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Selkirk Abbey Saint Thomas Black Saison

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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnGalt1 (490) - , Idaho, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Made the trip out to the íBurbs just to get a chub fill of this beer and pretty happy I did. Picked up at Brewforia for about $9 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
maxwelldeux (3662) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Bottle. Pours a near-black color with almost no head on it whatsoever. Nose is very light - almost to the point of not being there. There is a slight floral element to it, but not much else. Taste is slightly sour, but definitely floral. I donít get any of the elements that are supposed to make it dark. Only OK.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
xenodius (3) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2013 does not count
I know it may seem like Iím overrating this beer, but I really think itís this good. The palate and flavor are an exquisitely balanced pair, velvety yet full, substantial but crisp and roasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernovice39 (3125) - Montana, USA - NOV 11, 2013
On tap. Dark brown/black pour with a tan top. Nose is roasty and bready. Taste is yeast/spice with some chocolate and nuts. Nice.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (2416) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 20, 2013
On tap at Prefunk Boise, ID Black, of course modest but persistant tan head. Very faint light toasty aroma. Flavor is mild soft dark maltiness. Slight metallic aftertaste. Not much of the classic Saison flavor but the roasted malts may have masked or over powered that

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stevoj (2152) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Dark and smoky like a dunked, having a hard time finding the Saigon 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
poisoneddwarf (1711) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - AUG 25, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Black pour with a thick beige head with good retention, leaving lace. Aroma is chocolaty, toasted malts. Taste is mostly sweet with some bitterness in the finish. Roasty with Belgian yeast notes. Creamy mouthfeel, medium body. Really good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Draft. Blackish beer with a tan head. Light roasty aroma with light yeast. Yeast and light malt flavor with light yeast. Medium bodied. Light chocolate and light nuttiness lingers with yeast and light spice.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Prufrockstar (957) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Growler thanks to bro and sis-in-law. Thanks! Aroma is chocolate, roast, dark fruit, Belgian esters. I'd guess a Belgian stout if I didn't know the name. Pours dark brown, nearly black, with thick dense mocha head. Taste is roasty dark fruit, tangy with some light citrus. Some earthy, coffee notes too. Medium body, average carbonation, texture a little slick. Overall: not bad, but flavor combo doesn't really do it for me - when my nose is promised a stout my mouth is biased against accepting a roasty, earthy saison. Cool idea though, and seems like other people dig it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerBrah (10) - - MAY 18, 2013
Aroma - Big Chocolate and coffee notes, Belgian notes are very light Appearance - Black, No light passes through. Head is dark tan and lingering Taste - Very deceiving beer. Where the nose was hugely dark the taste is delicate and refined. The beer is decidedly saison with a chocolate/coffee accompaniment Mouthfeel/Palate - Light and easy drinking. Itís a little confusing because this is both a good winter and summer beer. Overall - A Great Beer on so many levels. Soft and easy but solid flavors and very satisfying.


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