Saint Augustine Rye Saison - Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
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Reviews by Dreadnaught33:
District of Columbia
3.54/5 rDev -11.1%
First beer from Idaho! It's not bad, not great either.
Looks a little dark for a saison, more of a orange typical of an IPA. Not much head, a ring of white bubbles.
The smell is pretty good, notes of Belgian yeast, some light Chardonnay notes, crisp dry grass hops, and plenty of spicy rye. Maybe a touch of honey. The flavor is pretty much exactly the same, solid but no juicy interesting flavors that pop out besides, not much hops really to speak of but nice rye bready malts. The mouthfeel is ok, it has a nice crisp dry finish, otherwise medium body and decent carbonation.
Not bad, not great. Will likely not buy this again.
11-17-2013 19:05:13 | More by Dreadnaught33
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3.84/5 rDev -3.5%
22oz bottle, 6.0% ABV, with a nice little assertion about the yeast in saisons calling the shots. And enter rye malt, stage left.
This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with one chubby finger of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy ecru head, which leaves some spectral spiderweb lace around the glass as things drop away.
It smells of spicy caramelized rye malt, canned pear syrup, earthy, faintly funky yeast, lemon liqueur, white pepper, and herbal, leafy hops. The taste is more bready rye and caramel malt, a touch of pale graininess, a dried drupe fruitiness, earthy, musty yeast, banana chips, lemongrass, and leafy, weedy hops.
The carbonation is lightly frothy, and a bit tight at times, the body medium-light in weight, and kind of dusty in its plain-Jane smoothness. It finishes generally dry, the rye and now crackery caramel malt seemingly bereft of sweetness, allowing the yeast to expand its sphere of influence, with the fruitiness holding out as a welcome, if weak, counterpoint.
A pleasantly crisp and rounded saison, the usual laid-back pale malt getting a boost here, but not exactly one of a game-changing sort. The yeast is still workin' it, the fruitiness aiding and abetting where needed, and the mild uptick of alcohol just moping along. Overall, worthy of a go, especially if you appreciate a little variety in your saisons, a concept becoming more and more common, it would seem.
11-19-2013 02:20:47 | More by biboergosum
4.08/5 rDev +2.5%
22 picked up tonight at Bier Thirty in Bown for ~$8ish... Pours a very pretty polished orange with a short lived white head that does leave the occasional lace drape.
A heavy yeasty element on the nose... Very estery... heavy banana and ripe red apple... peppery/clovey phenols fight but are ultimately beaten back by the fruity notes..
Flavor mirrors the aroma with a bit of pear rising up out of the fruit bowl... malts show as a toasty bread with some fermented out caramel notes... Hops are way in the background and only show as grassy notes... finishes fairly dry with the banana and clove.
Not as carbonated as most Continental saisons, but it still works well.. Good drinkability.. Selkirk Abbey is doing good things.
12-18-2013 04:52:44 | More by JohnGalt1
4.84/5 rDev +21.6%
very pale, clear gold and well carbonated. properly poured with a good head that had staying power. the nose was delightful with beckoning yeasty notes tempered with spiciness of the rye. there were the lightest fruit notes but nothing that could be defined, nothing too sweet. the sip revealed pure joy, this beer is incredibly balanced! quite dry, with the faintest fruit notes that lack sweetness then followed by a nice even yeastiness and the unique mellow pepper of the rye. subsequent sips rewarded me with more of the lovely dry rye but it never over ran the overall composition of the beer; it stayed light, effervescent and easily drinkable throughout. st. augustine has, and maintains, the great carbonation you expect from a belgian beer with out being too bubbly. this beer stays true the style of a saison in that it rewards you with big beautiful flavors but remains light in body and wholly refreshing. selkirk abbey has hit the nail on the head with this beer! i have never enjoyed a rye beer like i did this one. while i enjoyed all of the beers they served up, this one absolutely has me hooked. a must try when you visit this brewery.
05-23-2013 17:48:37 | More by GypsyGirlJ
3.71/5 rDev -6.8%
22oz into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy light amber/copper color w/ a thin white head. This one seems to be a little undercarbonated.
Aroma is sweet and fruity; apple and pear, a tad of grassy Belgian funk. Some floral hops that give it a perfumy quality.
Taste is mostly fruity and sweet. More floral and perfumy notes, I think from the combination of the Belgian yeast and hops. I'm not picking much up in the way of rye malt, which I usually associate with a spicy, peppery quality. It might be there, but I'm not getting it.
Mouthfeel is balanced and drinkable. Carbonation seems OK on the palate.
Overall an OK saison, not my favorite. Not sure what it is but I'm not enjoying this one quie as much as the St. Stephen I had yesterday.
08-21-2014 00:46:41 | More by draheim
4/5 rDev +0.5%
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: nice copper hue with a moderate haze and a moderate effervescence. Poured with basically no head, which is unfortunate, but there you go.
Smell: very rye-like aroma, as you would expect. Aroma is a bit light in intensity, but the spicy rye and light farmhouse funk work together well.
Taste: nicely farmhousey and with a very banana-like character. There's a good spiciness from the rye, and they were skillfully conservative with it. The disparate elements blend well together here.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a big, well-integrated carbonation. Extremely satisfying, big, frothy creaminess. Bam!
Overall: a good, lightly spicy, rather dry saison. Quite drinkable.
07-01-2013 18:38:55 | More by flagmantho
4.03/5 rDev +1.3%
A - slightly hazy pale orange with a white head.
S - Muted aroma with some esters, a little yeasty.
T - Dominated by herbal and spicy flavors. Clove, pepper, phenolic in character. Not overpowering though, the yeast byproducts just seem to shine through.
M - Light to medium in body. Not out of character for a saison. High carbonation.
O - Good beer, I like their black saison better but this one is good.
02-07-2013 20:55:16 | More by leedorham
4/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured a clearish orange body with one finger head that left some lace around the glass. A mix of yeast and rye first hit my nose, and then some bitter hops and a touch of sweet malts. First thing that hits me is the balance of yeast and rye as the beer is fuller-bodied, almost chewey, and so smooth. Get some funk in this beer as well as touches of bitter citric hops and sweet/tropical fruits like tangerine. This is a simple beer but it has great execution and the addition of rye works well with this style and this is a must try.
10-09-2013 18:08:20 | More by clayrock81
3.89/5 rDev -2.3%
22oz bottle purchased at the Rocket Market in Spokane for $6.99. According to the label this was bottled on August 23, 2013.
Poured a semi-clear, orangey amber color. THere was a good sized, creamy beige head. Spotty lace.
The nose was of spicy Belgian yeast notes, fruity esters and rye malt. Not exactly unexpected, and a tad bit more restrained than I was expecting, but it smelled good nonetheless.
The taste was much like the nose, but a bit more complex. There's a more fleshed out spiciness to the brew, with notes of pepper and a clove-like flavor in the background. The alcohol was well-hidden.
Medium bodied, with the correct amount of carbonation for the style.
A very tasty rye take on the saison. I'm not quite as wild about this as I am the black saison or the Infidel, but I'd still happily drink this wherever I come across it on tap.
04-03-2014 00:51:55 | More by woemad
4.05/5 rDev +1.8%
a: Clear golden, a bit dark; served with a medium sized, short lived white head.
s: Spicy and herbal, rye is definitely noticeable. Some farmhouse funk and mild banana phenols.
t: Nice and dry, I like it. Earthy rye and some clove, peppery yeast and a fruity phenol finish.
m: Light overall, crisp.
o: Very nice saison, well balanced with no overwhelming elements
10-08-2013 18:42:46 | More by DIM
Saint Augustine Rye Saison from Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
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