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Spencer Trappist Ale - Spencer Brewery

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Ratings: 655
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 94
Gots: 153 | 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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Photo of Subvette
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KathyG
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of WuBByG999
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of micropale
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks amazing. Smells fruity. Tastes wonderful. Feels good. Overall authentic tasting Trappist ale.

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

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Off white and soapy head, with little retention, slightly tan perhaps that falls to a real bubbled collar. Slightly hazy with a golden orange amber appearance with an excellent amount of middle carbonation. Not bad, slightly lifeless looking a bit but otherwise ok.

Aroma is interesting. Slightly fruity nose but with a muted caramel and honey sense and almost pepper sweetness. Some mild florailty rounds out with an almost very airy toffee and a little bit of peanut butter as well. Quite nice and unique.

Real interesting palate. Lots of controlled but very bubbly carbonation. Much of that comes in the mid palate with lots of dry wine like flavors. Finishes with a big crispness and hints of honey and brown bread. Slight hints of fruit towards tropical just a bit, with a sweet mimosa like finish, hinting with pineapple, melon and just a bit of orange.

A real interesting Belgian pale ale here, really lively too on palate feel. Not mind blowing but certainly delicious and worthy for another go!

Photo of NateF90
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle foamed vigorously when uncapped although rapidly subsided when poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass. Two finger head resolved itself within one minute to a splotchy film. Appetizing rich-amber color and haze look great on the table and in the hand. Nose is predominantly hay and pepper, not in a bad way. Taste is correct for the style, with just a whisper of funk on the finish. Excellent balance. Feels a bit light, almost weightless on the tongue, again not a bad thing. Overall, a downright excellent beer regardless of its provenance. Thoroughly enjoyed on this and past occasions. I'd love to try it on tap sometime.

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

Photo of panzer43
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djbrown13
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Disappointing. Weak for a trappist.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Koningshoven chalice.

A: Hazy-dark honey-gold with flecks of yeast and an obnoxiously large head.

S: Loads of yeast, even from far off. Albeit kind of skunky. Up close it's almost a nice tripel; from far off it's whiffs of super-heineken.

T: Oh! Yum! It's very bready, with some fantastic yeast strain providing the bulk of the flavour. But that's not a complaint. I wonder if they borrowed this from Westmalle. It's crisp, biscuity, ever-so-lightly spicy, wonderfully deep, floral, fruity, and utterly enchanting. I'm damned impressed.

M: Smooth, crisp, and delicious.

O: I was simultaneously skeptical and excited about this beer. Even though I was ready to be bitterly harsh -- the skunk-esque nose didn't help -- I can't be. It's good. Damned good. Highly recommended, and I will be drinking again.

Photo of mikelavigne19
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. Fits the style perfectly and is an excellent example of what a Trappist Ale should be.

The appearance of this beer is bright, golden with a white fluffy, styrofoam-y, tightly laced head that dissolves rather quickly while sitting in the glass undisturbed. Slight haze as with most Belgian Pale Ales.

Aromas of cloves, bananas, apricots, apple peels and the stereotypical belgian yeast comes through. I detect no strong characters of hops, as the other smells seem to overwhelm however few hops were used. Excellent, inviting smell, that beckons the drinker to consume thoughtfully.

Upfront, my initial taste is a yeasty-breadlike quality. This is quickly washed over by flavors of phenols represented by bananas, cloves and fruity yeasty apple esters. The balance of this beer is supreme. It is sweet; malty, dry finish. Fruity; apples, apricots.
The malty and fruity flavors are paired nicely with the hop schedule of this beer. The brewing process leaves the palate ready for another sip, bite of food, or a minute of reflection. Great tasting beer, not too complex, but retains layers of flavor that can be analyzed on many levels.

After smelling and tasting, this beer is left to be "felt." The mouthfeel of this particular Trappist Ale is, for lack of a better term, fun. Small champagne-like effervescence, crisp and light the way it should be. The carbonation and weight of the beer itself lends itself to enhancing this beers character. Had this been heavier, more/less carbonated, this beer would be much different. Light, crisp, tiny-bubbled dry finish.

I would and I will have this beer again. I enjoyed it very much and I like that it has a profile that can be paired with food, or just enjoyed by itself. This is a great Trappist Ale and anyone who wants to venture from say, pilsner's or IPA's and into the world of true yeast character would definitely enjoy trying this beer.

Photo of jbredbeard
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spicy banana aroma follows into the front with a short lived bitterness at the end. Pretty good, but I was expecting something special and this one just didn't quite deliver.

Photo of xseanprimex
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of anteater
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ronricorossi
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of simoen
2.12/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

not my kind of thee
the same rare taste like zundert trappist ale

Photo of JLoper
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shivtim
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
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.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ShanePB
3.12/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not necessarily my style. Seems well made and put together though.

Photo of djcira
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Spencer Trappist Ale from Spencer Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 655 ratings.