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Spencer Trappist Ale - Spencer Brewery

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470 Ratings
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Ratings: 470
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 77
Gots: 81 | 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 cbutova:
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4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured to a goblet from the 11.2oz bottle with a fairly hazy, deep golden body. Foamy head forms on the beer between one and two fingers high. Retention is pretty good and a nice cloud coats most of the beer after the head falls. Spotty lacing with some significant patches.

S- Spicy Trappist yeast makes up most of the aroma in this brew. Banana, raisin, coriander, bread and apple come to mind. Light esters and citrus zest.

T- Yeast once again directs the show, as it does in many Trappist ales. Spicy coriander, white pepper, banana, apple, esters, slight phenolics and bread come to mind. Hints of pale cracked grains, vanilla, orange rind, light grassy spicy hops and candi sugar.

MF- Light and overall dry body with a silky, crisp and foamy texture. Carbonation at a high end level. Finishes with some spicy bitterness.

Had heard differing opinions about this one but I find it to be a pleasant experience overall. The yeast is quite flavorful but not overpowering and brings a great array of flavors.

cbutova, Mar 03, 2014
More User Reviews:
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

TimBeaulieu, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +11.4%

77apm, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev -1%

JakerLou, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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
Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

alienlifeforcecube, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

MicroBeerMan1980, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of ccurrid
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

ccurrid, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Janeinma, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

doremite, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of justme
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

justme, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of BrewerMike
4.08/5  rDev +1%
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 -22.5%
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 +17.6%

maltyhops, Jan 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

dmachado, Apr 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

Griffith, Aug 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Dan114, Mar 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

seakayak, Mar 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

jbh26, Mar 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Tyrus, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of Collins
5/5  rDev +23.8%
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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3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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?

Bottleinfrontofme, Feb 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

earlholman, Jul 22, 2014
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Spencer Trappist Ale from Spencer Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.