Saints’ Devotion Ale

Additional notes 03/15/13 (pictured)

Vintage 2013.

A beer that I originally didn’t like much, but for me has changed over time – or maybe I have.

$4.99 for the 12.7 floz bottle with a cork & cage and a nice pop on opening. Head is rocky and white, and better retained than the last time I drank this beer in 2008. Significant funk in the nose and tastes compete with a Belgian sweetness that is suprisingly robust. Slight lemon tartness in the back end.

There’s a light, soapy aftetaste that comes with it, and the beer melds together much better than it did in the past for me. Perhaps a change of palate, or maybe a combination of different batches and Lost Abbey getting to grips with the beer, but either way better than the ‘C’ I gave it 5 years ago.


Original Notes 12/14/08

Thanks go out to Lance for sharing this one at The Brick Store on a Friday afternoon. 750 mL corked & caged.

Nice orange pour with a minimal head. Has the look of a classic Belgian Pale but without the high rocky head that I would like.

I’m a bit confused with this. It reminds me a bit of the Jolly Pumpkin nonense where Brett ends up in beers where it simply shouldn’t be. Here the Brett in the nose and the taste compete with the Belgian sweetness and yeast and as a result we end up with a bit of an odd beer. The total package doesn’t meld all that well for me and I end up confused and disappointed with the beer as a whole.

I dunno, drinkability suffers and I get a bit annoyed with brewers tinkering with style where it’s just NOT necessary. VERY infrequently do we get a major success and more often than not we end up with an unhappy marriage.

One of the poorest Lost Abbey efforts for me.

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12/14/2008
Format:
bottle | on-tap
ABV: 6.3 %
Appearance: 3
Taste: 2.5
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 2.5
Overall: 3
Total: 2.73
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