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Devotion Ale | The Lost Abbey

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The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
It’s an unassuming road leading to the priory. Here, off the corner of two intersecting roads, dedicated monks have been making beer for over 150 years. It’s always been a simple life — the kind that requires they brew only enough to sustain the activities of their monastery. In the silence of passing seasons, they pray, they brew and retire in solitary existence behind the sheltering walls. They live a most interesting life. Most likely one we couldn't sustain.

Nearby, each summer, the trellised fields spring to life as rows of resinous green cones are trained toward the heavens. Rumor is some monks love these hops and being surrounded by budding yellow aromas and the leafy pungent fields inspired them. Since we aren't sensible enough to locate our brewery near hop fields, we can only offer this blond ale in celebration of our Abbey brethren and their steadfast Devotion.

Added by scottoale on 04-28-2007

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Photo of heygeebee
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hmmm, I normally state that freshness might be an issue when reviewing overseas beers, however with this one having Brett in it I can discount that.
Flat pour, little smell, lots of band aid and farmyard but little zest from Brett. Apart from that yes it's Belgian but not great.
Way undercarbonated :-(

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pint on tap at Monk's in Philly. Arrives in a pint glass with a finger and a half of fluffy foam. Aroma is full of Belgian yeast, banana and bubblegum. Very clean tasting with yeast flavors being predominant. Amazing lacing and pleasant dry finish.

I'm not a fan of most Belgian styles but I enjoy this one. Low on phenols, this beer is very easy to put down.

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Photo of TerribleTaste
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This would be the third ale that I have purchased from Lost Abbey and again I found a familiar backbone with a unique spin-off. After indulging some Inferno & Avant Garde I went for another and was equally impressed.

Much like Avant Garde this ale has a fruity begging. I get apple and pair at the start and it dies away to a unique bitter hop profile that I really enjoy. The beer is much lighter in color than its similar cousin Avant Garde, and doesn't share the caramel or honey flavors that it does, but it makes up for it in a dry hoppy bulwark. It may be wrong to label those two beers as cousins or to compare them but I find similarities in the two. I would recommend this Ale to my friends as their first Lost Abbey indulgence as its pretty much a nice all around flavorful presentation. But then again I have Terrible Taste :D

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Photo of TigerSoul
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a very unique beer, for more than a few reasons. First off, it is technically a 'Belgian pale ale' and although it possesses characteristics of that variety, it has a bit of a 'split' personality. On the first sniff, you get the piney hop notes that suggest "west coast IPA", but then with the first sip, there's a mellow creaminess that is anything but that. The end note brings back some of those hops but with the banana yeastiness that I more closely associate with Belgian bottle conditioned ales. It is quite drinkable given the relatively low ABV but it has enough layers to keep you interested. The Lost Abbey's bombers are surprisingly widely available here in New Jersey even as products of the parent, Port Brewing Co., are hard to locate. They are also reasonably priced, which make them a comparatively good value when put up against other more boutique, elitist offerings that I find to have much less appeal... Of course, you need to take any of my reviews with a grain of (bitter) salt: I must be the only craft beer enthusiast who was completely underwhelmed by Heady Topper. For that reason alone, many of you will dismiss my opinions. Prosit!

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours with an absolutely enormous head. The head lingers quite some time. The beer itself is a golden coppery color with apparent carbonation, very clear, not opaque at all. The nose is lightly fruity, but not tropical, pears maybe? There are definitely some yeast esters here too that give it just a bit of fruity pop, definitely a belgian strain. The taste is quite clean, some very mild hop bitterness up front (though the hop notes are almost lightly piney). The upfront hop note fades quickly and I am left with a distinct bready character not unlike crackers. Overall a very nice beer and one I would definitely recomend.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A pretty standard offering, lacking any of the distinct Belgian yeast flavor in favor of a mediocre mild malt profile with some run-of-the-mill citrus esters. Finishes with a pretty big hop bite with a good amount of grapefruit.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had at Perch Pub in Philly.
L: coppery orange yellow with a billowed white head.
S: earthy and delicious
T: grassy. awesome balance of flavorful hops and yeast
F: really smooth with a nice medium mouth feel
O: really nice beer, I had two and will definitely get it again

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Photo of Catracho5
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey chunky tumbler

A: Straw, golden color, little on the dark side, bright, creamy white head, some minor lacing, beer is clear with lots of carbonation.

A: Belgian yeast, hay, grainy, earth herbal notes, some spice, some hoppy bitterness at the front end, complex with depth.

T: A hint of hops, piney, Belgian yeast, grainy, hay notes, some spice, malts on the backend, alcohol is well hidden, dry finish, very tasty.

M: Lots of carbonation, creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O: Very good, nice introduction with a slight piney hop note before getting the Belgian characteristics. I did have a bottle of this was almost a year old and it lacked the hops but Belgian characteristics were still present, the beer is not as bright aged as it is fresh.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy copper tinted gold under a pillowy persistent 3” white foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: Orange and pepper with light biscuit.
T: Mild large pitted fruit, apricot to peach, spice, orange, citrus, with a dash of pepper on the finish.
F: Very creamy medium body with fine soft carbonation.
O: A big full flavored beer with a rich delightful texture.

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Photo of Boto
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Monk’s Cafe: It was a lower lighting, but it appeared to be a fairly clear amber color. There was a big frothy off-white head on it that left some lacing. It has a nice nose. A fairly good amount of hops: mainly grapefruit and pine. A little bit of pepperiness and yeast. The taste is very good. It has a bit of a bite. Citrus and earthiness, some pepper, yeast and breadiness. Nice.

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Photo of cbutova
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour at McLaddens Northampton the other night. Full notes to phone.

A- Poured from the tap to a pint glass with a deep golden, pale amber body. A white crown to about a finger with a creamy texture. A puffy sheet remains and a medium ring deposits a huge sheet at the top and huge pillows beyond that.

S- Spicy Belgian yeast and medium caramelized candi sugars make up the main aromas. Dry orange zest citrus, herbal coriander, straw and a hint of peppercorns.

T- Similar to the aroma but one big thing I notice here is a spicy note of ginger joining the orange peel, coriander and slight pepper. Spicy Belgian yeast and slight stone fruits. Medium candi sugar, wheat crust and cereal grains.

MF- Light to medium thickness with a consistency that is foamy, silky and puffy. The bubbles hit the tongue at a level that is just about high. Slight spicy herbal bitterness on the back end.

Well rounded and balanced flavor profile with Belgian yeast running the show but not being out of hand. A good mix of fruity and spicy all while retaining a certain smoothness.

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Photo of riTLce
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Slightly hazy orange-straw color. Two fingers of dense off-white meringue head, bubbles continuously rising to the top.

S: Champagne dry tartness, green apple, tart pear, banana and clove, grassy and hay aroma as it warms.

T: Green apple tartness, banana and close hints. Mild and smooth flavor..

M: Not as effervescent as initially expected, crisp and clean finish with a bit of tart champagne dryness.

O: Good solid beer, easy-drinking and pleasant flavors.

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Photo of BWED
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz. tumbler pour at Monk's Cafe, Philly.

A- Hazy, dark gold. Head is lumpy and white. With good retention.

S- Belgian yeast springs right out in front. Nice fruity ester, of stone fruits. Malt aroma is biscuity. Hop notes aren't so noticeable.

T- Biscuit malt. Belgian spiciness. Hop character is a dull citrus pith, with a bit of earthy notes.

M- Medium light body. Carbonation is nice and delicate. Dryness in the finish, a combination of the hops and spicy Belgian character.

O- Really pleasant. I enjoy the nice hop characteristic in this. Good balance of the spice and hop.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours shiny orange with a two finger white head that recedes slowly to a thick sticky lace.
Sweet oranges, apricot, apple and pear, some cherry plum, wheat, faint honey, spices, soft floral hints. Really inviting.
Fruity, but musty, with some yellow apple, some grapes, some pear and faint apricot. Not that sweet, but crisp with lemon zest. Spicy Belgian yeasts, with some pepper, faint herbs, mostly some coriander, some flower petals. Earthy and wheaty, with a nice dried hay note. Hop bitterness, mild, but bolder than in usual Belgian ales.
Light bodied, almost a bit watery, medium prickly carbonation. Aftertaste is yeasty, some hay, some faint hops, with a funky note that isn't that great tho.
A decent Belgian-style ale that has ups and downs, resulting in a nice refreshing beer, light, easy to drink, but not that interesting.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

Tap at tavern in the square Northborough

Light creamy head, super murky hazy orange blond tan color. 35

Nose nice Belgian aromas, esters, orange, little rind, wheat like malts, creamy wheat, mild pepper phenols, mild grassy notes.4

Taste more wit, plenty of creamy wheat, light though, plenty of spices and peppery phenols, mild esters, hint banana, more citrus and orange, little rind. Then bitter spicy hops, very bitter almost astringent, long spicy hops, little tartness in the middle too. Finish dry bitter spicy hops, little citrus and creamy wheat lingering.4

Mouth is med bod, fairly creamy, lots of carb.4

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Photo of MadCat
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Appearance: Opaque golden yellow, fluffy white head

Smell: Belgian yeast nose

Taste: Belgian yeast with light malts, and some funk on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation

Overall: Good for the most part, but the funk gets to you, not the kind of funk I like in a beer.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Growler in a pint glass.

A- Hazy yellow-gold color. Big fluffy white cap that settles to a thick film. Heavy patches of lacing.

S- Light malt and light spices. Lemon, tart apple.

T-Fresh white bread, light citrus fruits. Creamy.

M- Tart, funky, tingly. Small bubble carb. Dry tart finish.

O- Quite Belgian-like.

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Photo of Act25
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Outstanding first impression. Never over your head, finely made and champagne like.

A: Appearance even from a 2 year old bomber is much the best part. Apricot color, hazed, with energetic head and pin point bubbles, and gobs of lace. Like a true belgian.
S: A bit too laid back for me, but very fine and inviting with an original orange/coriander/pepper/lemon rind core. Champagne like. Tingly.
T: More here, at cellar temperature, subtle but refined, layered complexity. Follows the smell with a bit more hay and grassiness mid-palate, and again the white pepper in the finish.
MF: A bit sticky, soapy mouthed, perhaps due to the age or yeast. The only ding. Like a cleaner, crisper ending. Recommend at cellar temp.

Well made of great ingredients.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Generous extra from a trade a while back with sarge27. Enjoyed from a lost Abby teku. The bottle had some funk on the to of the bottle by the cork but opened without incident. Brew poured a semi transparent orange with a generous frothy head Anne chunky lacing. Nose is a bit grassy with some fruity highlights of the apple pear family. Taste follows suit a this one is an earthy fruity saison. Easy drinker with prickly carbonation. Not mind blowing, but an enjoyable beverage as the weather starts to show signs of spring.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rich golden colored with great clarity. Brussels lacing. A thin layer of white foam barely covers the top. I smell pale malt and floral hops. The mouth is moderately carbonated and crisply refreshing. There's plenty of pale malt and floral hops in the taste. The Belgian hops really kick in on the fade.

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Photo of gatornation
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a hazy golden yellow color with a fluffy white head
S-fresh hay brett lemon grass
T-soft light hops mix with yeast mild funk and wet hay a touch of spice in the finish
M- medium carbonation sweet with a slight barnyard finish
O-nice golden ale or pale ale more golden to me easy to drink its just not outstanding falla a tad short

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Photo of TheDoctor
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy sunshine-gold with a magnificent tan head that is huge at first before rockily settling from half the glass to one finger or so. Good retention; lots of sticky lacing.

Earthy and fresh with the slightest bretty twinge. There is also a prevalent hop aroma but it is definitely soft and is not the focal point.

A really dry, flat, and earthy taste. Hard water, dust and mustiness at the beginning with a marked medicinal bump in the middle and a long dry finish.

Dry and soft. Light-medium body with tingly carbonation.

Very good.
This is not the most Belgiany beer I have ever had but it is good for what it is and is definitely interesting. It is beautiful and smells subtly hoppy and a bit sour. Up to this point it seems "Belgian" enough to my tastes. The taste certainly features the hops as the focal point but they are not too strong bitterness-wise. They really taste European. The only thing missing from the overall taste in my opinion would be a bit more of a yeast profile to round it out, but there's no accounting for tastes...
All in all, this is a very tasty brew. I didn't know what to expect, but I liked it. It is nice to have something so subtly aggressive in the hop department.
Would have again; worth trying.

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Photo of dar482
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a clear straw yellow color with a fluffy white.

There's a spiciness and Belgian yeast note.

The beer has a beautiful flavor. It hits with a Belgian yeast note, a substantial honey and sweetness. There's a strong bite of bitterness and hop forwardness. A really easy light drinking beer, but with lots of drying and hops in there.

A really interesting brew in how it's Belgian and also hoppy. A crisp beer that offers medium flavor that makes it an "everyday" type of beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Devotion is exactly what it takes to prepare an authentic Belgian Ale. Where no shortcuts are acceptable- where attention to details- where the choicest ingredients are paramount, this is what Lost Abbey does to create a beer worthy of its name.

The expressive ale pours with a billowing exuberence that easily topples the glass. Its high effervescence captivates the eye with its tall, bone-white column. As the foam settles, it laces the glass with delicate patterns. Pale straw in color, the beer's haze shows off its unfiltered character.

Bright, peppery and zesty aromas seem as much like champagne as it does of ale. Dried fruit notes are citrusy, as if constructed with dried orange, lemon and lime peels. A balancing note of white pepper, coriander and paradise seed tingle the nose. Wrapped in a cocoon of malt, its husky grain character is lightly bready, wheaty and with slight honey. A grassy scent gives the ale a rustic damp hay character heading into taste.

Light on sweetness, the beer's dry malt taste is supportive of the fruit and spice balance, but is wafer-like, bready and slightly doughy. But its that middle palate of floral spice, peppercorn and dried citrus that shapes the bulk of the beer's complexity even though it allows for a mild soapy taste to emit. As the ale finishes strikingly bitter, it hops character is grassy, hay-like and pithy.

Light and airy in texture, the ale simply bounces off the tongue with ease. Its dry malt character is just as alive in mouthfeel as it is in taste- ushering in a fast and fleeting finish that makes the beer best appreciated as echoes in its aftertaste. Warm and peppery, the ale continues to deliver flavor and depth even late.

"Devotion" is seriously devoted to delivering excellence in Belgian flavor, balance, complexity and palatability. Though the ale seems effortless, its painstaking recipe formulation and brewing execution does not go unnoticed.

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Photo of wspscott
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle in New Belgium tulip
the date is smeared, can't read

A: Pours crystal clear, orangish/copper color with an off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lace.
S: No sign of hops, a definite belgian yeast scent, slightly phenolic.
T: Light floral taste with a low amount of bitterness at first but that increases with each taste. Slightly sweet like very light caramel malt. There is a hint of "juiciness" that I can't place, but I like it.
M: High level of carbonation makes it feel very crisp, but there is a "creaminess" as well.
O: A very nice beer, easy to drink, but with something to think about. I can easily finish the bottle and could probably think about having another 750ml. Overall, a good beer that is definitely worth trying, would appeal to a wide range of beer lovers.

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Devotion Ale from The Lost Abbey
87 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.