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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: 885 |  Reviews: 335
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rich golden colored with great clarity. Brussels lacing. A thin layer of white foam barely covers the top. I smell pale malt and floral hops. The mouth is moderately carbonated and crisply refreshing. There's plenty of pale malt and floral hops in the taste. The Belgian hops really kick in on the fade.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a hazy golden yellow color with a fluffy white head
S-fresh hay brett lemon grass
T-soft light hops mix with yeast mild funk and wet hay a touch of spice in the finish
M- medium carbonation sweet with a slight barnyard finish
O-nice golden ale or pale ale more golden to me easy to drink its just not outstanding falla a tad short

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy sunshine-gold with a magnificent tan head that is huge at first before rockily settling from half the glass to one finger or so. Good retention; lots of sticky lacing.

Earthy and fresh with the slightest bretty twinge. There is also a prevalent hop aroma but it is definitely soft and is not the focal point.

A really dry, flat, and earthy taste. Hard water, dust and mustiness at the beginning with a marked medicinal bump in the middle and a long dry finish.

Dry and soft. Light-medium body with tingly carbonation.

Very good.
This is not the most Belgiany beer I have ever had but it is good for what it is and is definitely interesting. It is beautiful and smells subtly hoppy and a bit sour. Up to this point it seems "Belgian" enough to my tastes. The taste certainly features the hops as the focal point but they are not too strong bitterness-wise. They really taste European. The only thing missing from the overall taste in my opinion would be a bit more of a yeast profile to round it out, but there's no accounting for tastes...
All in all, this is a very tasty brew. I didn't know what to expect, but I liked it. It is nice to have something so subtly aggressive in the hop department.
Would have again; worth trying.

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4.4/5  rDev +14%
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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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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Devotion Ale from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 885 ratings
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