Benno - Stift Engelszell
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3.75/5 rDev -0.5%
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Stift Engelzell - Benno- Trappist Beer Brewed with Honey - Austria -NV
For those of you who don’t know, Engelzell is one of only 10 breweries in the world (the only one in Austria) that can use the ‘Trappist’ logo on their bottle. Trappist beers have been brewed by Cistercian monks for hundreds of years originally to feed their local communities. Today profits from the beer only go towards the maintenance of abbies towards charitable work. This makes Trappist beers, beers with a conscience. Across the board their quality is outstanding, but you get the added benefit of knowing that every sip is contributing goodness elsewhere in the world.
Benno is apparently a saison ale brewed with a touch of honey. The honey is definitely present in a wonderfully incorporated way, however the beer looks and feels closer to a dubble. I like this beer, it is not the best I have ever had but its got so much going for it. The Carbo might hurt this beer. When I poured this beer it showed me a big fluffy head but that disappeared in about 3 or 4 minutes. Also i felt that the carbo was just barely present on the palate.
Carbo seems to be this beers biggest problem, yet this beer still has a lot going for it, like it’s very complex and appealing nose. Lots of doughy stuff, dried stone fruit, raisin, grapfruit zest, grassy hop notes, and of course…..honey. It should be said that the honey in this beer is very well incorporated and it feels more like a product of the malt; as opposed to being an adjunct…A+ in this regard.
I really like tasting this beer too. It has a fuller body that’s light on its feet, I find the texture to be really silky. Underneath that silk are some wonderful flavors of honeyed cereal, toffee, caramel, grapefruit, stone fruits, with a bitter grassy hop ever present through the long flavorful finish. I say that if you are looking for a good beer for your smoked Gouda, you found your beer. Do your self a favor and enjoy this little beauty.
08-27-2014 22:28:48 | More by hopsandrobert
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
A: Foam oozed from the bottle upon opening. This one’s alive and active. Honey amber with loads of sediment floating within. Some visible fine bubbled carbonation within, and topped with 3 fingers of off white head. Lots of chunky lacing left on the glass.
S: Honey, bread and butter. Fruity like apricots, phenols, sweet bread.
T: Tart and fruity and appealing. Light sweetness, bready like pound cake, a hint of rusty quality near the end. Light hops leaving a little bitterness. Apricots and stone fruits.
M: Medium thick bready and syrupy body, medium low fine bubbled carbonation.
O: My first from this new to the scene Trappist beer producing brewery. I’ve now tried brews from all 8 of Trappist breweries, and this is the only one I’ve not travelled to. A year ago I’d heard that it would be impossible to try beers from there aside from actually travelling to Austria to try it. I was so glad to have found two from this brewery in the US. It really is a well done brew. It is listed as a saison, and yes I can see that. It is unique and has some Belgian triple qualities. Bought in Asheville, drank in New Hamburg, ON Aug 22nd, 2014.
08-23-2014 03:02:30 | More by patre_tim
3.9/5 rDev +3.4%
330 ml bottle. Pours hazy golden with tall, long-lasting, foamy, off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of barnyard yeast, bready malt, caramel and fruity esters. Body is full and slightly crisp. Funky yeast, spices, caramel malt, bread crust, tobacco, woody notes, herbal hops and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Nice, complex brew.
06-23-2014 14:10:48 | More by mikeg67
British Columbia (Canada)
3.54/5 rDev -6.1%
Appearance - Much darker for a Farmhouse Ale. Not much head and barely any retention. More amber/ deep orange in color. Not a whole lot to look at. Comparing this Trappist ale to that of an Orval or Westmalle, this certainly keeps me a little limp.
Smell - Faint hops. Syrupy and fermented sugars, coriander, faint sour dough/ yeast esters, plums and candied green apple and raisins.
Taste - Love the honey. Lemon peel, apricots, wheat, fermented honey, lightly bread-y, light caramel, pear and white grapes. This is the standout feature for this beer by far, but not full-bodied. Doesn't really sing.
Mouthfeel - Decent carbonation. More than what the appearance gives off. This stimulates the back of the throat and roof the most.
Overall - Again, love the use of honey. This may be the only saving grace when it comes to this recently dubbed "Trappist" ale. Not much to rave about here given the status of a brewery like this. Would never go out of my way to find this. Fairly boring, fairly bland. Other standout Saisons in this style that FAR supersede this are the Hennepin, Saison De Dottignies by De Ranke, Saison Dupont, or The Bruery's Saison Rue.
06-20-2014 00:17:15 | More by Agent1
3.71/5 rDev -1.6%
Pours dark amber brown with fluffy peaked head. Smells of plum and raisin with sweet malts. Nice lacing on glass with fruit flavors of plum and raisins, sour cherries, and light sweet bread from the Belgian yeast strain, light bitterness on aftertaste with Belgian candy sugar in the back. Not the best I have had of the Trappist beers but very solid and very drinkable.
05-26-2014 22:11:13 | More by Brutaltruth
Benno from Stift Engelszell
85 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.