Stift Engelszell

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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #109
Ranked #16,947
3.9 | pDev: 12.05%
Stift Engelszell
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

2.68/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Aged since March 2013. Pours clear, dark brown in color with minimal head. Taste is dark fruit, prunes, earthy hops, dark bread. Heavy body, sweetish with a bitter backbone, low carbonation. Would be curious to try this fresher, but it is not bad. I like the dark fruit but have had more complex examples in the style. Not used to bitterness in the style.

Feb 21, 2021
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OlaB from Norway

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark-brown color with a medium top off beige head that dissolves quickly.
Aroma is of toasted malts, bread, coffee, caramel , raisins, prunes, spices and brown sugar.
The taste is toasted and malty with nice bready caramel notes allong with notes of dried fruits and spices. Aftertaste is long and strong in the flavour. Soft and creamy mouthfeel with a medium carbonation and a medium body.
A great and tasty sipper with a nice malt profile.

Feb 05, 2021
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby/mahogany brown color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Dark candi sugar and caramel maltiness along with some fruity and spicy Trappist yeast

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of fruity and spicy easters from the yeast along with some caramel maltiness. Finishes with lingering esters

M: Medium-full bodied with low-moderate carbonation

O: A solid quad that is on the easier side to drink. A good mix of yeast vs sweet. Worth a drink

Jan 14, 2021
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plutonash from Latvia

3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BBE: 15/03/23

L: Dark dark brown, can't see through the glass. Holds little to no head.
S: Dark malts giving vibes like chocolate, black bread, liquorice, molasses, etc.
T: Big punch of black bread, followed by nuts and some fruit (raisins, plums).
F: Medium/full bodied, perfect carbonation and good balance between sweetness and bitterness.
O: Decent belgian dark.

Dec 30, 2020
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InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Chestnut brown with a one finger bright head which shows hints of yellow and brown. After 5 minutes the head has disapated leaving some lace.
Smell: Raisins, plums, Christmas spice and malt.
Taste: Prunes and figs. Earthy on the front and middle, giving way to a sharp medicinal twang at the end. The alcohol is prominant but not pleasantly warming.
Feel: Full bodied, and rich. Coats the back of the tongue with a slightly oily residue.
Overpowering tastes of figs and prunes. This beer lacks the subtle intermixing of tastes and sensations that I've come to expect in the style. It earns a B.

Dec 05, 2020
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BelgianHops from Belgium

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely beer. Sweet caramel, spices and herbs. Smooth and balanced, dry aftertaste. Of all the non belgian trappists, this one is my flavourite, alongside Tre Fontane.

Aug 13, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L- Deep chestnut, hazy, pours with 2mm pale tan head.
S- At first I thought of toffee, but then I realised it was like the really thick brewer's malt syrup (100% real barley malt) my father used to use for brewing beer back in the 1970's.
T- Wow! Big, rounded, really malty, almost like toasted malt plus some roast fruits. There is a liquor-ish facet through it too, it has a punch, but it's polished enough the 10.5% doesn't slap you on the palate.
F- Big deep with some broad/solid richness, this one demands I treat it as a slow-sippin' beer, it's too big a taste to hurry.
O- Ideal as a winter-warmer, or for someone who likes to sip a beer in place of wine with dinner. Very nice and polished, nothing I thought -vely at all. I'd happily drink this again. Unusual for it's super-prominent deep malts element.
330ml Euro4.30 bottle from BelgiumInABox Antwerp/BE for home delivery to me in London/UK. BB: 18/04/24

Jul 03, 2020
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octortus from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 mL Bottle. ABV 10.5%.
Appearance: muddy brown, under half a finger of yellow cream head, little retention, fine broken collar remains, lots of sediment,
Aroma: dark pitted fruit (prune, raisin, plum), something is off though, Belgian yeast, slight smokiness, caramel, bready, slight bubblegum,
Mouthfeel: medium-full body, smooth, fairly well hidden alcohol, off dry finish, slightly sticky,
Flavour: dark pitted fruit (prune, raisin, plum), Belgian yeast, bready malt, Slight molasses, caramel, medium carbonation,

Review: 171

May 25, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bottle from Das Alpenhaus. Dark brown turns ruby when held to the light. Small, tight beige head. Aroma is chocolate, plums, raisins, light savory notes. Taste is a bit fuller, more chocolate, sweet like chocolate covered cherries, nice feel, coats he tongue and lingers for a while.lots of nice flavors, little heat.Still best to sip slowly and savor the taste.

Jan 03, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear brown and ruby color; elegant looking. However, the moderate tan head rapidly dissipates, surprising for a Belgian.

The aroma has a nice complexity. It opens with notes of chocolate, raisins, vanilla and a touch of cinnamon. The amber malts aroma is toasty and biscuity. Further in, aromas of alcohol spice reveal the vinous nature of this drink, yielding notes of grape, red wine and a touch of booze.

The aroma is better than the taste by way of complexity. In contrast, the taste is mostly vinous, with notes of red wine and tart dark fruit. There are flavors of raisins, plum, prune, chocolate, toasty malts, and spicy phenols. The alcohol is well hidden.

Full bodied, vinously tart and gently carbonated. The finish is toasty and dry. Solid and interesting BSDA, albeit not my favorite.

Dec 01, 2019
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Peach63 from New York

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark copper, with little head. No lacing. Cloudy.

Aroma of raisins, currants, toast, oak, coffee.

Taste is both sweet and sour. Raisins, currants, chocolate. Very malty.

Full bodied, sweet and sour finish. Little carbonation.

This is a very good Trappist ale.

Nov 10, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

$ 7.60 (Including tax and deposit)/11.2 oz bottle ($ 0.679/oz) at Alkies, Massena, NY. Reviewed 8/9/19.
“BREWEDIN YEAR 2018/06” stamped on back label. Stored on shelf in store. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.
First pour – Amber, hazy.
Body – Dark brown, opaque, with slight but continuous effervescence. When held to the light, slightly translucent at the top.
Head – Large (Maximum four cm, aggressive center pour), light tan, medium density, average retention, retracting to a two to four mm crown and a partial rocky cap fed by effervescence.
Lacing – None, which is not unexpected at this ABV (9.7%).
Aroma – 4 – Brown sugar.
Flavor – 3.5 – Begins very sweet, almost cloying, before shifting to a slight bitterness. Honey predominates followed by a heavy, coarse, bready quality. Minimal spiciness. No alcohol taste or aroma (9.7 % ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 4 – Full, creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.75 – Definitely drinkable in small quantities but too heavy to try to session. Flavor is bland, but, after several minutes, a hint of dates shows up. Worth trying once.

Aug 09, 2019
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Jeffrey1701 from Netherlands

3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A little sour and bitter, heavy body with notes of bread. Also wasn't very sweet to me. I thought it was intense at first and settled out pretty nicely.

May 16, 2019
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BucBasil from Rwanda

3.07/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured from the 330mL bottle into a Kasteel chalice glass. The beer is a cola brown with little to no head.

S: The beer smells of alcohol and strong yeast and dark fruit and spice.

T: Medicinal taste with a strong flavor of alcohol and yeast. I usually like Belgian strong dark ales, but this one is very very strong tasting with not much subtlety. Towards the end this was almost undrinkable because of the medicinal and alcohol taste, but at first it was good.

Overall: This one was advertised as a Trappist beer, and maybe it is, but the flavor is a bit too strong on all fronts, especially the alcohol and yeast flavor. It needs a bit of character outside of "strength" to be considered really great or even really good. Outside of that, it's a fine beer, but not awesome.

Feb 15, 2019
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eric5bellies from Australia

3.07/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Dranks from my Engelszell chalice

A - Pours a cola colour with a biege head that reduces quickly
S - Sweet malts
T - Up front some sweet malts and followed by some spiced candied sugar. The finish is malty and soy sauce
M - Medium body and medium carbonation.
O - Not the greatest exapmle of a Belgian dark ale and you won't be disappointed if you miss this one

Feb 03, 2019
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RayCannata from Louisiana

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Truly great dark Belgian ale. Plenty of alcohol, malty, with some bread notes. Smooth, tasty.

Had this in Tampa, but haven't found this in New Orleans where I live.

Jul 20, 2018
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Blackop555 from Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is dark brown. Foamy, medium, tan head that Fades slowly to a ring.

Smells dark fruits, molasses, bread and toasted malt.

Taste toasted malts, raisin, Plum, light cherry, molasses and a hint of alcohol. Finish is semi-dry with a malty linger. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

Jun 23, 2018
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herrklemann from Austria

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, reddish brown, with a thickness like good juice. The foam is decent, but quickly fades to nothing. The aroma is dominated by malt, but also very fruity notes. The taste is also dominated by a heavy play between malts and fruit, like blackberries. A note of alcohol is there, but very subtle. It just adds to the rich, full body. Hell of a good beer, but so heavy I'll save the other three for special occasions. Bottle ordered directly from Stift Engelszell.

Mar 08, 2018
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015 bottling

Appearance: Pours with a bountiful ecru head capping the mahogany colored liquid; copious lacing

Smell: Roasted tones with burnt brown sugar and dark fruit - date and fig

Taste: Burnt brown sugar and dark fruit forward, with the date and fig tones joined by molasses, through the middle; bitter and herbal tones emerge in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: Clearly not up there with the Trappist big boys in the style

Feb 09, 2018
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drmeto from Germany

4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

-pours a cloudy mahogany brown with a small to medium,frothy,sand-coloured head
-Yeast flakes visible at the bottom of the glass
-plums,raisins,strawberries,balsamic vinegar,cherries
-astringent,cherries,plums,raisins,chocolate,figs with a grassy bitterniss
-high bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-medium to full body
Not as Yeast-heavy as the "True" Belgians.Dark Fruit esters are more prominent in this.
It almost goes into Flanders Red territory with it's Balsamic vinegar note.
A really good and interesting Trappist.

Oct 04, 2017
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Leif_Eriksson from Canada (AB)

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Deep, rich brown with a creamy, lingering head.

Nose: Figs and other dark fruits. Prunes. The figs are jammy. Some chocolate.

Taste: Chewy like molasses - a monstrously "big" beer. Somewhat bloody, metallic finish that takes away from the incredible beginning. Somewhat syrupy. Full-bodied and full of contemplative prayer. ;)

Overall: Quite delicious and worthwhile! The nose is more complex than the taste on this beer.

Aug 15, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with ruby highlights and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark fruits, malts, molasses. Taste is dark fruits, alcohol, bready malts, molasses, boozy and sweet at the finish. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer worthy trying.

Aug 13, 2017
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 3 month out of date bottle, it pours a hazy brown with a lusty head, soon reducing to a ring and continent. Malt and some prune in the nose. Prune forward (to me), it is enjoyably malt and fruity. Yum! Dangerously easy to drink! Mouthfeel is good, filling the mouth nicely.

Mar 09, 2017
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StJamesGate from New York

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Garnet-tinged nut brown with lumpy ecru head. 4
Walnut oil, dates, and aged rum barrels. 4
Chocolate-covered cherries, earth, banana chips, raisins, butter toffee, hint of ginger, and barky end. 3.75
Not quite medium, fizzy, some cling. 3.75

A Trappist at nearly 10% that’s short-dated - figure that one out. At any rate, this is about 2 years past “expiry,” which should make it mellow. So a bit disappointing that it’s so jumpy - fizzes like a dubbel more than a quad. And while it ticks the right boxes, also lacking the depth of flavour that Kaiser Blue or other champions of the style would bring. Nice, but doesn’t deserve to be called Trappist. 4

Jan 20, 2017
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 4th December 2016, poured into a Chimay goblet glass.

Appearance: It poured a cloudy dark brown colour with a one finger tanned head that dissipated quickly but settled to a thin creamy layer with sparse lacing.

Aroma: Roasty chocolate, caramel followed by strong dark fruit, plum, prunes, raisin, figs and fruit cake.

Taste: Sweet dark fruit plum, prunes, raisin and fig. Syrupy toffee, caramel and molasses. Also a hint of banana, mocha and alcohol. Lightly sour here and there.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: It’s ok, but mainly too sweet and boozy for my liking.

Nov 04, 2016
Gregorius from Stift Engelszell
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 580 ratings