1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Gregorius - Stift Engelszell

Not Rated.

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

346 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 346
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 26
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stift Engelszell visit their website

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 346 | Reviews: 101 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

ShanePB, May 30, 2013
Photo of BogBoyJD
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

BogBoyJD, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of mletten
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

mletten, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of BelgianBeerPope
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

BelgianBeerPope, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

TheBeerAlmanac, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

beernads, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of TallSaint
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

TallSaint, May 08, 2013
Photo of RochefortChris
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

RochefortChris, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Axnjxn, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of falcon1
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

falcon1, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of brandonld23
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

brandonld23, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of mxchap
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium dark brown color. Poured in a 15cL glass, so no comment(s) on head/retention.
Aroma: Candied fruits (prunes and cherries). Chocolate and caramel malt.
Taste: Bready / malty with spices and some hot alcohol. The finishing flavor of this beer is quite odd and frankly makes the beer sub-par. The candied fruit flavor smacks your tongue at the end with such force. It's almost like a sweet red wine.
Mouthfeel: Strong, alcohol noticeable. Sticky at the finish. Light-medium carbonation.
Overall: A weird beer, but it does have some redeeming qualities (notably aroma and mouthfeel). The fermentation procedures and quantity of adjuncts do not seem to be typical. However, this beer does have a lot of potential.

mxchap, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Franziskaner
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
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
Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep semi murky brown fluffy off white head that dies rather quickly. smells nutty rich and earthy smells sweet musty and woody.

tastes a lot like the smell. a bit medicinal and booze, very musty semi vinious but not like a good wine. drinkable and good but I'm not sure if it's up to trappist standards

jtierney89, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of popery
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep, rich brown. Thick beige head. Sticks around well. Very good looking beer. Unfortunately, the rest of the beer didn't live up to that appearance for me. The aroma is a mix of medicinal yeast and toasty malt notes. Little bit of nail polish remover and wood. The malt has some nice things going on - toffee, dates, plums, caramel, bread and molasses - but it's still kinda simple. There's just too much sweetness mixing with those medicinal Belgian esters, and it doesn't really work. The taste is quite sweet. Somewhat cloying. Oddly vinous and still fairly toasty. It's kind of a mess. Fair bit of booze. Fairly heavy feel. Coats the mouth more than I'd like, but that might be more a flavor issue than feel. Carbonation is normal. This was a disappointment. I was pretty excited to find this beer and try a new Trappist brewery, but it's just not very good.

popery, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of RCane1
3.41/5  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.

RCane1, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of bmwats
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a chalice.

A: Dark brown. Pours a half finger, bubbly, brown head. Dissipates quickly. Fair beer ring lacing.

S: Roasted coffee, raisin, plum, dark chocolate, and tea leaf.

T: Sweet raisin, bitter pecan, and pungent tea leaf, accentuate a rye bread malt.

M: Thick and syrupy. Sweet, hot, and boozy feeling.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Slight bubbly head and some fair lacing. Sweet fruity components mostly overshadow the light roasty, chocolate, and earthy flora components. As in the nose, sweet fruity components are the most prominent characteristics, pungency and light bitterness are also present. A little hot and boozy. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

bmwats, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of roblowther
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Woody for the brew. This looks like the stuff. An almost black brown with a very minimal creamy tan head. Smells of raspberries, cherries, and pipe tobacco (I only know because of my Pop and do not condone said products. Blech.) The taste has a lot going on, grapes, cloves, that tobacco thing, and something that tastes like plants smell. I know that's vague, but this review is free, so you get what you pay for. Mouthfeel is slippery and carbonated in a very controlled way. Overall, I don't like this beer quite as much as I want to. It has potential, but the taste just doesn't quite pull things together the way I'd hoped. Still. You won't go wrong. Especially if Woody is keeping you supplied.

roblowther, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of DWolf
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

DWolf, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of kwkdmk
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

kwkdmk, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of jtladner
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

jtladner, May 19, 2013
Photo of Hardcore
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Hardcore, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of Lanstrum
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Lanstrum, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of JamFuel
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

JamFuel, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of gillagorilla
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

gillagorilla, Mar 20, 2014
Gregorius from Stift Engelszell
86 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.