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RATINGS: 551   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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sailracer (486) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Sample at the Julios release tasting. This has the typical Belgian flavor with hints of bananas and cloves. There as an additional kind of musty overtone that made this unique. I like the idea of this beer, but Belgians arent really my favorite style so I have a hard time judging this against others. It was decent overall.


3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BroSpud (2104) - , Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2016
12oz bottle. Have had this several times and for some reason never gotten around to rating it. Very impressed when it first came out. Rivals many of the ales from Belgium and is up there with Ommegang for this style brewed in the states.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rubin77 (1246) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 28, 2016
F: not big, off-white, poor retention. C: dark gold, hazy. A: malt, orange peels, coriander, spicy, yeast, peach, banana. T: malt, orange peels, spicy, coriander, yeast, pepper, hint of salt, banana, bread, medium body, good carbonation, good but nothing very special, 0,33l bottle from Prik&Tik Kampenhout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (3576) - New York, USA - NOV 27, 2016
I forgot about this brewery until noticed on shelf at an upstate store. Hazy burnt golden pour bit of gusher. Nose is yeast and some fruit. Tastes of banana, yeast, musk, cloves hint of wine. Soft fruity finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lkowalkowski (135) - POLAND - NOV 27, 2016
Barwa jasna. Piana biała, gęsta, drobna, oblepia szkło. Aromat typowy dla belgijskich blondw. Przyjemny ale nie jakoś mocno intensywny. W smaku delikatne. Przyjemnie się pije.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adamnase (441) - Kronoby, FINLAND - NOV 27, 2016
Bottle shared. Pours slightly hazy golden with an medium off-white head. Aroma is yeasty, notes of peach along with other fruits. Flavor is sweet with a bitterish endingr. Medium bodied, oily texture and average carbonation. really nice!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hermod (6653) - Vantaa, FINLAND - NOV 26, 2016
33cl bottle. Poured golden color with a thick white head. Dried apricots, Belgian yeast, mild spices. Flavor has apricots, hops, floral notes, mild spices, grass. Good Belgian ale, hits all the right spots.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kavu (4271) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 25, 2016
0,33l bottle from Alko, Keljo. Pours hazy golden with a medium head. Aroma is malts, wheat, banana and yeast. Flavor is malts, wheat, banana, yeast, alcohol and some hops. Crisp. Decent.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnarktor (30) - FRANCE - NOV 22, 2016
Aroma: bread, nuts, herbs, banana-ish, butterscotch ; Appearance: golden, white foam, steady head ; Taste: medium sweetness, no bitterness, lightly sour, maybe a bit umami ; Palate: medium to full body, thin creamy texture, average carbonation, abrupt finish. Overall a very drinkable version of a traditional belgian trappist beer. Almost a "Session trappist", if I may say. It did not want to stay in the bottle, and indeed it did not ;-)... But here in France, the more complex belgian trappists are more common and quite cheaper, so I would not recommend it as a first choice given the price. However, it has its qualities, and I do like it.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bosskie (787) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2016
Opaque, copper colour, weak white head. Smell is dry apricots, pineapple, cream cheese, fennugreek, pear. Light bitterness, hint of citric sourness. Taste is caramel and toffee. Watery with a hint of apple cider and funk. Bitter but soft finish. Hint of vanilla and wood.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kapusil (1238) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 19, 2016
0.33l bottle. Hazy orange body with a white head. Aroma of bread, cloves, orange peel and licourice. Taste of bread, licourice, orange zest, cloves and honey. OK beer.


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