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RATINGS: 221   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stevoj (2875) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Nice Belgian, beautiful fluffy head, buttery smooth. Cloudy golden body, slightly spicy, slick, chewy, smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixmasterob (970) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2015
Slight gusher. Hazy orange pour with a rocky white head. Aroma was clove and some banana, white pepper. Flavors were yeasty with notes of orange, bubblegum and earthy malts. Lively carbonation. Overall and pretty straightforward, well executed Belgian golden ale. Refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ShakaZ (3) - - FEB 1, 2015 does not count
Light, rich foamy head. Subtle citrus notes. Not bad for the first American Trappist. I believe this is the Westvleteren 4 recipe. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
raymow (1039) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2015
on tap at Dog & Bull in Croydon - tasted like an IPA. It was ok but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillWyce (841) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Pours hazy amber color, with a 1-finger off-white head. Aroma of candied fruit with some yeast underneath. Maybe some grass as well. Medium-to-full body, slightly oily, with a dry finish. Candied fruit flavor with a touch of citrus bitterness. Earthy yeast underneath that lingers in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
WonBall (17) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 25, 2015
This ale suffers greatly by comparison to its brethren, but it’s not a bad drink by itself. Modest aroma with a hint of bread, cereal, freshness. Sits well in the glass. Taste a little too astringent for me, I like to get away from that too-bright character in my beer. Lasted ok. Overall a decent beer but not a shattering experience like Chimay, Saint Bernardus or The Ale Whose Name Begins with W Which We Cannot Purchase.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (5098) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 24, 2015
Bottle from City Beer, SF. Hazy golden-orange with a lively head. Banana, orange zest and herbal notes. Good herbal bitterness, fruity flavours, some sugary sweetness. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerFunGuy (841) - 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 (5657) - 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.

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