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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
Specter is a golden Belgian ale aged in French Cognac oak barrel. Sweetness from the Pilsener malt complements the apricot notes in the aroma. This continues into the flavor where oak tannins balance the sweetness leaving a smooth and delicate finish with slight warmness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (6956) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2013
2 oz bottle acquired via trade long ago. Opened at Cellar Kill Night. Pours a yellow gold hue, touches of decent carbonation dance in the body. Subtle haze, some dulled golden glow. Frothy whitish head dies to a small ring, laces small. Reserved small stick around. Aromas are firmer oak, gentle spirit, grape and fruity esters. Bready, gentle to decent oak. Some apricot, bread, gentle honeycrisp fruit. Gentle yeast, firmer bread and fruit. Initial is a quick hit of oak, some spirit, fuzzy, some tannic oak and Cognac spirit. Bread and grainy malts, dough with more fruit into the middle, some pear and apple, a bit of honey. Gentle yeastiness, bigger hit of oak and spirit as we move on. Some bread, gentle dryness, decent yet tapering spice and barrel, that Cognac barrel isn’t overwhelming but it is certainly there. Touches of sweetness, fruit, apple and pear, bit of honey and dough. Odd, a so-so strong golden belgian with a distinct Cognac hit. It’s ok, a point or two for the barrel complexity. Without it, I’d imagine it’d be pretty mediocre. Touches of grape, oak and gentle fruit, mellow yeastiness on the nose is nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2013
hazy gold. Oily white head, no lacing. Pine-sol and citrus nose, light grass. Flavor sweeter, still balanced, light wheat esters and lemon rind through the lightly peppery, heavily carbonated finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2013
Bottle shared at Ale Alpharetta. Pours an almost clear yellow. Smell is white grape, some booze, sweet light fruits. Taste follows suit with some oak and vanilla shining through. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle shared by BeerandBlues2: pours a clear bright golden with a spotty-lacing white head. Has a sweet biscuity light caramel malty nose with some fruity esters. Starts with good fullness and fine carbonation with a good amount of sweet light caramel malts and light fruity complexity before a drier slightly warming finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 11, 2013
750mL thanks to beerandblues2. Pours hazy light golden. Weak, white head. Sticky, stale grain nose, sugar cube, mild vegetal. Taste is sweeter but nice- some dried pineapple, dried apricot, dissolved sugar cube. Palate dense. Nice overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (21632) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle courtesy of BeerandBlues2, thank you! Hazy golden yellow color, white head. Aroma of floral straw and subtle citrus. Taste is bitter lemon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12187) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear yellow with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is cookie and biscuit malt, light hops and pear esters. Flavor is sweet malt with light hops and bitterness, fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (14181) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle. Golden-orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma is peaches, wood, malt, vanilla, alcohol, spices. Flavour is sweet, sugar, malt, yeast, peaches, dried fruits, wood, vanilla ,alcohol, spices. Full bodied nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 11, 2013

Bottle 750ml.

Unclear medium orange colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white to off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted - caramel, riped fruit, light to moderate hoppy, moderate to light light heavy yeasty, fruity, wood, light alcohol. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, fruity, oak, alcohol. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20130216]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (11398) - Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Phenolic and very strong yeast notes like many of their beers, you wouldn’t guess any type of barrel aging except some oak.

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