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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

sensational beer. I was never amazed with the regular devotion, but with the brett addition here the beer is entirely transformed. the pour is thick and hazy pale straw color with an inch of white head and amazing lacing. the nose is funky from the brett, not sour at all, but somehow very wild and farmy, summery, harvest time, I don't know, its fresh and its old world. pale malted barley and wheat malt, and a decent hopping, more than I remember in the regular devotion. the brett yeast really makes the flavors come together, tons of hay and cut grass, and a little citrus before the hop bitterness kicks in. awesome mouthfeel, really bright on the tongue, with very active carbonation and a lighter body that feels bigger than it is. I think this is so well in balance and so interesting, up there with red barn and carnivale and the other saison type beers they brew. this is an A.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a chunky cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Some interesting chunks of sediment sink to the bottom of the glass after the pour. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, citrus zest, pepper, and Brett. Taste is much the same with grain and Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of citrus zest bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell and some solid flavors.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Knapp85
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a hazy golden color with a massive white foam on top. The retention and head are strong on this are strong. The smell of the beer has a decent amount of Brett on the nose. The beer smells more like a Saison to me than a Pale Ale. The taste is a bit on the spicy side, the malt is good there is a subtle bitterness as well. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied and nicely carbonated. Overall it's a good brew in my opinion.

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4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high fluffy off white head that took a long time to die down, leaving a large pillow in the center of the glass, a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and sides of the glass, and a collar around the edge.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pale malts, sourdough bread, and floral hops along with some hints of sourness from the brett.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has subtle bits of sourness form the brett and some hints of peppery spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed this beer since it seemed to have the perfect amount of brett to complement the aroma and taste.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of kojevergas
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 05/30/12. 6.66% ABV according to the label. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. If I remember right, this was labelled "Brett Devotion" on Lost Abbey's blackboard when I picked this up at the brewery. Expectations are very high given the brewery.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as (in spite of the brewery's reputation) no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A healthy pop sounds when I remove the cork. No issues with liquid surging out or anything.

A: Pours a four finger beige colour head of nice soft subtle cream, good thickness, and great (~six minute+) retention - though the ABV is a mere 6.66%. Body colour is a clear pale orange-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks as it should for the style, but there's nothing striking about it. It's neither unique nor special, but I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Bretts, lemon zest, pale malts, Biscuity yeast, white pepper, and subtle spicing reminiscent of a good saison. Pear fruit. A moderate strength subtle aroma.

T: Subtle bretts, fresh refreshing lemon zest, subtle white pepper, and subtle spicing atop an unobtrusive pale malt foundation. Pear. Hints of fleeting biscuity yeast. Impeccably balanced and built. Very refreshing and masterfully executed. Its only failing lies in its simplicity, but its subtleties make up for its lack of complexity. An exemplar of the style. Very refined brett notes. Hints of crystal malt. No alcohol comes through. Restrained complementary floral hopping.

Mf: Soft and somewhat delicate. Tingly in the early acts. Somewhat buttery in the third act and finish. Slightly coarse to coax out the flavours, yet smooth throughout to aid its refreshing feel. Wet. Fleeting. Masterfully tailored to the flavour profile.

Dr: Obscenely drinkable. I'd happily down this all night. A masterfully brewed beer in the style, and one that reminds me why Lost Abbey may be my favourite brewery in California. I'd definitely get this again, preferably on-draught or with some age on it to refine the brett character. Really a solid brew all around.


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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the DC Lost Abbey tasting. Poured from a bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: This beer pours a cloudy golden orange color with wisps of fluffy white head.

Smell: I'm getting lots of brett. Very herbal with some light fruit and a mixed vegetable note.

Taste: No mixed vegetable note here. Light and floral with some sweet fruity notes. There is a strong herbal presence here too. The finish is a tad bitter and slightly funky.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very solid brett beer. Light and crisp, quite easy to drink.

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4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 Vintage - Devotion Ale with Brettanomyces

A: Pours a hazy to cloudy golden apricot in color with some golden yellow and orange highlights as well as some moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy light beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of small slightly thicker patches and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate amounts of pale malts with some light fruit sweetness - pear, apple, and honeydew melon stand out to me. Then the brett aromas really start to come through as this beer warms up - contributing the funkiness and slight hints of sourness.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of pale malts with some light fruit sweetness - pear and apple are present. After the malts, there is a moderate amount of brett which includes some flavors of barnyard funk and just a hint of sourness. Some light amount of herbal hops and just a touch of spicy yeast. Light to moderate lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with just a touch more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slight amounts of acidic prickliness and moderate amounts of dryness.

O: There is a certain amount of delicate complexity to the smell and taste of this beer that I can really appreciate. I really enjoy brett but it is a little too dominant in the flavor for me. Definitely a beer to enjoy and fairly easy to drink, I would get another one of these and it is available at a fairly reasonable price.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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 jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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