Saint's Devotion | The Lost Abbey

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Saint's DevotionSaint's Devotion

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by HopHead84 on 11-26-2008

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Photo of ordybill
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Aroma- Has a strong fruit aroma, very pleasing.
Appearance- this is a murky orange color with a small white head. looks great
Taste- the fruit flavor really comes through, very nice
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate to heavy carbonation has a great crisp feel.
Overall- A wonderful beer, must try.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet on 06.01.14.

A: Cloudy orange with yeast. 1/2 finger white head.

S: Mandarin orange, apple juice, cherry and red grape. Very sweet and fruity.

T: Pear, apple, cherry, banana, and bubblegum dominate. Funk, chalk, and candy are more subtle.

M: Crisp, bubbly, dry, and chewy.

O: This was an amazingly complex belgian pale ale. I don't normally like sour or funky beers, but this one is excellent. I probably liked this one because the funk is not overpowering, but is slight and adds to the complexity on the back end.

Rating: A

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Photo of GRG1313
4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of tmm313
4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
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...

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Photo of stewart124
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

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Photo of HopHeadLouie
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I have to say this was by far the best perk of the Lost Abbey Saints Club. Probably the best use of brett that I have ever tasted. It was incredibly well balanced and integrated. The brett complimented the other flavors rather than overwhelming them. Crisp carbonation, nice hop character, a little bit of funk with just a hint of tartness on the buds and a wild horse blanket aftertaste made this one hell of a nice brew!

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Grant35 for the bottle!

Vintage 2012. 6.66% ABV. 750 ml caged and capped bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

Pours a nice bright golden color with a slight haze, a good solid 2 fingers of white head off the pour, fades to a decent retentive layer. Pretty good lacing sticks to the glass.

Pretty much all about the brett in the aroma. musty basement, horse blanky, floral, a hint of smarties candy and tart green apples.

Tart ripe tropical fruit, some mustiness, smarties candy, a bit of horse blanket, some lemongrass. Finishes with a nice balancing hop bitterness.

Medium to light in body. A high amount, yet fine carbonation.

A very nice easy drinking Brett beer. I'd definatly come back to this, a worthy beer indeed. I have yet to have a bad beer from LA.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a murky burnt orange with a huge fluffy white head, leaving some thick lace, attractive.

S: Barnyard, leather, tons of Brett with some shiitake mushrooms.

T: Great yeast flavours with rustic bread, sourdough a bit. Some floral and herbal character from the hops.

M: Crisp, medium-bodied, very refreshing, a great food beer.

O: I love regular Devotion and this is just as good if not better. Great yeast oriented flavours, pricey, but certainly worth a pickup on a single.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Murky apricot, smaller near white head, leaves fast. Fair amount cling lace.

S - Malt, nice acrid barn, but almost a 'candied' barn. The malt competes with the barn.

T - Barn to start, then sweet malt, then an almost IPA type finish. Interesting.

M - Medium body, good carb, nice balance.

D - Very interesting beer. Kinda gives you a blend of more than one style. Pricey, but tasty.

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Photo of birchstick
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to KevSal for the hookup on this beer!

A - Who said Lost Abbey doesn't have carbonation? This one nearly exploded when I popped the cork and gave a solid 5-finger head haha. The voluminous, airy head leaves a lot of lacing down the sides.

S - nose is lemon balm, spicy white pepper, bready/bubblegum/funky yeast notes all rise out of the glass. The Northern Brewer hops add extremely subtle, albeit detectable, minty notes mixed in with a more floral hop aroma. All of these scents are making this beer intriguing to drink.

T - refreshing soft herbal lemon flavors hit the front of the tongue. Some of the yeasty bubblegum flavors provide a transitory flavor until the dank funk brett flavors kick in. These add some light mushroom and dankness notes until some bitter, although not overly so, hops come in to finish off this beer. Nice!

M - Despite the copious amounts of carbonation that exploded out of the bottle, there is an extremely creamy and smooth mouthfeel to this.

D - This is a really nice, complex beer both with its aromas and palate. Again, big thanks to KevSal for sending this back as my welcome back to the states box!

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Photo of popery
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a glowy golden orange. Quite cloudy. I avoided pouring some chunks into my glass, but there are lots of floaties at the bottom of the bottle. Very large puffy white head. Hard to keep it under control during the pour. The aroma has a big dose of soft funk on top of fresh grain. Very pleasant. It smells like a tropical fruit barnyard. Flowers, leather, mangoes, mushrooms and earth. Wonderful brett notes. Very mild medicinal character. Seemed a bit strong, at first, but it settled into the rest of the beer after a minute. The taste starts with fruity grain sweetness before drying out with funk and adding a touch of lemony tartness. Lots of funky, fruity brett flavor. Mushrooms, lemons, barnyard. I try not to avoid esoteric notes, but it sorta tastes like unripe kiwi. Finishes quite dry with medium to mild bitterness. Grassy hops. Effervescent mouthfeel at first. Definitely reminds me of other brett beers. Personally, I prefer it with a bit less gas, and the carbonation fades quite quickly. Pretty smooth feel after a minute, actually. Otherwise, it's light but full on the palate. Very well suited to the beer and style. No booze. Exceptionally easy to drink. Wonderful balance. This is the sort of beer that I would drink be happy to drink regularly. Surprisingly good price, too, particularly compared to most recent TLA bottles. Anyway, I'm quite impressed by this one. Great beer.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ken for this treat. Pours a crisp, light golden color, with a decent white head. Aromas of brett, funk, Belgian yeast, apples, pears and some nice spice. On the palate, this one is medium bodied, complex and refreshing, with bretty fun and flavors of freshly ground black pepper, crisp, juicy apples and pears, Belgian yeast and some candi sugar. ™

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Zach136
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We're thinking this is a 2012 bottle. Enjoyed July 2015.

Appearance: Hazy yellow.

Aroma: Touch of hay, medium+ stonefruit and pear brett character.

Flavor: Follows aroma but less intense.

Mouthfeel: Crushable, medium carbonation.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a hazy golden color with three fingers of fluffy white head.

S: Lots of citrusy Brett. I get lemon zest and barnyardy must mixed with grapefruit and white wine. This beer smells quite fruity.

T: Not nearly as dry as I thought it'd be. I get an underlying grape sweetness mixing with lemon zest and musty, funky Brett. The two compliment each other very well.

M: Medium to thick for the style (though not too thick for any deduction IMO) with appropriately high carbonation.

O: The grape sweetness and funky, citrusy Brett mix quite well together in this beer. I really enjoy it.

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Photo of pkalix
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

golden and hazy with vigorous foam. in fact, it oozed out of the bottle after corking before i could hit the glass.... but very nice....
i dont know the smell- is that what the 'brett' is ? ? but it is akin to a fermenting aroma...
taste is sweet and tart, slicy spicy, a tad bitter and sour. no real leaning of a distinct flavor, but this stands out on its own, in its own way. i want to say it's a bit like a sour, but it stops far short of that. and there's the twang at the end...
someone else said 'lively' mouthfeel, and that is a perfect description.
overall... hmm, i like it, i guess. nothing standout, but a great, neutral delivery of a 6%+ abv . . .

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of MarioM
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

375 ml poured into SN snifter.

A: Cloudy golden color with a huge off white head composed of large boubbles on the base and a small patch of smooth silky ones floating on top. Big carbonation made obvious from the corque nearly flying off and gushing beer soon after.

S: Big Brett funk, fruitiness, some good phenols, tropical fruit maybe mango and slight pineapple and even more funk. This beer smell extremely interesting and looks like it will have way more character than expecting. Almost reminds me of a funky saison/farmhouse.

T: Very similar to the nose but more restrained than expected. Fruitiness and funk from the Brett comes through great. Great balance between funk, phenols and fruitiness. A bit more hoppy than anticipated, mostly at the end but not bad, I guess that's the main characteristic separating this from a Farmhouse which it reminds me of.

M: High carbonation makes for the bitterness to give a good bite, especially at the end. Bitterness lingers and blends in with the fruitiness but that funk is also in there pushing it's way out of the cloud trying to get noticed.

O: Great brew from them boys over at The Lost Abbey, can't go wrong with their stuff, again being reminded right here right now. I was not expecting such a funky Belgian Pale, to me it reminds me of a funky saison from the Brett but bitterness gets me back on style. Fruitiness is nice but bitterness and funk seem to fight a bit for me but not bad at all, actually really good just not expecting it. A must try in my opinion, definitely will buy again.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. 2013 vintage.

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden orange color. Produced a giant head of clumpy white froth. Ridiculous retention behind it. Tons of stickly clumpy lacing left behind.

(S)- A very dry yet fruity Brett-driven funk. Even some bright lemon lime citrus zest.

(T)- Quite similar to the smell. A good dry Brett addition that is ever so slightly earthy to it with bright lemon and lime citrus zest.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level. I like the ripe citrus this throws out with the dry but ever so slightly funky Brett. Quite crisp and refreshing!

(O)- This is quite nice, not to mention finally a Lost Abbey beer in the small 375mL bottles that does not cost $17+ a bottle! The Brett is nice and dry without being medicinal and the citrus really livens this up. A welcome sight with the weather improving.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Saint's Devotion from The Lost Abbey
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