WVHouseofBeer (942) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
There beer was pretty good but it could still use some tweaking. Looked very nice with a big frothy white head and a hazy golden body. Didn’t have much of an aroma going on, just some light floral notes, dried fruit (apricot and apple mostly) and spices. Tasted a little fruitier and sweeter than the aromas. Good mouthfeel with a slightly bitter finish.
BMan1113VR (7905) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a hazy golden yellow hue with a huge white head. Aromas are of sweet and dried fruit, apples and pears. Very yeast driven. Dehydrated apricot. Mild floral. Smells quite sweet. Light malt. Flavor is yeasty, spiced apple, pear, light cardamom, some phenolic pepper. Soft bready and biscuity malt. Some floral notes. Hop bitterness is low (I wish it was higher). A bit sweet overall as well. Lively carbonation, off dry.
Meilby (9823) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 355ml @ Hotel Room, Best Western Plus, Waterbury, VT
Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, yeast, dried fruits and floral. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long dried fruity, floral and yeasty finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
yngwie (15605) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. A bit excited to finally have the American trappist beer. Well, it looks quite nice, with an unclear, orange-colored body and a dense, finger-thick off-white head. The aroma is fruity and lightly sugary, with a spiced and herbal touch, canned peaches and some pine cones and grass. It’s full-bodied and quite effervescent, semi-dry. There’s canned peaches, white sugar, bitterness, some pine cones and a herbal hint in the flavor, all lasting for some time. Quite herbal bitter in the very end. A decent one indeed, although not at the same level as the older Trappist beers. But sure nice to taste. 150610
Cousin_Larry (666) - - JUN 7, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Cluniac (71) - - JUN 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had to try my last trappist beer, now that I’m back in the States and have moved out of the Netherlands. Thoughts:
Aroma - spicy and floral/fruity - nothing too special, although quite a standard mix of belgian aromas.
Appearance - nice cloudy golden with a decent froth, looks appealing to me.
Taste - Similar to the nose, perhaps a little bit watery but a nicely balanced beer with a mild bitter after finish, and a light malty backbone.
Palate - bit spicy but quite smooth and creamy feel, not bad considering its only 6.5% ABV.
Overall - I like the beer, very drinkable. But clearly not the top of the trappist class, I much prefer Rochefort, Chimay, or Westvleteren.
GIJOE (974) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - MAY 31, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy gold on tap with a frothy white head. Moderate lacing. Nose is standard Belgian: banana, clove, some funk. Taste is sweet and fruity with notes of spice. Medium body, lively carbonation. Very tasty brew.
sebletitje (8022) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 31, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy Omgrich of and shared with the Shape crew.
Orangée, col fin blanc.
Arôme est très agréable, fruité et ester, houblon renfermé qui rappel très bien le bouquet belge, presque de Westmalle. Garde un léger herbacé, fruité noble.
Palais de malt pâle, caramel, note de levure belge très distincte, houblon noble et un profil ester qui offre une petite dose fruitée de banane. Reste simple dans l’approche, facile à boire, franchement bien faite avec une complexité qui progresse au fur et à mesure de la dégustation.
swright752 (20) - - MAY 29, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A true Trappist beer from Massachusetts. Golden Delicious, just go and drink one, then you will know!!!
drjay44 (3034) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml. bottle. Opens a gusher with about 20% loss. Pours a medium, well retained, off white head, over a hazy, particle laden light amber (SRM 8) body....nose is heavy spice with dominant clove tones, light toasted malts, banana/bubblegum, no hops, balance to the yeast.....taste is slightly sweet, with moderate spice notes, with heavy clove accents, banana/bubblegum, light malts, hints of florality, finishing slightly drier, with light hops bitterness.......mouth feel, medium body, minimal alcohol, high carbonation. The gusher aspect of this beer is off putting. The aromas and flavors are muddled and relatively nondeScript and as a result "unclean". Better attenuation before bottling might correct all, or a different yeast, or a change in fermentation temperature. BJCP 7/1/13/4/6