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Inspired by traditional refectory ales brewed by monks for the monksí table, Spencer is a full-bodied, golden-hued Trappist ale with fruit accents, a dry finish and light hop bitterness. St. Josephís 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 (399) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Sample at the Julioís 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 Belgianís arenít 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rando7 (734) - Iowa, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle pours light orange with thick fluffy yellow head. Fruity citrus aroma. Taste light fruits and citrus especially orange with pepper and spices. Medium body. Finish slight bittering hops.

Really pretty good, they managed to include traditional Belgian flavors while adding spices and hops to make it unique.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (2992) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle Ppurs unclear , darker blonde . Good white head . Smell is yeasty . Grains and heavy . Taste is grainy , bitter , sweet , some honey . Bit dry as well . Ok , pretty safe beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (1682) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - AUG 11, 2014
(Overpriced @ $6.99) Bottle from Table & Vine W. Springfield, MA. Golden orange hazy with lasting head and lace and lotsa floaters. Very yeasty bready mild citrus floral aroma. Nice spicy mango fruity mild sweetness with spicy peppery mild bitter very dry finish. For some reason I thought this must be a gimmick, but this beer is fuckin good. Not sure why the floaters - I decanted pretty reasonably I thought. Anyhow. Tasty beer. OVerpriced or too expensive, take your pick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JDBaker11058 (1246) - Maryland, USA - AUG 11, 2014
Appearance: deep gold, with a few floaties and an active, thick, bubbly yellow-tinged white head; minimal lacing, but with active carbonation. Aroma: hugely aromatic, with strong yeast characteristics similar almost to a hefeweizen, with banana, clove, light bubblegum; differs from an HW with the addition of honey, lightly floral notes, some cinnamon and light leather. Taste: sweet honey on graham crackers, light banana and toasted nuts, light cinnamon, clove, and white pepper. Finish: zingy finish, partially from the active carbonation and partially from the spicy yeast; sweet and a little dry. Notes: Bottle share courtesy of Zoltan, by way of Lazslo. Really thrilled to try the first American Trappist ale. Liked the traditional European 11.2 oz bottle, but thatís probably because I didnít pay for it, else I might have felt cheated out of that .8 ounce. Hard to live up to such high expectations, but this nearly did.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
blklab2007 (1950) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 9, 2014
After hearing about this project I was happy to locate a bottle on a recent trip up to Rhode Island on vacation. Opening the bottle I thought it was a bit small and reading the label proves it is a 11.2 oz. bottle. Quite odd and makes one wonder why they did not use a 12 oz. bottle instead. Pour has an orange amber color with a one finger covering of off white head that slowly fell back. Quite a bit of particles in the bottle shows that this was not filtered clean. Aroma has Belgian yeast, fruit, mild spice, dough, and a slight bit of earthy hops. Mouth feel is medium light and there is high side carbonation. Flavor has a fair bit of yeast, banana, esters, earthy hops, sweet dark fruit, mild spice, and a very faint citrus on the finish. Fantastic job on getting the authentic Belgian flavors with a spot on mouth feel and perfect carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2360) - California, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Hazy amber orange, moderate head, good lace/retention. Aroma is bread, yeast, lightly spiced, pale malt, caramel. Medium bodied, fairly dry, pretty nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1155) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2014
All around, this is a solid Belgian. Reminds me a lot of a tripel, but lower ABV. Flavor is all there, though. Solid Belgian yeast, and surprisingly for an American Belgian seems to have sufficient carbonation. I will look forward to this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (2960) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle pour thanks to drsilverworm. Pours a hazy orange with a big white head. The aroma has sweet, roasted bananas, lemon zest, and must. The taste is spicy and sweet. Bigger body with high carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MayorOfSudz (36) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Classic "abbey" ale aroma and color. Cloudy and rich in sediment. Some nice sweetness and crisp carbonation, making it a bit thin at the end. Has some smoky malt flavor towards the end as well. Not getting a tremendous amount of hops. Overall, a fine job. Balanced. Unassuming. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (6302) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2014
11.2oz bottle, shared with jstax. Thanks to a customer for giving this to me. AD 080 F08 is the code on the back of the bottle. Jstax poured for us, and gave me a glass with 5 inches of head. Thanks, jstax. Nice vibrant kinda darker orange color. Totally hazy. Some sediment visible at the bottom of the glass. Big slightly off-white head, but it soon dies down a bit, luckly. Leaves nice bubbly lace. Really cool kind of citrusy and earthy nose. Light herbal, light spicy in the flavor. Authentic belgian yeast notes, reminds me very much of the best belgian trappist ales. Very convincing. Even the texture is spot on. Medium-plus body, nice full feel. Smooth, kind of soft, lightly effervescent light to moderate strength carbonation, with a nice dry finish. Moderate sweet taste, light to moderate bitterness, and a some spicy taste. Love the fruity notes in this. I just had a peach beer right before, but I swear Iím getting some peach from this beer. Passionfruit, some pineapple type citrus. After some swishing, the carbonation dies down a bit and the texture becomes delightfully smooth and creamy.

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