Veritas 001 - The Lost Abbey
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4.47/5 rDev +7.5%
Bottle shared by Grant - thanks! We looked it up and if I remember correctly it was 40% Red Poppy, 40% Cuvee de Tomme, and 20% Older Viscosity, although the last of the three was widely argued over.
Pours an attractive brownish-orange color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of tart cherries and raspberries with good amounts of oak and grainy dark malt aromas backing it all up.
Tastes very good, although different than it smells. Grainy caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by tart cherries and currants. Midway through the sip the malt flavors darken a bit, with very light hints of roasted malts. The malt flavors fade before a solidly tart ending.
Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.
Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.
Overall this was one of the more interesting sours I've had - the nose is very good but not terribly unique but the addition of Older Viscosity puts the flavor profile into special territory. Well worth a shot if you can find a bottle and thanks again to Grant for sharing this.
05-27-2010 03:52:31 | More by glid02
4.7/5 rDev +13%
Veritas 001 is the first release of a new series that will be released from Lost Abbey. From the Lost Abbey website the 001 is a blend of three beers including the Cuvee de Tomme 2004. This was sampled on tap at the Monk's Cafe Lost Abbey Dinner.
The beer poured a deep redish/brown color with a slight but tanish/red right around the glass. The nose was complex with a tart aroma complimented by a wine grape feel, maybe cherry on the nose as well. The taste was tart, a bit funky and definitely had some vinous qualities to it. As I let it sit a little longer it warmed and brought out some dried fruit and even a bit of grapefruit on the tongue. All this making for a somewhat full bodied beer that was just enjoyable. If I am lucky enough to run across this again in the future I would surely snatch some up. I can't wait to see what Tomme creates for future Veritas brews.
02-08-2007 02:12:02 | More by ggaughan
3.85/5 rDev -7.5%
What better beer for TICK #1001 than Veritas 001? None, I say! 750ml bottle very generously shared by dyan.
Pours a muddy, dirty reddish brown with minimal head. Does not look good at all.
The aroma is very nice with notes of Cuvee de Tomme, Red Poppy (i.e. cherries, funk, vinegar, wood), chocolate, -bal aging, and rarity.
The flavor is not quite as good. Some nice chocolate-covered cherry is in there, along with oak barrel and funk. Slightly acetic and not too sour.
Medium-bodied with sediment detectable on the palate and low carbonation (surprised?).
Good and interesting stuff, but I've had better from Lost Abbey. The best part about this one is the rarity.
08-18-2010 21:58:38 | More by nickd717
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
Hand bottled by yours truly during the Lost Abbey first annual barrel tasting party in August '07.
A- Reddish dark brown, a clear, dark liquid. No head at all.
S- Fruit, some cherry.
T- Sweet, finishes moderately sour. Has a light, yet sweet malt backing to this.
M- Pretty thin. More than you would think. Actually wrote "watery" down in my notes. The carbonation in this was very light, it could have benefited from a little more.
D- really good smelling and tasting beer. Would have liked it more with a higher carbonation level. I think that would have made it more interesting.
06-10-2008 14:08:25 | More by MiScusi
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
A hand-bottled 750 mL bottle courtesy of Spacecoyote, marked at Batch 01 bottle 000.
A: The ale is a dark woody brown color, hazy and yeasty with a tan head that had ruby hints. Lots of carbonation is visible streaming in the glass.
S: The aroma is tart, thick with funky notes of pepper, black cherry and dry honey. The aroma has a lot going on.
T: Cherries from the Cuvee de Tomme lead the way, dark and sweet with a sour apple butter undertone. Lots and lots of funk matches the cherry profile, sour with some pepper and green apple essence. Sour flavors fo the Rodenbach variety add an acetic flavor that turns to apple butter in the best tradition of Rodenbach. The tartness bites throughout, leaving a funky flavor to sit on the palate.
M: The mead in the blend leads to a dry mouthfeel that accentuates the funky tartness. Let the ale sit on your tongue and enjoy.
D: The high alcohol is well hidden amongst the myriad flavors, an impressive ode to the glory of blending and infecting beer.
06-14-2008 02:10:51 | More by akorsak
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
Bottle. Sea O'Floydster epic tasting, post PP Belgian Fest. Thanks Julian for bringing this bottle.
Apple, cider, cinnamon (this was likened appropriately to cinnamon apple pie)..fruity notes. A bit of funk and a bit of vinous qualities.
High carbonation and light on the tongue.
Interesting, not what I was expecting, but also not overly impressed, especially given the rarity.
Still have my bottle of this, but I am thinking I should probably open this in the next 6 months or so as I don't see it improving (excluding the possibility that 5-10 years works some miracles...hey, you never know).
03-31-2009 04:42:31 | More by rallison
3.75/5 rDev -9.9%
Murky, turbid, rust colored...no head. This looks pretty bad, 2/5 is being kind of generous.
Lots of tart cherry aroma, also some light acetic acid, raspberries, balsamic vinaigrette, a little dark sugar. Smells much better than it looks.
Tastes good too, plenty of tart cherry along with some oak, raisins, dark malts, a little acetic acid. Medium-bodied, pretty tasty but somewhat muddled. Some vinous notes toward the finish along with a hint of dark sugar. The combination of cherries and dark malt reminds me a whole lot of Cuvee de Tomme, but this beer isn't as refined. Carbonation is low, bordering on non-existent, to the beer's detriment. Good stuff, but not outstanding.
08-09-2010 19:08:47 | More by largadeer
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
This is an absolutely terrific blended beer. Sampled two serving in the Blended beers seminar at the State College Microbrew Expo. John Hansell (of Malt Advocate led the seminar). He explained that this is a limited creation by Tomme Aurthor (of Lost Abbey/Port Brewing) and he was able to secure a keg of this blend for this seminar. The blend is this: 1/5 Old Viscosity, 2/5 Cuvée De Tomme (a sour Belgian), and 2/5 Redstone Meadery, "Redstone Black Raspberry Nectar", a sweet / tart mead. What a beautiful blend and who would have thought it'd work so well. It is most certainly unique but with some Flemish Red Ale attributes. It is served a dark brown color and has sour acidic aroma. Cherries blackberry, dark grapes and woodiness comes through in the nose. The flavors follow. Difficult to distinguish all that is going on in this complex brew. Mouthfeel is acidic and tart but rich with a sweet coating left on the cheeks. Drinkability, I am a huge fan. I think this is a real winner. I hope it will become available.
Hope this is helpful.
07-31-2007 18:14:43 | More by Phatz
4.48/5 rDev +7.7%
Bottle at the DC Lambic & Sour Tasting on April 14, 2012 as part of a full Veritas set, 001-010. Served in a Lost Abbey Teku.
Pours a somewhat-cloudy amber-red color with a small off-white head that fades a bit quickly before falling to a collar and leaving a touch of lacing.
The nose has some red grapes alongside port notes plus some red wine and wood. Quite complex; way more than I was expecting here.
The flavor is equally as nice with a heavy-handed length on the palate. Moderate acidity accompanied by a medium amount of funk. Grape and red wine notes accompany that acidity, followed by just a bit of wood.
Body is light-medium with moderate, though certainly adequate, carbonation. Dry finish and lingering flavor.
Really nicely done and this was perhaps the surprise hit of the tasting for me, as I wasn't really expecting much but it really delivered.
04-18-2012 23:21:15 | More by Thorpe429
3.53/5 rDev -15.1%
Opens pretty flat, tart cherry touching on balsamic, light balsamic vinegar and a touch strawberry vinegar both in the nose and flavor. It's completely flat, gross brown color. As expected, a bit oxidize but not terribly. This is decent but nothing special - slightly Flanders-y, maybe Flanders light. The mead is almost completely lost, with a soft honey aftertaste that is its only sign. Tastes great on the novelty, really rarity. I am very thankful for the experience, Joel and Tomme.
04-20-2013 17:48:29 | More by BucketBoy
4/5 rDev -3.8%
I shared this with a few guys the other day. Many thanks to Alen (RIP) for this rarity
Hazy murky brown flat no head or lace. This is rather ugly. Nose has cherries, acetic acid and bourbon. The cherry is beautiful, whole ripe tart cherries. Some vanilla, there's plenty of oak and tannins. A touch of chocolate? Brown sugar. Wonderful.
The palate is decent. Not very well integrated. Sour cherry juice with white wine grapes, vanilla, moderate brown sugar. Plenty of sweetness. Mildly flabby, the tannins and sweetness clash and don't tighten up the finish. Mild bourbon. Moderate acetic acid. Medium bodied with low carbonation, there's a long finish with vanilla and brown sugar. Solid stuff. Reminds me of the Sinners 2008 in some ways.
08-10-2010 18:56:31 | More by DefenCorps
4.85/5 rDev +16.6%
Draft. Sampled at Monks Cafe Lost Abbey Dinner 2/6/07. I read about this beer in Tommes blog last month, and I couldnt wait to sample it. This is a mix of three beers, including Cuvee de Tomme brewed in 2003.
The beer poured cloudy dark brown with a moderate sized off-white head. The aroma was beautiful - red wine tannins, as well as the tart qualities of a flemish sour. Tartness comes through on the initial sip. Very vinous. Fruit (cherries) and wood on the following sips. A bit of citrus character hidden in the background. Seemed like a flemish sour mixed with red wine. Fantastic!
06-05-2007 18:08:48 | More by krkearney
4.47/5 rDev +7.5%
Consumed on 11/15/2009 at O'Brien's Lost Abbey rare bottle tasting amidst a Veritas 001-006 vertical at the tail end of the first San Diego Beer Week. This beer was supposedly bottled in November of 2006, so that would make it roughly three years old. The beer is dark crimson in my glass. The head is small, fizzy, and bubbly. It's dark in the room so it's hard to expound on the appearance.
The nose opens up moderately tannic with wood notes. Dark fruits are present in the form of plums, dark ripe red grapes, and cherries. The aroma is vinous, with notes of vinegar and a decided sugar character to it. The cherry really shines through.
The flavor opens up with tart dark fruits, a low lactic quality, and mild acetic notes. The fruit character is reminiscent of plums, cherries, and dark grapes. The sweetness is sugary and at a low level. This beer has held up remarkably. As the beer warms, I notice a whisper of chocolate. As in the nose, the cherry is the highlight of the flavor but it doesn't dominate the other fruits. The finish is dark fruits with a drying tannic quality. Cherry lingers...
The beer has low carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. Excellent!
11-17-2009 08:39:37 | More by HopHead84
4/5 rDev -3.8%
Wow thanks a ton for sharing this one Greg! Definitely one that I wouldn't have tried otherwise.
Pours really murky.. kind of a rubyish brown with some burnt orange mixed in at the edges, no head at all, but the cork required pliers to be removed...hmmm. A few bottles, but this is essentially pond water.
Definitely a good amount of cuvee de tomme in here... cherries are prominent. A little dirty spice. Kind of a slick taste from the lack of carbonation... a little muddled. Like a confused teenager. Cherry tartness with some other dark fruits (raisin from the cdt) mixed in. Woody and some residual sugar. Good tartness with a restrained spice character... it kind of comes across dirty and muddled with all the fruit that is here from the cdt and red poppy (assuming), and flatness doesn't help. Some red wine vinegar. Alcohol is well integrated. Glad to have had the chance but this one seems to be going downhill.
03-03-2010 03:06:02 | More by Ineedabeerhere
4.2/5 rDev +1%
Massive thanks to alen for this beauty.
Pours super cloudy brownish amber with a collection of big bubbles along the top that recedes immediately and leaves nothing around the top.
The aroma is all about the tart fruits, raspberries and cherries especially, dipped in brown sugar. There is also a prominant oak character in the nose as well as the brett and lactic sourness I've come to expect in the LA sours.
The taste is still all about the tart cherries, Cuvee de Tomme coming out for sure, but dipped in a bit of chocolate. The brett comes out in the finish, leaves a dry, earthy zing at the end of each sip.
The mouthfeel is what I expected, given the look. It's very low carbonation, almost wine-like, with a definite oaky tannin character overall.
This is a solid sour but probably not my favorite of the series. It's largely the look and mouthfeel that are lacking and keep this one from being a world class beer for me.
08-28-2010 02:36:39 | More by gford217
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
From 04/14/12 notes. Thanks to Thorep420 for sharing this one at the DC Lambic & Sour Tasting as part of a full Veritas set, 001-010.
a - Pours a murky dark brown color with no head or carbonation evident. Looks pretty average.
s - Smells of sour cherries and dark fruits, oak, fruity malts, light wine. Very nice nose; not overly sour but enough and it's certainly enjoyable.
t - Tastes of of sour cherries, bourbon, tart dark fruits, oak, fruity malts, toasted malts. Taste is not as sour as the nose but I like it quite a bit.
m - Medium body and no carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink. A little carbonation and this would have been perfect.
o - Overall a great sour fro Lost Abbey; After 006, 004, and 007 this is probably my favorite one. Nice sour dark fruits in the nose and bourbon in the taste...worth seeking out still.
04-24-2012 18:37:44 | More by mdfb79
Veritas 001 from The Lost Abbey
91 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.