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


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RATINGS: 894   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
The first bottles of beer which, since 1 June 2012 The first Variety called Gregorius and is a dark triple with in the first batch 9.7 vol% Alc. available in 0.33 liter bottles.

With honey

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7449) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2014 Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark brown color with an enormous foamy tan head that lingered forever and left good lacing. The aroma was malty toffee, raisin, cherry, wood and bread. The flavor was malty and sweet with very strong dark fruits - cherry, fig, raisin - with anise, tobacco and a moderate alcohol presence. Wonderfully full and complex flavors that come in waves. Long finish. Outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (6100) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Location: .33 liter bottle from Sparrow, 8/23/14

Aroma: The aroma is fairly sweet, some dark fruit/raisin, molasses, and a bit of toffee
Appearance: It pours a murky brownish color, with a small tan colored head
Flavor: The taste is sweet and rich, heavy malty and fruity, with a long fruity finish
Palate: The body is medium-full, fairly sticky, with a rich feel, and a soft-to-average carbonation
Overall Impression: Overall, this is a solid quad, but it could use a hint of balance. It is very sweet and rich. Certainly not something Id want to drink more than one of in a row.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Straling (364) - Hoensbroek, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2014
Clear dark brown colour with decent carbonation. As soon as you poor it, a strong sweet raisin like aroma hits the nose. Some floral and fruity notes there. Taste is much more elegant, nice sweet flavour with some bitter and sour notes. Goes down smooth, medium bodied with a touch of alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rayaron (1596) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer & Beyond, Tel Aviv. Clear brown with low quickly diminishing brownish head. Aroma of bacon, meat, smoked, woody, pickles, sausage, sweetish, alcoholic. Very sweet flavor, woody, honey, syrup, date honey, fruity, notes of cherry, malty, a bit cheesy. Very alcoholic. Full body. Very sweet sticky liqueur aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsniclas (6911) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2014
Bottled from De Bierkoning Murky brown with a tan head. Spicy and slightly sourish aroma; prunes. Rather sweet flavour with fudge and dark chocolate. Slightly vinous.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rangerred (989) - 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 doesnt 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 (11995) - Troms, 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, Troms 05.08.2014).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bosskie (853) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (4999) - BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2015 The first trappist beer outside of the Low Countries if you dont count the semi-trappist Mont des Cats, since 2011 and named after this abbays first abbot. Thick and frothy, dense, pale yellowish, very stable, light yellowish beige head captured after fairly strong gushing (the head kept creeping out of the neck of the bottle for a considerable amount of time); colour is a cloudy dark burgundy with purplish hue. Strong sweet aroma of cookie dough (almost like a Scotch) and Wiener Sachertorte (seriously, no autosuggestion here because of its Austrian heritage!), home made caramel, freshly made biscuit, raspberry coulis, fair deal of artisanal honey, raisins, milk chocolate, marzipan, nougat, drambuie or even chocolate liqueur, port wine, banana, iron, more subtle hints of coconut milk, whisky, earth, raw red cabbage, candi syrup, cinnamon - in all, quite bemusing, but there are clearly wood wax-like phenols lurking here and there as well. Taste is fairly complex and bittersweet, with a coating of banana, chocolate, candied dates and unmistakable honey in the beginning, soft carbonation, smooth and somewhat slick but full mouthfeel, deep and fairly thick caramelly maltiness turning chocolatey quite suddenly and early, even a bit bittering as if you are pouring down a bitter chocolate bar in liquid form; quite clean in the sense that the malts speak for themselves without being interrupted too much by frivolous yeastiness; a somewhat metallic zing does appear, but fortunately the bitter chocolate aspect becomes even stronger in the end, a tad roastedly bitter even, aided by spicy, somewhat peppery yet deep and not too aromatic hop bitterness and an expected warming, smooth, port-like alcohol effect, on the brink of becoming astringent, but refraining itself from becoming all too bothersome; honey sweetness does linger, even cloys a bit to the throat, which does annoy me a little bit, but this is easily solved by salty food (in this case a kind of artisanal salami). Interesting: I found this too sweet when I first had it (at the Gents Bierfestival of, I believe, 2011, cheers to Klaas, by the way!) and I still do, but now that I have allowed a more recent bottle to mature a bit in the cellar, I can see how these monks seek some sort of continuation with the big Belgian trappist ales. I can also see how they try to force their artisanally made honey into it - like in their other beers - and that is where it almost goes wrong: the added fermentation resulting from this, creates gushing and makes this beer almost go wild. It does - barely - manage to preserve its dignity, however. The forced use of honey and the somewhat metallic aspect of this beer remind me a bit of Zatte Bie, in itself a good beer, but not even close to the highest trappist level. I do my best not to be chauvinistic (being Belgian and therefore having easy access to six of the existing trappist breweries), but I cannot honestly say this one levels with its Westvleteren or Rochefort congeners. It lacks the tradition behind it, the decades of refinement and the balance-to-perfection. Still: pretty close, I have to admit, and if youre a trappist fetishist (as there are many in Belgium - so Im addressing Belgian consumers here), this one is more worth seeking out than e.g. the American Spencer. In terms of style: not sure if this deserves the abt label, seems more like a complex, top-fermented Doppelbock to me (Aventinus style!) and that is also how the brewery itself designates it...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
murran (607) - - 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

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