Spencer Trappist Ale | The Spencer Brewery

Spencer Trappist AleSpencer Trappist Ale
BA SCORE
4.01/5
1,177 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#3,445
Reviews:
233
Ratings:
1,177
pDev:
10.47%
Bros Score:
3.5
 
 
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129
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Photo of Lagerhouserules
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CampusCrew
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of apasternak
3/5  rDev -25.2%
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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Photo of Spiral517
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of justinp444
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip this beer has a bright hazy golden orange hue with a puffy 3 inch head. Smell of apricot with orange citrus and a bit of malt. Taste of apricot, yeast, a tiny malt presence on the back end, bit of orange citrus, very sweet and fruity. A very complex and crisply drinkable beer with a light to moderate mouth feel.

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

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Antc2382
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Honey notes- very good. First Trappist I've had

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Photo of JohnParadee
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mltobin
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PortLargo
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of One1Asterisk
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brpendergast85
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of josanguapo
4.61/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From zythoz.com. although recent to the market, this usa trappist monks have rounded it. Perfectly balanced beer. Its a pity the hard it is to get it here in Spain. Consumed while playing kings bounty dark side

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of brheuer
3.49/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Derek_Besly
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deonreds
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of justintcoons
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip.

Appearance
hazy, cloudy gold with 3 fingers of fluffy white head. Lively carbonation with plenty of yeast dancing around.

Nose
Apricot, pear, bread, Pils malt, and pale candy sugar. Hints of potpourri, white pepper, and lemongrass.

Taste
Apricot, pear, and pale candy sugar. Pilsner malt and light bready backbone. Spicy yeast character with notes of white pepper, coriander, potpourri, and clove. Hints of earthy hops, dried hay, and lemongrass.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, off-dry, crisp, airy, and heavily carbonated.

Overall
Pretty complex for your basic Belgian Pale Ale. The spicy yeast is reminiscent of Westmalle Tripel. I'd like to see a few more styles from St. Joseph's Abbey.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

really really stoked this is finally a reality in colorado. how cool to have an american trappist operation, and their story is really neat as well, big fan of the project in general, long before i tasted the beer. the beer itself is presented really well too, love the glassware and the packaging, even the price point is awesome for what it is. it has a lot of haze to it, thick looking for a pale beer, honey colored and heady as any of the belgian trappist beers as far as i am concerned, looks great, and authentic. maybe a little less delicate than some of its peers, but thats the american way right? the nose is sweet like a tripel, and the yeast is really cool belgian for sure, but tamer on the fruited elements, more of a wine thing without the acidity. i get some apricot in the taste, maybe dried apricot, and some wheat malt thats fresh and like, not threshed out or something, like more of the plant, organic and richer, more textured, its cool. the yeast flavors the beer the most though for sure. carbonation is awesome, but i am afraid there is a lot more sweetness happening in it than i care for, i could never drink more than three or four glasses of this before it became unbearable. i wish they fermented it out another percent or so, then this would be so so so good. it feels a little thick too, and with the sugar its a lot, but the carbonation is correctly effervescent, and the flavors all marry up well. i hope they do some other varietals, but this is a way cool introduction to the market, really stoked to have them here!

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Photo of azorie
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap. Need to try the bottle. hop forward, cloudy orange beer. well do a better review after I find some more. Nice rich mouthfeel. Orange and malty taste on tap...etc etc

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Photo of AnthonyDiEmidio
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spencer Trappist Ale from The Spencer Brewery
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 1,177 ratings
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