Spencer Trappist Ale – Spencer Brewery (Spencer, MA, USA)

Spencer Trappist Ale – Spencer Brewery., 6.5% ABV, 11.2 fl.oz., (Spencer, Massachusetts, USA)

on the back label:

“Inspired by traditional refectory ales brewed by monks for the monks’ table, Spencer is a full-bodied, golden-hued Trappist ale with fruity accents, a dry finish and light hop bitterness.

St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts, is home to a community of Trappist monks and the first American Trappist brewery. Following the Benedictine tradition of ora et labora (prayer and work), the monks pursue a simple life of contemplative prayer, manual labor and hospitality. The brewery helps support the monks and their charitable outreach.”


  • Style: Belgian Ale
  • Taste: Balanced honey-chamomile light brown sugar barley malt dry subtle bitter
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $6.30 CAD (after 15% off) – 11.2 fl. oz., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: good quality, but not worth the CAD price tag

Visual: WARNING, GUSHER! Pours dirty orange brown with large suspended sediment, a small head with a fine 1mm layer of micro retention, clusters of active streams.

Nose: apricot-persimmon, honey-chamomile barley malts – interesting. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, tingly- small fizzy

Mid-palate: hints of apricot, honey-chamomile, (lvl-4-sweetness), light brown sugar barley malt

Finish: dry barley malt exhale, a tad thin, hints of woodiness, subtle bitterness

Summary: Decent all around quality of entry, taste and smoothness. I enjoyed the balanced sweetness and crisp mouthfeel. It’s also nice that it finishes dry and clean, unlike a typical Belgian which might get too heavy. The length I find somewhat short however.

Samuel Adams Summer Ale (Boston, USA)

Samuel Adams Summer Ale, 5.5% ABV – 355ml, (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)

on the front label:

“Brewed with Lemon Peel and Grains of Paradise, Samuel Adams Summer Ale is a classic American Wheat Ale. Refreshing and citrusy, with just a hint of spice on the finish.”

  • Style: Spiced Wheat Ale
  • My Rating: C+
  • Taste Profile: Creamy lemon citrus -> bitter lemon peel -> dry light peppery watery finish.
  • Where I got it: Firefly
  • How much: $3 (after 10%), Summer 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours almost clear golden orange, nice creamy foamy head, light retention, lots of active streams. Sweet wheat malts on the nose. A burst of lemony citrus up front, 5/10-sweetness, transitions into bitter lemon peel, and a dry soft-biting light peppery finish, although somewhat thin/watery. Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, okay carry, okay drinkability. Not a super awesome flavour but somewhat interesting.