Devotion Ale | The Lost Abbey

very good
875 Ratings
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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Ratings: 875 |  Reviews: 333
Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ithinkimasofa
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of patm1986
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of TheRealDBCooper
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of afksports
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of jculler82
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange/gold with a medium sized creamy white head that fades rather quickly.

Spicy hops on the nose. There is also a Brett type aroma, ala Orval. However, from what I can find online, there is no Brett in Devotion. Smells good, complex enough to keep going back for more.

Belgian yeast fruitiness, i.e. clove, banana, bubble gum, etc., is subdued, as it should be in a BPA, which I believe makes this style, and this beer, extremely drinkable. In the flavor there is some vanilla, spicy hops, lemon zest that comes and goes very quickly, a very mild acetic note, and the finish is a pleasant bitterness.

I'm loving Devotion, very complex for such a simple beer. With each sip you'll pick up new flavors and aromas that you didn't get in the last. I wish I had another 750.

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Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy, dark golden color. Has a nice, creamy yellow-white head that is long lasting and leaves very good lacing.

A fruity and spicy nose: It smells more like a Belgian tripel than expected, but there are plenty of hops in the taste.

Medium body; excellent carbonation. Very smooth.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy, light golden shade with a retentive creamy white head with a lasting lace.

S - Floral in the nose, spicy, yeasty.

T - Peach and citrus to begin, then comes the herbal notes and clove spiciness.

M - Low carbonation, medium body. Typical of the style.

O - Very easy drinking pale ale, characteristically Belgian.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip; no dating on the label or bottle. Hazy light orange body with a thick 4-finger, off-white head. Excellent retention and nice lacing. One of the thickest creamy, foam caps I've ever had.

Zesty, spicy aroma from the yeast and hops. Slightly grassy hop notes with a citrus, mostly lemon, note mixed in. Smells like a bit of sweet malt in the background.

The tastes follows the aroma very closely. The spices are a bit more peppery on the tongue than the nose, and push the hops to the background. Still, a bit of lemon zest and a touch of sweetness comes through in the end.

A little thicker consistency in the mouthfeel than I expected, but still very drinkable. Another solid brew from Lost Abbey.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at Lost Abbey.

A: Bright orange with an inch of soapy froth. Great retention and lots of lacing.

S: Floral and grassy hops with peppery phenolics. The hops are expressive and bright. Citrus is redolent of orange and pear. Malt is cracker and bread.

T: Bready malt with a lower moderate bitterness. There's a pervasive floral presence with spicy notes. Grassiness blends with pepper-like phenols. I get orange and a little melon.

M: Lower medium in body with an upper moderate carbonation.

Overall: A refreshing and highly drinkable hoppy Belgian Pale Ale.

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Photo of NickRivers
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A&S - Pours a beautiful hazy golden orange, with a huge fluffy white head. Great retention. The head lasts the entire glass. Smells of light malt, light fruit, clove, and straw aroma'd yeast.

T&M - Hits with a peachy straw malt, then sweetens and crisps showcasing the medium/light body, then bitters with fresh as can be hops, very light and refreshing!

O - I really enjoyed this one. Its my first from The Lost Abbey and I look forward for more. Its great to buy and share with the friends, especially those who'll say, "Beers come with corks?" Overall its a wonderful Pale Ale in general, I'd drink this just as much as an American Pale Ale. Be sure to pour this slowly as the head gets a little out of control. Stay thirsty my friends!

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4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Great head: off-white with awesome lacing and retention. Lightly opaque, golden orange body.

S – Lemon, orange zest, thyme, clove, honey, and roses over a light breadiness.

T – Spicy cinnamon, black pepper, and apple give way to a sour center with lighter pear notes. Floral, green bell pepper finish.

M – Fantastic smoothness on a medium bodied frame. The carbonation is a shade low for the style.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty clear golden amber with a thick and fluffy off-white head. Malty aroma has a subtle fruity undertone and a hint of butterscotch. Flavor is malty and a little fruity, with a subtle note of butterscotch and a hoppy undertone. Texture is full-bodied, edgy and a little tingly, and aftertaste has malt, hops and just a teeny bit of tinniness. Devotion indeed!

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Photo of mactrail
3.07/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Simple beer flavors that take an unpleasant dark turn along the way. No hint of malty sweetness, and it has a nose like concrete dust. Definitely on the sour side. Dull amber in the tulip with fairly flat mouthfeel. I wouldn't say it has any Belgian flavors.

Trying hard to find some pleasure in this. Seems like yet another peculiar but slightly unpleasant experiment from Lost Abbey, but maybe risk-taking is the point.

Update: tasted 01/02/2011 also on tap. Has a Saison character but deteriorated into a bitter swamp. Harsh and unforgiving. Thin body and sharper as you taste. I was too generous the first rating.

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

A: cloudy amber color with a thick head that lasts for the entire glass.

S: orange, peat, spice, more fruity esters fill the nose.

T: fruity esters, pale malt, crisp hops in the aftertaste. Part of it tastes like scotch, too, which I really like.

M: fairly standard good beligian mouthfeel. It's crisp and delicious, yes. But it's not thin, even with the pale-ish malts.

O: awesome beer! I love how different the spices make it from just about any beer I've had.

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Photo of brian44556
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 22oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip. No dates located on the bottle.

Pours a dark straw color with a thick 2-3 finger, bright white head. It took a good while for the head to crawl back into the body of the beer. Leaves a decent along the sides of the glass. Smells of Belgian Yeast, a mild form of hops, and scent of fresh bananas. Taste is spot on for a good Belgian Pale Ale. Enjoy the clove, banana, and small hint of hops. Also catch a lot of the yeasty flavor. Mouthful works and and is an easy drinker. Overall a good Belgian Pale, not one of my top beers, but would drink again if the opportunity presented itself.

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

Pours a murky golden orange color with a large white head that diminishes eventually. Scent is Belgian yeast with hints of citrus and clove. The scent seems to be like I'm about to dive into a well-balanced Belgian-style pale. Scent is not too misleading...Although not as well-balanced as I was assuming, the flavors are spot on with the aroma. Lovely citrus notes met with hoppy esters and Belgian yeast. Hints of clove, green apple, and banana cling to the palate along with a bit of bubblegum. Mouthfeel is light bodied and well carbonated. Drinkability is high. Overall, I feel this is a solid example for this style. It is not one of my favorites from this brewery or for the style, but it is definitely something I would drink again.

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Photo of metal850
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml bottled poured into a wine glass

A: Nice 4 finger of white head which settles to a 1cm film of bubbles that leaves nice lacing. Dark tan with red highlights.

S: Strong phenolic aroma with lots of yeast, esters are lemons and peaches.

T: Wheat malt flavor, like bread, nice hop bitterness to balance. Doesn't taste like it smells, much lighter in flavor. More phenolic spice as it warms.

M: Smooth but gritty, lightly carbonated.

O: Very good Belgian blonde/pale ale.

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

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Pours a lovely copper-tinged golden color with ample, white, lacey head. Aroma is floral, grapefruit and orange rinds, with just a touch of mild spice. Initial taste is surprisingly good considering the aroma, all light hops and malt, with a touch of old penny flavor. Good mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Overall, a pretty good effort.

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Devotion Ale from The Lost Abbey
3.88 out of 5 based on 875 ratings.
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