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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:
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Added by benfons on 10-24-2012

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Ranking:
#10,019
Reviews:
154
Ratings:
540
pDev:
12.18%
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Photo of Beer-Ed
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of davidperez
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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 +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zet
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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 -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

Gregorius from Stift Engelszell
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 540 ratings
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