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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 BeerDawgs
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange-yellow with not clarity and a full finger of head. Sticky lace all over the glass all the way down. Cloudy and sediment floating around

S - Belgian funky yeast! Bread, banana, and light sugar aroma.

T - Like the smell, the belgian funky yeast dominates. And its delicious! Bananas, pears, wheat.

M - Full bodied and well carbonated

O - An absolutely great Belgian pale ale. I wish LA would produce more of this one, like in 6 packs. One can dream!

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Photo of tmm313
4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Looks like a more orange colored white grapefruit juice in the glass, but not a spec of light can pass through it. Poured about a 1/2 finger of creamy head. Nice trailing and lacing.

S- Oh yeah, that's good. Banana, yeast, lemon, pineapple, clove, bubble gum, light tropical fruits, scuppernong grapes, and a light, beautiful funk. Super inviting!

T- Bread, grains, funk, and banana up front. Middle plays around with clove and other spices. There seems to be a kick of earthy hops right before the finish melds into a bitter grapefruit flavor.

M- Thicker side of medium body. Super drying. Aftertaste is grapefruit spiked with banana, pepper, and char.

O- This one was fun. The aromas blew me away, but you could tell every part was beautifully, and meticulously, crafted. My beer guy suggested I try this as a bridge into Saisons... Long story short, now i'm into Saisons...

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Photo of s8bored
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Saisons aren't really my style but I did enjoy this particular one on a warm spring day.

Wet hay smells with some tropical fruit

Taste was barn yardish with a bit of kiwi and pineapple followed by the spicy ending. I had the taste of white pepper. Interesting.

Good carbonation

Overall one of the better attempts at the style I've tried.

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Photo of SHODriver
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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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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Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
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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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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Photo of seand
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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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 eric5bellies
3.27/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Drank from my Mane Liquor Tulip

A - Pours a very inviting cloudy classic Saison appearance with a murky honeycomb colour but very little head.

S - Some brett and citrus and woody oak. Quite complex

T - The taste is a little let down with no brett, a little grain and a wheat like flavour. The hop profile is dry and a little sweet. Has a sticky finish.

M - Medium body and low carbonation. A little under carbonated.

O - A decent brew but there are plenty of better examples out there. It looks and smells the part, but disappoints thereafter.

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Photo of mick303
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saints devotion ale lost abbey, taste is a dry floral, mild yeasty mustiness barn hay, but restrained, tart wild apple, then a yeasty finish that goes on and on with a bit of a prickle, fair bit of carbonation and a coating tart prickle but a light enough body that is really drinkable. The nose is one of the most interesting and you get a bigger hit of the floral Brett character, the sourness is restrained on this but it balances sessionability and some nice Brett character. Recommended 3.75 4.25 4.25/4 4 4

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml brown caged and corked bottle purchased from Whole Foods SoMa in San Francisco, CA. Shared in Sydney with Sam and Rich.

Pours a hazy pale golden colour, with a big, rocky, bretty head of white that leaves caves as it bubbles away. Lacing is chunky and excellent. Carbonation is fine: body has a little heft to it, but not a huge amount.

Nose is ripe and bretty. Slight acidity, but much more estery tropical fruits. I get tinned pineapple, a little mint and rosemary, sherbet and a mineral saltiness that probably stems from the same aromas as the traditional earthy, horsey Brett notes. It smells wonderful.

Taste is much, much more subdued, without a lot of Brett character apart from an extreme attenuation which leaves the beer very dry indeed. Clean grain characters on the mid-to-late palate along with a slight clinging bitterness reminiscent of the slight mineral character on the nose. It's quite clean, but it's only decent, without the complexities or intensity of the nose.

Feel is also a little light, although it doesn't have a lot to work with anyway.

Overall, it's really quite drinkable, but it promised more than it ultimately delivered. I still like it a lot, but I was expecting a new favourite from Lost Abbey looking at it, and so I'm a little bit sore that it didn't live up to its potential.

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Photo of ADZA
3.24/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dirty light mandarin hue with the frothiest three finger head just like Mr Whippy and clingy lacing everywhere,on smell it's typical funky Brett,mangoes,fresh fruit salad and a nice barnhouse funkiness that lets you know it's a saison,the feel is just under medium bodied and lightly carbonated and to be honest I was expecting a fuller feel and the taste is nice but nothing I'm gonna rave on about tomorrow it's bubblegum,funky Brett,honey and finished with a lemon herbal hoppiness and overall out of all of their range this is the most normalmest and borinest and even though its very sessionable I won't be back for seconds cheers.

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Photo of Braseltonage
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours surprisingly clean and clear. Light gold, Fluffy white head. Some expected fruity aromas with a noticeable brett mustiness. Pleasant.
Flavors are a little one note though. Base beer perhaps lacks a little complexity. Some light breadiness And very faint hint of fruit on the finish,, but the flavor profile is dominated by the brett. Don't get me wrong, I like the brett just fine, just seems like it could have more there to compliment. Mouthfeel and carbonation are right on. Nice enough.

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Photo of corby112
3.09/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very cloudy, pale golden orange color with visible carbonation bubbling up and a two finger pillowy white head that sticks around forever.  Really good retention only slowly fading into a lasting cap.  Looks to be over carbonated.

Prominent musty brett aroma with farmhouse yeast, grass, straw and light fruit.  Very earthy and funky with wild bugs overpowering almost everything else. There's a touch of floral hops and light fruit but the brett dominates.

Medium body and very over carbonated taking away from the mouthfeel and flavor.  Lots of dry, musty funk with the brett overpowering almost everything enjoyable about the base beer.  Nice to have a little of this complimenting the farmhouse yeast but it's way too strong for my liking.  Decent amount of bread/yeast flavor underneath along with grass, straw, faint peppery spice and light fruit.  Once the palate adjusts to strong brett presence, the yeast, spice, apple, pear and alcohol flavors come out.  Not a bad beer but overcarbed and a bit one dimensional.  

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a cloudy but bright sun-like yellow color with little bits of floaters. The foam is incredibly thick and mouse like. Good retention but eventually settles leaving chunks of lacing on the glass.

S - aroma is soft. Sort of muted in truth. Faint notes of doughy bread, hay, and ever so slight barnyard funk. As it warms the fruit character starts to sing loud and clear with notes of citrus, apples, pears and white grapes.

T - flavors are crisp and quenching. Clean malty sweetness on the front end with flavors of wheat and hay. A slight zing of citrus in the center which softens as it warms allowing for sweet orchard fruit notes to shine though. Backend is has just a tinge of brett funk. Finish is long and fairly citrusy.

M - medium bodied. Slightly watery texture but in this case it gives a more refreshing quality. High champagne like carbonation.

O - nice beer. Would be especially thirst quenching on a super hot day. I am interested to see how time will treat this one.

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Photo of MighHighBrewer
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass on 9/21/13 from a bottle labeled "Vintage 2012"

A: Pours a light straw color with low carbonation. The beer is somewhat lighter than other Belgian brews (i.e. Saisons) and doesn't have its same color complexity. The beer is hazy - definitely not cloudy, but not clear either. Carbonation seems low. The beer pours with no head and only a handful of champagne-like bubbles linger after the initial pour.

S: Tropical fruits are on the forefront of the nose (surprisingly) with a hint of apple. Other stone fruits are also prominent. Little-to-no funk is evident, nor is any coriandor and/or pepper spice typical of belgian brews. This is a VERY fruit-forward nose.

T & M: Green apple and citrus fruits up-front with a healthy dose of bittering hops. I know this is a Brett brew, but I have a hard time finding any funkiness typically associated with the yeast strain. Unfortunately, my bottle seemed woefully undercarbed, which kind of messes with the palate of the beer. It almost tastes watered-down. The body of the beer is also disappointing: it's thin on the tongue and extremely dry.

O: Appearance and smell are great. Unfortunately, my bottle was undercarbonated. This gave the effect of drinking a "watered-down" beer that accentuates the bittering hops too much. I'd up the carbonation by at least 25% and provide more body to the beer so it doesn't taste so light. Additionally, I'd up the "funkiness" of a beer advertised to be Brett fermented.

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Photo of Zaplt
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a crisp clear gold with about two inches of head that dissipate quickly.

Aroma - tart fruit, olive?

Taste - Sour tart brett, with a delicate floral hops, bready light maltiness, a touch of spice.

Mouthfeel - Dry, moderately high carbonation

Overall - Decent beer that lacks the depth I was expecting. I would be interested to see how this would age.

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Photo of birchstick
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to KevSal for the hookup on this beer!

A - Who said Lost Abbey doesn't have carbonation? This one nearly exploded when I popped the cork and gave a solid 5-finger head haha. The voluminous, airy head leaves a lot of lacing down the sides.

S - nose is lemon balm, spicy white pepper, bready/bubblegum/funky yeast notes all rise out of the glass. The Northern Brewer hops add extremely subtle, albeit detectable, minty notes mixed in with a more floral hop aroma. All of these scents are making this beer intriguing to drink.

T - refreshing soft herbal lemon flavors hit the front of the tongue. Some of the yeasty bubblegum flavors provide a transitory flavor until the dank funk brett flavors kick in. These add some light mushroom and dankness notes until some bitter, although not overly so, hops come in to finish off this beer. Nice!

M - Despite the copious amounts of carbonation that exploded out of the bottle, there is an extremely creamy and smooth mouthfeel to this.

D - This is a really nice, complex beer both with its aromas and palate. Again, big thanks to KevSal for sending this back as my welcome back to the states box!

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Photo of rlee1390
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy bright yellow, three finger light fluffy head with some lacing.

S-Very yeasty, grass, lemon and some funk.

T-Musty, dirty sock (in a good way?) lemon, and grass. Along with wheat and yeast.

M-Lighter, well carbonated.

O-A good beer but the flavors didn't mesh perfectly and the musty-ness could have been improved upon.

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Photo of StrongAleSkeptic
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden hazy hue with abundant soapy head. More soap than froth with minimal head retention. Minimal lacing effect.
S - Smells of caramel, Belgian candy malts, with some deep, rich earthy, stony notes. Slight sweet toffee scent with some dried fruit character. Subtle Brett yeast notes throughout.
T - Starts out sweet, transitioning to a bright tartness with some spice that quickly dissolves to a more succulent, sweet earthy graham cracker finish. The yeast is particularly striking on the wet finish. Some slight bitterness in there too to compliment the sweets.
M - Medium body that yields a quick, bright climax of bubbles during the spicy tart phase, then transitions to a rounded, wet finish on the palate.
O - Overall a decent Belgian ale with a more fuller flavor profile than a saison. The Brett adds a tinge of tart sourness to the complexity. Overall quite enjoyable.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12.7oz, 2013
Lost Abbey TEKU

A: Big pop on the cork. Pours a hazy golden orange color. Tons of bright white fluffy head. Billows out of the glass. Sticks around a while. Nice Brett and bottle carb.

S: Really getting that Brett character. Slight funkiness. Wet hay. Horse blanket.

T: Prickly carbonation. Nice bite on the tip of the tongue. Grassy hops and grains. Brett funk. Wet stable. Dry finish. Crisp and refreshing.

M: Lighter side of medium. High carb helps with that.

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Photo of draheim
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375mL into a tulip. Pours a clear coppery golden color w/ a big fluffy white head that settles to a few patches of sea foam, some spotty lacing.

Aroma is nice Bretty funk and a vague tartness along with a bright citrusy acidity. Promising.

Taste is Belgian and Brett yeast, funk, floral Old World hops, and spice. Sounds facetious, but fresh cut grass. Tastes green, somehow. Like spring.

Mouthfeel is crisp and sharp, slightly prickly. Finishes clean

Overall a different take on a Belgian pale. There's an almost herbal quality I can't pin down. Good for what it is, but not outstanding. Still, an enjoyable spring beer.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.04/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasted 22 May 2013, reviewed from notes.

The gusher of all gushers. I could tell before I popped the cork, as it strained to be released. Sure enough, the second it popped, foam starting slowly erupting out of the bottle. Pours hazy medium-pale golden yellow. But mostly it's bubbles, from start to finish. White head frothing up to the rim of the glass despite a gentle pour. Head lasts too long, leaves loads of lacing. Close to being amazing, but sometimes going just a bit too far takes you a long ways down.

Smell is delightfully fruity. Juicy sweet stone fruits, peaches and apricots. A little Belgian yeast spice. Very nice.

Taste is weird. It shows a hint of that fruity sweetness that's so potent in the smell, but that disappears quickly, giving way to a 1/4-bitter 3/4-spicy sensory assault, like chewing on lemon pepper. Strange.

Not surprisingly, it's massively overcarbonated. So much so that I can barely drink it, have to leave my mouth open after each sip to let the explosion dissipate before I swallow. Very disruptive to the beer experience.

This isn't a terrible beer. And it's got some good elements. But the overcarbonation makes it impossible for me to enjoy it, and often makes it difficult to even find the good hidden behind that wall of fuzz.

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Saint's Devotion from The Lost Abbey
3.95 out of 5 based on 449 ratings.
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