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RATINGS: 595   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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. Josephs 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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niller (1563) - Hammel, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2017
Bottle from Meny, Bjerringbro. Pours hazy golden with an off-white head. Aroma and taste is malt, dark fruits, herbal, yeast, caramel. Medium body. Lively carbonation. Fruity bitterness in the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cattaneopapa (365) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2017
330ml bottle bought online. 6.5% alc/vol. Pours an opaque deep amber colour with one finger of white head that reduces into a ring that lingers. Aromas of Belgian yeast, banana, sweet pears and a whiff of cloves. Taste matches the aroma with a well balanced semi-dry finish. Medium-bodied with high carbonation. Excellent Belgian Ale!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fantti (981) - FINLAND - FEB 3, 2017
Pullo @ Alko. Kaatuu tulppaaniin kullankeltaisena ja kirkkaana, noin kahden sormen paksuisella vaahdolla. Tuoksussa tuntuu huomattavan paljon makeaan hedelmisyyteen kntyv mausteinen, lhes yrttinen, belgihiiva. Kukkaisuuttakin tuntuu jonkin verran, mutta melko monivivahteinen mausteinen, sitruksinen, makeamman hedelminen ja yrttinen sekoitus on vahvinta, vlill joku tuntuu vahvemmalta, vliin taas toinen. Maku on selvemmn mausteinen, hennommin yrtti on mukana. Joku lhes mentholiin vivahtava, hieman hapan vivahde puskee mys esiin. Loppumaku on taas hedelmisemmn puoleinen, sitrusta (etenkin kuorta) ja makeampaa hedelm molempia lytyy. Suutuntuma on hiilihappoinen ja pirskahteleva, muuten korkeintaan keskitytelinen. Ihan nppr belgiale uudelta trappistimantereelta, mausteinen belgihiiva (perinteit kunnioittaen?) on pllimmisen. Tripeli ja quadia odotellessa...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JDsz5 (24) - - FEB 1, 2017
Aroma 7. Appearance 4. Taste 7. Palate 4. Overall 15. Yeast and fruit aroma. Fruity and slightly spiced taste, not so bitter. Dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rand (1580) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 29, 2017
Bottle 33 cl from Drinks of the World - Bern (CH). Golden-amber with a bulky foam and numerous submarines. Fruity aromas, yeast, banana, apricot to which are added caramel-candy, orange blossom and clove. Finale on yeast with bitter of earthy and peppery hop.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mr_Pink_152 (4378) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2017
Bottle from Real Ale Newark, Hay pale amber colour with a thin off white head. Malty and light test aroma. Taste grainy and malts, Body a touch thiner than expected.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
jacobarts (152) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2017
Bottle bought in Utrecht. Hazy orange with medium white head. Aroma: Belgian yeast, banana, citrus. Taste is a bit dry with medium bitterness. Taste of yeast, grain and some white bread. I really like the mouthfeel of this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Batavi (376) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2017
Fles gekocht bij Vinotake Waalwijk, uitgeschonken in een La Trappe bokaal. Licht troebel amber/ oranjekleurig bier met een bruisende beige schuimkraag, die vrij snel weer wegtrekt. De aromas hebben de kenmerken van een typisch Belgisch bier. Veel Belgische gist, en fruitige accenten van appel, peer, banaan, perzik en citrusfruit. Ook moutige tonen van bruin brood. Afgerond met kruidige tonen van kruidnagel, nootmuskaat en kruidige Amerikaanse hopsoorten. Het smaakpallet is zacht en kruidig, broodachtig en zachte fruitnotities. Peer en perzik, vervolgens kruidige en drogere tonen van witte peper en kruidnagel, uitmondend in zachte hoptonen. Levendige, hoge tot medium carbonatie en een droge afdronk. Een mooi Trappistenbier uit Amerika, gebaseerd op de tafelbieren die de monniken zelf drinken in hun kloosters. Vrij licht, maar toch met leuke complexe tonen. Geen topper onder de Trappistbieren, maar ondanks het wat hogere prijsniveau, zeker wel de moeite waard. Benieuwd naar de andere bieren van Spencer Brewery.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markoijelena (2853) - Belgrade / Amsterdam, SERBIA - JAN 18, 2017
Bottle 0.33l from Sterk Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 18.01.2017. Pour it hazy orange color wtih small white head. Aroma yeasty with thyme. Taste sweet spice flavour, some herbal feel, leaves, little bit dry and sourish finish, spice, Belgian yeast, ok decent maked, medium to heavy sweetness, medium body, sticky, lively.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Towey1989 (2252) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2017
Bottle from Beerdock, Nantwich. Pours a clear pale amber colour with a thin white head. Aroma of banana, clove, orange, some apple, a little white pepper, a hint of yeast, slight herbs and subtle spice. Taste of grain, fruit, orange, some apple, a little yeast, a hint of banana, subtle clove and slight herbs. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. A dry, slightly fruity, herbal bitterness in the finish. A nice, fruity Belgian style beer with hint of banana, clove and a lot of spice and herbs. Good.


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