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RATINGS: 666   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. 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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3.6
Cristobal37 (1262) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 20, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2017 Bottle. Slight haze, honey gold color. Sweet fruity yeast aroma. Taste is doughy light and refreshing. Dry and a little grainy. Slight fruitiness on the finish. Pretty basic belgian blonde.

3.6
AaronTDubs (500) - - MAY 20, 2017
Hazy dark golden color. Quite spritzy. Malty and fruity aroma, very yeasty, but not too strong or pleasant to be honest. A bit sweet with banana, spicy hops, some bright yeast notes and some tartness (maybe some wheat in there). Very full bodied for its strength. It seemed like a turbo-charged hefeweissen with some clear Belgian yeast character. I liked it quite a bit.

3.8
Antonio369 (229) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2017
33 cl bottle, served in trappist chalice. Poured cloudy amber with a one finger head. Aroma: sweet malts, flowers, caramel, overripe banana, raisins. Taste: overripe banana, sultana, malts, honey, bread, vanilla, orange, raisins, figs, clove. This reminds me alot of a German Hefe Weizen tastewise. Medium body with a nice banana bittersweet finish. Not bad but cannot live up to the status of the Belgian Trappists who are superior to this ale. This is more like a hefe weizen.

3.9
GemmeDeReve (119) - FRANCE - MAY 19, 2017
Bière cuivrée trouble avec un semblant de mousse, un arôme sucré et acidulé, que l’on retrouve dans le goût, avec une petite pétillance elle est assez liquide et ne reste pas longtemps en bouche, à redeguster à température ambiante, le goût devant rester plus longtemps.

4.3
mviljamaa (196) - FINLAND - MAY 19, 2017
Pours with an okay creamy head. Color is light mead like. Sweet, fermented and fruity aroma is sahti-like having fermented grain/malt, fresh plums and yeast. Maybe a little bit of raisin as well. Palate is rich and quite dense and has a slight dry feel, but there’s also some oiliness. I’d say it’s balanced. Carbonation feels very good. Taste is light and malty (but not overwhelmingly so). There’s some hoppy bitterness, but mainly the taste is about (fermented) malts. The body is sweet and very round. Overall the taste is very nicely "layered" and interesting. The bitterness adds a good, but not overwhelming kick. A very okay beer that has nothing wrong with it. A stylish presentation of the style. Quite refreshing as well.

3.4
nearbeer (5636) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 18, 2017
33 cl. with no decipherable bottling date is a gusher. Cascades into the glass a turbid orange-copper. Huge foam settles to a thin film. Nose is honey, toast and mild citrus zest. Flavor is honey, toast, mineral water and a twist of lemon. Finish is dry with some wooden toothpick tones. Starts out nice, but tastes kind of watered down and washed out at the end. Light-medium body has medium fizz and a decent balance.

3.5
northropfrye (3712) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 15, 2017
Bottle from store in Calgary. A nice belgian ale. Sweet, I maybe found it a touch too sweet actually. Malty, bready. Overall what you’d expect for the style. Decent.

2.7
JanEric (1247) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2017
Bottle from ah. Hazy dark nlonde. Small head. Bit fenolic aroma. Tatse is harsh bitter with a light finish. Not so good.

3.7
BeardedAvenger (1197) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2017
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Banana and cloves aroma - hefe-esque. A cloudy amber. Extremely creamy looking white head. Top marks for appearance - I just want to strip off to my leather chaps and dive straight in. Light bitter, with underlying sweetness. More of the former into the finish. Again I’d liken it to a hefe, with the bananas and cloves but with a noticeable boozeyness. Light bodied. Slick. A prickle of carbonation, but it’s not overly noticeable. Quite an abrupt finish. Enjoyable and refreshing. Understated but in this case it’s a positive.

3.9
TrefwoordPunk (1308) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2017
Bottle 33 cl, gushed when I opened it. Pours a hazy orange with a small and fast fading white head and an aroma of fruity esters, spices, coreander, cloves, banana, peach, heavy malts, grassy hops and vanilla. The taste is medium sweet with a fizzy carbonation and a medium long bitter hoppy finish with some sweetness that sticks to the lips. Surpising for an American Trappist.


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