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Spencer Trappist Ale - Spencer Brewery

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Ratings: 733
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 100
Gots: 183 | 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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Ratings: 733 | Reviews: 135
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, medium carbonation, amber in color, clear

Smell: apricot, bread, and a bit of hops towards the end

Taste: clove, apricot, apple, and bread

Mouthfeel: sweet with a lightly bitter end, medium-heavy bodied and medium carbonation

Overall: A flavorful example of a Belgian pale. The beer hits most of the notes I expect in the style. I have had better in the style, but this is certainly worth a try.

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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.

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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.

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