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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1605) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 24, 2015
Cloudy light orange with a great white head that leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is belgian yeast, banana, fresh bread, chamomile, hints of stone fruit, honey and orange blossom. Light-medium bodied, well balanced on the palate, lightly dry and spicy finish. Taste is bread, chamomile, Belgian yeast, hint of banana, grains of paradise.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlovell2 (1125) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Pours cloudy copper color with white creamy head. Aroma is fruity malt with yeast and cloves. Creamy mouthfeel. Dry malty grain start with some fruity notes, followed by earthy yeastiness and finishing with citrus and cloves. Quality brew you would expect from a Trappist Product.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slubgob (216) - West Hartford, USA - FEB 13, 2015
Bottle into tulip. Hazy orange/copper. Banana, clove, cinnamon studded orange nose. A bit on the cold side, tastes kind of like a hefe and ale blend, with south what and banana of a hefe with the hops of an ale. Finished a touch bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stevoj (2744) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Nice Belgian, beautiful fluffy head, buttery smooth. Cloudy golden body, slightly spicy, slick, chewy, smooth.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixmasterob (944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2015
Slight gusher. Hazy orange pour with a rocky white head. Aroma was clove and some banana, white pepper. Flavors were yeasty with notes of orange, bubblegum and earthy malts. Lively carbonation. Overall and pretty straightforward, well executed Belgian golden ale. Refreshing.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ShakaZ (3) - - FEB 1, 2015 does not count
Light, rich foamy head. Subtle citrus notes. Not bad for the first American Trappist. I believe this is the Westvleteren 4 recipe. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
raymow (985) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2015
on tap at Dog & Bull in Croydon - tasted like an IPA. It was ok but nothing special.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillWyce (817) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Pours hazy amber color, with a 1-finger off-white head. Aroma of candied fruit with some yeast underneath. Maybe some grass as well. Medium-to-full body, slightly oily, with a dry finish. Candied fruit flavor with a touch of citrus bitterness. Earthy yeast underneath that lingers in the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
WonBall (17) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 25, 2015
This ale suffers greatly by comparison to its brethren, but it’s not a bad drink by itself. Modest aroma with a hint of bread, cereal, freshness. Sits well in the glass. Taste a little too astringent for me, I like to get away from that too-bright character in my beer. Lasted ok. Overall a decent beer but not a shattering experience like Chimay, Saint Bernardus or The Ale Whose Name Begins with W Which We Cannot Purchase.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (5073) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 24, 2015
Bottle from City Beer, SF. Hazy golden-orange with a lively head. Banana, orange zest and herbal notes. Good herbal bitterness, fruity flavours, some sugary sweetness. Not bad.


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