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Spencer Trappist Ale - Spencer Brewery

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Ratings: 654
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 94
Gots: 152 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Short's goblet. Purchased as a single for $5. This is the first authentic Trappist beer brewed in the US and there currently are no others. Consumed directly after a Trappist Westvleteren Blond from Belgium.

A- Pours a slightly brownish yellow golden, definitely a little bit on the darker side when compared to the Westvleteren. About a 2.5 fingers worth of white foamy head forms that has nice retention and recedes to a nice thin layer.

S- Strong esters, clove, light spices, hints of yeast in the background. Fairly aromatic but not quite as complex as the Westvleteren which had a little bit less esters and more balanced spices with a nice bready yeast finish.

T- Strong esters of banana, clove, mango, lightly spiced, a hint of yeast on the finish. This was flavorful but again doesn't quite compare with the Westvleteren in both balance and complexity. Still very good though with a lot of the same flavors.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation, very drinkable.

O- This was very good for the style and I'm glad to see Spencer making quality beers like this right out of the gate. However this didn't quite compare to the Westvletern Blond which had very similar flavors but a slightly better beer all around. If you like Belgian blondes this is without a doubt seeking out and probably one of the better interpretations out there.

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Being that this is belgian pale...

A- Dark golden honey, translucent. Thin lacing with good legs

S- Nice floral dark fruit smell, nice soft malt backbone.

T- Follows the nose with a great dark fruit taste with this belgian pale. I think this is well done.

M- A little harsh with the carb, but not too bad.

O- A well done belgian style pale IMO.

Photo of Jwale73
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours a translucent burnt orange with a rocky, four finger, bright white head with the consistency of frothy dish soap. Fluffy spots of lacing are revealed as the brew recedes. Nose is bright an light with a kiss of clove, banana esters and a light malt profile. Taste consistent with nose; however, the flavors come off a bit dull and subdued. Finish is a bit grainy and I get a hint of wet cardboard. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively, bright carbonation that leaves a residual prickly across the roof of the mouth. Overall, a decent golden, but definitely does not warrant the price point for what it is.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of papat444
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to F2brewers for this one.

Pours a nice hazy orange-gold body, white foam that has some legs but the retention is average, especially when compared to others of the style. Candi spice in the flavor but minimal, very fruit forward with tangerines being prominent. Airy feel with some banana notes in the aroma. Quite good but doesn't quite reach to Chimay or Rochefort IMO.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of jneiswender
4.78/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured out of a 12 ounce bottle into a chalice served cool

The beer has a very nice cloudy gold body with a very very nice thick head

The yeast smell in the front is absolutely intoxicating seemingly very Chimay-like

Strong clove and spice front some malt in the middle with some medicinal flavors at the end

Light and very very very carbonated

I very much enjoyed this beer I will have it again and it reminds me of what a fresh Trappist ale in Belgium must taste like

Spencer Trappist Ale from Spencer Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 654 ratings.