Stift Engelszell Gregorius

It’s rare that I go into a beer store and I don’t recognize a label. I’m not trying to be a beer snob here, but after reading multiple beer blogs and writing my own for a few years, even if a beer isn’t distributed in my area, I tend to recognize it. This one I have never, ever seen before. After a little research, apparently it’s an Austrian trappist beer. The brewery produces this beer and a dubbel as well, but that’s it. There’s really no other press that I could find that wasn’t in German. So, let’s see how it goes.

ABV: 9.7%

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Trivia: This beer originally came out on June 1 of 2012. It is one of two beers that the brewery offers.

Random: It is way too hot today. I hate the summer and this heat (about 90 degrees) is just plain unpleasant.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head into my Rogue chalice. It dissipated quickly, but left a little bit of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy dark brown with moderate carbonation. The nose presented with dark fruit, Belgian yeast and candi sugar. I took a sip and the first thing that hit me on this one was booze. It had a serious booze burn up front and going down. Some notes of molasses, cloves and prunes came through with pepper. After a few sips, I got honey and caramel and bread. This was definitely not as refined as I’ve come to expect from a trappist beer. The body was medium to thick with moderate to high carbonation. It had a long finish with pepper. This was okay, but not as outstanding as others in the style.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0