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Benno | Stift Engelszell

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stift Engelszell
Austria
stift-engelszell.at

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,114
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
314
pDev:
10.4%
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3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from La Cervoiserie, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : orange amber color, with white foamy head.
Smell : yeasty & spicy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : malt and floral flavors with spicy yeast and mild bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian Ale.

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4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As the new kid on the Trappist block, Stift Engelszell chimes in on the scene with an inquisitive ale of rich Belgian Pale Ale malt presence but with the dry, spicy character of Saison. Benno is a unique and refreshing option on the Trappist beer menu.

A careful decant of the bottle yields a deep gold, medium amber color. The ale simply looks toasty and caramel-like. The classic yeast hazy keeps the beer diffused in its body while a dense cloud of froth floats above. Its head might be short statured but its ivory foam is long lasing and speckles the glass with signature Belgian lacing with each sip of the ale. Its overall appearance is of more amber-type Belgian Pale Ales.

Toasty, dry malt, pecans and husky grain character starts the show in semi-robust fashion. Spices are first and foremost with cinnamon leading the charge. Complements of light clove, fresh cracked peppercorn and a decoration of clove set in and add to the spice heavy taste and aroma. Lighter in fruit notes- a melange of apples, grapes, dates and figs burrow under the spices and fuse seamlessly with the terse caramel and cotton candy-type sweetness.

Malty-light in body, its dry sweetness allows for the malts to spring from the tongue to usher in a quick and decisive finish of peppery zeal, rose wine acidity, mild husk astringency and a crisp, clean herbal hop finish of lemongrass. The ale favors as much wine-like effervescence as it does ale-like creaminess.

Benno is a wonderfully crafted ale that compares very favorably when considered in the likes of Unibroue Maudite and De Koninck Ale. It simply belongs in the portfolio of time honored Trappistine history, regal, spirit and taste.

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3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange peel, grapefruit. Cloudy, 1/4 inch foam on the top.

S: Reminds me of fall...crisp, citrusy.

T: Refreshing. Tastes like it smells; orange peel, citrus and floral.

M: Light and dreamy.

O: A delicious Saison. I tried the Gregorian last night and promised to review both..I'm a sucker for Saisons and this one is top notch. BUT the Gregorian is more unique with its midnight plum/raisin. I would recommend the Gregorian over this one, although both are great.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bsp77
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Lava orange with large, frothy head and clingy lacing.

Smell: Fruity with caramel, honey and light Belgian yeast.

Taste: Nice fruit and honey base with notes from the yeast, such as banana, clove and spices. Finish is tart and spicy.

Feel: A little fuller than expected with moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish with a nice tartness.

Overall: This is good new entry into the world of Trappist beers. Sorta a Saison, but the fuller fruit and honey notes make this a little more distinctive.

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3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy light brown colored beer with a half inch of tightly woven khaki colored head. Brussels lacing. I get the aroma of light earthy malt and honey. The initial taste is sweet earthy malt and is quickly followed by a candidate sugar like kick and then more gently sweet malt. The body is moderately carbonated and fairly dry.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy gold capped by a 3” off-white foam collar that recues slowly to about a third of its original size. Very lace. S: Honey and fruit aromas. T: Banana, fruit and spice – dries slightly out on the finish but the honey texture remains. A dash of white pepper. A moderate, clean, earthy hop bitterness. F: Rich and creamy, medium body, medium high carbonation. O: An interesting new Trappist Dubbel.

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2.97/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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

Stift Engelszell "Benno" [Belgian saison 7.2%] on tap at the Beer Trappe in Lexington.

A hazy deep amber body topped by a modest but durable off-whie head.

Aroma: sweet with caramel, some farmhouse/yeast, cinnamon and other spices.

Flavor: spicy, but not so much as the nose suggests. Distinct and unlike anything I've had before, yet not extreme or challenging. Tame and refined for style.

Near medium body with medium carbonation.

O: modestly enjoyable but highly interesting. ABV mostly hidden in the nose, but not in the mouth

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3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

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3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. Always nice to see a new Trappist offering on the shelves here.

This beer pours a rather hazy medium copper amber hue, with a teeming tower of aggressively foamy, and duly puffy ecru head, which leaves some broad streaky ring road lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away. Sure seems like a bottle-conditioned farmhouse ale to me.

It smells of gritty pale and wheat malt, a touch of buttery toast, earthy honey, green funky yeast, a faint banana and underripe grape fruitiness, and spicy, leafy hops. The taste is sharp pale malt and edgy wheat grain, both biscuity in their rendering, white wine must, a bit of black pepper mist, bitter yeast, a citrus rind tinged generic dry fruit character, and more spicy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is, as noted, big and frothy upon first impressions, and maintains a certain tightness around my palate as we move along, the body on the light side of medium weight, and a bit too yeasty and spicy to be deemed all that smooth. It finishes quite dry, the malt bereft of sweetness, the yeast, fruit, and hops all coy in their respective collusion.

A decent enough dark saison, everything displaying an air of subtle complexity, and the dryness is more than palpable. Something different for a Trappist brewery to put out, that isn't some form of a malt-forward Belgian dark ale. Interesting, but other than trying a new monk-brewed beer, this one doesn't quite have me reaching for another.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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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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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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4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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Benno from Stift Engelszell
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 314 ratings
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