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:
#9,280
Reviews:
153
Ratings:
536
Liked:
389
Avg:
3.86/5
pDev:
12.18%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
97
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Photo of KristofH
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown to nearly black in color. An inch of light beige head rests on top. I smell dark malt and honey. I taste earthy dark malt and honey but it just seems a bit too simplistic. The mouth is fairly carbonated and tastes of alcohol. There's a moderate dark malt aftertaste.

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Photo of ciderguy
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from Beer Planet in Brussels - Was really excited to give this one a try. Pour was just as I hoped it would be, nice and dark and full rocky head. Nose was crazy complex, strong aroma of smoke (if not charring), as well as dark bitter chocolate and black coffee. Good, full mouth feel but just as the nose suggested strong smokey rauch flavor. Almost burnt taste. Taste changed little as the beer slowly warmed. Not bad, but not great either. I would argue the Austrians still have a thing or twto to learn from the Belgians.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep semi murky brown fluffy off white head that dies rather quickly. smells nutty rich and earthy smells sweet musty and woody.

tastes a lot like the smell. a bit medicinal and booze, very musty semi vinious but not like a good wine. drinkable and good but I'm not sure if it's up to trappist standards

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Photo of mxchap
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium dark brown color. Poured in a 15cL glass, so no comment(s) on head/retention.
Aroma: Candied fruits (prunes and cherries). Chocolate and caramel malt.
Taste: Bready / malty with spices and some hot alcohol. The finishing flavor of this beer is quite odd and frankly makes the beer sub-par. The candied fruit flavor smacks your tongue at the end with such force. It's almost like a sweet red wine.
Mouthfeel: Strong, alcohol noticeable. Sticky at the finish. Light-medium carbonation.
Overall: A weird beer, but it does have some redeeming qualities (notably aroma and mouthfeel). The fermentation procedures and quantity of adjuncts do not seem to be typical. However, this beer does have a lot of potential.

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Photo of popery
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep, rich brown. Thick beige head. Sticks around well. Very good looking beer. Unfortunately, the rest of the beer didn't live up to that appearance for me. The aroma is a mix of medicinal yeast and toasty malt notes. Little bit of nail polish remover and wood. The malt has some nice things going on - toffee, dates, plums, caramel, bread and molasses - but it's still kinda simple. There's just too much sweetness mixing with those medicinal Belgian esters, and it doesn't really work. The taste is quite sweet. Somewhat cloying. Oddly vinous and still fairly toasty. It's kind of a mess. Fair bit of booze. Fairly heavy feel. Coats the mouth more than I'd like, but that might be more a flavor issue than feel. Carbonation is normal. This was a disappointment. I was pretty excited to find this beer and try a new Trappist brewery, but it's just not very good.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
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 bmwats
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a chalice.

A: Dark brown. Pours a half finger, bubbly, brown head. Dissipates quickly. Fair beer ring lacing.

S: Roasted coffee, raisin, plum, dark chocolate, and tea leaf.

T: Sweet raisin, bitter pecan, and pungent tea leaf, accentuate a rye bread malt.

M: Thick and syrupy. Sweet, hot, and boozy feeling.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Slight bubbly head and some fair lacing. Sweet fruity components mostly overshadow the light roasty, chocolate, and earthy flora components. As in the nose, sweet fruity components are the most prominent characteristics, pungency and light bitterness are also present. A little hot and boozy. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of peensteen
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
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 nowhere_native
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RCane1
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Product of Austria" gave me pause and "Brewed with Honey", induced a slight frown. Both were justified. This seems like two beers carefully mixed to create the illusion of Belgian Trappist complexity. The first beer is a very strong, dark, slightly bitter ale. The second is a sweet honey ale that counteracts the bitterness of the first. Nevertheless, the effect is a decent and drinkable brew.

Very, very dark head with an acceptable head. Smells malty and sweet. Strong flavor, slightly bitter on the back of the throat, slightly sweet on the tongue. Decent in the mouth.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kitch
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
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 Gregwmyers
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of DWolf
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of kwkdmk
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of jtladner
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of tux_alin
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Hardcore
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Lanstrum
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of JamFuel
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of gillagorilla
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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 JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up at the COOP tonight for about $6... Poured into my HotD goblet and received a short lasting tan head with little to no lacing... the brew is hazy dark walnut... Looked like quite a bit of yeast/sediment got into the glass during the pour before I noticed.

Nose shows earthy dark maltiness with little in the way of traditional esters or phenols.. mainly just dark malt with a subtle kiss of malt sweetness... does not smell "malty" though if that makes sense.

Flavor is dominated by again sorta dry dark malt essence... a bit of sweetness reminds me of a musky mead... dry dusty, sorta nutty dark malt on the finish.

Okay carbonation and body.. but both seem a little muddy.

Better than average certainly, but I guess I was hoping for more.

3.5's across the board.

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Photo of cdmillard
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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