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Spencer Trappist Ale - Spencer Brewery

Spencer Trappist AleSpencer Trappist Ale

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282 Ratings
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Ratings: 282
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%


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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Campello_IPA

Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to chalice

A: Pure golden color with a slight haze. Medium sized white head, not much lacing.

S: Yeast, banana, some fruit esther.

T: Banana and clove dominant, some sweetnes.

M: Very light, perfect amount of carbonation.

O: Overall a great Trappist ale. I put another four pack in the basement to see if the flavors change or develop at all by summer.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 21:40:15 | More by Campello_IPA
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Short's goblet. Purchased as a single for $5. This is the first authentic Trappist beer brewed in the US and there currently are no others. Consumed directly after a Trappist Westvleteren Blond from Belgium.

A- Pours a slightly brownish yellow golden, definitely a little bit on the darker side when compared to the Westvleteren. About a 2.5 fingers worth of white foamy head forms that has nice retention and recedes to a nice thin layer.

S- Strong esters, clove, light spices, hints of yeast in the background. Fairly aromatic but not quite as complex as the Westvleteren which had a little bit less esters and more balanced spices with a nice bready yeast finish.

T- Strong esters of banana, clove, mango, lightly spiced, a hint of yeast on the finish. This was flavorful but again doesn't quite compare with the Westvleteren in both balance and complexity. Still very good though with a lot of the same flavors.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation, very drinkable.

O- This was very good for the style and I'm glad to see Spencer making quality beers like this right out of the gate. However this didn't quite compare to the Westvletern Blond which had very similar flavors but a slightly better beer all around. If you like Belgian blondes this is without a doubt seeking out and probably one of the better interpretations out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 00:20:25 | More by jaasen64
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Being that this is belgian pale...

A- Dark golden honey, translucent. Thin lacing with good legs

S- Nice floral dark fruit smell, nice soft malt backbone.

T- Follows the nose with a great dark fruit taste with this belgian pale. I think this is well done.

M- A little harsh with the carb, but not too bad.

O- A well done belgian style pale IMO.

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Spencer Trappist Ale from Spencer Brewery
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