Spencer Trappist Ale | The Spencer Brewery

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89
very good
1,152 Ratings
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Spencer Trappist AleSpencer Trappist Ale
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
Ratings:
1,152
Reviews:
227
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
10.53%
 
 
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129
Gots:
317
For Trade:
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2/5  rDev -49.9%

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2/5  rDev -49.9%

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2/5  rDev -49.9%

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2/5  rDev -49.9%

Photo of simoen
2.12/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

not my kind of thee
the same rare taste like zundert trappist ale

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2.35/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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2.43/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Straightforward Am Belg, crazy head

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2.46/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours a nice golden orange. Drinking from a tulip glass at home, from a store-purchased bottle that is months old. Straight from the refrigerator to the glass. Some sediment is apparent. Banana and clove aromas accented by a slightly yeasty and floral bouquet. Malty flavors with essences of cloves and banana. Highly carbonated. Light mouth-feel, slightly bitter. Fairly high alcohol but not boozy in taste. Clean and refreshing taste. Does not linger on the palate. I know it represents a classic Trappist style but I'm not a fan. Too bad because the monastery is close to me and the release was a big deal around here.

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2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.58/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I don't like it. Sorry.

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2.65/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

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2.91/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the first batch - semi rough poor kicked up a one finger head that dissapated shortly after being poured, left minimal lacing. Odd aroma of dryer sheets and dirt with a bready maltiness. Flavor falls short due to typical (for US brewers of Belgian styles) overly phenolic flavor with no nuance. Tastes more like a hefeweizen than belgian single. Made me feel good, so there's that at least. Value is out of whack.

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2.98/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Doesn't hold up next to Belgian trappists, but an American first!

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3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not digging this one, good attempt

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Disappointing. Weak for a trappist.

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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Spencer Trappist Ale from The Spencer Brewery
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