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Devotion Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Devotion AleDevotion Ale

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very good

745 Ratings

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Ratings: 745
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 42
Gots: 64 | FT: 2
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:
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.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 04-28-2007)
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1/5  rDev -74.1%

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1/5  rDev -74.1%

Photo of maximum12
1.93/5  rDev -50%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Thanks to a generous BA for throwing this into a fine summertime trade. Wrestled open on an evening to watch my Twins & laugh at A.J. in ChiTown.

Pours cloudy orange & holy crap. There's more sediment in this bottle than I've ever seen in a beer, almost a solid inch of crud littering the bottom. Geez. Smells good, like those orange candies covered in fake sugar with some tropical fruit underneath it. Promisingly sweet.

On the other hand, Devotion tastes not so good. As it warms it goes from ungh to miserable. A bizarre mix of lighter fluid, mold, bad yeast, & stink bomb. Bad enough that I don't want to take another taste to identify anything further that it tastes like.

Wow. Never had a Lost Abbey that was less than good...until now. This is terrible. Looking at the other reviews I might have gotten a bad bottle. I hope so. Down the drain it goes.

Photo of wolvercote
2/5  rDev -48.2%

Photo of Blakaeris
2.42/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours cloudy, dark yellow. Head is thick and frothy with thick sheets of lacing.

Aroma is candy sweet, and lemony. Generous yeasty spices.

Taste is initially sugary sweetness, then becomes dominated by a bitter orange peel flavor. Very lemony. Finish holds powdery yeasty funk that lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Flavor is dominated by the odd orange peel and lemon bitterness. Yeasty funk really doesn't help. Not recommended.

Photo of rkcrozier
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of Arbitrator
2.55/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into glass.

A: Pours a cloudy gold color, with absolutely no head, carbonation, or lacing. Another victim of Lost Abbey's quality control issues.

S: A little bit of citrus hops, some candy sugar, and Belgian candy yeast producing sugary and fruity (apricot, peach) notes.

T: Some spice and candy in the initial taste, producing a sweet and biting backbone. Segues into an orange and grapefruit blend with some slight peach sweetness. The finish is mostly Belgian sugar and spice (cloves?) again. with a slight hint of grassiness.

M: Light to medium bodied, with ZERO carbonation.

D: Clearly this is a crap bottle, another in a series of bad ones from Lost Abbey. Fuck 'em. I have no desire to support their ongoing Fuck the Customer experiments. I will not buy LA beers again, especially at these elevated prices and downgraded quality standards. This is just appalling.

Photo of Da1nonlyBD
2.68/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden with some slight orange hues. Similar to a Duval

S: Very very faint. I really didnt get much from this at all.

T: Same as the smell. I did not get much out of this one.

M: Great mouthfeel as it felt like a true Belgium pale ale.

D: I would consider that to be average.

Maybe something was wrong with mine, as I had to use a corkscrew to remove the cork, and it looks like there were pieces of cork glued to the inside rim of the bottle. I did let mine warm up, but nothing really came through on this beer. I really love Lost Abbey, but I wont be getting this one again.

Photo of CureTheRadio
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of facesnorth
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of sweemzander
2.8/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

750mL corked bottle poured into a tulip glass. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color that produced a huge 2+finger fluffy white head with fantastic retention. It is sticking to the glass in webs as it dissipated.

(S)- Slight dry paleness with a sweet lemon, honey, and biscuity wheat characteristics. Bits of clay & yeast behind some minimal pine coming through on the finish.

(T)- Really dry and bitter pine that overpowers some (from what I can tell) biscuits and banana with a twist of clove; but it is hard to tell. Definitely more like an IPA than a pale ale. The more I drink it it becomes infinitely grassy with a mineral aftertaste.

(M)- Great carbonation level. Mouthfeel-wise is not very good. The more I had the more bitter it got, became grassy, and that upsetting minerality that gave it a weird metallic taste on the tongue. All of that only became more apparent the more I had of it.

(D)- This beer had alot of promise. It is still decent, but really offputting due to the metallic minerality and grassy nuance that really conflicts and overpowers what would make this an otherwise great beer.

Photo of TheCrowsNest
2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured from a bottle into a wine glass. i had to use a corkscrew to remove the cork and there was no pleasant "pop" when it came out. i thought this may have been bad, but carbonation was present.

A - hazy yellowish/hay with a thin head that faded into nothing but a white film on top.

S - not a whole lot there but the fruity belgian scent was there, slightly.

T - same as the smell, just not a lot going on. some fruitiness was present upfront but there was very little complexity. i was hoping for more out of this one.

M - standard for a belgian.

D - i could knock a bottle of this back only because it doesn't taste like anything.

this was my first Lost Abbey brew that I've poured from a bottle and to be honest, I was a little disappointed in this one. I'm sure these guys make something good, I just haven't found it yet.

Photo of beerandcycling88
2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at brouwers.

A pours a clear orange topped with a large foamy head.

S lots of tart apple with some light herbal notes.

T a very strong bitter hop note with a bit of earth and some apple like fruit.

M light and well carbonated.

Overall not bad, just not spectacular.

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of mikefuski17
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of TexIndy
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle that Roberts shipped me (no dating info) into a snifter. The back label had the usual Lost Abbey story. It was a hazy golden yellow color with a touch of carbonation. It had a small fizzy white head that quickly evaporated into a thin collar.

The aroma was peppery and hoppy. Reminded me a of dry saison. The taste was somewhat disappointing. It was very dry, which I'm not a fan of, and more bitter and peppery than I expected. Had me wanting a drink of water to cleanse the palate after each drink - never a good sign. I've had other BPA's and this one just didn't seem to match those so maybe mine got affected during the shipping.

Overall, it was a decent beer but too dry and peppery to really enjoy. For me, it's one and done. Can't recommend.

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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Devotion Ale from The Lost Abbey
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