Spencer Trappist Ale - Spencer Brewery

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600 Ratings
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Ratings: 600
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 87
Gots: 129 | FT: 11
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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2.45/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours a nice golden orange. Drinking from a tulip glass at home, from a store-purchased bottle that is months old. Straight from the refrigerator to the glass. Some sediment is apparent. Banana and clove aromas accented by a slightly yeasty and floral bouquet. Malty flavors with essences of cloves and banana. Highly carbonated. Light mouth-feel, slightly bitter. Fairly high alcohol but not boozy in taste. Clean and refreshing taste. Does not linger on the palate. I know it represents a classic Trappist style but I'm not a fan. Too bad because the monastery is close to me and the release was a big deal around here.

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2.5/5  rDev -38%

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2.9/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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2.98/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle, poured into a Chimay goblet (seemed appropriate). No date code is seen in the designated spot on the label, but it is from the first distribution run.

A: A small amount of sediment visible at the bottom of the bottle. Pours a translucent amber color with a vigorous, effervescent head that dissipates quickly. Active carbonation from the central nucleation point is persisting after 10+ minutes in the glass.

S: The nose is typical of Belgian yeast with hints of banana, bread, and strong clove. Not being a fan of clove, I'm a little less enthusiastic with this development, however it is fairly typical of the genre.

T: There is a good bit of malt up front, followed closely by the clove and a touch of banana that was expected. Overall the taste is fairly light, but not lacking character. The clove and a bit of nutmeg becomes more pronounced as the beer warms a bit, while I sit next to a freshly stoked fireplace.

M: Medium-Plus carbonation, but not overpowering as if you were drinking a soda/pop/coke (depending what part of the states you are from). Plainly put, the mouthfeel is quite good.

O: Overall, this comes off as a well-constructed (but poor tasting IMO) example of a beer in a genre which is, admittedly, not my favorite. The appearance and mouthfeel were plus, but taste was not enjoyable. Even though I didn't like it, I was happy to help out the 'locals' by making this purchase.

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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.

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3.2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I really wanted to like this beer, but there was nothing very distinctive about it. It poured well, with a golden hue and 3/4 inch head, but the taste tended somewhat toward that of a witbier. Mouth-feel was dry and almost chalky. Scent was a light, with hints of citrus and pepper.

Perhaps a better brew for summer or to pair with lighter foods.

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Spencer Trappist Ale from Spencer Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 600 ratings.