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« on: May 22, 2015, 06:47:15 PM »
I had some of this a couple weeks ago when I was in Rhode Island.

It was tasty and pretty much as they described it.  Peppery.  Had a linger bitterness that was a bit odd but not off putting.

All of the bottles (4 pack) were gushers.  Slow gushers, but nonetheless.  I'm wondering if they bottled too early or if they were infected.  Maybe that's the odd bitterness.

The beer was expensive.  I'm not sure I'd do it again, but I probably would just cuz.  And to see if another four pack would be gushers.
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Re: Spencer Trappist Ale
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2015, 06:50:58 PM »
Pete b sent me one.   No gusher.  Very tasty though. 

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Re: Spencer Trappist Ale
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2015, 06:55:31 PM »
I had some of this a couple weeks ago when I was in Rhode Island.

It was tasty and pretty much as they described it.  Peppery.  Had a linger bitterness that was a bit odd but not off putting.

All of the bottles (4 pack) were gushers.  Slow gushers, but nonetheless.  I'm wondering if they bottled too early or if they were infected.  Maybe that's the odd bitterness.

The beer was expensive.  I'm not sure I'd do it again, but I probably would just cuz.  And to see if another four pack would be gushers.
I've had quite a few and no gushers, just a lovely head. I have noticed that I need to be careful with the pour. I get clove in addition to pepper.
Yea, its expensive, I have seen $16 and $17 for the 4 pack of 11.2 oz bottles. That's my only problem with it, its a pretty sessionable beer but at sippable prices.
Word has it they will be a coming out with a second beer in 1 or 2 years. They're pretty tight lipped about it but I hear its going to be dark and it needs to be aged.
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Re: Spencer Trappist Ale
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2015, 07:04:26 PM »
All of the bottles (4 pack) were gushers.  Slow gushers, but nonetheless.  I'm wondering if they bottled too early or if they were infected.  Maybe that's the odd bitterness.
My experience is the same, but I wouldn't quite say slow.  Not explosive, but I did have to open all 4 above the sink.  Didn't taste infected, but who knows.  I originally chalked it up to transport since I received them in a trade.  Maybe they were still working out their bottle-conditioning ratios.

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Re: Spencer Trappist Ale
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2015, 07:05:46 PM »
Yes.  I paid about $16 for the four pack. 

At first I thought maybe I'd frozen the bottles, since it was in a hotel fridge but they were not frozen.

Started gushing before you could get the cap off, which pissed me off.

BIG rocky head when you poured.

It really was quite good, though.
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Re: Spencer Trappist Ale
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2015, 07:10:21 PM »
Yes.  I paid about $16 for the four pack. 

At first I thought maybe I'd frozen the bottles, since it was in a hotel fridge but they were not frozen.

Started gushing before you could get the cap off, which pissed me off.

BIG rocky head when you poured.

It really was quite good, though.
Yea, losing some of the beer that costs that much would piss me off.
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Re: Spencer Trappist Ale
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2015, 07:14:17 PM »
  Maybe they were still working out their bottle-conditioning ratios.

That's what I think. The one I tried was not a gusher at all, but (per style) was heavily carbed. And excellent by the way. I could drink a lot of that.
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Re: Spencer Trappist Ale
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2015, 07:47:36 PM »
A co-worker gave me a bottle a while back and I don't recall it gushing. My co-worker has been on retreats at the abbey and knows one of the brothers involved in the brewing, so he was quite proud to share it with me. I thought it was quite good, too.
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Re: Spencer Trappist Ale
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2015, 11:17:33 PM »
Still waiting to get my hands on some of these.  My buddy has family near the brewery and travels there once a year (or so) to visit.  Gotta convince him to bring me back a 4-pack (or two)....

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Re: Spencer Trappist Ale
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2015, 11:47:53 AM »
I think the yeast has isn't very floculent and with the high carb level if it gets stirred up it makes for nucleation sites. and it gets stirred up easily
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Re: Spencer Trappist Ale
« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2015, 11:54:31 AM »
I think the yeast has isn't very floculent and with the high carb level if it gets stirred up it makes for nucleation sites. and it gets stirred up easily
That might be it. I have noticed that the yeast is powdery as opposed to pasty. What did you think of their beer Jonathan?
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Re: Spencer Trappist Ale
« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2015, 12:00:00 PM »
I think the yeast has isn't very floculent and with the high carb level if it gets stirred up it makes for nucleation sites. and it gets stirred up easily
That might be it. I have noticed that the yeast is powdery as opposed to pasty. What did you think of their beer Jonathan?

i've only had it once and it was freshly driven up from MA so it was a gusher and yeasty. I can see how it's a really nice sessionable beer with some yeast character but not overwhelmingly complex. pretty well made, not hot or phenolic beyond that hint of peppery spice. I will reserve final judgement till I can sit down with a whole bottle to myself as I was shareing at a homebrew meeting.
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Re: Spencer Trappist Ale
« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2015, 12:41:11 PM »
I look forward to the dark sipper they apparently have in the pipeline.
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Re: Spencer Trappist Ale
« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2015, 01:34:40 PM »
I look forward to the dark sipper they apparently have in the pipeline.

+1.  Looking forward to that one.
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Re: Spencer Trappist Ale
« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2015, 11:46:04 AM »
I was flabbergasted to see this in Target(!) in downtown San Francisco last week. It was warm on the shelf and it was my last day in the city, so I didn't spring for it. But should you find yourself near the Moscone Center, it was the Target right up 4th Street.

They also had some Ninkasi, Lagunitas and Bear Republic bombers, among others.
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