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 pkalix
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

golden and hazy with vigorous foam. in fact, it oozed out of the bottle after corking before i could hit the glass.... but very nice....
i dont know the smell- is that what the 'brett' is ? ? but it is akin to a fermenting aroma...
taste is sweet and tart, slicy spicy, a tad bitter and sour. no real leaning of a distinct flavor, but this stands out on its own, in its own way. i want to say it's a bit like a sour, but it stops far short of that. and there's the twang at the end...
someone else said 'lively' mouthfeel, and that is a perfect description.
overall... hmm, i like it, i guess. nothing standout, but a great, neutral delivery of a 6%+ abv . . .

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Photo of impending
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


375ml into a tulip. Pours a fully hazed drab orange, ridiculously frothy froth. wonderful

The aroma surprises as a pale ale, much more of a saison with tart citrus, bright brett. nice

Again the citrus and brett but no real depth. The flavor while not watery, leans that way. Minor dry twang, little bitter. Thin bodied lively mouthfeel

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

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. 2013 vintage.

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden orange color. Produced a giant head of clumpy white froth. Ridiculous retention behind it. Tons of stickly clumpy lacing left behind.

(S)- A very dry yet fruity Brett-driven funk. Even some bright lemon lime citrus zest.

(T)- Quite similar to the smell. A good dry Brett addition that is ever so slightly earthy to it with bright lemon and lime citrus zest.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level. I like the ripe citrus this throws out with the dry but ever so slightly funky Brett. Quite crisp and refreshing!

(O)- This is quite nice, not to mention finally a Lost Abbey beer in the small 375mL bottles that does not cost $17+ a bottle! The Brett is nice and dry without being medicinal and the citrus really livens this up. A welcome sight with the weather improving.

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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 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 DenverLogan
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From corked 12.7 oz bottle into Duvel tulip glass.
Pours a gold with giant head.
Aroma of bread, hay, light fruit rind.
Significant carbonation and penetrating mouthfeel.
Flavors of sage, rosemary, light black pepper, bitter fruit rind, coriander, crystal malt, grassy hops, funky yeast. Overall refreshing and challenging, compelling but not the easiest to's like a strong barnyard saison.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 375ml cork and caged bottle into an Affligem goblet. Vintage 2013. Served from fridge temps.

Appearance- Very hazy orange/copper color with big foamy two finger white head that gave way to huge lacing.

Smell- So much brett mustiness. Tart apple skins mixed with peach and meyer lemon rind. Very light hop characteristics. Plenty of yeasty breadiness and typical saison peppery spice. Smells like a musty basement in a french barnyard.

Taste- Brett funk, hops, and bread up front followed by that peppery spice and mild apple flavors. No booze whatsoever. Finishes very floral and peppery, but not spicy, with an added tang of fruit.

Mouthfeel- Ample carbonation and supremely crisp body, makes this very drinkable. Finishes very dry and mouth cleansing.

Overall- This is a fine example of a brett brewed saison. Would be perfect on a hot summer day sitting outside because it only gets better as it warms up.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

a: poured into a duvel tulip. hazy golden yellow (real nice color) with a large frothy head

s: nice brett aroma upfront. lemongrass, some grassy/grainy notes, something almost like vanilla yogurt , sweet orange peel and lemon zest

t: mild brett funk, some grains, nice and bready, dry belgian yeast, sweet citrus, pepper spice, surprising amount of grassy bitterness. nice and refreshing - nice summer afternoon drinker

m: on the heavier side of light. nicely carbonated, and finishes with a slight dryness

o: not the best beer from Lost Abbey (coming from a LA fanboy), and not the best Belgian Pale Ale - but this is a good beer. the brett is a nice addition and the sweet citrus really make this a nice tasting refreshing beer.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this mostly because it was "only" $5.49 and it had brettanomyces. The cork made a huge pop when it left the bottle and then foam began creeping out of the bottle neck. Appearance is orange and super hazy, cloudy, scant bubbles at the top. Aroma is sweet citrus, brett, sort of sharp and a slight bit of that telltale funk stink. Flavor is brett, bit of hay, citrus, lemon, touch of aspirin. This is a solid, enjyable beer. I almost wish it was a $10 750, i'd probably buy a couple. Also, Lost Abbey might as well just drop Devotion in favor of this.

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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 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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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 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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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 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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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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