Devotion Ale | The Lost Abbey

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3.87/5
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Devotion AleDevotion Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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
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#10,138
Reviews:
342
Ratings:
906
pDev:
10.59%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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Ratings: 906 |  Reviews: 342
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3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 shelby415
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stratusjeans
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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 AMCPhD
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lukass
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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 brureview
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Holderness
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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

80/100

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Photo of PJCarnell
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mpenske
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
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 -4.4%
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of NathanBeets
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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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3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MaxOhle
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emptyglassagain
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nunya
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mchegash
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 marshrat63
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Devotion Ale from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 906 ratings