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:
304
Reviews:
84
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
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21
Gots:
59
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Photo of andpit
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Walbert_Neto
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of subpargreatness
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FBarber
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
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 -4.8%
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 Whiskeydeez
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AD17
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of user785335
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of YvesB
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ControlVolume
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Kinda thin and boring. Worse than westmalle dubbel. Gregorious a much better contender for the brewery.

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Photo of ckollias
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of davidperez
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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 -22.8%
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 jbbotul
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
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%
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 -22.5%
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 +3.2%
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 Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EdgarGerik
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kwkdmk
2.97/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
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 ledouge
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Benno from Stift Engelszell
3.78 out of 5 based on 304 ratings.
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