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Devotion Ale - The Lost Abbey

Devotion AleDevotion Ale

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very good

620 Ratings

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Ratings: 620
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 04-28-2007)
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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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 03:36:51 | More by Lothore
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 04:08:31 | More by blitheringidiot
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

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 02:56:17 | More by Stoneman78
Photo of Floydster


4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2007 21:07:02 | More by Floydster
Photo of MiScusi


4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 03:08:51 | More by MiScusi
Photo of bosco7


4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 03:59:22 | More by bosco7
Photo of IntriqKen


4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 01:41:33 | More by IntriqKen
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 21:13:35 | More by sweethome
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2007 16:27:46 | More by GClarkage
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 15:47:47 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of DrJay


4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 23:30:58 | More by DrJay
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 22:07:44 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of Halcyondays


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 04:07:19 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 16:52:45 | More by Billolick
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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.
Me likey.
(Only wish I could get anything this good around here...lucky San Marcosians!)

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 08:22:51 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of AdamB84


4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It is the 4th of July and even though it was a not so nice day outside I made it better by drinking this beer. Pours great with a nice head. Great golden color and awesome texture. Crisp and refreshing. Beer has many flavors and the mouth feel is great.Made my day much better.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2007 03:05:41 | More by AdamB84
Photo of johnmichaelsen


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Brickskeller for the Tomme Arthur event the other night.

The beer pours an orange gold color, with adequate head retention and lacing. On the nose this beer is VERY impressive, with an aroma of honey, butter, banana and blood orange. Given the fabulous nose with this beer, I was expecting it to taste fabulous as well. It wasn't. The beer is surprisingly light, with some noticeable hoppiness intermingled with some butter and honey melon.

The beer is fine, but I can't say I was overly impressesd. It's qutie drinkable, and I guess could pass as a Belgium Pale Ale. A decent beer, but just not all that great when compared to some of the other offerings I sampled from Port Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 13:19:55 | More by johnmichaelsen
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New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold, with a slight chill haze. A generous white head rises to the brim, and slowly fades to an opaque surface coating of medium to fine bubbles.
Aromatics lead off with minerally and grassy overtones. Barely a trace of malt and mildly spicey hops. A hint of lemon oil and white pepper round out the nose with an afterthought of dry hay.
Mouthfeel is on the full side of medium, creamy and well carbonated.
Pallet is dry and bitter, with a faint, crisp, malt backbone and more spicy hopping than promised.
A gypsum-like chaulkiness firms up the bitterness that lingers and lingers.
Mildly citrusy and pretty straightforward as far as the yeast tells.
Finishes bone dry and bitter.

Not a lot of hubbub going on in this brew, I was hoping for more hops, alcohol, and funk. The bitterness lingers almost to the point of being a detraction without more hop flavor or funk to back it up.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 23:47:55 | More by brewandbbq
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 00:44:40 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of OStrungT


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 03:38:56 | More by OStrungT
Photo of FightingEntropy


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

A very pretty beer in the glass, a Duvel glass for me, that piled up nicely with a white fluffy head that had large bubbles over top of a very sunset orange beer. The head lingered and had a nice lace down the side for quite a while.

Opening smell is light, spicy, and a bit of yeast in the nose. Good but not spectacular. Something a bit sour or off with it, which shows up in the taste. Malty beer with a winey, oily Belgian feel, a bit heavy, and full of spice from the hop but out of balance for me. The two didn't match very well for me, even a bit grassy or overwhelming in the hop. On the back that "Rumor is that some of the monks love hops" hints at a hoppy version of the Belgian single but this doesn't work for me. Good beer, well made, just missed the mark a bit.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 02:56:09 | More by FightingEntropy
Photo of Zorro


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is quite an attractive looking ale. This is a very clear amber to aged bronze colored ale with a good white head.

The smell is sweet and lightly spicy this lightly floral and more hoppy than a typical ale of this style. Light malty in aroma this is not a highly aromatic beer.

The taste begins sweet and fairly bitter for the style with a dry woody tea flavor in the finish. This is lightly herbal in the mouth with a suggestion of flower nectar. Mostly what I taste here is a rather hoppy pale ale and I question its classification as a Belgian Pale Ale. I can't taste any coriander in this at all.

The mouthfeel is good.

This is certainly pleasurable to drink to my tongue this is a nice ESB in a big Belgian Ale bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 05:52:24 | More by Zorro
Photo of DogFood11


3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml brown bottle. Poured into a stumpy tulip it forms a silky white head. Body is that of a macro lager in that it is pale yellow and full of carbonation. Head fades to some string lace edges.

My first impression was that this has some distinct lager characteristics. Large grainy presence in the nose. The spices are what keeps this from being pedestrian. Thankfully they are strong and the hops are a solid drying power. Creamy up front but sharp and spiced dry to finish. There is some earthiness to it as well. I cant pull any fruits or directed sweetness.

Notes: A beer on its own island. This doesn't reflect the norm of belgian pale and it teeters on becoming lagerish in smell and taste. Spices pull it together. Just ok for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2007 04:14:50 | More by DogFood11
Photo of koolchas


4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle poured into a tulip...

was very excited to get this brew knowing it's only in limited supply.

poured a nice carmel/copper color with a nice head. nice scent of hops hits the nose on taste. lace fills the sides of the tulip while drinking and carbonation races up from the bottom. a very nice brew that that is big on the hops but, does not "hit" the mouth as hard as american ipas/double ipas. the aftertaste is fresh and actually non-bitter.

definietly a belgian ipa worth getting. i also wish i could get my hands on more. there was a 1 bottle limit when i made my purchase ... arg!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2007 23:26:41 | More by koolchas
Photo of rallison


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

A: Mostly clear amber color with a nice 2 finger fluffy white head that recedes to a nice covering.

S: Slightly yeasty and earthy with a touch of grassy hops.

T: Nice. Not quite a saison, but shares the earthy, grassy, yeasty characteristics. Also has a touch of amber ale sort of caramel malt, with a nice grassy, slightly citrusy hoppiness. Also has just the tiniest touch of tartness on the swallow, which is quite nice. Everything is well balanced here.

M: Medium high carbonation to begin with that mellows to a nice level. Keeps it lively enough and interesting.

D: Very drinkable. A nicely done Belgian IPA/Saison/Pale Ale.

Highly recommended. Another good brew from Lost Abbey.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 05:30:40 | More by rallison
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