Saint Augustine Rye Saison | Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company

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Saint Augustine Rye SaisonSaint Augustine Rye Saison

Brewed by:
Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
Idaho, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The archetypical saison will let the yeast talk over the malt and hops. We just thought that Rye might have something to add to the conversation. Listening closely it seems to say: “I belong here” and we agree.

Added by leedorham on 02-07-2013

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is awesome, and although i havent had much from these guys, i have been very impressed by the ones i have had. a rye saison, but with some interesting flavors to it, almost hefeweizen-like in the yeast complexion, but with a strong rye flavor and a rustic charm that really gets me. an affordable bottle too which is cool. hazy pale yellow beer with a quickly receding head and some visible carbonation but not quite as active as i like the style to be. banana and spice complex in the nose from the yeast, fermented warmer, but nicely grainy too, with the rye being fairly substantial in this. subtle peppery, but very bright even with all the malt. there is a crispness to it despite all the fruitiness, finishes dry and clean, but the rye flavor is bold too, and while this is somewhat of a weird beer in terms of style, its really tasty and well made. the carbonation is there, and the body is fuller but not heavy. delicious stuff, old world sort of beer, different but familiar too, just really good beer. these guys are on it!

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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SamuelMiller
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrsqc7
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

James brown Cadillac white walls slow drive back country roads smooth hay pollen fresh beautiful kind familiar different spacious trunk girlfriend making moms recipe

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Photo of elglueckert
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveBlack
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bier:Thirty. First impression is straight up Saison, then its ’what’s that other taste?". That’s where the rye comes in, adding a bit of the musty, sour rye bread notes. Body seems a bit thin, head is very airy, weak, little lacing to speak of. Rye lingers a bit on the palate, a tad bitter, but a nice turn for a combo I’ve never had before (rye/Saison)

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Photo of Moose90
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a nice bright coppery color into the glass, there is fairly nice clarity, and lacing left behind is consistent and nice.

S — Smells of some spicy rye, little bit of pepper, some toasted caramel, some nice and bright yeasty saison character here as well, of course.

T — Tastes of a big rye punch right off the bat, nice and spicy, there is a fantastic balance from the yeast and remaining malt bill, little bit of a hoppy balance here as well.

M — Medium bodied, with a long lasting finish, nice.

O — Great overall, a spicy saison, yes please!

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Photo of mactrail
2.79/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Rich amber color in the Kasteel chalice. Foam is only a memory after a minute. Light bodied but the sharpness lingers after the carbonation disappears.

Flavor is weirdly perfumey. Is that the rye? This is a new flavor for me. Sourish yet sweet tinged. Dry finish but malty. Green mango, spoiled apricots. Totally strange. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham.

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Photo of Mighty_Miguelito
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice. Body was a little weak, taste was very nice, complex flavors.

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Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boone757
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2GOOFY
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 510a
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber color with a tiny bit of haze and a two finger head of fizzy white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer huge of a funky smell with tons of grassy and yeasty smells as well as with a big showing of acetic acid/vinegar. Along with these flavors comes some aromas of lemon and some other lighter fruit smells of orange and pear. A little bit of a rye rounds it all out, producing one very nice smelling saison overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a thick and fruity taste that has a mix of lighter fruits of orange, apple, pear, and peach. Other flavors are present from the start as well, with flavors of a light rye bread and some sour lemon and grass there as well. The yeasty tastes start out very light but develop more and more as the taste moves forward. Along with the yeast, the sour and funky flavors really increase with a big increase in the grassy, lemon, and herbal flavors. A little bit of an increase in the sweet, and a moderate increase in the rye comes at the end of the flavor profile, leaving one with a smooth and funky and very enjoyable saison flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. A little bit more carbonation may have been a little bit better overall for the brew, but all in all, the moderateness was rather nice for the funk and sweet mix of the brew and made for an easy but flavorful drinker.

Overall – This is a very nicely done saison. A fantastic balance of fruit, funk, yeast, and just a little accentuating hint of spicy rye. A rather tasty brew and certainly one to try if you get a chance.

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Photo of zeff80
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LouZ
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of Bloodgood
5/5  rDev +28.5%

An absolute must have. seasonal, late summer release.

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Photo of alphanon
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of RoarwithGilmore
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

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Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Saint Augustine Rye Saison from Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
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