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RATINGS: 442   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stijnve (10) - - APR 24, 2016
Nice colour, but taste is not very outspoken. Will try the other sort as well

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jahshuwuh (558) - USA - APR 23, 2016
On tap. An iced tea brown color, slightly murky half finger of cream colored head. Smell is juicy fruit, Apple, fruit cake, Belgian yeasty. Taste is a light fruity Belgian yeasty flavor, banana, clove spice, sweet wort. Low carbonation, easy to drink, hardly any hop flavors. The low carbonation isn't good, but could just be the tap. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
visionthing (4479) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 22, 2016
33cl bottle at Drink bar, Tallinn. Pours hazy deep golden to amber with an off-white head. Fruity aroma dominated by Belgian yeast, some mild banana notes, peaches and hints of herbs and toffee. Medium sweet with quite lovely fruity, Belgian flavours and a balanced bitterness. Smooth, tasty and very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
msbernac (1634) - Krakow, POLAND - APR 22, 2016
Bottle Aroma-floral, fruits Appearance-orange, cloudy, white foam, Taste-medium bitterness, light sweetness, lightly sour, Palate-medium body, creamy, lively, long finish, Overall-very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarcoDL (3695) - NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2016
Bottle at tasting. Golden color. Aroma of dry yeast, grain and a mild white pepper. Fresh taste of dry grassy yeast, pepper again, grainy malt and some bitters. Tastes like a classic saison, not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tekstr1der (340) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 17, 2016
Hazy orange pour with lasting two finger pillow of active near-white tiny bubbles. Aroma of spices - clove foremost - yeast and honey. Lots of yeasties tumbling around in the waves of carbonation bubbles, despite not pouring the last half-ounce. They are large enough to settle to the bottom of the glass. And, I’m not afraid of a little extra vitamin B. Flavor is also slightly spiced, but with a nice balanced sweetness of malt, bubblegum and mild fruity tang. Very active carbonation gives a slight bite, but finish fairly clean. Interesting stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
erickok (5037) - Leuven, BELGIUM - APR 13, 2016
Very nice palate, soft but active carbonation. But the taste lacks a bit, a bit simple, hopless. Average taste, just rich enough but mostly due to the sweetish yeasty profile. Could be worse but after the huge gusher I’m not entirely convinced again. (33cl bottle from Saveur Bière)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kajser27 (1125) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 13, 2016
Orange to amber colored, hazy, small off white head. Aroma of brewing sugar, spices, bit fruity, Belgian yeast. Taste is medium sweet malt, brewing sugar, some caramel, spicy and less fruity, Belgian yeast, dry finish. Medium bodied, average+ carbonation. Very good but older Trappists have the upper hand.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
huineman (547) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 13, 2016
33 cl bottle, served in stem glass at room temperature (cool, not cold). Pours hazy honey-hued with whitish head, both fast-growing and fast-vanishing. Aroma is mild: honey, toast, caramel, pie, orange, cinnamon and cardamom. Mouthfeel is fizzy, delicate, not mouth-covering. Low-lingering finish with no bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndreasP (37) - DENMARK - APR 11, 2016
Spicy and yeasty, easy-drinking and very nice addition to the Trappist family of beers

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