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Benno - Stift Engelszell

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 245
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 8.36%
Wants: 15
Gots: 45 | FT: 2
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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 josanguapo
4.8/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From: www.cervezasespeciales.com. Playing KB Dark Side. Tasteful and easy to drink. Ive like it mucho more than the gregorius and than other more renowed trappist beers. (169 characters)

Photo of jadeal
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle in a chalice served cool

Pours up golden with big lacing that was retained throughout consumption

Bread, honey , funk, light citrus

Mild sweetness (honey), sourdough bread, orange with some other hefe flavors, tartness and hops with a small alcohol presence

Carbonation with tartness bringing in the salivary glands, not heavy or cloying

Big, proper taste with an approacable abv. Complexities that I expect from a Trappist ale.I have two remaining... going to start looking for more...Gregorius is next (523 characters)

Photo of acevenom
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass mug. The beer pours hazy copper with a finger-length white head and lots of tiny, visible bubbles. The head sticks around for a while and retains well throughout consumption. The beer smells like lemon, Belgian yeast funk, sweet and bready malt, and coriander. The beer has a nice malt profile that's evidenced in the taste, being nice and bready with some sweetness. I get the lemon and coriander as well as some earthy hop bitterness in the back end. The body is medium with lively carbonation. The finish is dry and the aftertaste coats the mouth. This is a nice drinking beer. This is an excellent beer. (627 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,348 characters)

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle poured into a chalice at cellar temperature.

L – Medium amber color with a 2-finger creamy, frothy cream-colored head. Fantastic retention and awesome lacing. Clear with tons and tons of carbonation bubbles.

S – Bready, grainy malts, sweet honey, a little bit of orange and lemon zest, and spicy Belgian yeast with a nice clove aroma. Possibly some banana esters as well.

T – Starts off sweet with bready and grainy malt, honey, and some banana esters along with slightly tart orange and lemon flavors. Clove and pepper yeast spice and a touch of Brettanomyces funk show up mid-taste-to-finish. The finish includes subtly bitter floral hops and a return of sweet clover honey.

F – Medium-bodied with great carbonation, a very creamy and smooth mouthfeel, and a slightly bitter, slightly sweet, slightly spicy, and very dry finish. Sweet and tart citrus flavors linger for a little while. There’s also a very subtle throat-warming sensation from the alcohol.

O – This is a great beer and maybe my favorite saison that I’ve had so far. It looks fantastic, is very tasty, has great depth of flavor, and has a tremendous creamy mouthfeel. Awesome beer from the newest Trappist brewery. I can’t wait to see what beer number 2 from them has to offer. (1,279 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy gold capped by a 3” off-white foam collar that recues slowly to about a third of its original size. Very lace. S: Honey and fruit aromas. T: Banana, fruit and spice – dries slightly out on the finish but the honey texture remains. A dash of white pepper. A moderate, clean, earthy hop bitterness. F: Rich and creamy, medium body, medium high carbonation. O: An interesting new Trappist Dubbel. (412 characters)

Photo of jneiswender
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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 (393 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As the new kid on the Trappist block, Stift Engelszell chimes in on the scene with an inquisitive ale of rich Belgian Pale Ale malt presence but with the dry, spicy character of Saison. Benno is a unique and refreshing option on the Trappist beer menu.

A careful decant of the bottle yields a deep gold, medium amber color. The ale simply looks toasty and caramel-like. The classic yeast hazy keeps the beer diffused in its body while a dense cloud of froth floats above. Its head might be short statured but its ivory foam is long lasing and speckles the glass with signature Belgian lacing with each sip of the ale. Its overall appearance is of more amber-type Belgian Pale Ales.

Toasty, dry malt, pecans and husky grain character starts the show in semi-robust fashion. Spices are first and foremost with cinnamon leading the charge. Complements of light clove, fresh cracked peppercorn and a decoration of clove set in and add to the spice heavy taste and aroma. Lighter in fruit notes- a melange of apples, grapes, dates and figs burrow under the spices and fuse seamlessly with the terse caramel and cotton candy-type sweetness.

Malty-light in body, its dry sweetness allows for the malts to spring from the tongue to usher in a quick and decisive finish of peppery zeal, rose wine acidity, mild husk astringency and a crisp, clean herbal hop finish of lemongrass. The ale favors as much wine-like effervescence as it does ale-like creaminess.

Benno is a wonderfully crafted ale that compares very favorably when considered in the likes of Unibroue Maudite and De Koninck Ale. It simply belongs in the portfolio of time honored Trappistine history, regal, spirit and taste. (1,684 characters)

Photo of safaricook
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is to celebrate my 500th rated beer on beer advocate.
I got the bottle at a visit at the brewery this summer. Its best before date is 23.06.2015. I guess it was brewed early this summer. I pour it into the original Engelszell hand blown tasting glass.

Copper murky body with lots of fine carbonation. No sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Fine and medium pored white fluffy head that reduces to a thin layer but can be brought back with a swirl anytime. Leaves lacing too.

Belgian yeast with its typical fruity ester are dominant, got some tartness as well and then some sweetness maybe honey maybe malts. phenols like clove. nice and complex.

Taste is not following aroma too much. It starts with subtle sweetness and fruitiness before it gives you an somewhat astringent tart sensation which bears also some bitterness and leaves you with a distinct sour aftertaste. Very interesting.

It is quite light on the tongue with its velvety carbonation. medium body.

This is a complex beer that fits very well in the Saison category rather than the light Dubbel as it was labelled for some time. I cannot stop smelling it, getting waves and waves of different aromas. The taste is surprisingly sour which makes it interesting as well as tasty. All in all much better than the Gregorius and in its sourness unique in Austria. I am very excited to find out if they keep the sour touch or mainstream it in the following batches. (1,441 characters)

Photo of apintofknowledge
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a new beer from a new Trappist brewery (yes, an official 8th Trappist Brewery) in Austria. From my understanding, they are brewing beers outside the traditional Dubbel, Tripel, Quad styles common to other Trappist breweries. This one is described by the importer as a "Trappist Farmhouse Style Ale"

Appearance: Pours slightly hazy with a nice creamy white head and amber to light copper hue. Make a careful pour as sediment is in the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma: Spicy, cracked peppercorn, mild haybale notes, and clover honey

Mouthfeel: Medium light body but with a full, creamy carbonation makes for a nice full mouthfeel

Taste: Initial cereal grain, mildly sweet (think Wheaties) followed by a middle of black tea leaves, mild clove, ginger and peppercorn, a bit of yeasty barnyard funk, balanced with a clover honey sweetness, finishing both dry and sweet somehow with lingering honey flavor and a slightly medicinal tartness, along with what I can only describe as a floral flavor.

Overall: Interesting, tasty, and well worth a try. Somewhere between an Orval and a Belgian Saison in terms of flavor profile. Certainly good enough to pick up again. (1,176 characters)

Photo of teromous
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a hazy light brown color with a huge fluffy eggshell-white head. Not a lot of lacing.

S: Musky barn scent, smells a bit like wet cardboard and mildew, a bit of spicy hop scent. All of these are great for a Saison.

T: Soft bread taste, mellow spices, tea leaves, some deep bitterness like roasted nuts. There's a toasted caramel sweetness. The flavor is complex but not overwhelming. There isn't any sourness to the beer, this is more of a musky flavor

M: Easy to drink, nice bitterness, good carbonation.

O: Nice clean easy going Saison. I noticed that the label said the beer is brewed with honey. I didn't get any traditional mead flavors, but it's probably too delicate to stand up to the more roasted flavors in the beer. It is very enjoyable to drink. (775 characters)

Photo of carlos_fleico
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%

330ml bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

A: Pours a hazy coppery to amber color. About two fingers of a very foamy head with good retention, leaves lacing on the walls of the chalice. (4.25)

S: Caramel barley malts, Belgian yeast, spicy, grassy hops. The spiciness, maltiness and yeastiness remind me of Orval. (4.00)

T: Follows the nose on pretty much every aspect. The fruitiness in this beer includes orange zest, apricots and plum. Despite the caramel maltiness, this brew isn't sweet. It is very dry, refreshing and has some bitterness to it. (4.25)

M: Medium-bodied, drinkability is medium to high. Medium carbonation, very dry and refreshing. (3.75)

O: This beer is very interesting. Even though I disagree with it being a Saison - I'm not sure I would label it that way - it is refreshing to a certain extent. It has a lot of dubbel characteristics, the maltiness, yeastiness, lot of Belgian hints and the spiciness. Very good brew. (4) (953 characters)

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,600 characters)

Photo of T-34-85
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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 (374 characters)

Photo of rangerred
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (1,035 characters)

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Westmalle chalice.

A: Slightly off white head, medium density. Body is translucent medium brown. Darker than I thought it would be.

S: Belgian yeast aromatics. A bit of fresh air as well.

T: Yeasty flavors, round, somewhat sweet caramel malt finish. Somewhat bitter.

M: Good carbonation, some residual sweetness.

O: Drinks like a less intense (though slightly more bitter) double. Would certainly recommend. (447 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Impressive starting head that settles slowly into rocky chunks. Thick lace on the glass. Reddish hued amber color. Very cloudy.

Interesting blend of yeast and sweet cherry to the nose. Mildly sour and earthy. Different and complex.

Far more bitter than the smell would indicate. Starts with a sour and nearly dry malt up front. The swallow is nearly astringent with a bitter kick. The aftertaste has some of that cherry show up again, a bit flowery, but it leans to the bitter. Full bodied with a low carbonation level. (521 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (553 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into an unbranded tulip glass

Pours amber with golden highlights capped by a fluffy white head. Great retention and plenty of lacing along the sides of the glass. Plenty of yeast, on the nose, however different and not as strong as the the saison/farmhouse yeast found in most saisons. The honey does come through as well as hay, and some malt touched by a bit of toffee. Yeasty, caramel, honey maltiness, a light touch of citrus throughout. Smooth mouthfeel, light, medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation-much lower than most saisons I've had. A very interesting and enjoyable beer. Well worth a try. (637 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (724 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a chalice.

Best before 24.04.2015 batch most probably bottled in 2013 (maybe end of 2012)

A: Pours a dark orange color forming a big, fluffy and creamy light yellow head. Medium to low retention and lots of lingering and molasses lacings formed and left in the glass. A thin layer of bubbles remains forever on the top

S: Very fruity and spicy. Strong notes of orange peel and honey. Quite peppery too. Caramel malts, vanille and candy sugar. Great flowery hops in the very end

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Very spicy, fruity and peppery. Strong notes of pamplemousse, orange zest, honey, vanille, black pepper, flowery hops, caramel and crystal malts. Bready yeasts profile

M: Medium body. Good carbonation. Slightly sweet and spicy aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Nice Saison. Better than the Gregorius one (837 characters)

Photo of Dentist666
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer from relatively new (2012) trappist brewery.
Poured into tulip.
Pours cloudy reddish-brown with off-white head. Good retention. Smell of apple, cherry, yeasts, candy, honey, rather fresh. Sweet and sour tones prevail. Taste is yeasty and spicy, lack of bright traits. Dry finish, medium-bodied. Level of good belgian beer.
Not a dubbel, belgian dark ale. (360 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (656 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 333 ml bottle into a tulip. If the bottle was dated, I failed to notice it.

A-The brew is darker than most saison style beers; sort-of a brownish-tinted honey color. The head is off-white to light tan and never more than a finger tall. Not much in the way of retention, but there is a healthy chunk or two of lace left behind.

S-The smell is slightly sweet for the style with a hefty dose of spices (clove, mostly) and a robust, almost nutty grain scent. There is a touch of chewy bread in the pale malt scent and a bit of powdery yeast that reminds me of Belgium.

T-The taste is much like the smell with clove spices being the prevalent flavor. Other flavors include some honey-like sweetness, golden raison, nuttiness, and a bit of bready, pale malts underneath a barely-bitter grassy flavor. There is a bit of fruity, estery alcohol, too. Malts verge on dark fruit, but never quite get there. Unique and interesting.

M-The feel is harder than soft on the palate, with a medium to full body for the style and a thick, but inactive carbonation.

O-I am glad to have tried this brew. It is a unique a tasty drink, but I'm not sure it qualifies as a proper saison. At times, I felt like I was drinking BDSA, with the hints of dark fruit and honey playing against the clove spices. Anyway, although it is tough to categorize, this brew is good and I would happily drink it again. A good early fall option. (1,415 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Benno has a thin, white head of foam, an opaque, orange-gold appearance, some bubble streams, and a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of honey, for sure, with some rich grain husk and sourdough bread. The flavor is of honey (which fades), sweet & sour sauce, sourdough bread, and relatively low bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and prickly, and Benno finishes semi-dry and pretty drinkable.

RJT (410 characters)

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Benno from Stift Engelszell
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