Devotion | The Lost Abbey

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by scottoale on 04-28-2007

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351
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938
pDev:
10.34%
 
 
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Photo of Vetbidder
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Beersilio
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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 khargro2
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chitoryu12
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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 -3.1%
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 Debpurple
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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 bacher468
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikeycibelli
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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 +11.6%
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 Santosbarrett
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TeachChefs
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mcrawford
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
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 shrangel
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BennyProfane
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of desint
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of tdm168
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Devotion from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 938 ratings