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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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3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Concealer (737) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2014
Bottle from ModeEngage. Thanks! Hazy golden orange with a thin off-white head. Aromas of banana, cloves, bread, light citrus, raisin and plum. Flavor is sweet dark fruit, light citrus, spice, clove, light banana and bread. Medium bodied, carbonated with a dry end. Lingering banana and yeast.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2611) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Thanks to Jeff for the bottle. Pours a hazy gold with a thick white head. Belgian yeast esters, clove, and banana in the aroma. Light malt body, light sweetness, light bitterness and Clive and banana flavors all peaking through. Very tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dnstone (2132) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Pours a hazed golden-orange color with sudsy white head. Dry orange-peel with a slight musty edge. Quite dry and subtly complex with light orange-peel yeasty highlights and light nutmeg-spiced finish...reminiscent of Orval in some ways. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (5967) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle. Pours gold with a white head. Nice light fruity and peachy base, light spicy notes, Belgian yeast, and a nice dry clean finish. Quaffable.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (100) - BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2014
The newest trappist brand and the first outside of Europe (where it is still only ’accidentally’ available thanks to isolated efforts of beer afficionados; rumour has it that a very limited export chain to Europe will start in 2015). Apparently the result of visits of the monks to every European trappist brewery and brewed with American malts and hops but Belgian yeast, although I have no proof to establish that claim. Stable, snowy white, thinnish, sticky head, colour peachy blonde, misty with a milky cloudiness after adding the yeast; aroma of citrussy and perhaps grassy, American hops, mango, apricot, hazelnuts, some smokiness but also a weird smell of burnt sulphur or matches, probably due to yeast autolysis, as in a very old geuze; taste fruity, citrussy and peachy, hints of pineapple with a sharp and mineral-like carbonisation, soft and supple maltiness, a bit cheesy, aftertaste yeasty with characteristically American hop bitterness, in a mild and aromatic, citrussy way, medium long.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jayb0 (1001) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Could easily pass as a belgian trappist. I wonder where they got the yeast. Fruity esters, a bit of cookie, some clove, perhaps slightly less integrated than a classic but right on style.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (5962) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 2, 2014
My first ’Merican Trappist Ale thanks Mark King. The pour is a golden hue with a long lasting head and spotty lace. Get plenty of the standard Trappists yeast character even if it a bit tame (Abbey Single-ish). A touch of soapy dishwater ester on the nose. Nicely dry finish. Honestly it is quite meh overall.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (1166) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 2, 2014
Free pour at the Tip Tap Room (the keg kicked while they were pouring my glass it seems so I got a complimentary glass, cool!). Pours a clear golden with a medium white head that leaves some really nice lacing. Nose is spicy (cloves), bananas and candi sugar. Taste is a little sweet, offers some authentic belgian fruity and spicy flavors. It might be phenolic a little but this is not cloying at all and just classic trappist to me. There is almost some light wheat or at least grainy smooth character to it. Body was light to medium, carbonation medium to high. A really nice surprise! Maybe I was influenced by the free pour but I felt like it was really well crafted and in line with the advertised style.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
novice101 (298) - - JUN 29, 2014
Opened the bottle and it fizzed for a long time, then poured it, a lazy yellow with a large white head, the fruity easters are awesome. The taste is a bit sweet up front due to the fruits with some malty and honey characteristics, the hops come through a little bit at the end

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (2974) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 27, 2014
On draft @ AleHouse Amesbury, MA. Pours and cloudy golden orange type color with lasting head retention. Aroma is all yeast byproduct! Clove, banana and fruity hints.

Flavor is yeast dominant and follows the aroma. Clove, peaches, banana and dusty yeast. Is is a lot of banana for a "Belgian" ale. Yeah, maybe so but I like what is going on here, when it got warm I also got a spicy hint from the yeast with some candy sugar I didn’t find when it was cold. The body is lacking slightly but really the base beer is like a Trappist/ hefeweizen hybrid. I like what this brewery was going for and hope they continue to create some exciting new brews to add to their lineup. Worth a try for sure and I could drink this again if offered.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
GTAEgeek (1162) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle shared by Vance at Ale Alpharetta. Pours a hazy yellow, with a bubbly white head. The aroma is immediately fruity esters, with notes of mango and white grapes, and some cloves and white bread. The flavor is sweet and vinous, with a light tartness. Surprisingly light body, creamy, and effervescent. Overall, this is an excellent beer, with a nice, fruity aroma, and a clean, refreshing, and very drinkable body.


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