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RATINGS: 482   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 (482) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
artemb (594) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - JUL 23, 2016
Look: yellow hazy, opens with light gush. Aroma: spicy, ethery, some baked apples. Taste: light to moderate hoppy bitterness, moderate fruity tartness. Flavour: baked apple,s ripe pears, grassy and spicy hops. Good belgian style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ruigo (2102) - PORTUGAL - JUL 22, 2016
33cl bottle. Hazy golden orange colour with a nice white head. Banana, apricots, caramel, citrus and spices in the aroma. Average carbonation and medium body. Taste is round, medium sweet and medium bitter with caramel and spicy notes. Overall, a nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (5550) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2016
750 ml bottle shared while camping, 7/3/16. Murky gold, white head. Fruit and yeast, a bit of funk, some bread. Nice flavor profile overall. Good mouthfeel. Good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
teddybeer (3297) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 18, 2016
Cloudy golden color with a white head, good lasting. Aroma has notes of yeast, marzipan and cookies. Flavor is slightly sweet at the beginning, bready notes with belgian yeast hints, light bitterness in the final with smoothy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (5358) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2016
Bottle. Gusher. Pours a slightly hazy dark golden body with a large, short-lived white head. Nose is banana, white sugar, caramel, raisins and hints of pale malts, figs and Norwegian brown cheese. Taste is pale malts, straw, banana, white sugar, caramel, brown cheese and hints of raisins, white pepper and figs. Medium body, dry finish, high carbonation. Interesting stuff; it has a lot of the yeast tones from the Rochefort strain while also having a saison-ish peppery touch, being brewed with mostly lighter malts. Pretty tasty as well. Good to see that the first American Trappist brewery comes up with a signature beer that kinda works out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JefVerstraete (2790) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - JUL 15, 2016
Bottle from LDW, Eke. Light hazy orange colour, white foam disappears quickly. Sweet banana, citrussy. Light bitter hoppy finish. Very Belgian profile. Ok, nothing spectacular.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
janubio (654) - SPAIN - JUL 15, 2016
Orange colour, two fingers head that holds for a good while, leavling a good lace. Aroma of bananas, apricots, fruits, but also herbs, hops. Medium to full body. Taste of bananas, tropical fruits, hops, orange zest, notes of caramel. Bitter finish. Really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6289) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 14, 2016
12 ounce bottle thanks to Chalumeaux. Banana and then some. Throw in some yeast and a typical tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beertobealive (458) - Courbevoie, FRANCE - JUL 14, 2016
Pours a light beige head with round hops aromas. Hazy orange to amber colored body. Round also and sweet in mouth with a feeling of apricot and pleasant length. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oberabcbbsok (691) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2016
Verry nice trappist beer. First availably was over the edge for 1 bottle but now it is lucky much better in price.

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