Devotion Ale | The Lost Abbey

very good
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Devotion AleDevotion Ale

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

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

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

Lovely pale yellow with lots of foam, normal Belgian yeasty aroma. Leaf dry hoppiness that works with the yeast, and works up in the finish a fruity and grassy climax. Well done "blonde".
Finished the bomber myself at lunch, I was tempted by the relatively lower ABV. It was a good pale Belgian and unique.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the ColLAboration beer fest at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain, herbal hops, and some slightly funky aromas. Taste is very much the same. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is very refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

under 10 bucks for a cork and cage 750ml at argonaut on colfax. pours a really pale blonde, brassy color, very cloudy, with a half inch white head which fades to patchy foam on top. smells like subdued spice from belgian yeast and a lot of pale and crystal malt, on the lighter side. less hops in the nose than i anticipated. flavor though is much more hoppy, citrusy in profile and hitting up front and in back about the same. grapefruit zest seems the closest, but its not quite that tart or bitter. a touch of sweetness, and great big yeast flavors round this one out. mouthfeel is very bright on the carbonation with a roughly medium body, made a bit heavier by the sediment suspended within. overall this is refreshing and tasty, but well below the excitement i get from most of their other brews that ive had. still, a nice rendition of the style, especially for an american brew.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a golden yellow color, the head was white and left a decent lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer was typical, there were some grainy aromas along with some citrusy hop notes in there too. The taste of the beer had a good bitterness to it that left a sharp tingle in the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel was light and drinkable, good crisp carbonation with a dry finish. Overall it's not a bad pale ale, just not one I'd seek out again.

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours yellowish orange in color with a large bright white head that quickly dies down into a thin layer of bubbles that consistently covers the surface. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are mild aromas of citrusy and floral hops in the nose along with some hints of spices and yeast.
T: The taste has a light amount of bitterness and some malty sweetness with notes of apples, candi sugar, lemon, oranges and pepper.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, crisp and smooth on the palate. There is a mild amount of dryness, mainly in the aftertaste.
D: The beer is very refreshing and easy to drink. The low alcohol content and good flavors make it a sessionable beer, particularly one well suited for the warmer months.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Devotion is exactly what it takes to prepare an authentic Belgian Ale. Where no shortcuts are acceptable- where attention to details- where the choicest ingredients are paramount, this is what Lost Abbey does to create a beer worthy of its name.

The expressive ale pours with a billowing exuberence that easily topples the glass. Its high effervescence captivates the eye with its tall, bone-white column. As the foam settles, it laces the glass with delicate patterns. Pale straw in color, the beer's haze shows off its unfiltered character.

Bright, peppery and zesty aromas seem as much like champagne as it does of ale. Dried fruit notes are citrusy, as if constructed with dried orange, lemon and lime peels. A balancing note of white pepper, coriander and paradise seed tingle the nose. Wrapped in a cocoon of malt, its husky grain character is lightly bready, wheaty and with slight honey. A grassy scent gives the ale a rustic damp hay character heading into taste.

Light on sweetness, the beer's dry malt taste is supportive of the fruit and spice balance, but is wafer-like, bready and slightly doughy. But its that middle palate of floral spice, peppercorn and dried citrus that shapes the bulk of the beer's complexity even though it allows for a mild soapy taste to emit. As the ale finishes strikingly bitter, it hops character is grassy, hay-like and pithy.

Light and airy in texture, the ale simply bounces off the tongue with ease. Its dry malt character is just as alive in mouthfeel as it is in taste- ushering in a fast and fleeting finish that makes the beer best appreciated as echoes in its aftertaste. Warm and peppery, the ale continues to deliver flavor and depth even late.

"Devotion" is seriously devoted to delivering excellence in Belgian flavor, balance, complexity and palatability. Though the ale seems effortless, its painstaking recipe formulation and brewing execution does not go unnoticed.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy apricot color with a modest head that persists, nevertheless, quite wll and leaves a nice pattern of lace on the chalice

Smell: Fruity, with plenty of apricot, apple and some citrus

Taste: At first, there is a bready flavor that becomes rather fruity by mid-palate, with apple, apricot and citrus; after the swallow, the hops make an appearance, but in a fairly subtle, but somewhat lemony fashion; the finish is rather dry

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very light and subtle; a nice beer for the summer months

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Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pale amber, clear with a slight haze. Pours with roughly an inch of head; retention is reasonably good and provides a bit of spotty lace. Overall a nice looking beer.

Smell - A bit musty and dry. Strong notes of orange rind and grapefruit, with an underlying graininess.

Taste - Dry and quite bitter, but more of a fruity bitterness than a hoppy bitterness. Mild funk. Grainy and grassy flavors are present but take a back seat to the fruity bitterness. A slight tartness appears in the finish, mixing with the bitter bite to create a strong grapefruit-like bitterness. It seems like they were going for an Orval character with this beer, though it lacks both the complexity and balance of Orval. Still, not a bad beer.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied, slightly watery. Very active carbonation. Decent.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a deep clear golden color ale with a nice big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light brett with some Saaz hops. Taste is a mix between what appears to be light brett notes with some nice Belgian-type malt a dry noble hops finish. Medium body with some good carbonation. While I enjoyed that beer I have to admit that I will stick with DDC Dernière Volonté when I feel in need of an hoppy Belgian ale.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into an EKU 28 snifter in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given the brewery. Not paired with food. Purchased today at Wade's Wine in Westlake Village, California. Cost was $8.99 USD plus tax.

Served refrigerator cold. Poured without vigor; I don't anticipate carbonation issues (even if it is Lost Abbey).

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and fantastic retention. Colour is a nontransparent yellow-gold. Floating yeast particles are present. Pleasant and inviting.

Sm: Biscuity yeast, lemon and orange fruit ester hops, some cream, layered clean malts, and sugars. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Yeasty, which I quite like. A clean malty foundation is complemented nicely by the lemon and orange fruit ester hops from the nose. The finish is delightfully creamy. Hardly any hops are present; those that are are likely for preservation rather than bittering. It's nicely layered, and complex enough to give it a rounded, full body. Quite nice for a blonde ale. Very refreshing and enjoyable.

Mf: Neither too thick nor too thin. Light on the palate whilst retaining a full body. Smooth and wet, with enough coarseness to support the flavours and allow them to come out. Refreshing. The frothy cream on the finish is delightful.

Dr: Very drinkable. Hides its ABV well. I'd like to have this on draught. It's lovely from the bottle. Quite refreshing and mellow. Would pair well with a food that doesn't have a strong taste. I could drink this all night.


12/22/2016 2nd impressions:

From one of the U.S.A.'s best breweries comes this authentic take on the underrepresented Belgian golden ale style.

$9.99 per large format bottle in Centennial, CO.

Has a clean pilsner and blond/pale (2-row) malt backbone with a pleasantly spicy Belgian yeast character that lends it life. Balanced with a table beer simplicity and a rustic yeast edge.

Light-bodied, soft, and refreshing, with perfect carbonation owing to its well-executed bottle conditioning.

A good Belgian golden ale, though domestically it lags behind Russian River's superior Damnation just up North, and internationally it's a far cry from paragons like Duvel.


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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a small, foamy, white head. It left some nice lacing.

S - It smelled of yeast, fruits (like lemon and pear) and candy sugar.

T - It tasted fairly spicy with a bready maltiness and a fruity kick.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good Belgian styled ale.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone’s. Served in a sample glass. Crisp and clean. Nice citrus and a bit of white pepper. A bit spicy. Light pilsner malt. Subdued yet complex. Light and dry.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

Tap at tavern in the square Northborough

Light creamy head, super murky hazy orange blond tan color. 35

Nose nice Belgian aromas, esters, orange, little rind, wheat like malts, creamy wheat, mild pepper phenols, mild grassy notes.4

Taste more wit, plenty of creamy wheat, light though, plenty of spices and peppery phenols, mild esters, hint banana, more citrus and orange, little rind. Then bitter spicy hops, very bitter almost astringent, long spicy hops, little tartness in the middle too. Finish dry bitter spicy hops, little citrus and creamy wheat lingering.4

Mouth is med bod, fairly creamy, lots of carb.4

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

Cloudy, dark golden color. Has a nice, creamy yellow-white head that is long lasting and leaves very good lacing.

A fruity and spicy nose: It smells more like a Belgian tripel than expected, but there are plenty of hops in the taste.

Medium body; excellent carbonation. Very smooth.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked & caged bottle into an oversized snifter.

Pours a hazy orange, with a finger of brite-white head. Awesome thick and creamy retention here, that gives up a huge flareup when swirled, and leaves back some equally huge lacing. The aroma is light candied sugars, grainy sweetness, fruity peach, lemon citrus, spicy notes, and some fresh floral hops.

The taste is grainy bread and sweet honey, tropical tartness, and a moderate spicy hop bitterness. Finishes fairly dry, with a touch of residual sweetness that creeps in. Nice but I was looking for a bit more of the pop that the aroma had. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a lower feeling carbonation that gives this an extremely easy and silky feel in the mouth. Some alchohol only creeps in towards the end of the swallow, otherwise, it's fairly well hid.

Fruity and sweet, yet crisp from the hops, this was a pleasant and easydrinking quaff (especially for the size).

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Photo of mactrail
3.07/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Simple beer flavors that take an unpleasant dark turn along the way. No hint of malty sweetness, and it has a nose like concrete dust. Definitely on the sour side. Dull amber in the tulip with fairly flat mouthfeel. I wouldn't say it has any Belgian flavors.

Trying hard to find some pleasure in this. Seems like yet another peculiar but slightly unpleasant experiment from Lost Abbey, but maybe risk-taking is the point.

Update: tasted 01/02/2011 also on tap. Has a Saison character but deteriorated into a bitter swamp. Harsh and unforgiving. Thin body and sharper as you taste. I was too generous the first rating.

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

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Hazy apricot pour, with a small layer of white head. Aroma of stone fruits, light citrus, yeast. Taste was similar to the aroma, notes of peach, apple, pear, essence of citrus, grassy, bready malts and yeast, with a slight herbal/citrus hop presence. Crisp and drinkable, about light-medium in body. A more "Americanized" version of a BPA, downplaying the blatant yeasty qualities a bit. Quite nice overall.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, light copper body with a tall, meringue-like white head.

Smell: Honey-scented aroma with a bit of mustiness and meadow flowers, too. Also, there's just a faint trace of Belgian spices and grassiness.

Taste: Soft, sweet malts upfront with a slight herbaceousness and a drop or two of citrus oil. Pears, spice, and fresh dough arrive midway until the alternately spicy bitter/sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body, with unexpectedly light carbonation.

Drinkability: I find this one to be fairly refreshing, myself.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy deep apricot/peach in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some orange + dark golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy light beige head that quickly reduces to a large patch of very thin film that covers about 75% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pale malts, spices, Belgian yeast, and light aromas of citrus/orange + floral hops in the background.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of pale malts, light fruits (apple), and spices (black & white pepper). Underneath the malts, there is a light to moderate flavor of Belgian yeast and candi sugar sweetness. Finally, there is a light amount of citrus/orange/lemon and floral hops that contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront with some light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Refreshing and easy to drink with a lower ABV than a lot of other examples in the style and very well hidden alcohol. Pretty well balanced between sweetness, bitterness, and spices.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours shiny orange with a two finger white head that recedes slowly to a thick sticky lace.
Sweet oranges, apricot, apple and pear, some cherry plum, wheat, faint honey, spices, soft floral hints. Really inviting.
Fruity, but musty, with some yellow apple, some grapes, some pear and faint apricot. Not that sweet, but crisp with lemon zest. Spicy Belgian yeasts, with some pepper, faint herbs, mostly some coriander, some flower petals. Earthy and wheaty, with a nice dried hay note. Hop bitterness, mild, but bolder than in usual Belgian ales.
Light bodied, almost a bit watery, medium prickly carbonation. Aftertaste is yeasty, some hay, some faint hops, with a funky note that isn't that great tho.
A decent Belgian-style ale that has ups and downs, resulting in a nice refreshing beer, light, easy to drink, but not that interesting.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ripe apricot with a gentle dusting of fine yeast. The polished ivory crown has the texture of warm marshmallow and comes pretty close to the magnificence of a world-class Belgian ale. Sticky bridges connect head and glass and then break in slow motion. Fine sheets of delicate lace look good as well.

Devotion smells like a classic Belgian pale ale that has been tinked with by an American craft brewer. There's less yeasty spiciness and more bright, floral, citric hoppiness than expected. I'm pretty sure this is going to be great beer.

Great might be a stretch, but it is very good. In my opinion, The Lost Abbey pushed it over the top by adding so many hops. Style purists of Belgian and Belgian-style beer might disagree. However, there are plenty of traditional brewers who are jumping on the 'stuff it full of hops' bandwagon. If you're a hophead, I'd definitely recommend drinking this one fresh.

Pale malt is present as no more than a skeletal structure on which to hang the hops and the yeast. The hoppiness is sunshine bright, hugely lemongrassy, spicy and citrusy. I'm thinking predominantly Saaz with a handful or two of an American ringer. Man oh man, Devotion tastes as fresh as if it was bottled this morning!

I haven't even mentioned the fruit and spice yet. Let's see... golden delicious apples, barely ripe pears, a hint of clover honey and a sprinkling of ground clove and (especially) white pepper. Each mouthful is a glorious combination of bitter, tangy and sweet, with bitter winning handily.

Although the mouthfeel is generously bubbled, the beer doesn't expand to fill the mouth as completely as it could. It's still a pleasure to gulp and swallow. Drinkability is impressive, in all senses of the word.

I had a pretty good idea that Devotion would be good beer, I just didn't think it would be quite this good. It's still waaay too early to say for sure (let me drink the handful of Port offerings that are biding their time in my cellar first), but this brewery has a chance to be one of my favorite sources for Belgian-style beer in this country.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.92/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle served at 45 degrees and poured into a Flute Glass

A – Poured a very nice and very bright yellow tinted amber. Lots of cloudiness and haze were apparent throughout the glass and only proceeded to thicken up as the bottle got closer to the bottom, really bringing some of the yeast forward on this one. A rather large and intense three inch high head of white frothy and foamy lace then formed on the top and decided that it was going to hang around for a while, and really just did not ever fade. Even once it started too settled, it still reaches a height of almost an inch even toward the end of the session. Needless to say copious amounts of side glass lace were present and coated the entire inside of the glass throughout the entire time.

S – Wow, now I knew here I was in for a treat right away. This was such a rich, vibrant, light and fruity smell that I could not nearly contain the joy after the first whiff hit my nose. I am a big fan of Belgian Pales, and especially the ones that have he hop notes to them, and I knew right away I was going to be into something great here. Huge bouquet of light fruity yeast with hints of apples and pears, peaches all coming together and being surrounded by light grains and fresh grass. The topped was a very nice hop profile, bright floral citrus hops, not too pungent, but rather just accenting enough to really bring out everything and meld it together in an aromatic representation of rolling around in a fresh meadow. Just absolutely wonderful.

T – As if it could get any better I was then able to finally take a sip. Wow is the only word that would come to mind. This is exactly what I had been looking for. A perfect example of this style and just a testament to what Lost Abbey can really do. The flavor started out as bright as I could have imagined wit ha big wave of fruit flavors just rolling over you bringing mostly hints of apples, pineapple and pear. This evolved and started to incorporate some almost lemon like flavors with hints of grass and grain, but still staying very light and bright in the profile. As it finished up it rolled off with a very long lasting finish. Very nice and dry and bitter you could really taste the hops coming through here about five seconds after your last sip, just dragging you back, making you take another. Just great here, one of the best tastes I have had in a while.

M – Very very smooth this light bodied ale was really quite deceptive. The flavors were so big, but the body was so light that you really struggled to figure out how that packed so much into it. Very smooth and creamy, the carbonation here was excellent, never at all getting flat, even the last few sips which I let sit around for about 15 minutes were as fresh as the first. Very nice indeed.

D – Now c’mon this was just great. A light bodied well carbonated ale with a huge bright flavor profile and low abv too? How could it not be sessionable? Well it’s almost too good to be sessionable, as it is not like this is easy to get, but if I could have it on tap at my house I would in a second. I don’t really think that you could get bored of this one, even after time it just kept getting better.

Overall this was a fantastic beer from Lost Abbey. I have been slowly working my way through their lineup and to be honest this is my favorite so far. It was so right up my alley that it’s not even funny. Such a great light profile and rich flavors, I am not sure how I could have not found this one earlier. This was just simply excellent and I really need to get more of it.

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Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't remember if I bought this here or my buddy Eric brought it from Cali...

Cork broke off, this was a bitch to extract

Pours golden with 2 fingers of pearl white head. Good head retention & lacing

S: A bit of grainy bread & a touch of lemon & some pear

T: Tropical fruit ( passion fruit & pineapple & grapefruit lemons up front. Dryness & citric hops dominate as this warms, along with honey, lemongrass, figs & tropical fruit & a touch of white pepper. Grapefruit, pears & dryness all show in the finish

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & damn good balance

Drank pretty easy, the complexity doe slow me down a bit. One of the better Belgian PAs I've had in a while

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

I had this on tap @ Al's of Hampden -served chilled in a goblet.

A - A color that resembles gold, slightly tarnished with excellent clarity and thin bone white cap. The bead is tiny and lace is semi-clinging.

S - The smell is phenolic and fruity w/ a tinge of citrus and pineapple. The notes of biscuit are not out of place and add complexity w/ mild honey and spice. A gentle pepper and banana note is hinted at w/ tea-like hop herbal aroma.

M - The feel is mildly phenolic and bitter w/ subtle sweet element from malt. The yeast adds an earhty tinge w/ mild tartness and light toasted malt element in the feel. The beer is pretty welll balanced all in all.

T - The flavor has very tasty bitterness w/ slight herbal notes and lemony qualities w/ light honey malt tinge and toasted grain notes. The yeast adds a lot of tropical dry and spice to the mild peppery notes of the Pale, there is only a mild tartness like pineapple in the background

D - A great example of the style - I found this to be pretty easy to drink without going overboard on the Belgian yeast phenolics allowing some hop flavor through

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Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a cork & caged 750ml bottle. Poured a clear golden amber color with a thick frothy two finger white head covering the top of the beer.

The aroma has a peppery, spicy and fruity smell to it with some notes of apples, grapes, hops and yeast. It's a nice appealing and complex aroma that you would expect in a Belgian inspired beer.

The taste is hoppier then I expected with some grassy and piny flavors really coming through. It also shows the Belgian spicy, fruity and yeasty flavors pretty well also. Like the nose there are some grape and apple fruit notes present. Very nice tasting Belgian inspired beer, I really liked the moderate hop flavors in it that seemed slightly different then a typical Belgian beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly above average carbonation. Drinkability id good, I liked this beer more than I anticipated I would. I think the hop flavors really helped to give it some more character besides the Belgian yeast and spice.

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Devotion Ale from The Lost Abbey
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