Stift Engelszell

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Pale Ale - Belgian
Ranked #323
Ranked #41,383
3.6 | pDev: 9.17%
Stift Engelszell
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: golden with a finger thick white head

Aroma: bread, yeast, apple and banana

Taste: The flavor is bread, yeast, some apple and banana and a grapefruit rind like hop bite at the end

Body/Overall: medium body

Dec 15, 2019
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eric5bellies from Australia

3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Egelszell Goblet

A - Pours a hazy honey colour with a withe head that reduces to a film
S - Mango and spicy fruit
T - Mango and fruits the flavor is well balanced without being pronounced
M - Medium body and low carbonation
O- reminds me of the La Trappe Blonde and is slightly underwhelming

Jan 11, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, dark orange coloration with a small, fizzy head. Smells of yeast, malt and spice, with a hint of orange rind. Taste follows the nose, with a slightly sweet, caramel malt and yeast dominated taste, with a hint of orange rind and loads of herbaceous spice in the aftertaste. Coriander, clove, pepper stand out. Very mild bitterness. I#m not that familiar with the style, but all in all I enjoyed this. Kind of reminded me of a more spicey Hefeweissbier, Weihenstephaner Vitus came to mind.

Dec 26, 2017
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drmeto from Germany

3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

-pours a cloudy amber-orange with a medium to big,frothy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-white bread,honey,clove,apricot,orange,tangerines,methane
-astringent,apricot,honey,white bread,mineral,herbal
-medium carbonation
-light body
-alcohol noticeable
Nice Aroma.Taste gets a bit boring,watering out towards the finish.

Jan 03, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden color with white head. Aroma has classic belgian yeast with bubblegum, banana, wheat and sweet fruits. Taste follows with yeast esters, banana sweetness but finishes quite bitter for the style and it's also a lingering bitterness. Medium body with a quite soft carbonation. Overall it's a quite good, easy drinking but a bit too bitter for the style.

Jun 21, 2016
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benfons from Belgium

3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Not much to dat about this one.
Hazy orange colour, incredibly active head. Notes of bread, hints of banana.
Not dry, low carbonation, rather thin.
Really average beer. Nothing spectaculair.

Jun 20, 2016
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josanguapo from Spain

3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Trade with BenBreeg. In Teku glass. After dinner. Belgian pale ale Mixed with a hefe. Some banana and soft spicyness. High carbonated feel, like in an amateurish brew, but at least there is some taste here (specially when it warms up) and a very good aroma, better than the taste

Jun 05, 2016
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, always nice to see another Trappist brew arrive on Alberta's already heady beerscape, yeah?

This beer pours a, well, it's hard to really tell, what with the rather overarching and teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and generally creamy off-white head which occupies the vast majority (I'm talking 99%) of the glass, initially - ok, it eventually appears a hazy, pale golden amber colour, if you must ask, and leaves some sparse islet lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of bready and doughy pale and wheaty malt, a twinge of caramel sweetness, more or less ripe bananas, apples, and Anjou pears, subtle earthy yeast, and very faint weedy, leafy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a touch of spicy wheatiness, muddled pome and citrus fruity notes, dodgy Low Countries yeast, and a weakly zingy sense of white pepper and clove spiciness.

The carbonation is quite acerbic in its no holds barred frothiness, the body a decent enough medium weight, and haltingly smooth, as the yeast and spicy esters seem hell bent on making a fuss here. It finishes trending dry, the malt kind of bottoming out, with the yeasty and fruity essences coming to a similar conclusion.

Overall, a rather pedestrian version of this already plain and quotidian style - nothing really all that wrong, per se, but I sense a lack of that heady and robust monk-ish quality that usually elevates simple fare like this to loftier levels. Ah well, not this time, I suppose, even if this one is not particularly difficult to put back, notwithstanding its single-serving cost.

Jun 03, 2016
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Copper, cloudy, lots of carbonation, topped with 2 fingers of greyish yellow foam.

Bananas, phenols, candy, light smokiness.

Bananas, phenols, candy, a hint of orange, a grapefruit bitterness and a hint of smoke.

Medium, slightly juicy body, medium low carbonation.

Found in Cent Fest in Chiang Mai, drank here April 28th, 2016. Stoked to find it here, my third tasted by this brewery. Good. None of their brews as awesome as their Belgian bothers though.

Apr 28, 2016
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.84/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

5.50% ABV. Comes in a 330ml brown glass bottle with a classy label and a branded pry-off crown cap. Bottled 12.11.15. Ale. Cost was ~3 euro.

No style is indicated on the label, and all Engelszell's website offers is "Vollbier" - more a "full beer" tax category than a style indicator. Since one can infer that Trappist yeast was used, and its definitely a paler brew, I guess we can call it a Trappist blonde?

Served cold into stemware and allowed to come to temperature over the course of the review.

HEAD: Minor. Maybe .5cm at best, but it recedes to a off-white floater ring quite quickly (<10 seconds). Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass. There's ample room for improvement here.

BODY: Hazy unfiltered orange-copper of average vibrance. No yeast is visible within, but the haziness keeps it from being a clean looking ale. Appears well-carbonated.

It's not unique or special in its appearance, but I find it generally appealing.

AROMA: Fruity esters and subdued floral hops are the first thing I notice, sitting atop blonde/pale malts. Green crabapple and clove emerge from the estery yeast, but if it was indeed Trappist yeast it isn't particularly well showcased here. Cidery and somewhat dry.

Aromatic intensity is average. This suggests an estery Belgian pale ale (not necessarily a Trappist blonde) with some zany yeast characteristics.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Overcarbonated almost to the point of being biting, with a sharp stinging crispness that doesn't lend itself too well to delivering the clean Belgian pale malt and estery yeast flavours. Green apple reigns supreme in the otherwise vague fruitiness at the heart of this beer, playing with some clove and general biscuity notes. The yeast is the star here, but unfortunately there just isn't enough flavour there. Minor hints of fruity and floral hops round out this simplistic yet decently balanced brew.

The intricacy and subtlety you'd expect in a Trappistenbier is absent here, and it pales in comparison to the nearest beers I can think's no Orval, Westvleteren Blonde, Chimay Doree, et al. That said, it's entirely unclear what this is trying to be.

Coarse if only from overcarbonation, wet, unrefreshing, and medium-bodied. Fairly filling for a Belgian pale. The texture is ill-suited to the taste.

OVERALL: Stift Engelszell remains the runt of the litter in terms of Trappist beers, lagging way behind its vastly superior brethren. This is a confused beer with balance and basic carbonation issues, and doesn't warrant a second purchase. I hope to see the brewery come into its own, but for now it remains adolescent and unmemorable. This is on par with your buddy's Belgian pale ale homebrew - drinkable, but wanting.

C (2.84) / AVERAGE

Jan 29, 2016
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Marius from Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A blend between a Belgian pale ale and a German weissbier. The pour is very much like a wheat beer, with a very active head that will grow out of the glass if you're not careful. Wheat, some banana feel, the familiar taste of Belgian yeast.

Aug 22, 2015
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Wer34truh from Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very solid, yet relatively forgettable beer. If it wasn't for the expectations associated with the 'trappist'-brand I'm sure people would be more positively inclined towards Nivard. Good, not great. The Tottenham of beer.

Aug 10, 2015
Nivard from Stift Engelszell
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 48 ratings