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.

Added by Todd on 12-27-2013

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pDev:
10.47%
 
 
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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

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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Photo of Pianoblook
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of robotic_being
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Almighty1
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of dcotom
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 11.2-ounce bottle into a tulip glass. This unfiltered ale pours an ever-so-slightly cloudy golden yellow color, with a one-finger white head that settles after only a moment or so. Aroma is fruity and floral, with notes of banana, coriander, and clove. These characteristics are even more prominent on the palate. There is some pleasant bitterness on the back end, though it is quite understated. The finish is bone dry and a little astringent. As I was drinking this, I imagined that it would make a fantastic table beer. Even so, it is delicious and very drinkable on its own.

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

Photo of JOBEERFB
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of EMV
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazy amber pour. Massive foamy white head. Great retention and lacing. Lots of sediment at the bottom of the pour.

S: Malty and sweet... sugar and spice and lots of things nice. Light fruit.. raisin bread.

T/F: Sweet toasted grains.... caramel and honey. Mild spice.... plum and raisin. Belgian character for sure. Aggressively carbonated... a bit too much so. Medium to light bodied. The finish is more honey and spice.

O: A surprisingly flavorful American Trappist Ale. Clearly Belgian inspired... good flavor and really enjoyable. A worthy pickup.

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Photo of Nephilium
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweet Belgian yeast aroma, hints of candy and light fruit. Pours a slightly hazy goldish/amber with a dusting of white head. Starts with a touch of grain, and some light fruit, a touch of candi in the middle, and finishes with earthy hops and spice. Fairly dry, and very drinkable. A solid Belgian Pale.

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