Devotion | The Lost Abbey

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The Lost Abbey
California, United States

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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Reviews by ElSid:
Photo of ElSid
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

The Beers of California


Freshness Date: None

A: Hazy peach orange with hues of copper and yellow. A generous white head appears after pouring the brew into a snifter. The head sticks around for a bit, fading to a generous lace on the glass.

S: Grainy along with some fresh bread. Some banana and even faint notes of citrus and peach along with a bit of peppery zing.

T: Grainy, powdery malt up front that also has some notes of toasted bread. Spice throughout which brings into mind cloves and black pepper. Ripe banana and some faint eastery apricot and peach sweetness. Some interesting grass, flowery, and even faintly citrus hop notes which adds a nice depth.

M: This brew has a great smoothness and chewiness which really pairs well with the malt notes with just enough lively carbonation to keep things interesting.

O: A brew in the vein of abbey ales with a nice California twist. As I drink this brew I imagine what life would be like living as a monk: simple, peaceful. and serene. This beer is all about the bringing a piece of monastery life to busy California.

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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 RoyalT
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - This is a bright orange in color with a modest head. The cork came out with an unimpressive whimper and I wonder if maybe other samples may be a bit more carbonated.

Smell - The nose is a beautiful mix of rather heavy-handed hops and a grainy pale malt base. Die hard BPA fans will say that it's over-hopped, but I like the play that the big hops make on this grainy malt. The malt is not a big player in the nose but it is raw and fresh which I enjoyed.

Taste - The malts and hops play well together at the taste. You worry about a "push-pull" annoyance with sharp, divergent flavors like this but it came off nicely. The hops get to you first, probably through the smell, but then that grain is a short but powerful jab into the taste buds.

Mouthfeel - I have mixed feelings on this. On the one hand, the classic full and fluffy Belgian mouthfeel is completely absent, and this has always been a hallmark of my reviews of the style. Right there that would but it at a 3.0 at best. However, omitting consideration of the carbonation this mouthfeel is terrific! The hop mix offers a crescendo of bitterness that starts high, keeps going all the way through, then finishes with a snap to the mouth. The sharpness of the malts add yet another sensation, and like I said before they all work perfectly together. And you want refreshing? I can't think of a BPA I'd prefer over this one on a hot summer day.

Drinkability - This is an incredibly good-drinking beer and I'd say actually that this is its strong suite. This ale is a bit quirky for sure and definitely not one to put in a style-driven taste test, but if you want an easy-drinking light Belgian ale this Port's for you.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

We couldn't find any info on the brewery's website for this one, and the back label was taken up by some poetic stuff. Everything else points to a Belgian Pale Ale, of sorts.

Pours a hazy, peach-colored beer with dark amber hues, topped with a big fluffy head that settles, laces and sticks. Soft, powdery aroma of malt and hints of spice. Smooth at first, but a bit gritty. Lively and light on the palate, with a fizzy carbonation that builds up to be semi-creamy. Crisp, with a green apple bite and watery notes of lemon up front. Peppery here and there, blending with some bitterness. Bread and crust flavors, plus faint notes of honey and toasty caramel beneath a dry cracker-like finish. Metallic at times--like sucking on a coin. Some lingering spice in a powdery, drying finish.

Refreshing, goes down easy and has a uniquely subtle finish to this very broad and, all too often, samey beer style. We could ourselves imagine sitting at an outside café, drinking this one with a plate of cheese and rustic bread.

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Photo of jose_alehouseSD
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden orange with 1/2" of creamy white head. Lots of active carbonation rises up. Aromas of crisp sun dried grains along with earthy, spicy Belgian yeast. Herbal, citrusy hops mix in.

First sip brings crisp grain malt upfront with mellow fruity tones. Citric, herbal hops usher in a nice bitterness. Spicy Belgian yeast accents. The brew flows down with a mild hop kick, crisp and refreshing overall.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with good steady carbonation. This one goes down easy and would be a nice drinker on a hot summer day. Quite refreshing, albeit on the mellow side flavor wise overall. Glad I sampled it.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgian bomber, caged and corked and w/o frashness or bottling info..Pours light hazy apricot, under an off white head, initially showing puffy retention then softening to a thin tiny bubble film, this one leaves nice tiny bubble webs of lacing. Tropical fruit nose, melons, honey, bananas. Another highly enjoyable Lost Abbey offering. More tropical fruits, white pepper, honey, yeasty spice, some light earthy mustyness and then a dry subtle hoppy finish. One of my seamingly many "favorite styles" and this one nails it. Bring on the salads, cheese, shell fish, crusty bread or just about whatever type of food you want and enjoy it with this high quality brew.

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, orange/yellow in color, hazy

Smell: honey, toasted malt, pear, some citrus

Taste: honey, grass, caramel, and a small touch of citrus

Mouthfeel: light bodied, sweet with a bitter backbone, high carbonation

Drinkability: Very good and complex brew. I like the caramel and fruit mix. At this abv I could have several. One of my favorites in the style and another winner from Lost Abbey.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of riTLce
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Slightly hazy orange-straw color. Two fingers of dense off-white meringue head, bubbles continuously rising to the top.

S: Champagne dry tartness, green apple, tart pear, banana and clove, grassy and hay aroma as it warms.

T: Green apple tartness, banana and close hints. Mild and smooth flavor..

M: Not as effervescent as initially expected, crisp and clean finish with a bit of tart champagne dryness.

O: Good solid beer, easy-drinking and pleasant flavors.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kaiser81 for sending me this beer.

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma is very fruity with peaches, oranges, lemons and apples. The flavor is apples and peaches with some spices and Belgian yeast. The beer doesn't taste as fruity as the smell indicates. The beer is pretty dry and as it warmed I got some oranges and mangoes in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -22.5%

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

Purchased at the Foodery in Northern Liberties. Pours with a lot of foam which settles quickly. Cloudy in appearance. Not a lot of smell but the Belgian yeast. Tastes smooth and very bready & yeasty. Nothing spectacular here; a nice brew though.


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

Bright gold pour with a big white head. Floral, spicy aroma with some yeast and bread/dough. Lighter tasting than expected. Oranges, crisp hops, honey,and a wheat-like tartness. Very dry. Felt like something was missing, possibily more coriander or lemon peel. It was still very nice.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rich golden colored with great clarity. Brussels lacing. A thin layer of white foam barely covers the top. I smell pale malt and floral hops. The mouth is moderately carbonated and crisply refreshing. There's plenty of pale malt and floral hops in the taste. The Belgian hops really kick in on the fade.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy copper tinted gold under a pillowy persistent 3” white foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: Orange and pepper with light biscuit.
T: Mild large pitted fruit, apricot to peach, spice, orange, citrus, with a dash of pepper on the finish.
F: Very creamy medium body with fine soft carbonation.
O: A big full flavored beer with a rich delightful texture.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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