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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 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sailracer (473) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sjorsvdg (279) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2016
Deze Amerikaanse trappist heeft een weeïge geur, waarin tevens peer en perzik te herkennen zijn. De smaak heeft ook peer in zich, evenals walnoot en iets pittigs en citroengras. Lekker bier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hackobock (2757) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2016
February 6, 2016. Bottle.
Gusher. Hazy dark orange with a medium sized white head. Aroma is sweet fruity and estery with pears, peaches, almond, grain, white pepper and hints of grass. Taste is sweet, smooth, fruity. Finish is very light dry with a grassy note, sweet fruity with hints of marzipan and some spices. Medium bodied, smooth, soft carbonation.
Good but a bit heavy on the pear, peach and almond notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Turtles (1190) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2016
330ml bottle from Systembolaget, web order. Gusher, half the bottle lands on the table. What is poured into the glass is hazy amber with small particles floating around, medium size, long-lasting white head. Coriander and yeasts in the aroma, pleasantly peppery, honey and peach. Medium carbonated and medium bodied with a smooth, well-rounded mouthfeel. Sweet caramel taste, sugar, yeast notes, spices and herbs, red apple and butter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJestersBeer (2308) - SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2016
330ml bottle. Pours a deep gold with a thick white head. Spicy, phenolic aroma, malt, cloves, orange peel, hops, pepper, honey. Off-dry, medium body and bitterness, creamy CO2. Spicy, citrusy taste, light caramel, yeasty phenolic notes, orange peel, cloves, hay. Very well balanced, long finish. Really nice. (2016-02-06)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Renobob (1462) - Besançon, FRANCE - FEB 5, 2016
Bue en bouteille de 75cl. Bière blonde dorée ambrée léger. Bel équilibre, ronde, amertume/malt bien dosé. Belle finale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorisPPattyn (8897) - Ursel, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2016
Small, faintly cream-coloured head, over hazy orangeish beer, not very visible - but audible - carbonation. Creamy, aromatic nose with pale malts, herbs, almonds, banana, clove and 4VG. More banana/clove like a Hefeweizen. Also slightly mineral/DMS. Faint sourishness, not-quite fruity (the banana excepted), but kept diminutive by the clove. Very little sweetness, bit harsh from a resin-like component. Rather fizzy feel, medium bodied, resiny astringency. 4Vinyl guaiacol bomb, like few German Weizens dare display. Trappist Simple version? Very disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SvanteL (115) - SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2016
Guldgul, disig med stort skum (svämmade över när jag öppnade flaskan) som lägger sig snabbt. Kryddig doft med torkad frukt, sultanrussin och aprikoser, lite örter. Fruktig smak med torkade aprikoser och russin, fin kryddighet, jäst och lite örter. Eftesrmaken är torr och kryddig. Munkänslan är spritsig med små pigga bubblor. En riktigt god trappist; jag gillar den sköna kryddigheten, som balanserar upp fruktsötman, och den torra avslutningen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bierkoning (11669) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 5, 2016
Bottle. Amber color. Massive gusher. Malt, blackcurrant and toffee in the aroma. Malty sweet toffee flavor with blackcurrant, Apple and soft tart notes. Caramelly sweetish flavor. Drinkable, nothing special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bulldogops (1680) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 3, 2016
Rating #1633 - #CBC2015 Beer 17 - Day 2 - Meeting with distributor. Bottle. 6.5%. mildly hazy, golden yellow pour with a bubbly white head that dissipates slowly. Aroma is yeast, coriander, and cloves. Taste is mildly sweet, herbal. Full bodied, this packs an albeit well disguised punch. Finish is quite smooth. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jorn69 (2066) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2016
@ Havregatan 160203. Bottle (330 ml) from Systembolaget. Fruity and yeasty, malty and light spicy, sweet, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is dry and fruity.

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