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Gregorius - Stift Engelszell

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395 Ratings
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Ratings: 395
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 33
Gots: 41 | FT: 1
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Austria

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: benfons on 10-24-2012

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Photo of gr0g
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, not quite black. Good head retention that leaves streaks of tan lace. Aroma has more dark, toasted malt than dark fruit notes, unlike many other BDSAs. A little bit of sweetness on the nose that doesn't smell like Belgian candi sugar. Given that honey is listed among the ingredients, I'll attribute it to that. Faint solvent-like alcohol detracts a bit.

The robust, malty flavor is nonetheless well-balanced. Some sweetness upfront is attenuated by hop bitterness. Toasted malt is prevalent, almost stout/porter-like in that respect. Carbonation is active and abundant but not harsh. There's a slight alcohol note that's OK for a nearly 10% ABV beer.

If I didn't know this was a Trappist brewery out of Austria I'd think it was an American brewery trying their hand at the style, what with the seemingly aggressive hopping to keep things balanced. It's a good beer but not nearly as refined as the established Trappist offerings.

Photo of mp756
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BJSmit
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of NumberNone
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good solid Strong Dark Ale. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into my "Grape and Gourmet" tulip. Nice dark brown color, dense-with no light getting through. The head is medium size, highly carbonated and frothy looking. Head retention is pretty good for a high octane beer. Lacing is mostly a film on the glass, but for a while there were a few small patches of bubbly foam.

Very good aroma. Dark fruit, malt, a little molasses and sugar. Strong presence.

Taste is more of the same. Rich strong flavors of raisins, plums bready malt and some sweets - honey, molasses and sugar.

Mouthfeel is impressive as well. This beer is rich and smooth, with no alcohol bite. I have probably had it over a year, but I would imagine it was fairly refined from the start.

There are some better Strong Dark Ales, but this one is quite enjoyable. A great slow sipper on a cold day.

Photo of danielfda
2.25/5  rDev -41.4%

Photo of cambabeer
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours thick and frothy with a generous head that stays for a while. Deep brown with some reddishness and easily visible yeast floaters. Very bold aroma, ethyl alcohol after a fruity sweeter beginning and a bready malty ending. Deeper fruit smells like plum and raisin with some burnt fruit sugar.

Very fruity wine like taste while in the mouth, warming alcohol on the way down with the only bitterness to be found at the end and coming much more from the burt malt flavor than any kind of hop bitterness that is masked in the beginning. A little coffee like but that's definitely not what prevails. Definitely a little too sweet (probably from the honey) to be very drinkable.

Heavy body, to be eaten with a spoon, or maybe a fork.
Not too similar to most belgian trappists, much more farmhouse ale type flavors than the rich tripple malt that I was expecting, but nothing wrong with that. This is good, and definitely one to have.

Photo of bmwats
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a chalice.

A: Dark brown. Pours a half finger, bubbly, brown head. Dissipates quickly. Fair beer ring lacing.

S: Roasted coffee, raisin, plum, dark chocolate, and tea leaf.

T: Sweet raisin, bitter pecan, and pungent tea leaf, accentuate a rye bread malt.

M: Thick and syrupy. Sweet, hot, and boozy feeling.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Slight bubbly head and some fair lacing. Sweet fruity components mostly overshadow the light roasty, chocolate, and earthy flora components. As in the nose, sweet fruity components are the most prominent characteristics, pungency and light bitterness are also present. A little hot and boozy. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Photo of djcira
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of WynnO
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of nkwarrior
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Have tasted from tap and bottle. The tap Gregorius was very flavorful, excellent smell and was smooth on the palate. The appearance was dark brown with no head. All the senses were more intense but not overwhelmed.

The bottled product was also very good. It continues the high expectations and traditions of an excellent Trappists beer.

Photo of Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

What was once briefly the newest Trappist brewery in the world had yet to cross my path, so I thought it was high time to give it a whirl. These guys are from Austria, the first Trappist brewery from that country (and first outside Belgium or the Netherlands). Since they were officially certified, a new Trappist brewery has been certified in, of all places, the USA. This was a 33cl brown bottle purchased from Oak Barrel in Sydney.

Pours a rather murky and opaque deep amber hue, with an initially over-carbonated and fizzy head of off-brown that turns into a fairly fine ring. Lots of persistent carbonation runs in tight streams up the side of the glass. No lacing. It looks okay. No more than than though.

Nose is oddly spicy: juniper and black pepper come through, with a slight medicinal overtone and aromas of marshmallow and dust. Slight sweetness as it warms gives some cherry aromas as well. It's certainly interesting.

Taste is actually pretty solid. Firm sweetness throughout, tucked in by a slight medicinal astringency that allows those spicy aromatic characters to come through a bit more. Hint of marzipan and acetone on the back linger a little bit longer than necessary, probably aided by a slightly too prominent booze note. That being said, for 9.7%, the booze is pretty well hidden, and the body still stays quite light and fluid, in the best tradition of a big Belgian style ale.

Overall, this is solid stuff, albeit not up with the best examples. It's fairly well constructed, and has some interest and complexity to it. Something I'll certainly revisit at some point.

Photo of Jordy777
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Saind
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm- a Trappist beer from Austria- I must not have been paying attention. Definitely tastes like a quad- vinous and strong with some herbal and stewed fruit notes and the distinctive twang of Belgian yeast. The aroma, particularly, is well done. The taste adds some notes of chocolate and some red fruit in the finish. The abv is well hidden, and the finish is exuberantly fruity- perhaps even a bit sour from the fruit. It lacks the depth of the very best quads, but is still a nice surprise.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mikeg67
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of RobinLee
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Gregorius from Stift Engelszell
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