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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 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerFunGuy (829) - California, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Banananambanana banana banana banana banana banana banana banana bread. Woot woot

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Schwarzbart (71) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Suds ooze out as soon as the cap is popped. Unfiltered and cloudy with some big chunks that fell to the bottom. The color is honey-orange. Belgian yeast esters that are floral and fruity like a smoothy with bananas. There's some mild phenolic spice, along with cloves. Medicine notes and faint caramel come out as it warms. Light bodied with ample carbonation. The phenolics show up more in the taste and yield some band-aid and plastic qualities. Spices are mild, but definitely clove. Also, there's fruits, banana, crackers, light wood and finishes with yeast esters and hops. Leaves a nice aftertaste and there seems to be plenty going on for the style, if picked apart, but somehow gets all washed out right in the middle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5493) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2015
10 or 12oz pour at GBD. Poured an nice lightly cloudy amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma was light sweetness, some clove, ginger, light toasty malts. Flavor was light spices, touch of yeast. Reminds me a bit of a tasty witbier. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerdedDave (758) - - JAN 15, 2015
bottle at Bierstube in Philadelphia; cloudy, light amber color; slightly sour fruit aroma; spicy, grassy, fairly bitter; with lemony citrus notes

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (5010) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 15, 2015
Pretty nice light Belgian style trappist. Not disappointing as the first American Trappist beer. Light citrus and some light floral yeast. Seems as if there’s a top of bitterness, some hops. Pours hazy brown with ok head and lacing. Good balance. Tap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
keanex (1629) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2015
Bottle stamped AD098 F12.
Glass: St. Bernardus chalice.
Appearance: The head erupts with vigor and creates a hugely pillowy and dense white head that lasts a long time. I poured with the yeast so the beer is cloudy with a light amber hue.
Aroma: The aroma is slightly fruity with banana and pear, along with a clean sort of fresh air quality and a dash of floralness and pepper.
Taste: Clean body, hints of malt with a clove/anise finish. Fruitiness is restrained on the flavor, mild bitterness and floral flavors. Perhaps a touch of lemon.
Palate: Crisp and highly carbonated.
Overall: A fine Belgian beer, mild and cleanly brewed. If this were cheaper I’d consider buying it once in a while, but $5 a bottle is too much to buy more than once or twice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dafairlie (1) - Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2015 does not count
Full bodied, subtle fruity accents. Dry finish, slightly bitter. These Massachusetts monks know their beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MikeyX (1) - Alabama, USA - JAN 12, 2015 does not count
Clean and lively ale with soft intergrated spice of clove and banana nut bread. a fine addition to the Trappist Beer legacy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle shared at a tasting. Pours a clear golden amber with a large frothy off-white head. Good head retention. Aroma of citrus, stone fruits, bready malt, spice, mild doughy notes. The taste is spice, bread, stone fruits, caramel, lemon. Medium bodied, mild lingering spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8423) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle from Whole Foods Plymouth. Pours hazy, bright golden with big, fluffy, white head and a shit ton of carbonation. Nose is nice and funky, old cheesy, yeasty, sweaty female feety, with notes of hopcitrus, apricot, and honey. Tastes candi sugary malty, yeasty, somewhat sweet, with hopcitrus, tart fruit, and a medium palate heft and complexity. Not a world class beer, but a damned good effort.

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