Benno - Stift Engelszell
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3.74/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
03-09-2014 04:40:15 | More by Franziskaner
3.84/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
03-02-2014 16:35:39 | More by thecheapies
4.01/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
02-16-2014 04:20:28 | More by rangerred
3.8/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
01-27-2014 22:42:32 | More by superspak
3.54/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
01-17-2014 09:48:58 | More by mlm5641
3.73/5 rDev -1.1%
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!
01-08-2014 16:16:15 | More by Jeffo
3.74/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
12-26-2013 00:42:54 | More by biboergosum
3.41/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
12-22-2013 05:06:42 | More by ryan1788a5
Benno from Stift Engelszell
85 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.