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Deacon - Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
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16 Ratings
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Ratings: 16
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.98%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Lakes on 06-28-2012)
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Photo of mactrail
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I can only say that this stuff is peculiar. Appearance is nice enough, with the clear glowing amber color and modest foam in the Affligem chalice. Plenty of suds in the mouth. The smell is like fruit cake and the vacuum cleaner bag.

The flavors are so weird it takes some thinking to describe them. Candied rutabaga. Some malt with cooked green beans and an aftertaste with medicinal bitterness. Applesauce with butterscotch hard candy. A dry finish in the Belgian style but not much yeast flavor.

This is not very drinkable and the fourth in my Selkirk bottles. They seem like they're trying some interesting stuff, but either they have sanitation problems or they have strange ideas about Belgian flavors. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

Photo of LouZ
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of stevoj
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma and appearance are right on for the style, taste is good, overall palate is a little weak, but not a bad Belgian overall. Orange amber with light silky off-white head, initial sticky lacing. Aroma of flowers, honey, sweet malt, taste is more of the same with a hint of bread. Finish is short and dry.

Photo of JoelClark
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, another offering from this brewery that plays heavy on its monastic European leanings, both in name and style.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some streaky coral reef lace around the glass as things evenly subside.

It smells of bready, doughy, and biscuity caramel malt, earthy yeast, bittersweet apples, a well-blended spice contingent - black pepper, clove, and candied ginger - and some further sweet banana chip fruitiness. The taste is very yeast forward, the spicy, phenolic edge predominating, before a nice mixed domestic table-top fruit bowl slides right in - underripe bananas, apples, gritty pear flesh - all over a tame grainy, crackery, and slightly caramelized malt.

The carbonation is quite active, in a sassy, fizzy manner, the body just on the light side of medium weight, and plainly smooth, the yeast still kind of mucking about. It finishes generally dry, the fruitiness turning as such, the grain bleeding out its sweetness, and the yeast lurking as ever was.

A decent rendition of the style, the 'Belgian' character being a bit too dependent on a heady yeastiness. Enough going on, though, spice and malt-wise, lending further credence to this Idaho panhandle abbey (those words still sound funny to me) and its adherence to old-world brewing traditions.

Photo of thebigredone
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of BigGingDrinker
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

RB

22 picked up today at Bier Thirty in Bown Crossing... Paid $7... Seems a little expensive for what it is. Pours a crystal clear orange with a decent enough white 1 finger head... spotty lacing.

Clove and light peppercorn combine with pale malt and fruity pear/apple essence... perhaps some banana esters too.

Flavor is a bit more yeasty than any Continental BPA's I've had in a while... not necessarily a bad thing.. but plenty of fruitiness and phenolic presence for such a low ABV brew.. The banana really comes up with warmth... The yeasty fruitiness really lays long on the finish making it seem much sweeter than it is.

Across the board (IMO), the yeasty notes dominate too heavily... The malts are buried and hops are seemingly nonexistent.

Good/expected carbonation and body for the style.

Despite my above negatives, this is still a pretty good beer... I just feel it can be done better... Lesser yeasty presence and an overall drier character would produce a winner.

3.75/3.75/3.25/3.75/3.5

Photo of Idris
2.56/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wanted to like this beer more than I did. Cheers to Selkirk Abbey in their attempts to brew Belgian ales here in the US. The appearance is a perfectly clear straw color, a little lighter than I'd like to see. Carbonation level seems a bit low. Spicy yeast phenols dominate the nose with clove present, dinging it for no hop presence. This beer kind of falls apart in the taste. The spicy yeast characteristics are present, but that's about it. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but generally good. I think I'll try the Infindel and one or two others before judging this brewery.

Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of flagmantho
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the brewery during their 1 year anniversary party. Beer was served in a clear plastic cup; they weren't using normal glassware during the party.

Appearance: rich and attractive copper hue with a crystal-clear body. There is very little apparent effervescence, and it was poured with virtually no head, which is unfortunate. Great color, though.

Smell: rich, sweet and malty aroma; there's a hint of tartness, which does work here. I like it.

Taste: much like the aroma, the flavor has a good maltiness and some caramel character. There's also a little banana from the yeast, and a light hoppiness. Good.

Mouthfeel: awesome, with a super well-integrated carbonation. Medium body, but a giant and satisfying creaminess. Woo!

Overall: very drinkable, solid Belgian pale ale. I could quaff plenty of this.

Photo of BeerBrah
4.48/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Golden with fluffy white head. Visible carbonation and excellent lacing.
Aroma:
Soft Belgian spice and noble hops with mild malt sweetness beneath.
Taste:
Like the aroma, a Belgian spice followed by noble hop. Very balanced
Palate/Mouthfeel:
Very dry and clean with just the right amount of carbonation.'
Overall:
A clean refreshing beer. Very sessionable

Photo of leedorham
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Lakes
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Rochefort Challis in the brewery tap room by the owners.

I'm very happy with this beer. It's a very clear golden amber with a rich frothy head. Appears well carbonated.

The aroma is spicy and mildly peppery with soft light fruit.

Taste is crisp and even. Excellent spice and mild malt with good noble hop balance. Aftertaste is of wispy Belgian phenolics and very pleasing.

Mouth feel is light and very dry with very prevalent carbonation.

Overall this is a very tasty little pale that at 5.5% abv is very sessionable. I'm ecstatic that this place has opened in my back yard.

Deacon from Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.