Devotion Ale - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
87
very good

792 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 792
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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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed June 20 2007. 750ml Bottle. Poured a hazed deeply hued gold, with a beautiful sheet of white lace cascading down the glass and floating like sea foam. Aroma was surprisingly subdued, even served at 55 degrees. Kept to some minimal peach and pale Asian fruit minglings. Flavor started as a lovely, soft bready malt flavor, backed with warm yeast notes and cacophony of quieted spices. Gentle and gliding. Crescendo into a furious clamor of syrupy hop flavor, that from the bottle has been heavily subdued. The taste from the tap was more of fresh, sticky hop cones, dripping with resin and a combination that propelled apparent European noble hops into court with the finest that America’s West Coast could show. However, here in bottle condition form the bombastic quality is more subdued into a calming amalgam of hop tea, sliding over the wheaty malt feel. Then, bad things happen. A distinct, harsh Styrofoam note cuts the hop loving short, with a thunderous clap. Infection? Yeast amok? Whatever, it’s incongruous and creates a biting acerbic quality that is alarming. Somehow, the beer recovers. The smacks sups long and pleasant as almond skins, warm toast and graham cracker caress the palate long after the fact. Further down the bottle, Lost Abbey’s mineral yeast signature brighten up and give the beer a little break, with a long breath. Wonderful carbonation and delightful quaffable heft. Were it not for the disconcerting and marked Styrofoam, this would be a more heralded specimen.

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.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours from 750ml caged and corked bottle a hazy light gold with another 2 finger head of foam(typical for Lost Abbey brews?) and lots of nice lacing. It looks so nice in my New Belgium chalice.

The smell is fruity and yeasty and there's some funk there as well.

The taste is complex. Lots of funk with peppery notes, a very pronounced hop bitterness, some malt sweetness in the background, and a tiny bit of sourness. It has a medium body and the carbonation is also medium. It finishes bitter and that dominates the aftertaste. This son of a gun, overall, is very bitter. Bitter in a way that say, La Folie is sour. It just dominates my taste buds and almost becomes one dimensional but I just can't help taking further sips. Good drinkability here? More than good.It kind of reminds me of De Ranke XXX only with more bitterness. It's like I'm drinking hop juice. I kid you not. Some may think this goes over the top and I *could* understand where they are coming from. For me, it's a hoppy delight though it should be consumed in moderation lest your taste buds be overwhelmed for a longer period of time than you wished. I favour it and recommend it. Only those adventurous need apply...

Photo of
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25oz. bottle

Deep, clear, golden color. Large, creamy, white head. Final pour brought the yeast and a whole lot of haze.

Scents of coriander, lemon and grass. Touch of earthiness.

More bitter than sweet, in fact, not much sweet at all. Grass seemed to be the dominant flavor, especially in the aftertaste. Sweet component seemed like a tart apple, very mild. Touch of dry crackers.

Light to medium body. Medium + carbonation, almost effervescent. Very crisp and refreshing.

Highly drinkable. Seems pretty simple, but very, very good. Not much Belgian character, IMO, but I really didn't care based on the taste. Highly recommended, especially for warmer weather.

Photo of grub
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

biergotter club brew/tasting 2007. DrJay provided this bottle. thanks jay!

750ml corked+caged bottle.

pours almost perfectly clear straw yellow with a big fairly fine head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace. it's neat watching the steady stream of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.

aroma is nice. bit of lemon and light sourness. white bread and crackers. just a tiny hint of spice, not enough to even identify specific spices. more a yeasty spice than anything. hint of alcohol.

taste is nice. medium-low bitterness level. bit of lemon and grapefruit. white bread. bit of biscuit. light alcohol. again, very light yeasty spice. bit of earthy hops too.

mouthfeel is good. light body with a nice dry finish. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. well balanced and very refreshing. looking forward to trying more from these guys.

Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kennett Connoisseur Session from a hand pump (after VENOM scolded me for pumping too much and causing a 5 minute foam stream)...
Appears a medium toned gold with a small off white ehad that slowly fades into a pillowy lace. Scattered streaks and speckles are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrus, tangerine, honey, light herbs, cracked wheat, and vanilla cream.
Taste is much of the aromas with caramel and more of a floral hop flavor coming through on the back of the tongue.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, lightly spiced, and semi-dry.

Photo of ppoitras
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle from corked & caged bottle received via I Want That BIF 3 from ClockworkOrange. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" white head above the bubbly, clear golden brew. Head maintains for quite some time, with spotty but resilient lace. Aroma is lightly of malts and spices, with the flavor replicating. Mouthfeel is clean and smooth, and drinkability is very easy. This one seems to be more saison than Belgian-style pale ale, but regardless, a crisp brew that makes me want tp keep finding my glass full.

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 ChazMania
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very clear pour, color is pale orange and very clean, no haze at all. Aroma is light and floral with a touch of citrus. Flavor is a very smooth with a really clean aftertaste of green apple/honey/wheat/malt. Low in alcohol and very easy on the tongue.

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

This bottle came straight from the brewery so it was pretty fresh. Nice golden color, hazy with a somewhat funky aroma. The taste was clean, a little funk, some tart fruity flavors also.The mouth-feel was smooth. I was glad my cousin popped this bottle because it wasn't on tap at the brewery.

Photo of Lothore
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice peachy orange with a thick frothy head that leaves tons of lacing. Looks very clear and filtered with tons of carbonation.

S- Smells of Belgian yeast, spicy, apricot / orangey aroma with lingering indistinct fruits in the background.

T- Tastes very wheaty and earthy with very noticeable hops however it is a lot blander than I was expecting. Nothing really stands out taste wise but it isn't particularly bad either.

M- Mouthfeel is fairly thin with lots of carbonation.

D- This is very drinkable in that it goes down easy but it isnt one i'd have more than once if there were other choices.

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gunsmoke pours when popped open. Fills a tulip glass with a nearly perfect light peach hazed offering topped with a spumescent antique white headcap leaving a bowl shaped covering with thick lace in the glass. Quite impressive.

Nose of spice nutmeg and melon. Some lemon meringue scents that mix with a dessert vanilla ice cream that just makes me want to gulp a hearty gulp.

First swigs: Instant dry snap of leafy hops and pie crust malt. Lemony zest and fresh sliced sushi ginger create a complex quaffer. Plenty of generous hops added creates a brisk Belgian Pale imparting a gentle fruit aspect of pear and green apple with the delicateyeast tone.

Squeaky clean finish of sparkling zesty Cananda Dry ginger ale. Light body and crispness that speaks quality.

Last swigs: Reminds me a tad of Orval without the funk. Quite impressive for an American Brewery to create such a spot on Belgian. Kudos to Lost ABeey!

Photo of Stoneman78
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as part of my newly acquired 'Patron Saints' package, 2007 release.
A- Pours a very clear pale straw/golden hue with a huge white, creamy head, some thin lacing, and a whirlwind of whooshing bubbles (note: this ale gets noticeably cloudier into the bottle)
S- Nose is dominated by west coast hops (citrus, pine), some belgian malts, and subtle spice and earthiness, some other fruits too (banana?)
T- Very smooth taste that is characterized by both yeasty, bready malts and a surprising balance with floral and citrus hops, the finish is mostly bittering hops that sticks around for a while
M- Light-medium bodied, adequate carbonation, thin to watery texture
D- Light and smooth belgian ale that is surprisingly hoppy for the style, but not for the SoCal location, like most all of Lost Abbey offerings, this is a very solid and worthy offering, I am a bigger fan of the stronger styles, but this is a nice hoppy Belgian offering that is not too overwhelming in terms of abv

Photo of Floydster
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint from the Tap Room on Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach

Great Beglian pale ale

Poured a darker golden with a thick frothy head that stuck around for a long time

Smell was filled with citrus and hops

Taste was so smooth, it is hard to describe, some hint of oranges and bitterness that went right down

Could drink a lot of this, and the one pint was definitely not enough

Photo of MiScusi
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at the end of May. I've had this on tap and from bottles at the Lost Abbey but this would be my first formal review, hoping that my bottle is as good as all the other servings I've had of it.

Pours a rich clear golden with slight orange tint, and an airy spider web-like head. At a fairly cold temp, earthy hops in smell, some pale malt breadiness. The taste has a lot of earthy hops, maybe a lot of that earthiness is from the 3 yeast blend. The taste also come across mineraly, though when it warms up substantially that mineral character goes away and you get a lot of sweetness with no bitterness. I liked this a little more from the tap at the brewery as that is probably a bit fresher, but this 3 month old bottle isn't too shabby at all.

Photo of bosco7
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale orange with a rocky crown. Lacing is thick.

Pear, apple, earthy must, some leather, and some bread aromas.

Tastes very interesting. First, I am taken by how dry this beer is (Orvalesque). Some pear, grain husk, lemon, earth, soap and bread in the beginning. Hops shine through beautifully with a herbal/floral character. Did I mention the dry finish? Some subtle barnyard flavors in the finish as well.

Minerally mouthfeel in a very good way. Thought provoking even at this ABV. Highly digestible. Balanced. Beautiful. I can only think of a couple American breweries that consistently impress me with their Belgian inspired brews (Russian River, Ommegang & Allagash) and Lost Abbey is certainly making a name for themselves in my book.

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 sweethome
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked 750ML bottle.

Pours a hazy golden/apricot color. The pour gives a generous white head. Nose is of grassy hops and yeasty tonic.

Decent bready malts, a rather full mouthfeel - really hits the the entire mouth with flavor. A big rush of hops - flavor and bittering. The yeast flavors provide more balance against the hop than the malts, but I found the beer to have enough malt to hold up. Long fresh hop finish. Fresh cut grass, a bit of citrus. The hops tasted freshly harvested, maybe the label is effecting me....but that fresh hop flavor really came through. As with so many of Tomme's beers - complex, flavorful and perfect beer for rish cheeses and crusty bread.

Another excellent beer from Lost Abbey.

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

08/06/07- Purchased at City Beer, in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, great artwork on the label as usual, bottle is caged and corked with no freshness info. Poured into my St. Feullien chalice.

Appearance- Mid range golden blond colored pour. Between a 1/2 and 3/4 inch head with minor lacing remaining.

Smell- Really quite scentless unless you really dig in. Grainy nose with a wee dash of corriander, some definite white pepper as well. More grain than anything though.

Taste- Hops-o-plenty here. In fact kind of harsh per style. Seems like only one variety of hop as well. Deep bitter grapefruit flavor with some lemon rind as well. Grain comes though in the taste as well. There is a hint of sweetness right off the bat, but that is followed my a long lasting super bitter chaser that lasts quite a while.

Mouthfeel- Lingering bitter aftertaste with a medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Think this one should be labeled under the Belgian IPA category. A bit too much hops for me, but otherwise, drinkable and fairly interesting.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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 DrJay
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There was a forceful pop when I pulled the cork, but no foaming. The beer was a hazy light amber colour with a full, off-white head of foam. Good retention and lots of fine bubbles clung to the glass. The aroma was mild overall, but more complex than I initially thought, particularly as it warmed. Hints of malty caramel and pears gave way to a pleasing vanilla aroma, lemony citrus, and earthy apple skins. Yeast character was very subdued, taking a backseat to the fruitiness. The flavour emphasized bready malt, along with a fresh grassy hop bitterness that rounded out the finish. Hints of fruit, lemon zest, and mild spice played in the background. Just the slightest bit of warmth followed the beer, which was just off-dry on the palate. Medium/light bodied, the texture was a mix of creaminess and lively carbonation. An excellent beer overall. Highly drinkable with complexities that were only apparent if you went looking for them. If you have an opportunity, definitely try it.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking beer that poured golden with a huge fluffy white head that stuck around. Some clumpy lacing. The smell was less impressive- somewhat light. There was a light graininess with a touch of floral hops and the barest whiff of banana and orange. The beer is surprisingly tasteless. Somewhat similar to the smell, with floral hops and light graininess up front, followed by some light fruit. The flavors are a little brighter than the smell but lack an edge. Curiously bland. Mouthfeel is a little better, and the beer is smooth and relatively light bodied. It lacks a creaminess that would have been a nice touch. I'm not all that impressed with this beer, but I've liked the other Lost Abbey beers I've had.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

25.4 oz. bottle,

A: Pale, cloudy, amber, with a thick, white, voluminous head, which leaves robust lacing in my Duvel tulip.

S: Belgian malts, plus noble hops, and a dry, earthy herbal character.

T: Very tasty, with smooth bready malts, and rosemary and sage notes, with the backing of simple, aromatic, floral hops.

M: Smooth, dry, a bit thin, but good for the style.

D: A great drinking beer, with a simple hoppy and herbal character, another great one from the Lost Abbey, very rustic, a great thirst quencher.

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

hazed apricot appearance...small snowy white head...nice looking

Lovely, yeasty aromatics...a bit tart and funky, then full flowering of fruit.

This same bliss greets the lips and arrives again in the taste, a great blend of yeasty flavor, powerful citrus zest, peach pits, light spices...just yummy. Light to medium bodied, fully flavored finish, long on the tongue, a joy to drink down.
Divinely drinkable. This is nearly the epitome of a good, delicious, easy-drinking Belgian pale. Have one with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Stock the fridge with it.
That good.
Yum.
Me likey.
(Only wish I could get anything this good around here...lucky San Marcosians!)

Devotion Ale from The Lost Abbey
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