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Spencer Trappist Ale - Spencer Brewery

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Ratings: 551
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 85
Gots: 103 | FT: 11
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
America's first Trappist beer.

Our recipe was inspired by the traditional refectory ales known as patersbier ("fathers' beer" in Flemish). These sessionable beers are brewed by the monks for their dinner table and are typically only available at the monastery. Spencer is a full-bodied, golden-hued ale with fruity accents, a dry finish and light hop bitterness. The beer is unfiltered and unpasteurized, preserving live yeast that naturally carbonates the beer in the bottle and keg, and contributes to the beer flavor and aroma.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-27-2013)
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Photo of KornWallace
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date: 11/11/14
Location: Union Plaza Liquors
Draught/Bottle: 11.2 oz Brown Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Orange to Golden in color. Only lightening slightly towards its edges. Unfiltered and I do see some yeast in the bottle but none poured in my glass. It's not difficult to see through the haze though. Big pillowy carbonation head that pours at more then two fingers tall and stays. Fantastic head, any sort of jostling of the glass seems to replenish it.
Aroma: "Oh Wow!" Is my first thought. Big fruity flavors strike me from the yeast. Smells of banana, cherry, clove maybe a hint of clementine. A pretty nice sweetness as well, not quite candi sugar but something close. Bready and sweet malts worm there way in the background.
Taste:The fruit aromas become more zest like in flavor. More bitter and stronger. The sugar sweetness really balances out the fruit and along with the biscuity/bready malts make up the second phase of the beers tasting. The finish moves back to the orange again and some big yeasty flavors.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied comprised of many esters and phenols dancing on the tongue thanks to the medium high to high amount if carbonation.

Notes: Be careful when pouring the beer the carbonation is very aggressive in its initial foaming. I'm really grateful for the opportunity to try this beer. The monks did a very good job and it's great to see America's first Trappist brewery has the ability to succeed and thrive.

KornWallace, Nov 11, 2014
Photo of Botulizard
4.71/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beer #200. Poured into a snifter/goblet type glass.

A: Apricot colored with a large, off-white head and a large amount of lacing. Small amount of white sediment floating around, with more collected at the bottom of the glass.

S: Sweet and fruity. Peach, apricot, and slight banana notes. Very pleasant and typical of the style.

T: Very much like the smell. Candy sweet and a bit fruity. Slightly bitter on the finish and aftertaste.

M: Light and refreshing, not too heavy on the carbonation. A bit sticky on the sweetness, but not too much.

O: A very good example of the style. This beer would not be out of place among its native Belgian counterparts. Here's hoping that the brothers at Saint Joseph's have started a strong Trappist brewing tradition here in the USA.

Botulizard, Thursday at 04:29 AM
Photo of mfrigon
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

mfrigon, Thursday at 01:38 AM
Photo of gr0g
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Golden amber hue, hazy with a little sediment. Very nice head formation and retention, lacing the glass nicely. Yeasty phenols hit the nose first followed by fruit notes. Golden raisins and dates are evident, as is a bit of ripe banana.

Flavor profile is dry, mildly bitter, malty but subdued. The flavor components are well balanced. Relatively speaking, the malt body makes this taste more like a Biere de Garde than a Saison. Despite mentions of American hops such as Willamette and Nugget being employed, the hop character is subdued, contributing only a balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is very pleasant; well-carbonated but not at all harsh.

This is a very solid, if unspectacular brew. The price will undoubtedly lead to hesitation (paid $18 for a 4-pack in NJ), but if it helps the Brothers succeed and expand their lineup, then it's worth it.

gr0g, Tuesday at 02:56 AM
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3.56/5  rDev -11.4%

TheBeerSipper, Tuesday at 12:02 AM
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

fthegiants, Monday at 06:21 PM
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

IanMcGuire, Nov 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Bill2354, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of wisrarebeer
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

wisrarebeer, Nov 13, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +2%

PVMT, Nov 13, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -10.4%

BobMessina, Nov 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

portia99, Nov 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

mikeburd1128, Nov 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

JillMarch1027, Nov 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

BabaBeer, Nov 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

Nichols33, Nov 09, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +0.5%

Danno48, Nov 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Schmuckles, Nov 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Doomcifer, Nov 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

jfcaa193, Nov 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Goldfishman, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of deg
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

The beer foamed when I opened the bottle. I had quite a mess. I poured the remaining beer into a chalice. I like the amber color. I like the smell, some bready notes, some spice, and some citrus. The taste is good too. Spice, orange citrus, bread. The beer is easy drinking, there's no cloying flavors and it is a bit dry. I'd rate the beer higher, but I was unimpressed with the beer foaming all over my counter when I opened the bottle.

deg, Nov 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Hypersomnia, Nov 05, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +5.5%

Ieatlambfries, Nov 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Onemoresolo, Oct 30, 2014
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Spencer Trappist Ale from Spencer Brewery
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