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 johnnnniee
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear dark golden color with a thinnish bone white head that slowly subsides, but leaves a little stickage on the glass. Smells of sweet pomme fruits and caramel mostly. Spicy almost peppery aroma provides a nice balance to the sweetness of the malts. The flavor is sweet and malty with a little spicy but not much in the way of pepper that was hinted in the aroma. Very dry finish makes this one seem thin. Medium to thin body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet grainy mouthfeel. Decent Belgian Pale, easy to drink but maybe a little boring.

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Photo of Aml42000
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep golden color with a thick white head and sticky lacing.

S- The main component is yeast/biscuit, but some lemon aromatics as well.

T- Sweet, pit fruit on the initial sip. More tart citrus as it moves through the mid palate. A bit muddled.

M- Very crisp and clean and the high carbonation offsets the sweet flavors.

O- A very approachable Belgian Pale. Some Saison qualities as well. I'd order or buy this again.

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

Pours murky orange with large white head that stays around. Smells of apple skins, floral notes, slight funk, and honey. Tastes of apple skins, slight funk, honey, tart and some grassiness. Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation. A sweet treat that goes well in the summer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Devotion Ale
The Lost Abbey
Style: Belgian Pale Ale
ABV: 6.25 %

LOOK: Orange colored brew with a nice white foam, leaving little lace before receding to nothing. Clarity is on the low side, looking like a yeasty belgian brew.

SMELL: Belgian yeast, apricot, orange citrus, hay, and a mild funky note as well. Interesting smells and pretty inviting.

TASTE: Brings to the palate some candy sugar, big musty yeasty funk, mild noble style hopping, and earthy qualities. There is a pretty distinct alcohol flavor as well, though the abv is at a relatively modest 6.25%. A lot of barnyard yeast driven flavors without any sourness, just light, chalky and funky. Mild peppery spice, but more or less sweet. Unique.

FEEL: Medium bodied, a bit limp with a soft carbonation.

OVERALL: An interesting take on a Belgian ale here, quite a bit musty and funky. Nothing crazy or too out of place, but compared to its Belgian brethren, this is just a bit above average.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

under 10 bucks for a cork and cage 750ml at argonaut on colfax. pours a really pale blonde, brassy color, very cloudy, with a half inch white head which fades to patchy foam on top. smells like subdued spice from belgian yeast and a lot of pale and crystal malt, on the lighter side. less hops in the nose than i anticipated. flavor though is much more hoppy, citrusy in profile and hitting up front and in back about the same. grapefruit zest seems the closest, but its not quite that tart or bitter. a touch of sweetness, and great big yeast flavors round this one out. mouthfeel is very bright on the carbonation with a roughly medium body, made a bit heavier by the sediment suspended within. overall this is refreshing and tasty, but well below the excitement i get from most of their other brews that ive had. still, a nice rendition of the style, especially for an american brew.

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Photo of Suds
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a corked 750 ml bottle, this is a hazy light-golden brew. It presents a bright white, firm head. The aroma is pepper, yeast, pale malt, and herbal-musty hops.The taste is balanced, but maybe a slight tilt to the dry side. Somewhat tart. A fruity, citric acidity comes out in the late tastes. Hop bitterness is present in the finish. The beer's body is a little lighter than expected. Overall, this is a fine beer.

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Photo of Kromes
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy gold with a thin line of off white bubbles and lacing down the glass.

S: Bready malt, grassy hop, and a citrus spice fruitiness.

T: A sweet bready malt with a nice mellow herbal and grassy hop flavor and some citrus and apple fruit flavors. The finish is a little bitter with a Belgian clove spice lingering.

M: Light to Medium body with above average carbonation to give it a peppery feel.

O: An excellent Belgian Pale Ale. Definitely at the top of the class.

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

Pours out a slightly cloudy yellow/amber with two fingers of white small creamy suds. Some larger bubbles in the cream and some lacing.
Smell is very fruity with belgian spices and some slight alcohol way in the back.
Taste is very crisp and clean belgian ale. There is some lemon peel here but mostly corriander and light bread yeast.
Mouthfeel is really clean with very little stickiness. Some spices remain in the palate but it finishes very clean for a pale ale.
Overall this is really crisp and clean and very well balanced.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1249th Review on BA
Draft to Libbey 3010 (I’m guessing)

@Bj’s Chino Hills

App- A darker orange with some dark highlights running throughout. The bottom has a bit of yellow in it mixed with some gold. The beer is fairly dense with not a lot of clarity. A light ½ finger of head formed that was almost pure white and stuck around for a little bit. The cling was very stunning as well. No carb issues on this beer.

Smell- A very light and grainy Belgian Pale Ale. A slight aroma of the yeast is found and then is gone. The aromatics are mostly light grass with a little bit of earthy hops and some thick caramel. Smelled a little thick in the middle and as it warmed a little bit. More soft hops in the finish towards the bottom.

Taste- A light and refreshing beer for a hot day. This however was a overcast and cloudy day in So. Cal. With lunch this was paired with a mixed green salad and a chicken pesto flatbread pizza. Beer opens with a bouquet of semi-peppery yeast and hops combo with a lot of grass and earth behind it. Middle comes along and adds a touch of bitter to the party and the finish is more of the yeast/hops combo. It’s pretty tasty with some light and thick points but overall enjoyable.

Mouth- A bit light on the finish and a tad too yeasty/pepper spicy. Left me wanting to take a few sips too many to get the lingering flavors to dissipate. The body is thick and light and a medium yeasty carbonation level.

Drink- Overall an enjoyable beer but I found the mouth feel to be a bit lacking for me. A bit too across the board vs. uniform and the flavor retention just was a bit off to me. The yeast did a good job of tying things together but left me drinking too much water like I said.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - first pour yields a crystal clear orangey yellow color, but following pours turn more hazy leading to a more amber color. Lots of dense white foam at least 3 fingers worth dissipates to less than a finger but still has some staying power. Some lacing present.

S - aroma the aroma is more on the subtle side. No phenols or spice notes. Lots of fruit character though. It's teaming with ripe apples with crisp red skins, pears and even a hint of melon. There is also a grassy touch with some doughy undertones.

T - grainy bread upfront. Fruit esters enter soon after with the same apple and pear character as the nose. Palate is a touch acidic with a hint of lemons. Hops enters later bringing an earthy, nearly citric bitterness which sort of fights for attention against the lemony acidity. Finish is bright and fairly quick.

M - body is medium but leaning to the lighter side. Texture is creamy. Carb is high with very pronounced tingly bubbles.

O - a very refreshing take on a Belgian pale ale.

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

Poured from the bottle a cloudy apricot color with two fingers of white head.

Tart aroma of white grapes and green apples along with grassy hops, yeast, and an earthy maltiness.

The taste was identical to the aroma. Finished clean.

Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

I liked this Belgian Pale from Lost Abbey. Not incredible, but quite nice.

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Photo of raynmoon
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks very hazy and golden orange, and smells very nice. Not much of a head though, hmmm.

It's a little flat, which is a little disappointing, but the taste is nice. I've heard about problems they've had getting it right. It looks like I have one of those bottles. but it still tastes very nice.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Lord Hobo- pours a pretty clear golden color with a 1.5 finger head, minimal retention, and very nice paving.

Smell is a little tart plus some earthy yeast and a little pale malt.

Taste is consistent with smell- a little tartness a first, followed by a nice pale malt sweetness, finishing with earthy yeast.

Mouthfeel is very light and lightly carbonated. Good beer- nothing exceptional.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 6/28/11. consumed 3/28/12. H

A: Hazy tangerine orange coloring is dense with a bready eggshell white head that shows a moderate rate of stay. Small isolated instances of carbonation bubbles release from the bottom. Thin spongy film band.

S: Light muskiness of oranges and lemons. Light barnyard musk of grains and hay.

T: Beautiful musky Belgian yeastiness of lemon, hay, oranges and dry pale grains. Dry spicy flowery hops.

M: Light body, musky lemon sourness and grains. Peaceful and quiet stance on carbonation.

O: Overall you need not even close your eyes to imagine your in Belgium. Harmonic yeast and grain combination creates a beautiful drinking experience that is effortlessly smooth and polished from start to finish. The flavor really speaks of the craftsmanship here.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy blonde orange with a big rocky dense foam head. Good lace and gobs of foam.

Belgian nose with yeast and some light malt and a little peachy nectar.

Nice malt up front, but surprisingly no real fruit to it. A little yeast and soda water that turns immediately bitter. Funny and really cool part is that the bitter is in the layer with some booze, but this is only 6.25%. Finish is malty and light bitter, with slight sourness. I loved this.

Medium bodied with perfect carbonation.

Great brew. Are we spoiled on high alcohol beers. They toned the booze down, and it works wonderfully. Very drinkable with enough complexity.

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

750ml Bottle - Thanks to jFam for this - from bevmo in La Quinta

Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow/amber colour with a large size fizzy and frothy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Lemon, grains, ginger, yeast, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lemons, ginger, apricots, and grains mixed with malts. There is also a decent amount of hops and some yeast/clove/coriander spiciness. It ends with a hoppy yet fruity aftertaste.

Overall - Not a terribly complex beer but still one that tastes great and is worth the price. The fruit flavours work well with the spiciness and the hops really balance it out. I'd like to try this on fresh on tap.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the ColLAboration beer fest at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain, herbal hops, and some slightly funky aromas. Taste is very much the same. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is very refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into an EKU 28 snifter in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given the brewery. Not paired with food. Purchased today at Wade's Wine in Westlake Village, California. Cost was $8.99 USD plus tax.

Served refrigerator cold. Poured without vigor; I don't anticipate carbonation issues (even if it is Lost Abbey).

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and fantastic retention. Colour is a nontransparent yellow-gold. Floating yeast particles are present. Pleasant and inviting.

Sm: Biscuity yeast, lemon and orange fruit ester hops, some cream, layered clean malts, and sugars. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Yeasty, which I quite like. A clean malty foundation is complemented nicely by the lemon and orange fruit ester hops from the nose. The finish is delightfully creamy. Hardly any hops are present; those that are are likely for preservation rather than bittering. It's nicely layered, and complex enough to give it a rounded, full body. Quite nice for a blonde ale. Very refreshing and enjoyable.

Mf: Neither too thick nor too thin. Light on the palate whilst retaining a full body. Smooth and wet, with enough coarseness to support the flavours and allow them to come out. Refreshing. The frothy cream on the finish is delightful.

Dr: Very drinkable. Hides its ABV well. I'd like to have this on draught. It's lovely from the bottle. Quite refreshing and mellow. Would pair well with a food that doesn't have a strong taste. I could drink this all night.


12/22/2016 2nd impressions:

From one of the U.S.A.'s best breweries comes this authentic take on the underrepresented Belgian golden ale style.

$9.99 per large format bottle in Centennial, CO.

Has a clean pilsner and blond/pale (2-row) malt backbone with a pleasantly spicy Belgian yeast character that lends it life. Balanced with a table beer simplicity and a rustic yeast edge.

Light-bodied, soft, and refreshing, with perfect carbonation owing to its well-executed bottle conditioning.

A good Belgian golden ale, though domestically it lags behind Russian River's superior Damnation just up North, and internationally it's a far cry from paragons like Duvel.


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Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange hue with fluffy bright white head that recedes rather quickly. Honey suckle and apple on the nose along with sweet belgian candy. Floral hop presence rests beneath it all. Slick body and exceptionally smooth. Low carbonation. Tart apple and citric hop finish with a very bready malt body. Lingering subtle sweetness on the lips of honey. A complex yet subtle beer with pretty well blended flavors. Body holds up nicely through the entire sip. Pretty good.

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Photo of grannaniwa
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

“dry-hopped Belgian-inspired blonde ale”

Golden color. Big head falls in jagged peaks and valleys. Not
a lot of aroma, mostly hops. Flavor is dominated by bitter hops, but not overpowering. Not so much hops that it feels syrupy. A little sweetness to go along with it. Maybe something in the terroritory of Sam Adams Latitude IPA, but less balanced. Don’t really taste the medium-high alcohol content.

Overall: B. Fine, but would not seek out again.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at brouwers.

A pours a clear orange topped with a large foamy head.

S lots of tart apple with some light herbal notes.

T a very strong bitter hop note with a bit of earth and some apple like fruit.

M light and well carbonated.

Overall not bad, just not spectacular.

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

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 1" head. Nice lacing paints the glass.

Smell: fruity sweetness, some spiciness, and a bit of bitterness comes through to the nose.

Taste: nice maltiness with apples, pears, pepper, yeast, and a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short lived.

Overall: a very easy to drink beer. Refreshing with a bit of a spicy note. Enjoyable overall.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: nice golden hue with just a touch of haze. Head poured a finger of frothy ivory foam which dissipated somewhat quickly.

Smell: light malt aroma with a bit of green apple character and a hint of tartness. I think I detect some noble/earthy hops in there as well. Not too bad.

Taste: quite a lot like the smell, rather, but somehow this combination of flavors works better on the tongue than in the nose. The apple combines with the light tartness and the grassiness of the hops to create a very spring-like flavor, and there is a nice bitterness which balances everything out. Pretty good!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and smooth creaminess. I like it.

Overall: I find this beer growing on me. It's got a definite "green" feel to it, and as I said it reminds me of spring. I would need to be in the right mood, but I would definitely have this beer again.

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

Poured into a Duvel tulip from a 750ml bottle bottled on 6-28-2011.

A: Slightly hazy copper, amber, and straw colored depending on how the light hits my tulip. There's a towering rocky light tan head that clings to the side of the glass as is dissipates. This is a gorgeous looking beer!

S: Light citrus aromas with light ripened fruits that I can't place my finger on, with light floral aromas balancing out this beer. Smells complex and fantastic!

T: Slightly spicey with a light sweetness to this, there's a light lemon bite here and just a light touch of floral hops at the end. Nice complexity and a delicate balance.

M: Full bodied with the soft carbonation making small sips fill the mouth.

O: Very crisp and refreshing, the complexity makes me want to keep sipping. This is a fantastic beer for the nice Spring days like the one we had today.

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

This beer pours a hazy pale orange color with an inch and a half bright white head. There is excellent head retention and some clumpy lacing.

The aroma is great. Citrus, candi sugar, yeast, and pale malt. Very nice.

The taste is ok. Again citrus notes, pale malt, and a bit of yeast hit me. It's then followed with a decent hop bitterness on the finish. It's a bit on the bitter side for a Belgian style Pale IMO but it's certainly not a hop bomb or anything even close to that.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice efforvescence.

Overall this is a decent beer. It's got the proper elements, so I can't complain too much.

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