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Spencer Trappist Ale - Spencer Brewery

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Spencer Trappist AleSpencer Trappist Ale

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Ratings: 737
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 100
Gots: 186 | 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: 737 | Reviews: 135
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3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle of spencer ale drank,

Photo of AndyEdgar
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MIrvine
2.58/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I don't like it. Sorry.

Photo of paleoplant
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brm300
4.79/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TylerKitchens
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SawDog505
3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my style. Pours a light orange with a fluffy off white that leaves behind some lace and lots of sediment.
Smell clove, banana, lemon, and some breadyness.

Taste follows the nose, clove and banana, and a little spicy ness.

Body is light, more carbonation than I prefer, a little dry, and easy drinking.

Overall this probably good for its style, but not really my thing.

Photo of mpbrew
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Afroman
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of tomb_ride
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 311bulldog
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nelli769
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Element1290
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tedho21
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of judkinst
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of nmann08
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours a hazy golden orange color with a big full fizzy off white head. Very active carbonation, lots of bubbles and some sediment in the glass.

The smell is floral, yeast, faint fruit, a little biscuit.

The flavor is light fruity notes, yeast, biscuit, american citrus hops and belgian hop content, leaving a light bitterness. The mouthfeel is a little light, crisp, and active carbonation going down.

Overall, this is pretty tasty. Would love to drink regularly.

Photo of NJB145
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of damndirtyape
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at La Trappe Cafe, San Francisco. Served in a branded Spencer Trappist glass, which was more of a wine glass than a chalice. 25cl pour.

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold to amber. Thin white head. Plenty of thick strands of lacing.

Smell: Floral, leafy, herbal, hint of biscuity malt.

Taste: Up front herbalness and bit spicy as well. Biscuity malt middle. Mild fruity esters in the middle as well. The finish is herbal as like the start, but there is some spiciness at the finish. Coriander maybe? Maybe a hint of orange peel? Could be the hoppy finish I'm detecting is a mix of Noble hops and US citrus hops which might explain the spiciness and hint of citrus as well as the finish.

Mouthfeel: Sticky with prickly carbonation. Actually sticks to the teeth quite a bit. A bit dry in the finish despite the stickiness.

Overall / Drinkability: A solid Belgian pale ale, and in a way, an American take on the Trappist ale. Easily drinkable and I would have had another one if I had not been distracted by other goodies on the La Trappe beer menu. Went well with food (mixed green salad) and I'll have to see if I can find it again.

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4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm going to remember this beer, in part because the first bottle I purchased ended up breaking in the parking lot as I left the store. I was pretty reluctant to plunk down $5.99 for a single as it was. My wife was kind enough to purchase a replacement.
Now, I wouldn't pay $12 for a bottle of this beer again, but I would definitely consider $6 for a single, being very careful to check the bag for holes next time around.
On to the beer! Very authentic Belgian flavors made with local, carefully grown ingredients. Pale, yellow gold in color with a generous white head on the pour (almost lost more of this beer when removing the bottle cap so be careful). The initial scents I got from the parking lot pavement were enough to make me more curious about this beer and the scents coming from the glass do not disappoint.
Flavors are lightly bitter; fresh baked high quality sour dough bread comes to mind. I really need to do a head to head with this and Orval. It would make for a happy trouble. Everything is very well balanced. While I appreciate that this is the only beer this brewery/monastery produces I would be excited to see them putting out more offerings.

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Spencer Trappist Ale from Spencer Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 737 ratings.