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Benno - Stift Engelszell

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very good

166 Ratings
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 12
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: apintofknowledge on 12-23-2012)
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Photo of mikeg67
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

mikeg67, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of Agent1
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

Agent1, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of tykechandler
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

tykechandler, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of csrbv
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

csrbv, May 27, 2014
Photo of Brutaltruth
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

Brutaltruth, May 26, 2014
4/5  rDev +6.4%

BUNZILLA, May 25, 2014
Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

51mmz0rz, May 25, 2014
Photo of leroybrown10
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

leroybrown10, May 25, 2014
Photo of WanderingFool
4/5  rDev +6.4%

WanderingFool, May 24, 2014
Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

whatname, May 21, 2014
Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Mikeluzzjr, May 20, 2014
Photo of jim_carignan
4/5  rDev +6.4%

jim_carignan, May 19, 2014
Photo of rmcnamee
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

rmcnamee, May 15, 2014
Photo of Vsarmatov
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Vsarmatov, May 13, 2014
Photo of BraisingCain
4/5  rDev +6.4%

BraisingCain, May 08, 2014
Photo of Svendozen
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Svendozen, May 06, 2014
Photo of Luiz0930
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Luiz0930, May 02, 2014
Photo of rrski198
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

rrski198, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of SteeleWright
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

SteeleWright, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of Quafftastic
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Quafftastic, Apr 13, 2014
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

GONZALOYANNA, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

bigred89, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of Danobold
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Danobold, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of jneiswender
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%

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

jneiswender, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

barczar, Apr 05, 2014
Benno from Stift Engelszell
85 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.