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.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
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 Taste: as above, it is caramel, although here gently withdrawn, malt and herbal notes.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 -19.6%
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 Salt-n-Beer
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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 JayQue
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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 +0.5%
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 +6.1%
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 -2.7%
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 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 FBarber
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 bottle.

Pours a hazy brown with lots of yeast chunks in it - very different. Frothy off-white head dissipates leaving no lacing but some spotty foam along the top of the beer.

Smell is very pungent aroma of brown sugar, molasses, dark fruits - prunes and dates, spiced yeast, and a strong alcoholic smell - almost bourbon like.

Taste is initially muted by a strong carbonation tingle on the tongue, but as that dissipates you get an array of flavors including molasses, prunes, dates, raisins, overly ripe dark grapes, brown sugar with a nice boozy finish. This is only a 6.9% ABV, but it tastes much boozier. The flavors are quite well blended. There also a nice spicy yeast note to it as well.

Feel is a bit thin, but not unusually so for a dubbel. Pretty strong carbonation especially for a beer that is two years old already. Very smooth and drinkable. Certainly not at the level of Westmalle or Rochefort's dubbel, but as dubbel's go this was very good.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly leaving traces of lace. Murky dark amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light dark fruit nose, flavor is hints of dark fruit and caramel, dry finish. Pricey at $6.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA. Brewed Mar 2013.

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Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, yeast, slight hops, alcohol, and a hint of wood. Fits the style of a Belgian Dubbel. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, yeast, slight hops, alcohol, slight dark citrus, hint of pale malt, and a hint of wood. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, and good body.

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Photo of davidperez
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Chimay chalice, it pours a dark amber orange, solid and hazy, with a two-finger head with low retention.

Interesting bouquet.
Spices as in clove and pepper, yeasty, caramel, honey, malts, apricot, dried apple, pear, overripe plums and pineapple.
Very promising.

The flavor follows the nose.
Upfront a lot of carbonation. The bevy of sweet notes are intertwined with the spiciness, which is very present. Shortly afterwards a bit of bitterness comes in to add complexity and balance to the beer.
The aftertaste begins bittersweet with a little booze, but it quickly becomes dry and makes you want to have another sip.
Medium to light body, slightly smooth.

Very nice and interesting beer, very assertive flavors.

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Photo of stevoj
2.92/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle from my delabierman. Yeast dominates the aroma, some citrus, some herbal. Also picking up a minor note of orange soda. Malts start to show through in the flavor, some caramel. A hint of bitterness at the finish. Let's see if they can improve with time.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy caramel colored pour with a small off-white head. Aroma of dried fruit, bread and yeast. Taste has dried fruit and fig flavors upfront. Can also taste some caramel, nut and bread. Medium bodied with light carbonation.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, brewed 03/13. Poured slowly into a tulip glass successfully leaving most of the sediment behind.

Appearance: Cloudy translucent coppery-orange-brown beer. Thin light tan head dissipated about halfway through the glass - no lacing.

Smell: Fruity esters, Belgian-style yeast, and honey.

Taste: Initial hit of sweetness with malt and honey, then a lingering bitterness that seems to explode at the finish into herbal, floral, and old noble hop flavors. Some lingering light metallic notes as well.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation - scrubs the palate clean. Nice thickness and a dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: Has aspects of a dubbel, but the finish and the honey flavors deviate quite a bit from the style, but it's still a good beer. I think this beer held up well for its age, but I wonder what it would be like fresh or only 1 year old. One per evening is enough, but I would not mind a larger bottle. An interesting Trappist ale and I may need to revisit this one, even with the high cost.

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Photo of Shilnikoff
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle 330 ml | Batch # L11031340 | Best before end of 11-03-2017 | Bar code 9 120041 150685
Served in snifter glassware

Appearance: Dark Amber, Foggy, when lighted up - Frozen Peach | 15 mm foam head (disappeared quickly) | Almost no bubbles | Sediment flakes
Smell: Yeast, rare honey notes
Taste: Yeast, carbonated, alcohol a bit
Mouthfeel: Sharp, bitter aftertaste
Overall: Unfortunately I didn't find all these aromas and flavors from official description: "Aromas of tangerine, slate, tropical fruit, apricot jam and amaretto. Soft on the palate with initial orange overtones and a touch of lemon acidity. Sourdough, cherry and white grape flavors developing in the middle with a slight minty character. Finish is long, dry, spicy and herbal with late hints of grapefruit." (C) Maybe next time...

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Photo of Zet
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange colour, deep in the middel and light around the edges, with an awesome frothy head of foam. Lots of yeast flakes in the glass though, otherwise it would have been a perfect score. A full nose of yeast, caramel, honey and vanilla. Same flavours in the taste, as well as hints of coffee, apple, cherry, resin and lemon zest. Taste is a tad too much on the sour side for me though. Mouth feel is smooth and soft: carb seems to be almost absent. A nice addition to the trappist branch, though there are cheaper varieties that are better available here in Holland. Worth a try though.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz, bottled 11/2013 (two years old). Pours an opaque amber color, with lots of nice, beige colored head, and very nice lacing. Aroma is faint, of sweet malts. I get the typical dubbel flavor, with (what I am assuming is) the Belgian yeast strain, and the advertised honey does come through.It has the sticky, medium mouth-feel that I think is typical of the style.

It's hard to rate this beer on what this is SUPPOSED to taste like, rather than what I WANT it to taste like. Although I judge this is probably a good example of the style, it is not a beer I really enjoy drinking, and not one I plan on getting again.

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Photo of stcules
2.64/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Dark orange, slightly hazy. Decent off-white foam.
Malty smell, with ripe fruit. Quite heavy. Honey. Some spices.
Malty and sugary taste, with a lot of fruit. Too sweet.
In the end, a bit of balancing bitterness makes it at least drinkable.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer. Pours deep copper with a very wide white foam head. Aroma is great, complex, fruity, malty and estery, no hops. Taste is citric, sweet and malty, bitterness is low and there´s a bit of astringency in the aftertaste. Full body with medium carbonation. Nice beer but very expensive in Mexico, you can buy much better beer for less money.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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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Photo of jmasher85
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A rich beer and pretty malt-heavy. Fairly sweet, as it's brewed with honey which you can definitely taste. A nice desert beer addition to the Trappist brand.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark gold/brown color with a thick white head. Head fades to a decent lace. Aroma is a bit musty and mildly fruity. Taste is a bit lite. Mild fruit notes with a musty bite to it. Feel, is also lite ovoverall ok. Something is missing in this brew.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.8/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From: Playing KB Dark Side. Tasteful and easy to drink. Ive like it mucho more than the gregorius and than other more renowed trappist beers.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer from relatively new (2012) trappist brewery.
Poured into tulip.
Pours cloudy reddish-brown with off-white head. Good retention. Smell of apple, cherry, yeasts, candy, honey, rather fresh. Sweet and sour tones prevail. Taste is yeasty and spicy, lack of bright traits. Dry finish, medium-bodied. Level of good belgian beer.
Not a dubbel, belgian dark ale.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque, deep amber (with a decidedly red hue) brown producing a huge to the point of being difficult to pour, tightly bubbled foam, beige, moderately lived head that leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is malty with notes of grape, dried apple, honey, spice, earthy/floral hops, Belgian funk & a vinous hint. There is little of the dark fruit character I associate with the style. Taste is Belgian malt, sugary dark bread, fig, raisins, soured fruit, a hint of honey, brown sugar, grass, earth, alcohol & a little Belgian funk finishing with pepper & spice. Aftertaste is malty, earthy & bittersweet with an alcohol prominence that fades to a faint bitter astringency. Again little of the dark fruit character I associate with the style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, spicy, crisp & dry late in the sip.

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