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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (2931) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2015
330 ml. bottle. Opens a gusher with about 20% loss. Pours a medium, well retained, off white head, over a hazy, particle laden light amber (SRM 8) body....nose is heavy spice with dominant clove tones, light toasted malts, banana/bubblegum, no hops, balance to the yeast.....taste is slightly sweet, with moderate spice notes, with heavy clove accents, banana/bubblegum, light malts, hints of florality, finishing slightly drier, with light hops bitterness.......mouth feel, medium body, minimal alcohol, high carbonation. The gusher aspect of this beer is off putting. The aromas and flavors are muddled and relatively nondescript and as a result "unclean". Better attenuation before bottling might correct all, or a different yeast, or a change in fermentation temperature. BJCP 7/1/13/4/6

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3519) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2015
11.2 oz bottle. Clear orange with a white head. Nose is honey, yeast, clover and grass. Medium body, a bit oily, with fizzy carb. Taste is bubblegum, honey, cardamom and rose water with a soft earthy bitterness. Simple yet sophisticated.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arian (1) - - MAY 26, 2015 does not count
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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (2937) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2015
10 oz at Asbury. This is a cloudy light orange with a firm white head. Aroma is balanced and focuses on the yeast. Soft hints at banana, pepper, a dash of clove accentuate notes of straw and soil. Palate is medium with assertive carbonation. This is apparently a very basic recipe but the complexities of the yeast make it interesting. Light fruits and spices mix with spicy hops to simulate an array of pear, banana, pepper, bread and earth.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2914) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Pours a cloudy gold on tap with bubbly white head that dissipates to leave moderate lace. Aroma of banana, clove, and nice Belgian esters. Taste follows, big on the light fruitiness, sweet and spicy. Nice for the American guys to do something like this. Easy to drink, solid stuff, if not murky, but maybe I got end of the keg.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrHangover (3138) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2015
Bottle, thnx to Bytemesis. Pours a cloudy golden beer with a big white head on top. Aroma is very malty, sweet caramel, fruity yeasty notes and even a faint hoppy, grassy touch in the end. Flavor is quite yeasty, fruity, juicy, sweet with hints of apples and dried white fruits. Sticky. yeasty mouthfeel and finish. Nice carbonation going on here. Good stuff! Worthy of the trappist label.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11800) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2015
Bottle. Poured clear copper color with an average to large frothy white head that was lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate citrus hop and yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth dry texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where exceeded.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
plaugher (254) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2015
12oz bottle into a chalice. Pours a cloudy golden-straw with billowing white head. Banana with light citrus, Belgian yeast, slight grassy farm note. Kind of a cloying sweetness, moderate carbonation, slightly dry finish. Worth a try, but I think I’ll return to going right to the Belgians.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zymurgeist2 (1261) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle to tulip glass. Aromas of horse blanket with slight tart. Faint stone pitted fruit. Pours a very haze orange-gold with full white head of soapy bubbles of varying sizes. Taste is fleshy with orange peel and spice. Semi-dry with moderate high carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (2614) - Melboring, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Bottle from the store. Nose is moderately fruity. Light banana. Some light citrus underneath. Hazy dark yellow with a huge large white head. Taste is very fruity with a light spiciness but not too much phenolics. Very tasty.


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