Spencer Ale has become a tremendous success and is leading the buzz on all websites for ale enthusiasts.
As ABC News pointed out recently, “The brothers at St. Joseph’s have spent the last few years building their brewery, hiring Hubert de Halleux as master brew engineer, and working to develop the perfect recipe for what is described as “the traditional refectory ales known as patersbier (“fathers’ beer” in Flemish)” on the Spencer Brewery website.
“It’s light enough but full bodied,” described Joe Salois of Atlas Distributing, which will be handling distribution of Spencer Trappist Ale throughout central Massachusetts. “The nose has yeasty, banana notes, then it finishes with a little peppery flavor but not overpowering. And it’s just 6.5 percent ABV [alcohol by volume], so that makes it very enjoyable and drinkable.” Salois said that the response to the beer has been overwhelming, with a considerable number of pre-orders from groceries, bar and restaurant establishments even before many had gotten a taste. “The history and the tradition of being a Trappist beer is pretty special,” he said. “If you’re a big beer drinker, then you’re welcoming this with open arms.” But while the monks have been delighted by advance buzz surrounding their ale, their lives will not drastically change, said a spokesperson.”
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