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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (1913) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2015 Bottle at Eulogy and later on draft at Monks. Cloudy orange pour. Frothy off-white head. Lots of carbonation. Fizzy on the tongue. Tastes as if brewed with proper Begium yeast. Bittersweet orange biscuits. Citrusy and bready. Some blonde caramel malts. Mildly herbal and floral. Lavender. Cloves. Thyme. Pink peppercorns. Dry grassy finish. Feels maybe just a bit too clean to match the other Trappists.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trapped (1200) - New York City, TURKEY - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle. Pours hazy dark orange with large spongy whitish head, typical Belgian yeast aroma, high carbonation, full body, vanilla flavor, medium finish. This is a fine specimen, astonishing to find a Trappist monastery in the US.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Pours copper with thick tan head. Aroma of yeast, banana, and grains. Fruity, nutty, bready taste with banana and clove and a bitterness that covers overshadows any residual sweetness. Full bodied and highly carbonated. Finishes dry and slightly hoppy. Very nice Belgian style ale.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (15102) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Draft. Murky golden color, thin white edge head, an ugly beer. Aroma of raw bread dough, orange peel, funk. Taste is spiced citrus, bitter, could be better balanced.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9618) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle. Poured a hazy golden color with an averaged sized head. Yeasty, fruity, some lighter spices, and bananas.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rjplumer (624) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Orange amber opaque body. Frothy head exploded out of bottle before I could (I wasn’t ready for it). Smooth clove Belgian earthy aroma that’s so delicious that I wanted to bury my nose in the head and inhale more of it. Mild bitter character. Smooth butter, fruit and spice taste. Leaves a mild fruitiness to in the finish. Delicious and it should be savored but try and hold back on this one.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cali2DC (2) - Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2014 does not count
Spicy aroma, bright finish. Tastes of ginger snap cookies and mineral water ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   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.

4.3
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (1115) - 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.


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