Benno | Stift Engelszell

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Brewed by:
Stift Engelszell

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Benno as of 2012 is a Authentic Trappist ale.

Added by apintofknowledge on 12-23-2012

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Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brewed in 2013

Appearance: A bit of a gusher, the beer pours a cloudy caramel color with a frothy head; decent retention and lacing

Smell: Caramel, spice cake and stone fruit tones with a grainy character

Taste: Toasted bread, pecan and caramel forward, with a bitter, grainy edge emerging; through the middle a variety of spice (cinnamon and clove) and dried fruit (apple, pear and fig) emerge; the bitter aspect dominates the more beguiling flavors into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I have been generous with my scores given the bottle is nearly four years old; perhaps in its youth, the spice and fruit tones would have been more in the forefront

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy dark amber/brown color. Slightly creamy beige 1 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes in a goblet, with shy legs but good lacing and decent swirl reaction. Flavors of honey, caramel, coriander, cinnamon, sweet barley, Belgian yeast, and herbal hops. Slick and smooth full body with light carbonation (not enough). Medium to strong strength finish, bready while spicy and quite sugary. Lots of maillard effect, a bit too much, feels a tad under attenuated. The rest is well balanced and intensified with a soft boozy effect. Quite filling and warming, so the freshness is moderate. Overall very good quality craft.

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Photo of Mikecd234
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber color with light beige head. Aroma has earthy and resiny hop notes with caramelized malt and some sweet orange rind. Taste has yeast notes, some astringent fermentation notes, some woody bitterness on the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Balanced but quite yeasty.

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Photo of khargro2
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Stift Engelszell "Benno"
11.2 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BREWED IN YEAR 2013/05" and sampled on 8 November 2017
$4.50 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So it says on the label that it's brewed with honey. I don't think I've ever had a Trappist beer that was brewed with honey. I have high hopes for this as it's the second to last in my goal to sample a beer from all of the Trappist breweries. Of course another one has just been licensed so pretty soon I'll have another one to go anyway. moving forward, it's poured a cloudy russet brown beneath a short head of creamy khaki. The head, however, has already dropped and the lacing that's been left behind is mainly of spots but with some small splashes as well. The aroma is quite nice. It's sweetish with some caramel and dark fruits, a hint of clove, and I think even a touch of chocolate, and actually more complicated than that although I don't know what exactly I'm smelling, perhaps as it warms I'll pick more up. As for the honey, I'm not smelling it, but it might be contributing to that je ne sais quoi, and it's certainly got to be contributing to the sweetness. It's bright and pleasant and welcoming. On to the flavor, it's a bit of a let down, certainly in comparison to the aroma. It's not nearly as sweet, a little sharp, and then bitter in the finish with some lingering spiciness and dark-skinned fruitiness. I'm finding notes of apple, raisin, plum, and fig as well as some white pepper, and a flicker of star anise and herbs. I'm still not finding the honey, although it might be there, and the caramel that I found in the aroma remains but it's more limited than the nose would have you believe it would be. Looking back what I've got is a fairly decent collar of foam, and the lacing has improved quite a bit. And the lack of head retention must be at least in part to the softer carbonation that it has, allowing the malts and dark fruits to come out completely. The body is medium and it's gently crisp and then smooth across the palate. In conclusion, although I was initially disappointed with the flavor compared to the aroma it's grown on me, and now knowing what to expect I'd certainly enjoy another bottle - perhaps a fresh one this time!? I'll have to keep my eyes out for it.

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Photo of Tschude
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BdM
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BelgianBeerChef
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As traditional as the Trappists can be and as seemingly exclusive/reclusive as they often are, it is good to see the Trappist trademark expand from six to their other brethren who brew. Based on this dubbel and their strong dark, the trademark is deserved.

While probably sporting average Looks, the aromas are fuller and true to Trappist style. Taste introduces many herbs/hops that give this ale its balance and a spicy saison-like character. Feel reminds me of Orval, just not as unusual and, well, not as transcendent (but then, only Orval is Orval.)

I'm liking Benno and might even have it next time side-by-side with the Orval standard.

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Photo of I3eer
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
2/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of mishi_d
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpongeHop
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - deep dark brown; big beige foamy head
S & T - toast, nutty/honey caramel, dried prunes; has a modest farmhouse-esque balsamico tartness without the horse aromas you usually get from wild yeast; mineralic, earthy finish leaning veeeery slightly to an almost band-aidy medicinal herbiness that works surprisingly well!
F - nicely fizzy, medium body

O - very well balanced in the malts, sweets and, surprisingly to me for a dubbel, that balsamico funk. Very nice. Very interesting interpretation of a dubbel, and one I can heartily recommend. It's suitably unique from the Belgians that I'm already looking forward to trying the rest of Stift Engelzell Abbey's beers.

I absolutely recommend this one.

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Photo of timmy2b
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JVan
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of igl
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: a lot of yeast chunks(..

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Photo of jwalters
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabre311
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

- Brewed 11/2013. Consumed 03/2017.

A: Dark ice-tea coloring is filled with macro-particulate matter. A huge 3 finger, light beige foam capping has dark, cinnamon colored patches with large soapy bubbles. Lacing is thick and abundant on the vessel.

S: Caramel raisin bread is fresh on the nose, soft cola and munich toast chimes in with a light to medium sense of delivery.

T: Caramel malt sweetness has yeasty attributes of pear, apples and honey for flavor. Sweet creamy butter malt, toffee with a warm alcohol finish with some crystal malt.

M: Full bodied, creamy, chewy malt has a low carbonation factor with a nice depth and weight on the tongue.

O: Has a malty sweetness and depth, nice yeasty fruitiness. Liked the malt factor, a bit sweet at times, but still warranting a good to very good range, but not on par with other more recognized and well regarded trappist beers.

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Photo of FLima
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy darker amber reddish color with a huge head with decent retention.
Aroma with notes of prunes, honey, grapes, a bit of chocolate and mild clove.
Flavor with notes of white grapes, cloves, green apples, pears, herbal hops, dried fruits, some citrusy, molasses, wood and white pepper. Dry aftertaste with a balanced bitterness for the style.
Light body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 6.9% is very well disguised.
Interesting take on a Belgian Dubbel. It feels more balanced to hops relatively to style, maybe a bit less complex, but with higher drinkability.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bready, caramel thick.

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Photo of dcotom
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Heeenrik
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Benno from Stift Engelszell
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 317 ratings