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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stuu666 (3166) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours hazy yellow, nose is caramel, fizzy, taste is dry toffee, fizzy, fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
McNeillR (1276) - SCOTLAND - JUL 25, 2014
Pale golden mucky cloudiness, filmy white head and neat white ring. Peachy mint, sliced apple and an odd breadiness. Initial taste is cooling minty yeast, apricot and cane sugar sweetness. Papery and oddly peppermint middle. Gushed but carbonation faded. Terse enough Belgian vibes. Not overly rich.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (14964) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle at home... Golden amber... Sift sweet floral fruit... Light sweet sugers... Light yeast... Soft fruits... Soft fruits... Quite Bready...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7183) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. It pours cloudy golden with minimal head. The nose is earthy, doughy, light spice, toast, grain, mild pear/apple and faint candy. The taste is crisp, tart fruits, dough, toast, spice, hay, straw and light alcohol warmth with a lingering dry, warming finish. Medium+ body and fine prickly carbonation. Tasty enough, not quite enough depth for me, but not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2667) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Thanks to Jeff for the bottle. Pours a hazy gold with a thick white head. Belgian yeast esters, clove, and banana in the aroma. Light malt body, light sweetness, light bitterness and Clive and banana flavors all peaking through. Very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dnstone (2158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Pours a hazed golden-orange color with sudsy white head. Dry orange-peel with a slight musty edge. Quite dry and subtly complex with light orange-peel yeasty highlights and light nutmeg-spiced finish...reminiscent of Orval in some ways. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6249) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle. Pours gold with a white head. Nice light fruity and peachy base, light spicy notes, Belgian yeast, and a nice dry clean finish. Quaffable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (2351) - BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2014
The newest trappist brand and the first outside of Europe (where it is still only ’accidentally’ available thanks to isolated efforts of beer afficionados; rumour has it that a very limited export chain to Europe will start in 2015). Apparently the result of visits of the monks to every European trappist brewery and brewed with American malts and hops but Belgian yeast, although I have no proof to establish that claim. Stable, snowy white, thinnish, sticky head, colour peachy blonde, misty with a milky cloudiness after adding the yeast; aroma of citrussy and perhaps grassy, American hops, mango, apricot, hazelnuts, some smokiness but also a weird smell of burnt sulphur or matches, probably due to yeast autolysis, as in a very old geuze; taste fruity, citrussy and peachy, hints of pineapple with a sharp and mineral-like carbonisation, soft and supple maltiness, a bit cheesy, aftertaste yeasty with characteristically American hop bitterness, in a mild and aromatic, citrussy way, medium long.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jayb0 (1046) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Could easily pass as a belgian trappist. I wonder where they got the yeast. Fruity esters, a bit of cookie, some clove, perhaps slightly less integrated than a classic but right on style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6122) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 2, 2014
My first ’Merican Trappist Ale thanks Mark King. The pour is a golden hue with a long lasting head and spotty lace. Get plenty of the standard Trappists yeast character even if it a bit tame (Abbey Single-ish). A touch of soapy dishwater ester on the nose. Nicely dry finish. Honestly it is quite meh overall.

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