Saint Thomas Black Saison | Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company

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Saint Thomas Black SaisonSaint Thomas Black Saison

Brewed by:
Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
Idaho, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Saint Thomas is proof that a book should be opened before being judged. Subtle coffee and chocolate notes share the table with a light refreshing crispness. Saint Thomas is a solid winter beer that is equally at home during the height of summer.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 01-20-2013

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4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Murrobert
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hints of vanilla. Damn tasty.

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Photo of Glibber
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of drinkin-beeers
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Made the trip out to the 'Burbs just to get a chub fill of this beer and pretty happy I did. Picked up at Brewforia Eagle for about $7 for the quart. Poured into my slim tulip.. 2 finger brownish head lingers forever producing beautiful lacing ... the brew is pretty much black with a little bit of ruby at the stem end of my glass.

Nose is dark malt prevalent... but some light fruity esters are there with warmth... a little bit of earthy hops may be there too, but I might be talking myself into it.

Flavor mirrors the nose with a little bit more of a Belgian quality.... some light spicy phenols, clove I guess and some minor raisin and possibly a little dried cherry.. dark malts are still the big player... more phenolic qualities show as the brew warms up.

Body is a light/medium... carbonation is good yet still retains a sorta creaminess on the palate.

Pretty solid offering for my first brew from Selkirk.... I hope to soon try many more, I guess I need to become a bigger slave to Twitter.


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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque in the glass, with a fine, half finger light brown head with excellent retention and lacing. Nice aroma of toasted malt, chocolate, light lactose, only a hint of saison yeast. Flavor is light toasted malt, milk chocolate, mild light stone fruit and cherry notes. Good medium body with light creaminess. Close in profile to a Belgian stout, with good toasted malt elements, but lightened by fruity Belgian yeast. As I've noted before, something about the Selkirk yeast is very appealing to me and the flavors that made me love their other Belgian styles worked very well with the darker, roastier malts. Well made and flavorful. I really like this brewery and will return to this one again with pleasure.

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3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The point of the ritual is the ritual itself

Sour and malty and biscuits

Very reasonably priced as well

Like a good stew, it's layered

Very quaffable

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of draheim
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle (big thanks to beertunes!) into a tulip. Pours a deep brown w/ a thin khaki head.

Aroma is big chocolate and coffee, roasted malt. Smells like a porter.

Taste follows nose. Really nice bitter roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Just a vaguely fruity quality and a hint of spice, presumably from the yeast, gives me an indication that this is a saison. But it's delicious.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-bodied, carbonation is just right.

Overall a really well-crafted beer. Looking forward to seeing more offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: extremely dark brown, nearly black in color. No light is allowed through this guy. Head is a finger of creamy tan foam which slowly subsided. Quite attractive!

Smell: a light roastiness combines with haylike notes to create a subtle but interesting aroma. I feel like it is a bit light in intensity, but otherwise quite nice.

Taste: funky saison character and a light sourness start things off; the roasty elements start coming in mid-way through the palate. It's not too overly roasty though; just some accent notes that provide a nice counterpoint to the funk. The finish brings back the funk, although a bit harsher than at the beginning. Good, but that finish could be smoother.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a satisfying creaminess.

Overall: this is a highly drinkable beer, although as I said it could be a little smoother in some areas. Good stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of ccrida
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Main attributes of this dark saison are the sour acidic notes of the roasted malts. Reminiscent of a schwartzbier in that regard. There's a snappy herbal hoppiness to the nose, as well as limestone. Mouthfeel is light, chalky, Overall, the drinkability is shadowed by the sourness of the malts.

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3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very deep brown nearly black color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head fades relatively slowly leaving a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is big of chocolate and roast with a strong showing of a yeasty and funky smell. Along with these aromas comes notes of grass and a little bit of caramel and hay.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice blend of a citrus orange flavor mixed with flavors of chocolate and caramel. The sweeter flavors start out stronger, with them fading as the taste moves on further to the end. All the while a yeasty and funky taste get stronger in nature with both becoming more potent to the end of the taste. Along with these flavors some hay and grass, and with the chocolate and caramel fading a bit but still remaining rather strong, one is left with a somewhat sweeter funked almost brownie like flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The beer is on the slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is rather low. For the saison style a little more carbonation may have been nice, but even with that said, the feel was rather nice and made for a nice sipping brew.

Overall – This was a nice dark saison in my opinion. It blended an almost porter like flavor with a season flavor to create an interesting and flavorful taste overall.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark and smoky like a dunked, having a hard time finding the Saison in here. Pours black with a thin beige head. Light aroma of roast grains,taste is strong and bitter, roast grains, coffee and chocolate. Good, but not what I was expecting from a Saison.

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3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sara and Craus for grabbing me a bunch of SA stuff on a recent trip. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a nearly solid black color (just a slight touch of translucence), and about 1/3 inch of light brown head that had moderate retention and almost no lacing.

The aroma led off with a solid roast note that is usually not found in Saisons, but was probably to be expected in a "Black" example of the style. The expected yeast and spice were very faint and far in the back of the scent. The taste was the same, roasty in front, subdued Saison at the back.

The body was a bit too thin for me, borderline watery, but not terribly so. Drinkability was good, we knocked of 2 750's between 3 of us in relatively short order. Overall, a solid and enjoyable brew, certainly worth your time if you should encounter it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is really fabulous beer. who knew there was a little belgian brewery tucked into idaho someplace? not me, thats for sure. stumbled on this bottle in a bar in bozeman, never having heard of these guys. i am really blown away by my first impression, this is killer. a nice inky black brew with a tall tan head on it that has excellent retention and pretty lace. it smells and tastes like heavy dry roast, charred unmalted black barley, with a really wonderful belgian yeast over top, fruity like bubblegum and apple, and with some peppery spice notes as well, possibly some rye in the malt base as well that plays with the yeast here, or maybe this yeast is just really different and awesome, obviously fermented rather warm, its very complex and developed. i love the bitterness from the roasted barley, its a great counterpoint to the light and playful yeast, no funk here at all, but certainly rustic and old world in nature. awesome carbonation, smooth body, no lingering bitterness, on the dry side but not insanely so, really impressive complexity as it warms up too. this is a great recipe, brewed with some ingredients that are a little less familiar to me, and i love that. really keen now to get my hands on some more of their stuff, this is really high quality (and remarkably fairly priced) beer. authentic belgian here, no gimmicks, stoked!

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Saint Thomas Black Saison from Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 26 ratings