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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
WanderinCelt87 (157) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Pours a hazy amber with a white head with a orange zest aroma. Taste has hints of clove and orange with a slight stringent taste at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
suprchunk (2103) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Hazy golden/straw colored pour. Creamy, small, white head that sticks around. Plenty of lacing. Malty aroma with notes of alcohol and yeast. Slight citrus note. Sweet malty taste with a bit of yeast bit. Slightly more bitter than it should be. Finishes over-dry. Bitterness lingers. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwood04 (3803) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 8, 2014
11.2oz Bottle in a tulip. Pours hazy amber with an off-white head. Aroma of spicy yeast, some light fruits and bananas, some pale and caramel malts, and light bitter notes. Flavor the same. Average texture. A decent Belgian blond ale, but not worth the price and nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wisdomsolo (399) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Fruity aroma. The flavor has nice mellow fruitiness and breadiness. Them monks did a good job on this one!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fluffy (1503) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2014
really, its great to see a beer this good can be made states. leave it to actual monks to make it right. pretty gosh darn awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ModeEngage (149) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2014
http://imgur.com/WYZZylo - Bottle. Pours hazy golden with moderate white head. Smells of spices, vanilla, and citrus. Drinks smoothly with little lingering hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied. Tastes of bread, banana, wheat, and light citrus. Good effervescence. Finishes clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaBeer1972 (1268) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Four-pack from Julio’s. Poured into a stem glass. A murky honey-colored brew with a frothy white head. Banana-pear-spice aromas. Flavor is beady and fruity, with spice. Pear notes dominate. Reminds me a bit of Mystic Renaud. Bitter-bread finish. One big turnoff is the fizzy mouthfeel. Very good overall, but not stellar, and definitely not worth the price ($18/4pack). I would not buy this again unless they lower the price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (564) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle from first batch, less than a week after the release. Decanted off significant yeast. Pours golden with a slight amber hue and a thin recycled paper white head. Aroma is strong banana, mild clove. Taste is fairly crisp with pear, bread dough, giving way to a clove and banana finish. Carbonation is strong enough to tickle the tongue. A good start for the first American Trappist.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Lukaduke (2065) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Pours a golden color with a finger of eggshell foam. The nose has a big banana bread front end with some clove and spice on the backend. The palate follows the nose with huge isoamyl acetate notes. Banana runts, low carbonation... this beer is a mess.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
puboflyons (2075) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 25, 2014
From the first bottled batch released in January 2014. 12 fl. oz. The pour is golden with a slight hazy character and a fizzy white head that dissolves after a moment. The aroma is clearly in sync with what is going on in the other 8 European Trappist monasteries with the toasted biscuit note, candied sugar, pear, apple, yeast, clove, and other spices. But all balanced and mellow on the senses. The body is medium and smooth. On the taste the flavor evolves from a toasted biscuit character, to pear and apple, and ends with a serious clove bite. But even though all of those other characteristics get their moment in the sun the clove is the one you will remember most. Beautifully done.

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