Gregorius | Stift Engelszell

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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

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Ratings:
530
Reviews:
151
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
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46
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Photo of koxlienn
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of khargro2
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of Brolo75
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Vylo
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sparky44
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dzu
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Turbid ,very dark amber with a capuccino-color head.
S: Complex, saturated with aromas of dark fruits and sweets.
T: Little bitternes and sweet with some coffe flavour.
F: Enjoyable long-lasting aftertaste.
O: Have been pleasantly surprised by this austrian trappist. Without tinge of coffee it will be much better.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die", a sequel to his CAMRA classic.

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

Don't even bother with benno if this is available.

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Photo of YvesB
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drpimento
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hmm, interesting, good. Kind of like the European Dark Bread of beers: rich and chewy, dark, molasses, bittersweet, fragrant. The bottle was a gusher, which isn't the best. Still a very good and unique beer with quality character.

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Photo of Beer-Ed
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 innominat
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zet
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown colour with a small cappucino head that fades quite fast. Smell of malt, liquorice, hops and caramel. It reminds me of some German Doppelbocks: a full nose, almost fatty. Taste has the same characteristics: the dark malts supply a full body and a plethora of flavours: malts, toffee, liquorice, coffee, yeast and hops. The honey adds some good flavour as well and smoothens the swallowing, but it also makes the taste a tad too sweet for my liking (just a tad though). There are also some hints of grapefruit in the swallow, probably due to the hops. The taste turns more to gruit beer as it warms up: flavours like thyme and laurel make their appearance. This beer is a bit expensive over here in Holland, but it was definitely worth the try.

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Photo of remy28
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of damndirtyape
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle brewed on 10/2014 served in a tulip glass. Despite a slow pour some sediment came along with the pour.

Appearance: Cloudy to translucent brown with orange and copper highlights. Initial 1/8" tan-orange head died back to a thin skin across the top. Some strands and small islands of lacing noted, but they slowly dissipated.

Smell: Toasted malt, a hint of molasses/toffee and something else that I can't quite place - a tiny bit alcohol and fruit-like.

Taste: Wonderfully malty - molasses, toffee, caramel. Some bready/danish flavors and some yeast flavor as well. A hint of wildflower honey in here as well which I think is bringing some of the "darker" sweet flavors. The finish is mildly bitter, with a bit of metallic taste to it that lingers a bit along with the older noble hops.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation that scrubs the tongue a bit, but some stickiness on the teeth remains. Dry finish as you would expect with something that has honey in it.

Overall / Drinkability: A very nice slow sipping beer and seems to have held up well despite the initial bottling date - but a good Belgian Dark Strong Ale should be able to age for several years, and this appears to be one of them. Fairly expensive so I'm not sure I'd go out of my way to buy it again vs. all the other beers out there in this category, but glad I tried it.

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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 shelby415
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of EdgarGerik
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Gregorius from Stift Engelszell
3.84 out of 5 based on 530 ratings.
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