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Benno - Stift Engelszell


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very good

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

Brewed by:
Stift Engelszell visit their website

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: apintofknowledge on 12-23-2012)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into chalice, bottled in 3/2013. Pours very hazy/cloudy deep orange copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange peel, apple, pear, grape, clove, pepper, coriander, honey, caramel, toast, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester, honey, and malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of orange peel, apple, grape, pear, honey, clove, pepper, coriander, herbal, floral, grass, caramel, toast, bread, and yeast earthiness. Large amount of lightly tart and crisp spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange peel, pear, apple, grape, honey, clove, pepper, coriander, caramel, toast, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of malt, honey, fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a crisp malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good saison style. Good balance and complexity of malt, honey, and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and quite smooth and crisp to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 22:42:32 | More by superspak
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3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Dark orange in color with a tan head that lingers on top of the beer. Cloudy and lightly carbonated.
Aroma- Slight spice with citrus fruits, slightly malty character in the background. Floral hints maybe a bit of pine.
Taste- similar to the aroma with spice, citrus character, and a light degree of bitterness. Crisp on the finish and nicely balanced. Very light toast and bread characteristic on the malt flavors. Nice medium to medium heavy body.
Finish- crisp and slightly bitter but not lingering.
Overall, a really nice refreshing yet balanced beer with flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 09:48:58 | More by mlm5641
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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Second beer from the new trappist brewery in Austria. Got this one from Doopie. Cheers dude!

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium-loose, foamy, off-white head with good retention. Perfectly clear copper orange in color with medium levels of carbonation. Head fades to a foamy cap with foamy lacing on the top of the glass. A good foam cap remains leaving some lacing all the way down.

SMELL: Pale malts, toasted grain, pure honey in there with some spicy yeasty notes. Caramel, green apples and toffee as well.

TASTE: Spicy yeast, sweet toasted grains with light honey flavors through the middle into the swallow. Spicy, yeast and sweet caramel finish lingers, with notes of sweet honey and some floral bitterness as well. Spicy-sweet with some light bitterness as balance. Quite good.

PALATE: Lighter body with slightly higher levels of carbonation. Light and creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry.

OVERALL: Not sure I'd classify this as a saison, unless they used saison yeast of course. Much more a Belgian pale ale to me. This was actually pretty nice, with some light honey components and some good yeasty flavors as well. Give it a try if you get the chance. Thanks again Doops!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 16:16:15 | More by Jeffo
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Alberta (Canada)

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 00:42:54 | More by biboergosum
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3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a unibroue chalice.

A: Surprisingly dark pour leaves a hazy caramel colored beer sitting int the glass. A rocky off-white head holds its own for the duration. Gobs of sticky and foamy lacing.

S: Big dose of toast and caramel. Hint of tartness. Very fruity with aromas of white grapes and pithy and pulpy tropical fruits. A bit vinous with a touch of fusel alcohol. Some musty yeast character.

T: Lots of caramel sweetness. Hints of toast and grain. Sticky honey. Yeasty, fruity interjections of vinous white grape, pear, pineapple, and mango. Distinct black pepper phenol. Jab of alcohol. Spicy and oily hop presence. Sticky sweet caramel finish.

M: Medium thick body. Syrupy weight. Stiff carbonation still doesn't match the weight.

O: This one is very rough on the palate. Calling it a saison is a bit of a stretch too. I don't know what it is, but I've never had a saison leave a sticky, syrupy malt coating in my mouth. No cohesion at all. Easily the least enjoyable Trappist ale I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 05:06:42 | More by ryan1788a5
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3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep copper with big pillowy tan head. Strong retention and lacing..

Smell is spicy and yeasty. Maybe a bit of citrus in there too.

Taste starts up with a bit of citrus and followed by a wave of black pepper. Belgian yeast profile on the finish.

Mouthfeel is slick but not as dry or effervescent as I'd expect from a saison.

Overall a really nice beer and I'm glad I got to try it. Nothing that rocked my world, but I'd drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 21:09:21 | More by CurtFromHershey
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3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a moderate haze and a single finger of frothy tan foam. An interesting-looking saison.

Smell: bready, malty and grassy with just a little bit of farmhouse funk. This reminds me more of a bière de mars than a typical saison. It appeals to me.

Taste: bready and yeasty with a little more funky character than the aroma. Good, but it lacks complexity. Once again, it reminds more of a bière de mars.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big, satisfying creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: this is a pretty decent beer, but not a wonderful one. Worth trying if you are a fan of the style, but otherwise you can probably skip it.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 21:32:33 | More by flagmantho
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3.93/5  rDev +4%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 00:38:11 | More by eduardolinhalis
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3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 02:44:01 | More by LiquidAmber
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4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
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 is 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 taste. 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 17:05:14 | More by safaricook
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3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 04:52:49 | More by tjumfrid
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3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle served into a chalice

Pours a glazed honey color with a lingering still head

Sweet plum, spiced caramel, and a hint a alcohol in the nose

Right away the dryness of the beer hits with a slightly sour punch that doesn't overpower the sweet bready flavor underneath.

Overall not too bad but on the lower end of the Trappist family.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 01:53:26 | More by ikantspel
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3.93/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 05:06:21 | More by spoony
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New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 20:34:16 | More by puboflyons
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

At the time of my review, this is listed as a saison. It most certainly is not. I believe that it's a dubbel.

Flavor is rich and thick. Somewhat noticable grain tone. Definitely honey going on here. Probably a little too hearty in that it could use its edges smoothed out. Not too shabby a drinker. Could use the wrinkles ironed out for sure though.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 04:48:55 | More by RblWthACoz
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3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from La Cervoiserie, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : orange amber color, with white foamy head.
Smell : yeasty & spicy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : malt and floral flavors with spicy yeast and mild bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian Ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 16:42:01 | More by thierrynantes
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3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a cloudy dark gold with moderate off white head.
S: It smelled like grassy and waxy hops with a little wild honey and fresh wheat.
T: It tasted like grassy and waxy hops with some fresh wheat and a little horse blanket and wild honey. It had a clean lingering bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with lots of carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a decent saison, with nice scent and taste, but nothing special. The body was pretty weak, and the finish wasn't the smoothest, so not super easy to drink. An average brew, and really not impressive for a trappist.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 00:28:32 | More by Pencible
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Benno from Stift Engelszell
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