Spencer Trappist Ale | The Spencer Brewery

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89
very good
1,169 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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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
Ratings:
1,169
Reviews:
229
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
10.53%
 
 
Wants:
130
Gots:
323
For Trade:
8
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Photo of tongbliss
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of joberlander
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BdM
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smi69
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of szmnnl99
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mcrawford
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -6%
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 -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mishi_d
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zet
3.91/5  rDev -2%
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%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spencermacko
3/5  rDev -24.8%
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 +19%
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%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kornitsky101
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grahuba
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of davewlfpckfan29
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wmartin
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really terrific! From 750ml bottle dated for 8/2018 poured into pint glass.

Lovely fruity nose with a similar taste. Taste is generally of the classic Trappist yeast, plus some malt with a slight hoppy bitterness on the finish.

Aftertaste and memory is of the wonderful, slightly bitter finish, fruity yeast flavor, and an almost bubble-gum flavor. Very, very drinkable. Could have this every day of the week.

And for what it is worth, it had a thick, white head, with nice residual lacing.

Secretly, I rate this a 5, one of the best beers I've ever had; but if I said that, no one would believe me.

I've been very impressed by the Spencer offerings. I might add that they have nice label designs. Their label designs are very mature and elegant, much like the beers contained within. Spencer is coming-out with a quad this fall, which is much anticipated by those who care about that sort of thing.

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Photo of dfconnor
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a quality Trappist ale. Texture is similar to Orval and Duvel, yet this one has fruitier tones. Very pleasantly surprised. But the cost of this ale is higher than that of slightly better Belgian ales available at my local craft beer stores, so I probably won't be buying this too often.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gushing.

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Photo of LukeGude
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle. Big Belgian smell. Archetype for the style, with Belgian yeast/wheaty flavor up front, then hops.

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Photo of jp32
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange to copper in color. Not much head retention. Aroma is of bananas, oranges, apples, bread, and belgian yeast. Cloves and whole grain bread make large appearances in the flavor, with pale malt, spices and banana lingering about. Medium body and enough carbonation to make it almost refreshing. It's good, but nothing that really stands out from the crowd here.

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Photo of Coltron23
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Spencer Trappist Ale from The Spencer Brewery
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,169 ratings.
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