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Spencer Trappist Ale - Spencer Brewery

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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 80
Gots: 92 | 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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Reviews by BeerResearcher:
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4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

BeerResearcher, Feb 01, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).

lordofthewiens, Aug 06, 2014
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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.

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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!

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A- golden and orange, hazy, thin white head, and a bubbly lacing.
S- spices, yeast, orange zest
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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.

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Spencer Trappist Ale from Spencer Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.