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RATINGS: 258   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sailracer (447) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
xXbaptisteXx (151) - - OCT 2, 2015
De couleur blond foncé très légèrement trouble la mousse et bien blanche est assez épaisse Au nez on va sentir de belles les odeurs de levure ça me fait penser un peu au bière allemande on va trouver aussi des notes de fruits secs comme la noix ou la noisette En bouche on va sentir une très légère amertume mais en même temps une certaine douceur on va toujours trouver ses saveurs de noix C’est vraiment une bonne bière avec un bon goût et un bon caractère

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2459) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2015
Bottle. Heavy aromas of cereal, roasted, nutty and caramel for the malt, light herbs for the hops, heavy dough for the yeast, with notes of date, toffee and butter in the background. Head is large, fizzy/frothy, off-white with good lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is hazy, dark amber/tan. Flavor starts lightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly to moderately acidic and bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily with a fizzy carbonation. Great malty aromas to start and well balanced flavors to back it up. This is an excellent Belgian Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
njnut (362) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2015
Poured into Trappist glass a cloudy gold with white head. Highly carbonated it came busting from the bottle. Aroma was wheat, yeast, a bit fruity and spicy on the nose. Taste is wheat, hay, clove, with a little spicey heat in the finish. A bit chewy. Took me a bit to find and happy I did.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markducommun (485) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2015
Cloudy golden yellow, white head. Muted fruit, raisin, honey, light biscuit. Lightly bitter, plenty of malt sweetness. Lighter body. Some chewiness. Shorter finish. Good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
spatenfan (57) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2015
Poured from a 11 oz. Bottle. Finally, a great Trappist beer from the states. A very clean, effervescent beer. Has a slight Hefeweizen taste. I can’t wait to this beer becomes available in more places. Pretty hard to find right now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Blasphemer (108) - Bavaria, GERMANY - SEP 24, 2015
24.09.15(gezapft):Bernsteinfarben, weisser und feiner Schaum, gleichm. und mäßig trüb. Das Aroma scheint süß, es dominieren Karamell, Pfeffer und Blaubeere. Sehr kräutrig. Im Hintergrund finde ich zudem Süßholz und Ingwer. Sehr komplex. Der Antrunk ist recht leer im Geschmack aber vollmundig. Auf der Zunge entfalltet sich bereits das Aroma, es dominieren hier allerdings Ingwer und Süßholz. Es folgt eine schwache, runde Bittere die aber nachhängt. Hinten raus liegt der Alkohol stark auf der Zunge. Es hat kaum CO2. Interessant, aber unausgewogen

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aronvarga (387) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 21, 2015
Slight fruity, bread, caramel aroma; cloudy orange colour, long-life small porous off-white head; medium body; average carbonation; sweet malty and caramel taste; slight sweet and bitter palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (3839) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2015
Bottle share at Chriso’s. Thanks. The first American trappist beer, so an interesting one to try. Hazy orange, some sediment, still, small foamy off-white head. Aroma is banana esters, berries, wafer, vanilla Mini Milk icecreams. Body is medium, tingly carbonation, slightly foamy. Taste is caramel, banana, wafer. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenverLogan (939) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2015
From a 750 into a Delirium Noel stem glass. Pours gold with big bubbles and head and lace. Aroma of fresh bread, tropical citrus, honey & jasmine. Significant carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of rich grains, malts, lime rind, somewhate wild esters of flowers, herbs, citrus. Overall rich, complex, unique & flavorful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5123) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2015
A big thanks to Bob for acquiring this and sharing. Gold color. Well carbonated in the Belgian style. Lots of yeast. Lightly sweet, earthy, and malt flavors. Hops are in there too. Great, light palate but also good flavor. One of the better Belgian ales to be found in the United States.

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