Name: Engelszell Gregorius Trappistenbier
Brewer: Stift Engelszell Trappistenbier-Brauerei
Region: Engelhartszell an der Donau, Austria
Bottle Size: 330ml
The Trappist monastery of Stift Engelszell is located in Engelhartszell, in the northern part of Upper Austria, on the Danube, in a valley with wooded hills. This monastery has been a member of the International Trappist Association (ITA) since 2008.
In 2009 the ITA granted Stift Engelszell the right to use the ‘Authentic Trappist Product’ label on its Trappist liqueurs.
The Trappist community have launched a dark Trappist beer, the ‘Gregorius’ (9.7% ABV). This name refers to Dom Gregorius Eisvogel who was the abbot of Stift Engelszell Abbey for 25 years (1925-1950). The right to use the ‘Authentic Trappist Product’ label on this beer can only be granted later though…for a thorough assessment by the International Trappist Association (ITA), lasting several months, must precede this authorization.
However since the ‘Gregorius’ originates in a community of Trappist brothers, it may now like all products produced by Trappists or Trappistines already be justly called a Trappist beer in honor of its place of origin !”
Engelszell Gregorius Trappistenbier Review:
Pretty fresh for a Trappist. Nose sweet, lightly fruity yeast, clover honey/strong floral component, some roast and a little more wood. Deep, dark mahogany brown body with a short tan head. Taste much the same as the aroma, yeast-forward, fruity, semi-sweet to start but dries out very nicely by the end, touch of bread in the finish, main course of grape and berry, mineral water, caramel/toffee, licorice, burnt plums and wisp of smoke; the whole shebang (and especially the palate) gets a light lift from warming alcohol but it’s incredibly subtle, seems more like a 6.5% Belgian. Clean, no astringency, minimal hops and very low bitterness, body is fullish with pleasant carbonation, overall impression fresh and vibrant. There is definitely a flavor contribution from the honey, though obviously no sweetness; it’s floral and vaguely herbal, the dank medicinal quality of Jäger off in the distance but freed from the depressing clutch of liqueurdom. Very different from the other Trappist quads but well-made and quite tasty. A very welcome addition!
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