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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 14/20
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2012
750ml bottle .. . pours a murky amber .. foam is pretty damn good, lacing also .. . deep plum, yeast, and gum from under a desk .. . mild fizziness .. . pretty tasty stuff, but i think FW should still to saisons .. . . wow, you must be some carpenter!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1647) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2012
750 ml bottle. Pours clear straw yellow with a medium frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet sugary floral malts with earthy yeast and some vinous wood.

The flavor is sweet sugary bready malts and some light tropical fruits and pepper with some dry vinous notes in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice Belgian. It ’s a bit too sweet for me especially as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Hazy orange gold with a thin white head. Shy nose with some esters and lemon. Medium bodied with a mix of lemon verbena and banana. Some light berries and grapes on the finish with a hint of brioche.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 15, 2012
750ml bottle purchased at Supermarket Liquors in FC. pours a nice golden color with a 1+ finger white head. sweet nose with light and dark fruits, deep grape notes and light oak. med to full body with light spices, light oak, deep wine / cognac flavors and a smooth balanced body with light fruit esters. sweet finish with some of the barrel notes coming through.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13260) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2012
750 ml bottle poured a clear gold with a lasting white head. Aromas of straw, oak, vanilla, spice and citrus. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of straw, oak, citrus, light vanilla and light spice wiuth a smooth dry oak finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2012
The pour is a hazy golden color with an average, white, pillowy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves scattered Belgian lace. The nose is certainly sweet with toasty oak, crab apples, apricots, light candi sugar, and dusty yeast notes. The flavor is similar with some herbal notes, apples and apricots, dusty yeast, dry oak shavings, hints of vanilla, and some cinnamon bread. The palate is medium to full, warming, velvety, and less than lively. The finish dries out a bit with oak shavings, toasty cinnamon bread, and lingering fruit notes. Actually a fairly nice base with nice sweetness and fruitiness with balancing oak and herbal notes. The cognac barrels may have been a bit overbearing at times but the oak was nice. Not bad but not one of my favorites from FW.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9253) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, slightly hazy orange pour with fluffy lasting white head. Aroma brought notes of peach, pear, apricot, some slight pils malt with cracker, biscuit notes, some esters, oak notes come through, slight hint of sweet cognac with a slight boozy note, sweet slight note as well with a hint of spice. Taste is a mix of lots of oak, hints of a slight spirit barrel with some spice, yeast and white fruit notes, touch of white grape and spicy slightly hot notes, finishing fairly sweet but slightly boozy. Tasty, but I think a bit of age would do it well to settle out and meld some of the flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Bottle at home shared with friends, courtesy of Ryan. Thanks Man! Poured a hazy lemon color with a small white head that seems to linger. Aroma is woody, light alcohol, white grapes, tannin, spicy yeast, citrus, and bread. Taste is white wine, spicy yeast, clove, white pepper, and lemon with a light alcoholic warmth on the finish. Medium mouthfeel with fizzy carbonation. White-wine characteristics, yet spicy and belgian-esque, pretty fun beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (10484) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Bottle @ Stephen’s house. Thanks! Milky yellow, cloudy appearance with a white head that dissipates pretty quickly. White grape, peach, apricot, yeasty, citrusy, bready aroma with a slight booziness. Light oak, white grape, apple, pear, yeasty, grainy pils flavor with a slightly dry, straw finish. Kind of interesting but somewhat boozy.

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