Spencer Trappist Ale 25.4 oz

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The First Trappist Ale Brewed in the USA

Brewed by: Spencer Brewery
Country: United States
Style: Belgian Pale Ale

ABV: 6.5%
Ratebeer.com rating: 96
BeerAdvocate.com rating: 90

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Spencer Trappist Ale is America's first Trappist beer, inspired by the traditional refectory ales known as patersbier ("fathers' beer" in Flemish) in Belgium. These sessionable beers are brewed by the monks for their dinner table and are typically available only at the monastery.

Spencer is a full-bodied, golden-hued ale with fruity accents, a dry finish and light hop bitterness. The beer is unfiltered and unpasteurized, preserving live yeast that naturally carbonates the beer in the bottle and keg and contributes to the beer's flavor and aroma. 25.4 oz. corked bottle.


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Spencer Brewery at St. Joseph's Abbey: Spencer, Massachusetts

Spencer Brewery is a project born of tradition and necessity. For over 60 years, the monks at St. Joseph's Abbey have cooked and packed jams and jellies at their monastery under the Trappist Preserves label. This business has supported them, while providing wholesome monastic work and charitable assistance to persons in need. However, looking to the future, they saw a need for an additional enterprise that will support their community and charities in the years to come.



Just a few years ago, one of the brothers expressed interest in brewing and even did some training at a local craft brewery. Over time, his passion for brewing affected some other monks, who recognized that brewing was a very traditional monastic enterprise. Thus, when the time came to re-chart the economic path for the monastery's future, the idea of a brewery gained traction.

With the blessing of the abbot, they embarked upon a two-year data-gathering mission. They visited each Trappist brewery to learn everything they could from their European brothers. Beginning at the Abbey of Westmalle, they slowly made their way around Belgium, staying at the monasteries and making friends, receiving good advice and drinking some of the world's best beer. The final stop of their first trip was the Abbey of Sint Sixtus, brewer of the acclaimed Westvleteren ales. By the end of their second trip and more detailed discussions, they were confident that they had put together a realistic plan for a new brewery. Following monastic tradition, the monks voted and confirmed the project by an overwhelming majority to build America's first Trappist brewery.

Observing Trappist tradition, they named their brewery, and the beer, Spencer after their beloved town of Spencer, Massachusetts.
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BrewView on Spencer Trappist Ale
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Jul 16, 2016  |  By Belgian Beer Journal
OVERALL IMPRESSION: A very refreshing Trappist ale, it is good to see a Trappist Single being made - not too many of them around, let alone an American Trappist! It was worth the original effort to get our hands on this beer. For more, visit our BREWVIEW ON SPENCER TRAPPIST ALE: https://belgianbeerjournal.com/brewviews/spencertrappistale
Belgian Beer Journal


Do yourself a favor and order
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Oct 22, 2016  |  By Nate I.
The American Trappist Beer could be the best beer in America. Do yourself a favor and order the larger bottle. When poured, the beer is cloudy and a foamy head forms rather quickly - so pour slow! The clean and crisp flavor hits your palate and you recognize the beer as American as Apple Pie. You will not go wrong getting a Spencer's Trappist beer.
Nate I.


Outstanding Ale
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Oct 29, 2016  |  By William C.
I wasn't sure what to expect since I'm not usually a fan of Belgian beers and I had only heard of Spencer online. My wife and I were both pleasantly surprised at how elegant the beer was.
William C.


Spencer Belgian Ale
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Dec 6, 2017  |  By Octavian I.
Crisp (maybe a bit too crisp). Highly flavorful. The flavor itself is incredibly pleasant and complex. Fruity.
Octavian I.


Spencer Trappist Ale
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon May 12, 2019  |  By Dr. Gregory C.
Optional. Rate these qualities (5 is the highest): Aroma 5, Appearance 5, Taste 5, Palate 5
Dr. Gregory C.