Brewed by Stift Engelszell Trappistenbier-Brauerei
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Engelhartszell an der Donau, Austria


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RATINGS: 589   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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The first bottles of beer which, since 1 June 2012 The first Variety called Gregorius and is a dark triple with 9.7 vol% Alc. available in 0.33 liter bottles.

With honey

ClubGonzo's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (3984) - Bergen, - NOV 13, 2012
Bottle from Bieresgourmet webshop. In honor of today’s news that Stift Engelszell is now officially a Trappist (TM) brewery, I can think of nothing better than to try their first creation - congratulations to the fine Austrian branch of the famous "Beer Order". :-) Pours a deep, near-black brown opaque body with a medium cloudy light beige head. Nose is chocolate, grains, yeast tones, nutmeg and dark malts, with hints of wood and herbs in the back. The yeasty notes kinda reminds me of the slurry gathered on the bucket bottoms of some of my darker home brews, which is a bit of a minus but hey, this is not bad. Taste is some nearly sour-ish caramel and chocolate tones up front, then grains, bitter herbs, burnt sugar and hints of grass in the finish. Softer carbonation than the Belgians, with a medium to thick texture and mouthfeel. Also, it’s somehow a bit more assertive than most other Trappist brews in the same league, with pronounced, near-roasty chocolate-like elements. I was expecting a sweeter brew, more in line with either the other BSA/Quads of its kind, or perhaps a hefty German doppelbock. This is neither, but instead a dark ale almost on the verge of becoming a mild sort of stout. Original for sure, and definitely proving that Trappist beers range wider than the traditional representatives. Rather tasty as well, but nowhere near its more famous brethren I’m afraid. Still: cheers for Engelszell and welcome aboard the Trappist Ark! :-)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rangerred (914) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - AUG 20, 2014
330ml bottle into a goblet. Pours a hazy very dark brown with a fluffy light tan head that doesn’t stick around for a very long time. There is a lack of lacing as well. Aroma is almost like cherry juice. Smells strongly of dark fruit with some caramel and molasses. Not bad but seems a bit sweet. The flavor hits very hard with the cherry and plum. It is very fruity with the sweetness to go along with it unfortunately. Caramel and honey comes in later with a quick shot of wood and alcohol. Sweetness lingers through the finish with alcoholic warmth. Overall, this beer is just not that refined and complex. It is actually somewhat disappointing for a Trappist beer. Nothing to go out of your way for.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rune (7948) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2014
330ml bottle bought quite a while ago at Barley Wine in Copenhagen. Stable fawn-coloured head. Opaque red-brown body colour. Minimal lacing. Mid-sweet aroma of dried fruits. Plums, honey and prunes to the taste buds. Fine bodied, but overly sweet. Flat and rather disappointing (shared with djoeye and Finn, Tromsø 05.08.2014).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bosskie (381) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2014
Opaque dark brown, weak head, some yeast. Smell is pears, apples and caramel. Some sourwood. Subtle wood and chocolate. Taste is fizzy salty sweetness. Subtly sour. Chocolate dominates with subtle alcohol. Dry oily finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (873) - BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
The first trappist beer outside of the Low Countries if you don’t count the ’semi-trappist’ Mont des Cats, since 2011. Off-white, coarse head, hazy bronze-brown colour with burgundy hue. Sweet fruits in the aroma, candied cherries, banana, chocolate, leather, mocca, caramel; taste likewise begins with sweet candied fruits, hint of candi sugar, banana, figues, honey sweetness clearly noticeable, chocolatey and caramelly malts, well-rounded, grassy hops in the finish as well as warming, Schnapps-like alcohol, but fortunately not too astringent. I don’t think this beer comes even close to the world class of the great Belgian trappists, but it is a very decent beer nonetheless, albeit a tad too sweet for my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
murran (133) - - AUG 15, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2014 Pours a hazy dark brown body with a thin head. Very nice aroma of burnt sugar. Nice and rich malty taste with tones of candy and bread. A winner! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sparf (112) - Östersund, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2014
Mycket söt, bäraktig, jordig, fruktig arom. Väldigt bra komplexitet med maltig kropp och lite jästinslag. Mörkt brun vätska och ett frodigt och livaktigt skum. Dock ej särskilt varaktigt. Smaken svarar inte riktigt upp mot doften. Här är det en lite träaktig malt som ställs mot sötman. Rostningen bryter på ett lite kantigt sätt. Kroppen är tämligen tunn och har en lite för champagneartad karaktär. Eftersmaken är förvånansvärt besk men inte särskilt lång.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1314) - Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2014
From bottle labeled June 2013. Deep amber brown color. Aroma is cherry liqueur, brown sugar, and caramel chocolates. Taste is similar, with some added dark chocolate, honey, and oak notes. Just a tiny bit astringent on the finish, which keeps it from being a higher rating, but overall really enjoy the complex flavor and nice warming effect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Case (238) - GERMANY - AUG 10, 2014
Pours deep dark brown with small beige head. Aroma of prunes, raisins, honey, caramel. Taste is dark fruit, vanilla, candied sugar, very nice bitterness. For an almost 10% honey-sweetened Quad this is surprisingly refreshing! Very nice worthwhile addition to the Trappist family.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yves (2170) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2014
Brown colored beer with large brownish head and lots of carbonation. Floks of yeast poored in. Nicy fruity hopped malty aroma. Full sparkling palate. Finish is malty fruited with some roasted, sour and metallic hints.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
djoeye (1380) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 6, 2014
33cl bottle (abv 9.7% BB260914) kindly provided by Rune; light beige falling hood, brown brown red hazy muddy body, crocheted lacings. Old milk room aroma, sour-cream, old cocoa. Taste; choco-milky prunes, sourish chocolate. Sticky on palate. Sweet sour old-milky finish. Odd. [Pleasant rating session 5.aug.@Finns place]

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