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): 6.30%

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

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.92/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle served at 45 degrees and poured into a Flute Glass

A – Poured a very nice and very bright yellow tinted amber. Lots of cloudiness and haze were apparent throughout the glass and only proceeded to thicken up as the bottle got closer to the bottom, really bringing some of the yeast forward on this one. A rather large and intense three inch high head of white frothy and foamy lace then formed on the top and decided that it was going to hang around for a while, and really just did not ever fade. Even once it started too settled, it still reaches a height of almost an inch even toward the end of the session. Needless to say copious amounts of side glass lace were present and coated the entire inside of the glass throughout the entire time.

S – Wow, now I knew here I was in for a treat right away. This was such a rich, vibrant, light and fruity smell that I could not nearly contain the joy after the first whiff hit my nose. I am a big fan of Belgian Pales, and especially the ones that have he hop notes to them, and I knew right away I was going to be into something great here. Huge bouquet of light fruity yeast with hints of apples and pears, peaches all coming together and being surrounded by light grains and fresh grass. The topped was a very nice hop profile, bright floral citrus hops, not too pungent, but rather just accenting enough to really bring out everything and meld it together in an aromatic representation of rolling around in a fresh meadow. Just absolutely wonderful.

T – As if it could get any better I was then able to finally take a sip. Wow is the only word that would come to mind. This is exactly what I had been looking for. A perfect example of this style and just a testament to what Lost Abbey can really do. The flavor started out as bright as I could have imagined wit ha big wave of fruit flavors just rolling over you bringing mostly hints of apples, pineapple and pear. This evolved and started to incorporate some almost lemon like flavors with hints of grass and grain, but still staying very light and bright in the profile. As it finished up it rolled off with a very long lasting finish. Very nice and dry and bitter you could really taste the hops coming through here about five seconds after your last sip, just dragging you back, making you take another. Just great here, one of the best tastes I have had in a while.

M – Very very smooth this light bodied ale was really quite deceptive. The flavors were so big, but the body was so light that you really struggled to figure out how that packed so much into it. Very smooth and creamy, the carbonation here was excellent, never at all getting flat, even the last few sips which I let sit around for about 15 minutes were as fresh as the first. Very nice indeed.

D – Now c’mon this was just great. A light bodied well carbonated ale with a huge bright flavor profile and low abv too? How could it not be sessionable? Well it’s almost too good to be sessionable, as it is not like this is easy to get, but if I could have it on tap at my house I would in a second. I don’t really think that you could get bored of this one, even after time it just kept getting better.

Overall this was a fantastic beer from Lost Abbey. I have been slowly working my way through their lineup and to be honest this is my favorite so far. It was so right up my alley that it’s not even funny. Such a great light profile and rich flavors, I am not sure how I could have not found this one earlier. This was just simply excellent and I really need to get more of it.

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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 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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Photo of WeisGuy
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Swillinbrew for this bottle via Secret Santa BIF '07

a - pours a hazy deep golden color with lots of sediment, big white head with great lacing and retention

s - quite spicy and malty with a good deal of citrus, lots of lemon and orange, not much by way of alcohol, some graininess, definitely the high point of this beer

t - lemon and malty graininess dominate the taste, not a whole lot else, slight citrus lingering on the finish, actually pretty disappointing in its lack of depth and intensity

m - lots of carbonation, very active in the mouth, light-bodied

d - fairly drinkable, but does not keep my interest very long

The aroma was definitely the best part of this beer for me, and the appearance was pretty good as well. The taste was disappointing in that I have high expectation for Lost Abbey. I'll give this a pass and opt for the Red Barn instead.

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Photo of Viggo
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Club brewday alcoholfest extravaganza, DrJay brought this one up from Philly!

Pours a cloudy golden/amber, nice and hazed up, thin white head forms, leaves some nice lacing, solid ring. Smell is hay, spices, grass, honey and sugar, citrus, floral, wheat, very nice. Taste is wheat, spices, citrus kick through the middle, a little bit of tartness, lemony, floral, walnuts, spicy dry finish, light alcohol. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation, very refreshing. Great beer, would be perfect for summer. Thanks Jay!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy golden brown with minimal head. Nose is earthy and almost like a raw sugar. Nice level of smooth funk there. Flavor is nice and consistent. Nothing showy or strange, but mature in it’s profile and completely even. Feel is smooth with a higher level of carbonation. This is a very good Belgian ale. If you have the chance to try it, I think you should.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle from hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, Ca, in December 2007.

Pours a fairly deep golden-amber (for the style) that shows a rich malt profile. Not much head or carbonation.

Aroma reminds us of the malt bill, but hey, it smells like an American fresh-hop ale, not a Belgian Pale. To be honest, doesn't remind me of a Belgian Pale Ale at all. What gives?

But having said that, it's still a pretty tasty ale. Malt provides a good backbone, but this beer isn't about the malt, it's about prominant hops. Good solid hop profile like it's one of the better American Pale ales.

I enjoyed this, but to be honest, it wasn't what I was expecting. Maybe it would have been better to save it for another day.

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

A: A hazy red/yellow/orange. Some areas are darker while others are lighter. Really quite a nice color on this one. A puffy two finger head quickly dissipates leaving some thin film.

S: Mild spice and mild frutiness with a fruity/floral sweetness. A bit of warmth to the scent and a tiny bit of funk.

T: Not too much going on with the flavor. A very very sublte spicy/sweet start with hints of peach and peer but hops quickly come out and dominate the rest of the taste. Grassy hops. Finishes with another slight sweet honeylike burst.

MF: Thin but smooth. Some carbonation bite to go along with the hops.

D: Just not enough Belgian in here for my tastes. This is a solid pale ale. In fact, I'd drink this over a lot of American Pale Ales. I think it would be good in the summer. I dunno though, I've come to expect more from this brewery.

It did seem that the flavor got a bit better as the beer went along, but still pretty mild overall. A good get but nothing I'd go out of my way to find.

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

The appearance is a hazy golden with a lot of carbonation. The head is white and short falling to a covering and light lacing.
The smell is of yeast and a tangy citrus with a little pepper.
The taste is more pepper, citrus & bread.
Mouthfeel is a pleasant medium body.
Drinkability is good.

This is a very nice, pleasant tasing, easy drinking beer. It's good, not great. I think I was hoping for more but I'm not upset.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed June 20 2007. 750ml Bottle. Poured a hazed deeply hued gold, with a beautiful sheet of white lace cascading down the glass and floating like sea foam. Aroma was surprisingly subdued, even served at 55 degrees. Kept to some minimal peach and pale Asian fruit minglings. Flavor started as a lovely, soft bready malt flavor, backed with warm yeast notes and cacophony of quieted spices. Gentle and gliding. Crescendo into a furious clamor of syrupy hop flavor, that from the bottle has been heavily subdued. The taste from the tap was more of fresh, sticky hop cones, dripping with resin and a combination that propelled apparent European noble hops into court with the finest that America’s West Coast could show. However, here in bottle condition form the bombastic quality is more subdued into a calming amalgam of hop tea, sliding over the wheaty malt feel. Then, bad things happen. A distinct, harsh Styrofoam note cuts the hop loving short, with a thunderous clap. Infection? Yeast amok? Whatever, it’s incongruous and creates a biting acerbic quality that is alarming. Somehow, the beer recovers. The smacks sups long and pleasant as almond skins, warm toast and graham cracker caress the palate long after the fact. Further down the bottle, Lost Abbey’s mineral yeast signature brighten up and give the beer a little break, with a long breath. Wonderful carbonation and delightful quaffable heft. Were it not for the disconcerting and marked Styrofoam, this would be a more heralded specimen.

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

Purchased at the Foodery in Northern Liberties. Pours with a lot of foam which settles quickly. Cloudy in appearance. Not a lot of smell but the Belgian yeast. Tastes smooth and very bready & yeasty. Nothing spectacular here; a nice brew though.


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Photo of Bitterbill
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours from 750ml caged and corked bottle a hazy light gold with another 2 finger head of foam(typical for Lost Abbey brews?) and lots of nice lacing. It looks so nice in my New Belgium chalice.

The smell is fruity and yeasty and there's some funk there as well.

The taste is complex. Lots of funk with peppery notes, a very pronounced hop bitterness, some malt sweetness in the background, and a tiny bit of sourness. It has a medium body and the carbonation is also medium. It finishes bitter and that dominates the aftertaste. This son of a gun, overall, is very bitter. Bitter in a way that say, La Folie is sour. It just dominates my taste buds and almost becomes one dimensional but I just can't help taking further sips. Good drinkability here? More than good.It kind of reminds me of De Ranke XXX only with more bitterness. It's like I'm drinking hop juice. I kid you not. Some may think this goes over the top and I *could* understand where they are coming from. For me, it's a hoppy delight though it should be consumed in moderation lest your taste buds be overwhelmed for a longer period of time than you wished. I favour it and recommend it. Only those adventurous need apply...

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Photo of
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25oz. bottle

Deep, clear, golden color. Large, creamy, white head. Final pour brought the yeast and a whole lot of haze.

Scents of coriander, lemon and grass. Touch of earthiness.

More bitter than sweet, in fact, not much sweet at all. Grass seemed to be the dominant flavor, especially in the aftertaste. Sweet component seemed like a tart apple, very mild. Touch of dry crackers.

Light to medium body. Medium + carbonation, almost effervescent. Very crisp and refreshing.

Highly drinkable. Seems pretty simple, but very, very good. Not much Belgian character, IMO, but I really didn't care based on the taste. Highly recommended, especially for warmer weather.

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Photo of grub
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

biergotter club brew/tasting 2007. DrJay provided this bottle. thanks jay!

750ml corked+caged bottle.

pours almost perfectly clear straw yellow with a big fairly fine head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace. it's neat watching the steady stream of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.

aroma is nice. bit of lemon and light sourness. white bread and crackers. just a tiny hint of spice, not enough to even identify specific spices. more a yeasty spice than anything. hint of alcohol.

taste is nice. medium-low bitterness level. bit of lemon and grapefruit. white bread. bit of biscuit. light alcohol. again, very light yeasty spice. bit of earthy hops too.

mouthfeel is good. light body with a nice dry finish. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. well balanced and very refreshing. looking forward to trying more from these guys.

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kennett Connoisseur Session from a hand pump (after VENOM scolded me for pumping too much and causing a 5 minute foam stream)...
Appears a medium toned gold with a small off white ehad that slowly fades into a pillowy lace. Scattered streaks and speckles are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrus, tangerine, honey, light herbs, cracked wheat, and vanilla cream.
Taste is much of the aromas with caramel and more of a floral hop flavor coming through on the back of the tongue.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, lightly spiced, and semi-dry.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle from corked & caged bottle received via I Want That BIF 3 from ClockworkOrange. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" white head above the bubbly, clear golden brew. Head maintains for quite some time, with spotty but resilient lace. Aroma is lightly of malts and spices, with the flavor replicating. Mouthfeel is clean and smooth, and drinkability is very easy. This one seems to be more saison than Belgian-style pale ale, but regardless, a crisp brew that makes me want tp keep finding my glass full.

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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 ChazMania
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very clear pour, color is pale orange and very clean, no haze at all. Aroma is light and floral with a touch of citrus. Flavor is a very smooth with a really clean aftertaste of green apple/honey/wheat/malt. Low in alcohol and very easy on the tongue.

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

This bottle came straight from the brewery so it was pretty fresh. Nice golden color, hazy with a somewhat funky aroma. The taste was clean, a little funk, some tart fruity flavors also.The mouth-feel was smooth. I was glad my cousin popped this bottle because it wasn't on tap at the brewery.

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Photo of Lothore
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice peachy orange with a thick frothy head that leaves tons of lacing. Looks very clear and filtered with tons of carbonation.

S- Smells of Belgian yeast, spicy, apricot / orangey aroma with lingering indistinct fruits in the background.

T- Tastes very wheaty and earthy with very noticeable hops however it is a lot blander than I was expecting. Nothing really stands out taste wise but it isn't particularly bad either.

M- Mouthfeel is fairly thin with lots of carbonation.

D- This is very drinkable in that it goes down easy but it isnt one i'd have more than once if there were other choices.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gunsmoke pours when popped open. Fills a tulip glass with a nearly perfect light peach hazed offering topped with a spumescent antique white headcap leaving a bowl shaped covering with thick lace in the glass. Quite impressive.

Nose of spice nutmeg and melon. Some lemon meringue scents that mix with a dessert vanilla ice cream that just makes me want to gulp a hearty gulp.

First swigs: Instant dry snap of leafy hops and pie crust malt. Lemony zest and fresh sliced sushi ginger create a complex quaffer. Plenty of generous hops added creates a brisk Belgian Pale imparting a gentle fruit aspect of pear and green apple with the delicateyeast tone.

Squeaky clean finish of sparkling zesty Cananda Dry ginger ale. Light body and crispness that speaks quality.

Last swigs: Reminds me a tad of Orval without the funk. Quite impressive for an American Brewery to create such a spot on Belgian. Kudos to Lost ABeey!

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as part of my newly acquired 'Patron Saints' package, 2007 release.
A- Pours a very clear pale straw/golden hue with a huge white, creamy head, some thin lacing, and a whirlwind of whooshing bubbles (note: this ale gets noticeably cloudier into the bottle)
S- Nose is dominated by west coast hops (citrus, pine), some belgian malts, and subtle spice and earthiness, some other fruits too (banana?)
T- Very smooth taste that is characterized by both yeasty, bready malts and a surprising balance with floral and citrus hops, the finish is mostly bittering hops that sticks around for a while
M- Light-medium bodied, adequate carbonation, thin to watery texture
D- Light and smooth belgian ale that is surprisingly hoppy for the style, but not for the SoCal location, like most all of Lost Abbey offerings, this is a very solid and worthy offering, I am a bigger fan of the stronger styles, but this is a nice hoppy Belgian offering that is not too overwhelming in terms of abv

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Photo of Floydster
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint from the Tap Room on Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach

Great Beglian pale ale

Poured a darker golden with a thick frothy head that stuck around for a long time

Smell was filled with citrus and hops

Taste was so smooth, it is hard to describe, some hint of oranges and bitterness that went right down

Could drink a lot of this, and the one pint was definitely not enough

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Photo of MiScusi
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at the end of May. I've had this on tap and from bottles at the Lost Abbey but this would be my first formal review, hoping that my bottle is as good as all the other servings I've had of it.

Pours a rich clear golden with slight orange tint, and an airy spider web-like head. At a fairly cold temp, earthy hops in smell, some pale malt breadiness. The taste has a lot of earthy hops, maybe a lot of that earthiness is from the 3 yeast blend. The taste also come across mineraly, though when it warms up substantially that mineral character goes away and you get a lot of sweetness with no bitterness. I liked this a little more from the tap at the brewery as that is probably a bit fresher, but this 3 month old bottle isn't too shabby at all.

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Photo of bosco7
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale orange with a rocky crown. Lacing is thick.

Pear, apple, earthy must, some leather, and some bread aromas.

Tastes very interesting. First, I am taken by how dry this beer is (Orvalesque). Some pear, grain husk, lemon, earth, soap and bread in the beginning. Hops shine through beautifully with a herbal/floral character. Did I mention the dry finish? Some subtle barnyard flavors in the finish as well.

Minerally mouthfeel in a very good way. Thought provoking even at this ABV. Highly digestible. Balanced. Beautiful. I can only think of a couple American breweries that consistently impress me with their Belgian inspired brews (Russian River, Ommegang & Allagash) and Lost Abbey is certainly making a name for themselves in my book.

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