Gregorius | Stift Engelszell

GregoriusGregorius
BA SCORE
72.6%
Liked This Beer
3.86 w/ 536 ratings
GregoriusGregorius
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stift Engelszell
Austria
stift-engelszell.at

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by benfons on 10-24-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,274
Reviews:
153
Ratings:
536
Liked:
389
Avg:
3.86/5
pDev:
12.18%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
97
Trade:
1
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1/5  rDev -74.1%

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1.91/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I am not sure what happened to this beer, whether it was the dregs of the batch or not, but the bottle was around 50% sediment. I poured it into a tulip glass, and it clugged like a spoiled bottle of milk. One sip was all I could handle, and the smell was musty. I don't think I am going to try this again, given that it was not cheap, and there are better beers out there.

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2/5  rDev -48.2%

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2/5  rDev -48.2%

Photo of stcules
2.2/5  rDev -43%
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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2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of 71CrazyOtto
2.37/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Meh. Tasted more like a stout mixed in with some bad sugar. Boozy burn, a big disappointment coming from a Trappist label brewer.

These Austrian monks should brew German style beer and leave the Belgian styles to the master Trappist that actually reside within Belgium or at least near the border.

What brewer gets the Authentic Trappist label next some western Russian monks, sigh.

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2.42/5  rDev -37.3%
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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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

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2.52/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of PDXHops
2.63/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a St Bernardus goblet. Deep hazy brown with an initially puffy cream-colored head that dies down disappointingly quickly. A bubbly skim clings tenaciously, and a bit of crackly lacing is left up top.

The chief aromas are bready malt and a pronounced woody character that seems out of place, although not altogether unpleasant. Lighter medicinal, dark fruit and leafy notes.

Tastes a bit messy and disjointed. Perhaps some aging would help smooth things out. At this point, though, it's a mishmash of massive candi sugar and dark corn syrup sweetness coupled with a somewhat artificial tasting tangy fruitiness and a ton of alcohol. Just big and boozy vs warming. Milk chocolate, vinous, sugary, woody, cherry pie filling. A lot going on here. It's kind of a mess, truthfully, although I suspect it might be a pleasantly surprising cellar experiment. Pretty nice coating mouthfeel. I find myself unusually intrigued by a mediocre beer.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of apintofknowledge
2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours deep chestnut with a medium cream-colored head
Aroma: Herbal, yeast, slightly medicinal, with a hints of smoke and wood (not that I can think of any reason for these to be in there given what I know about the beer)
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a fizzy, effervescent carbonation
Taste: Initially mildly sweet, slightly nutty, into a slightly medicinal and vinegar-like middle, with hints of red wine, sweetened cocoa and plum, finishing in a dry, musty, tart cherry flavor reminiscent of cough syrup. In reading this back it actually tastes a bit better than the flavor notes I make here. Still, all the flavors are somewhat subtle and somewhat muddled, with only a lingering leathery tartness left on my palate.
Overall: Not at all what I was expecting, and not really sure how to categorize this one. Sometimes not fitting within a style or definition is good, but this beer is a bit of an enigma, and I have nothing to really compare it with, but also nothing to truly define it. In the end, I just didn't really love the taste. While Stift Engelszell's other current beer (Benno) is also beyond style boundaries, I quite enjoyed that one. I'm not sure I'd pick this one up again.

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of GuyIncognito
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this bottle from a friend who works at a distributor. I really wanted to like it- 8th trappist beer, from Austria, made with alsatian wine yeast, etc. etc., but it was just a boozy mess. Unimpressive appearance, strong phenols, and lackadaisical finish. At 9.7 abv it packs a punch, but it is a boring, slightly off, punch.

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tumbler at Local Option.

I had to start off with the newest Trappist brewery, didn't I? This stuff pours a clear topaz topped by over a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises caramel, toffee, stone fruits, fig, and light clove. The taste brings in more of the same, though unfortunately accompanied by some musty apple/white wine grape character throughout. This flavor just ruins everything, literally leaving a bad taste in my mouth. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, it seemed as though the Local Option crew agreed with me that this beer, though well-looked-forward-to, really fell flat on its face, especially with that weird flavor in there (which is exacerbated by the alcohol level). Without any hesitation, this is the worst Trappist beer I've ever had. Hopefully I can try more from this brewery in the future, though (meaning: Engelszell, don't try to be Orval, 'cause this nonsense ain't no Orval, homies!).

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3.07/5  rDev -20.5%
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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3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330 mL bottle poured into a chalice at cellar temperature.

L – Cloudy deep brown color with a 1-finger bubbly, creamy tan head. Pretty good retention and nice lacing.

S – Wow there are a lot of medicinal phenols here. Honestly this smells like cherry Robitussin to me. If I try to get past that, I can get some toasted and roasted malts, molasses, chocolate, and cloves.

T – Once again, the cherry Robitussin is there. Again, if I’m looking past this, it starts sweet with caramel malt, molasses, dark cherries, and possibly a bit of chocolate. Medicinal phenols appear quickly along with spicy black pepper and clove yeast notes. Some coffee-like roasted malt appears at the finish.

F – Medium-bodied with decent carbonation, a sticky and mouth-coating feel, and a sweet dark cherry medicinal finish that lasts for a while. Alcohol is slightly noticeable in a throat-warming sensation at the finish.

O – This beer is not great. It’s not so bad if you can get by the Robitussin, but it just takes so much effort to do so. The phenols are just too pervasive in the aroma and flavor. By looking at the current reviews, I only see a couple other people even mention phenols. Maybe others don’t see it or maybe it doesn’t bother them, but it’s too much for me. In my opinion, there are much better Belgian strong dark ales out there.

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Gregorius from Stift Engelszell
Beer rating: 72.6% out of 100 with 536 ratings
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