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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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3.83
pDev:
23.24%
 
 
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
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 puboflyons
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle that is stamped "Brewed in Year 2012/11." Sampled on May 20, 2013.

It pours dark brown with a lingering mocha head and a slight cloudy look. Decent lacing.

The honey with which it is brewed does introduce itself in a low profile sort of way after I get over the boozy hump. It evolves into something sweet. Also noted on the nose is coffee and dark fruit like cherry or currant.

The body is pretty bold.

The honey is a little difficult to find in the flavor. Instead my taste buds are teased with dark malts, cherry, licorice, coffee, and a slightly lingering bitterness at the end. There are some characteristics that I like about this one.

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Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five+ finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Opaque dark brown color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Dark fruit and honey nose, flavor is more molasses than honey and earthy coffee. Pricey at $6.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA. Brewed Nov 2012.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

What was once briefly the newest Trappist brewery in the world had yet to cross my path, so I thought it was high time to give it a whirl. These guys are from Austria, the first Trappist brewery from that country (and first outside Belgium or the Netherlands). Since they were officially certified, a new Trappist brewery has been certified in, of all places, the USA. This was a 33cl brown bottle purchased from Oak Barrel in Sydney.

Pours a rather murky and opaque deep amber hue, with an initially over-carbonated and fizzy head of off-brown that turns into a fairly fine ring. Lots of persistent carbonation runs in tight streams up the side of the glass. No lacing. It looks okay. No more than than though.

Nose is oddly spicy: juniper and black pepper come through, with a slight medicinal overtone and aromas of marshmallow and dust. Slight sweetness as it warms gives some cherry aromas as well. It's certainly interesting.

Taste is actually pretty solid. Firm sweetness throughout, tucked in by a slight medicinal astringency that allows those spicy aromatic characters to come through a bit more. Hint of marzipan and acetone on the back linger a little bit longer than necessary, probably aided by a slightly too prominent booze note. That being said, for 9.7%, the booze is pretty well hidden, and the body still stays quite light and fluid, in the best tradition of a big Belgian style ale.

Overall, this is solid stuff, albeit not up with the best examples. It's fairly well constructed, and has some interest and complexity to it. Something I'll certainly revisit at some point.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip)
brewed on 2012/11
A- This beer pours a lumpy dense walnut brown body with a thick tan creamy head that last a good bit and has some thick lacing after each sip.

S- The soft almost nutty dark malt qualities are blended with hint of dark fruit like cherry pits. As it opens the aroma really develops with some vinous notes and finish of soy sauce and cola hints that are quite pleasant.

T- The soft mellow dark malt flavors have more dark dried fruit and prune layers with old wet barrel qualities and a roasted malt hint in the finish that is complimented by a nice alcohol spice. There is also a red wine tannin that lingers in the mix aswell.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a tight little fizz and a nice alcohol warmth.

O- This beer is a classic in the abbey style. Great subtle depth that grows as the beer opens, making it simple yet elegant. It really helped to take the chill of coming in from the cold.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I bought this as part of a gift pack that included Benno and the glass.

Bottled in February 2014.

It pours a hazy, no cloudy rusty brown with a huge head of foam that is great with the lacing.

The smell has quite a bit of bitterness to it yet there's a honey sweetness going on as well. Perhaps some molasses but more interestingly, I can smell some funky notes.

The honey is the first thing I notice in the taste; quite sweet on my palate. The bitterness I noted in the smell is very citrus like in the taste and the the curious funk smell...I get that too. A very complicated beer here, I reckon.

Full bodied, medium carbonation.

This is most definitely a "weird" brew and I reckon a very polarizing one. Put me in the camp that likes it.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, label says Brewed in Year 2013/01. Served in a DFH Signature Glass, the beer pours a murky mahogany brown color with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like dark fruit, dark bread, sweet spices, clove and honey. I think for the most part the taste is the same as the aroma, but there's also some herbs, molasses and some nuts noticeable. This is definitely a sweeter tasting brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick, smooth and easy to drink. I thought this was a good beer, I wouldn't mind trying this one again in the future. $5.99 a bottle.

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Photo of avalon07
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy texture. There was a small amount of off white, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: A nice aroma of dark fruit, yeast, and malt.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, cherries, caramel, apples, and some malt. A complex, focused, enjoyable flavor. Very easy to like this one.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth (bordering on slick) finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made, drinkable beer. I'm surprised this one has as low a rating as it does. Still, a tasty beer.

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Photo of drpimento
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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 dgilks
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A big thank you to Brabander for this bottle.

A dark, somewhat cloudy mahogany brown colour with a small, but tight, tan head. Nice.

Intense fruity aroma. They are fermenting this high. Nice nutty malt notes and a solid toffee note. Very good.

Malt and fruit dominate. Well balanced like the Belgian Trappists. Nice raisin and date flavour. Some cherry and banana. A little like some of my homebrew with its high sweetness.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice and dry.

A lovely Trappist Ale. This is from an early batch and given that is very good. The ester profile is a little excited but I do like it.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep mahogany color with a small cream colored head. The head fades rather fast leaving a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is fruity and sweet with a lot of dark fruits of cherry, prune and raisin as well as a good dose of caramel. Along with these is a bit of a caramel smell as well as some lightly sour aromas.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather sweet flavor with lots of cherry and prune mixed with a bit of caramel upfront. There is a bit of yeast and a bready flavors upfront with the sweet which grow stronger as the taste advances. Notes of a little banana and spice come to the tongue as the yeast grows slightly stronger. A small amount of alcohol comes to the tongue more toward the end of the taste mixing with a lighter herbal and some more bready flavors. In the end, with the warming alcohol tastes mixed with the fruit and bready flavors, one is left with a rather warming and sweet taste to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the average side for a beer of its strength with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. Both are good for the more warming characteristics of the brew, but slightly under carbonated for the very fruity flavors of the beer. Overall though it is quite alright.

Overall – A rather decent Belgian Quad that is on the sweeter side but still quite appropriate in taste in terms of its quad classification. Even though it is under most of the other Trappist beers, in my opinion, it is still rather tasty and well worth a try.

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Photo of stcules
2.2/5  rDev -42.6%
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 Pencible
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like toffee and raisin bread and nutty malt, with some fresh wheat and leathery malt.
T: It tasted like pumpernickel bread and earthy barley and copper hops, with a little date and wild honey. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a nicer beer than Benno, but still not an impressive quad. The scent was great, but the taste was more like a brown ale. The body was ok, and the finish was reasonably smooth, so it wasn't difficult to drink. Would probably benefit from some time in the cellar. Decent fresh, but nothing special.

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Photo of Brenden
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This ale from the world's most recent trappist brewery is a thick medium brown color. It develops a moderately-sized light brown head with equally moderate retention and a pretty good bit of patching on the glass.
This beer has hints of the sweetness I'd expect from the style without going full on with it. It makes for an interesting character, perhaps something a little different in the trappist arena. There is honey used in the brewing process, something that shows in a particular character without the sweetness that's lost in the brewing process. There are, however, notes of toffee and molasses along with the earthiness and bready malts. Just a hint of dark fruits are in there also. There's an earthiness from both yeast and hops that comes out more strongly on the tongue. The note of clove is subtle. While unusual, it does make for a pretty good beer.
This one doesn't have all the big but balanced richness of the greats, but it's certainly not bad. It has enough body, though I might prefer a touch more, and displays a little dryness coming into the finish.

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Photo of popery
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
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 jrenihan
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brewed January 2013.

Beer is very dark brown, with a small tan head. Fades fairly quickly, with a bit of lace.

Smell is very, very fruity. Raisin, grape and plum. A bit of yeast and spice, but mainly fruit. The smell suggests a very sweet beer.

Taste follows the nose, but with a bit more variety. Dark fruit focused; raisin, grape and plum. Some yeast and a bit of bread. Quite a bit of alcohol heat, particularly for the ABV. Yeast is a bit more prominent than the nose. Very sweet, but the finish has a slight dryness with heat. I didn't realize that the sweetness was (at least partially) the result of honey until reading the bottle, but it makes a lot of sense once you know.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Lots of heat.

Overall, decent, but the booze is way too prominent and it is too sweet.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Present from Sinter Klaas a few weeks ago. Thanks Doops!

From a bottle into a snifter
Best before 08.11.2014
10 cent refund in Quebec

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, looser, fizzy, cream-white head with lousy retention for the style. Fizzes away to a faint wisp and ring rather quickly. Clear, dark ruby or chestnut red with medium levels of carbonation. A ring remains but leaves no real lacing down the glass. An unimpressive head, and actually looks like an old Rochefort 10.

SMELL: Caramel, toffee, light butterscotch, some fruit notes, like raisins and red berries, as well as some spicy yeast qualities. Milder, but definitely different and interesting, especially in the malt bill.

TASTE: Caramel, raisins, as well as some red fruits and berry notes before a boozy and spicy finish at the swallow. Quite bold in flavor. Aftertaste is very spicy and yeasty, with some sweet caramel, a touch of hop bitterness, as well as a good dose of alcohol. Lots of clove, coriander, and yeasty spices. Boozy as well. Really nice, though a touch too boozy for top marks.

PALATE: Medium-fuller body with medium levels of carbonation. Quite creamy smooth for sure, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. A bit of a scratch at the swallow and some heat lingers. Weighty and creamy smooth with a full body. Solid.

OVERALL: This is quite good and somewhat unique in flavor for the style. Good and interesting flavor profile and a full, creamy feel for the style. The look could use some more work, but this is still a solid, solid beer. A wonderful addition to the trappiste lineup. Cheers again Doops!

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep ruddy brown color with a one finger tan head. Lots of sediment suspended in the bottom of the glass. Almost looks like chia seeds in there.

S: Rich dark fruit notes with some bubblegum, Belgian yeast, brown sugar, dates and honey.

T: Lots of dark fruit and yeast upfront. Slight hint of spice, plum, chalky yeast and a hint of banana bread and chocolate.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.88/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Gregorius has a vaport train out the bottle neck, a thin, cream-colored head, a dark brown appearance, minimal lacing, and an incredible amount of pretty large tan chunks which settle at the bottom, making this beer almost a semi-solid beverage. The aroma is intense, and the drinker will pick up a multiplicity of smells, including grape skin, wine, vinegar, Maraschino cherries, acid, duck sauce, yeast, brown bread, bread crust, honey, lo mien noodles, and spice. Taste is likewise complex, with flavors including all of the above, plus smoked pork, Warheads sweet & sour candies, pine oil, licorice, prunes, butter, and assorted spices. Mouthfeel is heavy and chewy, and Gregorius finishes wet and cloying and munch-able. Overall, this is an outstanding beer, at a minimum, and I recommend it, in the strongest possible terms.

RJT

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Photo of peensteen
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
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 beergoot
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottled 2013/06 per the bottle label.

Dark brown body topped with a rich, light tan head (3.75). Currants, figs, brown sugar and molasses, chewing tobacco aromas (4.25). Rich and sweet flavors mixed with a bitter and boozy; flavors mimicking much of the aroma (4.0). Medium-heavy body; big carbonation; syrupy (3.5).

Aside from a rather rough mouthfeel, this is a fine tasting, great smelling strong ale. Huge dark ale flavors of ripe, dark fruits with a nice, stinging twinge of alcohol and coarse bitterness.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a chalice.

Appearance: A one finger off white head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark amber brown color with no vision of anything.

Smell: Plums, raisins, figs, spicy yeast, warm booze, cherry, and tobacco.

Taste: Lots of dark fruit goodness, spicy yeast, clove, honey, deceiving booze for 9.7%, and a little bitterness in the end too.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, sweet, little dry, medium to full bodied, low to medium carbonation, and warm booze.

Overall: Very enjoyable beer to start my birthday. Might have to go fact and get another bottle.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, JealousChalice!

Mahogany and dark brown with a creamy brown head of very small bubbles. Leaves sheets of stick down the glass.

Roasted malt, dark fruits, distinctive Belgian yeast, and some ash and char round out the aroma.

The flavor is very reminiscent of a Belgian dubbel, with dark fruits and distinctive, earthy yeast making up the bulk of the flavor, along with a coffee/char/ash tray flavor lingering in the background.

Medium bodied with creamy carbonation.

Good, but nothing paradigm shifting.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a chalice glass. This is a dark mahogany colored beer with a light tan head, about a finger's height. The nose features clovy, spicy phenols, slightly woody, with a touch of caramel malt and some light ripe fruitiness. The flavor is rather heady, with malt that's more substantial than the well-known Belgian trappists, bready with caramel and toffee. Nicely phenolic as well, giving a peppery, clovy edge. Yeasty esters are present but not a major component. Strong enough to be warming, though without any tastable alcohol. Good mouthfeel, but not heavy.

Nice addition to the trappist lineup. I'd like to think with the malt they're separating themselves from the default more northern standard for the style.

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Gregorius from Stift Engelszell
3.83 out of 5 based on 510 ratings.
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