The Lost Abbey

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The Lost Abbey
California, United States
Belgian Blonde Ale
Ranked #19
Ranked #17,525
3.87 | pDev: 10.59%
Jul 24, 2023
Apr 28, 2007
Belgian Style dry hopped Blonde Ale.

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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Reviewed by OhioLimoncello from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Very fresh Belgian, with a great taste and feel due to the dry hopping. The Lost Abbey is also a top notch pub that resembles the best pubs in Europe.
Jul 24, 2023
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Reviewed by AZgman from Arizona

4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I really liked this beer, and for that matter most everything I have had from The Lost Abby. Crisp yet hoppy, it has a unique taste for a blonde ale. Thin head when poured from a close to beyond "freshest" date 16 oz can into an IPA glass. Very smooth and does not taste like it is 6% ABV. I would drink this regularly.
Mar 27, 2023
Rated: 4.15 by Lucnifter from California

Mar 16, 2023
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Reviewed by GarrettB from Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
November 3rd, 2016 - A work of art, balancing sweet, dry and sophistication. A gentle color, the Devotion has the softest ring of foam around the inside edge like a perfect halo. The aroma is filled with banana and angel food cake, glazed with a rich custard, but the flavor starts dry. Outlined by the aroma, I also catch the sweeter notes borrowed from the nose, but the Devotion also finishes dry, with a nice hoppiness and a wry wink at flan, echoing those lovely caramelized touches at the beginning of the experience.
Mar 13, 2023
Rated: 3.78 by Blazer22 from Colorado

Mar 09, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

Sep 17, 2022
Rated: 3.4 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Nov 30, 2021
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
750ml bottle into a tall glass. NO freshness dating.

Looks good in the glass hazy, dull, dark orange body with good carbonation. Massive foamy white head leaves layers and the occasional blob of lacing.

Kind of a barnyard aroma.

On tasting, initially feels smooth, even a touch sweet, but then the dry hopping comes crashing in making for a lasting bitter spiciness.

Mouth medium, finish dry bitter spice.

Overall, another Lost Abbey beer I'd rather have in a 375ml.
Dec 20, 2020
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Reviewed by ChristopherCurtis from New York

4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Hazy golden blonde, loads of carbonation, thin rings of lacing.
Smell: Summertime in Vermont. Hay, grass, barnyard, lemon zest, triscuits.
Taste: Slightly musty, dry, lemon grass, wonder bread, hay, white pepper, faint sweetness towards the end.
Feel: Perfect. Dry, crisp, light, sharp carbonation.
Overall: Beautiful beer.
Dec 13, 2020
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Reviewed by Sappinicci from Michigan

4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
I'm always eager to try a brew with a cork top. This one did not disappoint. Poured a nice golden orange color. Smells light and grassy, like the field I imagined the hops grew in. The taste has that Belgian complexity: hints of grass, citrus, and a little spice and bread. The dry-hopped gets you on the back end but is pleasant and not harsh. And it goes down oh so easy. This is a delightful brew! Well balanced across the board.
Nov 08, 2020
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Bright amber with a white cap and delicate lacing. Orange and lemon zest collide with rustic yeast, hay and white pepper in the nose. Taste has more grain and fruits, add pear, grapefruit, apple and tangerine to the nose fruits, slight sweetness too. Feel is crisp, dry, sneaky bready, clean and zesty. Great american take on the style, can't believe I hadn't had it yet!
Jul 06, 2020
Rated: 3.52 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

May 31, 2020
Rated: 3.67 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

May 31, 2020
Rated: 3.6 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey

May 10, 2020
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Reviewed by ForetSaison from California

5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Delicious blonde ale. Much lighter than your typical Belgian blonde ale, but as is, if not more, flavorful. Perfectly balanced, world class blonde ale.
Apr 09, 2020
Rated: 4.11 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Mar 27, 2020
Rated: 4.04 by Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

Mar 07, 2020
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
De Beer Republic. En copa Grimbergen. En almuerzo, con macarrones a la bechamel + nuggets Maheso. Baja sensacion alcoholica y feel suave, integrando notas a hierba fresca al principio sobresalientes pero que terminan perdiendo fuelle
Jan 18, 2020
Rated: 3.94 by Bf_89 from Canada (ON)

Dec 08, 2019
Devotion from The Lost Abbey
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