Spencer Trappist Ale | The Spencer Brewery

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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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Photo of Collins
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

During a trip from my native Philadelphia to Spencer, I had the opportunity to try Spencer Trappist Ale on tap at the Black and White Restaurant near Saint Joseph's Abbey. The experience was a rare treat. I was overwhelmed by the light yeasty aroma . I thought I could smell a light citrus or almost clove smell. A beautiful amber, cloudy color.The taste was superb- dry, and better than any other Belgian I've tried. I found my way to a local Spirits shop where I bought two cases to take home. This my friends, will be an ale that will be around for the ages.

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of Carolvs
5/5  rDev +25.3%

God heard the monks' prayer and delivered a heavenly brew - you can't tell this is from Massachusetts instead of Belgium.

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Photo of micropale
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks amazing. Smells fruity. Tastes wonderful. Feels good. Overall authentic tasting Trappist ale.

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BStreets
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm a sucker for this beer, it's just so... genuine. Unfiltered and raw, everything about it seems right.

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of Mark425
4.99/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I give this beer a perfect score. With strong color, this ale achieves a full flavor spectrum beginning with a fruity scent that hits your nose the second you go to take a sip. Next is the beautiful head and the strong flavor with balanced spices that are tasted on an individual basis. All around a brilliant, brilliant beer. It's no surprise that Spencer Trappist Ale was brewed by monks - divine inspiration clearly had a role in developing this ale

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4.98/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Delicious for an American trappist

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4.89/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Christolo71
4.85/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is exactly what I am looking for when I go for these golden trappist ales light and delicious

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.83/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Spencer Brewery - Spencer Trappist Ale, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours a hazy straw orange with a good sized foamy head with a fizzy unerlay, retains a slight amount. Good lacing. Very good looking brew.

Smell - Deep Belgian candy, sour yeast, banana, apple, caramel, spices, melon. Incredibly complex and balanced Belgian pale.

Taste - Sour, tart, and fruity with spice and zest. Complexity of a tripel but subdued to a more casual cousin.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with heavy carbonation. Bubbly and dry. So clean and crisp as all hell. Zero booziness. Could drink this for a considerably amount of time.

Overall - Fantastic, just fantastic. This is a highly underrated gem that even Allagash would be proud of.

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4.81/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Lucky enough to get to try this at the brewery. Certainly an experience I won't ever forget...

An easy drinking and Wildly refreshing Trappist ale that has the character and complexities in both aroma and taste, to stand up with it's sister beers from overseas. American Trappist works for me. Look forward to seeking this one out when it's in retail.

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4.8/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.79/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

writing on the fly, no detailed notes available.

gorgeous color, rocky off white head, disapates quickly.

fresh eastern nose, lots of clove and banana, very clean.

bright, clean, refreshing. rich in the mouth, but balanced by healthy amounts carbonation.

well balanced, traditional, but extremely fresh. the perks of being in MA...looking forward to regular consumption!

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4.79/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured out of a 12 ounce bottle into a chalice served cool

The beer has a very nice cloudy gold body with a very very nice thick head

The yeast smell in the front is absolutely intoxicating seemingly very Chimay-like

Strong clove and spice front some malt in the middle with some medicinal flavors at the end

Light and very very very carbonated

I very much enjoyed this beer I will have it again and it reminds me of what a fresh Trappist ale in Belgium must taste like

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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