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Benno - Stift Engelszell

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BA SCORE
85
very good

123 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.32%


Brewed by:
Stift Engelszell visit their website
Austria

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: apintofknowledge on 12-23-2012)
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Reviews by Thorpe429:
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from the Wine Source in Baltimore. Served in a cervoise.

Pours a fairly-hazy deep gold-caramel color with a thin white head. A bit of spotty lacing iand a collar.

The nose carries a bit of bread and faint caramel alongside a bit of candy sweetness. No real saison yeast or spice to speak of. Flavor is similarly bland. Some honey, bread, and light toffee. Nothing indicating this is a saison. Faint fruit and spice as it warms.

Body is light-medium. A bit light on the carbonation, and somewhat dry through the finish.

Meh.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 01:33:27 | More by Thorpe429
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Quafftastic

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

04-13-2014 19:55:17 | More by Quafftastic
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Het Kappitel Chalice glass. Orangish amber color, chill haze appearance. Beige close fairly quickly diminish. Crystal, dat, cane sugar, grape & slight acidic aromas, as well as toffee, floral & vanilla notes on the back. Sweet fruit, citric notes & touches of quince & raw plum. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Spicy & spiced palate. Dense texture. Earthy, sour notes & hints of wood linger into a bitter/sweet finish. Fruit on the aftertaste. Worth to try!! A far away one from usual Trappist bier styles.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 06:39:42 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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bigred89

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-12-2014 04:52:35 | More by bigred89
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Danobold

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-11-2014 21:50:17 | More by Danobold
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Where the beer out of a 12 ounce bottle into a crystal chalice

The beer pours a very cloudy ruddy rust colored body and a very thin off white head

Raisins honey and taffy

A very strong honey front Chalk in the middle with yeast and hop bite in the end

Medium to light mouth feel not strongly carbonated

Not a bad beer in and of itself but certainly my least favorite of the Trappist ales


Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 01:08:58 | More by jneiswender
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barczar

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden with a lingering, frothy cream head.

Pear, soft green apple, and clove form the aroma. There's a bit of toffee and light phenols.

Flavor reveals more plastic phenols, countered by pear and green apple skin fruitiness, a touch sour, finishing very peppery and bitter.

Body is moderate, with slightly high carbonation and moderate alcohol warmth.

More bitter than expected. The yeast esters are pleasant, as is the pepper and clove, but bitterness lingers more than I prefer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2014 01:00:30 | More by barczar
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Stift Engelszell "Benno" [Belgian saison 7.2%] on tap at the Beer Trappe in Lexington.

A hazy deep amber body topped by a modest but durable off-whie head.

Aroma: sweet with caramel, some farmhouse/yeast, cinnamon and other spices.

Flavor: spicy, but not so much as the nose suggests. Distinct and unlike anything I've had before, yet not extreme or challenging. Tame and refined for style.

Near medium body with medium carbonation.

O: modestly enjoyable but highly interesting. ABV mostly hidden in the nose, but not in the mouth

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2014 15:36:52 | More by chinchill
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kkmiller76

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-30-2014 01:29:49 | More by kkmiller76
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HollyHops

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.6%

03-28-2014 20:30:31 | More by HollyHops
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samEBC

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-23-2014 21:09:37 | More by samEBC
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SLeffler27

New York

3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear, reddish copper (SRM 15-16) with clinging carbonation. Fine carbonation within reinforces a half-inch, off-white, lingering froth. The Offero glass becomes coated with lace.

Earthy, mild horse blanket aromas give way to herbs and faint orange. Sharp spice and pepper are accentuated by toasted white bread.

The flavor is a sharp one-two punch of tartness and bitterness upon opening. The tartness lingers and builds long into the finish. Malt is prominent in the middle, along with earthiness and pine tar. Warmth brings out some sweetness.

A medium body with chalky texture. Alchohol is as expected in this highly effervescent beer. Light metallic and astringent notes are also present.

This was my first taste of an Engelszell Beer. It falls short of the refreshing, grounded nature I expect from a Saison, but it is still enjoyable. The initial pour left yeast in the bottle. The second pour included yeast which cut out the sharp aromas and flavors, as well as metallic notes. Yeast definitely improves the overall profile of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 20:12:32 | More by SLeffler27
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justme

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-23-2014 19:57:05 | More by justme
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BJSmit

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +5.8%

03-15-2014 16:29:22 | More by BJSmit
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Franziskaner

Missouri

3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy light brown colored beer with a half inch of tightly woven khaki colored head. Brussels lacing. I get the aroma of light earthy malt and honey. The initial taste is sweet earthy malt and is quickly followed by a candidate sugar like kick and then more gently sweet malt. The body is moderately carbonated and fairly dry.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 04:40:15 | More by Franziskaner
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vhmf1978

Brazil

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

03-06-2014 00:40:54 | More by vhmf1978
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Benno Trappistenbier, out of a tulip.

Massive three-finger head. Rather cloudy burnt red-orange color. Great retention. Lacing is plus.

Slightly funky nose with a simple farmhouse yeast note, tart lemon peel, nuances of honey, raspberry, and piquant nutty aromas. I really like the nose. Unique. I'm dying to dive in.

Ah... kind of a toasty saison. Honey really riches the flavor and lingers long into the finish. It swaps with the lemony fruitiness in a way that reminds me of lemon and honey in tea. Has a turned flavor, in that it doesn't exactly work. Some cross-chatter between malts, honey, and yeast. There's still an unmistakable cereal quality that is unusual for a saison.

The viscosity is medium to light-medium. Alcohol levels well-disguised. Carbonation is high and chunky.

A good ale, but not indicative of quality Belgian saisons or unique interprrtations of such. Still, a worthwhile effort.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 16:35:39 | More by thecheapies
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BelgianBeerPope

Belgium

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

03-01-2014 12:54:48 | More by BelgianBeerPope
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WynnO

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-25-2014 10:33:28 | More by WynnO
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22Blue

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-25-2014 01:22:47 | More by 22Blue
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Number3red

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14%

02-23-2014 18:25:17 | More by Number3red
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-22-2014 17:48:18 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a slightly hazy medium reddish-brown with a one finger off-white head. Head retention is really good but the lacing is nearly non-existant.

Aroma is absolutely loaded with bubblegum. This is probably the strongest bubblegum note i have smelled outside of a wheat beer. Some strawberry and raspberry along with a slight bit of orange. Light bready notes make up the malt backbone.

Bubblegum is very prominent in the flavor although muted somewhat compared to the aroma. The strawberry and raspberry is more prominent here although it is still subtle enough to let some of the malt shine through. The bread and Belgian yeast esters provide a nice propping up in the background. Bitterness is on the light side with a creamy mouthfeel but I feel like it is a bit too sticky in the finish.

Overall, a nice Trappist beer and different from the other ones out there. There is a lot of bubblegum in this one but it really seems to work. A nice, unique beer that is worth picking up if you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 04:20:28 | More by rangerred
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refractor82

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-08-2014 15:24:28 | More by refractor82
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psoriasaurus

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +19%

02-03-2014 14:03:36 | More by psoriasaurus
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Benno from Stift Engelszell
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