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Devotion Ale - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
87
very good

745 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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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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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 t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the ColLAboration beer fest at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain, herbal hops, and some slightly funky aromas. Taste is very much the same. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is very refreshing and tasty.

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone’s. Served in a sample glass. Crisp and clean. Nice citrus and a bit of white pepper. A bit spicy. Light pilsner malt. Subdued yet complex. Light and dry.

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours yellowish orange in color with a large bright white head that quickly dies down into a thin layer of bubbles that consistently covers the surface. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are mild aromas of citrusy and floral hops in the nose along with some hints of spices and yeast.
T: The taste has a light amount of bitterness and some malty sweetness with notes of apples, candi sugar, lemon, oranges and pepper.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, crisp and smooth on the palate. There is a mild amount of dryness, mainly in the aftertaste.
D: The beer is very refreshing and easy to drink. The low alcohol content and good flavors make it a sessionable beer, particularly one well suited for the warmer months.

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy apricot color with a modest head that persists, nevertheless, quite wll and leaves a nice pattern of lace on the chalice

Smell: Fruity, with plenty of apricot, apple and some citrus

Taste: At first, there is a bready flavor that becomes rather fruity by mid-palate, with apple, apricot and citrus; after the swallow, the hops make an appearance, but in a fairly subtle, but somewhat lemony fashion; the finish is rather dry

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very light and subtle; a nice beer for the summer months

Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a deep clear golden color ale with a nice big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light brett with some Saaz hops. Taste is a mix between what appears to be light brett notes with some nice Belgian-type malt a dry noble hops finish. Medium body with some good carbonation. While I enjoyed that beer I have to admit that I will stick with DDC Dernière Volonté when I feel in need of an hoppy Belgian ale.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ripe apricot with a gentle dusting of fine yeast. The polished ivory crown has the texture of warm marshmallow and comes pretty close to the magnificence of a world-class Belgian ale. Sticky bridges connect head and glass and then break in slow motion. Fine sheets of delicate lace look good as well.

Devotion smells like a classic Belgian pale ale that has been tinked with by an American craft brewer. There's less yeasty spiciness and more bright, floral, citric hoppiness than expected. I'm pretty sure this is going to be great beer.

Great might be a stretch, but it is very good. In my opinion, The Lost Abbey pushed it over the top by adding so many hops. Style purists of Belgian and Belgian-style beer might disagree. However, there are plenty of traditional brewers who are jumping on the 'stuff it full of hops' bandwagon. If you're a hophead, I'd definitely recommend drinking this one fresh.

Pale malt is present as no more than a skeletal structure on which to hang the hops and the yeast. The hoppiness is sunshine bright, hugely lemongrassy, spicy and citrusy. I'm thinking predominantly Saaz with a handful or two of an American ringer. Man oh man, Devotion tastes as fresh as if it was bottled this morning!

I haven't even mentioned the fruit and spice yet. Let's see... golden delicious apples, barely ripe pears, a hint of clover honey and a sprinkling of ground clove and (especially) white pepper. Each mouthful is a glorious combination of bitter, tangy and sweet, with bitter winning handily.

Although the mouthfeel is generously bubbled, the beer doesn't expand to fill the mouth as completely as it could. It's still a pleasure to gulp and swallow. Drinkability is impressive, in all senses of the word.

I had a pretty good idea that Devotion would be good beer, I just didn't think it would be quite this good. It's still waaay too early to say for sure (let me drink the handful of Port offerings that are biding their time in my cellar first), but this brewery has a chance to be one of my favorite sources for Belgian-style beer in this country.

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.93/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle served at 45 degrees and poured into a Flute Glass

A – Poured a very nice and very bright yellow tinted amber. Lots of cloudiness and haze were apparent throughout the glass and only proceeded to thicken up as the bottle got closer to the bottom, really bringing some of the yeast forward on this one. A rather large and intense three inch high head of white frothy and foamy lace then formed on the top and decided that it was going to hang around for a while, and really just did not ever fade. Even once it started too settled, it still reaches a height of almost an inch even toward the end of the session. Needless to say copious amounts of side glass lace were present and coated the entire inside of the glass throughout the entire time.

S – Wow, now I knew here I was in for a treat right away. This was such a rich, vibrant, light and fruity smell that I could not nearly contain the joy after the first whiff hit my nose. I am a big fan of Belgian Pales, and especially the ones that have he hop notes to them, and I knew right away I was going to be into something great here. Huge bouquet of light fruity yeast with hints of apples and pears, peaches all coming together and being surrounded by light grains and fresh grass. The topped was a very nice hop profile, bright floral citrus hops, not too pungent, but rather just accenting enough to really bring out everything and meld it together in an aromatic representation of rolling around in a fresh meadow. Just absolutely wonderful.

T – As if it could get any better I was then able to finally take a sip. Wow is the only word that would come to mind. This is exactly what I had been looking for. A perfect example of this style and just a testament to what Lost Abbey can really do. The flavor started out as bright as I could have imagined wit ha big wave of fruit flavors just rolling over you bringing mostly hints of apples, pineapple and pear. This evolved and started to incorporate some almost lemon like flavors with hints of grass and grain, but still staying very light and bright in the profile. As it finished up it rolled off with a very long lasting finish. Very nice and dry and bitter you could really taste the hops coming through here about five seconds after your last sip, just dragging you back, making you take another. Just great here, one of the best tastes I have had in a while.

M – Very very smooth this light bodied ale was really quite deceptive. The flavors were so big, but the body was so light that you really struggled to figure out how that packed so much into it. Very smooth and creamy, the carbonation here was excellent, never at all getting flat, even the last few sips which I let sit around for about 15 minutes were as fresh as the first. Very nice indeed.

D – Now c’mon this was just great. A light bodied well carbonated ale with a huge bright flavor profile and low abv too? How could it not be sessionable? Well it’s almost too good to be sessionable, as it is not like this is easy to get, but if I could have it on tap at my house I would in a second. I don’t really think that you could get bored of this one, even after time it just kept getting better.

Overall this was a fantastic beer from Lost Abbey. I have been slowly working my way through their lineup and to be honest this is my favorite so far. It was so right up my alley that it’s not even funny. Such a great light profile and rich flavors, I am not sure how I could have not found this one earlier. This was just simply excellent and I really need to get more of it.

Photo of womencantsail
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Port/Lost Abbey

A: The pour is a slightly hazy pale golden color with a fluffy white head and some spotty lacing.

S: The nose is very heavy on the clove and coriander with some spicy hops. There is a bit of breadiness to it as well.

T: The spices completely dominate the flavor. There's a very earthy flavor to the beer as well. These two factors really overwhelm everything else, unfortunately.

M: The body is medium with a crisp, dry carbonation and feeling on the tongue.

D: This beer just seemed too heavily spiced for its own good. The base of the beer is overshadowed by these flavors.

Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a golden yellow color, the head was white and left a decent lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer was typical, there were some grainy aromas along with some citrusy hop notes in there too. The taste of the beer had a good bitterness to it that left a sharp tingle in the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel was light and drinkable, good crisp carbonation with a dry finish. Overall it's not a bad pale ale, just not one I'd seek out again.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, light copper body with a tall, meringue-like white head.

Smell: Honey-scented aroma with a bit of mustiness and meadow flowers, too. Also, there's just a faint trace of Belgian spices and grassiness.

Taste: Soft, sweet malts upfront with a slight herbaceousness and a drop or two of citrus oil. Pears, spice, and fresh dough arrive midway until the alternately spicy bitter/sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body, with unexpectedly light carbonation.

Drinkability: I find this one to be fairly refreshing, myself.

Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pale amber, clear with a slight haze. Pours with roughly an inch of head; retention is reasonably good and provides a bit of spotty lace. Overall a nice looking beer.

Smell - A bit musty and dry. Strong notes of orange rind and grapefruit, with an underlying graininess.

Taste - Dry and quite bitter, but more of a fruity bitterness than a hoppy bitterness. Mild funk. Grainy and grassy flavors are present but take a back seat to the fruity bitterness. A slight tartness appears in the finish, mixing with the bitter bite to create a strong grapefruit-like bitterness. It seems like they were going for an Orval character with this beer, though it lacks both the complexity and balance of Orval. Still, not a bad beer.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied, slightly watery. Very active carbonation. Decent.

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Devotion Ale from The Lost Abbey
87 out of 100 based on 745 ratings.