Stift Engelszell

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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #121
Ranked #14,582
3.89 | pDev: 12.08%
Stift Engelszell
Very Good
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Photo of stevoj
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.89/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Peach63
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Jeffrey1701
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.07/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.07/5  rDev -21.1%
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

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Photo of RayCannata
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of herrklemann
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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

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Photo of drmeto
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Leif_Eriksson
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of kitch
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.94/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: One finger white head, super dark brown body.

Smell: Dark fruits, honey, rye bread, molasses, this smells kind of like mead.

Taste: Same as above.

Feel: High carbonation, medium body, dry upfront but then a honeyed sweetness takes over. Slightest suggestion of tanginess. Really warming for the abv, no bite.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear brown until the sludge rolls into the glass from the bottom quarter of the bottle. Small dense head that dissipates with a few spots of lace. Nose is simple sweet malt syrup and brown bread. Taste is also very simple, but pleasant, with malt syrup, some residual sweetness, and a balanced but soft bitterness. Overall, it is pretty likeable, but not a lot going on for a quad.

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Photo of peensteen
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A murky brown and ring of off white head, little to no lace. Smell is brown sugar with plum and raisin, dark breads round out the nose. Taste start out with and oddly metallic bitterness, dark fruit and sweet sugars, nowhere near as good as the nose, alcohol in the aftertaste. Medium high carbonation, full bodied. Not particularly good for the style, something seem off to me not infected though.

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Photo of REDAMI
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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 +8.5%
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 +8.2%
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 Brolo75
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +2.8%
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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Gregorius from Stift Engelszell
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 567 ratings