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Inspired by traditional refectory ales brewed by monks for the monks’ table, Spencer is a full-bodied, golden-hued Trappist ale with fruit accents, a dry finish and light hop bitterness. St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spenser, Massachusetts, is home to a community of Trappist monks and the first American Trappist brewery. Following the Benedictine tradition of ora et labor (prayer and work), the monks pursue a simple life of contemplative prayer, a manual labor and hospitality. The brewery helps support the monks and their charitable outreach.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MikeyX (1) - Alabama, USA - JAN 12, 2015 does not count
Clean and lively ale with soft intergrated spice of clove and banana nut bread. a fine addition to the Trappist Beer legacy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (9264) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle shared at a tasting. Pours a clear golden amber with a large frothy off-white head. Good head retention. Aroma of citrus, stone fruits, bready malt, spice, mild doughy notes. The taste is spice, bread, stone fruits, caramel, lemon. Medium bodied, mild lingering spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8094) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle from Whole Foods Plymouth. Pours hazy, bright golden with big, fluffy, white head and a shit ton of carbonation. Nose is nice and funky, old cheesy, yeasty, sweaty female feety, with notes of hopcitrus, apricot, and honey. Tastes candi sugary malty, yeasty, somewhat sweet, with hopcitrus, tart fruit, and a medium palate heft and complexity. Not a world class beer, but a damned good effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
petergaynor (136) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 6, 2015
8oz on draft. Pours a hazy orange colour. Nose is spice with a hint of sweetness. Tast is nice light spice and funk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Imaena (1915) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Draught. This is a nice straight forward Belgian with a good balance of sweetness to malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kdhittel (68) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Have been looking forward to trying Spencer! Pouring at Pizzeria Paradiso Dupont in DC. Pours a hazy gold. Nice fruit and spice notes. Dry finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
nimbleprop (5292) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2015
4oz pour at Churchkey comes a clear gold with some creamy, white head. Nose has a lot of yeasty esters, clove, baking spice, chestnut coney, candy sugar. Flavor starts ok, banana, clove, cinnamon but ends in this very strong mint toothpaste thing. Hard to finish. Bad keg?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6860) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours cloudy golden with an attractive foamy off-white head and a fruity aroma. There is a vanilla, clove, fruit and caramel mslt flavor with a nice yeast presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11675) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours hazy gold with a white head. Aroma is fruit and clove. Med body. Flavor is light fruity esters with clove. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (1774) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2015 Bottle at Eulogy and later on draft at Monks. Cloudy orange pour. Frothy off-white head. Lots of carbonation. Fizzy on the tongue. Tastes as if brewed with proper Begium yeast. Bittersweet orange biscuits. Citrusy and bready. Some blonde caramel malts. Mildly herbal and floral. Lavender. Cloves. Thyme. Pink peppercorns. Dry grassy finish. Feels maybe just a bit too clean to match the other Trappists.

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