Gregorius - Stift Engelszell
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3.69/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
02-16-2014 01:21:59 | More by gr0g
4/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
01-29-2014 18:38:01 | More by JayQue
4/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
01-23-2014 02:18:30 | More by cambabeer
Gregorius from Stift Engelszell
86 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.