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RATINGS: 344   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   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 15/20
daniele (7203) - ITALY - JAN 20, 2016
bottle deep golden hazy good head yeasty ester bit phenolic medium malty note honey spicy finish oro carico velato buona schiuma buona persistenza lieviti esteri un po di fenolico discreto maltato mieloso amaro. Medio Finale speziato

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (5275) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2016
Bottle @ Joes. Hazy yellow colour with a medium sized white head. Smells barley wine, sweet, malts. Tastes malts, sweet, barleywine. Not bad but too heavy on the carbo. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Torrefacto (1173) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 14, 2016
Ámbar turbio y espuma marfil compacta. aromas de fruta verde, pan, ciruela. Cuerpo medio, sabor de fruta verde y final seco.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rouhlas (1963) - GREECE - JAN 11, 2016
330ml bottle at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki, courtesy of skullgeorge. Hazy golden orange color with off white head. Yeasty and malty aroma, spicy, cloves, coriander, citrusy fruity, dusty, bready, caramel, something artificial. Sweet and light bitter taste like aroma. Light to medium oily body with soft to average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (8468) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 11, 2016
75 cl bottle @ Timo A. Thanks BTR! BBE 05.08.2017.
Pours clear golden color with a medium sized white head. Apricot and wheat on the nose, mild yeast, spices and some wood. Flavor is toffee and yeast, spices and apricot, subtle wheat notes too. This beer had some cold transportation conditions problems but seems decently drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PeatyPete (701) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2016
Hazy orange color with white foam head. Aroma is peppery, clove and yeast. Taste of fruity malt, orange peel with an herbal finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EvanFriend (457) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Citrus, Belgian yeast, some pepper at the end. Very effervescent, almost like pop rocks or something on the tongue. Not what I was expecting, but not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Flanfl (442) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - JAN 9, 2016
Huge gusher, cloudy orange beer body, no head. Spicy, belgian yeast, light orange skin. Flavour is kinda bland, some belgian yeast, spices. Short sweet finish. Medium body and carbo. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
thepatrickman (227) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 4, 2016
Bottle gushed a lot when I opened it, and from talking to other people this seems to happen pretty often. The taste and smell of a Belgian ale was there, and I’m sure this was made right for the style, but the overcarbonation / infection left it flat and without a lot of flavor. It could be ok, but look out for bottle bombs!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndresTM (420) - Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2016
Big, bright, estery banana notes in the aroma, with some orange peel, clove, rye bread, earthy minerals, some pepper, and very light barnyard notes. Lively, bubbly mouthfeel, with a creamy body. Very effervescent, but not so much as to overwhelm the palate as often happens to me with Belgian ales. The taste leans sweet, with some mild yeasty tartness and earthy, grainy bitterness. The finish is dry, with a delicately fruity aftertaste. Way balanced and excellent with a seafood stew.

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