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RATINGS: 638   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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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4.3
zacgillbanks (5118) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2016
750ml corked bottle from E.Leclerc Supermarket, Grasse, France. 750ml bottle. Hazy golden coloured with a large foamy white head. It has a spicy herbal flavour, citrus and orange notes followed by peppery hops and more spice on the finish. Excellent!

3.2
jelledebont (124) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2016
Goed te drinken, maar niet heel bijzonder. Licht fruitig aroma, bitter in de mond en een ietwat droge nasmaak.

3.4
sjogro (3919) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2016
Bottle shared at Maakun’s. Little gushy-gushy. Hazy pale amber with thin off white head. Sweet caramel malts, coriander, mint, white raisans, spices. It’s a bit dank and passed its prime I’m affraid. Medium sweet and bitter. Medium body soft carbonation. Still a nice drink.

3.4
Maakun (5344) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2016
Bottle shared thanks to sjogro. Slight gusher. A bit hazy darker golden with white head. Lots of sweet malts, some oxidized notes with sherry and dried fruits. Fresh apricot, light honey and nuts, some strawberry jam, orange juice. Quite fruity overall with fruity sweetness and a soft grassy bitter finish. Medium bodied with a bit fizzy carbonation.

3.4
jerohen (2273) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2016
Bottled from BierNavigatie.nl. Hazy orange/golden colored, small diminishing head. Very spicy nose, Belgian style yeast, some hops. Lots of spices in flavor as well, not as sweet as feared it would be, quite bitter and dry, yeasty. Not spectacular, but certainly decent.

3.5
Mesjasz (1511) - Lodz, POLAND - DEC 24, 2016
Butelka. Aromat miodu, karmelu, kwiatów. Smak lekko gorzki, lekko słodki, trochę bananów, ziół, kwiatów, sporo drożdżowego smaku.

3.3
rubyroo (146) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 18, 2016
Aromas of banana, Belgian yeast, bread, cough syrup. Appearance is a hazy ochre with lots of yeast in suspension. Taste follows aroma with banana, toast, caramel, light medicinal, white pepper. Palate is medium bodied slightly sweet upfront and balanced with a light earthy bitterness in the finish. Overall- Tasty but somewhat muddled. Not quite on the level of the Trappist breweries of the old world.

3.9
Tim Webb (442) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2016
33cl bottle from somewhere unremembered in Belgium, consumed at home in the UK. In prime condition. If this were a Belgian blond ale from Belgium it would be pretty accomplished. As an American ale its bottle conditioning is welcome. Impressed.

3.1
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2016
Bottle. Pours a cloudy dark orange body with a small wispy off-white head. The nose is rather fruity and sweet with a light yeastiness. The flavor is a bit bland and murky, just some slightly fruity esters, and a fairly heavy yeastiness. Not so sure about this one, it’s just not very distinctive. Medium bodied with moderate fizzy carbonation. Meh, this was a letdown for me.

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superspak (5497) - Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2016
330 ml bottle into signature chalice, best before 9/15/2018. Pours lightly hazy golden orange/amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon, orange, peach, pear, apple, melon, white grape, peppercorn, coriander, clove, banana, light bubblegum, wheat, biscuit dough, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, peach, pear, apple, melon, white grape, peppercorn, coriander, clove, banana, light bubblegum, wheat, biscuit dough, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate yeast spiciness and light herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, peach, pear, apple, melon, white grape, peppercorn, coriander, clove, banana, wheat, biscuit dough, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from carbonation/spiciness as well. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy/bready, and fairly crisp/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.5%. Overall this is a great Belgian pale ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and pretty refreshing to drink. Really spot on for the style. A very enjoyable offering.


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