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Spencer Trappist Ale - Spencer Brewery

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Ratings: 556
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 85
Gots: 103 | 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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Goldfishman, Nov 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

The beer foamed when I opened the bottle. I had quite a mess. I poured the remaining beer into a chalice. I like the amber color. I like the smell, some bready notes, some spice, and some citrus. The taste is good too. Spice, orange citrus, bread. The beer is easy drinking, there's no cloying flavors and it is a bit dry. I'd rate the beer higher, but I was unimpressed with the beer foaming all over my counter when I opened the bottle.

deg, Nov 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Hypersomnia, Nov 05, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +5.5%

Ieatlambfries, Nov 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Onemoresolo, Oct 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Its carbonation reminds me of seltzer, have to remember to pour it out of the bottle though. Back story is cool

DHarv, Oct 30, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow, nice two finger frothy head, very nice lacing and retention. Aroma was top-notch, with cloves, banana, bready yeast and some wonderful Belgian funk. The flavor was outstanding, with some cloves, a bit of citrus taste and those wonderful yeasty notes. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, somewhat dry, nice carbonation. Overall, the monks at Spencer Abbey's prayers were answered- and likewise mine! To be able to brew one of only a handful of Trappist brews on the planet is quite an accomplishment!

timontheroad, Oct 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

drabmuh, Oct 28, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +12.4%

PotlandOR, Oct 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

tikk, Oct 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

huysmans, Oct 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

threedaggers, Oct 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

JackNip, Oct 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

MikeM417, Oct 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Hopfensaft, Oct 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

God heard the monks' prayer and delivered a heavenly brew - you can't tell this is from Massachusetts instead of Belgium.

Carolvs, Oct 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

skipxtracer, Oct 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

dcguitar, Oct 22, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +5.5%

JacobWayne, Oct 22, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -15.4%

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, Oct 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

jonsalsman, Oct 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Petegrieco, Oct 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

J-Bonestradamus, Oct 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

jasoncook35, Oct 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

johnsilk, Oct 16, 2014
Spencer Trappist Ale from Spencer Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 556 ratings.