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Devotion Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Devotion AleDevotion Ale

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very good

731 Ratings

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Ratings: 731
Reviews: 313
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 41
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 Yetiman420
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First beer in a three course beer dinner pairing with Damnation and Lost & Found to follow.

Served in a straighter variety of wine glass. Paired with a spicy Cuban soup - not the best and not taken into consideration for this review. Artesinal breads and homemade butter were a good match.

Thin head easily resurected with swirling. Not much lacing.

Light fruity aroma. Noticable mouthfeel and clean, dry finish.

Very easy to drink and enjoy.

Yetiman420, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of snaotheus
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got the bottle at Thriftway in Renton, WA.

Pours a light golden color, good carbonation, small pale head, light lacing. Smells fresh, fruity, and sweet.

Every other sip seems to taste sweet, and every other sip seems to be hoppy -- not pine-tree hoppy, though. Some hints of honey, some floral notes, but a strong bitter aftertaste.

Feels light and good in the mouth, but it's a little too bubbly. Quite drinkable. My second Lost Abbey brew, and I've enjoyed them both.

snaotheus, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Verdugo Bar, on to the beer:

It's hazy straw blond in color with a patchy white head on top. Some retention and lacing. It smelled like bubblegum with a drying, powdery rustic note. There is no bubblegum in the taste, but other flavors are found. It's very rustic tasting and dry, hints leather. Citrus fruit skins can be tasted along with a winterfresh-like spice. As it warms, the citrus juice found in the end of the sip emerges, seems like the hops had something to do with that. The finish is dry.

A good all-around pale ale. Some like it rustic, and if you do, grab a sample.

DoubleJ, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle tried 6 Jan 2009.

Poured in 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter. Small white foamy lacy head. Hazy golden orange color. Aroma of stone fruits, yeast, apples, very juicy. Starts yeasty sweet and fruity. Turns strongly bitter through middle and end. Aftertaste is sweet-tart and bitter. Ethanol is mild. Medium body.

Good, would have liked a bit more fruitiness throughout.

htomsirveaux, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of Nipitato
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's in Westborough, MA.

A: Copper hue. Slightly hazy. Pours with a thick white head that dissipates quickly. Belgian lace develops as beer is quaffed.

S: Strong perfume/floral character. Very nice pepper undertones. Some fruitiness. I would have liked a little stronger malt aroma for balance.

T: A piquant bitterness defines this taste - quite nice. A very good slightly biscuit like malt flavor - soft and muted. Sharp hoppiness comes out on the back end accompanied by a dry finish. Some light pepper and earthiness add character.

MF: Medium body. Pretty lightly carbonated. Dry finish.

D, notes: This is a very nice session beer. Mellow, nice balance, with a little kick provided by the bitterness.

Nipitato, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of CoolJosh
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I can't lie, I love Lost Abbey. I've had more LA then any other brewery this past year, but I haven't reviewed them all (stupid).

As I poured into my snifter, I noticed a foamy white quick to come and go white head. The color is a weird brown orange. It looks like apple cider, with an unparralleled haziness.

Wow, tons of lemon, orange peel, gala apple, caramel, honey. Very sweet and a little bit tart.

Very light in comparison to the smell. Incredibly thick, tart lemon, and smooth orange with a very grainy taste, and a slight amount of grapefruit on the finish. Slight hop kick in the center.

CoolJosh, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of stulowitz
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Copper with thick head that subsides but leaves a thin layer.

Sm - Nice mix of sweet toffee, malt and spicy hops. Smells delicious!

T - Surprisingly mellow taste. First up is a nice spicy sourness. Than a round malt kiss finishing with a firm bitterness that lingers and coats the mouth.

M - Medium-full body with comfortable carbonation. Slick, oily mouthfeel.

D - It sure is a fun and drinkable ale. All-round well made.

stulowitz, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of scruffwhor
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazey orange and maybe a hint of rust. Very quick but nice head after the pour. Leaves only a thin ring of foam. Bitter orange peel and some chammomile and other good herbal toasted flavors. Herbal dry flavors, hints of lavender and some grains of paradise and orange peel. Plus some very faint, earthy hops. Bit of a talcey, toasty dry palate. Not enough yeastin the flavor given the amount of sediment in the bottle.

scruffwhor, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a small, foamy, white head. It left some nice lacing.

S - It smelled of yeast, fruits (like lemon and pear) and candy sugar.

T - It tasted fairly spicy with a bready maltiness and a fruity kick.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good Belgian styled ale.

zeff80, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of MisterClean
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 from Monument Liquor Concord

A - Pours a deep golden-copper with 1 finger head. Dissipates slow. Nice.

S - Belgian candi sugar, spicy hops, peach or some other white fruit, and fairly doughy.

T - Peach, spicy hops, belgian candi sugar, and doughy malts.

M - Spicy, but with a full mouthfeel.

D - Good, but a little overboard on the hops though.

MisterClean, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't remember if I bought this here or my buddy Eric brought it from Cali...

Cork broke off, this was a bitch to extract

Pours golden with 2 fingers of pearl white head. Good head retention & lacing

S: A bit of grainy bread & a touch of lemon & some pear

T: Tropical fruit ( passion fruit & pineapple & grapefruit lemons up front. Dryness & citric hops dominate as this warms, along with honey, lemongrass, figs & tropical fruit & a touch of white pepper. Grapefruit, pears & dryness all show in the finish

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & damn good balance

Drank pretty easy, the complexity doe slow me down a bit. One of the better Belgian PAs I've had in a while

russpowell, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on draft Dec.2008. Grassy component is quite pronounced like bottled version.

Poured translucent yellow with white head that fades to nearly nothing.

Nose is soft fruit, apricot, peach skin, and honey.

Palate offers soft fruity flavors, gentle malt, earthy/grassy hop bitterness, and a suggestion of alcohol warmth.

yemenmocha, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 9/12/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy light orange with a very small white head. Aroma of raisin, apple, pear, lots of fruits. Flavor is very similar--lots of fruits (grapes, apples, pears, melons, lemons, citrus) with a slightly hoppy finish (although not as hoppy as others have mentioned, but I've had this beer chilling in my fridge for a few months). Nice and drinkable. Very tasty!
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of BWH3
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A golden straw ale topped with a massive fine bubbly white head that pours at least two finger breadths deep. The head settles to a rocky mass of foam. The beer is not a clear as the style should be. The scent is based on a toasty bread sweetness combined with a light pear aroma and whiff of mineral hop bitterness. The taste is well balanced and perfect for a session beer. Taste very similar to scent with the addition of a bit of spicy pepper to compliment the bread sweetness and pear flavors. The tasting ends with a mildly dry noble hop bitterness. Medium bodied, big time head retention, perfectly carbonated without being champagne-like. An amazing american version of a belgian standard.

BWH3, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright gold pour with a big white head. Floral, spicy aroma with some yeast and bread/dough. Lighter tasting than expected. Oranges, crisp hops, honey,and a wheat-like tartness. Very dry. Felt like something was missing, possibily more coriander or lemon peel. It was still very nice.

magictrokini, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of younger35
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle on Lost Abbey night at Dobby's after sampling this with Tomme Arthur and about 15 other people. I had the other things that made it to Chicago so this was the only bottle I grabbed. Drank from a wide mouthed wine glass while watching Florida kick the shit out of Florida State.

Appearance- Light yellowish straw with super brilliant clarity and loads of Champaign like carbonation. Fairly nice one finger head forms leaving a thin lily pad like cap and a thick collar. Plenty of random fluffy lacing is strewn throughout the wine glass.
Smell- Light yeast character from the start with a minute amount of banana esters. Fairly hoppy, especially for a Belgium style, with some grassy notes and a touch of citrus. A bit of doughy, sweet malt becomes a bit more apparent as the beer warms.
Taste- Fairly bitter at the start with a light hop kick that is primarily calmly citric. Some pear and maybe even green apple and peach add that bitter kick. The yeast plays its part as well among those hops adding a bit of banana and musty dirtiness. Once the bitterness subsides a bit there is a slightly sweet component to this brew, although it is super dry. Slightly doughy with a raw grainy side and a bit more of that yeast in the finish.
Mouthfeel- Really light with not a lot (if any) body. The carbonation is prickly and intense with a super dry finish.
Drinkability- Maybe it was the cheese and drinking it with Mr. Arthur but I enjoyed this beer much more the first time I tried it. Now that's not saying I didn't enjoy it, I just didn't remember it being as bitter as it was (fairly bitter for the style). The yeast aspect is terrific and I love the dryness of this beer. Definitely a solid all-around beer though.

younger35, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade with route66pubs. 750ml bottle. My first official LA beer. Thanks!

A- Body is a very hazy golden yellow. Pours with a 1-2 finger creamy eggshell white head that eventually fades to a thick collar. Plenty of lacing is left all the way down the glass. When held up to the light one can see bubbles and a litle bit of yeast sediment floating around the glass.

S- Belgian candy sugar comes through first followed by tart lemon, sweet, bready yeast, and a healthy dose of floral hops.

T- Lots of citrus flavor upfront with a moderate sweet bready yeast backbone. The finish is all floral hop flavor though a very mild Belgian candy sugar comes through also. A moderate strength residual floral hop bitterness lingers.

M-Medium to high carbonation and a light, fluffy body with a good dose of yeast. Nice, but could be smoother.

D- This is a great, complex Belgian Pale Ale. It's really good and very drinkable. It has a moderate ABV so I wouldn't expect any noticeable alcohol and there is none. This one is somewhat heavy on the hop bitterness...but its so good. Really one of the best Belgian pales I have had. Can't wait to try other LA beers and I would definitely trade for this one again!

PittBeerGirl, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazed, yeasty, tangerine fading to gold. Huge cap of cream colored, very fine fluffy fuzz.

Aroma's of sweet citrus, tangerines and apricots, little bit o' pale malt, and lottsa yeast.

Flavor brings overtones of the fruit, tons of yeast, but lots of hops coming in lemon grassy, and bitter-spicy. Really nice medium-full body. It's smooth and lots of tingly-fuzzy carbonation, a touch creamy.

Damn good beer, keep em comin' Lost Abbey. Welcome to Chicago.

Slynger, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Loterbol tulip.

A: Pours a clear, straw-gold color with a small white head that disappears quickly and leaves a bit of lace behind. Pretty active carbonation.

S: Toasted malt with some soft orchard fruit. Apple, pear, and peach. Distant hint of lemon-y hops and fresh-cut grass, as well.

T: See above. Toasted malt and juicy red apple mix it up with some grass clippings, pear, and spices.

M: Pretty dry and toasty. Rather cleansing to the palate and the finish doesn't linger for too long. Spicy and peppery.

D: Good. Lacks a little of the traditional Belgian ale yeast flavors that I really enjoy in a BPA, but this is a good showing.

GbVDave, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for sharing this 750 ml cage-corked bottle!

Poured into a tulip glass:

Pours hazed dark gold with a thin head that descends to a wispy cover. Some dots of lacing stick.

The smell is floral/herbal with a touch of honey and some mustiness.

The taste is grainy - sweetness overpowered by a sharp, grassy/herbal bitterness. A touch of yeasty breadiness shows. It has a bittering, dry finish. I usually don't complain about bitterness, but for the style, it's just a bit much - it masks any complexities and could use more balance.

The body is a bit thin - almost lifeless. It's okay, I suppose, but lacks the effervescence that would make it more lively.

jwc215, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of hopdog
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap. I have few bottles and look foward to comparing it to these notes.

Poured a medium to deeper golden color with a small sized head. Aromas of spices, fruity, and floral. Tastes of spices, fruity, citrus, and wheat.

Notes from 10/7/07

hopdog, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of riored4v
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 10/13/08

Poured into a Chimay glass. Well carbonated wit a nice fluffy white head. Clear and copper in color.

Smell was clean and crisp. Nice hop presence backed with a mild fruity and estery note.

Taste was crisp and clean as well. Mild hop bitterness w/ a slight amount of sweetness. Nice amount of fruity notes.

Mouthfeel was very light and well carbonated.

Drinkability was very good. Very light and clean finishing beer.

riored4v, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle.

A: The ale is a brilliant goldenrod color, hues of orange and yellow meld seemlessly. The clarity is worth mentioning, interrupted only by a faint tint of haziness. The bottle opened with little action but the ale's head swelled up on pour.

S: The nose is Belgian, punctuated by sugary sweetness and a fruity yeast strain. There is a touch of dry funkiness and earthy hop bitterness.

T: The ale starts with a dry Belgian flavor, light with candi sugar sweetness. That sweetness quickly turns bitter with an earthy grass hop bitterness. This is not quite a Belgian IPA, as it lacks the requisite tripel profile, but certainly seems to strive for that. Yeast leaves the mouth dry almost immediately after a sip is swallowed.

M: The mouthfeel is tough to nail down, as so many flavors emerge. I like the dull hop bitterness that lingers on the palate.

D: The ale feels bigger than it is and the hops may completely dull the tastebuds after one bottle.

akorsak, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky straw, hefty cottony head. Reduced to ring with lots of clingy lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, pepper, lemon.

T - Starts sweet, then immediately tart and a little sour, finishes neutral.

M - Medium to light weight, good carb, fair coating.

D - A fine example and very drinkable.

Note: My bottle had what in tasting wine is called a 'corked' flavor. I don't know if this is a natural component of this beer or if it did indeed get a little corked.

srandycarter, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of rowew
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 corked and caged, green label with a farm scene. No date, but ABV is marked. Cork put up a good fight, but finally came out with just a slight hiss.

Appearance: Quite a bit of sediment in the bottom, so I suspect my second glass will be quite a bit hazier. The first poured clear golden, average head with good retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: Grassy hops, just a bit of that belgian yeast note.

Taste: Quite a bit of bitterness up front, with the same grassy hop flavors. A bit of citrus in there too. Finishes very dry.

Overall impression: Interesting offering - highly drinkable.

rowew, Oct 08, 2008
Devotion Ale from The Lost Abbey
87 out of 100 based on 731 ratings.