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Devotion Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Devotion AleDevotion Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

749 Ratings

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Ratings: 749
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 44
Gots: 67 | 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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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).

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
4.33/5  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.

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
3.85/5  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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Blakaeris
2.42/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours cloudy, dark yellow. Head is thick and frothy with thick sheets of lacing.

Aroma is candy sweet, and lemony. Generous yeasty spices.

Taste is initially sugary sweetness, then becomes dominated by a bitter orange peel flavor. Very lemony. Finish holds powdery yeasty funk that lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Flavor is dominated by the odd orange peel and lemon bitterness. Yeasty funk really doesn't help. Not recommended.

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

Poured a bright yellow orange and very cloudy with a thick and pillowy white head. Good lacing and nice retention.

The smell is light with a big yeasty quality and a light citrusy hops.

The flavor is nice and mild with a clean sourdough bread quality and dry citrusy yeast along with crisp and clean citrusy hops.

The mouthfeel is light, yet sticky and dry with a long lingering dryness.

Very drinkable and solid Belgian Pale.

Photo of JBogan
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear light golden color with a one finger white head which left a good amount of lacing behind.

Smell was somewhat muted. Mostly a peppery scent with some floral notes in the background.

Tasted a bit sweet, maybe some honey along with that pepper although there was also a bit of only what I can describe as a "chalkiness' which kept the score down.

Mouthfeel was nice and crisp. Somewhat thick and smooth. Not bad.

Although I wasn't especially knocked out by the smell or taste, it was still pretty easy to finish the bottle. A refreshing beer, but not one I'd go out of my way to find again.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to MasterSki for this one.

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy sunset bronze hue with a quick two finger white head. A thin layer of stick holds on to the sides of the glass throughout making this a really nice looking Belgian ale. Smell consists of apples, honey, and yeast. A dash of pepper and some sweet pear in the nose as well. Hops play a very limited role in the aroma, but some earthy notes can be detected. Taste starts off pretty sweet with red apples, apricot, and white grapes. Midway the Belgian yeasts emerge with some spice and dry pepper. Aftertaste is fairly dry with some honey and lemon that linger on the tongue. Light to medium body with a prickly feel and a lively carbonation. Overall the sweetness is a bit much to handle, it's borderline cider. Not bad, but could use some balance. Looking forward to trying the brett version I received from Alex as well. Thank you sir!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Devotion Ale from The Lost Abbey
87 out of 100 based on 749 ratings.