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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (7565) - Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2014
330ml bottle. The newest trappist and the first US one. SPicy golden ale, in line with the others.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Derek881 (1011) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2014
Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass to drink. The beer had a full amber-straw color with a very large foamy off-white head with very long retention, and modest lacing and cling. Its aroma had strong fruit tones of banana and orange, along with wheat and yeast, and some floral and grainy hops. The beer was quite sweet and fruity with some soft banana flavors and a slight sour grainy effect as well. It was pretty dry and thinner in the mouth with a dry after taste and high levels of carbonation. Thank you for the present, Mivy!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HeadyDE (507) - Delaware, USA - APR 23, 2014
bottle pour..quite substantial 2.5 finger head that left a unique crater atop the snifter..probably the highlight here..medium orange color with very active amount of carbonation..particles abound rising and sinking in the vortex..eventually particles settle to bottom..nose is decent light banana clove..mouthfeel is light and not very substantial..does finish dry yet seems to be missing needed complexity and depth..interesting offering and nice to see an American made trappist ale..quite fresh tasting and seems like care was put into this effort...despite the slightly disappointing flavor profile...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drsandman (336) - New York, USA - APR 22, 2014
4th time drinking, from bottle. Pours a clear(ish) orange with a small white head, quickly receding.. Fat bubbles. Aroma is ripe banana, clove, yeast, bubblegum, bread. Taste is pretty dry, full of pepper and spices, lemon grass, yeast bomb, bananas, clove. This stuff is real dry, very carbonated... Extenuated by the pepper/spice level, still quite yummy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerathon (1218) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2014
Belgian yeast, bubble gum, banana, effervescent, highly carbonated, hazy golden color, finishes dry.. Tastes Belgian authentic. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (911) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2014
Orange power, nice white head. Yeasty aroma, with notes of dried fruits, peach, apricot. Flavor is light, sweet, with notes of caramel, fruit, yeast and grass. A fantastic debut from America’s first Trappist brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
curepute (140) - New York, USA - APR 16, 2014
330ml bottle, pours orange golden with a massive white foamy head. Nose of banana, belgian yeast, tropical fruit. Taste has banana, clove, yeast, balanced sweetness. Finishes dry-ish with a decent yeasty clove taste. Pleasantly surprised by this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mfp13jr (149) - Glenville, New York, USA - APR 12, 2014
Beautiful pour and aroma. Very floral. Not the best I’ve had .. but exactly what I expected. Quite thin throughout and very floral with minimal hop flavors. The alcohol does shine through...which shouldn’t at 6.4%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8593) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2014
Bottle. Pours cloudy gold with white head. Nose and taste of lemongrass, fruit, yeast, lemon malt and toasted bready grain. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4143) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2014
Bottle... Poured amber golden with a white head that had some nice lacing. Aroma of cereal grains, honey and light esters. Yeast spice and esters were more dominant in the flavor. Lemon zest, citrus, and a grassy floral earthiness. Not too heavy on the palate. Mild carbonation and sort of drying towards the finish. Clean and really nicely done.

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