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Gregorius - Stift Engelszell

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BA SCORE
86
very good

344 Ratings
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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 26
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stift Engelszell visit their website
Austria

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: benfons on 10-24-2012)
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Photo of RCane1
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%

"Product of Austria" gave me pause and "Brewed with Honey", induced a slight frown. Both were justified. This seems like two beers carefully mixed to create the illusion of Belgian Trappist complexity. The first beer is a very strong, dark, slightly bitter ale. The second is a sweet honey ale that counteracts the bitterness of the first. Nevertheless, the effect is a decent and drinkable brew.

Very, very dark head with an acceptable head. Smells malty and sweet. Strong flavor, slightly bitter on the back of the throat, slightly sweet on the tongue. Decent in the mouth.

RCane1, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of Zbeetleman
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Zbeetleman, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of brotherloco
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

brotherloco, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of brotherliam
4/5  rDev +4.7%

brotherliam, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of Libationguy
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

Libationguy, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%

My first of the new Trappist ales.

This is definitely a dark ale. Carries robust character. Feel is good. I do have to note that it seems almost Flemish in execution. It has that cherry wood character thing going on. I don't think this would be intentional, but I like it. As a Trappist production, I would expect it not to be.

RblWthACoz, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of smonice
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

smonice, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

beernads, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of Snyderrr
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Snyderrr, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of SimonTja
4/5  rDev +4.7%

SimonTja, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of Bonis
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Bonis, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of shand
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%

Gregorius pours a muddy brown with a dense head. The aroma is sweet with dark fruits, and slightly tart. The taste is fruity up front, with a bit of darkness from the malt brewing in the back the whole time. A bit of tartness and Belgian yeast round out the flavor. Overall, Gregorius is a tasty beer, if not jaw-dropping. A solid introduction from the new Trappist brewery.

shand, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Dark brown body with just some chestnut highlight around the edges under three fingers of light, glistening cappuccino head.

Smells Christmasy. Mostly fig, some prune, plenty of nutmeg & cinnamon-like spice character, a sharply rum-like note (sugary without the booze), banana, slight mustiness.

First sip yields some molasses, a bite like plum skin, some baking spice. There's a dryness in the finish that's kind of husky & meaty, papery, a little boozy. That character grows with each sip & kind of gets unpleasant. I've tasted it in some of my dark homebrews, not sure if it's from the dark malts or a product of the honey or what. It subsides a bit in subsequent sips but never totally goes away. Other pleasant tastes emerge, too, like orange & a little pear, but that rough taste never quite goes away.

Full-bodied, but sort of sticky & astringent, coats the mouth with a little of that husky feel.

I think this would get more of a pass if it weren't a Trappist, but really has some rough spots to work out. I can definitely see potential there, & what's good is really good.

OneDropSoup, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of boss302
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

A- Brown hazy, big head, looked like a typical Dubbel.

S- sweetish carmelly aroma, a slight candy also, not much else, clean no mustiness.

T- had the flavor of a Dubbel with Carmel malt tones and some sweetness,
but lacked character. This could have been any abbey double and nothing really identified it as unique. It certainly doesn't stand out as a elite 1 of 8 Trappists, but does hold up as a good Dubbel.

M- typical Belgian dark, good malty thickness and head retention.

O- I will try this on draft and see if it is different, but would think twice about spending the large amount of money I spent on this one again. It was priced quite high since it is still somewhat hard to find.

boss302, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Tone
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, alcohol, slight roasted malt, hint of hops, and a hint of spices. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, caramel malt, hint of pale malt, and a hint of syrup. Overall, the body is not reminiscent of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but more closely resembles a Doppelbock in flavor.

Tone, Jun 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

kayrex, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of unclekeith
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

unclekeith, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of Dave_Treat
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Dave_Treat, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of DerekMorgan
3/5  rDev -21.5%

DerekMorgan, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep mahogany color with a small cream colored head. The head fades rather fast leaving a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is fruity and sweet with a lot of dark fruits of cherry, prune and raisin as well as a good dose of caramel. Along with these is a bit of a caramel smell as well as some lightly sour aromas.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather sweet flavor with lots of cherry and prune mixed with a bit of caramel upfront. There is a bit of yeast and a bready flavors upfront with the sweet which grow stronger as the taste advances. Notes of a little banana and spice come to the tongue as the yeast grows slightly stronger. A small amount of alcohol comes to the tongue more toward the end of the taste mixing with a lighter herbal and some more bready flavors. In the end, with the warming alcohol tastes mixed with the fruit and bready flavors, one is left with a rather warming and sweet taste to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the average side for a beer of its strength with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. Both are good for the more warming characteristics of the brew, but slightly under carbonated for the very fruity flavors of the beer. Overall though it is quite alright.

Overall – A rather decent Belgian Quad that is on the sweeter side but still quite appropriate in taste in terms of its quad classification. Even though it is under most of the other Trappist beers, in my opinion, it is still rather tasty and well worth a try.

Darkmagus82, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of samEBC
4/5  rDev +4.7%

samEBC, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%

Solid brown color and very cloudy. Strong initial head, but it settles quickly to a single layer of bubbles. Some spotty lace.

Burnt sugar and dark caramel are the first smells I detect. I also sense large pit fruit like plum and apricot.

Semi-sweet--that is to say it is less sweet than the caramel smell. It's also less burnt than the nose. The body is relatively thin. Strong darker (chocolate or dark crystal) malt flavor. Very warming from the bountiful alcohol level. The swallow enhances this and has an essence of cherry brandy. High carbonation level.

Very flavorful, but not really balanced. The mouthfeel is closer to soda than most beers.

smcolw, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of cowboy83
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

cowboy83, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of potownbill
1.89/5  rDev -50.5%

I am not sure what happened to this beer, whether it was the dregs of the batch or not, but the bottle was around 50% sediment. I poured it into a tulip glass, and it clugged like a spoiled bottle of milk. One sip was all I could handle, and the smell was musty. I don't think I am going to try this again, given that it was not cheap, and there are better beers out there.

potownbill, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of ScottyDuzntNo
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

ScottyDuzntNo, Jun 09, 2013
Gregorius from Stift Engelszell
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