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Devotion Ale - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
87
very good

670 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 670
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 37
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
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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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-15-2011 01:39:24 | More by orangesol
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TheRealDBCooper

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-14-2011 22:44:21 | More by TheRealDBCooper
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-14-2011 18:05:14 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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afksports

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

11-14-2011 16:15:51 | More by afksports
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Rollzroyce21

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-14-2011 14:56:18 | More by Rollzroyce21
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Travisnin

Idaho

5/5  rDev +29.5%

11-14-2011 06:39:41 | More by Travisnin
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jculler82

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange/gold with a medium sized creamy white head that fades rather quickly.

Spicy hops on the nose. There is also a Brett type aroma, ala Orval. However, from what I can find online, there is no Brett in Devotion. Smells good, complex enough to keep going back for more.

Belgian yeast fruitiness, i.e. clove, banana, bubble gum, etc., is subdued, as it should be in a BPA, which I believe makes this style, and this beer, extremely drinkable. In the flavor there is some vanilla, spicy hops, lemon zest that comes and goes very quickly, a very mild acetic note, and the finish is a pleasant bitterness.

I'm loving Devotion, very complex for such a simple beer. With each sip you'll pick up new flavors and aromas that you didn't get in the last. I wish I had another 750.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 13:47:21 | More by jculler82
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy, dark golden color. Has a nice, creamy yellow-white head that is long lasting and leaves very good lacing.

A fruity and spicy nose: It smells more like a Belgian tripel than expected, but there are plenty of hops in the taste.

Medium body; excellent carbonation. Very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 19:37:23 | More by chinchill
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dansmcd

Australia

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy, light golden shade with a retentive creamy white head with a lasting lace.

S - Floral in the nose, spicy, yeasty.

T - Peach and citrus to begin, then comes the herbal notes and clove spiciness.

M - Low carbonation, medium body. Typical of the style.

O - Very easy drinking pale ale, characteristically Belgian.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2011 23:54:10 | More by dansmcd
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FanofHefe

Illinois

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

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip; no dating on the label or bottle. Hazy light orange body with a thick 4-finger, off-white head. Excellent retention and nice lacing. One of the thickest creamy, foam caps I've ever had.

Zesty, spicy aroma from the yeast and hops. Slightly grassy hop notes with a citrus, mostly lemon, note mixed in. Smells like a bit of sweet malt in the background.

The tastes follows the aroma very closely. The spices are a bit more peppery on the tongue than the nose, and push the hops to the background. Still, a bit of lemon zest and a touch of sweetness comes through in the end.

A little thicker consistency in the mouthfeel than I expected, but still very drinkable. Another solid brew from Lost Abbey.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 21:41:50 | More by FanofHefe
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HopHead84

California

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

9/18/2011

On tap at Lost Abbey.

A: Bright orange with an inch of soapy froth. Great retention and lots of lacing.

S: Floral and grassy hops with peppery phenolics. The hops are expressive and bright. Citrus is redolent of orange and pear. Malt is cracker and bread.

T: Bready malt with a lower moderate bitterness. There's a pervasive floral presence with spicy notes. Grassiness blends with pepper-like phenols. I get orange and a little melon.

M: Lower medium in body with an upper moderate carbonation.

Overall: A refreshing and highly drinkable hoppy Belgian Pale Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 04:19:15 | More by HopHead84
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NickRivers

California

4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A&S - Pours a beautiful hazy golden orange, with a huge fluffy white head. Great retention. The head lasts the entire glass. Smells of light malt, light fruit, clove, and straw aroma'd yeast.

T&M - Hits with a peachy straw malt, then sweetens and crisps showcasing the medium/light body, then bitters with fresh as can be hops, very light and refreshing!

O - I really enjoyed this one. Its my first from The Lost Abbey and I look forward for more. Its great to buy and share with the friends, especially those who'll say, "Beers come with corks?" Overall its a wonderful Pale Ale in general, I'd drink this just as much as an American Pale Ale. Be sure to pour this slowly as the head gets a little out of control. Stay thirsty my friends!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 03:18:39 | More by NickRivers
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vfgccp

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Great head: off-white with awesome lacing and retention. Lightly opaque, golden orange body.

S – Lemon, orange zest, thyme, clove, honey, and roses over a light breadiness.

T – Spicy cinnamon, black pepper, and apple give way to a sour center with lighter pear notes. Floral, green bell pepper finish.

M – Fantastic smoothness on a medium bodied frame. The carbonation is a shade low for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 16:14:44 | More by vfgccp
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

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

Pours a pretty clear golden amber with a thick and fluffy off-white head. Malty aroma has a subtle fruity undertone and a hint of butterscotch. Flavor is malty and a little fruity, with a subtle note of butterscotch and a hoppy undertone. Texture is full-bodied, edgy and a little tingly, and aftertaste has malt, hops and just a teeny bit of tinniness. Devotion indeed!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 02:29:42 | More by Cyberkedi
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mactrail

Washington

3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Simple beer flavors that take an unpleasant dark turn along the way. No hint of malty sweetness, and it has a nose like concrete dust. Definitely on the sour side. Dull amber in the tulip with fairly flat mouthfeel. I wouldn't say it has any Belgian flavors.

Trying hard to find some pleasure in this. Seems like yet another peculiar but slightly unpleasant experiment from Lost Abbey, but maybe risk-taking is the point.

Update: tasted 01/02/2011 also on tap. Has a Saison character but deteriorated into a bitter swamp. Harsh and unforgiving. Thin body and sharper as you taste. I was too generous the first rating.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2011 05:33:04 | More by mactrail
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Holland

Illinois

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

A: cloudy amber color with a thick head that lasts for the entire glass.

S: orange, peat, spice, more fruity esters fill the nose.

T: fruity esters, pale malt, crisp hops in the aftertaste. Part of it tastes like scotch, too, which I really like.

M: fairly standard good beligian mouthfeel. It's crisp and delicious, yes. But it's not thin, even with the pale-ish malts.

O: awesome beer! I love how different the spices make it from just about any beer I've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 01:04:23 | More by Holland
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brian44556

Kentucky

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

Poured a 22oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip. No dates located on the bottle.

Pours a dark straw color with a thick 2-3 finger, bright white head. It took a good while for the head to crawl back into the body of the beer. Leaves a decent along the sides of the glass. Smells of Belgian Yeast, a mild form of hops, and scent of fresh bananas. Taste is spot on for a good Belgian Pale Ale. Enjoy the clove, banana, and small hint of hops. Also catch a lot of the yeasty flavor. Mouthful works and and is an easy drinker. Overall a good Belgian Pale, not one of my top beers, but would drink again if the opportunity presented itself.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 19:53:40 | More by brian44556
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DovaliHops

California

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

Pours a murky golden orange color with a large white head that diminishes eventually. Scent is Belgian yeast with hints of citrus and clove. The scent seems to be like I'm about to dive into a well-balanced Belgian-style pale. Scent is not too misleading...Although not as well-balanced as I was assuming, the flavors are spot on with the aroma. Lovely citrus notes met with hoppy esters and Belgian yeast. Hints of clove, green apple, and banana cling to the palate along with a bit of bubblegum. Mouthfeel is light bodied and well carbonated. Drinkability is high. Overall, I feel this is a solid example for this style. It is not one of my favorites from this brewery or for the style, but it is definitely something I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 07:06:38 | More by DovaliHops
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metal850

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml bottled poured into a wine glass

A: Nice 4 finger of white head which settles to a 1cm film of bubbles that leaves nice lacing. Dark tan with red highlights.

S: Strong phenolic aroma with lots of yeast, esters are lemons and peaches.

T: Wheat malt flavor, like bread, nice hop bitterness to balance. Doesn't taste like it smells, much lighter in flavor. More phenolic spice as it warms.

M: Smooth but gritty, lightly carbonated.

O: Very good Belgian blonde/pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 02:59:46 | More by metal850
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BeerBeatnik

North Carolina

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

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Pours a lovely copper-tinged golden color with ample, white, lacey head. Aroma is floral, grapefruit and orange rinds, with just a touch of mild spice. Initial taste is surprisingly good considering the aroma, all light hops and malt, with a touch of old penny flavor. Good mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Overall, a pretty good effort.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 20:06:04 | More by BeerBeatnik
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Golden yellow pour with a big white head. Lots of bubbles raising from the bottom of the glass. The head is quite thick and stays around for a good long while.

S: Wheat, candied sugar, hoppy, but definitely with a malt backbone. Perhaps a hint of booziness shines through.

T: The taste seems a bit off on this one. The start is nice, crisp fresh sweetness from the Belgian yeasts, etc. but the malts are really overpowering on the back end, and not in a pleasant way. The breadiness and dryness was not what I was expecting, nor wanted this to turn out to be.

MF: Light, nicely carbonated (Look at that, a carbonated LA beer!) Very dry backend.

O: Just not a pleasing beer at all. The taste is all over the place.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 19:25:23 | More by russwbeck
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at PJ Whelihan's in Blue Bell. Presented in a pint glass...

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange color. Nice fluffy white head about 2 fingers thick slowly recedes to a film

S - Lemons, citrus, belgian yeast, some hop presence and a good bit of spice on the nose. Nice floral notes as well.

T - Pretty spicey right off the bat. Floral flavors mixed with citrus flavors (orange, lemon zest). Some straw flavors come out along with yeasty, breadiness.

M - Medium bodied beer with a nice sharp crispness to it. Moderately carbonated.

O - Not bad. A bit spicy for my liking, but was crisp and refreshing after a round of golf.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2011 13:44:12 | More by KAP1356
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

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

on tap at devils den

Pours a hazed golden orange, large fluffy head, eventually fades completely, patchy lacing left on the glass.

Some floral hope notes in the nose, yeast essence, light citrus, soft fruit and orange sweetness.

Slightly bitter up front, surprisingly decent hop profile. Floral with citrus notes, orange peel and slight lemon. Notes of straw and wheat with Belgian yeast. Finishes hoppy with sweetness and barely any alcohol.

Fuller medium body, slightly higher carbonation, a little creamy, pretty smooth on the tongue. Nice drinkable BPA, good flavor and refreshing on the senses, a little light on aroma though.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2011 02:55:07 | More by xnicknj
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-cloudy light orange with a nice frothy cream colored head

S-smells aged and tart. smells like lemons and pale belgian sugars. quite strong smelling

T-comes in quite creamy with tastes of tangerine, vanilla, and a light taste of slight belgian pale sugars. there's a slight tartness. it ends with a good aged tartness with some orange and belgian spices. its a very crisp beer.

M-medium and creamy carbonation with a crisp finish

O-this is a fantastic mix between a sour and belgian pale ale...leaning slightly more towards the belgian pale. this is a unique drink that i really appreciate. it goes down quite easily and i'm amazed by the fair price.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 07:26:52 | More by AdamBear
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rinhaak

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into goblet.

Pours light orange with a small head.

Nose of honey, bread, and cloves.

A spicy mouth: a little sour, with sour apple, lots of clove, finishes with a dry maltiness and a slight hop bitterness. Bits of lemon juice, pine, and hay, and as it sits, a full floral hoppiness comes through. Despite the honey in the nose, this is fairly dry.

Overall very pleasant for warm weather days. Well crafted, but not overly extraordinary.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 04:33:53 | More by rinhaak
Devotion Ale from The Lost Abbey
87 out of 100 based on 670 ratings.