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Gregorius | Stift Engelszell

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Brewed by:
Stift Engelszell

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by benfons on 10-24-2012

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Reviews: 148 | Ratings: 515
Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.94/5  rDev +28.6%
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 RonaldTheriot
4.88/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Gregorius has a vaport train out the bottle neck, a thin, cream-colored head, a dark brown appearance, minimal lacing, and an incredible amount of pretty large tan chunks which settle at the bottom, making this beer almost a semi-solid beverage. The aroma is intense, and the drinker will pick up a multiplicity of smells, including grape skin, wine, vinegar, Maraschino cherries, acid, duck sauce, yeast, brown bread, bread crust, honey, lo mien noodles, and spice. Taste is likewise complex, with flavors including all of the above, plus smoked pork, Warheads sweet & sour candies, pine oil, licorice, prunes, butter, and assorted spices. Mouthfeel is heavy and chewy, and Gregorius finishes wet and cloying and munch-able. Overall, this is an outstanding beer, at a minimum, and I recommend it, in the strongest possible terms.


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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
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 51mmz0rz
4.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 0.33L bottle into a Westmalle chalice. Date is 08.11.14 (best buy date, I got the bottle in February of 2014). Thanks to Jan's father for this one (any many other not reviewed...)

A: Brown body, not much head to speak of.

S: RIch dark sugar and fruit. Boozy and very pleasant.

T: Intense Belgian yeast flavors, a hint of roasted malt. An acidity in the finish.

M: Surprisingly not super heavy. Rich mouthfeel, but enough bitterness to help clear the palate.

O: Overall a great example of one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle. Dark brown pour with a tall tan head. Smells tart and vinous, like grapes, sour milk, vinegar, yeast and spices. The taste adds overripe bananas, red wine, dried fruit (mostly prunes), dark fruit jam, a bit of chocolate, burnt caramel (mostly the bitter part than the sweetness), rosemary and a warm alcohol finish. Quite a complex and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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 deg
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured the beer into a chalice. Unfortunately I lost a little beer because the beer foamed as soon as I opened the bottle. I suspect there's a little too much yeast in the bottle. The beer was a good dark color. The head never completely dissappated. I smelled fruit, like figs and raisins. The taste was rich with malt and fruit. The beer had a creamy consistency.

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Photo of BeerIsland
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A FaceBook alert had me out on the trail for this draft. Deep brown with a sweet head made this an attactive tulip. This is a complex, big beer but tart enough to desire a second. Although Belgian style through and through, the Austrian have provided enough of a different take to stand out. Thanks, Paul, for getting this one on.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Birch.

A - Nice head. Very dark brown/black color.

S - Bready, yeasty, substantial.

T - Spicy, peppery, raisiny, a bit of leather. Am I drinking a Belgian Strong or a Bordeau?

M - Perfect balance of flavors and booze.

O - An outstanding beer that I hope to have again. This one's good.

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Photo of Libationguy
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Medium brown in color with a deep tan head. Head pours full with a medium+ retention.

Malt up front and on display in the nose. Hazelnuts, molasses, deep roasted malt, rich fruitiness and bread crust.

Rich, round, roasted malt flavor. Brown sugar and molasses notes bring the beer up to the edge of sweet before hop bitterness puts in a check and brings everything back into balance. Just a little touch of alcohol heat, but really nicely balanced for a beer approaching 10%.

Medium+ texture on the mouthfeel. Rich, creamy, dense and lasting.

So much power and it is truly a meal in a glass. Nicely made.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a chalice glass. This is a dark mahogany colored beer with a light tan head, about a finger's height. The nose features clovy, spicy phenols, slightly woody, with a touch of caramel malt and some light ripe fruitiness. The flavor is rather heady, with malt that's more substantial than the well-known Belgian trappists, bready with caramel and toffee. Nicely phenolic as well, giving a peppery, clovy edge. Yeasty esters are present but not a major component. Strong enough to be warming, though without any tastable alcohol. Good mouthfeel, but not heavy.

Nice addition to the trappist lineup. I'd like to think with the malt they're separating themselves from the default more northern standard for the style.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip)
brewed on 2012/11
A- This beer pours a lumpy dense walnut brown body with a thick tan creamy head that last a good bit and has some thick lacing after each sip.

S- The soft almost nutty dark malt qualities are blended with hint of dark fruit like cherry pits. As it opens the aroma really develops with some vinous notes and finish of soy sauce and cola hints that are quite pleasant.

T- The soft mellow dark malt flavors have more dark dried fruit and prune layers with old wet barrel qualities and a roasted malt hint in the finish that is complimented by a nice alcohol spice. There is also a red wine tannin that lingers in the mix aswell.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a tight little fizz and a nice alcohol warmth.

O- This beer is a classic in the abbey style. Great subtle depth that grows as the beer opens, making it simple yet elegant. It really helped to take the chill of coming in from the cold.

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Photo of Auraan
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a nice reddish brown with a one finger tan head, leaving little lacing down the glass. Quite nice and true to style, a good appearance. Scents of Belgian yeast, some wild, sour aromas, faint candi sugar, overripe fruit, grape, plum, slight cocoa, dark chocolate and some brown sugar. A very nice, complex aroma, true to form for an Abbey strong dark, very well executed. Taste begins with dark fruit, prune and raisin with some sour funk in the background. White grape appears in the middle, along with spicy yeast and sweet spices. Towards the end of the sip better sweet chocolate and bready malt come forward. A good amount of alcohol is present in the flavor. A sweet brew, with the usual Belgian spiciness. Very well done, quite complex and enjoyable. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with medium low carbonation and a semi-drying, chalky mouthfeel. Very good, very much a Belgian. Overall this is a good Belgian Strong Dark. All the usual flavors and aromas are on display, the complexity is present and its a very good beer. Its not quite on the level of Rochefort, Chimay or Bernardus, but its very good regardless.

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Photo of carolinabrew
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very murky, dark brown color. Little foam head. Scorched malt flavor on front and back. Sweet, nutty flavor. Crisp finish. For how high the ABV is you don't detect heavy alcohol.

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Photo of jroberts8811
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured on tap at the Bier Station - Kansas City MO

A: dark, can't see any effervescence through the haze. dark brown

S: bready, malty, spicy. clove, coriander, banana, yeasty, stone fruit

T: boozy, sweet, malty with spicy undertones.

M: Lighter bodied that I thought. silky, velvety mouthfeel

O: Great overall Trappist product. not in the same league as the Belgian counterparts but delicious nonetheless.

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Photo of davidperez
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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 majorbase2
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
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 benfons
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got my hand on two bottles of this new trappist ale.

A: really dark-brown hazy colour, some residue, almost no head.

S: roasted malts, coffee, hints of red fruits, something floral almost medicinal; it gives the impression of a heavy beer.

T: up front roasted malts, hints of red fruitand chocolate break the heaviness slightly. It ends fairly alcoholic with a bittersweet honey touch.

M: creamy, good carbonation, fairly alcoholic finish

O: It can proudly wear the name trappistenbier. Slightly different, but complex and balanced. Well worth the money.

PS the alcohol tends to make it more of a winterbeer

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Photo of BGDrock
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
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 BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As the "little brother" of the Trappist brewing, Stift Engelszell steps into the Strong Dark Ale arena with a bold and majestic ale that carries a regal sense of complexity and with superb drinkability.

Gregorius pours with a deep dark russet brown hue and the expected yeasty rust haze. The beer calmly builds a creamy but short off-white head. Though the beer is restrained with its foamy lacing, it does celebrates brandy-type legging that coats the glass with malt oils with a gentle swirl of the chalice.

Creamy candied aromas and taste begin with an elegant sweetness that's reminescent of grape, hard candy, and powdered sugar. Combined with the robust tastes of grilled dark fruit, blackcurrant, cabernet, mild chocolate, light coffee grind, cola nuts and cashews- the taste is varying but savory and sweet. Added complexities arise with raisin, plumb and prune as the beer warms and the taste buds invite more delicate character. A balance of vinous woods and black pepper balance the sweetness and fruit and close the beer with a dry sweetness that's every bit as wine-like as ale.

Its firm and creamy body is rich, savory and succulent with its initial sip. But finishing warm, its evident that the malts have receded, the bitterness of wood oils rises, and the alcohols pronounce.

And with the same type of satisfaction of Koningshoeven La Trappe Quad, Gregorius has fit the Trappist Strong Dark Ale taste, complexity, and drinakability to a tee.

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Photo of acevenom
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter glass. Pours dark brown to black with a two-finger length of light tan head. The beer appears to be well carbonated and the head dissipates at a moderate pace. The aroma is fruit forward, smelling a little like cherries and bananas. There are dark roasted malts and caramel. The flavor is much like the nose, which is fruit and malt forward. I get those cherry and banana notes from the yeast as well as dark fruit notes and some mild caramel with the roasted malts. The body is medium to full with strong carbonation. The finish is a little dry and there isn't much of an aftertaste. It's fairly easy drinking despite the high alcohol content. This is an excellent beer, but just so. I would recommend trying this beer if you're a completist for the Trappist breweries or you just like this style.

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Photo of avalon07
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy texture. There was a small amount of off white, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: A nice aroma of dark fruit, yeast, and malt.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, cherries, caramel, apples, and some malt. A complex, focused, enjoyable flavor. Very easy to like this one.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth (bordering on slick) finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made, drinkable beer. I'm surprised this one has as low a rating as it does. Still, a tasty beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I bought this as part of a gift pack that included Benno and the glass.

Bottled in February 2014.

It pours a hazy, no cloudy rusty brown with a huge head of foam that is great with the lacing.

The smell has quite a bit of bitterness to it yet there's a honey sweetness going on as well. Perhaps some molasses but more interestingly, I can smell some funky notes.

The honey is the first thing I notice in the taste; quite sweet on my palate. The bitterness I noted in the smell is very citrus like in the taste and the the curious funk smell...I get that too. A very complicated beer here, I reckon.

Full bodied, medium carbonation.

This is most definitely a "weird" brew and I reckon a very polarizing one. Put me in the camp that likes it.

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Photo of erk0607
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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 +9.6%
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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