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Benno - Stift Engelszell

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 245
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 8.36%
Wants: 16
Gots: 45 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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 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 jmasher85
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A rich beer and pretty malt-heavy. Fairly sweet, as it's brewed with honey which you can definitely taste. A nice desert beer addition to the Trappist brand. (159 characters)

Photo of Stubbie1
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark gold/brown color with a thick white head. Head fades to a decent lace. Aroma is a bit musty and mildly fruity. Taste is a bit lite. Mild fruit notes with a musty bite to it. Feel, is also lite ovoverall ok. Something is missing in this brew. (246 characters)

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 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 mothmanscott
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque, deep amber (with a decidedly red hue) brown producing a huge to the point of being difficult to pour, tightly bubbled foam, beige, moderately lived head that leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is malty with notes of grape, dried apple, honey, spice, earthy/floral hops, Belgian funk & a vinous hint. There is little of the dark fruit character I associate with the style. Taste is Belgian malt, sugary dark bread, fig, raisins, soured fruit, a hint of honey, brown sugar, grass, earth, alcohol & a little Belgian funk finishing with pepper & spice. Aftertaste is malty, earthy & bittersweet with an alcohol prominence that fades to a faint bitter astringency. Again little of the dark fruit character I associate with the style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, spicy, crisp & dry late in the sip. (828 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 11.2 fl oz. Brown glass. Elegant label design with a matching copper colour pry-off pressure cap. I really love the presentation of this beer; it definitely fits into the Trappist oeuvre (if you'll forgive the pretension implicit in that phrasing). "Brewed in year 2013/11."

Served cold into a Jester King goblet and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. 6.9% ABV. Expectations are high; I love Trappist ales and am really in the mood for one, though it's odd they brew this with honey. Reviewed live as a dubbel per Engelszell's website.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2.5 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Full, creamy, and aptly thick, with an even smooth consistency and a fair complexion. Retention is good - about 8 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Dark deep red. Vibrant and translucent. Oddly, relatively little yeast is visible within - a disappointment given the style and this beer's Trappist designation.

Appears well-carbonated. It's not exactly the rustic appearance of more renowned Trappist dubbel-bier, and leaves much to be desired, but overall it's generally appealing. It's far from unique or special looking for a dubbel, and I wouldn't put it in league with the other Trappists, but it's not off-putting. A bit bright for a dubbel.

AROMA: Orchard pear, dried apple, faintly bready malts, dough/doughy yeast, Belgian pale malts, fig, dates, and hints of biscuit and spice from the yeast (including clove). It's got the beginnings of the dark fruit character I crave in a good dubbel (and especially a Trappist dubbel) but it never fully commits to them; the delicate strokes are there, but it doesn't evoke notes like plum, raisin, grape, or prune like better dubbel aromas. Still, it's got that subtle spiciness that immediately makes it distinctly Belgian in character, and the intricacy of the aroma has me very intrigued.

Aromatic intensity is mild. It has the restraint of other Trappist beers.

No off-notes or alcohol are/is detectable.

TASTE & TEXTURE: It has a crackery dryness I didn't expect, which helps coax a bit more depth of flavour out, but it's not so dry that it's parching or unrefreshing; in fact it's quite approachable and drinkable, with an appropriate smoothness and an apt crisp carbonation - which helps set off the subtle apple note.

It's more crackery than bready, though it does have an apt medium body and a moderate thickness. The climax is punctuated by notes of faint fig and date, but no assertive plum, prune, or grape ever emerges - though there is a kiss of raisin in the late second act. The Belgian pale malt base works well here, though this beer does have a lighter brighter taste than any other traditional Trappist dubbel I can remember. Belgian yeast lends it a subtle spiciness and biscuity character, guiding the beer and lending it a natural cohesion.

Constructively, the fruity notes are underdeveloped and overly bright, and this beer has a raw young overall feel to it. I like that it partly captures the delicate fragile mouthfeel of better Trappist beers in the style, but it's overly light. This beer lacks the complexity, intricacy, and nuance of the best beers in the style, but it does have impressive subtlety. One might initially find it shallow, but it opens up as it warms. Duration and intensity of flavour are average.

OVERALL: As I diehard fan of Trappist style ales, I was surprised to find myself pleasantly surprised by this beer. It captures some elements of the very best dubbel style beers well, but ultimately it just doesn't have the magically fragile feel and infinite complex flavour profile of other Trappist dubbel bier. I consider it well worth trying and it isn't the gaping disappointment you might fear it'd be if you share my love for the style, but crisp green apple is the wrong note to emphasize, and this beer's strangely light/bright leanings bring it closer to a saison - or even a biere de garde - than is ideal. Still, it's very drinkable and I find myself liking it more and more as it comes to temperature. Nitpicky as I've been, in fairness this can hold its own in the Trappist category - and that's high praise. This will appease the discerning drinker.

Low B (4,302 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Bottled dated 11/2013, sampled 1/2015, served in correct glassware

Appearance: Took 3 pours to fill the glass, patience required to let the fluffy white foamy head to die back enough to not overflow the glass. After decanting, the head drops to a meringue creamy cover that laced curtains. Glass if brown and shows a hazy orange when back lit.

Aroma: Bottle lists honey, and a little of that sweetness comes out, with a bready yeast and a mild grape ester malty note.

Taste: Balanced is toward the bitter with a tonic, mineral water base that comes across as very German to me. There is some "special B" roasted notes, the heavy grape like flavor that dubbels have, but in general the beer is light and and a bit of fruity bitter lime skin.

Feel: Very fizzy, light body, heavy carbonation, adds to the mineral water package. A bit tannin grape skin in the finish, dry and puckering.

Overall: I tend to put Trappist beers into their own category. While the intent is to brew a good beer, it's not the primary purpose of the brewers. Given the beers are a byproduct of another process, and the consumption of them donates not to crass commercialism but to worship and self sacrifice, I tend to enjoy the beers more than just because of their flavor. If this was just another beer, I doubt I would revisit it. As it is a Trappist beer, I'll gladly get another when I get the chance. (1,387 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 janubio
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Hazy orange colour, with a small head that fades soon, leaving a non compact lace. Smell of dark fruits, honey, and lemon. Medium body, creamy and sticky palate. Good carbonation. Taste of dark fruits, hoeny, lemon is more perceptible. Good, but not near the best trappist beers. (280 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)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A hazy honey coloured brew(brewed with honey ha!) massive head of foam since I didn't put the bottle in the fridge. Lacing is all over the place.

I smell the honey and what I reckon is a citrus spiciness. It's a very floral smelling brew overall.

The taste has some earthy malt and honey taste to it. I detect some lemon citrus that seems to grow with every sip. This is more of a hoppy brew than malty and that surprises me.

Medium body, not quite medium carbonation. Good mouth feel.

I wish I could say I loved this, being born in Austria and all, but I can only say I like it. (583 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A trappist beer that isn't from Benelux? I'll be damned. A pleasant Thursday afternoon sounds like a good time to crack the cap of this Austrian creation. From a 330 ml bottle, on to the beer:

This is a light brown colored beer which is so light, it almost looks like it's crossing into red. A semi-creamy head forms on top, retaining with some grace. The aroma is dry and sweet. There's a note of dry honey, grassy hops, a kiss of toasted sugar, and vague floral notes.

Benno is rather dry with a somewhat sweet and rustic character. It starts off with a kiss of toasted sugar, before morphing into a wave of floral and bittering hops. Along the way, the beer picks up an echo of fruitness which lifts the character of the beer. There also seems to be a vague spice which I can't lay my finger on. It's a medium bodied beer with gentle carbonation and a dry, slightly bittersweet aftertaste.

It's brewed by monks and out of Austria. Benno is a solid beer as it stands, though in my opinion doesn't quite hit the lofty expectations of set by other trappists. (1,064 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 hopsandrobert
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Stift Engelzell - Benno- Trappist Beer Brewed with Honey - Austria -NV

For those of you who don’t know, Engelzell is one of only 10 breweries in the world (the only one in Austria) that can use the ‘Trappist’ logo on their bottle. Trappist beers have been brewed by Cistercian monks for hundreds of years originally to feed their local communities. Today profits from the beer only go towards the maintenance of abbies towards charitable work. This makes Trappist beers, beers with a conscience. Across the board their quality is outstanding, but you get the added benefit of knowing that every sip is contributing goodness elsewhere in the world.

Benno is apparently a saison ale brewed with a touch of honey. The honey is definitely present in a wonderfully incorporated way, however the beer looks and feels closer to a dubble. I like this beer, it is not the best I have ever had but its got so much going for it. The Carbo might hurt this beer. When I poured this beer it showed me a big fluffy head but that disappeared in about 3 or 4 minutes. Also i felt that the carbo was just barely present on the palate.

Carbo seems to be this beers biggest problem, yet this beer still has a lot going for it, like it’s very complex and appealing nose. Lots of doughy stuff, dried stone fruit, raisin, grapfruit zest, grassy hop notes, and of course…..honey. It should be said that the honey in this beer is very well incorporated and it feels more like a product of the malt; as opposed to being an adjunct…A+ in this regard.

I really like tasting this beer too. It has a fuller body that’s light on its feet, I find the texture to be really silky. Underneath that silk are some wonderful flavors of honeyed cereal, toffee, caramel, grapefruit, stone fruits, with a bitter grassy hop ever present through the long flavorful finish. I say that if you are looking for a good beer for your smoked Gouda, you found your beer. Do your self a favor and enjoy this little beauty. (2,064 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

A: Foam oozed from the bottle upon opening. This one’s alive and active. Honey amber with loads of sediment floating within. Some visible fine bubbled carbonation within, and topped with 3 fingers of off white head. Lots of chunky lacing left on the glass.


S: Honey, bread and butter. Fruity like apricots, phenols, sweet bread.


T: Tart and fruity and appealing. Light sweetness, bready like pound cake, a hint of rusty quality near the end. Light hops leaving a little bitterness. Apricots and stone fruits.


M: Medium thick bready and syrupy body, medium low fine bubbled carbonation.


O: My first from this new to the scene Trappist beer producing brewery. I’ve now tried brews from all 8 of Trappist breweries, and this is the only one I’ve not travelled to. A year ago I’d heard that it would be impossible to try beers from there aside from actually travelling to Austria to try it. I was so glad to have found two from this brewery in the US. It really is a well done brew. It is listed as a saison, and yes I can see that. It is unique and has some Belgian triple qualities. Bought in Asheville, drank in New Hamburg, ON Aug 22nd, 2014. (1,180 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. Pours hazy golden with tall, long-lasting, foamy, off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of barnyard yeast, bready malt, caramel and fruity esters. Body is full and slightly crisp. Funky yeast, spices, caramel malt, bread crust, tobacco, woody notes, herbal hops and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Nice, complex brew. (354 characters)

Photo of Agent1
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Much darker for a Farmhouse Ale. Not much head and barely any retention. More amber/ deep orange in color. Not a whole lot to look at. Comparing this Trappist ale to that of an Orval or Westmalle, this certainly keeps me a little limp.

Smell - Faint hops. Syrupy and fermented sugars, coriander, faint sour dough/ yeast esters, plums and candied green apple and raisins.

Taste - Love the honey. Lemon peel, apricots, wheat, fermented honey, lightly bread-y, light caramel, pear and white grapes. This is the standout feature for this beer by far, but not full-bodied. Doesn't really sing.

Mouthfeel - Decent carbonation. More than what the appearance gives off. This stimulates the back of the throat and roof the most.

Overall - Again, love the use of honey. This may be the only saving grace when it comes to this recently dubbed "Trappist" ale. Not much to rave about here given the status of a brewery like this. Would never go out of my way to find this. Fairly boring, fairly bland. Other standout Saisons in this style that FAR supersede this are the Hennepin, Saison De Dottignies by De Ranke, Saison Dupont, or The Bruery's Saison Rue. (1,162 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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. (370 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 GONZALOYANNA
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (523 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 barczar
3.81/5  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. (498 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
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 (538 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (1,050 characters)

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Benno from Stift Engelszell
86 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.