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