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Devotion Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Devotion AleDevotion Ale

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very good

768 Ratings

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Ratings: 768
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 42
Gots: 74 | 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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Ratings: 768 | Reviews: 317
Photo of nickd717
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Lady in San Diego.

Mostly clear bright golden color with a creamy one-finger white head and some lacing.

Aroma is yeast, pale malt, cereal grains, and citrus hops.

Flavor is pale malt, mild grain, lots of yeast, and bitter grapefruity hops. Has a nice roughness to it that doesn't kid around and lets you know that you're drinking a no-BS beer.

Palate fairly lively with medium-light body and a bitter finish.

Drinkability pretty high. This is a good Belgian golden ale overall.

Photo of bulletrain76
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cl bottle. Hazy gold with a thick white head. The aroma has lots of spicy hops augmented by spicy yeast phenols and some fruity esters that have some lemon, and vague banana and melon. The flavor is dry with some pale malt, spicy and bitter hops, and some yeasty fruitiness that mixes well with the fruitier, lemony side of the hops. Light bodied with smooth carbonation. Hoppy stuff for a Belgian blond ale, and the hops mix well with the yeast character, whith the bitterness never getting astringent or out of balance. As good as their special releases can be, these guys have a bangin' regular lineup for the most part.

Photo of Kadonny
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap at TJs in Paoli into a tasting glass.

A: A pale yellow color slightly cloudy with a one finger white fluffy head. Not much lacing to be had.

S: Fresh fruits with a huge pear, apple and grassy hops smell.

T: Funky! Sour flavors come out right away with a funky yeasty flavor. Chalky with a sweet tart type flavor, pear, apple and grassy floral hops mix in. Definitely tart and biting rather than sweet. Picking up a metallic type flavor as the finish is dry and hoppy with more funk, clean though.

M: A bit light and thin actually. No alcohol.

D: Ok I guess, the sour funk sort of weighed me down.

Overall I thought this beer was odd to me. The funky sour flavor is very weird to me and not all that welcomed. Not the best LA beer I have ever had.

Photo of mdagnew
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and capped bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com

Poured a hazy golden yellow colour with lots of yeasty floaties which were impossible not to disturb. White head poured thick and foamy and a steady stream of carbonation maintained a good thick coating throughout... lots of thick sticky lacing....

Aroma - Tart fruits (lemons, limes, sour apples, melon, light grapefruit), spicy yeast, chalky notes, salty, light pine, no sweetness, fresh bread, doughy notes, slightly metallic, grassy, some faint funkiness, light basil and coriander herbalness...

Taste - Spicy fruits (lemons, grapefruits, apples), quite a lot of yeastiness, floral and earthy, some wheatiness, grassy hops, chalky, peppery, definitely some herbalness, metallic, again some light funk, soapy...

M&D - Sharp and dry... Light body... Refreshing and quaffable - just about sessionable at 6.25%

Overall - A decent enough Belgian pale ale although nothing groundbreaking... worth a try...

Photo of sweemzander
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

750mL corked bottle poured into a tulip glass. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color that produced a huge 2+finger fluffy white head with fantastic retention. It is sticking to the glass in webs as it dissipated.

(S)- Slight dry paleness with a sweet lemon, honey, and biscuity wheat characteristics. Bits of clay & yeast behind some minimal pine coming through on the finish.

(T)- Really dry and bitter pine that overpowers some (from what I can tell) biscuits and banana with a twist of clove; but it is hard to tell. Definitely more like an IPA than a pale ale. The more I drink it it becomes infinitely grassy with a mineral aftertaste.

(M)- Great carbonation level. Mouthfeel-wise is not very good. The more I had the more bitter it got, became grassy, and that upsetting minerality that gave it a weird metallic taste on the tongue. All of that only became more apparent the more I had of it.

(D)- This beer had alot of promise. It is still decent, but really offputting due to the metallic minerality and grassy nuance that really conflicts and overpowers what would make this an otherwise great beer.

Photo of philipquarles
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

75cl bottle. Pours clear gold with a small white head. Little lacing. Smells quite sweet and slightly yeasty. A bit of fruit and breadiness. Definite hop notes. The hops are more evident in the taste, lending some bitterness. Light fruit. Sweet overall, but with a drier finish. Medium body. Not much character, really, at least nothing that stands out.

Photo of maximum12
2.02/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Thanks to a generous BA for throwing this into a fine summertime trade. Wrestled open on an evening to watch my Twins & laugh at A.J. in ChiTown.

Pours cloudy orange & holy crap. There's more sediment in this bottle than I've ever seen in a beer, almost a solid inch of crud littering the bottom. Geez. Smells good, like those orange candies covered in fake sugar with some tropical fruit underneath it. Promisingly sweet.

On the other hand, Devotion tastes not so good. As it warms it goes from ungh to miserable. A bizarre mix of lighter fluid, mold, bad yeast, & stink bomb. Bad enough that I don't want to take another taste to identify anything further that it tastes like.

Wow. Never had a Lost Abbey that was less than good...until now. This is terrible. Looking at the other reviews I might have gotten a bad bottle. I hope so. Down the drain it goes.

Photo of dsa7783
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Eulogy in Philadelphia with Lady M... A decent stab at the style but all-in-all, your typical Belgian Pale without much fanfare or discussion. Worth trying but don't overreach for this one... Not the best sampling from this terrific California brewery...
Good but not great...

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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).

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.

Photo of ffejherb
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of vrazionale
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of tburkhart
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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.

Photo of BZero007
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

Photo of SirSketch
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
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).

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.

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.

Photo of dublife1
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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.

Photo of rwdkosak
3.82/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Devotion Ale from The Lost Abbey
87 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.