Spencer Trappist Ale | The Spencer Brewery

Spencer Trappist AleSpencer Trappist Ale
BA SCORE
4.01/5
1,177 Ratings
Spencer Trappist AleSpencer Trappist Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Spencer Brewery
Massachusetts, United States
spencerbrewery.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

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.

Added by Todd on 12-27-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,445
Reviews:
233
Ratings:
1,177
pDev:
10.47%
Bros Score:
3.5
 
 
Wants:
129
Gots:
329
Trade:
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Photo of BelgianBeerChef
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 330-ml. bottle
Glass: Westvleteren 12 Trappist
From: Grocery Outlet in San Diego, Calif.
Price: $3.99 for a 4-pack
Purchased: Sept. 15, 2017
Consumed: Sept. 15, 2017
Reviewed as: Belgian Pale Ale
Misc.: Could not decipher the code on the back of the bottle, but appeared to be bottled in 2016 at 3:57 p.m. ET

Wife told me about this place and I went there that day to check it out. After looking at a bunch of the cold stuff, I stumbled upon this and instapurchased it with the price of $3.99 for a 4-pack (regular price was $18.99). Knew I had it before and looks like I gave a taster a 4 on Untappd from a drunken day in Fort Collins, Colo., in April 2015. I remember it being unusual for this beer to be in Colorado, I think even the first time available. Excited to finally get to review it with the first time seeing it in California, although the freshness of the bottle had me somewhat concerned.

Was a brief gusher. Once that calmed down, poured a gold-to-light amber murky color with 3-to-4 fingers of rocky white head. Some sporadic bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Outstanding spotty lacing. World-class retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled pear, purple grape, applesauce, sticky candied sugar, light mushy banana, honey, grass, light Juicy Fruit gum and herbal. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted similar to the nose, maybe more balanced. Got pear, apple juice, banana, clove (weizenlike), lemon zest, peach, white grape, bubblegum, white bread and lingering spice. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Sticky texture. Lively carbonation. Long, earthy finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was a pretty solid Trappist overall. Still new to the style, but as a Belgian Pale Ale I thought it was outstanding. (Overall - 4.00)

3.96 | 89 | B+

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Photo of donspublic
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into NB chalice, 2 finger cream colored head hangs around a few minutes and recedes to to pool, so so lacing. Hazy golden in the glass. Smells of juicy Belgian esters, some pale malt, nice yeast esters going on. Taste is inially sweet malt, first thing that hits the brain is this is a tripel, there is some juicy fruit action going on, middle of the beer has faint citrus and it finishes off with a slightly spicy dry finish. Man I could crush this beer. For whose times when you want a tripel, but don't want the abv, you could have 3 of these for those 2 tripels :). Would buy more of this if I could get my hands on it, nice Belgian pale

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Photo of Curt3
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KEH
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I wasn't sure what to expect. It simply says Belgian Ale for the style of beer. I'd say it's on par with what I've had from Leffe. It pours a pale golden color with a thick, dense white head. The malt and spice were very present, but balanced readily by the delicate hops character in the finish. It's definitely an easy beer to drink, but the $4/bottle price tag will certainly limit how much I buy.

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Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Despite zero agitation, this beer came oozing out of the bottle, resulting in am dark golden color with a 1 inch head and a mess on my floor. Smell is of yeast, light fruits. Taste is yeast, malts, light fruits, a bit of spices. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of BrewVenture2
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad beer, but I thought that it had too much of a metallic taste to it. Like a copper penny with notes of honey.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tongbliss
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of joberlander
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BdM
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smi69
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of szmnnl99
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Giggy
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mcrawford
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy dark golden color with white head. Aroma has sweet malt and honey notes, belgian yeast esters, mostly floral with some hay and earthy hops. Taste starts with sweet malt and yeast flavors, continues with belgian sugar and floral notes, finishes quite dry with a light bitterness. Medium body with medium plus carbonation. It really fits between the other classic belgian ales.

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Photo of Houborg1
3.04/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

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

Photo of Zet
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Orange amber colour with a full head of foam that sinks quite fast but leaves the surface covered. Nice smell of fig, orange, bread, yeast and bubblegum. The taste is a gentle combination of these same flavours, combined with a steady malt profile. I love the balance of the different flavours, but the entity could have been more outspoken. Mouth feel is nice: this stuff goes down very smoothly.

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Photo of user785335
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spencermacko
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Not very good.

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Photo of madjockmcferson
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding. Really...just drink it. Amazeballs

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Photo of mtomlins
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kornitsky101
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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