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
Ratings:
303
Reviews:
84
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
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20
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Photo of SpongeHop
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of timmy2b
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JVan
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of igl
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
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 -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabre311
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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 -0.8%
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 +13.2%
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 +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Heeenrik
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coppery brown color, slightly hazy. Foam white, medium high, durable, made of fine bubbles. The aroma of malt, caramel with herbal accents. Taste: as above, it is caramel, although here gently withdrawn, malt and herbal notes. At the finish of delicate touches of fruit countered by herbal bitterness. Gently perceptible alcohol saturation high, very quickly causes a feeling of satiety.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 6.48 (Including tax)/11.2 oz bottle ($0.579/oz) at Central Market, Alamo Heights, TX
Batch 11, 2014, at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – initially vinous but it fades as the head drops, weak yeast
Head large (Maximum six cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to an irregular four to six mm ring and rocky partial layer
Lacing poor – a couple of very tiny islands of tiny bubbles
Body – medium brown, cloudy. Sediment layer present. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Flavor sweet and fruity
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation bordering on fizzy

Unimpressive, perhaps because of the honey. One and done.

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 3, Overall 3

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Photo of cryptichead
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Anze
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerbom
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with medium head. The nose is predominantly of honey, some spices and plenty of malt. Same goes for the taste, but without too much sweetness surprisingly. Not much in terms of Belgian yeast or other phenols. Medium body. A fairly unique Trappist Dubbel.

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Photo of mikr
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JayQue
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear orange/amber color with a medium sized, bubbly, off-white head. The head is highly carbonated, with plenty of bubbles, but fades fast. no lacing. Pretty good aroma of light fruit (apples and pears), very malty and some sweetness (brown sugar type). Flavor is rich and malty with some sweetness , fruit, and slightly astringent yeastiness. Mouthfeel is rich. sweet up front with a little stringent touch in the finish. Good beer, worthy of being called Trappist.

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Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The body is light brown and slightly cloudy. It offers a nice layer of creamy white head. The aroma is mild but slightly sweet with just a hint of spices. The taste has surprising depth given the aroma, with a mild sweetness that is offset by a little hint of tartness. The body is light and smooth.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy brown-red color, rusty and mostly opaque, off white head, lots of lacing.

S - Fruit, apple and pear, and yeast, sweet, slightly buttery malt, butterscotch and caramel.

T - Follows the nose, with apple skin, pear flesh. Malty. A hint of bitterness of overstepped tea.

M - Slightly bright, brisk. Dry close.

O - Great combination of malt and yeasty brew. Pretty nice, rich, lovely.

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Photo of pkalix
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

bottled 3 years and 6 months ago. hope it ages well....no carbonation and just a skin foamy dots on top. can still taste the honey. kind of flat, kind of stale flavors.

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Photo of Jodio
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SassaDog
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andpit
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Benno from Stift Engelszell
3.78 out of 5 based on 303 ratings.
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