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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 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Pours copper with thick tan head. Aroma of yeast, banana, and grains. Fruity, nutty, bready taste with banana and clove and a bitterness that covers overshadows any residual sweetness. Full bodied and highly carbonated. Finishes dry and slightly hoppy. Very nice Belgian style ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MikeyX (1) - Alabama, USA - JAN 12, 2015 does not count
Clean and lively ale with soft intergrated spice of clove and banana nut bread. a fine addition to the Trappist Beer legacy.

   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (3784) - Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Comes out of tap hazy, barely translucent apricot with a fairly thick eggshell head. Malty aroma has a firm and somewhat sweet fruity overtone, mainly banana with some pear and mango. Fruity flavor has malty and woody underpinnings, the fruit being pear and banana with a tropical fruit hint; hints of woody hops and vodka-like alcohol bite come out as well. Texture is fizzy and firm, leaving a fruity and malty finish. Authentic Trappist in the USA? Gotta love them monks.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
puboflyons (2369) - 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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikske79 (1277) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - DEC 18, 2014
Als je het uitschenkt is het een troebel bier met een heel volle schuimkraag. In de geur is een lichte toets van abrikozen. Hij heeft een heel lekker volle smaak met een lichtte fruittoets. Een heel goede trappist.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jackal1961 (4) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2014 does not count
Helaas in Nederland moeilijk te krijgen, maar de moeite van het zoeken waard. Een Trappist met een zeer zachte smaak die wat mij betreft net wat subtieler is dan bv. de Zundert. Een bier wat zijn Trappistenstatus zeker waard is.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jerre (2782) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1491) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (2000) - 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.

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