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Devotion Ale - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
87
very good

706 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 706
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 39
Gots: 56 | 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 TexIndy
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle that Roberts shipped me (no dating info) into a snifter. The back label had the usual Lost Abbey story. It was a hazy golden yellow color with a touch of carbonation. It had a small fizzy white head that quickly evaporated into a thin collar.

The aroma was peppery and hoppy. Reminded me a of dry saison. The taste was somewhat disappointing. It was very dry, which I'm not a fan of, and more bitter and peppery than I expected. Had me wanting a drink of water to cleanse the palate after each drink - never a good sign. I've had other BPA's and this one just didn't seem to match those so maybe mine got affected during the shipping.

Overall, it was a decent beer but too dry and peppery to really enjoy. For me, it's one and done. Can't recommend.

TexIndy, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of paco1029384756
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thin layer of head lasting a short while.

Scent is light and sweet with yeast, caramel and a bit of candi sugar.

Taste of yeast, light hops, honey, candi sugar and some spices. A great flavor, just like the scent it is light, but very flavorful and balanced. Finishes somewhat dry with lemon and honey.

Mouthfeel is light as well, but a bit stinging and a little watery.

paco1029384756, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy yellow color. Poured a four finger off-white head that slowly gave way; thinning around the edges leaving a lumpy cone in the middle that held a finger to the end. Ample lacing. Slowly decanted throughout.

S: Lemon zest and bittering hops with a slightly sweet subtle aroma. Very peppery.

T: Citrusy, yeasty, and bitter bite of hops on the tongue. Light sweetness disappears as it warms. Dry finish (not alcohol).

M: Medium light body. Lively carbonation. Puckery dry finish.

D: Solid Belgian ale for sure. Not too complex, tolerable ABV to have a few.

Haybeerman, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: snifter. pours a really cloudy pale orange color. nice yellowish/off-white head with a great retention rate and very nice patch lacing.

S: bread, yeast, caramel coffee, light sour citrus aromas. mild oranges. sugary sweet malts.

T: a lot of citrus in this. nice sweet malts providing a good backbone. some metallic tones in there, but nice, more like citrus rinds. good hop finish, very mellow.

M: light to medium bodied. higher carbonation level. a little creamy and very smooth.

D: not my favorite from Lost Abbey, but a good brew for the style nonetheless. ABV is right on target. very nice and very drinkable.

paulthebeerguru, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of biegaman
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pristine looking beer with unspoiled clarity, flawlessly white head, sparkling glow, and a clean and pure peach coloured body. Its tapioca bubbles take the form of planets revolving within a solar system.

Senses are relaxed by a blooming scent of hops. The aroma, just as well the label description, describes the trellised fields that "...spring to life as rows of resinous green cones are trained toward the heavens." And indeed, these "budding yellow aromas (of) leafy pungent fields" are divine enough to inspire.

More specifically, in smell and taste, the hops are generous and pungent. Their vinous, drying bitterness cracks over the palate after each sip, coating the mouth with a bitter, leafy sensation. The malts offer strong biscuit and also impart plenty of dried fruit which include soft notes of green and yellow apple, under ripe pear, and squash.

For a Belgian style beer that uses a strain of three different yeast it is curious, especially given the style, that yeast really plays a very minor role in all aspects of the beer's flavour and character. There is a good sense of white pepper and clove, but otherwise, all is left to biscuit, under ripe fruit and dried out hop leafs.

The hop bill lists only Northern Brewer and German Tettnang but something about this taste just a touch American. It must only be the amount of hops used because once again Tomme Arthur has proven capable of brewing Belgian ales as well as the Belgians themselves.

My first time trying this beer I became sure that it was inspired by the Westvleteren blonde ale; I swore it a blatant clone attempt. It's been some time since I last tried the Westy blonde and I'm not so sure this time around... fortunately I've been able to settle this.

Lost Abbey's full story of their Devotion Ale includes a reference to meeting a Father Thomas who is in charge of the brewery, a site where brewing has existed for over 150 years. My research shows that brewing at the Trappist monastery of Westmalle began in 1836 and their brewmaster is one Father Thomas (the same man who would found the Trappist Achel).

Lost Abbey, about Devotion: "Yet, at the end of each day, there is a sense of satisfaction of reaping what you sow. The farmer swells with pride knowing his hops will find their way into beers from many differing nations" ... this beer has certainly done the farmer proud.

biegaman, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of Overlord
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good pale ale.

Pours an effeverscent gold. Yeasty and bready to the smell. Taste is full of malt, yeast, and some nice citrus/lemony backing.

Mouthfeel is decently thick, could use a bit more carbonation, but overall a solid pale ale. Just a bit too expensive.

Overlord, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purchased at gold rush liquors and/or brown jug warehouse.

Pours a very clear yellow with a lot of carbonation and a fizzy white head. Nose is of some grains and european hops. Alot of graininess and belgian yeast in the nose. A nice subtle hop flavor. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but ok. Drinkability is good, but nothing really incredible. An ok brew here, but probably not one I would buy again for that price. I am a big lost abbey fan, but this one didnt really do it for me. Worth a try. Give it a shot and see what you think!

AKBelgianBeast, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Release; Sampled July 2008
Topped by a light tan colored head. The beer is a murky amber hue that shows a hazed, orange-tinged, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is expressively hoppy up front with a backdrop of cracker-like malt and spicy fermentation notes. Aromas of orange zest, citron, spicy / herbal notes and a touch of a floral aspect seems to define the hop contributions. This has a nicely noticeable malt aroma to it that smells of crushed pale malt, biscuit notes and most noticeably of lightly toasty saltine crackers. The fermentation character is definitely the most muted part of the aroma, this has more to do with the hop focus than any lack of fermentation character; earthy spice notes, some phenolics that lean toward clove and a touch of woody black pepper seem the most noticeable of these aromatics.

Lightly sweet but quickly balance by an ample hoppiness that is both bitter and herbal. A malt fullness picks up in the middle and contributes both to a creamy texture and an accenting influence to the citrus hop notes. The finish though dries out significantly with a sharp, though quite smooth, lingeringly herbal hop bitterness. The finish also is dried out by a background, spicy note of higher alcohols that seem to boost the green notes of the hops. The hop notes are definitely dominant here, almost even more so than in the aroma. There is a nice backdrop of grassy grain, light biscuit notes, some sweet pale malt flavors and an up front cracker character. As the beer warms up a bit it almost seems to pickup a cinnamon type note to it; the spiciness gets pretty interesting here over time.

I think I might like this a bit better on draught than I do out of the bottle and this years batch seems to be a bit better than last years. I like the spiciness that the mix of hops and fermentation character create in the aroma here. The flavor doesn't quite live up to the ultimate promise of the aroma, but it is still quite tasty. This is quite an enjoyable brew

Gueuzedude, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of pwoods
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml cork and caged brown bottle, purchased from Joey at Southbay, poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a pleasant golden amber with light rusty tints. A good 2 fingers worth of pearly white head forms and has pretty decent retention. Big chunks of lacing throughout.

S: Light malts, grainy, soft sweetness. A bit of floral, grassy hops.

T/M: Light, creamy malts, again. A touch grainy and maybe wheaty with a soft sweetness. A bit of husky character to the malts toward the drying finish. Hops are again floral, grassy, and a touch earthy. Some bitterness works its way through, eventually. Alcohol is there but in small, lightly drying doses. Body is light and crisp with controlled carbonation.

D: Easily drinkable with plenty of flavor for the style. <3 LA

pwoods, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of froghop
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy orange with a wisp of a white head.

smell is faint, touch of caramel, floral, some spice.

taste is on the watery side, a tad bit gritty, tart up front, spice, touch of grapefruit, light sweet fruit, some malt, hops hidden in the back.

overall a great taste and enjoyable just lacking on the appearance and mouthfeel.

froghop, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - This is a bright orange in color with a modest head. The cork came out with an unimpressive whimper and I wonder if maybe other samples may be a bit more carbonated.

Smell - The nose is a beautiful mix of rather heavy-handed hops and a grainy pale malt base. Die hard BPA fans will say that it's over-hopped, but I like the play that the big hops make on this grainy malt. The malt is not a big player in the nose but it is raw and fresh which I enjoyed.

Taste - The malts and hops play well together at the taste. You worry about a "push-pull" annoyance with sharp, divergent flavors like this but it came off nicely. The hops get to you first, probably through the smell, but then that grain is a short but powerful jab into the taste buds.

Mouthfeel - I have mixed feelings on this. On the one hand, the classic full and fluffy Belgian mouthfeel is completely absent, and this has always been a hallmark of my reviews of the style. Right there that would but it at a 3.0 at best. However, omitting consideration of the carbonation this mouthfeel is terrific! The hop mix offers a crescendo of bitterness that starts high, keeps going all the way through, then finishes with a snap to the mouth. The sharpness of the malts add yet another sensation, and like I said before they all work perfectly together. And you want refreshing? I can't think of a BPA I'd prefer over this one on a hot summer day.

Drinkability - This is an incredibly good-drinking beer and I'd say actually that this is its strong suite. This ale is a bit quirky for sure and definitely not one to put in a style-driven taste test, but if you want an easy-drinking light Belgian ale this Port's for you.

RoyalT, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden orange with 1/2" of creamy white head. Lots of active carbonation rises up. Aromas of crisp sun dried grains along with earthy, spicy Belgian yeast. Herbal, citrusy hops mix in.

First sip brings crisp grain malt upfront with mellow fruity tones. Citric, herbal hops usher in a nice bitterness. Spicy Belgian yeast accents. The brew flows down with a mild hop kick, crisp and refreshing overall.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with good steady carbonation. This one goes down easy and would be a nice drinker on a hot summer day. Quite refreshing, albeit on the mellow side flavor wise overall. Glad I sampled it.

orbitalr0x, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of flexabull
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Stacy for bringing this back from San Diego!

Pours a bright and hazy gold color with a nice thick white head.

Aromas are spicy, lime and lime citrus like, and a bit dusty smelling as well.

Taste is very full flavored for such a lighter style of beer. Bitter and spicy up front, with a nice crisp carbonation feeling. There are light citrus flavors, mineral like bitter hop flavors, and a light peppery and slighty sweet and creamy malt finish. This is a pretty complex little beer.

Mouthfeel is nice and full. Has nice carbonation as well.

Drinkability is good. This is very nice Belgian Pale. I was a little dumb founded that she had to pay $15 for this. That is way too steep. Redemption from Russian River is just as good (probably a little better), and half the price. But even though this is pricey, it's also very tasty.

flexabull, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of ccrida
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle that I picked up 6+ months ago and have cellared for a hot summer weekend like this. Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Devotion Ale is clear, burnt dark gold with a large off-white head, very tight and long lasting, with a rocky settling that leaves heavy lace.

Smell is grassy hops, spicy yeast and soft, sweet cereals, with a hint of buttery diacetyl.

Taste is very yeasty, lots of pepper as well as some hop spice, reminiscent of a saison, although there is enough residual malt sugars to keep it in BPA territory. The bitterness of the hops gives a crispness to the finish, in spite of the firm, bittersweet malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is on the crisper, drier side, although it's still fairly malty, reminiscent of the melanodins you get from a long boil.

Drinkability is fine, a bit too spicy for my taste, it leaves it a bit one-dimensional. This is the second Lost Abbey I've had, and I can't say I'm overly impressed considering their reputation.

ccrida, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of tpd975
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear, light straw yellow with a tall fluffy white head. The retention is good and tons of tiny bubbles stream to the top.

S: Nice light honey dusted aroma with hints of flowers and citrus hops. Nothing over the top just nice, mellow, and inviting.

T: Nice honey sweet malt upfront with a hint of spice. The hops come in somewhere near the middle and mingle thru the finish. The hops are nice and citrus with a hint of green to them.

M: Light body, with wonderful carbonation.

D: Nice light and refreshing even on the hottest summer night.

tpd975, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of Jedimaster1
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a hard brew to review because there is the beer itself and the expectations that are attached because of the price of the beer (a whopping $8.99 at Bevmo). But I will attempt to mainly focus on the beer while only commenting about the value of the beer in the drinkability.

Poured into a tulip and pint from a 750ml bottle.

A: A cloudy golden hue. Very nice, with a hint of yeast present at the bottom of the glass.

S: Light smell of hops and yeast. Nothing special here.

T: The taste is generally of a lightly hoppy APA with a hint of yeast. The malt is sweet and balanced, but not too under or overwhelming. This is definitely a fusion style between Belgium and American craft beers.

M: Not much carbonation to speak of. It is soft and subtle.

D: Well here is where I must comment about the beer and its cost. This brew is definitely drinkable (even to go far as to say a great small session beer), but at the price it is sold, I probably would never drink it again unless given to by a friend. Just too costly to be drinkable every day.

Conclusion: Great brew and a good example of American and Belgian styles of ale. But for the price of admission I'd look elsewhere for this style of brew.

Jedimaster1, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of SaucyA
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a La Chouffe tulip. Clear golden yellowy-orange body. Huge, frothy white head. Abundant carbonation.

S - Apple juice, mostly. Quite frankly that's all I smell. If I take an enormous whiff, yeast is the dominant smell, with a light hopping.

T - I like this a bit. It's got a strange, almost metallic aftertaste but it comes in as a hop bitterness after a while. While it's not overly complex, the flavors involved meld well, and it really comes together after the first glass or so. Dry finish helps overall quaffability. A well-made brew.

M - Sparkly, as I'm finding to be the case with lots of the Lost Abbey brews. Light bodied.

D - Easy drinking on this mild summer afternoon. Dry finish makes this beer a really wonderful drinker.

Notes: The price on this pup would deter me a little from seeking it out consistently, but it's a nice treat and definitely worth a try.

SaucyA, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellowish color. Very white colored head, on tap it's not much, but the persistence says to me that it would be quite magnificent bottled. Good lacing that falls in dramatic sheets.

Light, unobtrusive aroma of yeasty peppercorn, with a fragrant note of flowery citric buds.

It's an enjoyable, sessionable pale ale in the Belgian style. Light hopping doesn't get in the way, although this is reminiscent of the new age of Belgians who do stuff earthy Euro-hops into their beers. These are American in nature, and thus change things a bit.

There's some fruitiness, some lightly sweet pale malt, with lemon-grassy hops. The mouthfeel doesn't jump out at me, and I imagine that a bottle-conditioned bomber would be an improvement there, but the carbonation is a hair flat. Otherwise, a strong offering, and a nice take on the Belgian style.

BretSikkink, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with pale honey/white grapefruit color with huge meringue-like head.

Notes of yeast and traditional esters dominate the aroma here-much lighter than the more hearty Belgian styles as expected.

Very wort-like and yeasty taste - still moderately refreshing.

While this is somewhat smooth it's a little unbalanced towards the yeast side with a strong alcohol presence.

This drinks clean and light-well made but not necessarily a standout.

IBUnit63, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of rdickey
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden orange into a tulip. Significant rocky two finger head that lasts, with significant lacing. The cork particles floating in the beer are entirely my own fault.

Smell: Tart fruitiness, with some sour apples coming through for me.

Taste: Decent fruitiness up front, with some banana; the tartiness in the nose doesn't carry through in the mouth. Grassy hop bitterness comes quickly, though, and lasts. Given the problems I had with the cork (snapped it off, had to use corkscrew), I initially considered whether it was a little skunked. Not because it was undrinkable, mind you; far from it. It just wasn't quite what I expected for a beer advertised as a Belgian pale ale from the Lost Abbey. As I drink a little more of it, though, I've concluded that the beer is in fine shape - it's just not quite what I expected.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation works for this beer.

Drinkability: I'm with Watchnerd on this one. I like it and will happily finish the bottle. Given what else is out there, however (including other Lost Abbey beers), this wouldn't be my first choice. Still, at 6.25% you can at least make a straight-faced argument that it is a session beer - for a while.

rdickey, May 31, 2008
Photo of tayner
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle

poured a blonde/honey color with big head that retained nicely and laced nicely.

Smell is a grassy, alphala hop and a slightly sweet honey/apple smell.

Taste is sort of a grassy hop flavor with some bready yeast and slight apple/honey/pear sweetness. Very understated yet impressive.

Plenty of carbonation that keeps this light but still with alot of body.

Drinkability is high on this one, and at only 6.25% it is not one that will leave you wishing it was a smaller bottle.

tayner, May 10, 2008
Photo of Atron67
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a golden hues light copper color with a thick onset of really fine laced foam on top. the foam built up quickly and had pretty solid retention time as well. some solid lacing was left behind as well.

s- lightly malty profile with a strong grassy hops. not hoppy like an IPA but there is a strong hop profile that is mixing well with the yeasty character of the beer.

T- starts off lightly malty then turns into a more hoppy beer. light notes of grass. the finish is pretty clean with a light yeast charachter.

M- creamy actually, medium carbonation after a strong pour.

D- pretty damn good

Atron67, May 03, 2008
Photo of treehugger02010
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this single bottle at Capone's in Norristown, Pa and poured it into a snifter.
Appearance: A cloudy blond body with a white head, good sized. Solid retention leaving not much lace.
Smell: Very understated. Hints of spiced hops. Low malt aromas.
Taste: Spicy, well hoped but not to much, well balanced with the malt.
Mouthfeel: Very dry and crisp.
Drinkability: Good.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, May 02, 2008
Photo of corey0212
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I know we're not supposed to comment on "presentation", as it pertains to the bottle, artwork, etc...but c'mon, this thing is gorgeous to look at. Now, the beer. Pours a hazy, honey color, with a rocky white head, tons of lacing in the glass. Smells hoppy and spicy. I'm getting a ton of apple flavor out of this beer, with a crisp, dry finish. Really interesting taste, and definitely not like anything I drink regularly. I like it....don't see myself drinking a lot of this, but I'm glad I tried it, and would definitely like to try more from The Lost Abbey.

corey0212, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of francisweizen
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, super solid. I love Belgian Single/Small/Pale Ale Trappist work/lunch/fast beer sorta styles and this one delivers big time!

Reminds me of the SPH trappist single, which is saying a lot! Not quite the Mckenzies TPA or Orval but with a brett addition in the secondary and a little malt/hop retooling Tomme can get it there.

Solid crisp pristin gold. Big poofy, fluffy white head of foam that leaves excellent lacing and has excellent legs and retention. Aromas of fresh baked bread, herbal metallic hops, zingey fruit zest. Taste is bready, nice biscuit hop malt. Hops are herbal, slightly metallic, and drying perfect for a berw of this style. A bit of fruit on the back palate (in the very back if you reach to the very very very back of your palate). Mouthfeel is great, zest, lively carbontion yet smooth and yeasty and perfect for the drying finish. A lot of flavor for a low abv style. One of my favorites really. Drinkability is exceptional, a great spring/summer sipper in the Belgian tradition. A great lunch brew teamed up with an artisan sandwitch as well. Really great stuff. Probably the best lost abbey year round beer.

francisweizen, Apr 03, 2008
Devotion Ale from The Lost Abbey
87 out of 100 based on 706 ratings.