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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 (422) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5882) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Tallahassee, Fl - Quick N Save - 11.2 oz bottle, pours a slightly hazy medium golden with an ever-present filmy white head. Fresh fragrant aroma with some light yeasty accents, a touch of saffron spiciness, hints of coriander. Flavor is subtle and smooth, some coriander spiciness, a touch of bubblegum sweetness, some light spearmint notes. Mouthfeel has a nice sold spritz to it Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rodenbach99 (3397) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2015
En fût au Novare Res. Vous ne pouvez vous imaginez ô combien j’aurais aimé cette bière trappiste supposément digne d’une tradition séculaire. J’ai été déçu. La robe est cuivrée presque ambrée, elle est très belle servit dans son verre approprié. Le nez est épicé et passablement sucré. Il est sans aucune distinction. La bouche semble mince, elle manque de punch. Il y a bien des épices mais le contre-balancement sucré gâche la mise.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlovakSniper (3576) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2015
En fût au Novare Res. Bière orangée avec une couronne de mousse. Au nez, sucre candi, pain et caramel fruité avec des effluves d’épices. Sur les papilles, saveurs de banane et d’orange avec une touche de levure épicée. En bouche, un corps moyen-faible et des bulles modérément actives. Une finale amère de faible intensité.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JulienHuxley (3807) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2015
On tap at Novare Res. Lightly hazy amber pour with lacy white head. Aroma is fruity, lots of stone fruit, overripe fruit, nice grainy aroma, light unfermented grain, spicy yeast. Taste is fruity, light black pepper. Palate is full bodied with med carbonation, sweet finish. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (7488) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
[2/15/15] Bottle at Noc Noc in San Francisco. Cloudy orange with lots of floaties. Typical Belgian Ale aroma with fruity esters and spicy phenols. Sweetish flavor, yeasty, fruity, with some spiciness, especially towards the finish. Medium-bodied, over-carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BroadestTom (61) - - MAR 11, 2015
Aroma bread, cereal, dough, banana, Appearance golden, hazy, white foam, Taste light sweetness, lightly bitter, Palate light body, thin feel, fizzy, Overall I would suggest trying it but it is my least favorite trappist beer I have had

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (1739) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - MAR 10, 2015
33cl bottle thanks to bytemesis. Light cloudy dark gold color. Head is thin and white. Body is smooth. Taste is light sweet, light sour and bitter. Aroma is banana, hop, caramel. Nice and clean belgian ale!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (2666) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2015
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey. Hazy orange with off-white head. Aromas of citrus, stone fruit, floral. Tastes of citrus, herbs, light spice, stone fruit, floral. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tonkun (951) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle. Hazy yellow orange pour with half a finger of white head. Less creamy than expected but good head. Banana bread, white spice, gum, fruits, herb. Medium body. High in carbonation. Sweet, bready body with slightly metallic bitter finish. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1538) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 24, 2015
Cloudy light orange with a great white head that leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is belgian yeast, banana, fresh bread, chamomile, hints of stone fruit, honey and orange blossom. Light-medium bodied, well balanced on the palate, lightly dry and spicy finish. Taste is bread, chamomile, Belgian yeast, hint of banana, grains of paradise.

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