Nivard | Stift Engelszell

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Stift Engelszell

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by frontalot on 11-10-2014

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by eric5bellies:
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3.56/5  rDev 0%
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

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Brabander
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Really nothing special. It is a simple beer which does not live up to the expectations one would have...almost the same league as the Benno.

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Photo of DeanBB
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of jeschaefer
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of mishi_d
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Antyk
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of frontalot
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of benlhoest
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of desint
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of user785335
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 54V4G3
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of qrazvan
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of patre_tim
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of drmeto
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of Rivoire
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BelgianBeerChef
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of byronic
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WynnO
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of andpit
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of leitmotif
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -20.2%
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

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