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RATINGS: 246   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (5162) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2015
Big bottle shared with knickskicks - thx man (I think I have tried all Trappistbreweries by now ;) ) cons 2015-05-09 Spring Hill AR: yeasty banana foam AP: hazy golden, wee fizzy deminshing head F: banana foam, belgian yeasty, dry, wee honey - hey guys, come back when u have done a Quadrupel

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
TH28 (264) - - MAY 8, 2015
330ml bottle. No code date. Appearance: Clear golden with a moderate white foam cap that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma: Moderately intense Belgian yeast with fruity esters of apple and pear, slight banana. Clove phenols provide a bit of spice. Taste: Sweet maltiness with strong banana and pear esters, giving way to a sharper than expected bitterness. Almost leans heavier toward bitterness than malt, which is different than other Trappist ales. Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, with a moderate carbonation. Finish: Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness. Hint of pear ester is there, but faint. Overall: Interesting in that this beer has the normal Belgian yeast esters and phenols, but is noticeably more bitter than other Trappist beers and Belgian ales. Might have slightly less body and carbonation than its counterparts.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bnokk (286) - Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2015
APPEARANCE - light copper color, darker than most Trappist ales. The head was very thick and creamy, but dissipated quickly. There is a ton of carbonation in this beer, and it keeps the suspended solids floating up and down in the glass for quite a while. There’s so many floaters, I winder if this is infected. NOSE - pretty light Belgian yeast scents, with some hints of cloves. FLAVOR - light and crisp with slight hop bitterness and grassy notes to it. NOTES - good, but not as good as the average rating here. And I was surprised by the quantity of yeast and other material in the bottle, and that it didn’t show up in others’ reviews.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6749) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2015
Bottle (gusher). Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is cloudy dark yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately yeasty (dough, basement), with notes of gum, clove, banana. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic, chalky/coating. Rating from my second experience with this one...not really much different than my first a week or so ago. Both bottles spewed all over the place upon opening (maybe a quarter of the contents lost), so these might become bottle bombs...beware. That stirs the bottle conditioning up and makes for a pretty cloudy first pour. The nose is ok...reasonably Belgian-styled but kinda simple and overly estery. In the mouth it’s kinda flabby/syrupy and the sweetness lingers too long in the finish...and the aftertaste seems like it’s spiced, kind of a weird tongue-coating bitterness. It seems like there might be some potential to the recipe, but it clearly needs a lot of improvements.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3971) - - MAY 6, 2015
cloudy, dark gold, large cream colored head. pineapple, orange, dough, floral aroma. fuller body than many in this style. creamy texture. citrus, grass, floral flavors.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aumentm (452) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Founded by monks this beer rounds us in a way that we need. Great palate and wonderful fruity aroma.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (7105) - Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2015
12 oz. bottle shared by Max. Pours a hazy golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma and flavor have Belgian yeast, mild, but nice fruit character, banana, clove, sweetness, light bitterness to the finish, pretty solid Belgian ale.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fkoolen (609) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours a nice cloudy, light orange colour, white creamy head that nicely laces. Belgian tripel nose and taste with a firm body of grainy and creamy sweet malts, banana and spicy yeasts and a light bitterness. OK finish. Medium carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5591) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 27, 2015
Kinda dark orange, with a huge, sturdy white head. Smells slightly fruity, with some banana, some, I dunno, blueberry? and some grassy notes. Flavor is banana and toast, some peppery hops, and some woody notes, to. Tasty stuff.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarkSachon (759) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2015
12 oz bottle from Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh. I wish the Benedictine monks had made this when I was at Saint Vincent College in the 80s. A superb ale that proves the Americans can do it just as well as the Europeans. I like the label’s motto ’Pair with family and Friends’ which is always a good idea.


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