Devotion Ale | The Lost Abbey

BA SCORE
87
very good
872 Ratings
Devotion AleDevotion Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
872
Reviews:
331
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
119
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 872 |  Reviews: 331
Photo of dmorgan310
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Didier
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TigerSoul
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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 -1.8%
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 -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BillCheck
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of I3eer
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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%
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 -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of QuadriderMX
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ahorvath
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ajm5108
2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
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 +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of baconfromwalmart
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Photo of Brolo75
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey chunky tumbler

A: Straw, golden color, little on the dark side, bright, creamy white head, some minor lacing, beer is clear with lots of carbonation.

A: Belgian yeast, hay, grainy, earth herbal notes, some spice, some hoppy bitterness at the front end, complex with depth.

T: A hint of hops, citrusy, Belgian yeast, grainy, hay notes, some spice, malts on the backend, alcohol is well hidden, dry finish, very tasty.

M: Lots of carbonation, creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O: Very good, nice introduction with a slight citrusy hop note before getting the Belgian characteristics. I did have a bottle of this was almost a year old and it lacked the hops but Belgian characteristics were still present, the beer is not as bright aged as it is fresh.

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Photo of kornkid8600
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OGShotzy
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mgm54
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jooler
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is funky. Taste is good initially but then transitions to a bitter note. I would have like the whole taste to be like the initial taste

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Photo of NOLANDMAN
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Justin_Val88
4.82/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy copper tinted gold under a pillowy persistent 3” white foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: Orange and pepper with light biscuit.
T: Mild large pitted fruit, apricot to peach, spice, orange, citrus, with a dash of pepper on the finish.
F: Very creamy medium body with fine soft carbonation.
O: A big full flavored beer with a rich delightful texture.

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Photo of zekeman17
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Devotion Ale from The Lost Abbey
3.88 out of 5 based on 872 ratings.
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