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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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdiBeer (1626) - 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 (2569) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mep3222 (611) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Nice Belgian yeasty aroma. Banana nutty aroma. Flavors of banana nutty, some malt. Pretty smooth and a nice tasty Belgian. Many flavors of a Dubbel but lighter in color. Some spiciness, like clove maybe? Maybe slight light palate?? Good beer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Underdogs88 (188) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Clove and Belgian fruity esters on the nose. Appearance is a light gold with a white fluffy head. Flavor contains notes of bread, clove with a spicy hop flavor. Bitterness is medium and dries out the beer. Mouthfeel is medium light with a high level of carbonation. Overall, it's a great tasting patersbier. Nice and refreshing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (4281) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2014
11.2oz American made bottle, guess they were going for lots of authenticity on this one, from Spirits Xroads. Poured a nice looking hazy bright orange body under a larger bright white foamy head. Aroma of yeast, banana, cloves, lots of dough some dates and fig. Body is to liverly, bigger body with aggressive carbonation and a quicker fading aftertaste. Flavor of yeast, grains, some dry tropical fruit rind, citrus notes, apricot skins and dry sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike67 (841) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2014
11.2 oz bottle. Pours hazy-orange with long lasting, foamy, white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of funky yeast, pale malt, and ripe fruit. Body is full and crisp. Funky, spicy yeast, bready malt, floral hops and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, semidry and spicy. Very nice brew, more hoppy than other Trappists IMO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
revolution2718 (278) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Pours a dark orange, very hazy, big fluffy head. Nose is belgian yeast, wheat, light spices, a bit bready, banana, fruit esters. Taste has heavy yeast character, fruit esters, clove, spices, bready on the finish, a bit peppery, banana. Finish is a bit flat, overall thin mouthfeel. Hefeweizen notes on the nose, a more Tripel character taste wise. Interesting, complex, good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thome50 (1099) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Bottle thanks to Wrye. Pours a medium brown with tan head. Aroma is malt, toffee and some stone fruit. Taste is raisin, light burnt caramel, some pear. Some banana and clove at the finish to really cement that belgian thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11286) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2014 Trade with mcox90. Well, not really a trade yet, as he came bearing this gift when we met today at Marthas Exhcange, and I did not have anything to trade back. Onto the beer...11.2oz bottle. white-haxzy gold. A-fruit-pear, some clove, lt malt-bready. T-follows along with an earthiness that overrides into the aftertaste .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rando7 (760) - Iowa, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle pours light orange with thick fluffy yellow head. Fruity citrus aroma. Taste light fruits and citrus especially orange with pepper and spices. Medium body. Finish slight bittering hops.

Really pretty good, they managed to include traditional Belgian flavors while adding spices and hops to make it unique.

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