Trappist Ale
The Spencer Brewery

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The Spencer Brewery
Massachusetts, United States
Pale Ale - Belgian
4.01 | pDev: 10.22%
Apr 02, 2022
Dec 27, 2013
Trappist AleTrappist Ale
Notes: 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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3.65 by stephenlee93 from England on Apr 02, 2022
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3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by TheRatCage from Connecticut

L: less than a finger head that disappears quickly, leaves no lacing at all. A light gold-amber in color.

S: Fruit, juicy, banana, cloves, sweet malt. A complex and nice fragrance.

T: Clove and esters. Fruit notes, mostly banana. Belgian yeast is there in the back but it’s mostly a sweet malt that rounds out the main flavors. Very mild hops.

F: medium bodied. Light-medium carbonation. Dry finish.

O: it’s good, a little bit on the sweeter side. The Belgian yeast is not a forefront note on this beer.

Mar 16, 2022
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2.9/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
by Korbynlehr from Kentucky

Like drinking cloves.

Mar 06, 2022
4.18 by porterman66 from Massachusetts on Mar 04, 2022
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4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mvogt from Massachusetts

Didn't know if I'd like the "banana" but it worked really well with all the other flavors.

Feb 26, 2022
4.19 by irishevans from California on Jan 13, 2022
4.65 by Rhetion from Florida on Dec 18, 2021
4.2 by Techichi from Texas on Dec 12, 2021
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3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Brown in color with excellent clarity. There’s a fingernail of off white around the rim and covering three quarters of the top. The aroma is of sweet, pale malt. I’m tasting pale malt and slightly tart and fruity Belgian yeast. The mouth is moderately carbonated and dry.

Dec 09, 2021
3.61 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 07, 2021
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4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by VABA from Virginia

Pours a golden amber color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has fruity, hop and yeast hints
The taste follows the nose with a well balanced fruity, hop and yeast flavor
A medium bodied well carbonated beer
A good Belgian Pale Ale

Dec 06, 2021
4.09 by chrishiker1409 from New York on Dec 06, 2021
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4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Jacobier10 from New Jersey

On-tap @ The Salt House in New Hope, PA.

Poured into a pint glass, it has a medium amber color with a bit of a hazy body. Small white head. It bursts with a fruity aroma and lots of peppery spice on the back end. A combination of banana and apple in both the aroma and flavor, and more of that spice thanks to the yeast. Sweet initially but finishes dry. Medium bodied. Easy to drink. Tasty stuff! Paired well with some country pate and cornichons.

Nov 18, 2021
4.13 by Blazer22 from Colorado on Nov 11, 2021
3.85 by Tcsox from Massachusetts on Oct 29, 2021
3.85 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Oct 29, 2021
3.96 by msscott1973 from North Carolina on Oct 20, 2021
4.29 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire on Oct 11, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BalancingBrooms from Illinois

Deep orange with slight haze and one finger white head. Nose is classic Belgian yeast with nice malt character that is well balanced and not overly estery. Taste follows the nose with a blast of wonderful Belgian yeast that is balanced by a smooth pale white bread malt that folds into a touch of clove, pear, white grapes and hints of apple. Body is light to medium with medium carbonation. Ends dry. Overall a very classic and wonderfully balanced Belgian pale.

Oct 11, 2021
4 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Sep 18, 2021
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by heysuz from Indiana

Brew: The Spencer Brewery - Trappist Ale

Intro: 11.2 oz. poured into a tulip glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Deep golden yellow. Ample head, maybe 2 inches. Moderate lacing as I drank

Smell: Belgian yeast, mild bready aroma, and some citrus tang in the background.

Taste: Followed the smell, a typical Belgian pale ale. Not too hoppy

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Drink: Easy drinker. Not overly carbonated considering the head it displayed.

Conclusion: Interesting but not one of my favorite abbey ales. I’m happy to have found it and becoming a step closer to completing the Trappist ale list

Sep 18, 2021
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3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by argock from Virginia

Poured into a Chimay chalice,

A: Honey gold-amber with short-lived off-white head with no lacing.

S: Honey, green grape, light banana, clove. Very vinous.

T: Flavor is also vinous and bit sweet with pear and banana, honey, and clove in the finish. Low bitterness. Seems underattenuated.

M: Medium body with low carbonation and thick feel.

O: Glad to have an original Trappist beer in the USA — they need to slow up and let the yeast clean this beer up and make it less sweet and leaner.

Sep 06, 2021
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by 1BrewBacca from Georgia

Look: Resembles more of an IPA to me. Pours a pale orange color with a white head with nice. foamy lace. I feel it should be marked in color for a Trappist Ale.
Smell and Taste: Quite dry and citrusy with a clean aftertaste.
Feel: Seltzer like.
Overall: Thought it should have a more malty characteristic.

Sep 03, 2021
4.16 by Zonian1 from Ohio on Aug 15, 2021
3.91 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Aug 14, 2021
4 by Guinnsslvr from Illinois on Aug 09, 2021
3.77 by guzzleacoldone from Ohio on Jul 31, 2021
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3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
by hreb from Washington

11.2oz bottle of Spencer "Trappist Ale" served in a curved glass. Beer is moderately hazed, medium amber, and forms little head. Sweet aroma suggests residual sugar from brewing adjuncts. The first sip provides aggressive carbonation. On a hot day I appreciate the cold beer, but this is not what I'm looking for in a Belgian pale ale. There's a little bit of Belgian yeast quality, and the off-sweet note familiar to a Leffe Blonde. But the overall depth of flavor is really lacking here and the mouthfeel kills it for me. Yeah, it's a Belgian style ale, and I'll drink it happily enough, but I just can't believe it's one of the top examples of the style. Man, I wish I could get my hands on CBC's Golden Ring (abbey ale) again...

Jun 28, 2021
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3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

Spencer Trappist Ale from Spencer Brewery. Purchased on 26/5/21 from room temperature shelf at Total Wine, Selma, TX. $ 4.32 (including tax)/330 mL bottle ($0.386/oz). Stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 31/5/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Bottle dated “10/22/22”. Served at 53.2 degrees in a hand washed and dried glass coffee cup, my travel beer glass. Final temperature 59.1 degrees.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Pale Gold (SRM 4), hazy.
Body – Deep Gold (SRM 6), opaque. Slight initial chill haze. When rear-lite, translucent with much effervescence.
Head – Average (Maximum 2.5 cm, aggressive center pour), floral, medium density, rapidly diminishing, leaving a ragged two mm crown, a thin complete cap, and some drag marks as the head retracts.
Lacing – Poor. Some broken pieces of lacing from the original head.
Aroma – 4 – Spicy and fruity, no malt, no hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 4 – Begins sweet with clove and a bit of banana, a little yeastiness, no ethanol (6.5% ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 3.75 – Medium, watery, soft but lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4 Decent take on a Belgian-style light beer.

May 31, 2021
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3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by FannYu from Taiwan


May 24, 2021
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3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by arizcards from North Carolina

Picked up a 12 oz single from the Blue Door Bottleshop in Hendersonville 5-14-21 for $4.00. Best before 9-26-21; consumed 5-19-21.

Beer poured a honey gold with a very nice white head that has some good hang time.

Nose is pleasant, a malt base that displays the yeast strain that produces pear and apple esters.

Taste follows the nose with the pale malts interacting nicely with a peppery phenol and finishing with a balanced pear and apple finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and more smooth than refreshing.

Overall i really like the yeast strain used as the flavors are very enjoyable!

May 19, 2021
3.58 by qqq from Rhode Island on Apr 28, 2021
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4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by imnodoctorbut from Texas

pours a hazy dull amber-tinged orange gold body with an off-white rocky foam head that peaks at two fingers and lingers with moderately high retention, leaving thin patchy sudsy lacing behind as it settles to a defined halo

aroma is a lush, floral, and clean punch of banana and orange mixed with vanilla and spice and a sweet honeyed but grainy malt backbone and a playful yeasty funk that is subtle and easy

taste is follows that nose and hits jammy and full and lush and ultimately floral with a somewhat grainy and sweet pilsner malt backbone and a distinguishably Belgian inspired yeast that yields a banana and clove that is ultimately subtle and balances easy on the juicy orange other citric notes for a spiced yet sweet and full explosion of flavor with a vanilla creaminess. apricots surface with warmth, as do the spiced complications before being balanced once again with a vanilla bean cream hug and earthy hop bittersweet kicker.

mouthfeel is mid-level carbonation and medium bodied with a near-creamy flow that has rare prickles and comes across with jammy, full, and pithy notes that strike up against a near-grainy slight abrasiveness before finishing dry and leaving a floral and subtly earthy hop bittersweet aftertaste

this is a complicated and layered brew with unmatched easy flow nature that sums up a certain greatness in it's balance and meetings of a wide variation of notes to bring something new and refreshing for the genre, anchoring in the Belgian style pale but reaching for the Tripel in complications without sacrificing enjoyable sit'n'sipper notoriety.
bottom line, it is simply divine and a living testament of how a brew can bring art and history into a relatively new creation to bring a style forward without denying or forgetting the source material.

Apr 23, 2021
4.19 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Apr 06, 2021
3.74 by animal69 from Louisiana on Apr 05, 2021
4 by bdlusa from Texas on Mar 26, 2021
3.75 by gbiello from Massachusetts on Feb 12, 2021
4.03 by MJ64 from Mississippi on Jan 31, 2021
Trappist Ale from The Spencer Brewery
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