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Devotion Ale - The Lost Abbey

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671 Ratings

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Ratings: 671
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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Photo of philbertk


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

The Lost Abbey Devotion Ale--2010 25.4 oz. Bottle. 6.20% ABV. 45 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Saison--IPA. Rich dense lacy white head. Cloudy bright orange gold color. Dark sediment. Floral sweet fruit ester aromatic wild belgian hop front. Mild sweet complex refreshing clean mild hop resin Belgian fruit ester wild golden ale body. Clean hop citrus end. Saison IPA. Sampled 6/5/2010. 2 @ $9.99 Each.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 21:00:29 | More by philbertk
Photo of Mora2000


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

Thanks to kaiser81 for sending me this beer.

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma is very fruity with peaches, oranges, lemons and apples. The flavor is apples and peaches with some spices and Belgian yeast. The beer doesn't taste as fruity as the smell indicates. The beer is pretty dry and as it warmed I got some oranges and mangoes in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 03:53:59 | More by Mora2000
Photo of MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

5-30-10 - poured into a Dogfish Head snifter - 1 Pint cage-corked bottle

Appearance: Pours a deep orange with a thin, white head that stays until the end and brings along some light lacing.

Smell: Spices, fruit, and floral notes. The fruit notes are apple, apricot and pear. The aroma is enhanced as the beer warms a bit.

Taste: This beer features some sweet malt with a dry, lemony, bitter hop finish. Again fruity notes are present, especially apricot and pear.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a thin body and light carbonation. Nothing enlightening comes to pass as it runs over the palate.

Drinkability: Again, this is a light beer, albeit drinkable and refreshing.

Comments: This is my first from Lost Abbey. A good beer overall, but not exactly what I was expecting from this highly regarded craft brewery. As this beer warmed I enjoyed it more and began to see some of its subtle complexities.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 22:27:56 | More by MarvinSnyder
Photo of Norsebrew


3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma-Musty malt aroma with a slight sour note. Mild hop aroma. Spicy, with a slight plum/apricot ester.

Appearance- orange. Moderate white head with mild head retention. clear

Flavor- slightly sweet malt with mild bitterness that follows into the aftertaste. Complex flavor of sweet malt, hops, and maybe slight plum.

Mouthfeel-medium body. Slight alcohol. moderate-high carbonation.

Overall- Good Belgium pale. Not what I expected from Lost Abbey. Not my favorite of their lineup. Drinkable but forgetable.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 01:36:09 | More by Norsebrew
Photo of HalfFull


3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an orange golden into a tulip glass with a touch of haze. One finger of whitish foam lingers briefly yet offers some light lacing. Becomes rather thin by mid pint.

Nose is more of malty orange fruit and a bit of spice. Yeast character is subdued and only comes out with aggressive agitation after the beer warms a bit. Said yeast and a peppery spice are then present but brief.

Flavor is decent with pale citric malts and a notable spice presence. Yeast notes again are largely subdued and secondary even though the beer is not too sweet.

Feel is moderate to full with the same citric flash on the finish. An easy drinking ale that would likely benefit from firmer carbonation to bring the yeast notes out a bit more. Drinks a bit like a spiced wheat ale as the yeast notes are largely non participatory.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2010 06:41:54 | More by HalfFull
Photo of Beerenauslese


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

Pours a very clear gold with an ample head which lacks a little retention, but leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smells malty, with some hops, fruit, and sugar.

The same smells come through in the taste: malty and semi-sweet upfront, then very dry, hoppy, and spicy in the finish with some fruity flavors.

Body is light and nicely carbonated, creating a crisp mouthfeel.

This is quite drinkable. It drinks lightly in mouthfeel and alcohol, but is also nicely spiced--like a good saison. It is not static, and keeps mixing up the taste sensations as one drinks, which is good in a beer. Well, however one wants to classify, it is drinking nicely and by now I have finished the bottle with no complaints.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 02:38:50 | More by Beerenauslese
Photo of wedgie9


3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from 750mL bottle. Pours cloudy orange with a thick white head that quickly recedes to lace. Yeasty nose with orange peel and some clove and vanilla. Flavors on the palate are similar, but much more bitter. As expected, the carbonation is very high and the body is fairly light. Overall, this is a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 05:23:05 | More by wedgie9
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4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Grad in Davis.

a - Deep orange color that had me wondering if it was unfiltered, haven't checked on that. Had soft, foamy head maybe a finger thick.

s - Had a pretty balanced smell, hops did not overwhelm the sweetness of the malts. Some spices noticeable.

t - Again, very balanced taste, exactly what I look for in a pale ale. A lot of sweet flavors but not to the point that they overpowered the bitterness of the hops.

m - Not very thick, but still smooth. Did not pick up on much carbonation.

d - Had this with a salad and a sandwich and it was perfect. Great for meals and I'm sure great to just sit and think about the drink.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2010 22:51:14 | More by wesclaypool
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Davis Graduate the day after the Port/Lost Abbey tasting. Reviewed from notes.

A thin cap of white head over orange hues. Aromas are mostly of citrus and grain. Very airy and refreshing on the nose. Flavors are very funky, with almost a bit of mustiness and farm. Lightly bitter orange zest topped off with a bit of spiciness. light body and heavy carbonation. Very easy to drink and indeed refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2010 02:35:38 | More by washburnkid
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is my kind of beer. definitely drawing influence from a lot of my favorite classic beers (orval and popperings hommel to name a few), it pours murky, hazy, burnt-gold with a white head that holds well and leaves nice lace. only reason it doesn't get a five is because i have a 5 aversion and the head doesn't pillow/chunk up like some of the beers that spawned it's inspiration. nose is honey, a touch of biscuit/bread, grass, flower, apple, pear, lemon/lemongrass, caramel... it just does what it is supposed to and brings up images in my mind of a place that is a kind of "heaven on earth", full of scents that i attach with awesome. taste is very well balanced mix of above with the perfect amounts of sour, bitter, sweet, mineral... great acidity. long finish that sits on the top of the palate and sings. goes down way too easy. bought a case yesterday for $90 (a good deal i thought) and i've already gone through a third of it without sharing. i'll get over my aversion for that and dole out a 5.0 for drinkability. highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 22:09:30 | More by timtim
Photo of tigg924


4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, orange/yellow in color, hazy

Smell: honey, toasted malt, pear, some citrus

Taste: honey, grass, caramel, and a small touch of citrus

Mouthfeel: light bodied, sweet with a bitter backbone, high carbonation

Drinkability: Very good and complex brew. I like the caramel and fruit mix. At this abv I could have several. One of my favorites in the style and another winner from Lost Abbey.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 15:41:07 | More by tigg924
Photo of ocelot2500


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

Pours a hazy, deep golden color with a small white head that leaves enough lacing on the glass.

Smells of birght floral hops and some yeast spice.

Tastes of the bright hops, some fruitiness followed by a layer of spice. Hops have a floral and citrus character. Fruits are composed of apples and pears. Pretty sweet overall. Spice has notes of clove mostly.

Mouthfeel is medium-light and has a smooth amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 03:23:05 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of billab914


3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a cork & caged 750ml bottle. Poured a clear golden amber color with a thick frothy two finger white head covering the top of the beer.

The aroma has a peppery, spicy and fruity smell to it with some notes of apples, grapes, hops and yeast. It's a nice appealing and complex aroma that you would expect in a Belgian inspired beer.

The taste is hoppier then I expected with some grassy and piny flavors really coming through. It also shows the Belgian spicy, fruity and yeasty flavors pretty well also. Like the nose there are some grape and apple fruit notes present. Very nice tasting Belgian inspired beer, I really liked the moderate hop flavors in it that seemed slightly different then a typical Belgian beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly above average carbonation. Drinkability id good, I liked this beer more than I anticipated I would. I think the hop flavors really helped to give it some more character besides the Belgian yeast and spice.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 17:20:48 | More by billab914
Photo of emmasdad


3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden-orange color, with a small to moderate white head. Some light hoppiness on the nose, along with yeast and spice. Flavors of light lemony citrus, pale malt and yeast. A good early summer afternoon refresher, nicely carbonated and dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 03:52:41 | More by emmasdad
Photo of illidurit


3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Pours a clear dark gold with a creamy beige head. Aroma is peppery and grassy with some light bready malts. Pale malty with spicy accents and a little bit of a mineral quality to it. Low on esters though a touch of pear is present. Sort of an unassuming drinkable saison-like beer. Could use more complexity to be honest. Thinnish and quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2010 08:29:27 | More by illidurit
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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Dive Bar, Worcester. Served in a tulip glass. Dark orange colored body. Not a lot of head, would have liked to have seen more. Smell was spicy like a nice Belgian ale should be. Loved the taste of this beer. Had that bready, yeasty, earthy flavor, almost like a nicely brewed tripel. Could also taste coriander and lemon zest. Mouthfeel was more like a pale ale, smooth and light. Would have guessed that the abv would have been slightly higher. Drinkability was very good, as it's a well brewed beer. Glad to see this on tap in the Worc area.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2010 18:16:15 | More by morebeergood
Photo of womencantsail


3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Port/Lost Abbey

A: The pour is a slightly hazy pale golden color with a fluffy white head and some spotty lacing.

S: The nose is very heavy on the clove and coriander with some spicy hops. There is a bit of breadiness to it as well.

T: The spices completely dominate the flavor. There's a very earthy flavor to the beer as well. These two factors really overwhelm everything else, unfortunately.

M: The body is medium with a crisp, dry carbonation and feeling on the tongue.

D: This beer just seemed too heavily spiced for its own good. The base of the beer is overshadowed by these flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2010 05:36:03 | More by womencantsail
Photo of jasonjlewis


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

Clear yellow color with great head and retnetion. Initial head is 2 fingers wide

Smell is of cloves with a hint of banana and spicy noble hops.

Taste is of what resembles saaz hops mixed with a very light malting underneath. Malts have a grainy flavor. This mixes in with a dry finish and lots of clove.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, but the dryness is not overly done. Slight bits of residual sweetness remains.

Solid offering from Lost Abbey. Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 06:59:50 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of happilysurly


3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Blonde, amber with a one finger head. Poured from a 25 oz bottle into two glasses. The yeast starts a flowin about 2/3 through and unless you wanna drink all the yeasties, you lose about a fifth of the bottle. I chose to drink the plethora of yeasty particulates, but it definitely loses some points for appearance.

S: A little bland, really. Smells pretty malty and a little sweet.

T: Again, sweet and maly, but not overpoweringly sweet, very subtle. Earthy and herbal. Only a slight bitterness at the end, but the finish lasts for awhile. It doesn't abandon the taste buds at the end.

M: The lack of assertiveness and bitterness balanced by the earthy tones makes the lingering taste pleasant. It hangs around for awhile.

D: It gets more drinkable as you drink more of it. This beer is really starting to grow on me. On the other hand, I don't think I'd take it over any of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 23:25:20 | More by happilysurly
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4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked & caged bottle into a Stone Cali-Belgie tulip-goblet. Based on appearance this is world class, hazy golden colored with very fine floaties, and a thick rocky dry head that laces in huge clumps. I had a hint that this would be a hoppy Belgian pale from the label, and you can discern the same from the smell. Moderate floral hops, a bit spicy as in a Belgian IPA but not as strong as in that style. A clean aroma behind the hops, no more than a hint of some spice, maybe coriander.

Lots of spices come through in the taste, not strong and not all from actual spice (I'm guessing). Some pepper, coriander, lemongrass, some of these flavors might be due to the hops. A little bit of fruity esters in the initial sips, but its the pepper that lasts in the after-taste, along with some mild bitterness. The sum of all these flavors is definitely worthwhile, but if anything I'd like a little more balance of sweetness from the malts, kind of like I get from La Chouffe. Devotion seems to use a light touch with the pale malts.

The beer is well carbonated but still has a bit of a silky mouthfeel, in hindsight it might be the peppery taste that gives a feeling of extra carbonation. Anyway the body matches the style to perfection, a very good achievement overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 01:33:37 | More by TurdFurgison
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4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 750ml bottle into a belled beer glass.

Color is pale gold and slightly hazy. Head is modest, bone white and leaves little lacing after quick dissipation.

Clean smell, citrus and flowers and green grass and something unique like coriander maybe. Good and unlike anything else I have had. The alcohol esters are high in spite of the moderate ABV (6.25%) and carry that particular, and peculiar, smell.

Nicely hoppy, tangy, a hint of sweetness. A bit funky, likley akin to the odd smell. There is a grain and green apple finish.

Medium body, crisp and dry. This is a very dry beer. I am fond of a dry finish in my beers and this one does is well.

Quite quaffable. Almost session beer with its low ABV.

I like this beer. It is floral and spicy and complex. Drink some if you can. I intend to try it again in order to ascertain what that special something in the taste and smell is.


Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 02:45:01 | More by meeekyh
Photo of Popkas


3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours light golden color with a minimal off white head. Little retention, but a bit of residual lacing.

S: Strong spicy, clove smell. Malty and maybe some citrus?

T: Fruity, malty and yeasty/spicy. Not altogehter there.

M: Fairly light body with carbonation that fills the mouth.

D: Fairly drinkable, though not a favorite

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 04:00:42 | More by Popkas
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3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color with an off white head. Head has little retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Fairly mellow, smells of yeast, bready, lemon and floral hops.

T- Follows the nose well and finishes pretty dry. Hops are pretty laid back and again tons of yeast.

M- Light to medium in body and on the higher side of carbonation.

D- It's easy to drink and not bad overall by no means.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 09:00:57 | More by nrbw23
Photo of Finn


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

Appearance: Hazy orange/gold with moderate head retention

Smell: orange, biscuits, grass, very nice

Taste: crisp opening into bready malts that are quickly subdued by a coating, grassy, herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel: on the thin side, yet a little creamy. moderat carbonation.

Drinkability: Good. this is a unique and pretty hoppy take on the Belgian pale. the light mouthfeel and substantial bittering makes this easy to go through. I liked this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 02:11:37 | More by Finn
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip...

A - poured a massive snow white fluffy head. the beer is a very dirty/hazy strong golden color...like a bright apple cider. sediment all over the place.

S - dirty belgian yeast right off the bat, mixed with some clove, banana, lemon peel, and crisp malt. huge off the nose, dont have to get anywhere near it.

T - semi-tart fruitiness, mostly lemon and banana balanced by a nice amount of yeast. spiciness comes from some beligian IPA-like hops. faint bit of alcohol burn.

M - tons of carbonation, to a fault. it distracts away from the pleasant taste and makes the beer drink a bit harsh. outside of that, a nice creamy finish.

D - aside from the carbonation issue, a very well crafted brew, though nothing out of this world.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 02:39:38 | More by Stigs
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