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Spencer Trappist Ale - Spencer Brewery

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583 Ratings
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Ratings: 583
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 86
Gots: 117 | 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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Photo of Pgermain12
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Lucky to have grown up next to the St Joseph Abbey as a kid. Started off eating the Jelly and now I bring home as many as these as I can when I visit central Mass. It is a very nice beer with a lil bit of smokey love on the back end.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.15/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(AD 105F13 - poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: sunset orange liquid with a mild haze... open, webby sponge of off-white foam - sizzles a bit like it has wild elements... bottle-conditioned (so they're doing it right), though the only indication on the bottle of this is a small icon of a bottle standing upright as their 'suggested storage'

S: familiar, unmistakable Belgian abbey ale aromas... yeasty dough, fresh-baked muffin, baked banana and/or pear, faint clove, maybe a nip of melon... whiff of old, unfinished wooden pew... fine potency

T: a bit more flavor than anticipated... straight-shooting textbook abbey ale... bit of that pencil eraser and bubblegum thing in the finish... lightly-toasted animal cracker and yeasty spice in the aftertaste

F: notable sharpness on the tip of the tongue, and on the other tastebuds in the front half of the palate... sharp attack, light to light-medium bodied, and dry, but with a subtle grainy-slick residual back-flow... very well carbonated, watch out! - plenty brap!

O: I would drink this as fresh as you can find it... it's pretty easy to tell that this is one of those bottle-conditioned beers that dries out too much, losing sweet balance... nice to see an American monastery venture into brewing, however, this beer doesn't stand out much (maybe if they used De Dolle's yeast :)...)... make a darker beer, then get back to me

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4.8/5  rDev +19.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Botulizard
4.71/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beer #200. Poured into a snifter/goblet type glass.

A: Apricot colored with a large, off-white head and a large amount of lacing. Small amount of white sediment floating around, with more collected at the bottom of the glass.

S: Sweet and fruity. Peach, apricot, and slight banana notes. Very pleasant and typical of the style.

T: Very much like the smell. Candy sweet and a bit fruity. Slightly bitter on the finish and aftertaste.

M: Light and refreshing, not too heavy on the carbonation. A bit sticky on the sweetness, but not too much.

O: A very good example of the style. This beer would not be out of place among its native Belgian counterparts. Here's hoping that the brothers at Saint Joseph's have started a strong Trappist brewing tradition here in the USA.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of gr0g
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Golden amber hue, hazy with a little sediment. Very nice head formation and retention, lacing the glass nicely. Yeasty phenols hit the nose first followed by fruit notes. Golden raisins and dates are evident, as is a bit of ripe banana.

Flavor profile is dry, mildly bitter, malty but subdued. The flavor components are well balanced. Relatively speaking, the malt body makes this taste more like a Biere de Garde than a Saison. Despite mentions of American hops such as Willamette and Nugget being employed, the hop character is subdued, contributing only a balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is very pleasant; well-carbonated but not at all harsh.

This is a very solid, if unspectacular brew. The price will undoubtedly lead to hesitation (paid $18 for a 4-pack in NJ), but if it helps the Brothers succeed and expand their lineup, then it's worth it.

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3.56/5  rDev -11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.6/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date: 11/11/14
Location: Union Plaza Liquors
Draught/Bottle: 11.2 oz Brown Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Orange to Golden in color. Only lightening slightly towards its edges. Unfiltered and I do see some yeast in the bottle but none poured in my glass. It's not difficult to see through the haze though. Big pillowy carbonation head that pours at more then two fingers tall and stays. Fantastic head, any sort of jostling of the glass seems to replenish it.
Aroma: "Oh Wow!" Is my first thought. Big fruity flavors strike me from the yeast. Smells of banana, cherry, clove maybe a hint of clementine. A pretty nice sweetness as well, not quite candi sugar but something close. Bready and sweet malts worm there way in the background.
Taste:The fruit aromas become more zest like in flavor. More bitter and stronger. The sugar sweetness really balances out the fruit and along with the biscuity/bready malts make up the second phase of the beers tasting. The finish moves back to the orange again and some big yeasty flavors.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied comprised of many esters and phenols dancing on the tongue thanks to the medium high to high amount if carbonation.

Notes: Be careful when pouring the beer the carbonation is very aggressive in its initial foaming. I'm really grateful for the opportunity to try this beer. The monks did a very good job and it's great to see America's first Trappist brewery has the ability to succeed and thrive.

Spencer Trappist Ale from Spencer Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 583 ratings.