It's time to dive in to the other side of the latest breweries to hit New Jersey via our good friends at Hunterdon. There has been a good amount of hype surrounding The Lost Abbey's beers' arrival so I figured I would start with one of their familiar suspects - Devotion Ale, a dry hopped Belgian-inspired Blond Ale. Devotion Ale is a very unique Lost Abbey beer as it's the only one in the portfolio that uses the dry hopping method, while toning down the yeast to give a flavorful and hoppy Belgian Pale Ale element. Having read up on it and having had a glass at the kick-off party, I couldn't wait to hit the store for a few bottles of this delicious brew.
The bottle art gives great context to the kind of beer this brew represents. A nice quaint farm with a field full of fresh hops growing, the image makes you wish you were there hanging out with the Monks of the priory.
The hops are the main star of this beer: CO2 Extract, Northern Brewer and German Tettnang all have their part in giving this beer a nice bite that goes well with the 2row malt and their in-house yeast (also used for Lost and Found as well as Judgement Day). I expected the beer to have that familiar Belgian yeast taste but that wasn't the case. The Tettnang hops with the yeast being toned down for this particular brew give the beer a little spice to it, and with the beer weighing in around 6% abv it is super drinkable and a must for any Belgian fan. I for one was blown away with this specimen; from the drinkability to all the flavors you get from the ingredients, it was a nice gate way into the world of The Lost Abbey. I can't wait to try more of their brews as they become available to us here - they are truly interesting beers.