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Devotion Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Devotion AleDevotion Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

760 Ratings

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Ratings: 760
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 42
Gots: 72 | 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:
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 Goliath
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy pale orange color with an inch and a half bright white head. There is excellent head retention and some clumpy lacing.

The aroma is great. Citrus, candi sugar, yeast, and pale malt. Very nice.

The taste is ok. Again citrus notes, pale malt, and a bit of yeast hit me. It's then followed with a decent hop bitterness on the finish. It's a bit on the bitter side for a Belgian style Pale IMO but it's certainly not a hop bomb or anything even close to that.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice efforvescence.

Overall this is a decent beer. It's got the proper elements, so I can't complain too much.

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

Poured from undated bottle to NBB globe glass. The beer pours a hazy orange amber color with a nice 2.5 finger white fluffy head. Excellent retention and lacing. This beer looks fantastic. The nose is nice though rather mellow. Hints of citrus, apples, toasted malt, a hint of alcohol, and a nice belgian yeast. Well constructed. The flavor starts with a subtle apple flavor together with a crisp citrus flavor. Mild bitterness. A bit of toasty malt mixes well with the yeast character. Works well together. Finishes crisp with a lingering apple flavor with a hint of bitter. Highly carbonated, medium bodied.

Overall, this is another winner from Lost Abbey. Very easy drinking and well crafted. Recommended.

Photo of benjaminpopp
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of PhineasGage
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of likeemdark
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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

Poured into a Chimay chalice glass, this ale has a very hazy amber color with a big foamy white head. The head recedes pretty quickly with bits of sticky lacing left on the glass. The aroma is very soft and unobtrusive; hints of sweet doughy malt, yeast (very slightly funky), spice, citrusy hop (lemon, orange), and apple. Instead of one ingredient jumping out and punching you in the face, everything is working together in unison.

The taste starts very crisp and lively with notes of grassy noble hops, grannysmith apple, and lemon. Extreme effervescence upfront quickly turns creamy smooth, opening up sweeter bready malt flavors, spice, and oranges. Towards the finish, this ale gets drier and has a bit of a yeasty band-aid funk / tartness to it mixing with more lemon. The crisp, light, highly carbonated mouthfeel of this brew makes it pretty easy to drink, and there is no hint of alcohol present.

Photo of djaeon
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of ArrogantBastage
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle dated 4/19/11 poured into a Duvel Tulip

A- Pours a hazy orange/amber capped with a thick, rocky head. Head settles into a thin ring after about half the beer is sipped. Minimal lacing at first but none present after the initial few sips.

S- Loads of Belgian yeast aromas dominate with subtle phenols tinged with sweet, biscuity malt.

T- Sweet malt starts off followed swiftly by bitter hops. The finish is tart and dry with just a trace of bitterness. Peppery notes begin to show as the beer warms slightly.

M- Light body with nice, prickly carbonation.

D- Very delightful beer and one that is a new favorite in my ever growing list of Belgian/Belgian-style beers. Recommended to those that like Belgian pale ales.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip; bottled on 6/28/11

Pours an opaque golden orange, with a fluffy yellow infused cap. The head rose to fill the glass and left some sticky chunks of lace as it recedes.

The nose is soft. Lemons, doughy yeast, spicy phenols, bubble gum and some barnyard funk. Really soft and inviting, nothing overpowers or takes the lead.

On the palate, some band-aid funk hits me first, before some spice, bubble gum and lemon. The finish is some more band-aid/barnyard funk and a good dose of bittering hops.

A light to medium-light body, clean, smooth and lush in just the right spots. Good barnyard funk/hop bitterness in the finish.

A funky little BPA, but not overwhelmingly so, and I think that works in its favor. The hop profile plays well off the funk and other flavors/aromas.

Photo of seasmokiee
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of DSlim71
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of gafferjohn
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Elfastball7
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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

Poured a cloudy orange with a puffy head that lasted and left really nice lacing. The smell is like I am drinking this at a bakery. Bready and yeasty with some fruit flavors (apple maybe) and slight zest and a bit of citrus. Taste is a bit blander than the aroma but really nice and refreshing. Hops hit first but mildly and Still Bready and pretty rich for the style (MF comment) I can get some of those fruits and yeast as well with a grassy flavor at the end. Palate is great, soft and rich (as mentioned) so easy to drink. Overall, great example of the style and one I would like to drink more often.

Photo of biglobo8971
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into chalice.
A - very vibrant, coppery red, with a slight orange tinge. 1/4 in head with a lot of lacing, followed the whole glass.
S - nice thick bready yeast, with a slight citrus tinge. Smells fantastic. Took a sniff before taking every sip
T - Very effervescent, nice taste of bready yeast, with slight lemon/orange peel zestiness.
M - extremely easy to drink, goes down extremely easy
O - fantastic beer, the smell makes the beer. Very enjoyable.

Photo of ATPete
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of effixx
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Philousa
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Imbibed on tap at Lost Abbey's tasting room 12/31/2011.

Poured a cloudy golden color with foamy whit head that leaves good lacing on the glass. Fruity banana esters and a little lemon in the aroma. Spicy Belgian yeast with a surprisingly strong Belgian pale malt backbone. Very classically Belgian pale in the nose. Nutty spice with lemon zest flavors start things off. Bitter pale barley malt follows with grassy hop oil and a bright spice flavor from the yeast. It ends like a hopped Saison. Very interesting. This feels a bit acidic, but not too much. medium mouthfeel with a dry finish.

This really grew on me. At first I didn't think this was anything special, but I noticed the complex flavors in the beer due to the malt and yeast. This, combined with the strong hop flavor, won me over. The flavors of a Belgian Pale Ale and a dry hopped American Pale Ale blended very well, and neither stole the show. A great twist on an old world classic.

Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
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 MaineMike
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish color with a big rocky white head. In the aroma, tart and lemon citrus with a small yeast presence too. In the taste, dry yeast and lemon like tartness. A small bite and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry lemon citrus in the aftertaste. A small tartness and lemon citrus, quite refreshing and I can dig it!

Photo of JaredKent
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, poured into a Tulip Glass

Appearance: Upon pouring, a creamy white head builds but fades fairly quickly, which is typical to the style. Glowing orange or amber in color, around a 10 or 11 SRM. A bit hazy in appearance.

Scent: Right away I get a spicy aroma from the yeast, similar to a lambic/gueuze though toned down. Very nice malt aroma up front followed by a hint of citrus and a touch of sweetness. Finishes with a light floral aroma.

Taste: This beer had a spicy, peppery flavor up front followed by orange and a hint of nuttiness. Very prominent malt flavor. On the finish there is a bit of floral and clove and a very mild hop flavor in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth. Carbonation is moderate to low.

Overall: This was a very enjoyable brew. Typical to Belgian Pale Ales, this is a fruity, malty, somewhat spicy ale. Very easy to drink. This is my first time trying a beer from The Lost Abbey and I will probably be picking up one of their other styles at some point.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-oz. bottle into a pint glass. Color was hazy orange with just more than an inch of head. Nice amount of bubbly lacing. Frothy, sporadic film on the sides.

Initial smell was citrus hops, more of a wet, orangey sniff. Also got some cloves, wheat and grain in there.

First taste was sharp orange peels. Wet and creamy as well. Light cloves and wheaty.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Lively (moderate) carbonation. Astringent finish.

This beer grew on me after a while. I’d give it another try. If I had to sum this up in two words, it would be orange peels.

Devotion Ale from The Lost Abbey
87 out of 100 based on 760 ratings.