Selkirk Abbey 10: From Northern Idaho With Love

selkirk-10-bottleI said last Friday that I would be drinking the Selkirk Abbey 10 that I had received from my buddy Jeff up in Post Falls at the Brewery, but plans changed and I drank this beer with Easter dinner, it went fantastic with the Ham we had BTW.  This is Selkirk’s take on the Belgian Quad style.  It is far from a “traditional” Belgian quad.  First of all, the Belgian yeast doesn’t strangle you when you drink it.  You can tell it is there, but it doesn’t overpower the flavor.  Second, it has only a hint of dark fruit flavor, mostly I got pineapple and grape, it doesn’t taste like mashed up raisins.  Finally there is a hop presence, which is a uniquely American take on the style.  It reminds me of the difference between European Barleywines an the hoppier American style.

This beer was a treat, I know I sound like a broken record, but Selkirk Abbey is one of those breweries that just gets IT. They know how to make great beer, and it doesn’t seem to matter if they are making a Quad, a Belgian IPA, or a Belgian Wheat Beer.  They are all really yummy.

This beer poured like an old ale.  It was a darker color, but very translucent.  It had thin tan head that quickly dissipated.  The nose was boozy and resinous, with a touch of hop and fruit, like a lemony pineapple scent, but not like an air freshener,  although if I could find this scent in an air freshener, I would never do another scent again.

The flavor is boozy and fruity with a nice warming heat in the throat and chest.  I think the fruitiness is delivered through their use of hops.  Another uncommon feature of this beer is that it has 47 IBU in a 9.7% ABV Belgian Quad.  You don’t usually encounter Belgian Quads with as much of a hop presence as this beer. It was truly a joy to drink.  My only regret is I shared this beer with Coors Light drinkers, and while they politely drank it, I’m pretty sure they didn’t enjoy or appreciate it like I did.  I’ll put that into the old memory banks and not try to push the noobs too far too fast.  I would have liked more for me, and probably could have had it, but I shared with the wrong people. Live and learn.

So good news for you East coasters this beer is coming your way.  I think it will be distributed in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to start.  This will be a VERY limited release. Only 60 cases were made.  I’ve also been told that this will be a every other year release alternating with a darker Belgian Quad or something like that.  So if you see it snap it up quick, otherwise you will be SOL until 2015.



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5 Comments on “Selkirk Abbey 10: From Northern Idaho With Love”

  1. April 2, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    First of all – good to see from you! That Jim guy (the one who uses those polysyllabic words) has been trying to hold down the fort. Mostly doing so with pretty good success but it’ll be nice to get your perspective a little more often. 😉

    Nice review. Kudos as well for being so generous (I guess) as to share it with the yet-to-be-evangelized. I tried that a few times several years ago and finally learned my lesson. Some people can’t be turned, period.

    In any event, that one’s on the hit list along with Dayman.


  2. April 2, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    Sharing good beer from my cellar to unenthusiastic responses is all too familiar to me. I don’t reckon I’ll stop doing it, but I’ll probably try harder to choose a more appropriate audience!

  3. April 2, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    Sounds like a good beer–hopefully I’ll eventually get to try it.

    As for sharing good beer w/ troglodytes, I just don’t do it. I won’t offer my secret recipe chili-con-queso to a 3 year old so why would I offer Joe Six-pack a glass of the Duchesse? Its a waste, abuse and a lose-lose, no matter how you look at it.

    On the other hand, if I’m at a party and I sense that there’s a kindred spirit in the gathering, I’m more than willing to offer him/her a bit of whatever ambrosia I’ve brought along w/ me.

  4. Diss Content
    April 2, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    That release of 60 cases is the absolute definition of the word “limited”.

    I’m becoming a believer that what motivates the Coors Light consumers must be something else. I will quote HL Mencken with:

    “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.”

    And we are bombarded with ubiquitous examples in our daily lives. McDonalds, Bud, Heinz, Coke, and Olive Garden are just a few examples of this nation’s blandification behind low prices. Those products are to cuisine, what Epcot Center is to international travel. But it seems to be what the masses demand and that’s just fine.

    Some tastes are simply tuned at different and fixed frequencies. If I observed a guy reading Hustler, I wouldn’t even consider offering him a copy of Plato’s Republic, with some expectation that he may appreciate that timeless tome. Nope.

    So like the mighty cheetah, I’ll wait in the weeds, seeking Selkirk Abbey, 10 Degree, and when the moment is right – pounce. And by pounce I mean, wander the aisles of a bottle shop with a plastic basket, but still stalking my prey.

  5. April 30, 2013 at 11:26 pm #

    I’m really interested in try their beers. I’m thinking I need to make a visit to Boise to hang out with my college friends. May be a good opportunity to swing in and see your bar and try some Selkirk.

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