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Spencer Trappist Ale - Spencer Brewery

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Ratings: 588
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 86
Gots: 119 | 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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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lunch. New Trappist beer - how exciting.

The beer is golden orange and mildly hazy with a quarter inch of off white head. The aroma offers Belgian style yeast, clove, fruity tones, bread. Nice tasting beer. Medium bodied. A tad sweet with light spice undertones. Some similarities to a witbier in that regard. I rather enjoyed this one and hope to revisit at some point.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an Amber color with a thick head, nearly overflows the glass on a gentle pour. Head recedes with foamy lacing. smells greasy, sweet banana. tastes sweet, lots of slife, nutmeg stands out. really carbonated on the pour, but carbonation dies quickly.

Really enjoyable

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy pale orange. Nice white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Very yeasty. Phenolic. Belgian sweetness. Herbal.

Taste - Very phenolic. Herbal hops. Doughy malt flavor. Bitter in the back.

Mouthfeel - Overcarbonated. Yeasty. Bitter.

Overall - Well made, but nothing special.

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4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured to a goblet from the 11.2oz bottle with a fairly hazy, deep golden body. Foamy head forms on the beer between one and two fingers high. Retention is pretty good and a nice cloud coats most of the beer after the head falls. Spotty lacing with some significant patches.

S- Spicy Trappist yeast makes up most of the aroma in this brew. Banana, raisin, coriander, bread and apple come to mind. Light esters and citrus zest.

T- Yeast once again directs the show, as it does in many Trappist ales. Spicy coriander, white pepper, banana, apple, esters, slight phenolics and bread come to mind. Hints of pale cracked grains, vanilla, orange rind, light grassy spicy hops and candi sugar.

MF- Light and overall dry body with a silky, crisp and foamy texture. Carbonation at a high end level. Finishes with some spicy bitterness.

Had heard differing opinions about this one but I find it to be a pleasant experience overall. The yeast is quite flavorful but not overpowering and brings a great array of flavors.

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

Bottle: Paid $17/ 4-pack

A -- Poured with a big fluffy cream colored head that lasted some time. The beer is a cloudy butterscotch color, Some lacing, attractive.

S -- A pleasant spicy yeasty aroma. Detect citrus, vanilla, and earthy belgian yeasty smells. Very nice.

T -- The yeasty, spicy flavor is pronounced. The flavors I taste are citrus, coriander, pepper. Has a light sweet malty, hoppy finish. The flavors here are not in your face, they are subtle, balanced and beautifully intwined.

M -- Not too heavy or light, mouthfeel is perfect for the style. Beer is well carbonated, dry finish. Malt and hop flavors linger a bit longer in the finish after the beer warms up.

O -- This is not a beer that is going to floor you with over the top flavor. My hats off to the monks for creating exactly what they set out to create, an excellent refectory table beer (patersbier). I think they have hit it spot on.

I do need to address the question of value. I agree, there are other belgians of this style available that are almost as good at a better price. For now I am happy to support the monastery and occasionally enjoy this first class beer. I do hope to see a price reduction in the future, I think they will need a more realistic price point to sustain their customer base once the initial excitement is over. I wish them well.

My understanding is that the monastery has agreed to brew only this particular beer for 5 years before they branch out. I am marking my calendar because I truly look forward to the day when I can taste a dubbel, tripel or quad from Spencer Brewery.

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Spencer Trappist Ale from Spencer Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 588 ratings.