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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sailracer (423) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Sample at the Julio’s release tasting. This has the typical Belgian flavor with hints of bananas and cloves. There as an additional kind of musty overtone that made this unique. I like the idea of this beer, but Belgian’s aren’t really my favorite style so I have a hard time judging this against others. It was decent overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mr_Abner (105) - Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2015
Bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden with a white head. Aromas of spicy yeast, malts. A light sweetness, spicy yeast, a bit creamy/chalky rather than crisp. Medium bodied, lively carbonation, dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ineedbeer (1013) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 20, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Aroma is initially super fruity with a lot of Belgian fruit esters of stone fruit, faint banana and bubblegum. As the esters fade you get some nice clove and coriander phenolics with lighter pepper. Light caramel and burnt sugar notes. We have a gusher! Pours a slightly cloudy copper gold with a large, frothy white head that lingers for quite a bit and leaves behind a high amount of lacing. Flavor is moderately sweet with a large ester presence upfront of banana, bubblegum and stone fruit. As the esters fade you pick up some candi sugar and light caramel with a hint of toast. Medium phenolic notes of clove and coriander. Medium bitterness balances out the sweetness. A hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, a better beer than I was expecting when it gushed. Nice esters balanced with a good phenolic character that doesn’t turn to plastic. Some light malt and sugar notes compliment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fishonmyplane (498) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - APR 20, 2015
Has an authentic Belgian character without being too similar to any other beer. Medium-bodied. Hazy golden color. It has some great, subtle fruit flavors. Mild spice notes, and lots of yeast. Sessionable. They’ve followed the Orval model, by carving out a strong niche with a single beer. I’ll be buying this one on a regular basis.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Bebum (429) - - APR 19, 2015
Tasted in a flight, accidentally after an IPA, and other highly exuberant beers, tastes watery. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeuroPliny (214) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 19, 2015
Tasted at Birch & Barley, Washington, DC. Pours cloudy orange-amber with a generous off-white head. Nose is grass, lemon, cloves, spices, coriander, orange zest, and subtle yeast. Flavour is bitter hops, pine nut, lemon drop, spices, and cloves. Very interesting Trappist ale from the USA but I love the Belgians so much I can't help but compare. They win.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bigbish (588) - California, USA - APR 19, 2015
A really nice, easy drinking trappist ale. A touch of cloves and yeast notes. Great on the palate with a wonderful aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (2423) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2015
UPDATED: APR 13, 2015 Bottle. Pours an orange color with white head. Belgian yeast, esters, hay, bread, sweet malt aromas. Bread, yeasty, malty flavors. I was anticipating more out of this beer. Not overly impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tom10101 (3576) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 6, 2015
On tap @ Novare Res.

Appearance: Slightly hazy bright orange-golden with a small white head and good lacing.

Aroma: Quite fruity with Belgian yeast, light spiciness and hints of caramel.

Taste: Quite yeasty with moderate spiciness, caramel, fruits and also hints of rotten fruits.

Palate: Medium body. Moderate to medium carbonation. Mild spicy finish.

Overall: Decent Belgian Ale. Not much malt depth, but ok balance and drinkability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (4570) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2015
Toasted cereal aroma with Belgian yeastiness. Clean label on a sloped longneck. Brumous orange-tan, impressive head. Toasted cereal dominates -- Cheerios, Chex, something like that. Tangy. Satisfying mouthfeel and finish. I generally liked this, but there was a woody yeastiness that just stuck around too long. ABC Liquors, Betton.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheHopster (879) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2015
On draft at Morris Tap and Grill in Randolph. My first from this brewer. Pretty decent American Belgian Ale.

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