Saint Joseph | Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company

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Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
Idaho, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by flagmantho on 07-11-2013

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by woemad:
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3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber purchased at the brewery’s tasting room for $10 (I think) about 8 months ago. The strength of this beer makes me think that time will not be an issue.

Poured a dark amber color, with a big, sudsy beige-colored foam head that dropped rapidly but left a foam collar that hung around for a while. It ultimately subsided to a slight, bubbly skiff atop the beer.

Initially, fruity and spicy aromas greeted the nose – in that order. As it warmed, a boozy scent emerged.

A flavor not unlike grape jelly was the initially most notable aspect of this beer’s taste. There were also spicy Belgian yeast notes, but they were more reticent, generally sticking to the background. As the beer warmed, the booziness noted in the aroma became a kind of mid-level player in the flavor profile, lending things a winey aspect. It wasn’t a terribly hot booziness, perhaps unlike how it would have seemed if I had immediately opened the bottle when I returned home from purchasing it, but it stood out rather well. There was not a lot of discernable hop flavor.

The body was fairly robust, the carbonation a little low. I though a little higher carbonation would improve it, but it wasn’t too big of an issue.

An intriguing beer, this Imperial Saison. It would have been interesting to try this as an evening sipper after a big meal rather than in the middle of the day. It’s not something I would want much of at a sitting (I would really like to see a 12oz bottle of this), as it’s too big a beer, in both body and alcohol level for sessioning. I would also like to try a newer example to see if it was, indeed, packing a lot of alcohol heat when it was newer. Selkirk Abbey does not rest on their laurels, I’m glad to say, and despite my above-noted reservations, I think this can be considered another of Selkirk’s imaginative spins on the saison style.

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Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of SamuelMiller
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I guess this is the brew made for their first anniversary... Congrats fellas!! Label calls this an "Imperial Saison".

Picked this up at Brewforia Meridian for a pricey $12ish... Poured into my HotD goblet and a 2 finger tan head rises up and sticks around forever... Great lacing as the clear reddish amber brew drops.

The nose is interesting.... spicy peppery phenols and a light kiss of banana... almost some ginger character.

Flavor mirrors the nose with a middle of the road sweetness for such a large ABV saison.. maybe not sweetness, but a good residual caramel maltiness and some dark toast... Flavors are a mash-up between a BSDA and a darker saison. Perhaps could have a little less malt profile. With warmth a pleasant sorta plummy element comes out.

Body is pretty hefty, but plenty of small bubble carbonation helps lift it up.

I will pick this up again... I hope the COOP gets it in.


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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Whoops forgot to drink this one; properly aged (by accident) in the basement for 6 months. Pours a medium deep bronze amber with a healthy three finger light khaki head with great retention and pillowy lacing. Aroma of spicy saison yeast, apple family fruit, black pepper, hints of caramel and mild biscuit malt. Flavor is similar but more malty; caramel malt, Selkirk's interesting fruit ester yeast, peppery spices, mild Brett. Finishes with bitter and herbs, winter spices, mildly earthy, but with residual hints of the fruity yeast. Medium bodied with peppery, active carbonation, nice mouth feel. A very distinctive take on the saison style, with more bitter herb and estery fruit yeast than normally found in farmhouse styles. The flavor progression was intriguing and invited further tasting. I like the house yeast strain and it added an unsual, but pleasant component to this saison, which may have been too astringent without it; nicely balanced instead. Saisons are are a love / hate style for me, and this one is on the right side of the equation. Another good evening spent with Selkirk.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a rubyish light brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and barely any surface foam. Doesn't look like a saison to me. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves jagged streaks behind on the glass.

S- Smells a bit soapy and sweet and bursting with red apple notes. Also some spice like cinnamon and a bit of ginger.

T- Hm. Different. Drinks more like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale than a saison since there's obviously plenty of candi sugar involved. Quite sweet with a hefty helping of spice and lots of toasty malt. Alcohol's pretty well hidden.

M- Not very viscous, just a bit syrupy. Medium-low carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Not your typical saison. I'm struggling to believe they actually used a saison yeast. Don't open this if you're in the mood for something funky or spritzy because it's neither of those things. Not bad, just not what I was expecting or hoping for. Thanks all the same to SatlyMalty for this one.

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Photo of LouZ
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of draheim
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a tulip. Pours a clear amber w/ a big fluffy beige head, nice lacing.

Aroma is sweet and fruity. Bready fruity malt, brown sugar, spice. Some floral notes as it warms. Lots of nice complexity.

Taste follows nose. This is a malty, rich saison. Sweet sugary fruit, toasty caramel malt with notes of spice, orangey citrus, and even a slightly sour twang. There's a bitterness here too, balancing out the sweetness, along with a hint of booze that brings a little warmth. The Belgian yeast takes a back seat to all the other flavors, so it's not as funky or grassy as most saisons. Like the aroma, there's a lot going on here and it takes a while to sort things out.

Mouthfeel is just touch heavier than medium bodied, slick. Finishes semi-dry.

Overall this is a surprising treat. Really enjoying this.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip. It is labeled an "imperial saison ale"; I picked up this bottle at their 1st anniversary party.

Appearance: rich red-brown hue with a light effervescence and a haze-free body. Head is a finger of frothy light-tan foam; definitely not your typical saison. I like it, though.

Smell: sweet and caramelly; there is an interesting spiciness here which might be rye. There's not much in the way of farmhouse funk in the aroma, but it is still quite nice.

Taste: moderately sweet with a caramel, rye and hint of roast flavor. There's a definite funk in the flavor to add some depth, as well as a bit of graininess. The middle of the palate has a rich component of dark fruits, but this seems like a relatively highly-attenuated beer, so this fades out pretty quick in favor of a lightly astringent finish. I'm not 100% sure how to feel about this, but I really like the dynamic complexity here.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and concomitant creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: a tasty beer, it doesn't seem at all like 9.2% ABV from the flavor. It's got some layers of complexity, not all of which I love, but all of which I appreciate. This beer is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of cavedave
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

More big thanks to beertunes for yet another PNW treat!

Cloudy light brown beer with thick tower of tan foam atop. Slathery lace remains as the head recedes to a thick and lasting cap.

Don't know what to expect of an imperial saison's bouquet, but this seems to be a light strength, mild, hints of spice to it and some light tart in there as well as some bready sweet to it.

Taste is brighter than the nose, with some herbal bitter joining the other flavors in the aroma. The spice of it is more prominent, sort of a tangy spice rather than the usual peppery of most saisons, and the herbal bitter join it through the sip. Along the way some citrus and unripe fruit/sorta tart notes accompany. As it warms some nice lemon drop notes come in. End of sip is some pretty clean bitter that doesn't get rooty or over resiny. Deelish.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the taste, not sure how it rates to style, medium carb., nice clean cling, excellent finish.

What a surprise, but not the first from my friend I have not yet met in person.. Highly recommended for a yummy treat

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Photo of leedorham
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from HomeBrewStuff., shared on 7/2. Poured out a clear copper with a small frothy head. Typical saison aromas, flavor adds a bit more fruit sweetness, herbal notes and zesty spice

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Photo of TheDrunkenDeer
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-light brown ruby color with a nice tan head and minimal lacing

S-caramel malt, pepper, cinnamon, hint of sour cherry

T-caramel malt, plum, cinnamon, little pepper, toffee, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-solid beer, but to me drinks more like a Belgian dark ale than a Saison.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Saint Joseph from Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 22 ratings