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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChadPolenz (1677) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 26A Trappist Single

AROMA: Sweet orangepeel and honey plus slight clove/nutmeg spiciness. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Orange/cloudy amber. Body is hazy, but CO2 visible. Billowy off-white foam. 2/3

FLAVOR: More sweet than bitter, with pronounced orange character. Slight coriander or other peppery spice (from the yeast esters). Slight lemony/honey flavor indicative of oxidation. Yeasty. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; well-carbonated but not prickly. Goes down smooth and finishes dry. Not boozy. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Probably an old bottle; doesn’t improve with age. Enjoyable for what it is, though. 7/10


DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (6608) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - JUN 17, 2016
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Hazy amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Malt, caramel, sugar, yeast, fruit.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Fruit, caramel, some spices, a bit floral,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Echon (347) - Århus, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2016
Golden and medium-bodied. Spicy and malty aroma with a bit of noble hops, and a malty and phenolic flavour. Moderately sweet taste with light bitterness. Overall, a very good belgian pale ale. Great flavour from the yeast and good balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mjp12 (1387) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2016
A honey and spicy yeast aroma, well balanced flavour, with enough hops to clean away the initial sweetness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6502) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2016
Bottled, cloudy golden orange, thick creamy foam, fruity brown sugar aroma, sweet brown sugar and fruity kumquat Flavors, nice sweet finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wekker84 (2160) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - JUN 14, 2016
Bottle a golden yellow colored beer with a white head aroma malts yeast citrus fruits white fruits tropische fruits and hops flavor malts fruits white fruits tropische fruits candy caramel spicy and bitter hops

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (5709) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 12, 2016
Bottle from Grocery Outlet. Cheap. This one is probably past it’s prime, but you wouldn’t know it as it still presents itself really well. It pours an orange gold color with a tall, fizzy off white head. The aroma has toasted malt, some fruity plum and banana with hints of clove spiciness. Almost seems like a hefeweizen with more complex fruity esters. The flavor has lots of dried fruit and clove. Pear, plum, a little baked apple, cinnamon and clove. It has a dense, yet frothy mouthfeel. High carbonation. Moderate earthy bitterness. Pretty nice. Very solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (6162) - Reval, ESTONIA - JUN 11, 2016
330ml bottle. Hazy amber color. Medium size, yellow-beige head, stays. Sweet, bready, fruity, perfume, some peach in aroma. Sweet, Belgian yeast, straw, bready in taste. Sweet and perfume in aftertaste. Medium fizzy carbonation. Perhaps too sweet, but still solid brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wim (3639) - Weelde, BELGIUM - JUN 11, 2016
At Home along with Yves hazy golden blonde colored body with a white head and with a spicy yeast sweet hop aroma a spicy herby yeast hop fruity sweet bitter taste with a bitter finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AntoineGRD (116) - - JUN 11, 2016
Cette Spencer est une bière corsée à la robe blonde cuivrée sur laquelle trône un col de mousse épais et mousseux. Du verre, s’exhalent des parfums familiers, des accents fruités masqués par un voile de levure typiquement belge. La bouche est élégante et le corps dense nappe le palais de saveurs complexes évoquant les fleurs blanches, les abricots secs, la banane, le miel, le caramel... La finale sèche sur la levure et légèrement amère vient prolonger la dégustation.

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