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RATINGS: 415   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sailracer (479) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suurjuust (2587) - ESTONIA - APR 29, 2016
Bottle. Slightly hazy amber beer, medium off-white head. Nose is fruity, sugary, some fruit, some toasty notes. Flavor is toasty malt, candi sugar, dough notes. Finishes with crisp hop dryness, orange and herbal notes. Simple, but clean.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
LLaurin (211) - Motala, SWEDEN - APR 28, 2016
Pours with hazy golden colour and a small head. Taste is trappist with light bitterness and some hoppy flavours. Palate in hops but still some sweet malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kingstoni (1864) - FINLAND - APR 27, 2016
Bottle. Hazy copper color with a thick foamy white head. Aroma of wheat, yeast and notes of honey. Sweet and slightly sour taste. Some bitterness in finish. Well balanced. Medium body.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   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 (555) - 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 (4359) - 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 (1572) - 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 (3627) - 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 (331) - 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 (4918) - 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)

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