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RATINGS: 652   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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3.3
EvNa (403) - Ede, NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2017
UPDATED: APR 1, 2017 Bottle. Color: Bit hazy orangish golden. Taste: Rather complex medium sweet, yeasty, spicy. Fresh, fruity, hints of flowers.

3.6
LomYst (905) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 31, 2017
heel veel phenol, nog nèt interessant... gist, banaan en andere esthers... goed zoet en wat bitter.. interessant

3.9
tanel025 (169) - ESTONIA - MAR 25, 2017
Nice yeasty aroma. Lots of beige head, golden hazy liquid. Taste is rather simple, mostly caramel, some malt and hops. Simple but very good ale. Easy to drink.

2.6
AtronSeige (1630) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - MAR 21, 2017
GUSHER! :( Aroma: Medium spiciness, pear, Light banana. Appearance: Very hazy, copper body with many fine particles. Small, white head, fair retention. Flavour: Medium rich malt, Light banana-bread. Medium-light spiciness, herbal, floral. Very dry finish with lingering floral. Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, Medium carbonation. Slight warming. Overall: Gushing over my setup is never a good start. The flavour is better than the aroma. The appearance and lacking aroma was a major let down. A good tasting beer. 330 ml bottle, poured. 26B. Belgian Dubbel

3.5
anfractuosity (441) - - MAR 18, 2017
Slightly hazy golden colour, not too strong, nice belgian yeasty notes, nice.

3.2
mmmeinike (263) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2017
Flot mørkeorange øl med et rødligt skær. Kort hvidt skum, der falder hurtigt. Duft af tyggegummi og citrus. I smagen er der både bitterhed og sødme. Er i tvivl om karboneringen. På den ene side virker den lidt hidsig, men på den anden side giver den også friskhed.

3.8
partchapol (140) - Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2017
Smell of orange, yeast, hop, caramel. Come in murky orange with white crown. Taste Of Carbonated, yeast, orange peel, bitterness. Lack of complex Belgium beer spice. Slightly thick slimy texture. Good not great.

3.7
shawnmurphy (553) - Plattsburgh, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2017
12-ounce bottle pours cloudy orange with a 1" foamy off-white head. Nearly no lacing left behind as you drink down glass. Lots of yeast sediment in bottom of bottle; even carefully pouring into glass, there’s some that make it into the glass. I don’t have a problem with them (all the more vitamin B the better!), but if you’re weirded out by bits of yeast residue floating around your glass, then this beer’s not for you. Aroma is a medley of pear, white grapes, yeasty bread, banana and pineapple. Flavor is a mix of bubble gum, rock candy, fresh ripe plums, figs, dates, honey, toffee, hazelnuts, banana, clove and white and black pepper. Mouthfeel creamy, body is medium. A decent U.S.-monk-brewed version of my all-time favorite, Chimay.

3.2
MarkoNm (2826) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - MAR 3, 2017
Pours hazy orange color, topped with a frothy yellow-white head, foamy and slowly settling. Yeasty aroma with some notes of bananas and spices, some sweet notes, later on mostly spices. Yeasty with moderate spices, some hint of sweetness in the finish with a bit bittery herbal aftertaste. Sparkly feel, medium body. Ok.

3.9
eRock_2013 (489) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2017
Finally getting to enjoy this delicacy I’ve been keeping in reserve since Christmas: this classic Belgian-style Trappist ale is an exceptional example of that style, with the unique addition of some slight American hops to give it a taste of the New World. Pours a radiant hazy golden-orange appearance, with lots of lacing and a foamy head that lasted throughout the entire glass. Aroma is a display of rich yeasty and fruity ester notes, great strong intensity on the nose. Over a slightly-carbonated medium-bodied texture, the flavor featured Belgian yeast, a refined "bubblegum" accent as befitting the style, candied fruit notes, some grainy malt and a subtle but present hoppiness. A specific hop type was not discernible to me, but did not strike me as an English or European variety. I thoroughly enjoyed the slightly bitter hop finish instead of a lingering boozy or yeasty sweetness that other Belgian ales exhibit. Overall an exceptional beer from an exceptional brewery, well-done!


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