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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:
#2,655
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
38
pDev:
5.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
68
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by Beerandboards:
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4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle, bottle no. 98 of 291, about 6 months old at the moment.

A - golden, apple cider color. Loose white head, medium retention.

S - funky, cider vinegar, musty, apple, pear

T - again funkiness leads, some definite sweetness from the currants, lots of apple cider notes, grape, medium light sourness, the sweet seems much to start, but as it warms it evens out. Mid way through, the balance is pushing taste well into 4.5 territory.

M - just about perfect. Mid to high carb. Super clean and crisp.

O - overall, a really great beer. Quality is evident is every element. Unique, as with most AA beers. Very happy I have another one of these. I think ~2yrs or so will do nothing but improve this bad boy. Another good one from AA.

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4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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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4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gobigvt7
3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

2013 bottling of Spencer, half-pour into a Del Borgo Teku glass.

A - pours a gorgeous peach with a slight shade of rose, a tight and vigorously bubbly white head, which held its own for the duration

S - green apple skin and over-ripe nectarine, slightly grainy

T - big, funky sweet and sour, which swoops into alcohol and a wet, grainy note. Sour Peaches and pithy orange, muscat and green grape, mild tannin.

M - not quite cloying but close, or at least made palatable by the sourness. A little weighty at the moment.

O - Not a home run right out the gate, but it doesn't need to be. There is a ton of stuff in here for the wild yeasts to grab hold of and devour, I just couldn't wait. Good thing I have another!

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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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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 38 ratings
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