Devotion Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Devotion AleDevotion Ale

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very good

794 Ratings

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Ratings: 794
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 45
Gots: 84 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: scottoale on 04-28-2007

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.
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Ratings: 794 | Reviews: 318
Reviews by wspscott:
Photo of wspscott
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of ElSid
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

The Beers of California


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.

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of riTLce
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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.


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.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a pale hazy orange colored body with an off white head, which forms thick and fine bubbled. I was nervous after the decorking didn't leave me with much of a pop. Aroma hints of funky yeast notes, citrus herbal tones pale malt derivatives. A nice version of a BPA fruity undertones with funky yeast profile and hops equals perfection when done right. Flavor brings out a bit of band aid/horse blanket funkiness once the yeast is poured in, but more citric, herbal hops with spicy belgian yeast and pale malt sweetness equates to a good time. Mouthfeel is effervescent with carbonation medium bodied finish is a bit plastic/band aid just a touch but not enough to offend it actually works with the other flavors going on. Drinkability overall is effortless the 6% range is working for these bottle conditioned ales I wish more came in this packaging. I could finish this bottle off with myself without a problem, excellent American Belgian pale/blonde ale.

Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy, dark golden color. Has a nice, creamy yellow-white head that is long lasting and leaves very good lacing.

A fruity and spicy nose: It smells more like a Belgian tripel than expected, but there are plenty of hops in the taste.

Medium body; excellent carbonation. Very smooth.

Photo of OStrungT
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden yellow color with a thick, fluffy white head. The head fades very slowly, leaving a thick sheat of lace.

This beer has a grassy hop aroma. I am surprised by the aroma. I was expecting a more funky aroma. Behind the hops, I smell some spicey notes. Coriander mostly, and some orange peel. It has a subtle yeasty earthy aroma as well.

This beer tastes almost exactly like it smells. Hoppy grassy flavors up front. Behind that, I taste some spices. The only thing different from the aroma is an off flavor that I am having problems pin pointing. It has a very slight metalic flavor. For the life of me, I can not even describe it.

This beer goes down smooth, asside from the off flavor. It leaves a spicy aftertaste. It is carbonated just right.

I think that this beer would make a decent session beer. It is low in alcohol, and it tastes ok.

Overall: I would like this beer more if it didnt have that off flavor. I have had it before, and I know that it is not just from a bad bottle. It reminds me of some of my homebrews that didnt got possibly slightly contaminated.

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store during the LA/Port kick-off.

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light malts with moderate amounts of dry pears and hints of earthy notes.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Mildly dry light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by ripe pear flavors. Hints of grassiness come into play midway through the sip, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this beer seemed rather one-dimensional for a Belgian of any style, although there was nothing about it that I found disagreeable. Not worth seeking out but not worth avoiding either.

Photo of pwoods
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml cork and caged brown bottle, purchased from Joey at Southbay, poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a pleasant golden amber with light rusty tints. A good 2 fingers worth of pearly white head forms and has pretty decent retention. Big chunks of lacing throughout.

S: Light malts, grainy, soft sweetness. A bit of floral, grassy hops.

T/M: Light, creamy malts, again. A touch grainy and maybe wheaty with a soft sweetness. A bit of husky character to the malts toward the drying finish. Hops are again floral, grassy, and a touch earthy. Some bitterness works its way through, eventually. Alcohol is there but in small, lightly drying doses. Body is light and crisp with controlled carbonation.

D: Easily drinkable with plenty of flavor for the style. <3 LA

Photo of IntriqKen
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange tea color clear liquid with a billowy beguim style head of almost white foam that melts gradually to very sticky mapping.

Aroma is almost like a cross between a Belgium and an American IPA...lots of Belgium yeasts give way to nice floral and citrusy Pacific NW Hops.

Mouthfeel is very drying.

Taste is like the smell...somehow combining the characteristics of a Belgium pale with some very nice Pacific NW IPA hops giving it all a nice and fresh citrus peel finish.

Upon the swallow your mouth is left with the memory of the bitter grapefruit peel hops and a warming alcohol presence.

Photo of Aml42000
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep golden color with a thick white head and sticky lacing.

S- The main component is yeast/biscuit, but some lemon aromatics as well.

T- Sweet, pit fruit on the initial sip. More tart citrus as it moves through the mid palate. A bit muddled.

M- Very crisp and clean and the high carbonation offsets the sweet flavors.

O- A very approachable Belgian Pale. Some Saison qualities as well. I'd order or buy this again.

Photo of GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL corked and caged bottle with no freshness date - served cool into a globe.

Devotion is a hazy copper orange color with thin short-lived head. What it does have is creamy white and sticks to the glass.

Aroma is sweet and slightly musky. It has a nice funk from the yeast but the hops have either faded or were just never that strong. Still a pleasant aroma.

Flavor is more intense than expected! This beer has a nice little kick to it. For being under 7%, there is still a world of flavors to enjoy. The light malts are just enough to stand up to the hop bitterness and Belgian yeast. Spicy with a little pepper, some fruity tart citrus, and a nice floral arangement at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, appropriately carbonated for a BPA which means a little over-done for my tastes.

Overall a nice little surprise from Lost Abbey. After 600+ reviews, I really should know by now that you can't judge by other people's opinions. This beer is very good.

Photo of Stigs
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip...

A - poured a massive snow white fluffy head. the beer is a very dirty/hazy strong golden a bright apple cider. sediment all over the place.

S - dirty belgian yeast right off the bat, mixed with some clove, banana, lemon peel, and crisp malt. huge off the nose, dont have to get anywhere near it.

T - semi-tart fruitiness, mostly lemon and banana balanced by a nice amount of yeast. spiciness comes from some beligian IPA-like hops. faint bit of alcohol burn.

M - tons of carbonation, to a fault. it distracts away from the pleasant taste and makes the beer drink a bit harsh. outside of that, a nice creamy finish.

D - aside from the carbonation issue, a very well crafted brew, though nothing out of this world.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purchased at gold rush liquors and/or brown jug warehouse.

Pours a very clear yellow with a lot of carbonation and a fizzy white head. Nose is of some grains and european hops. Alot of graininess and belgian yeast in the nose. A nice subtle hop flavor. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but ok. Drinkability is good, but nothing really incredible. An ok brew here, but probably not one I would buy again for that price. I am a big lost abbey fan, but this one didnt really do it for me. Worth a try. Give it a shot and see what you think!

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely pale yellow with lots of foam, normal Belgian yeasty aroma. Leaf dry hoppiness that works with the yeast, and works up in the finish a fruity and grassy climax. Well done "blonde".
Finished the bomber myself at lunch, I was tempted by the relatively lower ABV. It was a good pale Belgian and unique.

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap from a friend's kegerator. I know it's a touch strong, but this comes off like a Belgian session ale. It's light, tasty, and I could drink it all day.

The Tettanger hops had a slightly sharp and interesting herbal flavor in addition to the spicy citrus background. There's a smooth grain and bread flavor with hint of subtle Belgian fruit esters. My only complaint is that the flavor can seem a touch muted at times. I suppose this is on the hoppy side of a Belgian pale ale, but it's still very drinkable. Check this beer out.

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Devotion Ale from The Lost Abbey
87 out of 100 based on 794 ratings.