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 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 UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
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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Photo of Knapp85
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of kojevergas
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Photo of oline73
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
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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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 mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just got this one in the mail yesterday, my last shipment from the Saints club, and I had been waiting for this one A lovely 750ml bottle, this one was served chilled and poured into an oversized wine glass. Consumed on 12/08/2008.

The pour was just slammin on this one. Rich golden amber with a nice amount of hazziness to it. An enormous head of white foam lifted up to a height of around three inches before settling down to a full inch of white and sticky foam that clung to the glass the rest of the session, nice carbonation streaking up from the inside.

The aroma was very solid. Nice light fruit notes, with a very well hidden Brett profile. Light grains and a touch of a fresh grass like hoppiness sneaking in as it warmed up. Light and delicate flavor with a crispness that was very nice. Clean with little in the way of funk showing up here. Light grains and some peach and pear/apple notes that were followed up nicely with the slightest amount of sour flavor, just enough to let you know it was there. Smooth and mellow with a light feel that was well carbonated and easy to drink.

Overall this was a good beer, not what I was expecting. I was wanting a little more out of this one, as it was just not as big of an experiment as it could have been. Still, a very good beer and not something I would turn a nose up at.

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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 Huhzubendah
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer appears hazy and straw yellow with a thin white head that coats the glass in lacing. The aroma offers strong brettanomyces funk, malt. Smell and flavor dominated by brett. Very tasty. Light in body and easy drinking. A solid brew. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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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 MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

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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 LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lost Abbey Rastal San Marco Glass. Pours a quite hazy medium golden amber with a massive, half glass white head that dissipated slowly leaving heavy, pillowy lacing. Aroma of bready malt, slight dry white wine, hints of clove and slight wild yeast and funk. So far the funk level is just right. Flavor is much more funky barnyard up front with moderate brett, developing unusual sweet / dry malt, lemon citrus; slightly floral and vinous. Finishes with dry brett and light hop bitterness. Light bodied, but nice mouthfeel from active carbonation. I never know what to expect from brett influenced Belgian and saison type beers; I'm not a fan of intense funkiness, wild yeast nor sourness. This ale has a distinct funkiness, but all the flavors are nicely balanced and lightly influential, and I really enjoyed it. Lighter than expected, but well made and enjoyable.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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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 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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Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip. I enjoyed regular Devotion well enough, so it should be interesting with Brett added!

Appearance: nice golden hue with a light haze and a strong effervescence. Head is four fingers of big, frothy white foam which dissipates slowly. Great stuff!

Smell: moderate candy sourness and just a bit of buttery funk combine with grassy notes and a light sweetness to create a simple but effective Brett beer. I like it.

Taste: flavor is very much in line with the aroma. Sweetness is comparatively subdued up front, developing more fully in the middle. Hops are earthy and noble in character, and bitterness is balanced. This is a well-composed brew.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a straight up Brobdingnagian carbonation yields a massive, if somewhat evanescent, creaminess. Ba dow!

Overall: this beer really hits the spot for me. It just rubs me the right way. Great stuff.

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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 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 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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