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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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A Trappist Lager inspired by German tradition! Smooth, russet colored, hearty and malt-forward, hints of smoke and spice. Balance by noble hops and a bitter finish.

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4.4
rjplumer (1389) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 18, 2017
A subtly sweet caramel malt aroma. The body is brownish with hint of amber. The taste is modest caramel roasted malt with crisp finish. Sweet caramel malt bodied taste that I'm blown away by. One of the best I've had of this style. A true joy to drink.

3.6
rumproasts (6074) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2017
bottle. Amber with one finger head. Medium body, dry and nutty, light caramel and dark fruit. Some mild hop bitterness at the end. Pretty nice for the style.

3.2
dnstone (4720) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - SEP 24, 2017
Pours a copper golden with white head. Malty sweet aroma. Strong malty sweet with an earthy edge. Notes: bottle from Sep Boston trip

4
malrubius (3499) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - AUG 28, 2017
Bottle from Table & Vine. Bright amber with slight chill haze and small ring head. Toasted caramel aroma with spicy hops and a touch of booze. Medium sweet toasted caramel with medium spicy bitterness (medium heavy for style) riding high on medium body lively carbonation and hard water (?) bite. The bitterness and the touch higher alcohol update the style nicely. Excellent.

3.7
bbbeer (1061) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 15, 2017
A mostly clear amber/brown with medium beige head. Aroma caramel and malt and a bit of spice. Flavor is mildly sweet, caramel, some drying hops present, good balance, perhaps subtle smoke but not much. Overall an enjoyable drinking experience.

3.6
tderoeck (12715) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 8, 2016
31/X/16 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ home - Ster’s first Ghentian tasting, BB: IX/9/17 (2016-1255) A huge thanks goes out to Alengrin for sharing the bottle! As it seems, it’s a pretty rare one as well.

Clear orange to amber beer, big irregular beige head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: very malty, grains, bit sweet, some caramel. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet malts, some caramel, banana, a hint of peated or smoked malts (very subtle, hard to determine), sweet in general. Aftertaste: banana, sweet, caramel, slightly bitter, grains and malts. Decent, though my score is probably influenced by the rarity of this one. :p

3.8
mcox90 (2357) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 28, 2016
12 oz bottle from a six pack purchased at Julio’s Liquors. Pours a clear copper which leans to the mahogany side. A gentle pours nets a one finger ecru head of tight bubbles that recedes to a smattering of lace. Lightly sweet caramel malt aroma with a faint herbal quality. Flavor is malty and to the sweet side with a bit of rye spiciness and just a hint of smoke. Medium bodied and smooth. Nice!

3.4
Alengrin (7089) - BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2016
With this newest trappist beer to date, the monks at Spencer venture further into beer styles that have no traditional connection with trappist breweries whatsoever: this is apparently intended as an Oktoberfestbier, typically a lighter version of Märzen both in colour and ABV - yet 7.5% is clearly higher than even the heaviest of traditional ’real’ German Märzens... Bubbly and moussy, quickly diminishing, off-white head over a hazy orangey amber beer with a salmon pinkish hue. Aroma of butterscotch, dry banana peel, dried red berries, strawberry, biscuit, cloves, candied apple and an unexpected hint of smoke, almost as in a peated whisky, but much more subtle and without any noticeable alcohol. Clean fruitiness in the mouth, hints of redcurrant and dried mango but very restrained, softish carbo, smooth and slightly resinous mouthfeel, not feeling as a 7.5% beer. Light biscuity and caramelly malt middle with that smoky touch from the nose returning in the end, hinting at a small dosis of smoked malt, even very vague smoked bacon, matching well with a gently drying, spicy but in no way exuberantly American hop character, establishing a medium long finish. Pleasant enough beer, certainly not a typical Oktoberfest and not even a typical Märzen, but a rather idiosyncratic interpretation of it, stronger and fruitier with less emphasis on malt sweetness and a surprising, totally atypical and unexpected hint of smoke. It seems the Spencer trappist beers are gaining more and more personality - as far as I am concerned, this brewery is clearly the most interesting of the new trappist breweries that joined the classic Belgians (and one Dutch) in this century.

3.9
Hiledd (152) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 2, 2016
Floral and malty aroma. Clear light copper color, full body with chewy texture and warm alcohol finish. Smoky, biscuit, and caramel flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
Quick3Beers (1908) - East Falmouth, USA - OCT 21, 2016
Pours a rich copper from a bottle. Big caramel aroma is belied with a surprising dryness. A little bready sourness and almost rye spiciness/earthiness. Some caramel upfront but not long lasting. Nearly flat, but my wife opened the bottle a while ago I think. Pretty good beer.


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