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Devotion Ale - The Lost Abbey

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very good

717 Ratings

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Ratings: 717
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 40
Gots: 57 | 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 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
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
Devotion Ale from The Lost Abbey
87 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.