Spencer Trappist Ale – The Spencer Brewery


North America has its first Official Trappist Brewery in Spencer Massachusetts.  “Spencer Trappist Ale” was brewed by The Spencer Brewery at the St Joseph’s Abbey.  The beer pours a cloudy orange with a white head and some sediment.  The aroma consists of fruit, yeast, sweetness and some malts notes.  The flavour is of yeast, pepper, fruit and some good caramel notes.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%.  While not one of the most exciting Trappist ales it is still quite tasty and supports a great cause.

Commercial Description:  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.

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Flight of the Angry Beast – Clown Shoes Beer


From Ipswich Massachusetts Clown Shoes Beer (contract brewed currently by Mercury Brewing Company) comes their limited release the “Fight of the Angry Beast”. The beer is a blend of 1/3 Undead Party Crasher aged in bourbon barrels, 1/3 Blaecorn Unidgragon aged in scotch barrels and 1/3 Billionaire aged in scotch barrels. The beer pours an opaque black with a lighter brown head. The aroma consists of Bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate and maybe anise. The flavour is of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, Bourbon, toffee, dark fruits, earth and bitterness. There is an alcohol burn for sure as would be expected. This beer starts with a definite Imperial Stout base but as it warms up it takes more and more like a barley wine. The alcohol content comes in at 10.75%. This is one of the most interesting beers I have ever had. I would but tons of this beer if I could afford to but sadly it is fairly expensive. This is a serious hit! 

Commercial Description:  Available October 2015.  For the fourth installment in our “Beast” series, Sir Walter Scott has finally tamed the creature, who was about to attack a group of innocent unicorns. To celebrate, we blended 1/3 Undead Party Crasher aged in bourbon barrels, 1/3 Blaecorn Unidgragon aged in scotch barrels and 1/3 Billionaire aged in scotch barrels. Hooray!

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Utopias 2013 (Aged 2 years) – Samuel Adams


Limited Edition
Bottle 6,561 of less than 15,000

From Samuel Adams out of Boston Massachusetts comes the Holy Grail of most beer nerds “Utopias” 2013 Vintage (also the most expensive beer to date).  This beer destroys your perception of what a beer is as not only is it uncarbonated but it is also 28% alcohol and is a blend of beers some of which have been aged in barrels for up to or more than 20 years!  This years edition has been aged in Bourbon barrels, 8 year old port barrels and rum barrels and the finished product is blended together with a small amount of their beer the Komsic Mother Funk.  Before you pour this beer understand it is not meant to be refrigerated and should be served at room temperature in one or two once pours.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with absolutely no head which makes sense as this is uncarbonated. The aroma consists of maple syrup, cognac, whiskey, booze, vanilla and some dark fruits.  The flavour is of maple syrup, dark fruits, vanilla, cognac, whiskey, alcohol warmth, chocolate, cherry, earth, brown sugar, rum, butterscotch, toffee, honey and plums.  This is a huge beer at 28% and there is no doubt when you drink it.  I still really enjoyed this beer although I have to say that there has not been a huge change over the last year since I tried this last.

Commercial Description:  Utopias is brewed using traditional methods. The brewers begin with a blend of two-row Caramel and Munich malts that impart a rich, deep amber color. Noble hops – Hallertau Mittelfrueh, Spalt Spalter and Tettnang Tettnanger – are also added to lend complexity and balance. During fermentation, several yeast strains are used, including one normally reserved for champagne. The beer is then blended with a variety of different brews, some of which have been aged in different wood barrels for more than 20 years. As a result of the blending and aging, Utopias invokes the flavors of a rich vintage Port, fine Cognac, or aged Sherry while feeling surprisingly light on the palate.

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Space Cake Double IPA – Clown Shoes Beer


From Ipswich Massachusetts Clown Shoes Beer (contract brewed currently by Mercury Brewing Company) comes their limited release the “Space Cake Double IPA”.  The IPA pours a mildly cloudy copper colour with a creamy white head.  The aroma consists of sweet caramel, malts, tropical fruits and floral hops.  The flavour is of hops bitterness, sweet caramel, lots of malts, tropical fruits, sweet citrus and some alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 9% with lots of bitterness.  This double IPA is sweeter than I usually go for but it is very tasty and I would drink more if it was possible!  It’s pretty hard to get in a Province if not Country where it isn’t distributed too.

Commercial Description:  Why are Miracle Mike and his dog, Bionic, being chased by many evil laser beam shooting cupcakes and two giant layer cake mother ships? Because we’re straight lunatic fools? Well, maybe, but with a few brains cells remaining we managed to craft Space Cake double IPA, utilizing citrusy Mosaic hops and an immaculate West Coast style malt backbone. Dude… Chill out. Enjoy some Space Cake.

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