Spencer Trappist Ale | The Spencer Brewery

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89
very good
1,148 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:
1,148
Reviews:
225
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
10.53%
 
 
Wants:
128
Gots:
315
For Trade:
8
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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange, and super cloudy with floaties, this one was a gusher. Topped with 2 fingers of orange tinged head.

Smells of caramel, corn syrup, pear, fruitiness, cereal malts, and Belgian phenols.

Pear juice, Belgian phenols, cereal malts, light sweetness, and a sort of funky brewery scent on the tongue.

Medium, lightly syrupy body, with moderate, foamy carbonation.

Got in Albany, NY, drank in New Hamburg, ON, Oct 20th, 2016. Really good rep of the style, and my first US based Trappist ale. Tastes fresh, but old world. Worth a try!

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

Photo of Sabtos
3.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy amber with a soft, thin head.

Smell is banana bread, clove, apple and ginger.

Taste is pretty identical to smell, with a touch more bread.

Frothy and soft. Glad to be able try this after their new, official classification, but this is pretty forgettable otherwise.

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Photo of ruzzal
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer-Ed
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JakeScully
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hard to find here in Europe but managed to get my hands on it anyway! Very good, doesn't equate these Belgians monks but the banana smell and drinkibality made it for me, sadly this is so expensive here that it was a 'one time' experience.

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Photo of cryptichead
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An American Trappist. I'm holding it to the standards set by the Belgians.
A cloudy, orange gold color with yeastie floaties, clearly unfiltered.
A decent white cap rises high, falls pretty quick for the style.
Herbal, banana, clove in the yeast aroma. Sweet amber malt, honey and candy is all for the aroma. Very pleasant.
A big cripsy bite of spicey, earthy yeast hits first. Sharp tangy edge with a sweet malt middle, over a light banana and herbal finish for the flavor. Not a huge complexity for such a style, the yeast is nice but certainly not nearly as funky and interesting as some of the Trappist Belgian versions. This style is a bit less funky and wacky as some Trappist offerings, for sure. It's very easy and approachable. A nice beginner or entry level Trappist offering.
I love yeast-forward Trappist brews and find the yeast charechter to be one of the most interesting applications in the brewing world. I have had many of the Authentic Belgians and continue to love this style of beer.

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Photo of IckyT2012
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of REDAMI
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

L-Orange/gold with a nice slightly off-white head.

S-Yeast, orange or tangerine notes, citrusy hops.

T-Tart peach, clove, spice, bubblegum, citrus peel.

F-Crisp, well carbonated, dry finish.

Very sessionable. The spice notes were surprising, but pleasant. Falling between a tripel and a pale ale, it's a nice addition to the Trappist offerings.

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Photo of khmel
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeffthepony
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eman17
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kuges
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of I3eer
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bluejacket74
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like clove, bready malt, apricot, apple and some citrus peel. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some stone fruit, bubblegum and minerally flavors noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating, and is well carbonated. I think it's an enjoyable brew, I was looking forward to trying this and I wasn't disappointed at all. Worth a try if you've never had it before! $9.99 a bottle.

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Photo of craigferraro
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Prost76
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Finally got to try this one from Country Fresh Market in Beechmont. This FINE BPA pours a
cloudy golden amber with a nice head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin pool, and
features some nice sudsy lacing. Nose of banana, light spice, bubblegum, light apple, and light dried
apricot. Flavors follow the nose with light apple and mild banana notes on the middle melding with
notes of bubblegum and fading onto the sides and back with subtle dried apricot and subtle spice
with notes of subtle clove and yeast laden bread. Excellent mouth feel that is crisp and moderately
dry on the finish with a touch of tartness.

Overall---- a blessing from the monks who should be proud of their fine work.

Proost!

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Photo of TheWolf
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyable

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Photo of Jerk_Store
3.29/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Spencer Trappist Ale from The Spencer Brewery
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,148 ratings.
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