Spencer Trappist Ale | The Spencer Brewery

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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.

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#8,336
Reviews:
256
Ratings:
1,251
pDev:
10.47%
 
 
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Photo of TerryW
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This one explodes out of the bottle on opening, so be prepared. Big short-lived head to a ring and partial film. Slightly hazed honey gold. Not too bad on the nose. Some decent fruitiness, wheat, and yeast. Some appetizing funk. Diswppointing on the flavour side. Ery thin bodied. Some bitterness, spice, fruit (orange). Bitter finish.

Lacks depth overall, no complexity, none of the earm goodness that will envelope you out of a proper trappist or wheat beer. Just a poser.

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Photo of Lembeh
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jimct
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kelvarnsen
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of eric5bellies
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy honeycomb colour with a White head that reduces slowly and laces
S - Orange fruits apple and citrus malts quite fragrant
T - Oh nice balanced flavours of mandarin, hoppy undertones with a sweet bitter back end
M - Medium body with medium carbonation
O - This is very much a decent stab at a Belgian Trappist beer. This is not a Westmalle or Achel Extra but it does sit nicely within the Trappist beer family

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

Photo of Eltrandos
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of jduprey007
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Muddy orange body, hazy but still semi-transparent. The head is minimal and short, with small bubble lacing, but quick to fade to nothing.

S - Sweet malt, fruity notes of applesauce and pears, a bit of mustiness suggesting wet leaves.

T - Opens with tart clean malty notes, a middle of apple flesh and pears, and a finish that suggest apple skin and steeped tea.

M - Very light weight, moderate carbonation, and a lingering prickliness in the finish.

O - Interesting and largely successful beer. The result is quite drinkable, satisfying, but does not quite reach the nuance and craft of a Belgian Trappist.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I think this is a harmless and kind of nice attempt of the style, but it's not even in the same ballpark as the style's originators. Yes, it has a little funk and saisson elements (more so than anything trappist), but not the way it's supposed to be, as it's way too thin. Still, it is enjoyable enough to try a few times.

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Photo of jkblr
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle bb 4/19/20 poured into a Spencer Trappist chalice at fridge temp 6.5% ABV. The beer pours hefe-hazy orange amber in color with persistent nearly white head. Constant bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass to replenish the head. The aroma is clovey, but mild, with a touch of ripe tree fruit and horseblanket. The taste follows the nose with cloves, but a bit of sweet pale malt sneaks in first. There is a touch of pear, apple and grape in the taste as well. The mouthfeel is sharp, but not acidic, barely tart and highly carbonated. The finish is dry plus remaining nuetral as the minor hop bitterness is only enough to cancel any residual malt sweetness. Overall, very good.

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Photo of yuno
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.91/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: One finger white head, hazy yellow body.

Smell : See below.

Taste : Belgian yeast, banana, mild malt presence. Mostly esters.

Feel : Medium body and carbonation, mildly dry finish.

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Photo of RayCannata
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jem39
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Always keep a four pack on hand. They sell a nice chalice shaped glass to enjoy this beverage. If you enjoy pale ale's this is a good choice

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

Photo of bierfonteintje
3.19/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Dreyski
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.9/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. The body is a cloudy orange hue, with a finger white head. Aromas consist of apple, pear, orange, baking spices, and a bit of cake. Flavors are the same. The feel is medium bodied with high carbonation.

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

With a BB of 11/1/20.

Very citrusy on the nose. Initially like Duvel, both in flavour and in colour, but more like a cheap knockoff. An odd savoury aftertaste mixed in with almost unatural citrus notes. Every other sip is enjoyable, the others not so much.

Have to say that was rather odd. Perhaps much better when fresh.

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Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 1,251 ratings