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RATINGS: 285   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
corkyrory66 (1008) - BELGIUM - OCT 25, 2015
Première trappiste américaine, blonde et légère (6,5 % abv), de l’abbaye St Joseph au Massachusetts. Étiquette assez classe, avec une devise  : « pair with family and friends ». Sigle hexagonal « authentic trappist product » au verso. Capsule élégante avec toutes les mentions utiles et légales … Couleur doré moyen brillant, à la clarté pure. Bulles fines par centaines en colonnes droites partout. Mousse blanc beige épaisse, puis nappage crémeux à 2 mm. Arômes de malt grillé, croûte de pain, babeurre, pointe de riz, houblon. 1ère bouche soyeuse à la belle entame malt et levure. Arrière-bouche avec un houblon précis et un bel ensemble malt/houblon. 2ème au nez un peu d’hostie !!! Ensemble blé/houblon/levure. Arrière-bouche sur du pain gris au levain. 3ème à la jolie texture. Ensemble correct, mais houblon non fixé. Arrière-bouche un peu artificielle. Longueur avec de bons moments, mais une amertume indécise. Jambes épaisses, crémeuses. Levure soyeuse, un peu épicée, très belle ligne. Finale sans aucun nouvel élément. CONCLUSION : belle bière au beau visuel et de très belle texture, mais à l’amertume un peu indécise et indéfinie. St Joseph doit trouver la solution …

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (6129) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 23, 2015
Thanks to Kurt! Happy to try this one. Starting to feel a bit like it would never happen. 330 ml. bottle split by four. Hazy sparkling orange, big creamy off-white head. Nose is big on fish guts (almost something DE in that fashion) mixed with more BE notes, big banana & sugary sweetness. Big sweetness, big fish guts & very simple. Taste is the same, fish guts mixed with banana, vanilla, sugar, odd yeast, sugar, very sweet, big fish guts. Yeasty & fizzy body. Very simple not a big fan of this combo. Technically nothing wrong with this one but the profile etc. is really not appealing here. The very high score here,… A mediocre to average Belgian Ale at best in my opinion but it is the first USA Trappist beer so people go nuts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
markextrae (2490) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 22, 2015
small botlle at home. poured a cloudy dark golden orange-ish colour with a big white head. nose has borging crisp malts, bread, earth, and a ton of yeast, slight spicy aswell. bit of citrus, grains, and some ripe banana in the back aswell. leading to a slight spicy aftertaste. really just a boring beer. and i don’t understand why this need to be a authentic trappist. way to hyped. and some prices here for this is redicilous

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frank (3596) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2015
This is a really nice beer, just a touch on the strong side, very flavorful and still very drinkable. I am into it. It’s cloudy golden w/ a long lasting head of foam. It’s got a soft, fruity yeast character w/ just a touch of spice. It’s light on the palate but still creamy and full feeling. I think I’d like the nose on this to be just a touch more vibrant and banana-y personally but other than that I really don’t see how this style could be done very much better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vipinvelp (3148) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2015
Opaque golden yellow, white lasting, lacing foam head. Earthy aroma, strong barley taste, earthy notes. A warm beer, nice to drink, bit sparkling. (Chicago 201510)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (5231) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2015
Crisp and hazy bronze and copper coloured body with an orange tint and a very fast-dying tan head, only a half centimetre thick. Bottle exploded upon opening then the head/foam died town fairly quickly. Seemingly not good for aging this one, so I’m glad I didn’t. Aroma of alcohol, grain, yeast, bread, light spice, dry herbs and grass and a lot of honey and banana sweetness. Medium-bodied; Assertive effervescence with a large dry grain and wheat flavour with some coriander seed and herbs in the mix. Aftertaste is fairly straight forward with some dry notes, a hint of earthy malt and a light saison-y like finish with big yeast, herbs, grass and a very dry finish. Overall, a decent beer at best - I finally was able to taste this and it left me very underwhelmed - I’m happy that there is an American Trappist, but this one doesn’t do justice. I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 12-July-2015 for US$4,29 sampled at home in Washington on 13-October-2015.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3500) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2015
Bottle from Craft Bar, PCB. An American Trappist? I’m intrigued. Pours an orange-gold color that is cloudy from sediment. Thin white head. Aroma is sweet oranges with some yeast and light hoppiness. Flavor is slightly sweet but balanced with light bitterness. Nice, gentle Belgian ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
xXbaptisteXx (176) - - OCT 2, 2015
De couleur blond foncé très légèrement trouble la mousse et bien blanche est assez épaisse Au nez on va sentir de belles les odeurs de levure ça me fait penser un peu au bière allemande on va trouver aussi des notes de fruits secs comme la noix ou la noisette En bouche on va sentir une très légère amertume mais en même temps une certaine douceur on va toujours trouver ses saveurs de noix C’est vraiment une bonne bière avec un bon goût et un bon caractère

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2489) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2015
Bottle. Heavy aromas of cereal, roasted, nutty and caramel for the malt, light herbs for the hops, heavy dough for the yeast, with notes of date, toffee and butter in the background. Head is large, fizzy/frothy, off-white with good lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is hazy, dark amber/tan. Flavor starts lightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly to moderately acidic and bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily with a fizzy carbonation. Great malty aromas to start and well balanced flavors to back it up. This is an excellent Belgian Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
njnut (376) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2015
Poured into Trappist glass a cloudy gold with white head. Highly carbonated it came busting from the bottle. Aroma was wheat, yeast, a bit fruity and spicy on the nose. Taste is wheat, hay, clove, with a little spicey heat in the finish. A bit chewy. Took me a bit to find and happy I did.

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