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RATINGS: 519   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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 Spencer, 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarkSachon (935) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2015
12 oz bottle from Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh. I wish the Benedictine monks had made this when I was at Saint Vincent College in the 80s. A superb ale that proves the Americans can do it just as well as the Europeans. I like the label’s motto ’Pair with family and Friends’ which is always a good idea.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
josanguapo (1096) - SPAIN - MAY 11, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2015 Adquirida en zythoz.com. Aunque sean de reciente incorporacion al mercado, estos trapenses estadounidenses lo han bordado. Cerveza redondisima. Lastima lo dificil de conseguie que es. Ingerida jugando a kings bounty dark side

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
spatenfan (61) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2015
Poured from a 11 oz. Bottle. Finally, a great Trappist beer from the states. A very clean, effervescent beer. Has a slight Hefeweizen taste. I can’t wait to this beer becomes available in more places. Pretty hard to find right now.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
xXbaptisteXx (235) - - OCT 2, 2015
De couleur blond foncé très légèrement trouble la mousse et bien blanche est assez épaisse Au nez on va sentir de belles les odeurs de levure ça me fait penser un peu au bière allemande on va trouver aussi des notes de fruits secs comme la noix ou la noisette En bouche on va sentir une très légère amertume mais en même temps une certaine douceur on va toujours trouver ses saveurs de noix C’est vraiment une bonne bière avec un bon goût et un bon caractère

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dafairlie (4) - 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 18/20
ordybill (1312) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2016
Poured from an 11.2 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a cloudy golden yellow with a thick white head. The aroma is cloves and fruit. The taste is fruity with a thick texture.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (5111) - 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 (3098) - 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.

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