Spencer Trappist Ale | The Spencer Brewery

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Spencer Trappist AleSpencer Trappist Ale
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Spencer Trappist AleSpencer Trappist Ale

Brewed by:
The Spencer Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poured from bottle to pilsner glass. Hazy golden orange color with a finger of off-white head. Nice aromas of bready malt, apple, pear, peach syrup, spice. Flavors are fruity upfront, with banana, pear, green apple, bready malt, and peppery/spice zip on the finish. Clean. Medium feel.

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2.77/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Orange, hazy. Half finger of a quickly vanishing foam.
In the semll a yeasty maltiness, wiith fruity notes. A bit too yeasty.
Fruity smell, quite sweet, peaches, hints of melon. Again too much yeast. Sugary.
Well. Trappist, ok. But quality... Definitely too fruity and yeasty.

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

Good solid Bel. Pale Ale all around. Spicy aroma and flavor with the clean malt showing in both too.
Attractive with a largely clear golden with a thin look and a large white head. Body with a prickly sharp character and a clean semi-dry finish. Slight alcohol warmth. Pleasing.
Poured in my favorite tulip.
thanks T.

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3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

The pour resulted in a hazy golden liquid topped by a hefty white foam that did not last long, but laced very nicely.

The nose is clean grain and fruity. Apple, white grape, a little banana, pear, peach, then mild Belgian spices. Yeasty. Very nice.

The flavor amps up a bit from the aroma, but follows suit. Nice peppery note on the finish with a hint of earthy bitterness.

The beer feels light overall, yet it has a decent body. The peppery finish builds into a pleasing tingle.

Overall, this,beer delivers everything it should for the style. Nothing unexpected other than a well-made that delivers what it promises.

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4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml cork and cage from the LCBO. Cost was around $7-8 CDN. Served fairly cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - pours a hazy rich golden coloured beer with a finger of brilliant white head. Modest retention and minimal lacing.

Smell - clean and grainy with some candidate sugar and Belgian style yeast. Not much in the way of fruity or grassy notes as the sugar and yeast are the stars.

Taste - middling sweetness with some earthy bitterness to close. Sugar and yeast obviously present but neither overpowering, not getting a lot else off of this. A little honey and some sort of stone fruit upon further speculation.

Taste - soft body, good carbonation and defy Irish. Very easy to drink.

Overall - a well made if not spectacular Belgian pale ale. Just a touch to sweet for my tastes but motherless a worthy tipple for any advocate.

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