Benno - Stift Engelszell

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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 13
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Austria

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Benno as of 2012 is a Authentic Trappist ale.

(Beer added by: apintofknowledge on 12-23-2012)
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3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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4.09/5  rDev +9.1%

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)

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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.

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3.88/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

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Benno from Stift Engelszell
85 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.