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:
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Added by benfons on 10-24-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
529
Reviews:
151
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
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46
Gots:
95
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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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 afsdan
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bf7
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kevinlater
2.42/5  rDev -37%
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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Photo of killcore
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $4 CDN. Served fairly cold into glassware. Nice to see a non Belgian example of a Belgian style. Advertised as 10.5% ABV.

Appearance - dark hazy brown color with some red hues. Tiny half finger of tan head was poured and dissipated quite quickly and left a minuscule soapy collar.

Smell - plenty of dark fruits, figs, plums and prunes, slightly burnt brown sugar, maybe even some grape. Inviting and very fruity. Definitely at least a little reminiscent of the classic dark Belgian ales.

Taste - massive amount of sweetness, burnt sugar, prunes and figs. Boozy too and finishes with some treacle. A bit overwhelming and unbalanced for my tastes. Still reasonable tasty.

Mouthfeel - very sweet and slightly cloying, high level of carbonation, but a bit syrupy, lacks the lightness of others in the style.

Overall - overwhelmingly sweet and cloying, just too much of the figs, prune and treacle combo. Otherwise decent body and enjoyable with a good nose. For the price though, I'd rather enjoy many of the other Belgian alternatives.

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Photo of Fezzz
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of byronic
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bylerteck
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Bugs318
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Figs, burnt sugar, raisins and heat characterize this for me.

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Photo of RedAleMan
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of aquazr1
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of valkyre65
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bf_89
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The nose is off, the taste even more and the alcohol comes through too aggressively.
If this is a strong Austrian example of a trappist beer, they have a long way to go to catch those Belgians.

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Photo of Jaisell
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BakaGaijin
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveBar
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just over the $3.00 mark for a 330ml bottle. Served at 8deg C in a draught glass

A-Opens well and pours a 2" high light brown head that lasts for a few minutes before filming out. Very dark brown color and filtered clear

S- Fig galore. Super sweet

T- Brunt nuts, figs, molasses. Lots of heat here. Clove and nutmeg. Nice blend. A lot going on here

M- Thick!

O- Very complex brew. Very young though and hot. Needs time to settle down and blend

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went well with...... Roasted pork loin. Rub it down with salt and pepper then into the oven 15mins per pound, fat side up.

Enjoy

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Photo of spinrsx
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 0.33L bottle into a Westmalle chalice. Date is 08.11.14 (best buy date, I got the bottle in February of 2014). Thanks to Jan's father for this one (any many other not reviewed...)

A: Brown body, not much head to speak of.

S: RIch dark sugar and fruit. Boozy and very pleasant.

T: Intense Belgian yeast flavors, a hint of roasted malt. An acidity in the finish.

M: Surprisingly not super heavy. Rich mouthfeel, but enough bitterness to help clear the palate.

O: Overall a great example of one of my favorite styles.

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

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

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

Gregorius from Stift Engelszell
3.84 out of 5 based on 529 ratings.
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