10° | Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company

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Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
Idaho, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 26
Photo of jmdrpi
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz capped bottle. 2014 vintage in 2016.

Dark amber color, fairly clear. Thin white head. Nice aroma of boozy dark fruit and toffee, caramel. Similar taste. Sticky mouthfeel. Overall good effort for an American quad.

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Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very deep, golden-brown. Aromas of heavy sweet malt and some earthiness. Taste is a little too sweet, IMHO, but usually typical of this style..Still a little too much. Malts are of brown sugar, barnyard, etc. Finish is sweet, yet slightly clean..

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Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a chalice. Pours a clear mahogany w/ a thin off-white head, good carbonation.

Aroma is bready, spicy, fruity. Toffee, dates, raisins, caramel.

Taste follows nose. Sweet and bready, with nutmeg and cinnamon, dried fruits. Floral esters from the Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel is characteristically dry, good carbonation.

Overall a well-build quad that might get even better with a little age.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium to dark bronze amber with a thin light khaki head with decent retention and lacing. Aroma of bready and caramel malt, dried dark fruit, particularly dates and raisins; much maltier than a typical quad. Flavor is more of a semi-sweet, biscuity malt unlike the aroma, with dark dried fruit and a fleeting estery fresh fruit flavor in the middle, which I recognize from other Selkirk ales, finishes with fruit esters and biscuit malt. Medium bodied with some pleasant creaminess. A different take on a Belgian quad here. The initial fruit and malt are more reminiscent of a dry biscuit malt barleywine, like Mad River's Barleycorn, than a Belgain quad, but the distinctive Selkirk estery fruit yeast brings in a more Belgian character. Quite malt forward for a quad or Belgian in general, and light on the Belgian spices. Fortunately I really like the Selkirk Belgian yeast flavor and that redeems this as a domestic Belgian. Not traditional, but flavorful and interesting. I really liked this, but have to dock it a few fractional points for being off style. I will definitely buy this again.

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Photo of mactrail
2.69/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is nice enough, with the red-haired brown color but a very modest foam. Not so spritzy and the carbonation evaporates. I get just a whiff of wild sourness starting to develop. But the stuff is hugely sweet.

This tastes like some kind of Barley Wine. Sugary malt with a bitter hoppy finish. Really an unpleasant combination. It's not oxidized tasting, but I get beets, sweet vermouth, and tomato soup. Then the raisin syrup is followed by a harsh bitterness that creeps up.

I have three other beers from this place to taste. I'm hoping this will be the worst one. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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Photo of stevoj
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into my large (50cl) Leffe goblet. Medium brown, shades of orange with silky beige head. Aroma is dried fruit, some wine esters, raisins, getting richer as it warms. taste is more of the same, sweet with faint alcohol burn. This is true to the style and very authentic. Nice to see the Americans refining this style without adding any extra ingredients. Well done.

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Photo of beertunes
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've had this kicking around for a while, thought I had already reviewed it. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a lightly hazy coppery gold-amber color, much lighter than most Quads, and had about 1-1/2 inches of creamy, light tan head that had very good retention and thick, sticky lacing.

There was some some light yeast spice, and a slightly cloying sweetness. The sweetness wasn't the dark fruit scent you expect in the style, but more of a "sugary" sweetness. There was just a hint of an alcohol scent in the background. On the tongue, the beer was pretty similar to the aroma profile, but the alcohol was a bit more pronounced, especially at the back of the tongue.

The body was smooth and even, and a bit lighter than the typical examples of the style. Drinkability was pretty good, the 22oz bottle was gone quickly. Overall, a very nice, although a somewhat atypical, example of the style. Certainly worth trying if you see it, and worth some effort to obtain.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Found this tonight at Brewforia Meridian... Paid $12ish... Enjoyed from my HotD goblet... 1" lite tan head dies back a little fast, but leaves a perfect cap and decent drapes of lacing... the brew is polished amber.

Let this brew warm up and you get the full spectrum... much better than I was expecting for an "American quad".

The nose is a fairly complex malty monster without ever smelling "sweet"... dark toast/bread... caramel and an abundant dark fruity ester component.. hints of raisin with more plum/fermented out sweet cherry essence... no real phenolic presence, but that is not a complaint, this smells great.

The flavor is nicely balanced... great malt complexities and fruity esters.. malty without ever verging on sweet... tastes more like a Trappist BSDA than a continental/abbey version... just enough perceived hoppy bitterness to really balance this out... a bit of EtOH, but not a deal breaker.

Body is medium-lite with a good carbonation, could maybe use more bubble IMO.

Overall, I am pretty damn surprised.. This doesn't have all the complexities of it's continental brothers, but it is very well done. I am impressed and will certainly buy again.


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Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: nutty brown hue with a haze-free body and a very light effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam with OK retention. Maybe not the best quad ever, but actually pretty attractive.

Smell: quite malty and sweet right off the bat, as you would expect for the style. Nice elements of dark fruit and caramel hit me at different times, creating a nice layered effect. There seems to be a hint of spicy phenolic character, although this is pretty low in the mix. There is also some breadiness which doesn't necessarily work for me here. It's a nice-enough smelling beer, but its peaks and valleys don't match up exactly with my preferences.

Taste: sticky sweet with more of the breadiness to the fore with a little biscuity character as well. Not as much in the way of dark fruits and caramel as the aroma, which doesn't work as well for me. Definitely a bit of alcoholic heat, but it's not over the top. Not bad, but also not outstanding.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good dose of carbonation and a nice creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: I want to like this beer a lot, but it just doesn't hit the classic quadrupel flavor points for me. It's not fruity or redolent enough, and the biscuit/bread character is too much to the fore. That said, it's not objectively a bad beer; it is relatively free of flaws.

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Photo of woemad
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

According to the label, the abv percentage is 9.8. I tried an 8oz sample of this at SA's 1 yr anniversary party, but a small plastic cup's worth is no way to review a beer (especially when you have no pen to write a review with you!). Fortunately I wound up driving to Coeur d'Alene a week later and was able to stop at the brewery and pick up a bomber of this for $10.

Poured what looked like an amber color going into the glass, but once it was all in my St. Bernardus goblet it took on a dark rubyish hue. Moderate, beige-colored head that didn't hang around for very long. Minimal lace.

Smells good, but it seems like a cross between a quad and a tripel. There's an aroma of date-like dark fruit, but I'm also getting pears and green apples. There's also a sweet, candy-ish aroma.

The taste starts out with a sweet, candy-like flavor with a pruney or raisin-like flavor in the background. In the middle of the taste there's a lighter fruit flavor that, as in the nose, reminds me of pears. Deep in the background is an unobtrusive but undeniable boozy flavor, which is not surprising given it's high alcohol content. As it warms, the alcohol heat becomes more and more apparent. Perhaps I should get another bottle of this and lay it down for a while.

Medium bodied, with carbonation that seems a little too low for me.

A very good, not great example of the style. Like many other American examples of the style, it comes very close to great Belgian-born examples of the style without quite getting there. I will drink this again because I like the brewery, but not too regularly, as it’s a bit dear, price-wise, when I can get world class quads within walking distance for less.

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Photo of leedorham
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this in an 8oz pour at the brewery.

A - poured dark brown with minimal off-white head.

S - Alcoholic to the noze with stone fruit and a bit of spice.

T - Again with the stone fruit. Prunes, raisins dominate.

M - Medium-low carbonation. Full bodied and drinks with just a little heat.

O - My second favorite offering from this brewery. I hope they bottle it so I can put some age on a few.

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