Spencer Trappist Ale 11.2 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: 94
BeerAdvocate.com rating: 89

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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. 11.2 oz. 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


The best beer
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Indre


Exceptional Belgian-like beer!
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon May 13, 2017  |  By Jerome C.
Spencer taste like a real Belgian beer, with lots of subtleties in its aroma. If you like Leffe beer, you will definitively enjoy Spencer!
Jerome C.


Foxtrot 101st
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Jun 15, 2017  |  By Gene C.
This beer has two levels of flavor that can be altered by carefully pouring the beer into the proper Spencer "Chalice" and allowing the yeast (the B complex vitamins) to remain at the bottom, to be consumed separately. When poured like that, the flavor is light and aromatic. Giving a brisk sensation at the back of the palette. With a crisp aftertaste. If the yeast is married to the beer by a swift shake prior to pouring, or when its consumed separately, the flavors are heavier and more complex. In the second form, the beer can be allowed to lose its chill and enjoyed over a long period, like a fine wine. With a cigar.
Gene C.


An amazing beer with unique origins
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Jun 26, 2017  |  By Tristan
Spencer Trappist Ale is a very special beer which can be difficult to enjoy depending on your location. Thanks to the brewery and Monastery Greetings for the opportunity to sample some fine work from Joseph's Abbey. The shipment was very well cared for and arrived in impeccable condition. Note that shipping is not climate controlled so choose appropriate weather in depending on your approximate shipping route.
Tristan


Spencer Trappist Ale
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Nov 15, 2018  |  By Astrid D.
Being from Belgium, I must say that I really like that beer to the point where I gave a bottle to a friend and he liked it too. I told him that it was brewed in a monastery in MA and made just like the monks in Belgium. He said that he will buy it.
Astrid D.