Devotion Ale | The Lost Abbey

BA SCORE
87
very good
876 Ratings
Devotion AleDevotion Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
876
Reviews:
333
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
119
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 876 |  Reviews: 333
Photo of EdTheEdge
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck89
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. A slightly hazy golden color with a 2-finger white head. Aromatic with hay, grass, clove, and dough. Bitter up fromt on the palate. Floral with lavender, grass, hay and orange pith. Dry and clean on the finish. An easy sipper.

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Photo of hman43
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours a deep golden color with orange tinges. It has moderate head retention with moderate Belgian lace.

Smell: It has aromas of earth and spice. There is a bit of toast with herbal and orange.

Taste: It has an initial impression of spice. There are also earthen and biscuit flavors. There are backgrounds notes of orange. Floral and herbal elements round out the flavors.

Feel: It has a moderate body with moderate carbonation and a certain dry crispness to it. The finish features most of the spice elements and dryness.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable complex combination of spices and fruit.

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Photo of GreenMind
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wedge
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange - less blonde than expected - but the head is beautiful...thick, soapy foam that clings to the surface and leaves patterns on the glass. Fresh, earthy aromas like leafy hops, apricots, grass, cracker-like grain, and moderately peppery yeast. Zesty citrus peel, grass, floral hops, and well-integrated Belgian yeast esters. A little grain in the finish, though I wish there was just a little more biscuity malts to balance, I realize this beer is mostly about the hops. Soft, creamy medium-bodied feel with a dry finish. I really like beers like this - well done.

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Photo of flek
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewCat22
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Curt3
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Smanke
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Segelstrom
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NickThePyro
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeffwildcat
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cgrunin
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mthomp081
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ReviewingUnderInfluence
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not a huge fan of the 'light' Belgian styles (Tripel, blonde, saison, pale etc.) but The Lost Abbey really nails the styles. Really nice, easy drinking, malty and slightly hoppy pale ale.

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Photo of epyon396
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Decent, fine-bubbled head, leaving a lattice of lace. The color is dark amber. Clear.

Good Belgian yeast nose. A bit prickly.

The large gently toasted malt is all too brief. The yeast and hop are strong enough to create a lip smack. This creates a long, astringent aftertaste. Very high carbonation level. Relatively thin body.

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Photo of stevoj
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Agree with tderoeck, spicy/fruitiness lends itself towards being a saison. Pours out a rich orange color with small, clingy, soapy head. Cinnamons, cloves, citrus all come through mildly in the aroma. More citrus peel in the taste, oranges, tangerines, and some dry spiciness. Belgian ale or saison, it’s pretty good stuff.

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Photo of Studfarm69
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sd123
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Devotion Ale from The Lost Abbey
3.88 out of 5 based on 876 ratings.
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