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Saint Augustine Rye Saison - Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company

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Saint Augustine Rye SaisonSaint Augustine Rye Saison

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BA SCORE
88
very good

38 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: leedorham on 02-07-2013)
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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

TheFlern, May 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

NWer, Aug 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

AScrambledEgg, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

biboergosum, Nov 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

socon67, Sep 10, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -14.1%

On tap, pours minimal head on a cloudy straw colored body.
The aroma is a nice rye smell with a little lemon.
The taste starts with a mild bitter, then rye malt sweetness with some banana and apricot mixed in. Nice.
The texture is crisp with a soft edge and moderate carbonation.
A great showcase of rye.

Fatehunter, Sep 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

mozim, Sep 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

Dcunicelli, Oct 23, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

3.75/4/4.25/3.75/4

JohnGalt1, Dec 18, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. A gusher; one of the sneaky ones that doesn't foam at first, but then empties itself continuously in a steady stream. Finally corralled in a glass, it appears a medium havy golden amber with a half glass of off-white foam (could have had more if I wanted..), with good retention and thick, pillowy lacing. The foam on this is remarkable; thick almost like a meringue. Aroma is Belgian saison yeast, bready malt, rye bread, light clove. Flavor follows, with semi-dry saison yeast, a hint of funk, nice rye flavor and light tartness; develops a nice lightly bready rye flavor in the finish, leaving a lingering clove and saison yeast aftertaste. Nice mouthfeel with active carbonation. A quite nicely made saison, the basic beer cleaves to style, and the rye really does add a interesting but integrated flavor. Saisons can be hit or miss for me, but this one won me over, perhaps because I'm a sucker for rye flavors. Good enough that I forgive the gusher mop up. Well done. I like this brewery a lot from the few beers I've found on my travels.

LiquidAmber, Sep 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

DrBier, Aug 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

alphanon, Nov 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

Kurmaraja, Jul 18, 2014
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4.84/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

GypsyGirlJ, May 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

nmann08, Jun 20, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

LouZ, Yesterday at 10:13 PM
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4/5  rDev +1%

bigred89, Feb 09, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev -6.3%

L: 3.00
A: 3.75
T: 3.75
M: 3.75
O: 3.75

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.

draheim, Aug 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

AWB3, Mar 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | 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: 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.

flagmantho, Jul 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

leedorham, Feb 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

clayrock81, Oct 09, 2013
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Saint Augustine Rye Saison from Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.