Devotion Ale | The Lost Abbey

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Devotion AleDevotion Ale

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

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

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Ratings: 894 |  Reviews: 338
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 kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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 Taphouse_Traveler
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 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 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 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 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 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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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