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RATINGS: 508   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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.


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sailracer (486) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Sample at the Julio’s release tasting. This has the typical Belgian flavor with hints of bananas and cloves. There as an additional kind of musty overtone that made this unique. I like the idea of this beer, but Belgian’s aren’t really my favorite style so I have a hard time judging this against others. It was decent overall.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IOzh (121) - Kyiv, UKRAINE - AUG 28, 2016
330ml bottle. Pours hazy golden with medium white head. Aroma of apricot, bread, yeast, spices. Light, almost watery, body with medium carbonation. Taste is light sweet, light bitter. Nice but a bit to flat and simple.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saeglopur (1668) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - AUG 27, 2016
330 ml bottle from BeerLovers, bb 17.03.19
Amber, hazy body, with a big, fluffy, lacing, off-white head.
Aroma of dough, spices, sweet bread, dried fruits, apricot, some barnyard, some candy.
Taste follows this, but a bit less fruity, while with more zesty and a bit piney hops.
Medium, quite creamy mouthfeel, with an average carbonation.
Finishes spicy, yeasty, a bit bitter, a bit dry, moderate fruity, bready, a bit sweet.

Very nice. Fully aromatic, with a satisfying body and a great balance between spicy, sweet and some hoppy notes. Not the most unique style example, but really quaffable stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pilsnertest (37) - SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2016
Bottle @ home. Dried fruits, wheat bread, yeast and paper. Some tartness but mainly sweet. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmrmwel (1720) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 25, 2016
Bottle. Pours hazy golden, with a big creamy, off white head. Aroma is sweet yeasty notes, with wood, kandi sugar and fruity notes, as well as some malts. Light to medium body, with soft carbonation. Flavour is tart, wooden yeast, with hay, kandi and peefumey notes, as well as malts with biscuits.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rami_pl (1773) - Warszawa, POLAND - AUG 23, 2016
Rami Rami is drinking a Spencer Trappist Ale by Spencer Brewery at Konstruktorska Business Center Slodkie owoce, jakies kwiatki, banan, nieco przypraw (gozdzik), slodkie i kwaskowate w uscie, dosc pelne. Braciszkowie w usa tez umieja

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ardeo (136) - Flémalle, BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2016
Intéressante, cette trappiste provenant des States et pas du Benelux. L’ensemble est agréable avec un liquide de belle couleur orange (pas de mousse persistante), un nez très floral mais aussi fruité, une entrée en bouche où se disputent plusieurs saveurs maltées, fruitées, épicées tout en conservant un bel équilibre. Les américains savent aussi faire de la bière (quand ils utilisent les bonnes recettes belges ;-)))) !

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SaintMatty (6734) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2016
330ml Bottle - Golden in colour. Yeast, apricot and grain in the aroma. Yoghurt, citrus, apricot and biscuity malt in the taste. Nothing wrong with it and has some typical trappist notes but is a bit too simplistic.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MelvinKalksma (872) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2016

Aroma:
Medium aroma of malts, caramel, bread, Belgian yeast, Weizen yeast, banana, orange and hops.

Appearance:
Hazy/turbid golden/amber beer with heavy yeast and with a slight/medium off-white head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium/heavy sweet with malts, caramel, Belgian yeast, Weizen yeast, banana and orange; ends slightly bitter and dry with bread and hops.

Overall:
This beer is intense and balanced, but lacks complexity slightly. Could have benefitted from a third yeast strain, namely brettanomyces, to spice it up.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamestulloch (3375) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 15, 2016
Bottle from Cork & Cask. Hazy golden body with a medium white head. Lively carbonation. Good lacing. Aroma of straw, crushed digestive biscuits and apricot. Flavour of banana bread, salted cracker, yeast and pear. Thin body with a watery texture. Light fizz. It’s not particularly complex, but it is very enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daenelyn (1) - - AUG 15, 2016 does not count
Bonne bière dans le style trappist avec une légère amertume et une belle couleur


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