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.

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Photo of dar482
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a clear straw yellow color with a fluffy white.

There's a spiciness and Belgian yeast note.

The beer has a beautiful flavor. It hits with a Belgian yeast note, a substantial honey and sweetness. There's a strong bite of bitterness and hop forwardness. A really easy light drinking beer, but with lots of drying and hops in there.

A really interesting brew in how it's Belgian and also hoppy. A crisp beer that offers medium flavor that makes it an "everyday" type of beer.

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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 wspscott
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle in New Belgium tulip
the date is smeared, can't read

A: Pours crystal clear, orangish/copper color with an off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lace.
S: No sign of hops, a definite belgian yeast scent, slightly phenolic.
T: Light floral taste with a low amount of bitterness at first but that increases with each taste. Slightly sweet like very light caramel malt. There is a hint of "juiciness" that I can't place, but I like it.
M: High level of carbonation makes it feel very crisp, but there is a "creaminess" as well.
O: A very nice beer, easy to drink, but with something to think about. I can easily finish the bottle and could probably think about having another 750ml. Overall, a good beer that is definitely worth trying, would appeal to a wide range of beer lovers.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12.7 oz cork and caged bottle picked up from One Stop Liquor in La Habra, CA while on vacation. "Vintage 2013 B" stamped in yellow on the bottle. Cool little story on the back that makes me want to dedicate myself to reading theological works and growing hops. Poured at refrigerator temperature.

Appearance: Pours a massive four finger head of fluffy, bone white head. Dissipated after about a minute and a half to a ring and a large clump of head in the middle of the beer. Also left huge clumps of foam on the sides of the glass. A dark orange, peachy colored body. A swirl of the glass quickly brought back about a fingers worth of head. Large clumps of yeast were seen floating around.

Smell: Very interesting aroma in this beer. A sweet, estery sweetness up front. Like a basket of ripe fruit. Peaches, pears, orange and and slight banana. Very juicy. Also some citrus bite from the hops. Some damp earthyness at the end.

Taste: Follows the nose with that ripe fruit basket. A peak of citrusy hops followed by a more grassy, green bitter hop. Long finish of biscuity malts. Lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Prickly effervescence. Though when I poured in the last quarter of the bottle it got considerably creamier. Dry, sticks to your teeth finish.

Overall: An enjoyable Belgian style beer. Easy to see how this would be great for summer. Light enough to be thirst quenching but substantial enough for a bit of a kick. Beautiful body and enjoyable nose. Delicious biscuit malt finish. The dry hopping made it much more hoppier than I anticipated. The citrus notes were nice, but the more bitter hoppy notes were not as enjoyable. Though I imagine that's what walking through of field of noble hops probably smells like.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

At the über Hipster joint - Lola Gaspar, Santa Ana, CA.

Ok, so Raul is live right now and none to pleased. Devotion served in a frosty tulip. Really? Anyway...

Raul tried to let this sucker warm up as much as possible to give it a fair review; but in the end, Raul could still tell that the flavors were still slightly muted.

As a whole, and right quick to the point - like a donkey kick in the nuts - Devotion was extremely clean, flavorful and smooth. (Kinda like Raul's birth.)


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Photo of laituegonflable
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange-amber. Opaque body. Head is huge, white, fluffy and dense and sinking in parts, but some wonderful lace is left behind. I think the colour could be more decisive: it's in-between shades. Otherwise pretty damn good.

Smells tart and spicy. Plenty of pepper, dry fennel notes, vinegary touch and some barnyard-phenol notes on the back. Lucerne, mouldy basement but freshened with a whisper of cranberry. Very appealing.

Taste is spicy and a whole lot sweeter than I expected. Actually quite sweet, with creamy notes, touch of malt and maybe some popcorn towards the mid. Back had a Belgian spice edge, dry white pepper and coriander seed, with a touch of candied orange. Finishes quite sweet, in spite of some gentle phenols bouncing around the palate. Would like the earthier notes to be plumped up more. Decent, though.

Full body, bit of pull at the back, but otherwise silky smooth and quite beautiful.

Bit confused by this beer. It promised a lot, and my issue is that the flavour's actually a bit insipid. Feels like there's a lot in this beer but the flavour is not felt in any meaningful way.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large corked and caged 750ml brown bottle purchased from BevMo at Menlo Park, CA. Brought back to Sydney and cracked open with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a bright, hazed golden colour with a crackling, frothy head of white that leaves honeycombed lacing. Body is quite light, and the carbonation is actually surprisingly coarse, rising swiftly through the glass. Looks decent.

Nose is light and a little subtle. Mild rounded notes, a little salted caramel, some plasticky tones and a hint of pepper. There's a very faint lemon character sitting underneath everything, which is nice, but quite hidden. Not bad.

Taste is pleasant: light and slightly rounded, with the lemon character coming out a little more giving a rubbed zesty fragrance to the flavour. Smooth finish without the phenols or harshness that might have been there. Slight bite of seltzer on the back, but the feel is pleasantly smooth, meaning it doesn't get too sharp. It's certainly drinkable, but it is indeed pretty muted.

Overall, this was actually a pretty disappointing drop from Lost Abbey, who have genuinely done some of my favourite beers. This is reasonably pedestrian even for a standard Belgian Pale. While it's drinkable, it really doesn't bring anything interesting or exciting to the table: as a result I can't really think of when I'd choose to drink it again.

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Photo of scotorum
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Innis & Gunn flute from the 25 oz. bottle.

a: A rich clear amber. Huge white head disspitated slowly to a surface foam film and light spotty lacing.

s: Light and fresh. Mild but appealing.

t: A little on the sweet side for a pale ale. Seems very well balanced with some hop bitterness and a slightly spicy aftertaste. Impressive and refreshing.

m: light to medium, smooth.

o: I'm liking my first Lost Abbey selection so far. Half the bottle to go. It was not cheap at $9.50, but the bottle is hefty good quality as is the cork and cage capping, although I had to use a corkscrew to get the cork out, and it swelled too much and was too dense to go back in the bottle.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.86/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This sounds stupid likely, but as soon as I drank this I thought of being back in Belgium. Lost Abbey nailed this one. Pours a light copper color and a small amount of lacing. Beer retained its head for some time. A very yeasty sweet smell hits you right away along with a nice balance of malts. Nicely carbonated on a hot day, and it just tasted so damn good. Another plus is the 6.3 abv...not overwhelming like many in this category. Great beer

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

Bottled 07JUN12

Pours a nice golden with a soild quilt of creamy, tortuous head. Smells of grain, yeast, a little clove and vine, simple nose. Flavor is grain, metal, some botanicals, a little yeast, a little something I can't put my finger on but I like. Medium bodied with soft carb and a wet finish. I like. I would like more in a 12oz bottle for $2 each ish.

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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 puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the corked, caged 25 ounce bottle. No bottling date shown. Sampled on May 20, 2013.

The pour is a cloudy amber-orange with a very lightweight, fluffy white head that simmers down slowly and laces the edge of the Trappist glass. A little cloudy.

The aroma's lead character is overripe fruit, nectarine, tangerine, and orange-like citrus notes. Then I get the pale malts, biscuit and earthy hops in the background.

The body is mainly light to medium with a slight acidic quality.

The taste is also alive with citrus and pale malts notes, somewhat fruity sweet, and a lingering finish. A nice beer for review #1,200!

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a pint glass, amber with a huge soapy white head that dissipates leaving spotty lacing, hugely cloudy

S: funky and floral with a slight smell of ripe fruit, apples

T: sweet and sour but odd, has a slight fruity quality, apple and pear

M: thin and watery

O: Not as much hop as expected from reading and looking at the label. It's a unique flavor that combines some elements of a blond and a sour. Try if you like cider.

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Photo of beertunes
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Didn't find a date on the bottle, but I've had it for 2-4 years. Poured into tulip. Poured a cloudy gold color, wouldn't have been as cloudy, but I accidentally wound up with an over-aggressive pour, there were chunks of yeast from the bottom of the bottle floating (which I don't mind), my fault. The beer had over an inch of off-white head that had good retention and light lacing.

The aroma featured good earthy grains, some light hops, a bit of a floral feature and a nice, slightly spicy yeast scent. The earthy malts made up the majority of the flavor profile, with the yeast, hops, and floral notes adding nice counter points.

The body was very nice, smooth and even, with a nicely dry finish. Drinkability was very good, we were wishing we had another bottle to follow up with. Overall, a very nice brew. Certainly worth your time if you see it.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass at The Avenue in Allston.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange/copper color with good clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: spicy yeast, pale and bready malts, banana, clove, tropical flavors.

Taste: Same as above. Nice peppery and banana flavors. Mild hop bitterness. Very tasty. Sweet pale and bready malts too.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, low to medium carbonation, medium bodied, and quite the treat.

Overall: Wicked BPA. Happy to be enjoying this beer on draft on a sad day.

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

A-Pours a cloudy honey. Soft head. It does leave some decent lacing however.

S-That dry, musty/dusty corky Brett aroma is prevalent. Some decent tartness. Sweet and fruity.

T-The flavor is decently sweet and quite heavy on the Brett. Nearly medicinal in terms of the Brett character. Wet, ripe yeasty fruits akin to apple.

M-Off-dry. Drinks easy enough. Solid carbonation.

O/D-Pretty cool and not one of their $20 375ml offerings which is nice. The Brett wears on you after a while though.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: near-clear gold - wispy/cottony white head that leaves a frothy cap and moderate lace

S: musty and spicy yeast aromas - lightly floral - some light-toasted continental pale malt

T: comes across like a maltier, less-bold Duvel (and doesn't most domestic, light-colored Belgian-style ales have more of a malt presence?...) - mellow enough fusel spice - kind of a graham-cracker or Pils malt undercurrent - feel like I'm getting some Champagne-like, musty grape skin notes as well

F: light-medium body up front - smooth, satisfying, light drop to the finish - spicy warmth on the palate on up through the back of the nose

O: really good take on a Belgian pale ale - certainly one of the better domestic interpretations I've sampled

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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 Murrhey
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap at The Lost Abbey in San Marcos, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Half a finger white head. Little retention. Pale gold color.

S- Wheat, citrusy hops. Tasty and sweet smelling.

T- Sweet and some hoppy bitterness. Grapefruit, a bit sour but not too much.

M- Smooth and nice carbonation.

O- Middling beer, but drinkable.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at a recent tasting side by side with Saint's Devotion in a Lost Abbey Teku glass.

Beer is yellow, hazy, wispy white head, small bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, bready, yeasty, estery, nice.

Beer is light and sweet with a nice almost floral sense to it, a clean saison sort of beer with simple and pleasing flavors. Great finish. I'd have this again.

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

Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is hazy and straw yellow with a thick white head that coats the glass in lacing. The aroma offers funk, yeast, grass. Smells great. Nice and malty with a refreshing yeast character. Smooth feel on the palate. Solid.

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

On tap. Pours a light hazy golden amber with a two finger white head that has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is earthy with a light mineral note. There is also a bit of pear and apricot. Not terribly complex, but quite nice. The taste is dry and earthy with light pear and a hint of green apple. The finish is dry and funky. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Solid beer.

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Photo of ElSid
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

The Beers of California


Freshness Date: None

A: Hazy peach orange with hues of copper and yellow. A generous white head appears after pouring the brew into a snifter. The head sticks around for a bit, fading to a generous lace on the glass.

S: Grainy along with some fresh bread. Some banana and even faint notes of citrus and peach along with a bit of peppery zing.

T: Grainy, powdery malt up front that also has some notes of toasted bread. Spice throughout which brings into mind cloves and black pepper. Ripe banana and some faint eastery apricot and peach sweetness. Some interesting grass, flowery, and even faintly citrus hop notes which adds a nice depth.

M: This brew has a great smoothness and chewiness which really pairs well with the malt notes with just enough lively carbonation to keep things interesting.

O: A brew in the vein of abbey ales with a nice California twist. As I drink this brew I imagine what life would be like living as a monk: simple, peaceful. and serene. This beer is all about the bringing a piece of monastery life to busy California.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a straw-golden color with a glowing haze and foam retention.

Nice aroma, similar to a saison in terms of its estery floral notes.

The flavor is reminiscent of a Belgian pale ale, with a nice estery flavor along with some hop spice and bittering. I get floral notes, a bit of zestiness, and some hints of cinnamon too.

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Devotion Ale from The Lost Abbey
3.87 out of 5 based on 862 ratings.
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