Spencer Trappist Ale - Spencer Brewery
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Reviews by BeerResearcher:
4.04/5 rDev 0%
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!
02-01-2014 17:43:13 | More by BeerResearcher
More User Reviews:
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
In a tulip glass this beer was orange in color with a very small white head.
Fruity aroma, light citrus, a little banana. There was a bit of peppery spice. Very pleasant aroma.
Nicer taste. Some orange and banana. A clove, or peppery, flavor came next, and dominated the taste in a nice way.
Medium-bodied and dry.
Thoroughly enjoyed this beer, and the price was right ($16 for the 4 pack).
08-06-2014 12:06:29 | More by lordofthewiens
3.75/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
07-08-2014 13:11:05 | More by tigg924
4.08/5 rDev +1%
Nice copper, golden color with soft, white head that dissipates quicker than I would wish. Smell of faint banana, some clove, yeast, bread. Taste is very nice. Clean maltiness, bananas, clove, bread, Belgian yeast. Very nicely balanced. Very soft and smooth, making it extremely drinkable. Not extremely complex but tasty and enjoyable. The dry aftertaste made me want to keep taking sips. A great example of the style. Brought me back to Belgium for sure!
01-27-2014 03:12:20 | More by BrewerMike
3.13/5 rDev -22.5%
A- golden and orange, hazy, thin white head, and a bubbly lacing.
S- spices, yeast, orange zest
T- close to the nose with the Belgian esque spice and coriander flavors. Light malt flavors. Banana and cloves.
M- Thin body with plenty of carbonation. Bubbles roll over the tongue plesently. Very clean finish.
O- I will admit this is not my favorite style of beer. There is nothing really that stands out. A bit too dull for me.
02-05-2014 19:44:42 | More by AdamF625
5/5 rDev +23.8%
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.
07-15-2014 16:29:22 | More by Collins
3.76/5 rDev -6.9%
Snagged the last 4 pack at my local brew shop. I was anxious to imbibe as this brewery has been written about locally for quite some time.
A: Beautiful color; very fine champagne carbonation. Pour carefully. Fantastic head. You could shave with it.
T: More subtle bananas, got the cloves, citrus tones and very slight sour yeast flavors. Clean, lively, spicy and an expected freshness, well behaved. There are slight earthy, pepper tones on the finish, could not put my finger on it. Not the best finish. Something just seemed a little off... not a big deal...
M: Wonderful fine effervescent, very smooth. Clean, medium body. Your mouth will thank you.
O: A fine example of the simple yet complex Belgian. Really pricy...$$$ What impressed me the most is this is their first release. Nice job!
This experience has left me to contemplate leaving all my worldly possessions behind and join the monks in Spencer... Do you get free ale for living the simple life?
02-14-2014 00:50:20 | More by Bottleinfrontofme
Spencer Trappist Ale from Spencer Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.