Saint's Devotion | The Lost Abbey

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450 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
450
Reviews:
119
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
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27
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59
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of rudzud
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of srhoadsy
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Saint's Devotion from The Lost Abbey
3.95 out of 5 based on 450 ratings.
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