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Spencer Trappist Ale - Spencer Brewery

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Ratings: 654
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 94
Gots: 152 | FT: 12
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-27-2013

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.
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 8/14/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong Belgian yeast, caramelized malts along with touches of spices, bananas and other fruits.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, bananas, apples and spices. Then some breadiness comes in from flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but creates a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet then somehow transitions into a nice mild tartness.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty and very complex, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid and flavorful beer to drink for a long time.

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4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really excited to be able to try this beer. Big props to my coworker (very soon to be former coworker) for bringing this back from Boston.

Pours kind of a clouded orange hued amber. Thin creme head. Nose is a big whiff of Belgium; in a beer kinda way. Sweet and airy. Flavor is a bit thicker and deeper than one might expect for the style. A bit bready and yeasty. Sweet, but not overly so. I could drink a lot of this. And what little I have I am drinking fairly quickly. Silky smooth feel that contributes to me just blowing through this one.

This is a very nice Belgian ale, in the traditional style, that is in a class of its own. If you have had many of the trappist brews, many things about this one will seem quite familiar.

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3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Finally!!! I don't think I've waited for a beer longer than this. I think it was like 3-4 years ago when Dan Paquette spoke at a homebrew club meeting and told us this was in the works. I moved out to Spencer a few months later, and since then have had my nose against the glass waiting for it, and it's finally here. Hopefully they make more than just this one style.

The beer seemed like it was a bit too excited too (and too carbonated) as it rises up the top pretty quickly and gushes out a bit, causing a little mess as I can't get it into the glass quick enough, but forms a big fluffy foamy head, very foamy like, airy and bubblyand fades pretty quickly from the 2+ fingers to about 1/2 a finger of true thick head and mild spotty lacing, over a hazy blond orange color with a hint of an amber hue.

Nose brings more of the typical Belgian yeast, a little bit of a yeast funk (not wild kind, just yeasty), some nice mild phenols and esters, hints of spices, mild bready cracker notes with a hint of a citrus zest, a nice sweet blond malt base with a bit of candy like sweet malts, hint of candi sugar like sweetness with the phenols, a bit wheaty and doughy. The phenols and sweetness trick you into thinking there is more booze than there really is.

Taste starts with a lot more Belgian blond characters, almost as if I'm sitting at a table on a veranda in Belgium again, reminds me a bit of the Brugge Halve Maan blond. A mild sweetness comes in with a nice Belgian blonde flavor, blonde malts, mild wheaty and crackery, actually gets quite wheaty as it goes, little doughy as well but not much, and hint of a candi sugar sweetness. That candi note brings more phenols with it, mild tasty phenols with hints of esters and spices, as well as a hint of of orange citrus zest and grassy notes. A bit yeasty as well, and a bit of a light grassy bitterness, that really pops off the tongue with the big carbonation. Finish is dry somehow, but a little sticky, fair bitterness with more orange zest, mild phenols and spices, bit more blonde malt and candi lingering.

Mouth is med bod, lots of carbonation and the big bubble but still popping fluffy carbonation from the bottle conditioning, but a bit too much carbonation.

Overall pretty good, nothing too crazy or amazing, but for a blonde ale pretty nice. Like I mentioned before I have been waiting a very long time for this, and it's finally here, and is able to remind me of being in Belgium, so a nice beer at that. very drinkable, a bit too wheaty, but still tasty, everything well balanced, a nice spring or summer beer for sure. I hope they bring a quad or big beer at some point.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive foam but not a spew. Attractive amber brew with a fine-grained head. Delightful creamy mouthfeel, which somehow seems appropriate for a Belgian-style brew.

Warm and malty. This has a friendlier kind of yeasty flavor than the usual austere or overly sweet Saisons. Not any hop flavor to speak of. I'd call it more of a Belgian Single than a pale ale. But it's very much a Belgian creation and well worth a try.

From the 11.2 oz bottle purchased at Coit Liquors in San Francisco. Massive little bottles that ought to be refilled.

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3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Three-finger, snow white head. Settles in a dome and then in lumps. Surprisingly, nearly no lace. Straw to gold color with a faint chill haze.

Sour, pale malt aroma. Strong Belgian yeast smell.

An interesting blend of pale malt, strong Belgian yeast and coriander. Classic Trappist flavors but this one is quite thin with an overly elevated carbonation level, almost like champagne. The finish is sour, yeasty remnant which dissipates quickly.

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2.62/5  rDev -35%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint amber + apricot highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy beige head that reduces to a large two finger tall cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a very thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of spicy Belgian yeast with a moderate amount of sweetness. There are moderate aromas of fruitiness (apple + pear), banana phenols, and some clove.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale and bready malts with a light to moderate amount of candi sugar and light fruit (apple + pear) sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of banana phenols and some hints of clove. Light to moderate flavors of spicy Belgian yeast is also present in the finish. Hints of grassy hops which imparts a touch of bitterness to the finish which does not linger for long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Been waiting for a couple of years to get the chance to try this one... A very nice example of a Belgian Pale Ale and pretty cool that it coming from an American monastery. Enjoyable flavor that is pretty easy to drink with a well hidden alcohol.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Spencer Trappist Ale from Spencer Brewery
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