Spencer Brewery at St. Joseph's Abbey offers three varieties of Spencer Trappist Ale in this gift-packaged set --- sample them with the authentic Spencer glass included.
- Spencer Trappist Ale (ABV 6.5%) is a full-bodied, golden-hued ale with fruity accents, a dry finish and light hop bitterness. Unfiltered and unpasteurized, live yeast naturally carbonate the beer in the bottle and keg and contribute to flavor and aroma.
- Spencer Trappist Imperial Stout (ABV 8.7%) is a massive, roasted, malt-forward American Trappist take on the Anglo-Russo Imperial Stout tradition. Luxuriantly frothy foam, waves of coffee, chocolate and caramel sensations, a generous blend of dark fruit flavors. Intense and robust.
- Spencer Trappist Holiday Ale (ABV 9%) is deep, hazy mahogany with a creamy beige head. Aromas of sweet malts, dark fruits, and spice carry through to the taste; dry and peppery on the finish. A heart-warming feast day ale from the monks' table to yours.
One 11.2 oz bottle of each variety is included, along with one Spencer glass; a great gift for the beer lover in your life!
Brewed by: Spencer Brewery
Country: United States
Style: Belgian Pale Ale
Belgian Strong Ale
ABV (Alcohol by Volume): 6.5% / 8.7% / 9%
Ratebeer.com rating: 96 / 97 / 86
BeerAdvocate.com rating: 89 / 87 / 90
Bottle Size: 11.2 oz. each (3 bottles)
Trappists breweries are best known for Dubbels, Tripels, Quadrupels and Stouts. All are brewed in the monastic tradition of excellence. All are top-fermented and most are bottle-conditioned.
Of all the beers in the world, only eleven may carry the "Authentic Trappist Product" logo: the beers of Achel, Chimay, La Trappe, Orval, Rochefort, Westvleteren, Westmalle, Stift Engelszell, Zundert, Spencer, and Tre Fontane.
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 tightly controlled.