Devotion Ale | The Lost Abbey

Devotion AleDevotion Ale
BA SCORE
3.87/5
881 Ratings
Devotion AleDevotion Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,491
Reviews:
335
Ratings:
881
pDev:
10.59%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
122
Trade:
2
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 881 |  Reviews: 335
Photo of bkwhoppa66
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Texasfan549
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smi69
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Chief99
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cartr1dgeBased
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FickleBeast
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
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 -3.1%
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 -6.7%
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 +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Didier
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TigerSoul
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a very unique beer, for more than a few reasons. First off, it is technically a 'Belgian pale ale' and although it possesses characteristics of that variety, it has a bit of a 'split' personality. On the first sniff, you get the piney hop notes that suggest "west coast IPA", but then with the first sip, there's a mellow creaminess that is anything but that. The end note brings back some of those hops but with the banana yeastiness that I more closely associate with Belgian bottle conditioned ales. It is quite drinkable given the relatively low ABV but it has enough layers to keep you interested. The Lost Abbey's bombers are surprisingly widely available here in New Jersey even as products of the parent, Port Brewing Co., are hard to locate. They are also reasonably priced, which make them a comparatively good value when put up against other more boutique, elitist offerings that I find to have much less appeal... Of course, you need to take any of my reviews with a grain of (bitter) salt: I must be the only craft beer enthusiast who was completely underwhelmed by Heady Topper. For that reason alone, many of you will dismiss my opinions. Prosit!

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Photo of Spreetaper
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at brewery.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BillCheck
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of I3eer
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had it again at JM Curley. Not impressed.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours with an absolutely enormous head. The head lingers quite some time. The beer itself is a golden coppery color with apparent carbonation, very clear, not opaque at all. The nose is lightly fruity, but not tropical, pears maybe? There are definitely some yeast esters here too that give it just a bit of fruity pop, definitely a belgian strain. The taste is quite clean, some very mild hop bitterness up front (though the hop notes are almost lightly piney). The upfront hop note fades quickly and I am left with a distinct bready character not unlike crackers. Overall a very nice beer and one I would definitely recomend.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of QuadriderMX
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ahorvath
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ajm5108
2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A pretty standard offering, lacking any of the distinct Belgian yeast flavor in favor of a mediocre mild malt profile with some run-of-the-mill citrus esters. Finishes with a pretty big hop bite with a good amount of grapefruit.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Had at Perch Pub in Philly.
L: coppery orange yellow with a billowed white head.
S: earthy and delicious
T: grassy. awesome balance of flavorful hops and yeast
F: really smooth with a nice medium mouth feel
O: really nice beer, I had two and will definitely get it again

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Devotion Ale from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 881 ratings
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