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Devotion Ale - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
87
very good

319 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 319
Hads: 811
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 46
Gots: 89 | 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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Reviews: 319 | Hads: 811
Photo of FosterJM
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (1,722 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - first pour yields a crystal clear orangey yellow color, but following pours turn more hazy leading to a more amber color. Lots of dense white foam at least 3 fingers worth dissipates to less than a finger but still has some staying power. Some lacing present.

S - aroma the aroma is more on the subtle side. No phenols or spice notes. Lots of fruit character though. It's teaming with ripe apples with crisp red skins, pears and even a hint of melon. There is also a grassy touch with some doughy undertones.

T - grainy bread upfront. Fruit esters enter soon after with the same apple and pear character as the nose. Palate is a touch acidic with a hint of lemons. Hops enters later bringing an earthy, nearly citric bitterness which sort of fights for attention against the lemony acidity. Finish is bright and fairly quick.

M - body is medium but leaning to the lighter side. Texture is creamy. Carb is high with very pronounced tingly bubbles.

O - a very refreshing take on a Belgian pale ale. (1,006 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a cloudy apricot color with two fingers of white head.

Tart aroma of white grapes and green apples along with grassy hops, yeast, and an earthy maltiness.

The taste was identical to the aroma. Finished clean.

Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

I liked this Belgian Pale from Lost Abbey. Not incredible, but quite nice. (353 characters)

Photo of raynmoon
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks very hazy and golden orange, and smells very nice. Not much of a head though, hmmm.

It's a little flat, which is a little disappointing, but the taste is nice. I've heard about problems they've had getting it right. It looks like I have one of those bottles. but it still tastes very nice. (297 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Lord Hobo- pours a pretty clear golden color with a 1.5 finger head, minimal retention, and very nice paving.

Smell is a little tart plus some earthy yeast and a little pale malt.

Taste is consistent with smell- a little tartness a first, followed by a nice pale malt sweetness, finishing with earthy yeast.

Mouthfeel is very light and lightly carbonated. Good beer- nothing exceptional. (404 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 6/28/11. consumed 3/28/12. H

A: Hazy tangerine orange coloring is dense with a bready eggshell white head that shows a moderate rate of stay. Small isolated instances of carbonation bubbles release from the bottom. Thin spongy film band.

S: Light muskiness of oranges and lemons. Light barnyard musk of grains and hay.

T: Beautiful musky Belgian yeastiness of lemon, hay, oranges and dry pale grains. Dry spicy flowery hops.

M: Light body, musky lemon sourness and grains. Peaceful and quiet stance on carbonation.

O: Overall you need not even close your eyes to imagine your in Belgium. Harmonic yeast and grain combination creates a beautiful drinking experience that is effortlessly smooth and polished from start to finish. The flavor really speaks of the craftsmanship here. (796 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy blonde orange with a big rocky dense foam head. Good lace and gobs of foam.

Belgian nose with yeast and some light malt and a little peachy nectar.

Nice malt up front, but surprisingly no real fruit to it. A little yeast and soda water that turns immediately bitter. Funny and really cool part is that the bitter is in the layer with some booze, but this is only 6.25%. Finish is malty and light bitter, with slight sourness. I loved this.

Medium bodied with perfect carbonation.

Great brew. Are we spoiled on high alcohol beers. They toned the booze down, and it works wonderfully. Very drinkable with enough complexity. (638 characters)

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

750ml Bottle - Thanks to jFam for this - from bevmo in La Quinta

Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow/amber colour with a large size fizzy and frothy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Lemon, grains, ginger, yeast, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lemons, ginger, apricots, and grains mixed with malts. There is also a decent amount of hops and some yeast/clove/coriander spiciness. It ends with a hoppy yet fruity aftertaste.

Overall - Not a terribly complex beer but still one that tastes great and is worth the price. The fruit flavours work well with the spiciness and the hops really balance it out. I'd like to try this on fresh on tap. (811 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the ColLAboration beer fest at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain, herbal hops, and some slightly funky aromas. Taste is very much the same. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is very refreshing and tasty. (538 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into an EKU 28 snifter in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given the brewery. Not paired with food. Purchased today at Wade's Wine in Westlake Village, California. Cost was $8.99 USD plus tax.

Served refrigerator cold. Poured without vigor; I don't anticipate carbonation issues (even if it is Lost Abbey).

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and fantastic retention. Colour is a nontransparent yellow-gold. Floating yeast particles are present. Pleasant and inviting.

Sm: Biscuity yeast, lemon and orange fruit ester hops, some cream, layered clean malts, and sugars. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Yeasty, which I quite like. A clean malty foundation is complemented nicely by the lemon and orange fruit ester hops from the nose. The finish is delightfully creamy. Hardly any hops are present; those that are are likely for preservation rather than bittering. It's nicely layered, and complex enough to give it a rounded, full body. Quite nice for a blonde ale. Very refreshing and enjoyable.

Mf: Neither too thick nor too thin. Light on the palate whilst retaining a full body. Smooth and wet, with enough coarseness to support the flavours and allow them to come out. Refreshing. The frothy cream on the finish is delightful.

Dr: Very drinkable. Hides its ABV well. I'd like to have this on draught. It's lovely from the bottle. Quite refreshing and mellow. Would pair well with a food that doesn't have a strong taste. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange hue with fluffy bright white head that recedes rather quickly. Honey suckle and apple on the nose along with sweet belgian candy. Floral hop presence rests beneath it all. Slick body and exceptionally smooth. Low carbonation. Tart apple and citric hop finish with a very bready malt body. Lingering subtle sweetness on the lips of honey. A complex yet subtle beer with pretty well blended flavors. Body holds up nicely through the entire sip. Pretty good. (475 characters)

Photo of grannaniwa
3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

“dry-hopped Belgian-inspired blonde ale”

Golden color. Big head falls in jagged peaks and valleys. Not
a lot of aroma, mostly hops. Flavor is dominated by bitter hops, but not overpowering. Not so much hops that it feels syrupy. A little sweetness to go along with it. Maybe something in the terroritory of Sam Adams Latitude IPA, but less balanced. Don’t really taste the medium-high alcohol content.

Overall: B. Fine, but would not seek out again. (459 characters)

Photo of beerandcycling88
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at brouwers.

A pours a clear orange topped with a large foamy head.

S lots of tart apple with some light herbal notes.

T a very strong bitter hop note with a bit of earth and some apple like fruit.

M light and well carbonated.

Overall not bad, just not spectacular. (280 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 1" head. Nice lacing paints the glass.

Smell: fruity sweetness, some spiciness, and a bit of bitterness comes through to the nose.

Taste: nice maltiness with apples, pears, pepper, yeast, and a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short lived.

Overall: a very easy to drink beer. Refreshing with a bit of a spicy note. Enjoyable overall. (426 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: nice golden hue with just a touch of haze. Head poured a finger of frothy ivory foam which dissipated somewhat quickly.

Smell: light malt aroma with a bit of green apple character and a hint of tartness. I think I detect some noble/earthy hops in there as well. Not too bad.

Taste: quite a lot like the smell, rather, but somehow this combination of flavors works better on the tongue than in the nose. The apple combines with the light tartness and the grassiness of the hops to create a very spring-like flavor, and there is a nice bitterness which balances everything out. Pretty good!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and smooth creaminess. I like it.

Overall: I find this beer growing on me. It's got a definite "green" feel to it, and as I said it reminds me of spring. I would need to be in the right mood, but I would definitely have this beer again. (929 characters)

Photo of keanex
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip from a 750ml bottle bottled on 6-28-2011.

A: Slightly hazy copper, amber, and straw colored depending on how the light hits my tulip. There's a towering rocky light tan head that clings to the side of the glass as is dissipates. This is a gorgeous looking beer!

S: Light citrus aromas with light ripened fruits that I can't place my finger on, with light floral aromas balancing out this beer. Smells complex and fantastic!

T: Slightly spicey with a light sweetness to this, there's a light lemon bite here and just a light touch of floral hops at the end. Nice complexity and a delicate balance.

M: Full bodied with the soft carbonation making small sips fill the mouth.

O: Very crisp and refreshing, the complexity makes me want to keep sipping. This is a fantastic beer for the nice Spring days like the one we had today. (855 characters)

Photo of Goliath
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (907 characters)

Photo of ArrogantBastage
4.2/5  rDev +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. (733 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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. (808 characters)

Photo of thepeter
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of biglobo8971
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of Philousa
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (951 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (466 characters)

Devotion Ale from The Lost Abbey
87 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.