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Spencer Trappist Ale - Spencer Brewery

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Spencer Trappist AleSpencer Trappist Ale

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375 Ratings
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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 64
Gots: 67 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
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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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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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Collins

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

During a trip from my native Philadelphia to Spencer, I had the opportunity to try Spencer Trappist Ale on tap at the Black and White Restaurant near Saint Joseph's Abbey. The experience was a rare treat. I was overwhelmed by the light yeasty aroma . I thought I could smell a light citrus or almost clove smell. A beautiful amber, cloudy color.The taste was superb- dry, and better than any other Belgian I've tried. I found my way to a local Spirits shop where I bought two cases to take home. This my friends, will be an ale that will be around for the ages.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2014 16:29:22 | More by Collins
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odomosan

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

07-15-2014 06:50:45 | More by odomosan
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Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -25.7%

07-14-2014 23:19:05 | More by Ernest78
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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GJ40

North Carolina

3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Purchased in MA and taken home to NC for a tasting with my wife. I had it in the fridge for a at least four weeks then let it sit on the counter for an hour or so to warm up before opening. When I did, it gushed out the top. Not a good start.

A - Golden but cloudy with chunks.

S - Belgian spice with banana and black pepper. Interesting for an American brewed beer.

T - Follows the aroma with good Belgian flavors but not quite the depth of a true Belgian.

M - A huge release of fine bubbles when it hits the tongue.

O - If not for the price, I'd say a great start for a new brewery. But at $5 for an 11.2oz bottle, why would I buy this again? Price is certainly a factor in my review; especially given it's only a bit less than Orval and a bunch more than Duvel. I'll try it again sometime down the road but I'm not in a rush to do that.

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, medium carbonation, amber in color, clear

Smell: apricot, bread, and a bit of hops towards the end

Taste: clove, apricot, apple, and bread

Mouthfeel: sweet with a lightly bitter end, medium-heavy bodied and medium carbonation

Overall: A flavorful example of a Belgian pale. The beer hits most of the notes I expect in the style. I have had better in the style, but this is certainly worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

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New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really excited to be able to try this beer. Big props to my coworker (very soon to be former coworker) for bringing this back from Boston.

Pours kind of a clouded orange hued amber. Thin creme head. Nose is a big whiff of Belgium; in a beer kinda way. Sweet and airy. Flavor is a bit thicker and deeper than one might expect for the style. A bit bready and yeasty. Sweet, but not overly so. I could drink a lot of this. And what little I have I am drinking fairly quickly. Silky smooth feel that contributes to me just blowing through this one.

This is a very nice Belgian ale, in the traditional style, that is in a class of its own. If you have had many of the trappist brews, many things about this one will seem quite familiar.

Serving type: bottle

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Spencer Trappist Ale from Spencer Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.