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Spencer Trappist Ale - Spencer Brewery

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90
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380 Ratings
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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 66
Gots: 70 | 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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BeerResearcher

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4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2oz dark brown bottle. Served in a Westy Goblet
It pours a yellow/orange-tinted golden color with a solid 2" fluffy white head. Loads of sticky and patchy lacing clings to the glass throughout.
The first whiff is more akin to a spicy Saison than a typical Belgian Pale Ale, with fairly potent smells of dried and rubbed citrus rind, yeasty banana phenols, clove, dry horse barn, peppery spices, bread, and just a faint whiff of gin.
The flavors, too are Saison-like with the aforementioned citrus peel, cloves, pepper and banana. Yet the flavor profile expands a bit with a fruit cup taste that emerges as it warms. The maltiness also develops nicely with each gulp. The dry yeasty and citrusy flavors fade and the distinct piney and edgy northwest hop bitterness become dominant. The malt provides enough supportive backbone. That taste of gin is noticed in the aftertaste.
The body is at first very dry and spritzy. A more flowing, gulpable liquidity rolls in after the first few swallows.
I was a little taken aback by the cost ($17.45) for a 4 pack and tentative to dive right in and begin reviewing. So 3 Spencers later, here goes...
Feel a road trip coming on!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 17:43:13 | More by BeerResearcher
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Spencer Trappist Ale from Spencer Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.