RATINGS: 594   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   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. 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
markschiedon (657) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2016
Drinking from a 30cl bottle. In the aroma alcohol, hop and coriander. The unclear orange beer has a medium white head. In the taste spices, hop, grapefruit. Medium high carbonated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Zarrach76 (163) - Grenoble, FRANCE - OCT 18, 2016
Trs jolie blonde vnitienne lgrement trouble avec une bonne mousse ivoire lgrement persistante.Nez trs caramel, nougat, frangipane. Le houblonnage est ultra discret, cest peine si on devine lamertume ou les agrumes. Avec un peu de temps, on dcle des parfums floraux et de rsineux. Mais le caramel domine ! La carbonatation est trs moyenne. Lamertume ressort pleinement ds la premire gorge mais disparait trs rapidement pour laisser place aux armes vgtaux. La bire est moyennement sucre, assez sche, mais agrable tout de mme. On ne sent quasiment pas lalcool et on pourra lui reprocher un petit ct flotteux. Les gots ne sont pas vraiment l, une dception de ce ct l. Bire dsaltrante cependant, et trs franchement je prends du plaisir la boire, mais pour une bire qui se dit trappiste, on est trs loin du compte. Bouteille 33cl, V&B Grenoble.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
venom666 (969) - Elche, Alicante, SPAIN - OCT 16, 2016
Pours a hazy orange color with medium white head. Aroma is fruity, palestone fruits, banana, yeast and bread with a good spicy backbone. Taste follows the aroma, green aple, bread, spices, palestone fruits, yeast and banana, but a bit boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Icedwarf (1424) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2016
Lichtbruin bier zonder schuim. Smaak is bitter hoppig en licht zoet met iets van fruit, sinaasappel en abrikoos. Smaak is OK maar heeft iets te weinig inhoud.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mutz (996) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2016
Donkergeel/lichtoranje kleur, veel prik bij het inschenken. Mooie witte plakkraag. Aroma van gist,vaag sinaasappel, vanille, kruidig. Zachte smaak, gist, sinaasappel, ijzer, deed me ook aan een hoegaarden grand cru denken, licht kruidig, in de verte een zuurtje. Weinig bite, licht weeig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Habanero (4434) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2016
Bottled. Pours slightly hazy golden with an average off-white head. Aroma of yeast, peachy notes and maybe some other fruit notes. Sweet flavor that ends up being more dry and slightly bitter. Medium bodied, oily texture and average carbonation. A nice Ale indee. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamherbert (1523) - Syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2016
Deep, thick, cloudy dark yellow color. The aroma is yeast and mustiness. There is some orange juice (including the acidity) here; like orange juice that is a week past the expiration date -- not necessarily a bad thing in this context. The flavor is lovely yeast funk: Belgian but like old-school Belgian. Has the same basement yeast mustiness as an Orval or La Trappe. I am really digging it. The flavors bloom as it warms up. This definitely needs to breathe a bit; its not quite as good as classic Euro Trappist stuff, but its damn good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GC1379 (30) - - OCT 7, 2016
750ml bottle at home - pours deeper golden/light amber color nice white head - light fruit (apricot) aroma - well carbonated as expected for a bottle conditioned ale - tasty malty sweetness ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maracuja05 (978) - Mainz, GERMANY - OCT 7, 2016
[backlog] 01-02-16 // bottle at home. Pours amber orange coloured. Nice malty sweetness along with some light fruit aromas. Well carbonated and balanced. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sulawang (1115) - - OCT 6, 2016
Visual: WARNING, GUSHER! Pours dirty orange brown with large suspended sediment, a small head with a fine 1mm layer of micro retention, clusters of active streams.

Nose: apricot-persimmon, honey-chamomile barley malts - interesting. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, tingly- small fizzy

Mid-palate: hints of apricot, honey-chamomile, (lvl-4-sweetness), light brown sugar barley malt

Finish: dry barley malt exhale, a tad thin, hints of woodiness, subtle bitterness

Summary: Decent all around quality of entry, taste and smoothness. I enjoyed the balanced sweetness and crisp mouthfeel. Its also nice that it finishes dry and clean, unlike a typical Belgian which might get too heavy. The length I find somewhat short however.

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