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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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
demmbonz (496) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle to mini chalice. Sweet and yeasty and slightly hoppy aroma. Taste is sweet up front with banana and clove in the middle with a peppery finish. Snappy carbonation. Beautiful clear orangey golden yellow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cpetrone84 (1328) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2014
Pour is hazed deep golden amber with a tight white head. Nose is Belgian yeast up front with a touch of spice and strong clove, candied sugar, and banana. Smells sweet. Taste is sweet but has a decent grain bill and notes of spicy Belgian yeast. Some clove, candied sugar is strong. Definitely sugary and a hint sweet. Lighter body with moderate carb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1134) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 29, 2014
I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass. I believe there was a freshness code but I couldn’t decipher it. A friend picked up a bottle in Boston for $4.99 ($0.45 per ounce). Thanks, Jason!

Appearance: Beautiful glowing orange hue, like an American IPA. Quite hazy but not completely opaque. Pours to a large, white, soapy head which mostly fizzles away and leaves only minor lacing on the glass.

Smell: Huge banana notes in the classic Belgian tradition. Light spices and flowery hops.

Taste: Spencer Trappist Ale is the first Trappist beer to be brewed in America by the monks themselves (there are a few “Abbey Ales,” but it’s not the same thing). This puts the beer in a unique position as it’s brewed, with authentic Trappist yeast in the Belgian pale ale style. However, there’s clearly a lot of American influence on this brew since it’s quite hoppy as well.

This beer is delightful off the bat. A sweet fruity sensation hits the tongue with notes of banana and orange, followed by a gentle mélange of light, dry spices of coriander, clove and black pepper. More orange presence on the finish due to, I’m assuming, dry hopping. There’s bitterness as well, but it’s restrained and matches the natural Belgian yeast character perfectly.

Drinkability: The old world Trappist beers aren’t known for being drinker-friendly, since they’re usually intended to be special beers. And while Spencer Trappist Ale isn’t exactly a session beer, it’s remarkably drinkable. The mouthfeel is crisp, but not thin or watery. It’s refreshing while crossing the tongue and finishes mostly clean with just a slight dry sensation. It doesn’t seem to be as “heavy” as its 6.5% ABV weight, which makes it quite tempting to drink several back to back.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gibsale (4) - - APR 29, 2014 does not count
Spencer Ale. Low malt, low hop. Low banana/bubble gum after taste. Spencer Ale $19/4-pack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bbbeer (583) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 28, 2014
Golden yellow color with medium off white head. Aroma citrus, yeasty. Medium body, carbonated. Flavor is on the dry side yet pretty fruity. Lemon and orange, esters, yeast. A little grassy hops. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (6970) - Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2014
330ml bottle. The newest trappist and the first US one. SPicy golden ale, in line with the others.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Derek881 (997) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2014
Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass to drink. The beer had a full amber-straw color with a very large foamy off-white head with very long retention, and modest lacing and cling. Its aroma had strong fruit tones of banana and orange, along with wheat and yeast, and some floral and grainy hops. The beer was quite sweet and fruity with some soft banana flavors and a slight sour grainy effect as well. It was pretty dry and thinner in the mouth with a dry after taste and high levels of carbonation. Thank you for the present, Mivy!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HeadyDE (477) - Delaware, USA - APR 23, 2014
bottle pour..quite substantial 2.5 finger head that left a unique crater atop the snifter..probably the highlight here..medium orange color with very active amount of carbonation..particles abound rising and sinking in the vortex..eventually particles settle to bottom..nose is decent light banana clove..mouthfeel is light and not very substantial..does finish dry yet seems to be missing needed complexity and depth..interesting offering and nice to see an American made trappist ale..quite fresh tasting and seems like care was put into this effort...despite the slightly disappointing flavor profile...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drsandman (209) - New York, USA - APR 22, 2014
4th time drinking, from bottle. Pours a clear(ish) orange with a small white head, quickly receding.. Fat bubbles. Aroma is ripe banana, clove, yeast, bubblegum, bread. Taste is pretty dry, full of pepper and spices, lemon grass, yeast bomb, bananas, clove. This stuff is real dry, very carbonated... Extenuated by the pepper/spice level, still quite yummy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerathon (1103) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2014
Belgian yeast, bubble gum, banana, effervescent, highly carbonated, hazy golden color, finishes dry.. Tastes Belgian authentic. Well done.

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