Saint's Devotion | The Lost Abbey

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Saint's DevotionSaint's Devotion

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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 RaulMondesi
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Raulsky picked up this sucker on a limb, and like an old decrepit redwood, someone should just tear this bad boi down. It's aite, but who likes just 'aite?' Bananaish on the tongue along with skunk. Or is it skunk along with banana? Taste is light to none.

Hell, Raul is tired of this doggone review. Do not get this.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.04/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasted 22 May 2013, reviewed from notes.

The gusher of all gushers. I could tell before I popped the cork, as it strained to be released. Sure enough, the second it popped, foam starting slowly erupting out of the bottle. Pours hazy medium-pale golden yellow. But mostly it's bubbles, from start to finish. White head frothing up to the rim of the glass despite a gentle pour. Head lasts too long, leaves loads of lacing. Close to being amazing, but sometimes going just a bit too far takes you a long ways down.

Smell is delightfully fruity. Juicy sweet stone fruits, peaches and apricots. A little Belgian yeast spice. Very nice.

Taste is weird. It shows a hint of that fruity sweetness that's so potent in the smell, but that disappears quickly, giving way to a 1/4-bitter 3/4-spicy sensory assault, like chewing on lemon pepper. Strange.

Not surprisingly, it's massively overcarbonated. So much so that I can barely drink it, have to leave my mouth open after each sip to let the explosion dissipate before I swallow. Very disruptive to the beer experience.

This isn't a terrible beer. And it's got some good elements. But the overcarbonation makes it impossible for me to enjoy it, and often makes it difficult to even find the good hidden behind that wall of fuzz.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I got this bottle off the Giving Tree (or whatever it was called) at the Lost Abbey Christmas in July/ Duck Duck Gooze release a couple of years back.

Clear light orange with a nice white head that has decent retention and moderate lacing. The nose has a brilliant Brett character with pineapples, tart fruit, spicy cloves, white pepper. I don't think I've had the base beer, but the Brett has completely covered it up. Some honey is present too. The palate opens way too sweet, almost like someone dumped some Splenda or Equal in this beer. Again, there's a blend of white pepper, clove and pineapple. Very highly carbonated, this beer is a little too spicy and a little too sweet for my liking. Decent.

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Photo of corby112
3.09/5  rDev -21.8%
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.  

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Photo of ADZA
3.24/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.27/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

2013 Vintage
Poured into a standard tulip.

Appearance: Pours an opaque, almost glowing pale orange with a monolithic 3 finger white rocky head that sticks around seemingly forever, leaving plenty of web like lacing behind.

Aroma: Woah, extremely ripe, funky albeit young Brettanomyces right away; loads of peppery, wet, musty hay, light pineapple and even a low earthy, sulfuric note as plenty of lemon rind and fresh cut grass from the spicy tettnang hops greet your nostrils. Underneath the German hops and the brett funkiness, there are distinct presences of green pear juice and faint banana as well as a kiss of a cracker like malt tone.

Taste: Immediately you're greeted by a slap musty barnyard funk from the brett, spicy and herbal hops and then the beer just finishes dry and abruptly without any real malt backbone. Which leaves the impression of it being rather watery. There are notes of more musty hay, horse blankets, leather as well as very bitter, spicy hops left lingering on your palate.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, very high carbonation almost seltzer like.

Overall: I was really intrigued by the nose, I thought it was going to like Lost Abbey's answer to Rayon Vert by Green Flash, but it just falls flat; No malt backbone whatsoever, so it is very unbalanced; all you get is funkiness from the yeast and a hoppiness that is way too sharp and bitter for the style. I'm pretty let down by this beer, I as came in with high expectations, but this beer certainly didn't come close to meeting them. Definitely stick with Rayon Vert for an interesting American take on a Belgian Pale Ale hit with Brettanomyces.

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Photo of Floydster
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
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

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A wonderful pour. Somewhat faded brass color with huge white fluffy head. Blotchy lacing and settled film

Aroma kind falls off, but nothing bad. It has some barnyard funk, some green grass. Hints of floral. The characteristics are nice, yet fleeting.

Flavor is more so. The sharp, gentle dryness sweeps away the subtle flavors. Florals, grass, hay, and very light biscuit. They go quick. Really, not much left after the swallow. Quite impressive if disappointing. Yet, it is refreshing.

With more flavor, and less strength of dryness, this beer would flourish.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by nasty31 on NWI tasting nigh

A - Hazy light lemon with some white aspects to it. There is a good amount of carbonation initially that settled down to a small layer of foam on top.

S - Light lemon initially before getting hit with lots of funk, grass and blue cheese

T - Initially, it is grassy with a light straw presence. Then you get a lot of farmhouse funk and some blue cheese in the middle. There is also some lemon. The musty farmhouse funk lingers on in the finish

M - Good amount of carbonation with nice creaminess to it. It is really a dry beer that makes you want to drink some water while drinking this

O - This is really a funky beer with lots and lots of funk. However, while there is a good amount of it, it does slightly overpower the rest of the beer

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with a small off-white head fading away. Aroma has a lot of farmhouse funk, really earthy. Taste is quite simple compared to the aroma. It's somehow earthy, with strong olive notes but not much else. Slightly bitter on the aftertaste but not really dry. Not bad but the beer lacks some flavors and complexity. Also the carbonation is almost missing.

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Photo of brdc
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of Paincane
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of Zaplt
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a crisp clear gold with about two inches of head that dissipate quickly.

Aroma - tart fruit, olive?

Taste - Sour tart brett, with a delicate floral hops, bready light maltiness, a touch of spice.

Mouthfeel - Dry, moderately high carbonation

Overall - Decent beer that lacks the depth I was expecting. I would be interested to see how this would age.

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Photo of craytonic
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz. corked and caged bottle. Vintage 2013 C. Served chilled into a tulip glass.

Saint's Devotion is a very hazy yellow-orange color with thick foamy head. It settles slowly and leaves some spoty lace behind.

Aroma is has a nice floral sweetness with underlying tart and sour notes from the yeast. It has some similarity to a French farmhouse ale.

Flavor is surprisingly bitter. I was expecting it to a milder base beer to better showcase the yeast but that is not the case. It has a bitter asprin taste that is rather unpleasant. The yeast does add some interesting funk but its somewhat overwhelmed by hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and fully carbonated.

Overall not as complex or as enjoyable as I expect from a small expensive bottle from San Marcos.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


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.


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Photo of jrallen34
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of MighHighBrewer
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of s8bored
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Sam-VW
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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

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Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of nataku00
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy golden color with four plus fingers of fluffy off white head. Head starts dissipating after a few min, leaving a bit of sticky lacing. Decent amount of fine carbonation visible at the edges of the glass.

Nice brett aroma, earthy wet soil, a bit of wet animal funk, grass and floral hops, with fruity yeast ester, apple and pear, coriander, and biscuit malt sweetness.

Taste leads with some grassy and floral hop bitterness, before it really dries out on the tongue with some light earthy brett funk. Some light sweetness and funk lingers on the tongue.

Light body and well carbonated, pretty refreshing, though with how drying the beer is on the tongue, it makes me a bit thirsty.

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Photo of Braseltonage
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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