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Spencer Trappist Ale - Spencer Brewery

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Spencer Trappist AleSpencer Trappist Ale

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Ratings: 690
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 95
Gots: 165 | FT: 11
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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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Photo of damndirtyape
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at La Trappe Cafe, San Francisco. Served in a branded Spencer Trappist glass, which was more of a wine glass than a chalice. 25cl pour.

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold to amber. Thin white head. Plenty of thick strands of lacing.

Smell: Floral, leafy, herbal, hint of biscuity malt.

Taste: Up front herbalness and bit spicy as well. Biscuity malt middle. Mild fruity esters in the middle as well. The finish is herbal as like the start, but there is some spiciness at the finish. Coriander maybe? Maybe a hint of orange peel? Could be the hoppy finish I'm detecting is a mix of Noble hops and US citrus hops which might explain the spiciness and hint of citrus as well as the finish.

Mouthfeel: Sticky with prickly carbonation. Actually sticks to the teeth quite a bit. A bit dry in the finish despite the stickiness.

Overall / Drinkability: A solid Belgian pale ale, and in a way, an American take on the Trappist ale. Easily drinkable and I would have had another one if I had not been distracted by other goodies on the La Trappe beer menu. Went well with food (mixed green salad) and I'll have to see if I can find it again.

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm going to remember this beer, in part because the first bottle I purchased ended up breaking in the parking lot as I left the store. I was pretty reluctant to plunk down $5.99 for a single as it was. My wife was kind enough to purchase a replacement.
Now, I wouldn't pay $12 for a bottle of this beer again, but I would definitely consider $6 for a single, being very careful to check the bag for holes next time around.
On to the beer! Very authentic Belgian flavors made with local, carefully grown ingredients. Pale, yellow gold in color with a generous white head on the pour (almost lost more of this beer when removing the bottle cap so be careful). The initial scents I got from the parking lot pavement were enough to make me more curious about this beer and the scents coming from the glass do not disappoint.
Flavors are lightly bitter; fresh baked high quality sour dough bread comes to mind. I really need to do a head to head with this and Orval. It would make for a happy trouble. Everything is very well balanced. While I appreciate that this is the only beer this brewery/monastery produces I would be excited to see them putting out more offerings.

Photo of BH712
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drew74
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TimHitchings
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jedk
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Goldndomer
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boone757
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of maxvidrine
2.43/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Straightforward Am Belg, crazy head

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a hazy, vibrant, orange-gold coloring with a frothy, filmy, sparse, white surface coating of head. Aromas of banana, clove, cream, and toasted grains. Pretty simple, but impressively balanced. The flavors are roasted and rich forward, with banana bread notes, heavy clove spicing, some nutmeg notes, a sweet and tangy cream overlay, and a toasted grain backbone. Subtle yeast funk throughout, with some fruity esters, too. The body is light and dry, and remains crisp throughout due to the carbonation. Banana and spice blend in the aftertaste, with a short-lived linger, kept clean by the carbonation once again, providing a crisp, clean finish. Good beer.

Photo of WckdVbz
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Genx
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of VTBrewHound
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lzepplin01
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jtcolella
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of kaiyote
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a goblet. Was a little concerned when opening the bottle produced a mild gusher, but less than 1/8 of the bottle escaped in total. I just hope the rest of the pack doesn't follow suit.

Look: Pours a beautiful hazy orange, can barely see the shadow of my hand through it. Started off with a thick, 2 finger head that has slow died back to a nice capping of foam.
Smell: Dead on for a Trappist Ale. Bananas and pepper both easily detectable.
Taste: Dead in line with the smell. Yeasty, bananas and pepper. A hint of hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Infinitely drinkable.
Feel: Nice carbonation, not too heavy.
Overall: Was a serious effort to get a hold of this gem where I live, but man am I glad I went to the effort (and expense). Easily one of my top 3 Trappist ales.

Photo of ajdemma
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of impending
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mactrail
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of SethP
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bwagner1122
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Spencer Trappist Ale from Spencer Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 690 ratings.