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Devotion Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Devotion AleDevotion Ale

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735 Ratings

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Ratings: 735
Reviews: 313
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 42
Gots: 61 | FT: 1
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 donkeyrunner
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At Bukowski's Cambridge

Cloudy orange-yellow with a fluffy white head. Great retention and Care Bear cloud lace.

Smells of light floral hop and candi sugar. Tastes of biscuity malt, sugar, and a sodden hop finish. Light and airy, this beer tastes like springtime.

donkeyrunner, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of Deuane
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy orange golden yellow with a medium white head. Head retains well and leaves copious lace.

S-Akin to peach cobbler with the fruit, sweet candi sugar and even some nice biscuit. A touch of lemon zing with some supportive spicy yeast and herbal hops.

T-Biscuit malt overlaid with honey, peach and candi sugar sweetness. Nice spiciness from the yeast and hops ending with a dry finish.

M-Medium-light bodied, quite smooth with nice lingering flavours.

D-Tasty stuff with nice combination of fruit, spice and sweetness. Nothing over the top here but it all comes together to present a solid, easy to drink and flavourful "light" beer.

Deuane, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice light golden color with a huge white head, big carbonation, to much carbonation to be honest and it got annoying. Nose is spicy, belgian yest, hops. Taste is belgian yeast strain, spiciness, hops. Mouthfeel is a it warm, tingly, well done. Pretty good brew overall minus the obnoxious over carbonation issue.

barleywinefiend, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of Docer
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


- First glass pour was somewhat clear.. straw yellow, small head.. large bubbly settling .. Secong pour was a cloudy yellow orange..

- Very light Belgian Malt scent.. some sweetness, and a bitter bittering hop.. somewhat floral and spicy.

- Smooth golden ale.. semi-sweet, mild banana malt, and more bittering hop and pine.. some floral tastes..

- Great feel, not super dry or chewy by any means.. but also a rather light ale... but yet strong for a blonde... go figure.. this is more of a Belgian take on a "strong-blond"...

- Quite drinkable, and the carbonation was spot on... just not my favorite style.

Docer, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked & caged bottle into an oversized snifter.

Pours a hazy orange, with a finger of brite-white head. Awesome thick and creamy retention here, that gives up a huge flareup when swirled, and leaves back some equally huge lacing. The aroma is light candied sugars, grainy sweetness, fruity peach, lemon citrus, spicy notes, and some fresh floral hops.

The taste is grainy bread and sweet honey, tropical tartness, and a moderate spicy hop bitterness. Finishes fairly dry, with a touch of residual sweetness that creeps in. Nice but I was looking for a bit more of the pop that the aroma had. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a lower feeling carbonation that gives this an extremely easy and silky feel in the mouth. Some alchohol only creeps in towards the end of the swallow, otherwise, it's fairly well hid.

Fruity and sweet, yet crisp from the hops, this was a pleasant and easydrinking quaff (especially for the size).

Kegatron, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of mhatters
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle I picked up in Chicago into an 18th Century wine glass

Pours a hazy coppery color a medium white head with great retention

Lots of fruit and spice in the nose, with a good hint of floralness.

The flavor is interesting, a bit hoppy, the malt flavor, which was invisible in the nose comes out in the flavor. Pepper and fruit balance this out.

The carbonation is dead on perfect, the finish is crisp and sweet. A really nice beer.

mhatters, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of ffejherb
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Lost Abbey tasting room on 7/10/09.

A - Hazy golden blonde body with one-finger frothy bright white head that held its ground and deposited tons of sticky foam on the sides of the glass.

S - Dry hopped character with earthy, herbal and citrus notes as well as some funk in the back. Yeast carries a spicy aroma with mild clove and peppery notes.

T - Significant dry hopped presence with a spicy flair and some funky yeast. Finishes with quite a bit of earthy and herbal hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a slightly syrupy texture and subtle carbonation overall. Finish is mildly bitter on the palate.

D - Definitely one of my favorites from Lost Abbey. It's nothing crazy or over the top, but it's faily complex with a nice dry hopped character, which is why I think I enjoyed it so much. This is a beautiful beer in all of its subtle glory.

ffejherb, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of vrazionale
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

25.4 fl. oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a very hazy golden orange body with a modest head and average retention.

S - An interesting interplay between green hop pungency, sweet, juicy stone fruit, and a floral honey. As pleasant as these are in concert, I also pick up on a slight phenolic profile that doesn't mesh well with the other aromas. The phenols become more powerful as it warms, causing me to lower my score a notch.

T - Lots of juicy fruit and a sweet, candied malt flavor could work well together, but the band-aid phenols really steal the show here.

M - Carbonation is fine, but I get a bit of post-swallowing tongue-coating slickness that is not pleasant.

D - The first sip of this brew, and I was excited. I picked up on peach and hop flavors, and it seem well-balanced. Then, it saw oxygen and warmer temperature, and (in my opinion) the flaws came to the fore. I wanted to like this beer because I like what Lost Abbey does, but this didn't do it for me. It feels a little rough around the edges.

vrazionale, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of tburkhart
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a recent trip to Chicago.

Pours slightly darker then I would have expected for a Belgian Pale Ale, but I think a lot of that has to do with the "Belgian" characteristics.

Initial smell is of citrus, with a very, very, very slight yeasty smell at the very tail end.

Tastes of mild hops with the typical Belgian spices on the back of the palate.

Excellent beer from Lost Abbey. Highly recommend.

tburkhart, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of callmescraps
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hit the Verdugo, decided to give a Lost Abbey a shot.

Appearance - A light golden yellow color. A nice inch of sharp white head. Very fine bubbles in the head. Dissipates fairly quickly. Not much lacing. Mostly clear, nice looking.

Smell - A little on the mellow side. Definitely some dough and some wheat-like aroma. A little floral hop. Might call it a Belgian IPA, but it's way more Belgian than IPA.

Taste - Follows the smell. Lots of that doughy, wheat flavor. The hops are very mellow. The aftertaste is pretty dry. It's a little astringent frankly.

Mouthfeel - Nice and crisp. Good mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Pretty solid. Went down quite easily. Refreshing on a hot day.

This is a solid beer, but didn't do a whole lot for me. Didn't get much IPAness. Of any variety. It was sort of like a wheat or pale or something. Certainly nothing to write home about.

callmescraps, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of BZero007
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle from Julio's Liqour MA.

Pours a great golden yellow color with the head forming with a little work. Might of just been a bad bottle. Aroma was nice and mellow, carried with it a great floral aroma with a fruity backdrop. Taste was very nice as the hops came threw on more of a fruity/citrus combination for me. Flavor was well balanced but for some reason the brew just tasted a little dru for me...not sure why. Minor whine for a really good brew. Drinkability was great as this could be a brew to have during the hangout session. I have to say for Belgian Pale Ale this hit the spot. Will pick this brew up again. Thanks Lost Abbey!

BZero007, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of SirSketch
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very pale yellow with a very slight haze. Pours a thin head, and dissipates quickly.

Aroma combines farm bread dough, light grains, honey, and faint dried cherries. Hops give minimal aroma, but piney. Very delicate, all around.

Initial sweetness turns almost sour. Spice and pepper characteristics are obvious, but do not 'mesh' well with the rest of the flavors. Light honey taste is similar to mead. A little bland at times. Not a bad beer, just not what I expected (and there lies the problem, as I shouldn't have expectations for a beer I haven't tried).

SirSketch, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml corked bottle shared with psycohops and brothercannon out on my patio. Poured into a trio of standard shaker glasses. The ale appears a hazed golden yellow color with about an inch of pillowy bone white foam. Nose and flavor consist of spicy peppery yeast, light citrus notes such as lemon and orange zest, mild caramel, grassy, earthy hops. This ale falls somewhere between medium and full bodied with ample carbonation for the style. Certainly worth your time if you dig a Belgian pale.

ClockworkOrange, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of rpstevens
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to brdc for including this as an extra in a very smooth trade.

The beer pours a hazy straw color with a three finger foam head. The foam is white and frothy.

The smell is slight lemon and biscuity malt, some floral aromas.

The taste is light and crisp, but not very flavorful. The lemon and wheat are present, but both very mild. There is a slight sweetness to the beer as well. The finish has a strange metallic taste that I can't put my finger on, but is not very pleasant.

The mouthfeel is dominated by the metallic/acidic finish and aftertaste of the beer. It is light and crisp, good body and style for the summer time, but the taste is lacking.

rpstevens, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of dublife1
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Duvel Tulip. Nice 3 finger head that dissolved nice and slow. Smell was very nice with citrus and wheat coming to the front. Taste was very good with a lemony crispness that makes this beers very easy to drink and mouthfeel was above average for a belgian pale ale. This was my first Lost Abbey brew and I look forward to trying more. I had no problems with under carbonation as many have talked about with Lost Abbey beers.

dublife1, May 31, 2009
Photo of kmeves
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with a frothy beige head. Aroma is medium sweet with a good deal of yeast, light spice and orange. Flavor is yeast, orange peel, apple, grassy malt and light hay. Fairly dry and hoppy finish. Light to medium bodied. Overall a very drinkable beer but quite a bit different from the other offerings.

kmeves, May 28, 2009
Photo of rwdkosak
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strange bottle, a total gusher and lost a third of the bottle to the sink. No best-by date so not sure of the age of the bottle but i know it was stored properly (in the cellar) and haven't heard of any other bottles doing the same as yet.
Overall (once the head settled and a good pour was possible), the color was good, a nice gold and not quite clear though took care to keep sediment at the bottom. Smell was good, some light sweet notes, citrus, faint hop. Taste was similar, more citrus though typical pale ale style here. Mouthfeel was OK but took a bit to finally have a nice drink due to overcarbonation. This would be a nice drinkable beer but i'll need to test another as this bottle was just too overly carbonated.

rwdkosak, May 20, 2009
Photo of Sean9689
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - Light golden color, white head, some lacing.

S - Sugary floral and citrus/hops.

T - Malts, citrus, hops all put together well with a sweet finish.

M - Perfect carbonation, light-medium bodied, crisp.

D - Very nice, will drink again.

Sean9689, May 11, 2009
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale apricot colored body with a small white head that leaves a little bit of lacing behind.

Smell is sweet, hoppy, peppery, pretty good overall.

Generally I am not a fan of Belgians that are over-hopped, but this one is well done and I like it. Sweet pale malts pair with a decent, orangy bitterness from the hops. Yeast comes through with a distinct peppery flavor. It tastes a little bit like a saison actually, which I dig.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, rather highly carbonated, and very crisp.

A nicely drinkable beer that I enjoyed.

Hojaminbag, May 08, 2009
Photo of bonbini26
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Abe's Six Pack in PA, since Lost Abbey has not found its way to NJ yet.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass (the new ones). Has a brillant glowing yellow with a solid 3-finger head, with swiss cheese lacing left behind. The nose is of citrus, earthy, spicey notes. The taste is on the dry side, with a little maltiness in the end that adds some sweetness. There is also the yeast/grassy notes that come through, almost like a saison. This was a great beer to drink on a hot day, a little on the dry side, but the lower ABV, makes it a great session beer, a little on the expensive side ($12) i think i paid for this one, still better than a bottle of white wine, looking forward to trying more from the lost abbey

bonbini26, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of beveritt
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 750ml Belgian bottle into a wine glass. Picked this up a few months ago while on a trip to San Diego.

Appearance: Pours with under 1 finger of white head. This settles slowly to a thin coating, leaving behind good, creamy lacing. Beer is orange with just a slight hint of red. Lots of suspended particulate matter, but it was clear while in the bottle.

Smell: Slightly sour with a definite wheat twang.

Taste: Orange citrus with a slight malt sweetness in the finish. Medium hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Mouthfeel is good, very creamy.

Drinkability: A good example of a Belgian, with a definite American lean towards bitterness.

beveritt, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden head, a little flat looking, but still appealing. Citrus hops overwhelm the nose with a earthy, almost grassy backbone. The taste reminds me of a saison a bit for some reason. It is hop forward but there is that interesting melange of sweet orange and spice flavors that begins to take center stage as you drink a bit more. It has a light body and I really enjoyed this the further into the bottle I got. This is a solid beer worth picking up if you see it on the shelf but not worth seeking out.

SwiftyMcBeer, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of magine
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this brew into my Duvel glass.

The beer pours a dark orange with white head - nice chunky head, some nice lacing. Head settles nicely. Awesome looking brew.

The brew smells of sweet smelling hops, peppery floral undertones.

The brew tastes of some nice hops, sweet floral. Nice mouthfeel - good balance, sweet with a nice hop bite. Aftertaste is strong on this one.

This brew is nice for a good change up beer. Nothing I would go and seek out again. Good - just not great. Sweet, Hoppy and bitter. Nice - not great.

My first from The Lost Abbey a good impression; I will look for more from this brewery.

magine, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
2.55/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into glass.

A: Pours a cloudy gold color, with absolutely no head, carbonation, or lacing. Another victim of Lost Abbey's quality control issues.

S: A little bit of citrus hops, some candy sugar, and Belgian candy yeast producing sugary and fruity (apricot, peach) notes.

T: Some spice and candy in the initial taste, producing a sweet and biting backbone. Segues into an orange and grapefruit blend with some slight peach sweetness. The finish is mostly Belgian sugar and spice (cloves?) again. with a slight hint of grassiness.

M: Light to medium bodied, with ZERO carbonation.

D: Clearly this is a crap bottle, another in a series of bad ones from Lost Abbey. Fuck 'em. I have no desire to support their ongoing Fuck the Customer experiments. I will not buy LA beers again, especially at these elevated prices and downgraded quality standards. This is just appalling.

Arbitrator, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle into chalice.

Pours a hazy dark gold, with a creamy off-white head that settles into a thin cap for the duration of the beer and leaves a wall of lacing all the way down the glass.

Nose is grassy hops, yeast, apricot and citrus, and some candy sugar.

Taste starts off with a dose of dry, spicy Belgian yeast and malt/candy sweetness, though the sweetness is light and slightly fruity. Finish is grassy and herbal hops, light bitterness, with a lingering yeasty spiciness and a fruity hint. Grassy, slightly herbal hops sit underneath at the front, and fully emerges as the taste progresses. Once it pushes to the top it's clearly the dominant aspect of the beer.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, medium-light body, but creamy and full at the same time.

Fantastic beer in one of my favorite styles - Abbey Single. In the mold of Westmalle Bier Extra. Light, refreshing hop note and a light, dry body make for one of the most supremely refreshing beers I can imagine, while still maintaining some of the signature yeasty, fruity notes characteristic of Belgian beers.

JohnQVegas, Mar 27, 2009
Devotion Ale from The Lost Abbey
87 out of 100 based on 735 ratings.