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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Yumzies (19) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2014
First Trappist brewed in the US? Had to try it. Poured a hazy copper/orange into a Trappist glass and had a head that was lingering and quite foamy. The aromas were fruity but more toasted. Nice flavor but I sensed a little more hops in the back. Feels nice but enjoyed it more as the head dissipated. Really nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jackal1961 (4) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2014 does not count
Helaas in Nederland moeilijk te krijgen, maar de moeite van het zoeken waard. Een Trappist met een zeer zachte smaak die wat mij betreft net wat subtieler is dan bv. de Zundert. Een bier wat zijn Trappistenstatus zeker waard is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (1084) - California, USA - DEC 21, 2014
12 oz bottle pours a hazy pale brown color with a lot of frothy head. Nice caramel flavors though a little dilute.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pintocb (646) - Darsville, Georgia, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Hazy golden/orange. This is a subtle ale. A lot like a saison at first, but with a less earth finish. Well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikske79 (1278) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - DEC 18, 2014
Als je het uitschenkt is het een troebel bier met een heel volle schuimkraag. In de geur is een lichte toets van abrikozen. Hij heeft een heel lekker volle smaak met een lichtte fruittoets. Een heel goede trappist.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (9118) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Sample at the Uber-Kurt (10,000) Celebration on 12/13/2014. The beer is a slightly hazy deep golden color with a medium white head that diminishes steadily to a film. Stringy lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of dark fruits, yeast and pale malts. Medium-bodied with flavors of spiced fruit, earthy yeast and doughy malt. The finish is fruity with a clove and yeast aftertaste. Well-executed Trappist Ale overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbastard (761) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2014
11.2oz bottle, Thanks Reg! Cloudy lite brown pour. Mild aromas of clove and toffee. Flavors reflects the yeast character, Again mild clove, banana, spices. Almost like a Dark Bavarian Wheat Beer. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
halfonit (1211) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Pours a clear Amber color with av thicker white head. Aroma is loaded with esters up front with cloves, cedar and a little pine. Carbonated palate. Flavor is basically the same. Yeast really comes through. Leaves a clove finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (3796) - Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Comes out of tap hazy, barely translucent apricot with a fairly thick eggshell head. Malty aroma has a firm and somewhat sweet fruity overtone, mainly banana with some pear and mango. Fruity flavor has malty and woody underpinnings, the fruit being pear and banana with a tropical fruit hint; hints of woody hops and vodka-like alcohol bite come out as well. Texture is fizzy and firm, leaving a fruity and malty finish. Authentic Trappist in the USA? Gotta love them monks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (4011) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 4, 2014
11.2 ounce bottle. Pours a somewhat cloudy light gold with a nice white head. Aroma of yeast, spice, malt, and fruit. Taste is yeast, spice, malt, apple, and banana. Just a bit too much spice for me, but otherwise a very solid beer.

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