Spencer | The Ale Apothecary

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4.4/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Ale Apothecary
Oregon, United States
thealeapothecary.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
SPENCER (The Dispenser of Provisions) is our annual fruit beer. In the early fall, we harvest wild blackcurrant fruit and add it to a batch of year-old SAHALIE. The sugars in the fruit produce another fermentation and the blackcurrant tannins create additional structure over the 8-month aging period. Prior to bottling, the beer is dry-hopped for a month in oak barrels. With close to 2 years in oak, Spencer has a much more developed Brettanomyces character than our other beers. Because of the extremely limited quantity of wild blackcurrant available, we produce only one oak barrel of Spencer every year.

Added by Gobigvt7 on 07-02-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,631
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
39
pDev:
5.91%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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69
Gots:
10
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4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle Date: 2/25/16
Palate Contaminants: other beer

The color is fairly unique. I don't see much that I'd call a dark orange. Moderate opaqueness.

The smell is that of a floral sour with some blackberry honey. I was surprised at the amount of Brettanomyces, but I gather that it's intentional. Heavy corn candy, but without the corn, if that makes sense. The sour element shades toward lactic, too. Very interesting.

The canvas is apple cider, maybe mixed with a little pear cider. Then, from one angle, it's a mixed berry cheesecake. From another angle, it's jam and butter on soft toast. I mean, it's a sour beer, but it's not really sour. There's so much fruit-derived sugar. It's not as candy-ish as HF's Clover, but it's as complex. Rich, too. There's some serious nectar-of-the-gods stuff going on. Instead of blackberry honey, the taste is currant honey, if you can imagine.

For a niner, the alcohol is very well hidden. Carbonation is somewhat coarse, but not prickly. The aftertaste is about as delicious as any aftertaste.

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3.9/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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4/5  rDev -9.1%
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4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

5-1-2014 handwritten marked bottle with the man, Paul himself. One of the best beers I've had this year. Fruit finishes very well on the palette, and not a sour bomb. Overly balanced with incredible mouthfeel. Apoth is still seriously underrated, IMO. Glad I got to try this at the Brothers Provisions event in SD! Hope it's an annual thing.

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4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
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4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very hazy. Small white head.

Smell - I don't smell currants. Acidic smelling. Very yeasty. Strong pale malt. Fruity. Maybe even a little bit of berry to it.

Taste - Strong sourness. Stone fruit more than currant. Very yeasty. Gets a little bit intense in the back end. Spike in white wine flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Well, I don't get the currants, but this is still a great beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Spencer from The Ale Apothecary
Beer rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 39 ratings