes to plums. The alcohol really pushes away the malt flavors and dominate the flavors.
Mouthfeel: Medium body but different layers present themselves making the beer feel heavier. High carbonation reminds you that this bottle conditioning has been going on and that this beer is very much alive. The beer provides a good deal of alcohol warmth.

Notes: My first non Belgian Trappist ale this is a fantastic addition to the class. The next I'd like to enjoy is from Spencer. (1,152 characters)

Photo of mothmanscott
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, prune juice reddish-brown producing less than a single finger of tightly bubbled, tan, shortlived head that leaves minimal lace. Aroma is malty burnt brown sugar, molasses, dark fruits, anise, spice, earthy hops, some wood & musty hay/hints of dark honey, Belgian funk & light alcohol. Taste is dark malts, sugary dark bread, anise, fig, prune, raisins, soured fruit, brown sugar, smoke, earth, alcohol & faint honey with lots of lively pepper & spice especially from mid-sip through the lightly bitter & warm finish. Aftertaste is malty, earthy woody & sweet with an alcohol prominence that fades to a faint bitter astringency. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, spicy/prickly & crisp & somewhat dry late in the sip. (749 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

300 ml

Pours a dark, opaque brown. Almost black. Yellowish head is an inch thick and dissipates very slowly, never fully disappearing.

Smells of oak-like woody malts, candi sugar, figs, apples and caramel. Maybe a bit of cinnamon too.

Tastes of caramel and buttered biscuit malts with dark fruit sweetness and some light bretty sourness. Woody bitter aftertaste.

Full body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A very good flavorful ale, great body, and interesting aromas and balance. There are still better dark Belgians than this but it's still a great representation of the style and worth trying. (620 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from 2013.

Pours cola brown with a tan head of an inch-plus. A partial skim coat for the duration of the glass with some traces of lacing.

Aromatics are filled with clove-dusted cocoa, caramel-coated apples, and a hint of booziness.

Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel.

Plenty of Belgiany phenols with chocolate and rum-soaked raisins on the palate.

Finishes slightly sweet with a lingering boozy note.

Drinks like an Imperial Dubble, tasty. (462 characters)

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