Saint's Devotion - The Lost Abbey
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4.04/5 rDev +4.4%
Pours a murky orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a chunky cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Some interesting chunks of sediment sink to the bottom of the glass after the pour. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, citrus zest, pepper, and Brett. Taste is much the same with grain and Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of citrus zest bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell and some solid flavors.
03-16-2013 04:12:23 | More by UCLABrewN84
4/5 rDev +3.4%
A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high fluffy off white head that took a long time to die down, leaving a large pillow in the center of the glass, a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and sides of the glass, and a collar around the edge.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pale malts, sourdough bread, and floral hops along with some hints of sourness from the brett.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has subtle bits of sourness form the brett and some hints of peppery spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed this beer since it seemed to have the perfect amount of brett to complement the aroma and taste.
03-30-2013 23:25:19 | More by metter98
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
I just got this one in the mail yesterday, my last shipment from the Saints club, and I had been waiting for this one A lovely 750ml bottle, this one was served chilled and poured into an oversized wine glass. Consumed on 12/08/2008.
The pour was just slammin on this one. Rich golden amber with a nice amount of hazziness to it. An enormous head of white foam lifted up to a height of around three inches before settling down to a full inch of white and sticky foam that clung to the glass the rest of the session, nice carbonation streaking up from the inside.
The aroma was very solid. Nice light fruit notes, with a very well hidden Brett profile. Light grains and a touch of a fresh grass like hoppiness sneaking in as it warmed up. Light and delicate flavor with a crispness that was very nice. Clean with little in the way of funk showing up here. Light grains and some peach and pear/apple notes that were followed up nicely with the slightest amount of sour flavor, just enough to let you know it was there. Smooth and mellow with a light feel that was well carbonated and easy to drink.
Overall this was a good beer, not what I was expecting. I was wanting a little more out of this one, as it was just not as big of an experiment as it could have been. Still, a very good beer and not something I would turn a nose up at.
12-10-2008 02:06:57 | More by mikesgroove
4.73/5 rDev +22.2%
Here is an example of a beer that has done very well with a little age. It is, simply put, delicious.
Pours a light clear amber with a firm tan/yellow head. Nice looking.
Big, rich, full, bold and creamy mouthfeel. Nose is fresh lightly spiced yeast with floral yeast character. Almost a white bread saison character. One may find a hint of brett since you know it's there but you'd likely overlook it if you didn't know. Nose brett character has really integrated into a pleasant floral spice with age.
The perfect balance and integration of flavors simply make this brew.
Flavors are rich, super well integrated of light malt front to spice then bitter hops. There is brettanomyces in this Devotion but at this stage almost all of the funk is gone and this yeast really has done well here with some age.
Really a delicious drink all around. This could be a universal "go to" drink. One of the most drinkable beers I've tasted and likely to compliment almost any food.
Finish is a bitter grapefruit grassy green spicy character. Leaves you really wanting more.
10-05-2010 04:25:47 | More by GRG1313
4.25/5 rDev +9.8%
Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale yellow body with a frothy, delicate, snow white head.
Smell: Let's see what we have here. Lightly malty, pleasantly floral aroma with fruity notes of pear juice and melon and encapsulated by a restrained, funky Brett component.
Taste: Slight pale malts and a meager sweetness. Floral, fruity aspects with a distant hint of spiced sourdough. Sip of still mineral water. All the while, lightly funky Brett tastes weave in and out of the flavor, imparting cotton, dust-covered cobwebs, and old leather bound books. Belated pithy, herbal hops and bitterness. Finishes bone dry and rather crisp.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.
Drinkability: A tasty upgrade to the standard Devotion. The somewhat more subtle Brett addition allows for some fine penetrating complexities without losing sight of the original beer or suffering from lack of drinkability.
01-15-2009 19:03:47 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.09/5 rDev +5.7%
This poured out as a hazy golden color with a massive white foam on top. The retention and head are strong on this are strong. The smell of the beer has a decent amount of Brett on the nose. The beer smells more like a Saison to me than a Pale Ale. The taste is a bit on the spicy side, the malt is good there is a subtle bitterness as well. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied and nicely carbonated. Overall it's a good brew in my opinion.
05-22-2013 00:08:23 | More by Knapp85
4.18/5 rDev +8%
Busted one of these out for Super Bowl NBS - shared the bottle with Dave & Bryna. Thanks to fumner (Dan) for getting this to me after much tribulation - best wishes on your New Zealand adventure.
A - Three fingers of off-white foam, with great lacing and retention. The beer itself is a murky peach color. The only improvement would be if the color was a bit more even and less muted.
S - Bretty-funk! There's definitely no confusing this with the regular Devotion Ale. There's the associated horse-blanket and musty barn type smells, but also elements of honeyed apple, spices, and sweet fruit from the malts used.
T - The taste isn't as funky as the smell. The beer starts with a very combination of pears and spiced apple, but ends with the more funky notes. I suspect that if left to sit for a year this would get significantly funkier - too bad I traded my other bottle.
M - Crisp, refreshing, moderate carbonation with a little bit of a tingle to it. There's a bit of residual stickiness, but it goes down very easy. This is exactly what I expect from a Belgian Pale Ale.
D - Easy to drink - the 750ml bottle went really fast. Not trace of the 6.25% listed on the bottle. The restraint to the funky qualities of the beer also kept it exceptionally drinkable.
How much does spiking the bottle with Brett cost? This is much superior to regular Devotion, and I'd buy this regularly (unlike regular Devotion, which I only bought for A/B comparison purposes). Please bring this one back Tomme!
02-04-2009 02:59:55 | More by MasterSki
4.33/5 rDev +11.9%
Disembarked from it's tall brown holding cell, Devotion is freed into a Duvel tulip to shine a bright, clouded gold, with gorgeous, powdery white head above. Stays and remains sparkling white and lovely.
Funkified nose. Deep, wide, sour. Myriad spices, various citrus, but masked by the vast funk.
Drinking it...smooth, sly, lush, and tasty. Blast of fresh and palatable, dry fruit, then loads of spice, dry and peppery...but it's all very drinkable, ..yum, funky, brett-y, zesty, ...what was that? Yum.
12-14-2008 08:27:00 | More by feloniousmonk
3.68/5 rDev -4.9%
Served side by side with Devotion, in a Lost Abbey Teku because I am able to.
Beer is yellow and hazy with a white head, thin, breaks, low retention.
Aroma is Brett, and Brett c I think all the way, very powerful, very strong aroma.
Beer is light and thin and very spicy on the palate, sweet at times but the base beer is completely gone leaving me with this overly Brett beer with few describable characteristics.
11-06-2012 18:27:12 | More by drabmuh
4.24/5 rDev +9.6%
sensational beer. I was never amazed with the regular devotion, but with the brett addition here the beer is entirely transformed. the pour is thick and hazy pale straw color with an inch of white head and amazing lacing. the nose is funky from the brett, not sour at all, but somehow very wild and farmy, summery, harvest time, I don't know, its fresh and its old world. pale malted barley and wheat malt, and a decent hopping, more than I remember in the regular devotion. the brett yeast really makes the flavors come together, tons of hay and cut grass, and a little citrus before the hop bitterness kicks in. awesome mouthfeel, really bright on the tongue, with very active carbonation and a lighter body that feels bigger than it is. I think this is so well in balance and so interesting, up there with red barn and carnivale and the other saison type beers they brew. this is an A.
03-29-2013 15:57:14 | More by StonedTrippin
Saint's Devotion from The Lost Abbey
87 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.