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:
#8,450
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 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 Souleman
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of blameo
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

B / GOOD

***
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.

B / GOOD

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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 rderedin
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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 captainbearcat
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of ridedatrainmarv
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of joex444
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of nasa258e
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Pencible
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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 12owls
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of SoCalStout
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of rhhjr
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from undated bottle to NBB globe glass. The beer pours a hazy orange amber color with a nice 2.5 finger white fluffy head. Excellent retention and lacing. This beer looks fantastic. The nose is nice though rather mellow. Hints of citrus, apples, toasted malt, a hint of alcohol, and a nice belgian yeast. Well constructed. The flavor starts with a subtle apple flavor together with a crisp citrus flavor. Mild bitterness. A bit of toasty malt mixes well with the yeast character. Works well together. Finishes crisp with a lingering apple flavor with a hint of bitter. Highly carbonated, medium bodied.

Overall, this is another winner from Lost Abbey. Very easy drinking and well crafted. Recommended.

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