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Gregorius - Stift Engelszell

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BA SCORE
86
very good

412 Ratings
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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 34
Gots: 46 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 artoolemomo
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up about a finger's worth of head which looks to have some retention. The body is light and creamy beige while the body is a muddy chestnut brown which shows dull maroon at the bottom of the glass when it is held up to the light. It would appear that the pour was not finished as the head actually increased a bit. The retention is excellent and it appears I will be waiting a few minutes. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- Not exactly the most enticing aroma at the moment. Burnt raisin which is almost medicinal with some hints of licorice. Roasted malt notes as well. The nose is perkier from the glass and has strong roasted and coffee notes. The less than enticing aromas from the glass begin to mellow and show molasses and brown sugar. Some caramel.

Taste- Burnt raisin along with the same medicinal notes of the nose. Some saccharine cherry notes. Lots of licorice rises in the middle with a little bit of burnt chocolate/coffee finish. At the moment, this beer is not very palatable and shows poor integration. Faint indication of alcohol with a spicy tingle left on the tongue. Some clove. Some brown sugar and molasses but the sweetness of this beer is a little too much. Roasted malt notes as well. Fortunately, some of the licorice and medicinal aspects have faded but it many not be enough to save this beer. The roasted notes start to dominate and the cloying sweetness does not fade. Some honey. Lots of figs, raisins, and dates but they are far too sweet. This probably could use some age but the initial impression does not make me want to get a bottle to age. Brown bread is present in the flavor profile as well. Some spiciness in addition to clove such as nutmeg and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy bodied with some syrup to the texture. Somewhat vinuous.

Drinkability- Way too sweet for me but hides the 9.7% alcohol pretty well. And at 6 bucks a bottle, it's a little pricey when you could just pick up a Rochefort.

Overall- It's not a bad beer; it just doesn't work with my palate. It's worth giving a try, especially if you like sweet beers. Or if you don't- buy a bottle and let it sit. Maybe it will mellow out.

Later notes: This does mellow and the sweetness does become bearable. Notes of oak show themselves. I have changed my scores accordingly.

Photo of ste5venla
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of seand
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mine was a crazy gusher. I had a glass ready, but I wasn't expecting it and it was so quick that I lost half the beer, maybe more, even though I had a glass ready.

A: The beer the I did manage to get into a glass is a dark brown, with not too much head left besides some surface film and a ring around the rim, which leaves spotty lacing.

S: Densely sweet molasses and licorice.

T: Very dense molasses and roasted malt to start, becoming drier and roastier towards the finish. There's a lot going on towards the beginning especially, where the flavor is very densely packed.

M: Full body, medium but quite prickly carbonation.

Overall, not bad. I'm not super impressed, either, though my first impression of cleaning up half the beer from my counter and seeing only the other half in my glass likely did not help. I may have gotten a weird bottle, though.

Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville.
Pour is a murky brown with almost no head and little lacing.
Smells sweet and fruity, with dried plum dominant. Some faint malt.
Rich fruity taste is mildly sweet and moderate-high in complexity.
A touch of sour keeps the sweetness in check.
Interesting but less compelling than hoped.

Photo of 2GOOFY
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Soneast
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of bsp77
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Chocolate brown with decent tan head.

Smell: Loads of dark fruit, slightly sickly, and some Belgian spiciness.

Taste: Very sweet with plum, raisin, dates and cherry. Some spice notes, with a touch of honey.

Feel: Low carbonation with a sticky body. Finish has some drier mead characteristics but not quite enough.

Overall: Okay Belgian Strong Ale. Simply too sweet and ripe. I prefer their Benno beer by a wide margin, which is some kind of Saison/BPA/Braggot concoction.

Photo of jrfehon33
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Reswald
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of mmilyko
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of jroberts8811
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of Maillard
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

LOOK: 11.2oz slender bottle. Pours a hazed brownish amber with a light off white cap. Retention is decent, but little to no lace. Looks the part of a dark strong ale, the beer actually pours very thick indeed.

SMELL: Very malty, dusty, almost medicinal. Some bread and roasted nuts are also on the fringes of the aroma.

TASTE: Roundly malty, and very robust. Firm fruit and grain flavors with a small residual sweetness. Citrus like hops are at the same time resinous and earthy. Dark fruits are present with suggestions of plum and raisin. Spicy Belgian yeast lends notes of fruit and spice. Toasted and highly caramelized malts contribute to a solid sweetness. Honey was used in the brewing process but there is only slight evidence of it in the finish. The alcohol flavor is well integrated. Solid brew.

FEEL: Full bodied, chewy feel. Well carbonated. Flavors of fruit and citrus linger on with some sugary, honeyed sweetness.

OVERALL: This is a humdinger of a beer brewed by Austrian Trappist monks. The use of honey was an interesting twist, but very traditional at the same time. I want to wear a hooded robe and drink this all day transcribing manuscript, these monks are the real deal.

Photo of thecheapies
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brewed in January of 2013. Poured into a Trappistes Rochefort chalice.

Poured out super dark brown with an antiquated look. The head is sepia and full of both tight creamy foam and coarse popping bubbles that litter the surface of the liquid. Head crested at a little over an inch and has since receded considerably, like a strong ale would. Still looks fantastic in this glass. Medieval looking label doesn't hurt the effort either.

Brown bread, brown sugar, clove, dark honey, raisin, and fig notes in the nose. Quite phenolic, in that it's a little medicinal. Has some smells of elixiry herbs and hospital gauze. Patterned after dark breadiness from dubbels and some quads, this beer has a lot of that malty heft showing. The honey is unmistakably here, also.

Tastes richer. Clove, buckwheat honey, brown sugar, birch, fig, brown bread, raisin, medicinal notes, herbal cough drops, Belgian chocolate, alcohol, and mild hop earthiness. The honey sweetness is still here, as well as the flavor. Didn't 'all-the-way' dry the beer up. Pretty exceptionally complex, yet boisterous. Has a rich intensity that's never too bold. Rather spicy, altogether. Notes of toffee and Toasteds crackers protrude through an already meaty malt backbone. A little peppery, too, but that builds upon mouthfeel. The body still has that near-fullness that you come to expect from a well-executed Belgian Strong Dark Ale; full in that it has good weight, slow sink, and languid wetness. The carbonation contributes that extra spicy kick, when paired with the booze makes for a tantalizing tongue-wrangler. Hop bitterness in the tailend further pushes the cart.

A new Trappist beer that will hopefully be around for centuries. It meets my stamp of approval, no problems here. A wonderfully rich and textured beer with lots to appreciate in flavor and aroma. Great mouthfeel gives it class. Support the monastaries. Enjoy a Gregorius.

Photo of andysc83
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of RCane1
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"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.

Photo of Zbeetleman
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of brotherloco
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of brotherliam
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Libationguy
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of smonice
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Gregorius from Stift Engelszell
86 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.