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RATINGS: 212   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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 (4539) - 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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1554) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JUL 5, 2015
On draft at Lansdale beer fest 6-27-2015. Light brown in color, not much head. Smelled good, dark fruits, malty. Taste is classic Belgian ale. Smooth, dark fruits, light banana, flowers, spices, yeast notes, malt. Body is on the lighter side but very enjoyable. Enjoyed a 3-4 oz sample 3x.********* I have been looking for this beer for a while now...surprised it was at a beer fest in PA..... 1st reason..the only trappist brewery in the states and the second reason is the name. It was not a let down and would like to get my hands on a bottle. Miss you Spencer!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hfmejias (984) - Dover, Delaware, USA - JUL 4, 2015
11.2 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured cloudy, golden, lots of foamy white head (it’s a gusher). Aroma starts quite fruity, lots of banana and dark fruit giving way to clove, coriander and pepper. Taste is also fruity and sweet, some yeast, some spices and some hints of booze. Very good, balanced, enjoyable and interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4507) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 28, 2015
330ml bottle - $4.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Appearance: Pours out a clouded, orange-gold body with a meagerly-sized, whitish head. Smell: A bit sweetish, a bit spicy, with touches of clove buds and sugar-dosed orchard fruit juices, also some banana and a background hint of chewing gum. Taste: Wheat malt, mainly, with a doughy quality to it, but also a little hint of fine-quality saltine. Moderate powdered sugar sweetness. Chiclets and ’nanas, as with the nose, as well as the phenolic spiciness along with some apple and pear. Subtly bitter. Fruity, gently spicy and heavily carbonated through the gassy, drying finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well-carbonated with a sprightly quality about it. Overall: It’s good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
WVHouseofBeer (929) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2015
There beer was pretty good but it could still use some tweaking. Looked very nice with a big frothy white head and a hazy golden body. Didn’t have much of an aroma going on, just some light floral notes, dried fruit (apricot and apple mostly) and spices. Tasted a little fruitier and sweeter than the aromas. Good mouthfeel with a slightly bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7903) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Bottle. Pours with a hazy golden yellow hue with a huge white head. Aromas are of sweet and dried fruit, apples and pears. Very yeast driven. Dehydrated apricot. Mild floral. Smells quite sweet. Light malt. Flavor is yeasty, spiced apple, pear, light cardamom, some phenolic pepper. Soft bready and biscuity malt. Some floral notes. Hop bitterness is low (I wish it was higher). A bit sweet overall as well. Lively carbonation, off dry.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (9452) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2015
Bottle 355ml @ Hotel Room, Best Western Plus, Waterbury, VT
Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, yeast, dried fruits and floral. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long dried fruity, floral and yeasty finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (15191) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2015
Bottle. A bit excited to finally have the American trappist beer. Well, it looks quite nice, with an unclear, orange-colored body and a dense, finger-thick off-white head. The aroma is fruity and lightly sugary, with a spiced and herbal touch, canned peaches and some pine cones and grass. It’s full-bodied and quite effervescent, semi-dry. There’s canned peaches, white sugar, bitterness, some pine cones and a herbal hint in the flavor, all lasting for some time. Quite herbal bitter in the very end. A decent one indeed, although not at the same level as the older Trappist beers. But sure nice to taste. 150610

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cousin_Larry (592) - - JUN 7, 2015
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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cluniac (69) - - JUN 1, 2015
Had to try my last trappist beer, now that I’m back in the States and have moved out of the Netherlands. Thoughts: Aroma - spicy and floral/fruity - nothing too special, although quite a standard mix of belgian aromas. Appearance - nice cloudy golden with a decent froth, looks appealing to me. Taste - Similar to the nose, perhaps a little bit watery but a nicely balanced beer with a mild bitter after finish, and a light malty backbone. Palate - bit spicy but quite smooth and creamy feel, not bad considering its only 6.5% ABV. Overall - I like the beer, very drinkable. But clearly not the top of the trappist class, I much prefer Rochefort, Chimay, or Westvleteren.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GIJOE (924) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Pours a cloudy gold on tap with a frothy white head. Moderate lacing. Nose is standard Belgian: banana, clove, some funk. Taste is sweet and fruity with notes of spice. Medium body, lively carbonation. Very tasty brew.


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