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RATINGS: 344   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (2529) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2015
Active pour full of yeast floaties and endless effervescence. Aroma of yeast, tropical fruit and spice. Taste has fruity sweetness and Belgian yeast. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wixie (203) - BELGIUM - NOV 8, 2015
Hazy orange liquid, average consistent head. Aroma of hops, resembles that of Tripel Karmeliet. Medium body, little carbonation. Taste is sweet, sour and bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quick3Beers (627) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Pours a nice rich toffee color from the tap. Classic Belgian ale fruitiness, some candi sugar, dries out nicely. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (5185) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 5, 2015
330ml bottle pours a golden orange color which gushed a massive head out of the bottle and filled the glass but settled to leave no head on the glass. Aroma is yeast and spice with some light fruits and herbs. Taste is a herbal hop bitterness with a light fruity and malty sweetness finishing with a dry yeast. Light to medium bodied with abundant carbonation that satisfies the palate with a pleasant sensation. Overall, a very well crafted Belgian style ale that is tasty and balanced. Recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cobaink2 (275) - seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2015
Light and fruity with a touch of herbal essence. Yeast is the real feature here. Love the spice and yeast play. It ranks up there with some of the better Trappist beers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RexTalionis (3306) - FINLAND - OCT 31, 2015
Bottle. Hazy orange in color with a whitish head. Biscuit, some yeasty and malty notes in aroma. Sweet fruity notes and grainyness in taste. Grassy, herbal and notes of citrus in finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kanaclane (213) - - OCT 29, 2015
Nez: Malté, terreux, miel Bouche: Maltée, banane, épicée, miel, fruits secs, terreuse, fin de bouche sèche La dernière trappiste et je la trouve pas mal.J’ai moins aimé le gushing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (1188) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 28, 2015
330ml served in a Rochefort chalice. A: Pours a cloudy orange color with lots of thin particles floating inside. Forms a small but quite persistent creamy off white head. Forms and leaves a lot of lingering and molasses lacings in the glass. S: Great nose. Very sweet, fruity and spicy. Strong notes of caramel malts, sweet grains, coriander, banana esters, dry figs and flowery hops. Earthy hops. T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of pale and caramel malts followed by strong fruity and spicy notes. Again, coriander, banana esters, dry figs, candi sugar. In overall, taste is dry and mild bitter. Hops have a citrus profile giving it notes of grapefruit. Light metallic notes in the very end. M: Medium body. Medium to low carbonation. Banana and dry figs in the aftertaste. Persistent light to medium bitterness in the end. O: Good drinkability. Great Ale. I was not expecting such a good quality to this American Trappist beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bewyder (318) - FRANCE - OCT 26, 2015
Dorée ambrée, bonne efferverscence, malt et noix, mêlés d’une douceur fruits jaunes, pour une petite amertume et une finale à petite pointe sèche. A la fois singulière mais manquant un peu de peps. Bouteille 33cl bue au bar La Tête à l’envers, Vincennes, France, le 21/10/2015.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
corkyrory66 (1114) - BELGIUM - OCT 25, 2015
Première trappiste américaine, blonde et légère (6,5 % abv), de l’abbaye St Joseph au Massachusetts. Étiquette assez classe, avec une devise  : « pair with family and friends ». Sigle hexagonal « authentic trappist product » au verso. Capsule élégante avec toutes les mentions utiles et légales … Couleur doré moyen brillant, à la clarté pure. Bulles fines par centaines en colonnes droites partout. Mousse blanc beige épaisse, puis nappage crémeux à 2 mm. Arômes de malt grillé, croûte de pain, babeurre, pointe de riz, houblon. 1ère bouche soyeuse à la belle entame malt et levure. Arrière-bouche avec un houblon précis et un bel ensemble malt/houblon. 2ème au nez un peu d’hostie !!! Ensemble blé/houblon/levure. Arrière-bouche sur du pain gris au levain. 3ème à la jolie texture. Ensemble correct, mais houblon non fixé. Arrière-bouche un peu artificielle. Longueur avec de bons moments, mais une amertume indécise. Jambes épaisses, crémeuses. Levure soyeuse, un peu épicée, très belle ligne. Finale sans aucun nouvel élément. CONCLUSION : belle bière au beau visuel et de très belle texture, mais à l’amertume un peu indécise et indéfinie. St Joseph doit trouver la solution …

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