Devotion Ale | The Lost Abbey

BA SCORE
87
very good
872 Ratings
Devotion AleDevotion Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

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
Ratings:
872
Reviews:
332
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
119
For Trade:
2
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3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
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 -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of williamphelps
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
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 +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of vdub191
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WOLFGANG
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of EdTheEdge
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck89
3.84/5  rDev -1%
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 +5.4%
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 +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wedge
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
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 +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewCat22
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beernoobie
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Curt3
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Smanke
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Segelstrom
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NickThePyro
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeffwildcat
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cgrunin
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mthomp081
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Devotion Ale from The Lost Abbey
3.88 out of 5 based on 872 ratings.
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