Gregorius - Stift Engelszell
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3.24/5 rDev -15.2%
Bottle purchased from Beer Planet in Brussels - Was really excited to give this one a try. Pour was just as I hoped it would be, nice and dark and full rocky head. Nose was crazy complex, strong aroma of smoke (if not charring), as well as dark bitter chocolate and black coffee. Good, full mouth feel but just as the nose suggested strong smokey rauch flavor. Almost burnt taste. Taste changed little as the beer slowly warmed. Not bad, but not great either. I would argue the Austrians still have a thing or twto to learn from the Belgians.
02-24-2013 03:08:57 | More by ciderguy
3.89/5 rDev +1.8%
I got this bottle (in a sixpack) from a Dutch guy who went to the abbey in the time the first batch was sold. I gave away five of the six bottles and the sixt was saved for a special occasion.
I was in Austria last week and i decided to take back the bottle to it's country of origin. Drank the bottle in the lovely village of Neustift in the Strubai valley together with an American Facebook friend who was there @ the same time.
Poured out of the bottle into a wine glass, did not have the appropiate glassware with me. Nice head but not spectacular. The smell is normal with a bit caramellic malts in the nose. Taste is not very spectacular when you compare this one with other Trappists.
Glad i got to try this one and that's it!
02-18-2013 21:06:58 | More by Brabander
3.73/5 rDev -2.4%
Bottle from The Birch in Norfolk, Virginia. Served in a cervoise.
Pours a dark chestnut brown with a lasting off-white head. Nice lacing on the sides of the glass and a cap throughout.
The nose starts with some toffee, honey, bread, earth, and a somewhat-woody note. Molasses, brown sugar, and a touch of clove. Slight date character. There's also something in the background that's slightly reminiscent of root beer. Sassafras, maybe? All in all, pretty well integrated and fairly intriguing.
Flavor has a nice honey component alongside some bread and light caramel. Molasses with notes of clove in the background. Not terribly fruity. Dry and toasty.
Medium body and a fairly-dry finish. Ever so slightly astringent. Moderate carbonation.
Overall, very interesting and certainly unique for a Trappist beer. The honey and molasses notes were interesting, with slight spice through the background. I'm looking forward to seeing how this beer/recipe develops over time.
02-06-2013 02:32:48 | More by Thorpe429
4.05/5 rDev +6%
Poured into a Gouyasse tulip glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a fine two finger light tan head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, dark malt, winter spices (clove and cinnamon), slightly vinous. Dense flavor of concentrated dark and dried fruit, dark malt, chocolate, aged wine, hints of cinnamon and clove. Integrated and woody flavors similar to a barrel aged ale. Medium to heavy bodied with excellent creaminess. Complex, unusual and interesting, I enjoyed this new entry into the Trappist beer world very much.
02-02-2013 04:50:06 | More by LiquidAmber
4.06/5 rDev +6.3%
new trappist brew, cool! pours super dark brown, pushing black, no glow at all, with a few inches of bubbly khaki head with fine retention. the nose is quite understated, with some smoked malt and Belgian yeast being the only real obvious notes. the flavor is very opposite, extremely robust and aggressive. its malt heavy, but not sweet, its moderately smoky, but not heavy, its really roasty, but not bitter, just chock full of contradictions. complex and will all the fine mouthfeel characteristics we now expect in trappist brews. its brightly carbonated and its fuller body is made light in this way. texture is a little runny, but it doesn't hurt the outcome. kind of a hard beer to classify, but the alcohol is extraordinarily well hidden and the yeast used is new to me, and I like it a lot. overall a tasty brew, new to shelves, and im curious to see what else they make. would not have known this was made with honey if it didn't say so on the label.
02-01-2013 19:44:48 | More by StonedTrippin
4.25/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
01-30-2013 23:54:06 | More by acevenom
4.08/5 rDev +6.8%
A big thank you to Brabander for this bottle.
A dark, somewhat cloudy mahogany brown colour with a small, but tight, tan head. Nice.
Intense fruity aroma. They are fermenting this high. Nice nutty malt notes and a solid toffee note. Very good.
Malt and fruit dominate. Well balanced like the Belgian Trappists. Nice raisin and date flavour. Some cherry and banana. A little like some of my homebrew with its high sweetness.
Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice and dry.
A lovely Trappist Ale. This is from an early batch and given that is very good. The ester profile is a little excited but I do like it.
01-22-2013 08:21:52 | More by dgilks
3.68/5 rDev -3.7%
Thanks for opening this with me, JealousChalice!
Mahogany and dark brown with a creamy brown head of very small bubbles. Leaves sheets of stick down the glass.
Roasted malt, dark fruits, distinctive Belgian yeast, and some ash and char round out the aroma.
The flavor is very reminiscent of a Belgian dubbel, with dark fruits and distinctive, earthy yeast making up the bulk of the flavor, along with a coffee/char/ash tray flavor lingering in the background.
Medium bodied with creamy carbonation.
Good, but nothing paradigm shifting.
01-20-2013 19:08:01 | More by ehammond1
3.73/5 rDev -2.4%
Bottle poured into snifter.
A: Pours a beautifu mahogany brown with slight toffee cream head. Dissipates into a thin head that leaves a good lacing with some alcohol legs. Under the light taste I notice a lot of sediment and hop flakes floating in the beer, not completely appealing.
S: Fruity and funky, smell apple, grapefruit, with that typical Belgian yeast funk.
T: Apricots, Granny Smith Apples, grapes, and bubble gum
M: Stays on the mouth for a short time,
O: Okay, it's super rare, so it is worth a buy for "rarity sake". But I wasn't very wowed.
01-20-2013 04:50:48 | More by theruckus33
3.69/5 rDev -3.4%
A: The beer is very dark brown in color (black when viewed from afar) and has a moderate amount of carbonation visible from the bubbles rising near the edges of the glass. It poured with a two finger high beige head that took a long time to die down and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of Belgian yeast and dark fruits in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but also has some additional flavors of dark malts. Earthy flavors of yeast linger through the finish. No sweetness is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied, slightly smooth and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Considering its strength, the alcohol is remarkably well hidden from the taste, which makes this beer very easy to drink.
01-20-2013 04:08:13 | More by metter98
Gregorius from Stift Engelszell
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