Devotion Ale | The Lost Abbey

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3.87/5
Very Good
894 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#9,469
Reviews:
338
Ratings:
894
pDev:
10.59%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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Ratings: 894 |  Reviews: 338
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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Photo of TheCrowsEye
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

Photo of tazzman
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of telescifly
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergoot
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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 DrinkThemAll
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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 BarryMFBurton
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Grackos
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zazzi82
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of minterro
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgiant
3.87/5  rDev 0%
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 fthegiants
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of williamphelps
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
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 Ale from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 894 ratings