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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (3733) - Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Comes out of tap hazy, barely translucent apricot with a fairly thick eggshell head. Malty aroma has a firm and somewhat sweet fruity overtone, mainly banana with some pear and mango. Fruity flavor has malty and woody underpinnings, the fruit being pear and banana with a tropical fruit hint; hints of woody hops and vodka-like alcohol bite come out as well. Texture is fizzy and firm, leaving a fruity and malty finish. Authentic Trappist in the USA? Gotta love them monks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (3913) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 4, 2014
11.2 ounce bottle. Pours a somewhat cloudy light gold with a nice white head. Aroma of yeast, spice, malt, and fruit. Taste is yeast, spice, malt, apple, and banana. Just a bit too much spice for me, but otherwise a very solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Daytonbeer (681) - Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Pours gold and slightly hazy. Big white head and lots of lacing. Aroma of light fruits and Belgium yeast. Taste is the same with banana and candy sugar. Noticeable hops and a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11863) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 1, 2014
12oz bottle. Medium off-white head atop cloudy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, spicy/yeasty, light bread, clove, ginger/allspice. Taste is moderately sweet, spicy, some yeast, light ginger. Light-medium body, light effervescence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7350) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Bottle I took to RBSDG at the Dad Pad. Pours a faintly hazed golden amber with a thin to medium sized white head. Soft musk, a touch of a yeast. Medium bodied, sweet yeast and a toucho f banana coming through. Musk and a touch of warm alcohol on the finish, yeast. Nice, warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
closey22 (1059) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2014
hazy straw gold color with rimming offwhite head; aroma is heartily grainy with touch of yeastiness; flava is rich fresh malt grain with earthy and mildly yeasty malty notes; feels medium with moderate foamy fizz; finishes malty yeasty chalky

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maxbier (531) - Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Hazy dark golden pour with big off white head. Yeasty, orange, funk aroma. Citrus strong slightly dank. Some spicy notes, earthy hop flavors. Great, authentic tasting. Thanks dlovell2 for getting this for me in Maine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rumproasts (3553) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2014
bottle. hazy deep golden with one finger head. medium body with a lot of fruity yeast flavor. solid hops in add a touch of bitterness. very impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (9659) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle @ home, via the rotbox. Thanks to Lukaduke for sending. Pours a pretty clear golden orange appearance with an off white head. Aroma has apple, banana, nuts, nutmeg, and a little bit of pepper. Medium high carbonation. There’s some toasted grain in the flavor along with some white fruits (pear, banana, apple), white pepper, and a bit of flowers. Medium high bitterness. Fairly low sweetness. Little hint of the booze. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 7, 2014
33cl, new exclusive American Trappist Anno 2014, thx alot to Koen for this bonus!, complex brew, floral/fruity and slightly sweet/bitter, balanced, cloudy, good head, good brew

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