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Spencer Trappist Ale - Spencer Brewery

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438 Ratings
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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 69
Gots: 79 | FT: 10
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 Longstaff:
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Longstaff

Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -28.2%

From the first batch - semi rough poor kicked up a one finger head that dissapated shortly after being poured, left minimal lacing. Odd aroma of dryer sheets and dirt with a bready maltiness. Flavor falls short due to typical (for US brewers of Belgian styles) overly phenolic flavor with no nuance. Tastes more like a hefeweizen than belgian single. Made me feel good, so there's that at least. Value is out of whack.

01-29-2014 20:24:37 | More by Longstaff
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TimBeaulieu

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

01-21-2014 03:02:33 | More by TimBeaulieu
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

4/5  rDev -1%

04-14-2014 14:51:09 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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lordofthewiens

Maine

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
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77apm

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

07-21-2014 03:02:24 | More by 77apm
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1%

01-23-2014 19:07:31 | More by JakerLou
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tigg924

Massachusetts

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
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

01-24-2014 04:10:10 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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MicroBeerMan1980

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

08-11-2014 05:48:08 | More by MicroBeerMan1980
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ccurrid

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

08-02-2014 02:42:47 | More by ccurrid
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

02-02-2014 19:11:27 | More by Janeinma
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

06-16-2014 21:37:26 | More by doremite
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justme

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-21-2014 17:46:31 | More by justme
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BrewerMike

Massachusetts

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
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AdamF625

Massachusetts

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
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maltyhops

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

01-25-2014 21:56:16 | More by maltyhops
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dmachado

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

04-14-2014 17:52:20 | More by dmachado
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1%

08-19-2014 13:38:23 | More by Griffith
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Dan114

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-24-2014 03:46:11 | More by Dan114
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seakayak

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-25-2014 21:05:49 | More by seakayak
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jbh26

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-01-2014 19:44:32 | More by jbh26
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Tyrus

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

04-07-2014 17:20:37 | More by Tyrus
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Collins

Pennsylvania

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
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Bottleinfrontofme

Massachusetts

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
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earlholman

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1%

07-22-2014 17:54:51 | More by earlholman
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Spencer Trappist Ale from Spencer Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.