gltsoi (gltsoi) wrote,

Spencer Trappist Ale

The first Trappist brewery in America has landed right in Massachusetts, so I picked up a four pack for Steve to try. Earlier that day, I was visiting my friends Kim, Robin and CJ. Knowing that Robin appreciates beer, I gave him one to try. He decided to write me a mini-review, so I thought I would share it with you, since I don’t know enough about beer to write my own Flog about it.

The bottle is very elegant and the label is just perfectly understated (as you'd expect from Trappist monks). At $18 a four-pack (yes, you read that right), it's pricey, to say the least. And each bottle only 11.2 fluid ounces. OTOH, the ale packs a generous 6.5% alcohol by volume. "... Spencer is a full-bodied, golden-hued, Trappist ale with fruity accents, a dry finish and light hop bitterness.”

Sounds good, eh? Unfortunately, the actual beer is almost undrinkable. I think it is the "fruity accents" that mar the otherwise good brew. A cross between garlic, the mouthwash at the dentist, and mothballs, the after-taste is overpowering.

In the beer’s defense, Steve reported that he liked the ale, but did not provide me with any Flog-worthy comments to balance Robin’s opinion.

Spencer Trappist Ale
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