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RATINGS: 507   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Yves (2821) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2016
Shared with wim at his home. Clear blond colored beer with small white head and lots of carobonation. Yeasty fruited aroma. Full sparkling palate. Finish is bitter sweet fruited dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sureshpa (371) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2016
Aroma: Cheese, flowerish, grass, apricot Appearance: Amber, clear white head, medium lace Taste: Grass, cheese, flower, apricot, butter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cunningham (6906) - Halden, NORWAY - JUL 27, 2016
Cloudy orange golden color with a white layer. Decent intensity in the aroma. Medium + body and a bit to rich carbonation. Malty, herbal, some banana, fruity and some spiced notes. Hmmmm the rich carbonation unfortunately destroys this beer totally. Would probably be quite nice with a proper carbonation.
[Bottle from Systembolaget in Sweden]

Brewery #1472

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
odannyob (130) - Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2016
83.6% foam being trying to be poured into a 16 ounce tumbler; beware of sly peddlers that sell ale they know is not yet ready to sell but in the freezer they sell it, anyway, to taste. (it musta been some ride from mass to colo, tho.) but, once the foam settles, s’not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ICEatALAMO (1300) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2016
Bottle. The pour is a clear golden orange. The aroma is full of belgian malt. The taste is full bodied and refreshing. I'd put this beer against any other trappist beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
artemb (630) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - JUL 23, 2016
Look: yellow hazy, opens with light gush. Aroma: spicy, ethery, some baked apples. Taste: light to moderate hoppy bitterness, moderate fruity tartness. Flavour: baked apple,s ripe pears, grassy and spicy hops. Good belgian style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ruigo (2226) - PORTUGAL - JUL 22, 2016
33cl bottle. Hazy golden orange colour with a nice white head. Banana, apricots, caramel, citrus and spices in the aroma. Average carbonation and medium body. Taste is round, medium sweet and medium bitter with caramel and spicy notes. Overall, a nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (5643) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2016
750 ml bottle shared while camping, 7/3/16. Murky gold, white head. Fruit and yeast, a bit of funk, some bread. Nice flavor profile overall. Good mouthfeel. Good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
teddybeer (3330) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 18, 2016
Cloudy golden color with a white head, good lasting. Aroma has notes of yeast, marzipan and cookies. Flavor is slightly sweet at the beginning, bready notes with belgian yeast hints, light bitterness in the final with smoothy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (5406) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2016
Bottle. Gusher. Pours a slightly hazy dark golden body with a large, short-lived white head. Nose is banana, white sugar, caramel, raisins and hints of pale malts, figs and Norwegian brown cheese. Taste is pale malts, straw, banana, white sugar, caramel, brown cheese and hints of raisins, white pepper and figs. Medium body, dry finish, high carbonation. Interesting stuff; it has a lot of the yeast tones from the Rochefort strain while also having a saison-ish peppery touch, being brewed with mostly lighter malts. Pretty tasty as well. Good to see that the first American Trappist brewery comes up with a signature beer that kinda works out.

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