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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
puboflyons (2075) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 25, 2014
From the first bottled batch released in January 2014. 12 fl. oz. The pour is golden with a slight hazy character and a fizzy white head that dissolves after a moment. The aroma is clearly in sync with what is going on in the other 8 European Trappist monasteries with the toasted biscuit note, candied sugar, pear, apple, yeast, clove, and other spices. But all balanced and mellow on the senses. The body is medium and smooth. On the taste the flavor evolves from a toasted biscuit character, to pear and apple, and ends with a serious clove bite. But even though all of those other characteristics get their moment in the sun the clove is the one you will remember most. Beautifully done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jerre (2413) - Waregem, BELGIUM - FEB 22, 2014
From bottle 33 cl. (Thx to DVT from Trappistbier Beleven.be). Taste @ home, 22.02.2014. Nice darkblond to copper color, with creamy almost darkwhite head. Aroma: fruits, yeast, malts (some wheat ?) a touch of spices, and hops. Medium body. Taste: reminds me to an Saison indeed, great yeast, malts, fruity, hops. Just perfect for me. Like it! A welcome trappist beer other than all the European Trappist Beers. Refreshing, dry en pleasure hopsbitter finish. GOOD.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Newmassres (20) - - JAN 25, 2014
Pleasantly surprised by America’s first Trappiste offering. Fruity banana notes with very lite hoppiness. Nicely carbonated, gives a reasonable white head that dissipates a little fast but hangs around long enough to let you know that it is a decent brew. Lower ABV than most so it’s not a big beer by any means. Hard to detect the alcohol. Overall very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
degraves (1) - Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 4, 2014 does not count
Got to try this early thanks to a friend at the distributor. It was a pleasant drinker. It looks similar to a tripel but the lower abv and the overall taste were different from other Trappist tripels. To me it sits somewhere between an Achel Blonde and a Westmalle Tripel, borrowing a few characteristics of each style. I look forward to having it again so I can develop a more detailed review of it. On a side note, the brewery at St. Joseph’s is big and beautiful. The brothers are working with local farmers and the spent grain is going toward the workings of area farms. It is great that they can help maintain the Abbey and give back to the community with the funds raised from selling this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
WanderinCelt87 (157) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Pours a hazy amber with a white head with a orange zest aroma. Taste has hints of clove and orange with a slight stringent taste at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mfp13jr (148) - Glenville, New York, USA - APR 12, 2014
Beautiful pour and aroma. Very floral. Not the best I’ve had .. but exactly what I expected. Quite thin throughout and very floral with minimal hop flavors. The alcohol does shine through...which shouldn’t at 6.4%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1138) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 29, 2014
I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass. I believe there was a freshness code but I couldn’t decipher it. A friend picked up a bottle in Boston for $4.99 ($0.45 per ounce). Thanks, Jason!

Appearance: Beautiful glowing orange hue, like an American IPA. Quite hazy but not completely opaque. Pours to a large, white, soapy head which mostly fizzles away and leaves only minor lacing on the glass.

Smell: Huge banana notes in the classic Belgian tradition. Light spices and flowery hops.

Taste: Spencer Trappist Ale is the first Trappist beer to be brewed in America by the monks themselves (there are a few “Abbey Ales,” but it’s not the same thing). This puts the beer in a unique position as it’s brewed, with authentic Trappist yeast in the Belgian pale ale style. However, there’s clearly a lot of American influence on this brew since it’s quite hoppy as well.

This beer is delightful off the bat. A sweet fruity sensation hits the tongue with notes of banana and orange, followed by a gentle mélange of light, dry spices of coriander, clove and black pepper. More orange presence on the finish due to, I’m assuming, dry hopping. There’s bitterness as well, but it’s restrained and matches the natural Belgian yeast character perfectly.

Drinkability: The old world Trappist beers aren’t known for being drinker-friendly, since they’re usually intended to be special beers. And while Spencer Trappist Ale isn’t exactly a session beer, it’s remarkably drinkable. The mouthfeel is crisp, but not thin or watery. It’s refreshing while crossing the tongue and finishes mostly clean with just a slight dry sensation. It doesn’t seem to be as “heavy” as its 6.5% ABV weight, which makes it quite tempting to drink several back to back.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Brewfoolery (12) - California, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Belgian yeast in the nose that is estery and clean. Golden appearance with cloudy residual. Highly attenuated leaving dry mouth feel and no residual sweetness. Slight bitter note in the palate. Almost a bitter orange finish. Great launch for the new brewer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (564) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle from first batch, less than a week after the release. Decanted off significant yeast. Pours golden with a slight amber hue and a thin recycled paper white head. Aroma is strong banana, mild clove. Taste is fairly crisp with pear, bread dough, giving way to a clove and banana finish. Carbonation is strong enough to tickle the tongue. A good start for the first American Trappist.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
chestrockwell (1) - Maynard, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2014 does not count
The Freshest Trappist ale i have ever tried. I am incredibly excited about having this brewery so close to my place. Also Their preserves are very tasty, the jams are called Trappist

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