Gregorius | Stift Engelszell

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Brewed by:
Stift Engelszell
Austria | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by benfons on 10-24-2012

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144
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507
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
23.24%
 
 
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Photo of REDAMI
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into Westie tasting chalice.

L-Ruby brown with quickly dissipating head.

S-Dates, bready yeast, brown bread, heavy malts and treacle, alcohol

T-Dried fruits and molasses, roasty coffee

Not as refined as some of the other Belgian Quads/BSDA's, but a nice warming sipper.

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Photo of erk0607
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look. Solid, opaque brown with humongous tan head that lasts a while.

Smell: dark fruits, sweet, cherry, plum, chocolate cordial notes

Flavor: sweet cherry and chocolate cordials, sugar, slight funk, lingering aftertaste, no alcohol noted for 9%.

Feel: on the thicker side, heavy, smooth carbonation that pops

Overall: Excellent, would get again

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Photo of dcotom
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appears to be a good example of the Belgian Strong Dark, according to the style guidelines. Flavors are quite bold, with notes of sweet caramel, dark bread, raisins, and prunes. Alcohol becomes quite prominent as it warms. Some lingering sweetness on the finish. I find this quite similar to a doppelbock in character, and an excellent beer as well.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours a cloudy, hazy mahogany red/brown color, no head retention, lots of yeast in the bottle it was fizzing pretty good, no lacing.

A: Belgian yeast, banana, slight aroma of spice and clove, on the sweet side as the honey comes through pretty strong, dark fruits like raisins and plums, not getting any alcohol on the nose.

T: Follows the nose, Belgian yeast, banana, honey, dark fruits, very smooth and easy to drink, alcohol does come through pretty strong.

M: Medium bodied with very little carbonation because it was gushing when I opened it.

O: This beer while tasty but was all over the place on the rating scale, not a great look or mouthfeel but a solid aroma and a solid taste. I think the gushing effected the look and mouthfeel.

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Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky brown with a thin light tan head. The aroma is spiced, dark fruit, and sweet. The taste is much the same with a nice richness. The body isn't too heavy with light carbonation.

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Photo of Dzu
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Turbid ,very dark amber with a capuccino-coloyr head.
S: Complex, saturated with aromas of dark fruits and sweets.
T: Little bitternes and sweet with some coffe flavour.
F: Enjoyable long-lasting aftertaste.
O: Have been pleasantly surprised by this austrian trappist. Without tinge of coffee it will be much better.

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Photo of drpimento
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hmm, interesting, good. Kind of like the European Dark Bread of beers: rich and chewy, dark, molasses, bittersweet, fragrant. The bottle was a gusher, which isn't the best. Still a very good and unique beer with quality character.

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Photo of davidperez
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Named after the first appointed abbot after the monastery Engelszell became a trappist abbey, this is another trappist brew I have longed for.

Served in a Chimay chalice, it pours a dark brown with reddish tones, solid, with a one-finger ivory head with some retention. After the head dissipates it leaves a ring of ivory foam that adorns the chalice for the remainder of the beer, making it alluring to the eye.
No lacing though.

Interesting, assertive, and complex bouquet.
Licorice, cherry, dark fruits as in prunes, raisins, figs and dates, molasses, honey, cinnamon and a touch of vanilla.

Right after the sip, the high carbonation sets the perfect prelude to the complex layers to come by teasing and alerting your palate.
There is an initial thrust of sweetness that begins to attenuate while ramifying in flavors, following the nose. A caramelized apple note marks its presence too.
The aftertaste is long, and in it, the sweetness takes the form of molasses, and also the licorice note appears, reminiscent of a red wine.
Medium body, smooth.

Scrumptious beer, and underrated in my opinion.

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Photo of Zet
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown colour with a small cappucino head that fades quite fast. Smell of malt, liquorice, hops and caramel. It reminds me of some German Doppelbocks: a full nose, almost fatty. Taste has the same characteristics: the dark malts supply a full body and a plethora of flavours: malts, toffee, liquorice, coffee, yeast and hops. The honey adds some good flavour as well and smoothens the swallowing, but it also makes the taste a tad too sweet for my liking (just a tad though). There are also some hints of grapefruit in the swallow, probably due to the hops. The taste turns more to gruit beer as it warms up: flavours like thyme and laurel make their appearance. This beer is a bit expensive over here in Holland, but it was definitely worth the try.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle brewed on 10/2014 served in a tulip glass. Despite a slow pour some sediment came along with the pour.

Appearance: Cloudy to translucent brown with orange and copper highlights. Initial 1/8" tan-orange head died back to a thin skin across the top. Some strands and small islands of lacing noted, but they slowly dissipated.

Smell: Toasted malt, a hint of molasses/toffee and something else that I can't quite place - a tiny bit alcohol and fruit-like.

Taste: Wonderfully malty - molasses, toffee, caramel. Some bready/danish flavors and some yeast flavor as well. A hint of wildflower honey in here as well which I think is bringing some of the "darker" sweet flavors. The finish is mildly bitter, with a bit of metallic taste to it that lingers a bit along with the older noble hops.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation that scrubs the tongue a bit, but some stickiness on the teeth remains. Dry finish as you would expect with something that has honey in it.

Overall / Drinkability: A very nice slow sipping beer and seems to have held up well despite the initial bottling date - but a good Belgian Dark Strong Ale should be able to age for several years, and this appears to be one of them. Fairly expensive so I'm not sure I'd go out of my way to buy it again vs. all the other beers out there in this category, but glad I tried it.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep cooper with some red highlights. Wide ivory foam head, excellent retention. Aroma is complex, malty, some caramel, dark fruits and spices, no hops. Taste is complex too, strong, malty, alcoholic, fruity, rich. Bold body with high carbonation. Overall very nice beer, it states on the label that has honey and wine yeast, that makes an interesting character in flavour.

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Photo of sgfocus
3.07/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting beer, subtle smell, slightly malty alcohol scent
Very dark brown muddy appearance.
Sweet malty caramel vanilla flavour with a minty finish.
Would not be my first choice but very interesting nevertheless

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Photo of stcules
2.2/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark brown, almost black. Light brown foam, average.
In the smell dark malts and sugar. Some fruitiness.
Taste: something like a sweet oil. A lot of sugar. Rd fruit.
Too sweet, and the dark malts clash with the sweetness.
And it is quite carbonated.
Boh.

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Photo of hotsudge
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A= cloudy carmel brown, small head
S= carmel, roasting apples, a hint of malt and vanilla
T=carmel, slight banana
F=smooth, slight sparkle at first
O=a lovely creamy flavourful beer

Didn't have the right glass so I used a Chimay chalice instead. It leaves a chalky like finish on the glass. Only had 1 and served it at the ideal temp. Wish I had a 2nd.

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Photo of EricVonStein
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

pours dark amber brown, opaque and well carbonated, small tan head that settles out quickly.

Plum and prune is there but also more straight up candy sugar from a sweet shop.

Very strong black liqourice flavour, sweet dark dried fruits get pushed out a bit but are there as well. Candied syrup, brown sugar. Very sweet, sugary, maple syrup like flavours. Lots of heat and alcohol is present. Lighter body than its compatriots.

Nice beer for sure but in the canon of trappists its not on the same level as the classics.



Medium bodied

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a reddish/purplish brown, with a foamy light coffee-colored brown head.

Smells like tart cherry, raisin puree, plums, light spicing, and floral yeast.

When a bit cool, for the first half of this pour, this was pretty solid, typical but tasty Belgian strong ale. There was tons of jammy dark fruit, some toffee, and lots of Belgian yeast character. But as this warmed up, it got kinda weak, almost rank. The Belgian yeast character intensified, becoming overbearing, perfumy, and bitter, and the alcohol character also intensified, the balance was thrown off, with a largely bitter finish.

This had a really creamy mouthfeel, and a pretty absurdly high level of carbonation.

I guess just because it's a Trappist beer doesn't actually make it good. Pretty disappointed with this one.

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Photo of ludachris
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body is a muddled, deep rusty brown. Any more haze and it would be opaque. A finger's worth of creamy, dense, light tan head gradually recedes. No lace is left behind.

A sweet streak of alcohol really elevates and intensifies the nose. Rich, toasty nuttiness and caramel lies at its core. A vinous quality with a bit of tart cherry envelopes its sweetness. A bit of soy sauce comes out the more I smell it. Warm banana bread peaks through as well. True to the style, there's no shortage of complexity here.

Sticky raisins and dates come in full and hardy. Sweet alcohol shoots across the palate. Beneath is a rich, bready, toasty essence that gives you plenty to chew on. Ethanol cleans the palate and warms the chest.

Full bodied with a bottle-conditioned foaminess that I love. The alcohol lingers but it's not overdone. Its CO2 level is on par for the style.

I'm happy I'm able to cross another Trappist brewery off the list. I found this to be a very traditional take on the style, and me loving the style, I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark reddish-reddish brown color with a moderate sized fizzy brown head. Recedes quicker than any head I've seen. Leaves an interesting thin island of a head in the center. Zero lacing on the sides. Definitely some interesting characteristics for a beer this ABV.

Complex aroma of caramel malts, dark fruits, sugar, and candied fruit. A good deal of alcohol.

Very sweet taste of sweet candied caramel, sugar, and ripe fruits. Cherry and raisin are strong, with a dash of fig as well. The sugary nature provides a nice bite of bitterness, and just a hint of sourness. The cherry strengthens as it warms, and it actually starts to take on an element of a Sour with the combination of cherry, bitterness, and sourness. Apple also joins the scene as it warms. Some very nice things going on here, without being quite as harsh as some Belgian Strong beers that you might see.

Remarkably drinkable at 10.5%. Medium bodied, with fairly high carbonation. A bit sticky on the finish. Manages a way to be refreshing despite it's alcoholic nature, a feat not often achieved.

Overall, a very pleasant surprise. Shocked to see this rated so low after trying it. Although this is a bit on the tame side for the style, it still has a very unique and tasty flavor profile. Strongly recommended for any fans of the style.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A hazy hazy chestnut pour supports a 1” cream colored foam collar with a very fine bead. S: Banana, honey, fruit, hint of cardamom or anise aromas. T: Complex spice, some darker malt, hints of chocolate, some roast, honey and a suggestion of fruit cake in the long lingering aftertastes. Moderately bitter hops provide some balance. F: A soft palate with high medium body, medium high carbonation O: Very nicely done and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Less desserty than it's Benno counterpart, but also fairly malty and sweet. Burnt, caramelized prunes here, with a peculiar bitter finish and a lot of strength and richness, from the alcohol and the heavy malts.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a muddy brown with hint of red, like prune juice; thick head sizzles away in a minute, leaving a thin film of suds

Aroma: great rich fruitiness courtesy of the yeast - prune and raisin, strawberry

Taste & Mouthfeel: intense burst of flavour, sweet like candy, even puckering, before heat of alcohol burns away the excess, leaving the palate on fire dried fruit notes and a dry finish, begging for another sip; medium-full body, has great mouthfeel from fine carbonation and unfiltered yeast.

Overall: the depth of flavour may not be as exciting as that of the top trappist beers, but it executes the style well with great feel

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany brown with a tan head, decent but quickly fades to nothing. Aroma is dark fruit, raisins, fig, plum and a boozy background. Taste is sweet with the dark fruit and the boozy tone fills in. A soft bitter bite on the tounge for a finish is present. Smooth on the pallet, not bad.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear deep brown color ale with a generous head with OK retention and light lacing notes. Aroma of caramelized malt with light dry fruits with quite a bit of residual sugar notes. Taste is also a mix between caramelized malt with some dry fruits notes with quite a bit of residual sugar. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad bit lacks cohesion and balance as well as those candy ester that the other Trappist have.

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Photo of kevinlater
2.42/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

330mL bottle into goblet. best before 21.01.17. consumed on july 8, 2015

a: light mahogany, caramel-y, somewhat deep red with about a finger of light brown or dark tan head

s: licorice, roasty caramel/brown sugar, dark chocolate, apple, maraschino cherry, raisins/vinous scents, soy sauce, mild alcohol. very unique and complex, but not pleasant

t: follows the nose. strong-ish licorice, cocoa, and lightly salty soy sauce up front. sweet cherries, apples, and mild caramel flavours are in the mid-palate. not-so-dry finish which lets the sweetness linger

m: good medium-plus thick mouthfeel, but lacks the dryness at the end

o: chocolate-covered maraschino cherries with added artificial sweetness and soy sauce. no thanks!

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $4 CDN. Served fairly cold into glassware. Nice to see a non Belgian example of a Belgian style. Advertised as 10.5% ABV.

Appearance - dark hazy brown color with some red hues. Tiny half finger of tan head was poured and dissipated quite quickly and left a minuscule soapy collar.

Smell - plenty of dark fruits, figs, plums and prunes, slightly burnt brown sugar, maybe even some grape. Inviting and very fruity. Definitely at least a little reminiscent of the classic dark Belgian ales.

Taste - massive amount of sweetness, burnt sugar, prunes and figs. Boozy too and finishes with some treacle. A bit overwhelming and unbalanced for my tastes. Still reasonable tasty.

Mouthfeel - very sweet and slightly cloying, high level of carbonation, but a bit syrupy, lacks the lightness of others in the style.

Overall - overwhelmingly sweet and cloying, just too much of the figs, prune and treacle combo. Otherwise decent body and enjoyable with a good nose. For the price though, I'd rather enjoy many of the other Belgian alternatives.

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86 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.
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