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Devotion Ale | The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
3.87/5
Very Good
884 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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.

Added by scottoale on 04-28-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,871
Reviews:
336
Ratings:
884
pDev:
10.59%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
123
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 884 |  Reviews: 336
Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my stemmed Hennepin glass a hazed orange infused lighter golden with a large blooming slight off white head.Aromas are iron tinged with mild phenols,on the dryer side and inviting.Dry on the palate and easy drinking,maybe lacking some complexity but flavorful enough.

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Photo of marshrat63
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tazzman
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of telescifly
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergoot
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant, dark gold body topped with a thick, frothy head. Gentle ripe pit fruit aroma; peaches and pears; red berries. Balanced esters; banana; bread crust; subtle hop bitterness in the background. Nice powdery yeast quality to the feel; fairly heavy body; soft and pillowy.

This beer delivers a well-balanced, fairly complex ale experience. Tasty and satisfying.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but was just released locally. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big peach, pear, apricot, pineapple, lemon, orange, grapefruit, melon, red apple, white grape, citrus peel, peppercorn, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, cracker, biscuit, white bread dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big peach, pear, apricot, pineapple, lemon, orange, grapefruit, melon, red apple, white grape, citrus peel, peppercorn, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, cracker, biscuit, white bread dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderately peppery yeast spiciness and light-moderate herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of peach, pear, apricot, pineapple, lemon, orange, grapefruit, melon, red apple, white grape, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, cracker, biscuit, white bread dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and no astringent hop/yeast flavors after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, fairly crisp, and slightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.3%. Overall this is an excellent Belgian pale ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink; with the modestly bitter/spicy/drying finish. Really great mix of Belgian yeast complexity; with balanced bready malt and noble hops. A little too much on the bitter side for a true BPA, but it's not overdone. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example otherwise.

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4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Grackos
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zazzi82
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DFLB
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Crafted by The Lost Abbey, Devotion is a dry-hopped Blonde Ale.

The aroma of Belgian yeast is smelled as you drink. Pine and lemon waft to you nose as you continue to down the beer. The malts taste like bread and the grain of wheat. With an alcohol content of 6.3%, the flavor of the alcohol is light in the finish.

The main feature is the dryness and is sensed from start to finish. The hops bear a slight strength. The dry and hops creates the dry hop description for the beer. The body of the beer has a predominant yeast taste and comes across as dry and a bit spicy.

The flavor of lemon is experienced, especially in the finish. Pine is felt in the dry finish as well. A citrus bite of orange is tasted on the onset of the drink. Coriander is faint, but is discovered along with the orange.

A herbal quality is noticed upon the body of the beer. Thyme provides a very pleasing, tea-like complexion to the dry hopped composition. The yeast is still present and has an earthy feel to it. Pepper is experienced along with the yeast.

The Lost Abbey has outdone themselves with this Golden Ale. The final product of Devotion tastes as if this was an import. Belgian is my favorite style of beer and I would think this is an import in a blind test because this is a stand alone drink. I'm used to drinking dank Belgian imports, and the imports remind us every time why the Belgian style has such a standard. The Lost Abbey carries on this tradition on the west coast of America. A one of a kind drink and a dry drinkability, Devotion shouldn't left on the shelf and in your possession instead.

Cheers. Prost. Drink for the love of beer.

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Photo of minterro
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgiant
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap:
Pours with a light haze with a slightly orange hue to the golden body. Head is pretty large on this pour, but also sticks around. Lacing is somehow vast and strangely ugly to me - like the ice sheets that break up and slide down your windshield.

Nose is a grassy bitterness on an oddly herbal Belgian yeast note (likely independent but come together to me). Drying orange rind and something like thyme might also be in the mix.

Taste has a few of the same components as the nose - grass, herbal, light citrus rind, but adds an earthiness at base. A clean cracker to dry biscuit malt opens this, peppery accents and a bit of the typical Belgian esters are added. Beer seems balanced until this set of flavors leaves. I feel the taste is over, but then, welling up from the void is an earthy, piney, grassy bitterness that lingers.

This beer is light, with moderate carbonation that ends up feeling softer than its strength.

I enjoyed this as a dry cross of a Saison and Belgian pale ale, neither of which are styled I love.

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Photo of fthegiants
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of williamphelps
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice head, orange color, aroma is simple focusing on hops and wheat with coriander and orange peel, palate is nicely hoppy and wheaty with coriander and orange and lots of spice. Comforting with good spice and clean hops. 90/100.

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Photo of Darrin_Smith
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of vdub191
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WOLFGANG
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of EdTheEdge
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck89
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. A slightly hazy golden color with a 2-finger white head. Aromatic with hay, grass, clove, and dough. Bitter up fromt on the palate. Floral with lavender, grass, hay and orange pith. Dry and clean on the finish. An easy sipper.

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Photo of hman43
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours a deep golden color with orange tinges. It has moderate head retention with moderate Belgian lace.

Smell: It has aromas of earth and spice. There is a bit of toast with herbal and orange.

Taste: It has an initial impression of spice. There are also earthen and biscuit flavors. There are backgrounds notes of orange. Floral and herbal elements round out the flavors.

Feel: It has a moderate body with moderate carbonation and a certain dry crispness to it. The finish features most of the spice elements and dryness.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable complex combination of spices and fruit.

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Photo of GreenMind
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wedge
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange - less blonde than expected - but the head is beautiful...thick, soapy foam that clings to the surface and leaves patterns on the glass. Fresh, earthy aromas like leafy hops, apricots, grass, cracker-like grain, and moderately peppery yeast. Zesty citrus peel, grass, floral hops, and well-integrated Belgian yeast esters. A little grain in the finish, though I wish there was just a little more biscuity malts to balance, I realize this beer is mostly about the hops. Soft, creamy medium-bodied feel with a dry finish. I really like beers like this - well done.

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Photo of flek
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewCat22
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Devotion Ale from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 884 ratings
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