Devotion Ale | The Lost Abbey

BA SCORE
87
very good
871 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:
871
Reviews:
331
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
119
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 871 |  Reviews: 331
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

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of CAcker
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nickfl
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerMama2014
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Number3red
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jbaker67
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cantal
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heygeebee
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hmmm, I normally state that freshness might be an issue when reviewing overseas beers, however with this one having Brett in it I can discount that.
Flat pour, little smell, lots of band aid and farmyard but little zest from Brett. Apart from that yes it's Belgian but not great.
Way undercarbonated :-(

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Photo of bkwhoppa66
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Texasfan549
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smi69
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Chief99
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cartr1dgeBased
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FickleBeast
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pint on tap at Monk's in Philly. Arrives in a pint glass with a finger and a half of fluffy foam. Aroma is full of Belgian yeast, banana and bubblegum. Very clean tasting with yeast flavors being predominant. Amazing lacing and pleasant dry finish.

I'm not a fan of most Belgian styles but I enjoy this one. Low on phenols, this beer is very easy to put down.

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

This would be the third ale that I have purchased from Lost Abbey and again I found a familiar backbone with a unique spin-off. After indulging some Inferno & Avant Garde I went for another and was equally impressed.

Much like Avant Garde this ale has a fruity begging. I get apple and pair at the start and it dies away to a unique bitter hop profile that I really enjoy. The beer is much lighter in color than its similar cousin Avant Garde, and doesn't share the caramel or honey flavors that it does, but it makes up for it in a dry hoppy bulwark. It may be wrong to label those two beers as cousins or to compare them but I find similarities in the two. I would recommend this Ale to my friends as their first Lost Abbey indulgence as its pretty much a nice all around flavorful presentation. But then again I have Terrible Taste :D

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Devotion pours a hazy golden color big large head. Spicy pepper aroma. Taste is spicy big pepper flavors, very yeasty. A little overpowerin.

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Photo of Shaymus
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Devotion Ale from The Lost Abbey
3.88 out of 5 based on 871 ratings.
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