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Spencer Trappist Ale - Spencer Brewery

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90
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464 Ratings
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Ratings: 464
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 77
Gots: 81 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Spencer Brewery visit their website
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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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

yoyogopants, Jan 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Mess, Jan 26, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

Bottle poured into a Palm snifter

Deep honey amber with carbonation. Friendly pour creates two fingers of white foam which settles into a dense, creamy white foam. Nice lacings .

Aroma of banana, clove , spicy pepper.

Smooth start,subtle banana and cloves . Gentle carbonation. Smooth finish

Light to light medium mouthfeel.

Good beer. Aroma is great and was hoping for a stronger flavor presence. It's gentle, mild and subtle.

WunderLlama, Jan 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Wizzman, Jan 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

MrDarcy, Jan 26, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

A -- Pale bronze body. Very clear. Nice white head. Very little lacing but good retention.

N -- Very yeasty. Clove over banana. Peppery and a light hop backside.

T -- Yeasty when it was out of the fridge, more malty and lightly hoppy as it warms up. Apricots or other similar fruits. Again, more clove than banana. Really tasty.

M -- Surprisingly smooth. Not as much carbonation as I thought there might be.

O -- Ive been looking forward to this beer for a very long time. It's reminiscent of Orval. It's really good. Met the expectations.

Cheers!

tkelley, Jan 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Psychmusic, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

America's first Trappist Ale!

Poured in an Orval Trappist glass, the beer is an attractive golden color with a 1F head.

The aroma is very strong- mostly clove and spice.

The mouth feel is very carbonated.

Taste: quite spicy and peppery, with a light fruit. The finish is lightly bitter.

Overall: quite well done and a refreshing beer for dinnertime. Spicy, fruity, slightly bitter- perfect mealtime beer. Visit their web site for more details on the beer. http://www.spencerbrewery.com/beer/

brureview, Jan 26, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +9.9%

From bottled batch one of January 2014. Sampled on January 25, 2014.

The pour is golden with a slight haze and decent carbonation bubbling up to a white fizzy head that dissolves quickly.

The aromas include Belgian pale malts, toasted biscuit, candied sugar, pear, apple, and spices.

The body is medium and smooth.

The taste evolves from a toasted biscuit character to the "meaty" fruit character of apples and pear and the clove creeps on the back end to top it all. Very nicely done and reflects well on the original Trappist Ales from Europe.

puboflyons, Jan 25, 2014
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Spencer Trappist Ale from Spencer Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.