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Spencer Trappist Ale - Spencer Brewery

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Ratings: 492
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 79
Gots: 86 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Spencer Brewery visit their website
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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Ratings: 492 | Reviews: 79 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BillRoth:
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4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shared a bottle with Carl at his Crooked Oak Brewery. Very nice and interesting beer. Poured a rich golden slightly burnt orange color with notable head and reasonable retention. Quite attractive. Well done floral nose with hints of spices allspice-like maybe cardamom. But something else is in background. Let the beer breathe a bit and resampled nose a few times. Very familiar but not in beer. Then it hits you. Believe it or not...there is a substantial note of sandalwood. Sandalwood? Incense? Monks?...ok, try it yourself.
Taste was very good. Rich malts and subtle hopping. Very well balanced. And again...sandalwood. Holy alter boys Batman. Take me back...like 50 years. Like sipping a fine Belgian ale at Midnight Mass. Hmmm...
Very nice feel. Smooth with easy rolling over tongue. Substantial but not thick or sticky.
Fact is this is a very pleasing nicely complex beer. Very favorable impression. Will try again, and see what else the Monks come up with.
Oh and nice website too.

BillRoth, Jul 04, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of TimBeaulieu
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

TimBeaulieu, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
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
Photo of 77apm
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

77apm, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev -0.7%

JakerLou, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

tigg924, Jul 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

alienlifeforcecube, Jan 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

MicroBeerMan1980, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of ccurrid
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

ccurrid, Aug 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Janeinma, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of jefftuck47
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

jefftuck47, Monday at 08:22 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

doremite, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of Trashcat
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Trashcat, Yesterday at 09:26 PM
Photo of justme
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

justme, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of BrewerMike
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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!

BrewerMike, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of AdamF625
3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

AdamF625, Feb 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

maltyhops, Jan 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

dmachado, Apr 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Griffith, Aug 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Dan114, Mar 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

seakayak, Mar 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

jbh26, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of Tyrus
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Tyrus, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of Collins
5/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

Collins, Jul 15, 2014
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Spencer Trappist Ale from Spencer Brewery
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