Gregorius - Stift Engelszell
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3.74/5 rDev -2.3%
This beer is labeled as a Belgian strong dark, but if you blindfolded me I would have gone with good to better than average doppelbock that is sweeter than normal. In many ways the yeast and malt is very much in the German vein, the only difference is the addition of sweetness from the added honey.
The beer pours a dark brown, with a ring of brown fizzy head with very little lacing left on the glass. The smell screams doppelbock with a dark, malty bread backbone with a little bit of a earthy sweeter layer over it with some dark fruit with anise as well that reminds me of optimator. Not the fullest aroma ever, it seems thinner than I would have guessed.
The taste really mirrors the smell with what I would describe as a sweet bread with plenty of thick dark malt, raisins, a slight nuttiness, plums, licorice, and just the doppelbock German yeast that is so pronounced. Honey is implied in my mind but I wouldn't have said it was there if I didn't know, it just seems on the sweeter side. Never would I guess this is a Trappist in the way Belgian Trappists are 'Trappist.' Still pretty tasty. Thinner feel, lower carbonation that how it looks, but it rolls over the tongue nicely and leaves a slight lingering savory aftertaste. Not a ton of alcohol in there, it is hidden well.
Overall I was a little underwhelmed after being excited after seeing this new beer with the patented Trappist stamp on it. Not bad, but also not great. Really tastes like a middle of the road dopplebock to my taste.
04-17-2014 02:22:49 | More by Dreadnaught33
3.96/5 rDev +3.4%
Gregorius is a mighty sounding name but this beer looks like hoisin sauce: dark, thick, flat. Not terribly intimidating. The bottle had so much sediment that the glass looks half full of liquid, half full of sand. Indeed yeast has a more visible presence than carbonation; there's no head at all.
Speaking of Asian sauces, the way this smells it could double as a sticky balsamic and soy glaze. The malt has a tinge of burnt sugar and ripe purple plum. There's also a substantial amount of anise seed and black pepper; the aroma may be darker than the appearance.
I've never tried knotting a bruised banana peel with my tongue but I imagine this is the taste it might leave in my mouth. This beer combines numerous fruits (banana, date, raisin, fig, apple) and what each flavour has in common is that they taste heavily bruised. The anise, clove, and mace give it a compote-like profile. It is at once spicy, savory, and sweet.
This particular sample is approaching one year in age but shows no signs of slowing down; the yeast is perfumed and effervescent as always. The alcohol enhances that spiciness and, as such, stays relatively disguised (there's enough maltiness to keep it at bay anyhow). The beer ends on a note of black licorice, baking spice, and clover honey.
Gregorius may lack that certain 'je ne sais quoi' of time-honoured Belgian monastic Quads, but Austria's first (and thus far only) Trappist brewery seems to be off to the right start. This is a very serviceable and satiating strong, rich, dark ale. The use of honey is purely incidental amidst such spicy yeast, formidable alcohol, and heavy maltiness, but still this recipe needs no changing.
03-30-2014 19:46:31 | More by biegaman
Gregorius from Stift Engelszell
86 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.