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USA: Spencer Trappist Ale
/ Spencer Trappist Ale 25.4 oz
Trappist Ale 25.4 oz
Belgian Pale Ale
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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. bottle.
Of all the beers in the world, only twelve may carry the name "Trappist": the beers of Achel, Chimay, La Trappe, Orval, Mont des Cats, Rochefort, Westvleteren, Westmalle, Stift Engelszell, Zundert, Spencer and Tre Fontane. You can recognize them from the "Authentic Trappist Product" logo.
A Trappist beer is only given this name if it satisfies a number of strict criteria:
The beer is brewed within the walls of a Trappist abbey, by the monks themselves or under their supervision.
The brewery must be controlled by the monastery and have a business culture compatible with the monastic project.
The purpose of the brewery is not to make a profit. The income takes care of the livelihood of the monks and the upkeep of the abbey site. What is left over is used for charitable purposes, social work and people in need.
The Trappist breweries produce beers of an impeccable quality that is permanently controlled.
Trappist breweries strictly observe all standards in the areas of safety, health and consumer information. And the style of communication and advertising is one of honesty, austerity and the modesty appropriate to the religious environment in which the beers are brewed.
St. Joseph's Abbey: Spencer, Massachusetts
St. Joseph's Abbey is a monastery of the Catholic Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (O.C.S.O.), popularly known as the "Trappists", located in Spencer, Massachusetts.
The Abbey was founded in 1950 by Belgian and French Trappist monks from the Monastery of Our Lady of the Valley in Valley Falls, Rhode Island, which had burned to the ground. In the rustic hills of central New England, they established a new home in which to follow an age-old contemplative way of life.
The monastery became known internationally as the origin of the Centering Prayer movement in modern Catholicism and Christianity, whose leading proponents were monks at the monastery: Fr. William Meninger, Fr. M. Basil Pennington and Fr. Thomas Keating.
Work has always been greatly esteemed in the Cistercian tradition, since it gives the monks the opportunity to follow in Christ' footsteps and share in His Divine work of creation and restoration. The monks participate in three major industries which provide for their livelihood and for the care of the poor. Since the 1950s, they have produced Trappist Preserves, their popular line of 30 flavors of jams and jellies. Since 1949, The Holy Rood Guild has created beautiful, finely-tailored liturgical vestments to enhance the dignity of the Sacred Liturgy. In 2014, with the advice and assistance of their brother Trappists in Belgium, the monks founded Spencer Brewery, producing the first and only certified Trappist beer made in the United States.
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.
Write your own review
Spencer Belgian Ale
Feb 14, 2018 | By Octavian I.
Crisp (maybe a bit too crisp). Highly flavorful. The flavor itself is incredibly pleasant and complex. Fruity.
Dec 29, 2017 | By Michele M.
My husband loves this ale. We have it on hand whenever possible.
First Time Purchaser
Dec 28, 2016 | By Lisa
Saw advertisement in Liguorian Magazine. Purchased for my husband as Christmas gift. He loved it! Will definitely order again in the future.
Oct 26, 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.
Do yourself a favor and order
Oct 19, 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.
Spencer Trappist Ale a Hit
Sep 9, 2016 | By JD
I bought four of the large bottles to share with family and friends. Everyone loved it, especially my priest!
Aug 12, 2016 | By DANIEL S.
The Spencer Trappist Ale was great. Glad they are finally selling it outside the state!
My husband liked it
Aug 10, 2016 | By Sandra r.
Bought this ale as a gift. It was very favorably received.
BrewView on Spencer Trappist Ale
Jul 18, 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
Spencer Trappist Ale 25.4 oz
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