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RATINGS: 340   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Concealer (1035) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2014
Bottle from ModeEngage. Thanks! Hazy golden orange with a thin off-white head. Aromas of banana, cloves, bread, light citrus, raisin and plum. Flavor is sweet dark fruit, light citrus, spice, clove, light banana and bread. Medium bodied, carbonated with a dry end. Lingering banana and yeast.

   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 (8894) - 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 (1671) - 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 (2064) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (16259) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2016
Bottle shared late-nite during RBWG 2016. Pours unclear gold with a creamy white head. Lots of doughy malt in the nose, some Belgian yeast, old tangerines. Medium sweet flavor with more doughy malts, yeast, grain husk, hay. Light to medium bodied with average carbonation. Sugary finish with some damp grains, dough, wheat, yeast, dry banana. So so.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (7229) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2016
Bottle shared at RBWG 2016. Thanks to Ferris. Hazed golden yellow coloured pour with a lasting frothy off white head. Aroma is sweet and jammy fruits, honey, caramel. A lit but rough. Flavour is composed of sweet rough caramel ??, honey, spicy hop, jammy fruits. Palate is sweet, grainy. Highish carbonation. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (14958) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2016
Bottle split in the hotel lobby, RBWG ’16, thanks to Ferris, 02/02/16. Hazed golden orange with a moderate off White covering, some floaties on offer ... no looker. Nose is sticky toffee, yeast esters, candied fruit peel, light spice. Taste comprises fruit cake, candied fruit peel, clove, banana, caramel. Medium bodied, prickly carbonation, semi drying close with sweet licks. Decent enough for style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bartlebier (2966) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - FEB 2, 2016
33cl bb "AG 211 F11" (?), a Cistercian magnificat to idiosynkrasie for expediting this across a few denominational borders! - Light amber, quite watery pour. Whiff of candied apple, unripe walnut, apple peel and maybe quince bitters in an altogether drabbish aroma, also seeking faint expression in flavour among many distractions (green banana, diluted fruit marmelade, hop over yeast bitters): the aneamic younger brother of La Trappe Dubbel, lacking the parents’ caramel-suave creaminess; also reminiscent of a hoppier Zundert (same "flat" sweetness) or Ommegang Rare Vos light without the added spices. Maybe the importeded trappist yeast has gone dormant in the brothers’ anaerobic garb? - Might revisit in full congregation along with the other new Italian member of this ever-widening Von Trappe family.

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