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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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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (3730) - some beerplace, - 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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillWyce (769) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Pours hazy amber color, with a 1-finger off-white head. Aroma of candied fruit with some yeast underneath. Maybe some grass as well. Medium-to-full body, slightly oily, with a dry finish. Candied fruit flavor with a touch of citrus bitterness. Earthy yeast underneath that lingers in the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
WonBall (13) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 25, 2015
This ale suffers greatly by comparison to its brethren, but it’s not a bad drink by itself. Modest aroma with a hint of bread, cereal, freshness. Sits well in the glass. Taste a little too astringent for me, I like to get away from that too-bright character in my beer. Lasted ok. Overall a decent beer but not a shattering experience like Chimay, Saint Bernardus or The Ale Whose Name Begins with W Which We Cannot Purchase.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (4940) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 24, 2015
Bottle from City Beer, SF. Hazy golden-orange with a lively head. Banana, orange zest and herbal notes. Good herbal bitterness, fruity flavours, some sugary sweetness. Not bad.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerFunGuy (777) - California, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Banananambanana banana banana banana banana banana banana banana bread. Woot woot

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Schwarzbart (52) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Suds ooze out as soon as the cap is popped. Unfiltered and cloudy with some big chunks that fell to the bottom. The color is honey-orange. Belgian yeast esters that are floral and fruity like a smoothy with bananas. There's some mild phenolic spice, along with cloves. Medicine notes and faint caramel come out as it warms. Light bodied with ample carbonation. The phenolics show up more in the taste and yield some band-aid and plastic qualities. Spices are mild, but definitely clove. Also, there's fruits, banana, crackers, light wood and finishes with yeast esters and hops. Leaves a nice aftertaste and there seems to be plenty going on for the style, if picked apart, but somehow gets all washed out right in the middle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5193) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2015
10 or 12oz pour at GBD. Poured an nice lightly cloudy amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma was light sweetness, some clove, ginger, light toasty malts. Flavor was light spices, touch of yeast. Reminds me a bit of a tasty witbier. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerdedDave (627) - - JAN 15, 2015
bottle at Bierstube in Philadelphia; cloudy, light amber color; slightly sour fruit aroma; spicy, grassy, fairly bitter; with lemony citrus notes

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4549) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 15, 2015
Pretty nice light Belgian style trappist. Not disappointing as the first American Trappist beer. Light citrus and some light floral yeast. Seems as if there’s a top of bitterness, some hops. Pours hazy brown with ok head and lacing. Good balance. Tap.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
keanex (1547) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2015
Bottle stamped AD098 F12.
Glass: St. Bernardus chalice.
Appearance: The head erupts with vigor and creates a hugely pillowy and dense white head that lasts a long time. I poured with the yeast so the beer is cloudy with a light amber hue.
Aroma: The aroma is slightly fruity with banana and pear, along with a clean sort of fresh air quality and a dash of floralness and pepper.
Taste: Clean body, hints of malt with a clove/anise finish. Fruitiness is restrained on the flavor, mild bitterness and floral flavors. Perhaps a touch of lemon.
Palate: Crisp and highly carbonated.
Overall: A fine Belgian beer, mild and cleanly brewed. If this were cheaper I’d consider buying it once in a while, but $5 a bottle is too much to buy more than once or twice.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dafairlie (1) - Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2015 does not count
Full bodied, subtle fruity accents. Dry finish, slightly bitter. These Massachusetts monks know their beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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