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Saint's Devotion - The Lost Abbey

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very good

382 Ratings
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Ratings: 382
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 25
Gots: 54 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.66% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 11-26-2008)
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Photo of DovaliHops


4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chad for sharing this! Pours a murky straw color with a small white head. Scent is a lot of Brett, Belgian yeast and pepper. Other spices as well. Taste is somewhat salty initially, followed immediately by Belgian yeast and slightly tart green apples. Then I get some orange and lemon peel. Lovely pepper flavors matched with Brett. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly drinkable. Overall, this is a better version of the original Devotion. I wish they replaced it with this.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 07:08:25 | More by DovaliHops
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Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is a cloudy orange with a brownish tint with a finger of foamy white head and some lacing.

The smell is pretty bretty, some barnyard type flavor that is mixed with a bit of green apple and a little bit of honey as well with the constant touch of funk.

The taste is less funky then expected but does have a smooth mellow barnyard flavor. Some fruit flavor is mixed into the sourness with some green apple and a little pear. There is also some spicy flavor that is pleasant and not overpowering.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and goes down with a nice drinkable feel. It is slightly refreshing and holds a funky character that stays throughout.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2010 14:06:21 | More by Duhast500
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3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Armsby Abbey. Poured into a 4oz tasting glass.

A - Pours a palish yellow gold color with medium clarity...just a bit of haze. A low white cap of foam sits on top for a bit before falling. Plenty of sticky lacing left behind on the glass.

S - Smells of lemons, wet hay and wheat.

T - Lemony citrus with plenty of wheat character. Hops are fruity and floral in nature. Supposed to be a Brett finished beer but I don't detect any funk at all...this is supposed to be a very young batch, so maybe it will develop more over time. A bit disappointing though.

M - Thin body with prickly carbonation...think this would be a great, refreshing and crisp summer drinker.

D - Easy drinker for sure...on a hot summer day, this would be a welcome companion that I could stick with all day. It isn't overly complex or unusual, but it is still pretty tasty...still wishing there was more brett though.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 18:48:34 | More by portia99
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap @ Armsby Abbey at the LA/Port takeover night.

Light sticky head with lots of lacing light hazy golden wheat orange color.

Nose brings Belgian a golden ale with light malts light booze farmhouse rustic bready malts and little yeast. Some light pale spicy hops.

Taste is light crisp farmhouse ale creamy belgian malts and light wheat grassy citrus lemon zest and a very light dry brett funk little barnyard some citrus bitterness. The Brett seems to have dried off the malts some, and gave it a nice dry bready finish, but this is way too young to have a big Brett flavor impact. It leaves with a dry bitter citrus lemon finish.

Med body with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, with the nice dry finish from the Brett, and crisp ale and light pale hops. A nice drinkable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2010 03:45:08 | More by jlindros
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden yellow with a half finger of head and left nice frothy lacing sticking to the glass. The funky musty brett and belgian yeast aromas dominate the nose alongside some spice, slight citrus, faint grassy, and apple notes. The taste also has the belgian yeast character but the musty funky breet is not as potent but is well balanced with citrus, spice, and slight clove accents. Honestly the flavor leans more towards a saison with brett. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, spice, musty funky, and bubbly finish. It drank pretty good but like I mentioned its probably better categorized as a saison. I still was glad that I had the opportunity to try this beer and a variation of the devotion.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 09:39:19 | More by Gobzilla
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4.73/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 04:25:47 | More by GRG1313
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to swnicholson for the corked and caged 750 mL. From Black Booty 2009.

A: The pale ale is golden yellow, clear except for the condensation on the outside of the glass. A finger and a half of white head quickly dissapated but left legs of lace all around my tulip glass.

S: The brettanomyces is strong, having had quite a long time to munch through any residual sugars. The result is a grassy, lemony aroma, one that has plenty of bretty funk lingering. The aroma comes across as very dry.

T: Not as much funkiness as I would have expected. Instead, the Devotion base is spends more time in the limelight. Peppery flavors mix with the funk that does hang around, a grassy citrus flavor. Breadiness matches the brett flavors, although those piquant critters rule the day. Lots of pepper also crops up in the finish. The brett is strong but well-integrated into the ale.

M: The brett makes all the difference in the ale, replacing a moderate taste with plenty of citrus, pepper and grasses.

D: Utterly drinkable. The funk, with over a year and a half to settle in, really controls the ale. The dry body leaves a lasting impression on my palate.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 00:37:07 | More by akorsak
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3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sean, 750ml bottle into my Rochefort.

A dark honey gold with decent carbonation, light lacing...The aroma is musky grass, light grapefruit, very similar to the sauvingon blanc..Taste is lightly sweet, more grass with brett not super sour just a tad, then a light chalk finish which is a little offputting.

A light grassy brett beer, pretty refreshing, but a little light and tough.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 19:25:27 | More by jrallen34
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a white head. Spotty lacing thin cap with bubbles.

S - Grass, hay, farm, sweet tropical fruit, pineapples.

A - Grassy/hay, slight sweetness, cloves, bananas.

M - Light, crisp, refreshing, good carbonation.

D - Perfect beer for a summers day and about eleventy-billion times better then regular Devotion.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 19:22:29 | More by Sean9689
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3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden, with tons of haze light white head.

Kinda a dirty aroma with light phenol and slight yeast.

Light Belgian yeast, sligt sweetness with backend sour that sits on the back of the tongue. I get a light mount of lactic acid out of this.

Interesting but not great. Very subtle on the sour aspects, glad I wasn't the one to pay for this.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 01:46:14 | More by SShelly
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District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a hazy golden yellow with a large frothy head, nice rocky lacing. Aroma is of hay, lemon grass, and herbs. Very faint brett, but it is there (even though I accidentally sat on this one for a while). Nice belgian pepper/spice element, but not enough funky brett. A bit sweet. Very drinkable. Good, but nothing to scream about. I was expecting a bit more as this was a special saint's release.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 04:34:01 | More by craytonic
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4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml corked and caged brown bottle poured into a tulip. Notes.

A: Light straw color on the pour. A finger or so of light head forms and holds with some retention. A bit of lacing.

S: Soft grain and some light fruity esters. Soft and subtle Brett in the back. A bit musty and barny with the very beginnings of a light cheese in the back as it warms further.

T/M: More of the same in the flavor. Soft, pleasant Belgian malt bill with even more fruity esters. The brett is a touch bigger in the flavor with plenty of musty notes and that very light development of cheesiness. Body is medium light to light with soft, though still Belgian, carbonation.

D: Very drinkable and pretty low ABV. Tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 22:20:17 | More by pwoods
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3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle courtesy of brotherliam, thanks again for trading me this bottle Bill, drank tonight from my Kapittel goblet, color is a golden orange with some lighter tones, two inch fluffy white head that lasted a few minutes, appearance was nice except for the sediment floating around from the top six or seven ounces from the bottle, could have excused that if it was from the bottom but it was not, aroma consists of apples, yeast, caramel, herbal accents, lemon, orange, sugars, earthiness, mild funk, and grapefruit, taste starts off with dryness and is rather yeasty from the get go, some citrus in the middle but still very dry, finishes dry as well with earthiness and what seemed like hibiscus even though there is no flowers in here to my knowledge, warms up with green apples and sweeter funk with that same dryness, dry, flowery, and yeasty mouthfeel, medium bodied, tons of carbonation, gushed a little bit when the cork popped, taste lingered a long time with the dryness, could have drank the bottle probably but pretty filling considering its ABV, too dry with misplaced heavy sweetness at times, not the smoothest Belgian style beer out there, the brettanomyces will probably develop more as time goes on but it is already starting to really dry things out, Devotion is not one of my favorite beers to begin with but this helps a little bit in some areas, not too bad, worth trying

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 01:51:32 | More by Floydster
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Tried this one afraid of a flat beer, which seems to be the case of almost every bottle from LA I try.
Corked, large bottle, poured into a tulip.

Happily, this golden, red tinted brew has a nice, foamy off-white head that shows lively carbonation.
Aroma is nice, grassy and citric, some herbs, a faint touch of Brettanomyces.
Nicely carbonated, it has a grassy, herbal taste to it, with some excessive spiciness. Brettanomyces notes are quite subtle, and it lacks the expected funkiness. There are also some grassy hop notes, some citric fruits.
Decent brew, better than most experiences I had with LA, as this one at least has some carbonation, but the funkiness is not nearly where I expected.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 15:39:33 | More by brdc
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4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With all the hoopla surrounding the under-carbonated Angel's Share I felt the need to crack open a Lost Abbey brew. Got this one from Masterski, thanks man!

750 ml. cork and caged bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a semi-cloudy sunset gold with a two finger bright white head that falls to a thin layer of foam. A decent amount of spiderweb looking lace holds on to the sides of the glass. Aroma consists of pear, apple, and light yeasts. A good amount of brett, honey, and grass as well. Taste begins crazy bretty with big musty hay flavors and dry farm blankets. Midway a touch of honey sweetness emerges but is quickly taken back by the sharp lemony hops. Aftertaste is pretty funky and dry with some zestiness lingering. Light fluffy body with a crisp feel and active carbonation (woo hoo!!). Pretty easy going down, I definitely prefer this to original version. I'd love to see what some age would do to the brett. Overall, good brew for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 23:53:35 | More by BeerTruth
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4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very striking hazy yellow-orange pour with a delightful looking near-white frothy head. Two fingers of pillowy, clouds.

Slight aroma of vinegar, leather horse saddle, meyer lemon.

Brettanomyces tasted immediately and blends rather seemlessly with the lemon-wheaty malt and zesty hops. Nice little prick of carbonation on the tongue. Extremely refreshing and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 22:12:54 | More by RustyDiamond
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4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml part of the saints club 08.

cloudy straw colored liquid with a white head that stayed around.

smelled of belgian yeast and wet horse blanket.

taste followed smell. It was a nice funky barnyard flavor with some grassy undertones. very yeasty tasting as well. compared to regular devotion this one had more life and more of a funky cheese thing going on, likely due to the brett.

it was crisp and well carbonated making it easy to drink.

this one is easy to drink, downed the whole 750 in no time due to only being 6%. I think more time in the cellar to let out more of the brett character is in order though, it has, IMO, the possibility of getting much funkier. glad I picked up extras when I could.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 11:27:32 | More by tayner
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4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 02:59:55 | More by MasterSki
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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A devotional saint? Pours a mostly hazy pale yellow color with some dark lighter orange hues throughout. A soft white head with good retention and lacing.

The nose is similar to Devotion but with some subtle changes. The malt is a bit more complex with a light Belgian malt flavor and noticeable wheat with a hint of spice. A floral and yeasty aroma with some fruity notes. Some hints of pears and apricots and a light clove in the finish. Some nice yeasty aroma.

The taste is similar as well but much cleaner. The malt is more of a staple in the Sinners version. Some nice Belgian pale notes but the wheat backs off relative to the nose. Their isn't a metallic note that I usually get from Devotion (a plus there). The spices seem to come out more as well. Some sourdough and pepper notes. A light clove and some wine notes. Hints of brett and a light leather note. Some herbal and a light floral hop on the back end. Just some hints of funk but nice and clean.

The body is moderate with a clean finish. A light carbonation. This will be very interesting to compare and contrast over a few years.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 21:18:20 | More by Oxymoron
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4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks go to RustyDiamond for sharing this bottle with a few of us Atlanta area BAs. Thanks! Pours a hazy orange/golden with a thin head that settles to a ring. Smells lightly lemony and grassy, and slightly metallic on the finish. This Brett is still young, and this should sour up and become more complex over time. Tastes quite bitter and somewhat funky with a nice earthiness and a little funky, but nbot sour at all. Smooth, bitter, and earthy in the mouth, with a slightly stinging bitterness that lingers. Nice, but will probably get better.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 02:43:02 | More by Georgiabeer
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 19:03:47 | More by ChainGangGuy
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New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle at 52 degrees, courtesy of my good friend Michael.

Pours clear gold with a half-inch head of white foam into a goblet.
A solid coating on the surface remained throughout the glass as well as plenty of clingy strings of lacework. Happy to see this Lost Abbey offering with more carbonation than some in the past.

Aromatics lead off with lemon pith, grapefruit zest, wet cat, fresh hay, and spice-dusted grass. Hints of horse-rubbed suede, bitter orange, and peppery hops follow through.

On the light side of medium bodied, with a crisp, almost creamy mouthfeel. Pillowy and soft.

Biscuity malt, grassy hops, orange zest, and grapefruit oil start the palate. A drying, minerally, slightly tannic earthiness steps forward along with hints of lemongrass, green straw, and yeasty phenols.

Finishes crisp and bone-dry, with lingering tart citrus and peppery undertones.

What a tasty Brett beer. The peppery, grassy hops are great on top of the funk, and this one is best drunk fresh. I can't really see this one getting any better in the cellar.

A springtime picnic with sharp cheeses, grapes, and pepperoncini would be a perfect match.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 00:18:31 | More by brewandbbq
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4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at ~58°F / 14.4°C into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer starts out with a four-finger thick, dense, tan-tinged, off-white colored head. The head leaves lots of lacing sticking to the sides of my glass and it also forms some rocky & mesa like structures as it slowly recedes. The beer is a pale-red tinged, honey color that shows a brilliantly clear orange-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is nice and hoppy with notes of hay, lemon grass, a touch of pine needles and a nice herbal note. Underneath this the Brettanomyces is noticeable; it is still pretty subtle, but contributes aromas of rubber, a touch of muskiness, and a soft barnyard note. There is also some sweet, grassy grain character and some cracker like malt that I noticed as I was trying to figure out the Brett aromatics.

The beer has a dry, grassy and herbal character to it up front. The middles sees a peppery carbonation and the Brettanomyces kicks in with some tongue coating phenolics that remind me of rubber and musk. A light malt sweetness in the finish helps accentuate (or maybe it is the other way around) some fruit notes reminiscent of pear and apple. This beer is quite light bodied, which is very nice, though there is a certain palate fullness to this beer that seems to be wrapped up somehow in the Brett phenolics. This has an almost velvety texture to it that is quite nice in a beer that is this dry, light and effervescent as this is. The hop character provides a nice bitter hop bite as well as a touch of lemon zest citrus character that morphs into a Meyer lemon note and then even tart orange (this moves more towards orange as the beer warms, though it never loses the lemon zest entirely); there is also a nice herbal component that mixes with the Brettanomyces phenolics. There is a hint of cracker like malt flavor to the finish as well as a grassy grain note that gets wrapped up in the hop character.

I definitely like this a bit more than the standard Devotion, the Brett adds that little something extra to this nicely hoppy Belgian'esque ale. The sharp Brett notes actually compliment the hop character. I really wished I hadn't missed out on picking up a couple extras of this beer, one is simply not enough.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 02:02:29 | More by Gueuzedude
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New York

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sampled on 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk. Pours a cloudy yellow with a thick white head. Aroma of melon, citrus, Belgian yeast, and wheat. Flavor of Belgian yeast with a slight tinge of citrusy hops. Slight tartness. Pretty much exactly as advertised: a bretted up version of Devotion. In my opinion, it's an improvement! Quite tasty and delicious.
7/4/8/4/16 (3.9/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 19:29:15 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color with a massive bubbly head that sticks everywhere. Smells of spicy Belgian yeast a bit of funk, lots of fruit. Tastes of fruit, berries. Spicy and peppery. Smooth as hell with a sour twang. The brett sourness is there, but not dominant. Nice in its subtlety. Mouth is smooth creamy body is medium to thin. Carbonation is medium. Very interesting brew, I enjoyed this bottle and look forward to the others after a little time in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 22:24:18 | More by johnnnniee
Saint's Devotion from The Lost Abbey
87 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.