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Saint's Devotion - The Lost Abbey

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89
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116 Reviews
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Reviews: 116
Hads: 433
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 8.77%
Wants: 26
Gots: 60 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 11-26-2008

A Brett-finished version of our Devotion Ale. Saint’s Devotion is bottle conditioned with brettanomyces to deepen the layers of flavor on our most hop-forward beer from Lost Abbey lineup.
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Reviews: 116 | Hads: 433
Photo of Sam-VW
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into Duvel glass

A - golden with a very thick dense head. Well carbonated

S - funky Belgian yeast, bananas, fresh fruits, slight grassy citrus hop

T - sharp Brett yeast, liquorice, cherry ending with a bitter grassy hop finish and some alcohol kick

M - very carbonated, finishes quite dry (313 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is transparent golden amber with a tight fluffy off white head. Nose is lime, green apple, and tropical fruit. Taste is fairly clean, strong lime with some tropical fruit notes. Brett presence is faint, slightly Cobb webby, with a hint of underlying grain. Carbonation is fairly strong, body is pretty light. (313 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip glass: pours very hazy yellow gold color with a massive 3 finger puffy/foamy snow white head that was full of bubbles of all sizes, as well as active carbonation with bubbles racing up the brew; the head faded extremely slowly and left an incredible Devil’s Canyon looking mountain structure in the middle as the foam around the outside dissipated faster than the foam in the middle. An incredible looking beer, really nice to look at as it left excellent foamy lacing coating the sides as it went down. The second pour looked just as great as the first half of the bottle.

Smells like yeast funk, floral hops, lemon zest, citrus fruit, cardboard, coriander, light grapefruit, rye bread, dry grass, pepper and some other light spices. It has hints of bread/malt, but the light spices and soft floral hops stood out the most and mixed well with the funky-ness.

Tastes very similar to the nose, with yeast funk, floral hops, lemon zest, citrus fruit or apple skin, rye bread, cardboard or a metallic taste (from the brett I assume), coriander, light grapefruit, dry grass, rose petal, honey, lightly roasted grains or wheat toast, pepper and some other light spices. It’s funky, then it’s almost sour, then hops come through, then it’s very floral – each sip was different, but the most common theme was fruity and funky notes throughout. Hops were not very strong, but they played a nice part to counter the funk and make it refreshing, light and easy to drink, even with all the complexities.

Mouthfeel is slick and buttery, with mild carbonation, a medium chewy body that is on the thick side, and a slightly bitter and doughy, funky finish that trails off and tastes like liquid bread.

Overall this was very tasty and enjoyable, and much easier to drink than I expected considering it’s a funky brew. The fruity sweetness and floral hop additions to me allowed this to go down easy. It was a very hot and humid day today this beer was quenching, tasty and hit the spot perfectly. (2,034 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a hazed orange-yellow with very active carbonation jets producing and maintaining a billowy 3 inch white head. Faint lingering lacing. Beautiful brew.
S: Sweet and light citrus (?lime and grapefruit), dry minerals, soft brett funk, melon, white pepper, and just a faint hint of soft pine. Nuanced and nicely complex.
T: Lime and white pepper hit first followed by dry earthy minerals, soft grapefruit and pine, spicy bitter hops, and a mild toasted malt backbone. With warming, a note of honey emerges.
M: Light body. Nicely effervescent. Bright citrus and moderately sweet up front, then turns drier in the mid-palate and finishes dry and mildly bitter. Mildly spicy throughout.
D: Outstanding drinkability. ABV is spot on. The complexity keeps it interesting and yet it all holds together extremely well. (853 characters)

Photo of stewart124
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden yellow, slightly hazy with an orange hue.

Nose boasts hay, lemon zest, pepper and some brett character.

Much fuller in body than I anticipated. Very smooth and almost silky. The Brett cuts through and adds a dry finish. Lovely zesty hop character to go along with the Belgian yeast character.

I am really loving this beer. Absolutely delicious throughout. Drinks so easy for being full bodied and 6.6%. The Brett must helps this with drying it out. Nothing cloying or sweet but just a touch or vanilla coming though.

I cannot wait to try another from the lost abbey (586 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased in an Atlanta bottle shop and shipped home in my luggage. Corked and caged – almost impossible to open. Poured into a tulip.

I was waiting for zing or a bite that never happened. This beer starts with optimism but that vanishes as this beer fails to fully deliver. A refreshing and very juggable beer. A Belgian pale ale that could have been brewed to compete with a pilsner. I call this beer “Bret Bud.” 3.75

A – Pours crystal clear but slightly hazy in the glass. A light golden color with a half-finger white head that dissipates almost immediately (-). Some light lacing. 3.75

S – Some funk from the bret, some sour notes as well. Maybe a bit of orange. 4.25

T – Some minor tartness, malt, light hoppy bitterness in the finish. 3.75

MF – Smooth light bodied with a dry finish. Almost no aftertaste. 4.5 (835 characters)

Photo of Paincane
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy golden body with an off-white head and small a remnants of lace with above average head retention.
S: Aromas of champagne & barnyard funk.
T: Somewhat fruity, green apple flavors finish dry and lightly tart.
Brettanomyces presence at end is distinct and welcome.
M: Dry and refreshing brew.
O: A memorable beer due to the addition of Brett. Drinks like a saison. (378 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange-yellow with not clarity and a full finger of head. Sticky lace all over the glass all the way down. Cloudy and sediment floating around

S - Belgian funky yeast! Bread, banana, and light sugar aroma.

T - Like the smell, the belgian funky yeast dominates. And its delicious! Bananas, pears, wheat.

M - Full bodied and well carbonated

O - An absolutely great Belgian pale ale. I wish LA would produce more of this one, like in 6 packs. One can dream! (464 characters)

Photo of tmm313
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Looks like a more orange colored white grapefruit juice in the glass, but not a spec of light can pass through it. Poured about a 1/2 finger of creamy head. Nice trailing and lacing.

S- Oh yeah, that's good. Banana, yeast, lemon, pineapple, clove, bubble gum, light tropical fruits, scuppernong grapes, and a light, beautiful funk. Super inviting!

T- Bread, grains, funk, and banana up front. Middle plays around with clove and other spices. There seems to be a kick of earthy hops right before the finish melds into a bitter grapefruit flavor.

M- Thicker side of medium body. Super drying. Aftertaste is grapefruit spiked with banana, pepper, and char.

O- This one was fun. The aromas blew me away, but you could tell every part was beautifully, and meticulously, crafted. My beer guy suggested I try this as a bridge into Saisons... Long story short, now i'm into Saisons... (887 characters)

Photo of s8bored
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Saisons aren't really my style but I did enjoy this particular one on a warm spring day.

Wet hay smells with some tropical fruit

Taste was barn yardish with a bit of kiwi and pineapple followed by the spicy ending. I had the taste of white pepper. Interesting.

Good carbonation

Overall one of the better attempts at the style I've tried. (343 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep orange with a finger of off white head that fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: smells of barnyard, horseblanket and green apples.
T: slightly tart green apple to start with some pineapple mingling about, nice funk and horseblanket flavors toward the end. swallow tastes like band aids.
M: slightly thin in the mouth with soft carbonation and a neutral finish that leans toward refreshing
O: A very nice brett beer. It's everything Brux and NB Brett Beer should have been. (522 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decided it was finally time to crack this one open - bottling date is only listed as "2013." I think I purchased this, oh, maybe 6 or 7 months ago? Whatever the case, I felt this would lay down decently well over time. Poured out of a 375ml bottle into a teku glass.

In all honesty, this is a beautiful saison - golden amber in color, cloudy, with a frothy white head that rises to the top and layers itself at the center like a scoop of ice cream, with big soapy looking bubbles distributing themselves around it. Leaves behind some good lacing, but each sip does reduce the initially beautiful head quite drastically. Each swirl brings it back, but it fizzles out for the most part. It's still a great initial pour in spite of its lack of strong head retention.

Ahh, the beautiful things that happen to a farmhouse beer when the Brett reaches its peak soft spot - this one in particular displays a variety of tropical fruits, barnyard goodness, and some spiciness at the finish. Some light funk is up front (definitely leathery, and resembling some sort of wet hay), but otherwise there's some really bright notes of peaches, kiwi, lychee, and some faint pineapple. Citrusy and grassy, although nothing too extreme. White pepper, lavender, and some sort of bell pepper as well. Finishes with notes of toffee, cane sugar, and a light baking spice finish. Really refreshing and crisp, and very pleasant throughout.

The flavor reveals a little bit more of a rustic, sharp edge to the beer, as well as far more predominant notes of the Brett strain. There's an immediate fruit blast of peaches, orange, and pineapple at the front, with a finish that is grainy and dry, with peppery notes and a big grassy bitterness. Finishes with more leather, light tobacco, and some of the barnyard aromas I was picking up in the aroma. The finish is yeasty and funky, with brief fruit notes alongside toffee and a creamy, light lactic feel. Lightly smoky at the finish, with more funk, but it overall is pretty mild at the back and the whole palate feels cleansed when all is said and done. It could strive for more complexity at the flavor, but it is a nice, refreshing beer to sip on.

This is a very solid offering from the Lost Abbey, and for the price ($5.50), probably their best bargain if you're patient enough to lay it down for quite some time. I do think the Brett could produce an even more flavorful beer than this one here (as indicated by the wonderful aroma), but it's overall a tasty and good clean take on the style. (2,522 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not sure where I got this. But yah, 2012 vintage, 5/30/12 to be exact. 750mL bottle.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a very nice crystal clear golden hue with a thick almost 3 finger head that faded to leave rocky side lacign and a very nice one finger blanket. Very, very appealing.

S - Aromas of green apples, light citrus, barnyard funk, wonderful brett. Very aromatic and inviting.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Not quite as much brett as the nose, but there is great green apples, light citrus, barnyard funk. Very grassy hops, Tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and dry and light/refreshing. Just awesome.

O - Overall, this was a very well executed beer. Think this is right around its peak, as I've had older brett saisons from Lost Abbey and after 2 years things begin to fall off fast. (797 characters)

Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- light gold with tiny carbonated bubbles. Chill haze apparent.
S- Estery, definite brett character , green apples, jasmine, orange bitters.
T- Dry as hell, finishes bready and acidic. Slight spicy hop character and a medium, yet balanced, bitter finish.
M- Medium light body
O- Nice brett saison/ belgian pale. I could go for more esters on my saisons, but this one is certainly a quality brew. (396 characters)

Photo of srhoadsy
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled into a flute.

Surprised at the range of color descriptions for this one. Mine poured a clear, sparkling blonde. 3+ inches of airy white head, even with a very gentle pour, that recedes very slowly leaving moderate to heavy lacing and surface layer.

Sweet and tart aroma of grape must, reminiscent of champagne.

More complex flavor than the aroma would indicate. Grape must, clove, banana, hint of bubblegum and that brett funk.

Light to medium bodied with a sweet but crisp finish from the high level of carbonation. Lingering but not unpleasant aftertaste.

Another nice selection from The Lost Abbey. Definitely worth a try. (656 characters)

Photo of seand
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a cloudy amber with a fair amount of bubbly light white head. A solid layer retains, leaving ample lacing.

S: Sweet, yeasty, and a bit funky. Nice blend overall, not too intimidating.

T: Medium sweetness becoming funkier and with more grassy citrusy hop notes through the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, long lasting finish.

Overall, a nice and slightly funky beer. Probably priced a bit higher than it's worth, but otherwise worth a try. (463 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

RB

375 picked up at Bier Thirty in Bown right around Christmas. Finally getting down to opening it tonight. 3 finger foamy white head... great retention... the bubbles gradually form big bubbles that stick around forever... crusty lacing... the brew is pretty clear golden... very bubbly.

Brett, floral perfume, and tons of citrus zest... something that I am having a hard time identifying, almost tropical with a sharp minty/grassy element.

Flavor is much better integrated... lite pale maltiness with approachable brett... again a bit of floral notes move into cut hay/grass... much more drinkable than the aroma let on.

Light/medium body with a pretty good carbonation.... The aroma is pretty sharp, but the flavor makes this one pretty drinkable.

4/3.75/3.5/3.75/3.75 (776 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
3.27/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Drank from my Mane Liquor Tulip

A - Pours a very inviting cloudy classic Saison appearance with a murky honeycomb colour but very little head.

S - Some brett and citrus and woody oak. Quite complex

T - The taste is a little let down with no brett, a little grain and a wheat like flavour. The hop profile is dry and a little sweet. Has a sticky finish.

M - Medium body and low carbonation. A little under carbonated.

O - A decent brew but there are plenty of better examples out there. It looks and smells the part, but disappoints thereafter. (548 characters)

Photo of mick303
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saints devotion ale lost abbey, taste is a dry floral, mild yeasty mustiness barn hay, but restrained, tart wild apple, then a yeasty finish that goes on and on with a bit of a prickle, fair bit of carbonation and a coating tart prickle but a light enough body that is really drinkable. The nose is one of the most interesting and you get a bigger hit of the floral Brett character, the sourness is restrained on this but it balances sessionability and some nice Brett character. Recommended 3.75 4.25 4.25/4 4 4 (512 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml brown caged and corked bottle purchased from Whole Foods SoMa in San Francisco, CA. Shared in Sydney with Sam and Rich.

Pours a hazy pale golden colour, with a big, rocky, bretty head of white that leaves caves as it bubbles away. Lacing is chunky and excellent. Carbonation is fine: body has a little heft to it, but not a huge amount.

Nose is ripe and bretty. Slight acidity, but much more estery tropical fruits. I get tinned pineapple, a little mint and rosemary, sherbet and a mineral saltiness that probably stems from the same aromas as the traditional earthy, horsey Brett notes. It smells wonderful.

Taste is much, much more subdued, without a lot of Brett character apart from an extreme attenuation which leaves the beer very dry indeed. Clean grain characters on the mid-to-late palate along with a slight clinging bitterness reminiscent of the slight mineral character on the nose. It's quite clean, but it's only decent, without the complexities or intensity of the nose.

Feel is also a little light, although it doesn't have a lot to work with anyway.

Overall, it's really quite drinkable, but it promised more than it ultimately delivered. I still like it a lot, but I was expecting a new favourite from Lost Abbey looking at it, and so I'm a little bit sore that it didn't live up to its potential. (1,326 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.24/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dirty light mandarin hue with the frothiest three finger head just like Mr Whippy and clingy lacing everywhere,on smell it's typical funky Brett,mangoes,fresh fruit salad and a nice barnhouse funkiness that lets you know it's a saison,the feel is just under medium bodied and lightly carbonated and to be honest I was expecting a fuller feel and the taste is nice but nothing I'm gonna rave on about tomorrow it's bubblegum,funky Brett,honey and finished with a lemon herbal hoppiness and overall out of all of their range this is the most normalmest and borinest and even though its very sessionable I won't be back for seconds cheers. (644 characters)

Photo of Braseltonage
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours surprisingly clean and clear. Light gold, Fluffy white head. Some expected fruity aromas with a noticeable brett mustiness. Pleasant.
Flavors are a little one note though. Base beer perhaps lacks a little complexity. Some light breadiness And very faint hint of fruit on the finish,, but the flavor profile is dominated by the brett. Don't get me wrong, I like the brett just fine, just seems like it could have more there to compliment. Mouthfeel and carbonation are right on. Nice enough. (497 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.09/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very cloudy, pale golden orange color with visible carbonation bubbling up and a two finger pillowy white head that sticks around forever.  Really good retention only slowly fading into a lasting cap.  Looks to be over carbonated.

Prominent musty brett aroma with farmhouse yeast, grass, straw and light fruit.  Very earthy and funky with wild bugs overpowering almost everything else. There's a touch of floral hops and light fruit but the brett dominates.

Medium body and very over carbonated taking away from the mouthfeel and flavor.  Lots of dry, musty funk with the brett overpowering almost everything enjoyable about the base beer.  Nice to have a little of this complimenting the farmhouse yeast but it's way too strong for my liking.  Decent amount of bread/yeast flavor underneath along with grass, straw, faint peppery spice and light fruit.  Once the palate adjusts to strong brett presence, the yeast, spice, apple, pear and alcohol flavors come out.  Not a bad beer but overcarbed and a bit one dimensional.   (1,045 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a cloudy but bright sun-like yellow color with little bits of floaters. The foam is incredibly thick and mouse like. Good retention but eventually settles leaving chunks of lacing on the glass.

S - aroma is soft. Sort of muted in truth. Faint notes of doughy bread, hay, and ever so slight barnyard funk. As it warms the fruit character starts to sing loud and clear with notes of citrus, apples, pears and white grapes.

T - flavors are crisp and quenching. Clean malty sweetness on the front end with flavors of wheat and hay. A slight zing of citrus in the center which softens as it warms allowing for sweet orchard fruit notes to shine though. Backend is has just a tinge of brett funk. Finish is long and fairly citrusy.

M - medium bodied. Slightly watery texture but in this case it gives a more refreshing quality. High champagne like carbonation.

O - nice beer. Would be especially thirst quenching on a super hot day. I am interested to see how time will treat this one. (993 characters)

Photo of MighHighBrewer
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass on 9/21/13 from a bottle labeled "Vintage 2012"

A: Pours a light straw color with low carbonation. The beer is somewhat lighter than other Belgian brews (i.e. Saisons) and doesn't have its same color complexity. The beer is hazy - definitely not cloudy, but not clear either. Carbonation seems low. The beer pours with no head and only a handful of champagne-like bubbles linger after the initial pour.

S: Tropical fruits are on the forefront of the nose (surprisingly) with a hint of apple. Other stone fruits are also prominent. Little-to-no funk is evident, nor is any coriandor and/or pepper spice typical of belgian brews. This is a VERY fruit-forward nose.

T & M: Green apple and citrus fruits up-front with a healthy dose of bittering hops. I know this is a Brett brew, but I have a hard time finding any funkiness typically associated with the yeast strain. Unfortunately, my bottle seemed woefully undercarbed, which kind of messes with the palate of the beer. It almost tastes watered-down. The body of the beer is also disappointing: it's thin on the tongue and extremely dry.

O: Appearance and smell are great. Unfortunately, my bottle was undercarbonated. This gave the effect of drinking a "watered-down" beer that accentuates the bittering hops too much. I'd up the carbonation by at least 25% and provide more body to the beer so it doesn't taste so light. Additionally, I'd up the "funkiness" of a beer advertised to be Brett fermented. (1,483 characters)

Saint's Devotion from The Lost Abbey
89 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.