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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#4,240
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250
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1,228
pDev:
10.47%
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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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Photo of fosters9
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jgmiller829
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gemini6
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JPadilla
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Oleg85
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bf_89
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of flyingpig
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle from wee Beer Shop, Glasgow (£4.20):
Quite an interesting beer that definitely seemed like a Belgian offering as I worked my way down the glass, it was quite a lively & fresh beer that had a fluffy, light feel to it throughout. There was a nice balance to this one with some banana sweetness working well with the background fruits & yeast as well as some touches of funk featuring a little later on. The beer was definitely a good one that I enjoyed & wouldn't mind picking up again or, better still trying one of the breweries other offerings.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL caged and corked bottle from the LCBO; best before Jul 28 2019 and served slightly chilled. Never thought I'd see this in my neck of the woods. Reviewed on my phone.

Pours a bright, clear golden yellow hue, crowned with a regal-looking layer of puffy, sparkling white foam. Though resilient, it does steadily erode over the course of the next ten minutes, eventually leaving behind a creamy cap and collar. A smooth, even band of lace is also deposited; this one definitely looks the part. Its fruity, yeasty aromatics are instantly appealing to me - orchard fruits such as red apple and pear are showcased alongside hints of white grape, peach and banana. Slight suggestions of spice.

A well-constructed BPA with a very approachable flavour profile. Grainy pale malt and a light bready sweetness soon give way to the fruity aspects noted in the aroma - ripe banana is perhaps the most noticeable, but this is balanced out with notes of apple and pear flesh, as well as subtle accents of grape, apricot and orange peel. Finishes with a spicy kick of clove and white pepper, with an aftertaste that leans a bit yeasty. More or less medium in body, with assertively prickly carbonation that gives this patersbier a crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Effortlessly easy to knock back, but this is a quality brew that is tasty enough to be worth taking your time to appreciate.

Final Grade: 4.22, a fantastic A-. Spencer Trappist Ale might not be the most exciting of the authentic Trappist beers, but I think it's just as well-made as most of them. This one follows the conventions of its style, with a moderate abv which makes it far more drinkable than most of its European brethren (though admittedly perhaps not quite as varied, complex or even interesting). Curious BAs can consider this a pretty safe pickup, and I for one will definitely be grabbing another bottle.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BenHoppy
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Iski100
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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