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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,655
Reviews:
243
Ratings:
1,203
pDev:
10.47%
Bros Score:
3.5
 
 
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Photo of irishkyle21
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tripel_Threat
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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Photo of stcules
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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Photo of garymuchow
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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Photo of Tomesco
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LeRose
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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Photo of procession7
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of taxandbeerguy
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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Photo of bushbeer75
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz brown bottle - dated 08/11/18

Spencer Trappist Ale filled my tulip glass with a gold hue and atop sat a generous 1 1/2 finger off-white head that had good staying power. The nose is dominated by yeast and light fruit; banana, and peaches. The flavor is like the nose only stronger. The taste of fresh banana bread, candy sugar and light spice is also noted with light hop bitterness at the finish. Mouth feel is medium, crisp and dry with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall, the Trappist Ale is a tasty and refreshing brew...a good representation of the style.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Abstractspirit
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Ronl12
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zknight
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nullbort
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eberesford
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle from LCBO: pours slightly misty pale amber with a creamy off white head. Aroma: classic belgian yeast with fruity esthers apricots, pineapple, honey, and some pepper. Flavour: Banana pops up in the mouth with mixed dry fruits - see above - cloves. Body moderate for such a flavour bomb - good finish.

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Photo of Jason_Schroeder
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Klister
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of aking32753
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Manticore
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Blackop555
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy light amber. Short, bubbly, off white head that Fades fast. Lasting ring.

Smells yeast funk, fruit, banana, clove and light malt.

Tastes pear, banana, apple, clove and light sugars balanced with malts. Finish is dry with an earthy and yeast linger. Medium body and smooth lower carbonation.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quite dry mouthfeel for this belgian pale ale. It's a bit hazy amber with a nice. It has some estery notes, some stone fruits notes and some herbal notes. Some off notes.
A drinkable trappist ale anyway

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

11.2oz bottle bb 10/5/18 poured into a Spencer chalice
A: Hazy orange with a lingering 1/2-finger head
S: Quite a bit of yeast, some esters without any specific fruits coming through and malt towards the end
T: Fairly dry, malt/yeast/ester without notes getting more specific
M: Medium-bodied
O: Pleasant, fits the style well but would be better if a touch more nuanced

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Photo of tarr54
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my first Trappist beers. I am very impressed.

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Photo of FZR23
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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