Saint's Devotion | The Lost Abbey

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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:
451
Reviews:
119
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
59
For Trade:
8
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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 ColForbinBC
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL bottle poured into a tulip

A golden orange body with a fluffy white cap that rose to fill the glass. A slow retreat with big rings of clingy lace revealing the sip marks.

The nose is slightly floral and phenolic with some mild brett notes poking through. Little bit of band aid, leather, wet socks, citrus, grass, and pepper. Pretty faint for the most part.

Soft and delicate profile all around. Fresh wheat and pale malt lend a bit of a crisp, lightly sweet flavor. The brett comes out through the middle, but it is faint. Leather, band aid, grass, and citrus. A touch of spice in the finish.

Light body, low carbonation. A touch of earth/grassy bitterness lingering. Dry, leathery, finish.

A very simple Belgian Pale Ale with an added touch of Brett. Nice beer, but nothing over the top. I'd like to sit on one for 2-4 months to see how this Brett changes the beer.

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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 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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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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 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 jtierney89
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden/orange hue with about a finger of bright white head. Very vinous character on the nose. Bit of barnyard and spice along with basement must. Faint bubblegum.

Sweet with a good bit of acidity, lighter side of medium bodied with brisk carbonation. Initial sweetness with notes of bubblegum and banana, tart acid around mid palate, faintly medicinal with an herbal bitterness and extremely dry finish. Vinous flavors linger in the mouth. Faint notes of vinegar apples and pears. Pretty good and very funky.

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Photo of mscudder
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 3.14.13

A - Gusher! Cloudy pale orange with a huge cream-colored head with good retention.

S - Tons of Brett, oak, hops.

T - Brett, subtle hops and oakiness.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body and a woody finish.

O - Nice subtle hops behind tons of Brett. Should have aged this one a bit.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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 joel66
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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 GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12.7oz bottle with cork, poured into a Chimay chalice glass.

AP: 3/4" white laced sea-foam like head that didn't dissipate much. Golden orange colour and could see the sediments falling from the top to the bottom of the glass.

AR: Belgian funky yeast, flowery herbs and spices, citrus (lemon and orange), lightly toasted grains.

T: The funky Belgian yeast dominates the flavours, standing out above all else, but that's not a bad thing as it's very tasty. Cereal grains and caramel with lemon rind and again the flowery herbs and spices.

M: moderate carbonation, creamy and foamy on the tongue with a slightly dry cleansing finish.

OV: If the yeast didn't overwhelm the other flavours so much, this would be a brilliant brew. I would have it again and imagine this would pair very well with food.

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

Had this with a buddy in Chicago last night.
Pours a hazy golden copper into a snifter. 1 and a half fingers of lacing recedes to a film that lingers throughout the beer. Minimal lacing.
The smell is all Belgian, lots of funky Brett and yeasty esters. Very nice! The taste follows. Champagne like spritziness and barnyard funk. Tastes of mild spice and some fruity hoppy character balance with the pale maltiness of the beer for a really nice balanced taste. I'd drink this again in a heartbeat.

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Saint's Devotion from The Lost Abbey
3.95 out of 5 based on 451 ratings.
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