Benno - Stift Engelszell
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Reviews by rangerred:
4.01/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
02-16-2014 04:20:28 | More by rangerred
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3.74/5 rDev -0.8%
A: Orange peel, grapefruit. Cloudy, 1/4 inch foam on the top.
S: Reminds me of fall...crisp, citrusy.
T: Refreshing. Tastes like it smells; orange peel, citrus and floral.
M: Light and dreamy.
O: A delicious Saison. I tried the Gregorian last night and promised to review both..I'm a sucker for Saisons and this one is top notch. BUT the Gregorian is more unique with its midnight plum/raisin. I would recommend the Gregorian over this one, although both are great.
10-01-2013 04:52:49 | More by tjumfrid
4.04/5 rDev +7.2%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.
Appearance: Lava orange with large, frothy head and clingy lacing.
Smell: Fruity with caramel, honey and light Belgian yeast.
Taste: Nice fruit and honey base with notes from the yeast, such as banana, clove and spices. Finish is tart and spicy.
Feel: A little fuller than expected with moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish with a nice tartness.
Overall: This is good new entry into the world of Trappist beers. Sorta a Saison, but the fuller fruit and honey notes make this a little more distinctive.
06-02-2013 00:10:34 | More by bsp77
3.74/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
03-09-2014 04:40:15 | More by Franziskaner
3.44/5 rDev -8.8%
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
04-03-2014 15:36:52 | More by chinchill
3.74/5 rDev -0.8%
330ml bottle. Always nice to see a new Trappist offering on the shelves here.
This beer pours a rather hazy medium copper amber hue, with a teeming tower of aggressively foamy, and duly puffy ecru head, which leaves some broad streaky ring road lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away. Sure seems like a bottle-conditioned farmhouse ale to me.
It smells of gritty pale and wheat malt, a touch of buttery toast, earthy honey, green funky yeast, a faint banana and underripe grape fruitiness, and spicy, leafy hops. The taste is sharp pale malt and edgy wheat grain, both biscuity in their rendering, white wine must, a bit of black pepper mist, bitter yeast, a citrus rind tinged generic dry fruit character, and more spicy, earthy hops.
The carbonation is, as noted, big and frothy upon first impressions, and maintains a certain tightness around my palate as we move along, the body on the light side of medium weight, and a bit too yeasty and spicy to be deemed all that smooth. It finishes quite dry, the malt bereft of sweetness, the yeast, fruit, and hops all coy in their respective collusion.
A decent enough dark saison, everything displaying an air of subtle complexity, and the dryness is more than palpable. Something different for a Trappist brewery to put out, that isn't some form of a malt-forward Belgian dark ale. Interesting, but other than trying a new monk-brewed beer, this one doesn't quite have me reaching for another.
12-26-2013 00:42:54 | More by biboergosum
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
4.08/5 rDev +8.2%
I really wasn't planning on being able to hold either of the Stift Engelszell beers in my hands or belly anytime soon based on their very limited production, so was ecstatic to find them at Salud bottle shop, priced reasonably. Poured into an Orval Chalice at around 48F.
A: Poured gently, this is a very nice looking beer. Glows an almost deep gold, toasty copper color. Mild turbidity. About a finger and a half of off white head which subsides relatively quickly but laces persitently in characteristic trappist style.
N: Smell is malty with a good bready yeast nose and bits of spice. Very earthy and rustic smelling. Relatively subdued nose , but it was possibly a little cool when poured.
T: Solid, softly constructed maltiness is well balanced with the wild yeastiness and grains. This has an earthy funk reminiscent of Orval, but not overpowering Brett phenols in any way. It's mildly sweet but I wouldn't guess that it was brewed with honey, as I'm told. Slight nuttiness, quite herbal and very mild spice, mostly cinammon and clove. Peppery in the finish. I had a hard time putting my finger on it, but just a very ancient and rustic flavor. It tastes like a time-honored recipe. Interesting.
MF: Light to medium bodied with more carbonation at work than was apparent in the pour. A bit astringent in the finish but also pleasingly creamy across the palate. Enjoyable to drink.
O: A nice beer, not mindblowing in any way but highly enjoyable. It's great to have a Farmhouse style beer in the Trappist stable and I'm happy to welcome our newest Trappist brewery to my experience base.
05-25-2013 14:11:30 | More by JeffreyJDavis
3.55/5 rDev -5.8%
From the 11.2 fl oz bottle. Sampled on September 2, 2013.
It pours a reddish-brown color with a very soft, delicate and fluffy white head.
On the nose I get candied sugars, toasted biscuit malt, yeast, some coriander, and maybe a tad of fig. But with all of this I get a kind of cellar muskiness.
The body is better than medium.
The taste starts out with a brown sugar sweetness, malty, and with some nice deep spices but then it evolves into a musty lingering finish. While this is not a bad beer it really smells and taste like a dank, dark cellar. But perhaps that's the point.
09-02-2013 20:34:16 | More by puboflyons
4.3/5 rDev +14.1%
Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Brewed in year 2012/11.
A real gorgeous looking beer off the pour. Gorgeous orange orb glowing amber, with an opaque body. There are glowing hues of all shades amongst the edges of the glass. Lively carbonation rising, with a good rising middle fire in the center. Head is off white, maybe even a little tan, forms so nicely off the pour giving a creamy top, with a bit of island merringue like clumping. Settles incredibly slowly, always leaves a thin puck, and a good thick penciled collar while drinking.
Nose is real solid, candi sugar slightly, with a mix of balanced honey sweetness. Some milk chocolate sensations hang out in the back, very solid smelling.
Sweetness hits nicely, with milk chocolate angle in the palate, mixing with caramel too. Mouthfeel is incredibly crisp and lively. Dry and crackly crackery with a champagne like feel. Matches nicely with the sweetness but there is plenty of density too. Sweet honey comes in with a bit also after in the finish. Some good ripping barley action as the beer warms up. Yeast profile on this is a bit spicy sort of saison "like" in a way but a bit more subdued.
Overall this is really solid, and wonderfully balanced also. It's also very unique tasting. This a great execution for a trappist beer, I am getting more from these guys if I can.
01-05-2013 21:19:29 | More by smakawhat
3.94/5 rDev +4.5%
Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a clear, medium coppery amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to thin persistent film. Aroma of caramel malt, sweet stone fruit, coriander, Belgian and lighter saison style yeast. Flavor is semi-dry bready malt, saison yeast, light citrus, earthy and bitter spicing. Dry bread crust finish with residual bitterness that tastes more like dry earthy spices than hops. Medium bodied with peppery carbonation. A nice example of a Belgian style farmhouse ale, with both dry saison components and Belgian spicing. The honey element is not noticeable in the taste, but may contribute to the fact that this isn't a very dry ale. The earthy spicing is unusual and rewarding.
10-15-2013 02:44:01 | More by LiquidAmber
3.91/5 rDev +3.7%
A: The beer is very hazy light amber in color and has yeast particles visible floating in suspension near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a half finger high beige head that gradually died down, mostly leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: An interesting mix of Begian yeast, sweet malt and spice aromas are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has additional notes of honey and spices plus medicinal hints of iodine.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting beer that seems to taste like it is a hybrid of a saison, bière de garde and a dubbel.
06-16-2013 14:54:38 | More by metter98
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