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Spencer Trappist Ale - Spencer Brewery

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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 80
Gots: 92 | FT: 9
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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3/5  rDev -25.6%

djrn2, Sep 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

zestar, Sep 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

spycow, Aug 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Texasfan549, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

kjkinsey, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

ygtbsm94, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -0.7%

JAHMUR, Aug 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

TheManiacalOne, Aug 14, 2014
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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.

RblWthACoz, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of jlindros
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.

jlindros, Jan 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

oline73, Mar 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

mendvicdog, Apr 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Rochefort10nh, Jan 30, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

smcolw, Feb 17, 2014
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2.62/5  rDev -35%

kojevergas, Sep 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

yourefragile, Mar 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

duceswild, Mar 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lunch. New Trappist beer - how exciting.

The beer is golden orange and mildly hazy with a quarter inch of off white head. The aroma offers Belgian style yeast, clove, fruity tones, bread. Nice tasting beer. Medium bodied. A tad sweet with light spice undertones. Some similarities to a witbier in that regard. I rather enjoyed this one and hope to revisit at some point.

Huhzubendah, Mar 09, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -15.6%

Pours a one finger cream head that fades very slowly leaving traces of lace. Hazy pale amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Belgian yeast nose and flavor is yeast, cloves and bready. $2.99 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

jdhilt, Tuesday at 11:50 PM
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

afsdan, Mar 28, 2014
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4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shared a bottle with Carl at his Crooked Oak Brewery. Very nice and interesting beer. Poured a rich golden slightly burnt orange color with notable head and reasonable retention. Quite attractive. Well done floral nose with hints of spices allspice-like maybe cardamom. But something else is in background. Let the beer breathe a bit and resampled nose a few times. Very familiar but not in beer. Then it hits you. Believe it or not...there is a substantial note of sandalwood. Sandalwood? Incense? Monks?...ok, try it yourself.
Taste was very good. Rich malts and subtle hopping. Very well balanced. And again...sandalwood. Holy alter boys Batman. Take me back...like 50 years. Like sipping a fine Belgian ale at Midnight Mass. Hmmm...
Very nice feel. Smooth with easy rolling over tongue. Substantial but not thick or sticky.
Fact is this is a very pleasing nicely complex beer. Very favorable impression. Will try again, and see what else the Monks come up with.
Oh and nice website too.

BillRoth, Jul 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Latarnik, Sep 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Kelp, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of DrJay
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange colour with a fluffy beige cap. Good head retention, some lacing, looks nice. A lot of character from the yeast. Aromas of cloves and a bit of spiciness, fruity esters and bready malt, hint of citrus. Low bitterness with slightly sugary, fruity sweetness coupled with clove and spice throughout. Maybe a bit of toffee in the finish. Airy texture, lots of carbonation with medium/light body, good texture. A solid offering and one that I enjoyed.

DrJay, May 12, 2014
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Spencer Trappist Ale from Spencer Brewery
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