Spencer Monks' Reserve Quadrupel Ale 25.4 oz

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Robust, Full-bodied Trappist Quad

Brewed by: Spencer Brewery
Country: United States
Style: Quadrupel

ABV: 10.2%
Ratebeer.com rating: 97
BeerAdvocate.com rating: 89

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Spencer Monks' Reserve Ale (ABV 10.2%) is a fragrant, robust and full bodied Quadrupel, mahogany in color and crowned with a dense, tan, frothy head. Its malt-forward profile yields to a warm finish.

The recipe development phase stretched over three years and 13 experimental brews. The Spencer monks sought an alternative to the use of spices for flavor enhancement by pushing the boundaries of traditional Trappist Quad malt profiles, even incorporating some local barley grown in nearby Barre, MA which was craft malted in Hadley, MA.

The outcome is a unique product with a distinct flavor profile well situated within the Trappist family of Quadrupel ales. 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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5 Stars
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Jul 6, 2021  |  By David N.
Spencer's Monks Reserve Quadruple is a well balanced Ale. A Malty brew with a strong molasses-like flavor and at the same time the hops are very evident with each sip. A bit more hops then similar brews such as: Chimay Grande Reserve, Rochefort 10, St Bernardus 12. The company did an outstanding job packing the bottles and glasses. I will definitely order some special Christmas brews and glasses this winter. Very satisfied with the company and products.
David N.

Excellent purchase!
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon May 1, 2021  |  By Denise m.
The purchase process was easy, delivery was quick and the beer is outstanding! I'll definitely be buying again!
Denise m.

Spencers Monk Reserve
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Dec 21, 2019  |  By Chuck W.
No need to go to Europe for one of the best Belgium/Trappist-style quad ales! The monks at St. Josephs Abby in Spencer, MA know very well how to craft Belgium style ales, and their Monk's Reserve Quadruple is the best, smoothest sipping quad available this side of the pond (and maybe the other side too!). Heavily malted and light on the hops, it drinks like a fine Cognac....mahogany in color, rich, robust, and pleasing to the palate. The Monks use locally grown and crafted barley for their Quad, and it stands alone in the upper echelon of domestic ales. I am personally grateful that we have the St. Josephs Abby here in the U.S, as well as its devoted monks who work hard and care about the ales that they brew. The Christmas ale is another favorite of mine and receives an honorable mention here. Try all the ales at Spencer.....you will not be disappointed! And a heartfelt thank you and shout out goes to the fine staff at Belgium Style Ales and The Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH, who also craft a myriad of beer styles that stand well above any other craft beer maker in the U.S. Keep up the good work and innovation!
Chuck W.

Good stuff!
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Nov 12, 2019  |  By Eric S.
Belgian Trappists are not for everyone. The Spencer Quad is not as good as Westvleteran or La Trappe, but is at least on par with Chimay.
Eric S.

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Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Mar 1, 2019  |  By Danielle
My husband loves trying new beers and I wanted to find something special for his 50th birthday. This was it! Years (like a million years ago) when I was in college I visited St. Joseph's Abbey. I heard they had started making beer and had been on a mission to find it. My husband was thrilled with the "instructions manual" that came with the beer. Well packaged, great bottle. Big hit!

Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Jul 12, 2018  |  By david c.
Optional. Rate these qualities (5 is the highest): Aroma -- 5, Appearance -- 4, Taste -- 4, Palate -- 4
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Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Apr 8, 2018  |  By TOM H.
As with all Spencer beers that I've tried, it is a wonderful beer.