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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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rumproasts (3500) - 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 (9619) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Steasy66 (1012) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2014
Beyond a gusher, it sprayed me in the face! Aroma is fairly complex, dark fruits, esters, yeasty, interesting but not overly appealing. Flavor is on the bland side, it might be better with age. Some dark fruit and a little bit of red fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
migwell (58) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 27, 2014
Our local trappiste. I was put off by the price, but with a free glass thrown in, why not? This is substantially different from the darker, heavier and stronger trappistes I’m familiar with, but it’s no lager. The clove flavor really comes through and that is not objectionable, It’s a decent ale with an unusual flavor and it looks great in the provided glass. Probably a one-and-done, though since Duvel, for example, is cheaper and more to my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3137) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle from a trade with WillRunForBeer. Pours slightly cloudy burnt orange color with off white head. Aromas of yeast and bananas. Doughy yeast flavor with banana, clove, fruit, and grass. Medium body with lively carbonation. Thanks Brian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2442) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 21, 2014
Pours a one finger cream head that fades very slowly leaving traces of lace. Hazy pale amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Belgian yeast nose and flavor is yeast, cloves and bready. $2.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1728) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle. Pours cloudy orange/gold, with a medium sized white head. Aroma is spices, fruit, yeast, malt, and hops. Flavor is spices, yeast, malt, fruit, hops, and a little alcohol. Medium body. Better than expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdiBeer (1681) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2014
Aroma: grain and caramel malts. Appearance: hazy gold, massive, creamy, white head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: light bitters coming up, flowers, grain and bread again. Overall: not a massive fan of this one, nothing too extraordinary. Pint at Big Brew, Morristown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2580) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2014
My father in law sent me a 4 pack and the glass, very nice surprise. And it all survived despite no padding lol! Poured hazy golden, large foaming head, very stiff. Nose was clove and phenols mostly, a lightly fruitiness that hints at banana and pineapple, barest hint of bubblegum. Flavor is very restrained. Very dry, hint of spice and clove, lightly medicinal. Not much body, Highly carbonated but not that fluffy airy kind of carbonation you expect in the best trappist ales. Its more fine, with a slight carbonic bite at the end. Finish is dry and somewhat empty/watery. Lingering phenols.

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