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Devotion Ale - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
87
very good

744 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 744
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 42
Gots: 63 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 04-28-2007)
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Photo of paulozanello
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy dark yellow color with some hints of red. Moderate size white head with good retention and some lacing.
Aroma starts floral and fruity with some coriander, mint and othe spiceness. Also some funky going on.
Taste starts with some bready malts and soon transitions to hop earthy bitterness and finishes with some yeasty spice and a slight bitter aftertaste.
Body is medium with high carbonation. Drinkability is moderate.
I'm not a huge fan of BPAs but this was very well balanced.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-dark golden amber color, very cloudy with a creamy thick white head.

S-bready wheat nose, hints of yeast and corriander, fruity behind with light citrus, white grapes and lemon, strong hop back bone adding lots of tangy hay aromas.

T-still bready wheat up front, strong yeast with a faint bit of spice, the hop presence is really strong, fruit notes of citrus, lemon, and some white grapes with an assertive hop bitterness on the back of the tongue.

M-medium body, messy feel to it, soft on the palate but grainy in back with a very rough finish with a lightly dry finish.

D-I guess it is balanced but the hop presence is rather strong and I really like dry finishes on my belgian ales. the feel is a little messy and rough especially in the back mixing with all the biting bitterness.

Photo of uturn
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle poured into an Augustijn Grand Cru tulip.

A: This beer poured a cloudy light orange color with a fluffy two finger white head which hang out for a while and left a thin lacing in the glass.

S: The nose was more floral then citrusy leaning more towards what you would find in an IPA then a Belgian Pale Ale, I also picked up a bit of a funky odor.

T: The taste starts off mildly sweet of citrus and of malt and then midway you pick up the bitterness of the hops and this beer finishes very dry.

M: The mouthfeel was a light to medium texture with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

D: The drinkability was very good as I finished this bottle I was left wanting more.

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

Served in oversized Pinot glass.

A: Somewhat clouded light honey body with decent white head that leaves nice lace lines.
S: Funky yeast, tangerines, hay and gardenias.
T: Grapefruit and canteloupe and some must and honeydew. Good hop note on the finish.
M: Well carbonated and light bodied. No hard edges.
D: Good as a daily drinker but nothing outstanding.

Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky golden orange with a small bubbly white head which recedes quickly to a thin collar and leaves almost no lacing.

The aroma is fresh and floral with lots of grassy hops and light citrus with the Belgian yeast lending a bit of sweetness and spice in the nose.

The taste starts with a citrus kick but with ample earthy, herbal hops. Very much like a farmhouse with a hefty hop bill. It's got a hint of spice in the finish but the taste is mostly sweeter Belgian flavors and grassy hops.

The mouthfeel is light bodied and bubbly, dry and earthy in the finish.

A very refreshing, dry and grassy Belgian that goes down very easy. Very fresh and very hoppy for the style.

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

A: poured a golden orange with yellow highlights that had a finger of head and left frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of belgian yeast, applesauce like character, pear esters, and faint oakiness pop out on the nose. I also detected some mustiness, leathery notes, spice, and pine aromas as well.

T: the applesauce type character rolls over to the taste with pears esters, weird smoke notes, spice, and piney accents but the belgian yeast is also pretty potent on the palate as well.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a slight fruity, sweet, spice, and boozy finish.

D: it drank pretty good but to tell you the truth the beer was more like a saison than a belgian pale ale IMO.

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

Appears a pale hazy orange colored body with an off white head, which forms thick and fine bubbled. I was nervous after the decorking didn't leave me with much of a pop. Aroma hints of funky yeast notes, citrus herbal tones pale malt derivatives. A nice version of a BPA fruity undertones with funky yeast profile and hops equals perfection when done right. Flavor brings out a bit of band aid/horse blanket funkiness once the yeast is poured in, but more citric, herbal hops with spicy belgian yeast and pale malt sweetness equates to a good time. Mouthfeel is effervescent with carbonation medium bodied finish is a bit plastic/band aid just a touch but not enough to offend it actually works with the other flavors going on. Drinkability overall is effortless the 6% range is working for these bottle conditioned ales I wish more came in this packaging. I could finish this bottle off with myself without a problem, excellent American Belgian pale/blonde ale.

Photo of philbe311
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Al's of Hampden

A - A fingers worthy of airy foamy white head... A sleek moderately shiny pale honey color... Moderate carbonation...

S - Belgian yeasts... Mild herbal spice presence... Some grassy notes... A hint of euro hoppiness...

T - Grass... Belgian Yeast... Some minor spice notes... Minor bready notes... Some faint hop presence on the finish...

M - Medium bodied... A slightly biting carbonation... Sleek... Even... Consistent...

D - A fairly average and unremarkable Belgian Pale Ale... However, that doesn't keep it from having solid drinkability... It's far from the cream of the crop for the style, but a solid offering none the less...

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

750 mL corked and caged bottle with no freshness date - served cool into a globe.

Devotion is a hazy copper orange color with thin short-lived head. What it does have is creamy white and sticks to the glass.

Aroma is sweet and slightly musky. It has a nice funk from the yeast but the hops have either faded or were just never that strong. Still a pleasant aroma.

Flavor is more intense than expected! This beer has a nice little kick to it. For being under 7%, there is still a world of flavors to enjoy. The light malts are just enough to stand up to the hop bitterness and Belgian yeast. Spicy with a little pepper, some fruity tart citrus, and a nice floral arangement at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, appropriately carbonated for a BPA which means a little over-done for my tastes.

Overall a nice little surprise from Lost Abbey. After 600+ reviews, I really should know by now that you can't judge by other people's opinions. This beer is very good.

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

Appearance: Hazy orange peel color

Smell: Spice over a background of malt

Taste: malt and sweet initially followed by drying hops flavors accented by clove like spice in the finish.

Texture: Light with good carbonation and nicely crisp.

Drink-ability: Light body and good balance of malt with light spice and hops make for a very drinkable beverage.

Makes for a decent representative of the variety.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml from The Cellar in Steamboat, CO. On sale for $8.50. Split into two New Belgium globes.

A: Pours a translucent gold in color with a thick creamy white head, fair amount of carbonation moving through the glass. Nice sticky clumps of lacing as the head begins to recede. Not a bad looking beer.

S: Has a lot of yeast esters in the nose, some cloves and a few fruity smells, red apples seem to be the closest thing I can think of. Typical Belgian yeast strain sort of smell. Nothing terribly impressive, but nothing offensive either. Just a hint of booze.

T: Grainy malts up front, the clove and spice notes come through from the yeast, and there's a bit of a citrus flavor on the back end as well. Slightly earthy and just a little but of mustiness to it. Decently bitter as well. Nicely balanced with some decent flavors, but fairly boring, nothing really makes this memorable.

M: Lighter body, carbonation is a lot lighter than I would like in the beer. Nicely dry. A little stronger carbonation would be a bit more in tune with the style.

D: Pretty easy to drink, decent flavors and relatively low alcohol, a little more carbonation would help things out a little bit here. Decent beer, but a little expensive for what you end up with. Not particularly impressed and I will pass on buying this again.

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

poured from a 750ml botle at Toronado - an amazing deal at $8/bottle! so stoked.

the beer is a really nice example of the style:

pours blonde with a nice thick head

nice nose, bananas, nutmeg and cloves but not overpowering.

taste is smooth, mouthfeel creamy, spicey tasting with some nice belgian yeasty fruit.

tasty!

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip from a 750ml bottle.

A - Mild pop from the cork. Pours a very nice and bright strong golden straw color with some nice orange hues and a strong 1 inch white head that is very dense. The head recedes at a good pace down to a nice thin mat.

S - Delicious malty and clove sweetness with very nice spice notes as well as some mild grassy hop character. Nice and soft.

T - Starts of with a crisp clean malt taste and some nice fruit sweetness. Some mild vinous and sweet fruit as well as some bready notes. Pepper hints and some citric lemon character. Delicious and clean with a dry bitter finish.

M & D - Soft and well carbonated. Delicious and very well crafted beer. Extremely drinkable.

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

A bottle split with sourbatchkid. Thanks for the chance.

A- three fingers of fluffy off white head from a hard pour. The head settles slowly to a few spots of lace and a skin with a good ring. Hazy orange peach in color.

S- floral out the ass. Citrus and cut grass. Herbatious and a bit earthy. Yeasty with a hint of honey sweetness.

T- belgian yeast abound with green grass and flowers. Citrus and honey. Again very herbal. Powdery dry biscuity malts. Almost musty at times.

M- medium body and on the higher side of medium in carb. Dry finish.

D- very nice bpa, and quite the enjoyable drink. Ill have to grab another bottle and toss some pairings at this soon.

Photo of tedsox31
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml into a tulip glass. The appearance is a pale orange color, with a fluffy pure white head that stays around fairly well. As it sits, there is some rockiness to it. Sticky lacing as I drink it.

The aroma is nice and fruity, with a bit of grain mixed in along with a slight tang, presumably from the yeast.

The taste is extremely light and very refreshing. Up front is the fruitiness that I got from the aroma, followed by some bitterness from the hops, and ending with a yeasty flavor. The taste tracks quite closely to the aroma.

Mouthfeel is in style. Light and effervescent and a dry finish that leaves very little aftertaste in my mouth. What taste it leaves I believe is from the hops.

This is a very drinkable, well balanced beer. It is a great session beer as well as a great summer beer. Another outstanding beer by The Lost Abbey.

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

I had this on tap @ Al's of Hampden -served chilled in a goblet.

A - A color that resembles gold, slightly tarnished with excellent clarity and thin bone white cap. The bead is tiny and lace is semi-clinging.

S - The smell is phenolic and fruity w/ a tinge of citrus and pineapple. The notes of biscuit are not out of place and add complexity w/ mild honey and spice. A gentle pepper and banana note is hinted at w/ tea-like hop herbal aroma.

M - The feel is mildly phenolic and bitter w/ subtle sweet element from malt. The yeast adds an earhty tinge w/ mild tartness and light toasted malt element in the feel. The beer is pretty welll balanced all in all.

T - The flavor has very tasty bitterness w/ slight herbal notes and lemony qualities w/ light honey malt tinge and toasted grain notes. The yeast adds a lot of tropical dry and spice to the mild peppery notes of the Pale, there is only a mild tartness like pineapple in the background

D - A great example of the style - I found this to be pretty easy to drink without going overboard on the Belgian yeast phenolics allowing some hop flavor through

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap from a friend's kegerator. I know it's a touch strong, but this comes off like a Belgian session ale. It's light, tasty, and I could drink it all day.

The Tettanger hops had a slightly sharp and interesting herbal flavor in addition to the spicy citrus background. There's a smooth grain and bread flavor with hint of subtle Belgian fruit esters. My only complaint is that the flavor can seem a touch muted at times. I suppose this is on the hoppy side of a Belgian pale ale, but it's still very drinkable. Check this beer out.

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours yellowish orange in color with a large bright white head that quickly dies down into a thin layer of bubbles that consistently covers the surface. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are mild aromas of citrusy and floral hops in the nose along with some hints of spices and yeast.
T: The taste has a light amount of bitterness and some malty sweetness with notes of apples, candi sugar, lemon, oranges and pepper.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, crisp and smooth on the palate. There is a mild amount of dryness, mainly in the aftertaste.
D: The beer is very refreshing and easy to drink. The low alcohol content and good flavors make it a sessionable beer, particularly one well suited for the warmer months.

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

A- Hazy, gold body with sticky, white head made of lots of big bubbles that slowly fades to a medium film.

S- Nice blend of floral and herbal hops with some fruity notes of apple and grape along with some soft spice.

T- Fruit notes are present (some apple and grape jump out at me). The hops come in to leave some dryness to the crisp finish; they leave a slightly floral/herbal note. There's a touch of spice towards the finish as well.

M- Nice slick feel over a medium body.

D- Really interesting beer and a solid representation of the style.

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

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

We couldn't find any info on the brewery's website for this one, and the back label was taken up by some poetic stuff. Everything else points to a Belgian Pale Ale, of sorts.

Pours a hazy, peach-colored beer with dark amber hues, topped with a big fluffy head that settles, laces and sticks. Soft, powdery aroma of malt and hints of spice. Smooth at first, but a bit gritty. Lively and light on the palate, with a fizzy carbonation that builds up to be semi-creamy. Crisp, with a green apple bite and watery notes of lemon up front. Peppery here and there, blending with some bitterness. Bread and crust flavors, plus faint notes of honey and toasty caramel beneath a dry cracker-like finish. Metallic at times--like sucking on a coin. Some lingering spice in a powdery, drying finish.

Refreshing, goes down easy and has a uniquely subtle finish to this very broad and, all too often, samey beer style. We could ourselves imagine sitting at an outside café, drinking this one with a plate of cheese and rustic bread.

Photo of BigIrishman
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a huge soapy white head.

Smell: Smells very reminiscent of a typical Belgian Pale. There is clove and some medicinals along with some fruity esters. The yeasty clovey hit dominates it, very expected.

Taste: A bit more dry fruit than I expected. The fruitiness goes up against the yeasty clove flavors and really finishes clean and dry. Overall the flavor is subtle but pretty nice.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp with a mouth drying effect.

Drinkability: I like this beer a lot. It's not trying to be a light tripel, rather a fruitier and cleaner alternative. As much as I like the burst of phenols and yeast you find in many pale Belgian beers, this one is a different alternative.

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 6/5/10 notes. Had at SAVOR in DC.

a - Pours a golden-amber color with one inch white head.

s - Smells of fruit, mainly apples, and some spice.

t - Tastes of fruit, some spice, citrus, and apples.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A pretty good pale ale. Would try again.

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

Special thanks go out to Crazy Nelson for hooking me up with this one (and several others!). Review is from notes taken on 6/7/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a rather light copper color but has some darker cider colored spots in the center of the glass; starts with a big 3 finger fluffy white head that becomes pock marked and cratered as it slowly fades; body is very cloudy and shows strong carbonation as far in as I can see; head fades to a very uneven froth and rings and webs of lacing are left behind on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Smell is light and fruity and smells a lot like green apples; a very faint yeasty presence sneaks in there and there is also the faintest hint of bittering hops as well.

Taste: Very light and refreshing -- I feel like I could freaking pound this beer! Nice and slightly acidic green apple is the most dominant flavor; there is a nice balance of mildly bittering hops that are just a touch grassy behind the apple; a very light crusty/bready yeasty presence is hiding in there as well; aftertaste is mostly the bitter hops with just a touch of the apple.

Mouthfeel: Body is light and very well carbonated -- it's very lively, but refrains from being sharp; finish is pretty dry and there is a very dry film left on the roof of the mouth; gums are left a little tingly from the great carbonation.

Drinkability: Light body, crisp flavors aren't overpowering; moderate ABV of 6.25% = very easily and all day drink, especially in the warm summer months.

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.

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.

Devotion Ale from The Lost Abbey
87 out of 100 based on 744 ratings.