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Benno - Stift Engelszell

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205 Ratings
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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 13
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stift Engelszell visit their website
Austria

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: apintofknowledge on 12-23-2012

Benno as of 2012 is a Authentic Trappist ale.
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Photo of mothmanscott
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque, deep amber (with a decidedly red hue) brown producing a huge to the point of being difficult to pour, tightly bubbled foam, beige, moderately lived head that leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is malty with notes of grape, dried apple, honey, spice, earthy/floral hops, Belgian funk & a vinous hint. There is little of the dark fruit character I associate with the style. Taste is Belgian malt, sugary dark bread, fig, raisins, soured fruit, a hint of honey, brown sugar, grass, earth, alcohol & a little Belgian funk finishing with pepper & spice. Aftertaste is malty, earthy & bittersweet with an alcohol prominence that fades to a faint bitter astringency. Again little of the dark fruit character I associate with the style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, spicy, crisp & dry late in the sip.

Photo of paleoplant
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcmchew
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kojevergas
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 11.2 fl oz. Brown glass. Elegant label design with a matching copper colour pry-off pressure cap. I really love the presentation of this beer; it definitely fits into the Trappist oeuvre (if you'll forgive the pretension implicit in that phrasing). "Brewed in year 2013/11."

Served cold into a Jester King goblet and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. 6.9% ABV. Expectations are high; I love Trappist ales and am really in the mood for one, though it's odd they brew this with honey. Reviewed live as a dubbel per Engelszell's website.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2.5 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Full, creamy, and aptly thick, with an even smooth consistency and a fair complexion. Retention is good - about 8 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Dark deep red. Vibrant and translucent. Oddly, relatively little yeast is visible within - a disappointment given the style and this beer's Trappist designation.

Appears well-carbonated. It's not exactly the rustic appearance of more renowned Trappist dubbel-bier, and leaves much to be desired, but overall it's generally appealing. It's far from unique or special looking for a dubbel, and I wouldn't put it in league with the other Trappists, but it's not off-putting. A bit bright for a dubbel.

AROMA: Orchard pear, dried apple, faintly bready malts, dough/doughy yeast, Belgian pale malts, fig, dates, and hints of biscuit and spice from the yeast (including clove). It's got the beginnings of the dark fruit character I crave in a good dubbel (and especially a Trappist dubbel) but it never fully commits to them; the delicate strokes are there, but it doesn't evoke notes like plum, raisin, grape, or prune like better dubbel aromas. Still, it's got that subtle spiciness that immediately makes it distinctly Belgian in character, and the intricacy of the aroma has me very intrigued.

Aromatic intensity is mild. It has the restraint of other Trappist beers.

No off-notes or alcohol are/is detectable.

TASTE & TEXTURE: It has a crackery dryness I didn't expect, which helps coax a bit more depth of flavour out, but it's not so dry that it's parching or unrefreshing; in fact it's quite approachable and drinkable, with an appropriate smoothness and an apt crisp carbonation - which helps set off the subtle apple note.

It's more crackery than bready, though it does have an apt medium body and a moderate thickness. The climax is punctuated by notes of faint fig and date, but no assertive plum, prune, or grape ever emerges - though there is a kiss of raisin in the late second act. The Belgian pale malt base works well here, though this beer does have a lighter brighter taste than any other traditional Trappist dubbel I can remember. Belgian yeast lends it a subtle spiciness and biscuity character, guiding the beer and lending it a natural cohesion.

Constructively, the fruity notes are underdeveloped and overly bright, and this beer has a raw young overall feel to it. I like that it partly captures the delicate fragile mouthfeel of better Trappist beers in the style, but it's overly light. This beer lacks the complexity, intricacy, and nuance of the best beers in the style, but it does have impressive subtlety. One might initially find it shallow, but it opens up as it warms. Duration and intensity of flavour are average.

OVERALL: As I diehard fan of Trappist style ales, I was surprised to find myself pleasantly surprised by this beer. It captures some elements of the very best dubbel style beers well, but ultimately it just doesn't have the magically fragile feel and infinite complex flavour profile of other Trappist dubbel bier. I consider it well worth trying and it isn't the gaping disappointment you might fear it'd be if you share my love for the style, but crisp green apple is the wrong note to emphasize, and this beer's strangely light/bright leanings bring it closer to a saison - or even a biere de garde - than is ideal. Still, it's very drinkable and I find myself liking it more and more as it comes to temperature. Nitpicky as I've been, in fairness this can hold its own in the Trappist category - and that's high praise. This will appease the discerning drinker.

Low B

Photo of HardTarget
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Bottled dated 11/2013, sampled 1/2015, served in correct glassware

Appearance: Took 3 pours to fill the glass, patience required to let the fluffy white foamy head to die back enough to not overflow the glass. After decanting, the head drops to a meringue creamy cover that laced curtains. Glass if brown and shows a hazy orange when back lit.

Aroma: Bottle lists honey, and a little of that sweetness comes out, with a bready yeast and a mild grape ester malty note.

Taste: Balanced is toward the bitter with a tonic, mineral water base that comes across as very German to me. There is some "special B" roasted notes, the heavy grape like flavor that dubbels have, but in general the beer is light and and a bit of fruity bitter lime skin.

Feel: Very fizzy, light body, heavy carbonation, adds to the mineral water package. A bit tannin grape skin in the finish, dry and puckering.

Overall: I tend to put Trappist beers into their own category. While the intent is to brew a good beer, it's not the primary purpose of the brewers. Given the beers are a byproduct of another process, and the consumption of them donates not to crass commercialism but to worship and self sacrifice, I tend to enjoy the beers more than just because of their flavor. If this was just another beer, I doubt I would revisit it. As it is a Trappist beer, I'll gladly get another when I get the chance.

Photo of Pav5069
3.14/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of koladiola
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SStein
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LAND_MINE
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of T-34-85
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Splendid orange color with a thick large bubbled ivory foam that dissipates to a sheen that leaves lacing.

Smell: Sweetness, honey, fruits, and a hint of tartness

Taste: Similar to smell with sweet honey flavor and a more pronounced sourness

Feel: Good carbonation fizz that accentuates the other characteristics.

Nice beer. One that I would have again happily

Photo of janubio
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Hazy orange colour, with a small head that fades soon, leaving a non compact lace. Smell of dark fruits, honey, and lemon. Medium body, creamy and sticky palate. Good carbonation. Taste of dark fruits, hoeny, lemon is more perceptible. Good, but not near the best trappist beers.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of dabarton
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Came off a discount shelf. Seemed a bit skunky with limited secondary flavors.

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3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.64/5  rDev -2.7%

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Benno from Stift Engelszell
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