Devotion Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Devotion AleDevotion Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

794 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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

Bottled 07JUN12

Pours a nice golden with a soild quilt of creamy, tortuous head. Smells of grain, yeast, a little clove and vine, simple nose. Flavor is grain, metal, some botanicals, a little yeast, a little something I can't put my finger on but I like. Medium bodied with soft carb and a wet finish. I like. I would like more in a 12oz bottle for $2 each ish.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy deep apricot/peach in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some orange + dark golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy light beige head that quickly reduces to a large patch of very thin film that covers about 75% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pale malts, spices, Belgian yeast, and light aromas of citrus/orange + floral hops in the background.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of pale malts, light fruits (apple), and spices (black & white pepper). Underneath the malts, there is a light to moderate flavor of Belgian yeast and candi sugar sweetness. Finally, there is a light amount of citrus/orange/lemon and floral hops that contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront with some light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Refreshing and easy to drink with a lower ABV than a lot of other examples in the style and very well hidden alcohol. Pretty well balanced between sweetness, bitterness, and spices.

Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the corked, caged 25 ounce bottle. No bottling date shown. Sampled on May 20, 2013.

The pour is a cloudy amber-orange with a very lightweight, fluffy white head that simmers down slowly and laces the edge of the Trappist glass. A little cloudy.

The aroma's lead character is overripe fruit, nectarine, tangerine, and orange-like citrus notes. Then I get the pale malts, biscuit and earthy hops in the background.

The body is mainly light to medium with a slight acidic quality.

The taste is also alive with citrus and pale malts notes, somewhat fruity sweet, and a lingering finish. A nice beer for review #1,200!

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a pint glass, amber with a huge soapy white head that dissipates leaving spotty lacing, hugely cloudy

S: funky and floral with a slight smell of ripe fruit, apples

T: sweet and sour but odd, has a slight fruity quality, apple and pear

M: thin and watery

O: Not as much hop as expected from reading and looking at the label. It's a unique flavor that combines some elements of a blond and a sour. Try if you like cider.

Photo of beertunes
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Didn't find a date on the bottle, but I've had it for 2-4 years. Poured into tulip. Poured a cloudy gold color, wouldn't have been as cloudy, but I accidentally wound up with an over-aggressive pour, there were chunks of yeast from the bottom of the bottle floating (which I don't mind), my fault. The beer had over an inch of off-white head that had good retention and light lacing.

The aroma featured good earthy grains, some light hops, a bit of a floral feature and a nice, slightly spicy yeast scent. The earthy malts made up the majority of the flavor profile, with the yeast, hops, and floral notes adding nice counter points.

The body was very nice, smooth and even, with a nicely dry finish. Drinkability was very good, we were wishing we had another bottle to follow up with. Overall, a very nice brew. Certainly worth your time if you see it.

Photo of Flounder57
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass at The Avenue in Allston.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange/copper color with good clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: spicy yeast, pale and bready malts, banana, clove, tropical flavors.

Taste: Same as above. Nice peppery and banana flavors. Mild hop bitterness. Very tasty. Sweet pale and bready malts too.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, low to medium carbonation, medium bodied, and quite the treat.

Overall: Wicked BPA. Happy to be enjoying this beer on draft on a sad day.

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

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Hazy apricot pour, with a small layer of white head. Aroma of stone fruits, light citrus, yeast. Taste was similar to the aroma, notes of peach, apple, pear, essence of citrus, grassy, bready malts and yeast, with a slight herbal/citrus hop presence. Crisp and drinkable, about light-medium in body. A more "Americanized" version of a BPA, downplaying the blatant yeasty qualities a bit. Quite nice overall.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a cloudy honey. Soft head. It does leave some decent lacing however.

S-That dry, musty/dusty corky Brett aroma is prevalent. Some decent tartness. Sweet and fruity.

T-The flavor is decently sweet and quite heavy on the Brett. Nearly medicinal in terms of the Brett character. Wet, ripe yeasty fruits akin to apple.

M-Off-dry. Drinks easy enough. Solid carbonation.

O/D-Pretty cool and not one of their $20 375ml offerings which is nice. The Brett wears on you after a while though.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: near-clear gold - wispy/cottony white head that leaves a frothy cap and moderate lace

S: musty and spicy yeast aromas - lightly floral - some light-toasted continental pale malt

T: comes across like a maltier, less-bold Duvel (and doesn't most domestic, light-colored Belgian-style ales have more of a malt presence?...) - mellow enough fusel spice - kind of a graham-cracker or Pils malt undercurrent - feel like I'm getting some Champagne-like, musty grape skin notes as well

F: light-medium body up front - smooth, satisfying, light drop to the finish - spicy warmth on the palate on up through the back of the nose

O: really good take on a Belgian pale ale - certainly one of the better domestic interpretations I've sampled

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Murrhey
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap at The Lost Abbey in San Marcos, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Half a finger white head. Little retention. Pale gold color.

S- Wheat, citrusy hops. Tasty and sweet smelling.

T- Sweet and some hoppy bitterness. Grapefruit, a bit sour but not too much.

M- Smooth and nice carbonation.

O- Middling beer, but drinkable.

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

Bottle shared at a recent tasting side by side with Saint's Devotion in a Lost Abbey Teku glass.

Beer is yellow, hazy, wispy white head, small bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, bready, yeasty, estery, nice.

Beer is light and sweet with a nice almost floral sense to it, a clean saison sort of beer with simple and pleasing flavors. Great finish. I'd have this again.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is hazy and straw yellow with a thick white head that coats the glass in lacing. The aroma offers funk, yeast, grass. Smells great. Nice and malty with a refreshing yeast character. Smooth feel on the palate. Solid.

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

On tap. Pours a light hazy golden amber with a two finger white head that has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is earthy with a light mineral note. There is also a bit of pear and apricot. Not terribly complex, but quite nice. The taste is dry and earthy with light pear and a hint of green apple. The finish is dry and funky. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Solid beer.

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

#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.

Photo of elNopalero
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a straw-golden color with a glowing haze and foam retention.

Nice aroma, similar to a saison in terms of its estery floral notes.

The flavor is reminiscent of a Belgian pale ale, with a nice estery flavor along with some hop spice and bittering. I get floral notes, a bit of zestiness, and some hints of cinnamon too.

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

Pours a crystal clear dark golden color with a thinnish bone white head that slowly subsides, but leaves a little stickage on the glass. Smells of sweet pomme fruits and caramel mostly. Spicy almost peppery aroma provides a nice balance to the sweetness of the malts. The flavor is sweet and malty with a little spicy but not much in the way of pepper that was hinted in the aroma. Very dry finish makes this one seem thin. Medium to thin body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet grainy mouthfeel. Decent Belgian Pale, easy to drink but maybe a little boring.

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 JRed
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky orange with large white head that stays around. Smells of apple skins, floral notes, slight funk, and honey. Tastes of apple skins, slight funk, honey, tart and some grassiness. Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation. A sweet treat that goes well in the summer.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Devotion Ale
The Lost Abbey
Style: Belgian Pale Ale
ABV: 6.25 %

LOOK: Orange colored brew with a nice white foam, leaving little lace before receding to nothing. Clarity is on the low side, looking like a yeasty belgian brew.

SMELL: Belgian yeast, apricot, orange citrus, hay, and a mild funky note as well. Interesting smells and pretty inviting.

TASTE: Brings to the palate some candy sugar, big musty yeasty funk, mild noble style hopping, and earthy qualities. There is a pretty distinct alcohol flavor as well, though the abv is at a relatively modest 6.25%. A lot of barnyard yeast driven flavors without any sourness, just light, chalky and funky. Mild peppery spice, but more or less sweet. Unique.

FEEL: Medium bodied, a bit limp with a soft carbonation.

OVERALL: An interesting take on a Belgian ale here, quite a bit musty and funky. Nothing crazy or too out of place, but compared to its Belgian brethren, this is just a bit above average.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

under 10 bucks for a cork and cage 750ml at argonaut on colfax. pours a really pale blonde, brassy color, very cloudy, with a half inch white head which fades to patchy foam on top. smells like subdued spice from belgian yeast and a lot of pale and crystal malt, on the lighter side. less hops in the nose than i anticipated. flavor though is much more hoppy, citrusy in profile and hitting up front and in back about the same. grapefruit zest seems the closest, but its not quite that tart or bitter. a touch of sweetness, and great big yeast flavors round this one out. mouthfeel is very bright on the carbonation with a roughly medium body, made a bit heavier by the sediment suspended within. overall this is refreshing and tasty, but well below the excitement i get from most of their other brews that ive had. still, a nice rendition of the style, especially for an american brew.

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

From a corked 750 ml bottle, this is a hazy light-golden brew. It presents a bright white, firm head. The aroma is pepper, yeast, pale malt, and herbal-musty hops.The taste is balanced, but maybe a slight tilt to the dry side. Somewhat tart. A fruity, citric acidity comes out in the late tastes. Hop bitterness is present in the finish. The beer's body is a little lighter than expected. Overall, this is a fine beer.

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

A: A hazy gold with a thin line of off white bubbles and lacing down the glass.

S: Bready malt, grassy hop, and a citrus spice fruitiness.

T: A sweet bready malt with a nice mellow herbal and grassy hop flavor and some citrus and apple fruit flavors. The finish is a little bitter with a Belgian clove spice lingering.

M: Light to Medium body with above average carbonation to give it a peppery feel.

O: An excellent Belgian Pale Ale. Definitely at the top of the class.

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

Pours out a slightly cloudy yellow/amber with two fingers of white small creamy suds. Some larger bubbles in the cream and some lacing.
Smell is very fruity with belgian spices and some slight alcohol way in the back.
Taste is very crisp and clean belgian ale. There is some lemon peel here but mostly corriander and light bread yeast.
Mouthfeel is really clean with very little stickiness. Some spices remain in the palate but it finishes very clean for a pale ale.
Overall this is really crisp and clean and very well balanced.

Photo of FosterJM
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1249th Review on BA
Draft to Libbey 3010 (I’m guessing)
16oz

@Bj’s Chino Hills

App- A darker orange with some dark highlights running throughout. The bottom has a bit of yellow in it mixed with some gold. The beer is fairly dense with not a lot of clarity. A light ½ finger of head formed that was almost pure white and stuck around for a little bit. The cling was very stunning as well. No carb issues on this beer.

Smell- A very light and grainy Belgian Pale Ale. A slight aroma of the yeast is found and then is gone. The aromatics are mostly light grass with a little bit of earthy hops and some thick caramel. Smelled a little thick in the middle and as it warmed a little bit. More soft hops in the finish towards the bottom.

Taste- A light and refreshing beer for a hot day. This however was a overcast and cloudy day in So. Cal. With lunch this was paired with a mixed green salad and a chicken pesto flatbread pizza. Beer opens with a bouquet of semi-peppery yeast and hops combo with a lot of grass and earth behind it. Middle comes along and adds a touch of bitter to the party and the finish is more of the yeast/hops combo. It’s pretty tasty with some light and thick points but overall enjoyable.

Mouth- A bit light on the finish and a tad too yeasty/pepper spicy. Left me wanting to take a few sips too many to get the lingering flavors to dissipate. The body is thick and light and a medium yeasty carbonation level.

Drink- Overall an enjoyable beer but I found the mouth feel to be a bit lacking for me. A bit too across the board vs. uniform and the flavor retention just was a bit off to me. The yeast did a good job of tying things together but left me drinking too much water like I said.

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