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:
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Ratings: 536 |  Reviews: 153
Photo of remy28
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of damndirtyape
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +18.7%
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 -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EdgarGerik
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sgfocus
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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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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Photo of snowmg
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hotsudge
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A= cloudy carmel brown, small head
S= carmel, roasting apples, a hint of malt and vanilla
T=carmel, slight banana
F=smooth, slight sparkle at first
O=a lovely creamy flavourful beer

Didn't have the right glass so I used a Chimay chalice instead. It leaves a chalky like finish on the glass. Only had 1 and served it at the ideal temp. Wish I had a 2nd.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 4ster
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NightINgale
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EricVonStein
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

pours dark amber brown, opaque and well carbonated, small tan head that settles out quickly.

Plum and prune is there but also more straight up candy sugar from a sweet shop.

Very strong black liqourice flavour, sweet dark dried fruits get pushed out a bit but are there as well. Candied syrup, brown sugar. Very sweet, sugary, maple syrup like flavours. Lots of heat and alcohol is present. Lighter body than its compatriots.

Nice beer for sure but in the canon of trappists its not on the same level as the classics.



Medium bodied

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Photo of scottsoileau
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Antyk
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 thatoneguymike
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ludachris
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body is a muddled, deep rusty brown. Any more haze and it would be opaque. A finger's worth of creamy, dense, light tan head gradually recedes. No lace is left behind.

A sweet streak of alcohol really elevates and intensifies the nose. Rich, toasty nuttiness and caramel lies at its core. A vinous quality with a bit of tart cherry envelopes its sweetness. A bit of soy sauce comes out the more I smell it. Warm banana bread peaks through as well. True to the style, there's no shortage of complexity here.

Sticky raisins and dates come in full and hardy. Sweet alcohol shoots across the palate. Beneath is a rich, bready, toasty essence that gives you plenty to chew on. Ethanol cleans the palate and warms the chest.

Full bodied with a bottle-conditioned foaminess that I love. The alcohol lingers but it's not overdone. Its CO2 level is on par for the style.

I'm happy I'm able to cross another Trappist brewery off the list. I found this to be a very traditional take on the style, and me loving the style, I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

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Photo of MrDell
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of majorbase2
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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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Gregorius from Stift Engelszell
Beer rating: 72.6% out of 100 with 536 ratings
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