The Lost Abbey

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Belgian Blonde Ale
Ranked #7
Ranked #14,404
3.89 | pDev: 10.54%
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
Very Good
Notes: 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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Photo of josanguapo
4.28/5  rDev +10%
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

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Photo of MAB
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Day 4 of the Advent 2019 calendar

I dusted off—quite literally—my Belgian Yard glass for this brew. Huge amounts of tight white head and very active carbonation, but it fit in the glass without having to wait too long for the head to drop off a bit.
Attractive gold colour and, for the first time this month, there were aroma hops present. The bottle mentions dry-hopping, and that came through in the taste; more with bitterness than hop flavour, I thought.
A decent, but not a memorable effort.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

9-25-2019 - On tap and poured into standard pint glass at The Confessional in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Babies are everywhere here. Family friendly atmosphere and great LA, THC, and Port options. Fun.

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Photo of Navanation
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Golden yellow color with a small head, minimallacing down the glass. Lots of carbonation, but not fizzy. Really nice blend of malt and hops. Sweet tasting accent of lemongrass. Actually, delicious.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My bottle lists 6.25%. Huge just offwhite head with a golden look, somewhat of a chill haze fading while I watch it bubble. To my untrained nose, this thing smells sweet. Not getting much hopwise on the nose. Flavor is quite decent, now I get some hop bitterness(med/low) blending really well with the malt. I really like the gentle yet deep flavor and the prickly carbonation works well in concert with the flavor. It’s hard to peg down a good comparison for this one. I suggest trying it.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Today is Happy "Abbey, It's Veterans' Day on Sunday & I'm Lost!" "What's New, GEN Woody? Drink A Beer!" (Week 716)! I am excited to eradicate another from the Bottle Backlog.

From the Bottle: "It’s an unassuming road leading to the Abbey. Here, off the corner of two intersecting roads, dedicated monks have been making beer for over 150 years."; "This light, crisp, refreshing Blonde Ale was brewed in homage to those who have brewed before us, while maintaining that steadfast Devotion to their craft."; "Beginning with subtle hop character from the dry-hopping, followed by a thin layer of malt and notes of fresh hay and grassy fields with a nice dry finish, let our Devotion guide you on your journey."

I was entirely anxious to Pop! the cap on this one, given its glowing verbiage, but I also wanted to exercise restraint as lees had most likely formed since its bottling. Once again, an in-glass swirl was in order once I had the beer sufficiently decanted. My my, but this one really wanted to puff up! I got three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, yellowish-white head for my troubles. The lacing that remained was magnifique. Colour was a rich Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, causing The Gelt Gang to sit up & take notice. J'aime les Belgies! Dies ist kein Lager! Shaddup, Fritz! This is Veterans Day & if I wanna pay homage to the English, French & Belgians, I will! Nose had a faint mustiness from the yeast, reinforcing my decision not to disturb the lees. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was evocative of a Noble hopped Lager, very grassy & hay-like. Mmm. Maybe Fritz has a place at the table after all … The more that I cogitated on this one, the more convinced I became that if you like German or Czech Pilsners, you will really dig this one! NOT a Lager, but an Ale that is a close cousin. Speaking of cousins, maybe I'll reach out to Colby today. He is VP at Ballast Point & his late father was a retired Navy aviator. The finish was dry, but not so dry as to be off-putting. I enjoy dry, hoppy beers so this was in my wheelhouse. YMMV.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Crystal clear gold with slightly more than a finger of white head.

Smell: Hops, grass, a bit of sweet malt.

Taste: Surprisingly bitter, more like an IPA. Hard to pick out other flavors past the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average thickness, high carbonation.

Overall: While it’s intended to be similar to Westvleteren Blonde, the original monk beer is far less bitter and more complex. This goes too heavy on the hops.

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Photo of EMV
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an Accomplice IPA glass

L: Slightly hazed golden pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Bits of sediment.

S: Grass and yeast... light citrus and spice.

T/F: Follows the nose. Crackery grains... Belgian yeast and esters. Grass/hay, light spice, and lemon citrus. Starts out with some fruity sweetness and balanced out by bittering hops. Light bodied.

O: An easy drinking light Belgian Blond. Good flavor... very enjoyable.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of mad had this in the fridge for a while paid $3.50 and the place I got it from has them for $1.50 now so I know it may be too old. Into a pint glass.
A - Still come carbonation a good sign beer itself is a yellow amber color with a ton of floaties in the glass.
S - Some sweetness a touch of herbal hops and maybe a touch of grain. It still smells rather good.
T - Still a rather tasty blonde smooth bittering hops and a nice sweet finish. Grains in check it's still worth the price for the single!
M - Quite smooth light to medium was able to drink half the glass within this review.

Overall would love to try this fresh but I see the hype a very smooth blonde/pale ale!

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Photo of dertyd
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours out a mostly clear golden color with a light haze and 1 finger of white head-------------------- the aromas are of Carmel, spice, grass, hay, floral notes and light clove------------------- the flavors are of light Carmel malt and some grassy/floral notes, the beer has a thin watery mouthfeel with a prominent hop bitterness on the finish---------------------- overall this beer was good - this was a tasty blonde ale nothing fancy just a good beer on a hot day -

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Photo of KTCamm
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

7/19/18...on tap at Monks in Philadelphia. Copper clear, 1/4 inch white foam. Lacing and still. Fruity malty nose. Subtle cherries. Creamy open, smooth. Some hop bitter grit, but buried. Remarkably smooth. Loads of hop flavor runs through. Fruity. Hard to say how. Exquisite.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drunk yesterday at home.

There's not much to change on a decent Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Even though this page claims it to be a Belgian Pale Ale, this beer has tons of the DNA for Duvel and other BSPA. You can't go wrong with this one.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Belmont Station.

A clear orange copper with a dense, off-white head with good retention and lacing, this looks nice. The nose is soft, mildly spicy with a touch of floral honey. Clove, white pepper, sage and a little bubblegum are present. The palate opens with a firm hop character to go with the yeasty spice. Lemon and bitter root, along with grains of paradise, honey and a little bubblegum are present. The mid-palate has some honey before a long, spicy finish with earth and lemon peel. Medium-light in body and moderately carbonated, this beer is solid.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm not a big fan of dry-hopping as it often takes a volatile spice and makes the ale subject to the spice. Furthermore, it seems dry-hopping can only be done well in a Belgian style if the brewer really has figured out the yeast.
Fortunately, that is so with The Lost Abbey. One of my top five North American crafters that specialize in Belgians.

Devotion Looks as good as needs to. And it clearly Smells like it understands how Belgian yeasts connect to the malts.
Tastes start yeasty-rich, but the dry-hops take over too soon before I can discern the subtleties of the yeast working.
In the mouth, Devotion shows the same strengths and weaknesses; but also some pepper peeps out, then noticeably so. And frankly, it became too dry and peppery for an enjoyable session.

But with food, I noticed that the pepper actually improved a food that had no pepper. The chances of cooking without pepper are small and the inability to remedy food by adding pepper are smaller still. So with poor chances like that, I probably won't have Devotion again.

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Photo of stratusjeans
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As far as Belgian style ales go this is fantastic. I typically find Belgian ales to be too highly carbonated for my liking but this is more restrained, though it maintains the slight airy feeling of the style. The head is creamy and lasts forever.

The smell is strong and dry. Grass and bread.

Taste is stronger than I expected for a blonde ale. Dry hops come through, as well as the grassy/bready character.

Mouthfeel is thicker and more lingering than a typical Belgian style ale. A change I'm happy about.

Overall one of my favorite Belgian style ales. Well done Lost Abbey.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a fine, two finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of candi malt, apple and pear, clove, coriander and an odd skunky note that must be an interaction of spices, since there is no reason for this to be light struck. Flavor is bready and grainy saison style malt, lemon, grapefruit, light apple, white grape, coriander and clove, grassy hops. Finishes surprisingly dry with lingering faintly floral and grainy malt with light grassy hops. Medium bodied with sharp, peppery carbonation and good mouth feel. A good domestic take on the Belgian pale style. The malt is a little grainier than in the continental ales, but tastes fine with the yeast used. Nice light mixed fruit flavors and classic spicing. Although somewhat hoppier than a Belgian, everything holds together and leaves a quite authentic dry Belgian pale ale finish with fine residual flavors. I haven't had this for a long time and glad to revisit it for a review.

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Photo of Holderness
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L -- Slightly hazy pale gold body with a two-finger white head produced with aerated pour. Good retention and lacing
S -- Freshly baked baguette, garden herbs, fruity yeast, floral hoppiness, clove
T -- Lightly fruity yeast esters and herbaceous/floral hoppiness abound. Also getting lemon, clove, doughy malts, and lime zest
F -- Fluffy, lively, and easy drinking (although the hops definitely make themselves known). Medium- mouthfeel, well carbonated.
O -- Nice American take on a Belgian pale ale. Nice mouthfeel and yeast esters alongside some more aggressive hopping


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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a very interesting beer. It drinks a lot like a flavorful lager but with a Belgian yeast aftertaste. Bothe refreshing and flavorful, this blonde ale is quite the treat and goes well with food. Also it's nice that Lost Abbey decided to also package it in six packs of 12oz bottles instead of just 25oz bombers

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Photo of justintcoons
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Yeast laden, murky golden-blonde. 1 finger of creamy tan head dissipates quickly.

Potpourri, clove, honey, florals, and lemon zest.

Potpourri, clove, and coriander. Caramel covered cereal grains and dried hay. Floral and lemon zesty.

Medium bodied, crisp, dry, zesty, and lightly bitter.

Zesty, spicy, floral, and a great example of the style.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color. Aroma has belgian yeast esters with grassy and floral notes. Taste is yeasty with slightly sweet grains, more grassy and hoppy on the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Balanced and easy drinking.

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Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
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 beergoot
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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 superspak
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Photo of cjgiant
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
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 williamphelps
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
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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Devotion from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 953 ratings