Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spencer Trappist and Hardywood Singel Head to Head



Spencer Trappist and Hardywood Singel
Head to Head

Spencer Trappist Ale
Brewed by:
Spencer Brewery
Spencer, Massachusetts, United States
Belgian Pale Ale
6.50% ABV

Vs.

Hardywood Singel
Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Richmond, Virginia, United States
Belgian Pale Ale
6.20% ABV

Background
I recently reviewed Hardywood Singel and thought it was an excellent Belgian Pale/Single. Then today as I was preparing to review Spencer Trappist Ale I thought it would be interesting to do a little head to head comparison.

I’m not going to get into all the particulars, you can read those reviews for that. I thought I would point out any differences based on Appearance, Taste and Mouthfeel.

Appearance
As you can see from the picture these two are night and day from each other. The Spencer is much richer looking with a slightly darker off white head. In this contract the Hardywood looks more like a wheat beer.

Taste and Mouthfeel
From the taste to mouthfeel and into the finish, hands down, Spencer is by far the better tasting beer. That does surprises me. I was really impressed with the Hardywood Singel but did not realize how much better the Spencer really is. The pale malt flavors in the Spencer are richer. Even the mouthfeel of the Spencer is richer and smoother than the Hardywood.

There is a unique complexity that shows in the Spencer that is not in the Hardywood Singel. I can only assume that is due to the Trappist yeast in the Spencer.

The real learning lesion is that no matter how good you think a beer is something in the same style comes along that completely outshines what you have already rated as an A.

Well that’s it; just a quick little post comparing two beers of the same style.





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