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Devotion Ale - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
87
very good

705 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 705
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 40
Gots: 55 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 04-28-2007)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by hopfacebrew:
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from undated bottle to NBB globe glass. The beer pours a hazy orange amber color with a nice 2.5 finger white fluffy head. Excellent retention and lacing. This beer looks fantastic. The nose is nice though rather mellow. Hints of citrus, apples, toasted malt, a hint of alcohol, and a nice belgian yeast. Well constructed. The flavor starts with a subtle apple flavor together with a crisp citrus flavor. Mild bitterness. A bit of toasty malt mixes well with the yeast character. Works well together. Finishes crisp with a lingering apple flavor with a hint of bitter. Highly carbonated, medium bodied.

Overall, this is another winner from Lost Abbey. Very easy drinking and well crafted. Recommended.

hopfacebrew, Jan 29, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - This is a bright orange in color with a modest head. The cork came out with an unimpressive whimper and I wonder if maybe other samples may be a bit more carbonated.

Smell - The nose is a beautiful mix of rather heavy-handed hops and a grainy pale malt base. Die hard BPA fans will say that it's over-hopped, but I like the play that the big hops make on this grainy malt. The malt is not a big player in the nose but it is raw and fresh which I enjoyed.

Taste - The malts and hops play well together at the taste. You worry about a "push-pull" annoyance with sharp, divergent flavors like this but it came off nicely. The hops get to you first, probably through the smell, but then that grain is a short but powerful jab into the taste buds.

Mouthfeel - I have mixed feelings on this. On the one hand, the classic full and fluffy Belgian mouthfeel is completely absent, and this has always been a hallmark of my reviews of the style. Right there that would but it at a 3.0 at best. However, omitting consideration of the carbonation this mouthfeel is terrific! The hop mix offers a crescendo of bitterness that starts high, keeps going all the way through, then finishes with a snap to the mouth. The sharpness of the malts add yet another sensation, and like I said before they all work perfectly together. And you want refreshing? I can't think of a BPA I'd prefer over this one on a hot summer day.

Drinkability - This is an incredibly good-drinking beer and I'd say actually that this is its strong suite. This ale is a bit quirky for sure and definitely not one to put in a style-driven taste test, but if you want an easy-drinking light Belgian ale this Port's for you.

RoyalT, Jul 27, 2008
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

aszatk01, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

We couldn't find any info on the brewery's website for this one, and the back label was taken up by some poetic stuff. Everything else points to a Belgian Pale Ale, of sorts.

Pours a hazy, peach-colored beer with dark amber hues, topped with a big fluffy head that settles, laces and sticks. Soft, powdery aroma of malt and hints of spice. Smooth at first, but a bit gritty. Lively and light on the palate, with a fizzy carbonation that builds up to be semi-creamy. Crisp, with a green apple bite and watery notes of lemon up front. Peppery here and there, blending with some bitterness. Bread and crust flavors, plus faint notes of honey and toasty caramel beneath a dry cracker-like finish. Metallic at times--like sucking on a coin. Some lingering spice in a powdery, drying finish.

Refreshing, goes down easy and has a uniquely subtle finish to this very broad and, all too often, samey beer style. We could ourselves imagine sitting at an outside café, drinking this one with a plate of cheese and rustic bread.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of jose_alehouseSD
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden orange with 1/2" of creamy white head. Lots of active carbonation rises up. Aromas of crisp sun dried grains along with earthy, spicy Belgian yeast. Herbal, citrusy hops mix in.

First sip brings crisp grain malt upfront with mellow fruity tones. Citric, herbal hops usher in a nice bitterness. Spicy Belgian yeast accents. The brew flows down with a mild hop kick, crisp and refreshing overall.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with good steady carbonation. This one goes down easy and would be a nice drinker on a hot summer day. Quite refreshing, albeit on the mellow side flavor wise overall. Glad I sampled it.

orbitalr0x, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +3.6%

warnerry, May 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

TimoP, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

JakerLou, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Beerswag
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Beerswag, May 26, 2013
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgian bomber, caged and corked and w/o frashness or bottling info..Pours light hazy apricot, under an off white head, initially showing puffy retention then softening to a thin tiny bubble film, this one leaves nice tiny bubble webs of lacing. Tropical fruit nose, melons, honey, bananas. Another highly enjoyable Lost Abbey offering. More tropical fruits, white pepper, honey, yeasty spice, some light earthy mustyness and then a dry subtle hoppy finish. One of my seamingly many "favorite styles" and this one nails it. Bring on the salads, cheese, shell fish, crusty bread or just about whatever type of food you want and enjoy it with this high quality brew.

Billolick, Jul 25, 2007
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3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

The Beers of California

#8

Freshness Date: None

A: Hazy peach orange with hues of copper and yellow. A generous white head appears after pouring the brew into a snifter. The head sticks around for a bit, fading to a generous lace on the glass.

S: Grainy along with some fresh bread. Some banana and even faint notes of citrus and peach along with a bit of peppery zing.

T: Grainy, powdery malt up front that also has some notes of toasted bread. Spice throughout which brings into mind cloves and black pepper. Ripe banana and some faint eastery apricot and peach sweetness. Some interesting grass, flowery, and even faintly citrus hop notes which adds a nice depth.

M: This brew has a great smoothness and chewiness which really pairs well with the malt notes with just enough lively carbonation to keep things interesting.

O: A brew in the vein of abbey ales with a nice California twist. As I drink this brew I imagine what life would be like living as a monk: simple, peaceful. and serene. This beer is all about the bringing a piece of monastery life to busy California.

ElSid, Sep 12, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, orange/yellow in color, hazy

Smell: honey, toasted malt, pear, some citrus

Taste: honey, grass, caramel, and a small touch of citrus

Mouthfeel: light bodied, sweet with a bitter backbone, high carbonation

Drinkability: Very good and complex brew. I like the caramel and fruit mix. At this abv I could have several. One of my favorites in the style and another winner from Lost Abbey.

tigg924, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kaiser81 for sending me this beer.

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma is very fruity with peaches, oranges, lemons and apples. The flavor is apples and peaches with some spices and Belgian yeast. The beer doesn't taste as fruity as the smell indicates. The beer is pretty dry and as it warmed I got some oranges and mangoes in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of SkinnyElvis
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Foodery in Northern Liberties. Pours with a lot of foam which settles quickly. Cloudy in appearance. Not a lot of smell but the Belgian yeast. Tastes smooth and very bready & yeasty. Nothing spectacular here; a nice brew though.

Cheers.

SkinnyElvis, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright gold pour with a big white head. Floral, spicy aroma with some yeast and bread/dough. Lighter tasting than expected. Oranges, crisp hops, honey,and a wheat-like tartness. Very dry. Felt like something was missing, possibily more coriander or lemon peel. It was still very nice.

magictrokini, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Janeinma, Aug 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

mrw1zard, May 26, 2013
Photo of Franziskaner
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Franziskaner, Mar 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

bpfrush, May 17, 2014
Photo of ehammond1
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A clear golden yellow with a thin white head that leaves the glass messy with sticky cling.

A combination of bread, mild yeast, flowers, and a bit of bright citrus make up the aroma.

Slight Belgian yeast tang and a bit of spice present in flavor. A bit of sweet fruit and caramel malt but a very mild tasting beer in nearly every regard.

Medium mouthfeel with high carbonation.

An easy drinking though unspectacular Belgian pale.

ehammond1, Nov 18, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

sourdog, Mar 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

KyleMA, Jun 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of ryser2k
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

ryser2k, Mar 06, 2013
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Devotion Ale from The Lost Abbey
87 out of 100 based on 705 ratings.