I wanted to try Spencer Trappist Ale when St. Joseph's announced that they would become the newest certified Trappist monastery brewing beer. For some reason, the beer never made it down to my part of the world until relatively recently. I spied it in a local beer store a couple of months ago, but passed because there were other beer offerings that I wanted to try. I finally broke down and purchased a four-pack yesterday. I have to say that Spencer Abbey Ale is every bit is as complex as the Trappist beers being shipped from Belgium and the Netherlands. At 6.5% ABV, Spencer Abbey Ale is not a big beer, but it is very well done considering that they use domestic 2-row and 6-row malt. I am curious as to which Trappist culture is being used for primary fermentation. The ester and spice profile is closer to Westmalle than the other Trappist breweries.