Benno - Stift Engelszell
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4.63/5 rDev +22.8%
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
01-19-2013 16:32:46 | More by jadeal
4.51/5 rDev +19.6%
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.
05-10-2013 01:12:08 | More by acevenom
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
4.25/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
01-06-2013 02:24:30 | More by BlackBelt5112203
4.2/5 rDev +11.4%
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
04-05-2014 01:08:58 | More by jneiswender
4.18/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
05-21-2013 06:03:13 | More by BEERchitect
4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
12-23-2012 22:30:49 | More by apintofknowledge
4.09/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
10-13-2013 17:05:14 | More by safaricook
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
4.08/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
06-23-2013 17:32:29 | More by teromous
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
Benno from Stift Engelszell
85 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.