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RATINGS: 522   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 17/20
CraftBeerNick (1920) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2016
Bottle at home, 2nd July 16. Pours a dark amber. Aroma is spice, yeast, malt, sweet. Taste is typical to the Belgian style, yeast, spice, quite sweet, liked it, but got a little sweet as it warmed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swaroga (2106) - Gdańsk, POLAND - JUL 2, 2016
33cl bottle. Hazy orange with small white. The beer has a typical aroma of a Belgian Blond : sponge cake, apricot, banana and grape fruity esters, spicy pepper, white cheese and dough. The taste is really well balanced between sweet and bitter finish bitterness is quite strong yet has a nice spicy profile reminding …Westvleteren Blond or Westmalle Triple. Alcohol is well hidden. This is a really great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (9449) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 30, 2016
330ml bottle from Cornelius. Pours hazy amber with a thick white head. Aromas of spice, bread, rising dough. Taste is light sweet, bready, some raisins. Spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmacklin (856) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 25, 2016
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy orange-gold with lots of sediment floating around and a large, frothy, long lasting, off-white head that laces. Sweet aroma of floral fruit, citrus, Belgian yeast and caramel. Sweet flavour of citrus, Belgian yeast, caramel, bready malt and grass with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body with an oily texture and average carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grisza77 (556) - Poznań, POLAND - JUN 23, 2016
Złote, zamglone piwo o dość obfitej pianie, która delikatnie zdobi szkło i pozostaje do końca w formie mgiełki na powierzchni. Aromat typowo belgijski, słodkie jasne owoce, jak gruszka czy brzoskwinia. W smaku lekko słodkie, owocowe w typowym belgijskim stylu. Goryczka średnia, wyraźnie zaznaczona, lekko ziołowa. Ogólnie bardzo udane piwo, dla mnie wzór belgijskiego ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChadPolenz (1690) - 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 (6723) - 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 (370) - Ĺrhus, 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 (1394) - 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 (6504) - 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

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