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Gregorius - Stift Engelszell

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BA SCORE
86
very good

360 Ratings
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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 27
Gots: 32 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

kjkinsey, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of Franziskaner
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown to nearly black in color. An inch of light beige head rests on top. I smell dark malt and honey. I taste earthy dark malt and honey but it just seems a bit too simplistic. The mouth is fairly carbonated and tastes of alcohol. There's a moderate dark malt aftertaste.

Franziskaner, Jun 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

kwkdmk, Jun 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Molson2000, Jun 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Evil_Pidde, Jun 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

mrcraft, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of allengarvin
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a chalice glass. This is a dark mahogany colored beer with a light tan head, about a finger's height. The nose features clovy, spicy phenols, slightly woody, with a touch of caramel malt and some light ripe fruitiness. The flavor is rather heady, with malt that's more substantial than the well-known Belgian trappists, bready with caramel and toffee. Nicely phenolic as well, giving a peppery, clovy edge. Yeasty esters are present but not a major component. Strong enough to be warming, though without any tastable alcohol. Good mouthfeel, but not heavy.

Nice addition to the trappist lineup. I'd like to think with the malt they're separating themselves from the default more northern standard for the style.

allengarvin, Jun 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

KindaFondaGoozah, Jun 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Gww1864, Jun 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Latarnik, May 30, 2014
Photo of patra7
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a big wine glass.
Appearance: Light beige, 1-finger tall, head; Brown/red color.
Smell: Blue cheese, alcohol, molasses, hints of roastiness
Taste: Malty, hints of blue cheese
Mouthfeel: Thin body, slick texture, a bit oily
Drinkability: Very interesting, complex and pleasant. The high alcohol content starts to strike you after the first half.

patra7, May 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

pecokid, May 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Mikeluzzjr, May 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

jim_carignan, May 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Burkbom23, May 18, 2014
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Dusty mahogany with a tan head. No lacing. Bottle art is uninspiring.

S: A little subdued; tart cherry, some faint yeast/woody malt.

T: Verging on sour, with cherries at the forefront, a drying mineral yeast finish. Hints of sweetness.

M: Seesaws from extremely velvety to medium bodied and prickled carbonation. Interesting, and works with the rest of the beer.

O: Just didn't quite cut it for me. Pretty good, but a little too timid on the aroma and taste- possibly suffering from the high alcohol?

1000lbgrizzly, May 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

timotao, May 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

MPSTARR, May 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

mychalg9, May 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

deNerval, May 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

BraisingCain, May 08, 2014
Photo of dcmchew
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Newest addition to the "Trappist beer order", so it's my chance to find out if it was only a commercial move, or if it really deserves the small stamp on the label (quality-wise).
Starts foaming right after popping the cap. Pours dark brown, almost one finger tan head, nice retention, turns into a thin foamy cap, sticky lacing.
Smell of figs, plums, caramel, toffee, chocolate, soy sauce, honeycomb and a bit of Belgian spiciness.
Very juicy dark fruit up front (raisin, fig, plum, dark grape), a bit musty, mixed with burnt sugar, a bit of lemon zest, some faint cherries and decently strong coffee. Spicy yeasts, with very prickly pepper, faint clove, some aromatic herbs/flowers too. Roasted dark malts and breadiness settle towards the finish, and that's where the alcohol gets really strong (a tiny medicinal hint also, unfortunately). Black tea bitterness is last, mild, accompanied by some lingering roast.
Round body, chewy, medium carbonation that helps the spicy prickle. Aftertaste malty, a nice tasty sweetness and booze (weirdly, a bit tongue-numbing).
A tasty Belgian beer, but might be the weakest of the Trappist bunch. Quite some off notes, hopefully there wasn't something wrong with my bottle. I'll try more, but i don't really think the review will be different.

dcmchew, May 07, 2014
Photo of Beric
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into Stift Engelszell teku glass
Served: 3 May 2014

Appearance: Deep, hazy brown with an off-white, tannish two finger head that collapses into a ring of foam around the edges of the glass. Leaves slight lacing. Beer looks beautiful...until the bottom of the glass. This one is bottle fermented, so there is obviously suspended yeast, however, at the bottom of the glass there were these nasty semi-solid yeast clumps to the point where I just couldn't stomach it. It looked gross.

Smell: Sweet, rich caramel, molasses, and toffee notes in the nose.

Taste: If you told me this was a dubbel or a doppelbock I would believe you. Honestly, this tastes like a sweeter version of Korbinian that is a little rougher around the edges. Creamy, gooey caramel and thick molasses are the primary tastes in this one, just like you'd expect from a dubbel or doppelbock. This does NOT taste like Maudite, which is also labeled a "Belgian Strong Dark Ale".

Mouthfeel: Good body and carbonation. Thick on the tongue. Minus points for the awkward yeast clumps.

Overall: This is a great beer with good promise. I think stylistically this is more in-tune with a dubbel or doppelbock rather than how it's currently labeled. Comparing this with Trois Pistoles or Maudite is like comparing two entirely different beers because, well, they are. Elimination of the yeast clumps would make this beer significantly better in appearance and mouthfeel, but the taste is quite good and largely redeems this brew.

Beric, May 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Svendozen, May 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Ian_Alexander, May 04, 2014
Gregorius from Stift Engelszell
86 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.