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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 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 (1928) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Draught. This is a nice straight forward Belgian with a good balance of sweetness to malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kdhittel (71) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 8, 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. Had it again at Farmers, Fishers, Bakers on a 65 degree day. In February. Great to sip on the patio.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
nimbleprop (5317) - 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 (6969) - 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 (11788) - 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 (1808) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trapped (984) - New York City, TURKEY - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle. Pours hazy dark orange with large spongy whitish head, typical Belgian yeast aroma, high carbonation, full body, vanilla flavor, medium finish. This is a fine specimen, astonishing to find a Trappist monastery in the US.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Pours copper with thick tan head. Aroma of yeast, banana, and grains. Fruity, nutty, bready taste with banana and clove and a bitterness that covers overshadows any residual sweetness. Full bodied and highly carbonated. Finishes dry and slightly hoppy. Very nice Belgian style ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (14159) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Draft. Murky golden color, thin white edge head, an ugly beer. Aroma of raw bread dough, orange peel, funk. Taste is spiced citrus, bitter, could be better balanced.

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