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RATINGS: 288   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DwarfeD (1933) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2015
33cl bottle at home. Hazy orange with a medium white soapy head. Light to medium body with ditto carbonation. Well balanced subtle sweet and bitter tones. Citrus, yeast, malts, fruits and herbs. Quality brew, but not my style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Franckg (653) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 26, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2015 Robe orangée avec d’énormes dépôts au fond du verre. Col de mousse épais et assez dense. Dentelle très collante. Arômes de levures intense, pain frais, miel, abricot, citron. Notes de clou de girofle, malt et pelures de bananes. En bouche, beaucoup de levures, esters fruités de banane et abricot, très malté, pain frais, épices herbacées et légères, clou de girofle. Finale plus amère et où les sucres résiduels semblent vouloir s’affirmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (8954) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2015
Bottle - Light sweet malts with a touch of stone fruit. Hazy gold with a white head. Sweet stone fruit and malty sweet notes. Sweet and malty throughout but nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silvan7 (929) - Samarate, ITALY - NOV 25, 2015
Bottle @ home. Ambrato con riflessi aranciati. Schiuma bianca fine non molto persistente. Aroma intenso, fruttato, pera kaiser matura, pastafrolla, mandorle, zucchero candito, coriandolo e gomma. Lievito belga, erbaceo solo lievemente. Dolce abboccata, acidula solo lievemente amaro il finale. Corposa., carbonatazione fine ed elegante, poco calda, rotonda. Equilibrata ed armonica Perfettamente in stile

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (21892) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2015
Bottled at Monk’s Brewery & Café, Stockholm. Hazy pale amber, small head. Fruity grassy nose with some marzipan. Mid dry with medium body and crisp rounded mouthfeel. Elegant, slender and crisp. Mid bitter finish. Relaxed, but with lots of depth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (3117) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2015
Bottle. Light hazy orange liquid with medium white head. Aroma of white pepper, lemon, grain, red berries, light clove, light banana and bread. Taste is very light sweet and light bitter with notes of lemon, red berries, grain and light orange peel. Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Pretty nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (5327) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - NOV 23, 2015
330ml bottle. Cloudy, orangey, deep golden colour with average, fluffy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, off-white head. Yeasty, wheaty, fruity aroma, notes of peach, pear and (dried) apricot, lots of clove, a minimally peppery yeasty touch as well. Taste is again wheaty fruity and peppery yeasty spicy, with pronounced accentuation on the spicy aspects, diluted hints of peach and apricot, explicit notes of clove, slightly bready malty background. Full-bodied, lasting finish, well carbonated. Solid Trappist Ale without potential to become iconic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SkillsFactory (278) - ITALY - NOV 22, 2015
Dorata carica con riflessi dorati, velata dai lieviti in sospensione, schiuma bianca fine di persistenza medio-bassa. Aroma di chiodi di garofano e miele, leggera banana. Al palato sempre chiodi di garofano e miele, banana; coda di leggera crosta di pane mista ad erbaceo equilibrato e piacevole che continua ad accompagnare i chiodi di garofano misti a miele. Corpo medio-pieno, carbonazione media, medio-bassa.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Hopverdju (43) - BELGIUM - NOV 21, 2015
Blond helder bier met blijvende fijne witte schuimkraag. Niet veel pareling. De neus is niet zo aangenaam. Kruidig en karamelmoutig met een zwavelgeurtje. De smaak is redelijk zoetig en kruidig. Niet veel smaak in de afdronk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (10926) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 20, 2015
courtesy of Thomas Schneider - cloudy dark orange beer with a moderate foam left; bready, yeasty and light fruity; full-bodied, sweet and quite fairly carbonated; bready and fruity finish with some residual sweetness

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