Veritas 001 - The Lost Abbey
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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
3.4/5 rDev -18.3%
finally entering notes after a year...
From Tomme: "A blend of 3 seperate oak aged beers with cherry beer. Cuvee is a component"
pours bright red with no head. very litle carbonation.
aroma is dominated by pungent oak. dark fruit. Hops are undetectible.
sour cherry upfront and arrogant. medicinal notes. soft sourness. tannins present. viscuous and lucious. very warming.
for a sour blend, the cherry overpowers the complexity hidden beneath. It would be nice to sit on this beer for a few years and let the cherry fade a bit.
11-02-2009 03:02:38 | More by satowns
District of Columbia
4.83/5 rDev +16.1%
Very lucky to try this extremely limited brew.
Appearance: Dark mahagony ruby brown, but not opaque. I got a very mild pop and hardly any carbonation. Could be the way these were bottled (individually by purchaser).
Smell: Black Cherry, brown sugar, tart cherry, raspberry, blackberry, vinegar, oak, malt, grapes, bit of sweet molasses (not blackstrap)
Taste: Black Cherry, brown sugar, tart cherry, raspberry, blackberry. Tastes like a blend of cuvee de tomme and red poppy. A nice funk, although perhaps a bit more sweetness than I would like. Very wine like. Not a hint of alcohol. Bit of a port/brandy character to it.
Mouthfeel: Mine is a bit flat, very full mouthfeel although perhaps a bit syrupy.
Drinkability: Where did it go?
Best BSDA I have ever had, hands down. Drink soon, I would guess it is at the peak or a bit past it. Struggling with the score, if not for the lack of carbonation it might be a perfect 5, but it is probably lacking due to age/bottling method (scores of other reviewers say great carbonation). Only bad thing about this one is that I will never get to enjoy it again.
08-04-2009 01:59:05 | More by craytonic
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
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
750 ml bottle brought to the SeaO'Floydster tasting by SacoDeToro, thanks for the opportunity Julian, one of our first beers of the night, poured into my Stone sampling glass
A-Reddish brown color, 1/2 inch thin off white bubbly head, not much retention, no lacing, mild legs
S-Lot of cherries, vinegar, grapes, cinnamon, sweet malts, red apples, mild tart, oak, and toasted bread
T-Starts off with a red wine-like flavor, cherries in the middle, mix of Red Poppy and Cuvee de Tomme almost, finish is slightly tart but also some spice in there, later on more fruit comes out and it gets sweeter, wish this had some more sourness in the blend
M-Slightly tart, sweet, and spicy mouthfeel, medium bodied, way too much carbonation, biggest problem with this beer, taste lasts a good amount of time
D-Could have a drank a lot of this, alcohol is hidden well, nice sour bite but too sweet sometimes, light overall somehow but unfortunately that showed through in the mouthfeel as well
My least favorite of the Veritas series, they actually seem to be getting better with each release, glad to have tried this interesting blend, do not see this improving with any more age though, still recommended
03-31-2009 04:03:30 | More by Floydster
4.9/5 rDev +17.8%
Thanks Julian for bringing this in to share.Had this in Carlsbad at the Pizza Port Belgianfest after fest tasting with floydster and seaoflament and rallison. Wow this beer was so carboniated and had a seltzer tingle on your tongue when you drank it. I would say champange or austi spumanti.Flavors of sweet Cinnamon applesauce like Motts. Alcohol was vertually non present for 8 percent.This was a very surprising incredible flavor that was a real treat.One of the better beer I have ever had. Carbonation was over the top and was a true gusher when it was opened. Thanks again for the share and the chance to enjoy this true treat of a beer!
03-30-2009 19:54:39 | More by hrking
3.8/5 rDev -8.7%
Thanks to Julian for contributing and sharing this beer at the SeaofFloydster Tasting on March 28th...I never thought I would get to try this beer.
Wow, quick someone give me your glass! We have a gusher! The first pour I got mostly foam and had to wait a few moments to actually see the color of the beer and pour myself a little more. Ok, after a second pour I can see the hazy dark orange color of the beer itself. A massive amount of head and some soapy retention and lacing.
The first aroma I picked up was a mixture of berries (cherries mostly with some cranberry and raspberry), then a slight metallic aroma in the background that wasn't too appealing. Light funk and tartness throughout with hints of grapes and a bit of apples. Not bad, very interesting.
Tasted like liquid, cherry flavored, sweet-tarts. The second half of the beer had some sweet apples and finished with a toasted malt sweetness. Good but not amazing, it was commented that this one might be going downhill already.
Medium-low carbonation on the palate, not as carbonated on the palate as the pour suggested, a tad syrupy.
03-30-2009 19:38:36 | More by seaoflament
4.78/5 rDev +14.9%
This one was provided by the bad ass mo fo' known as ibrew2or3.
A: Pours a beautiful amber hue with tones of orange showing thru. Very tiny head which goes with the style along with no lace.
S: Wonderful muted sour aromas, nothing overthetop. Hints of crushed sweet tart, sour black cherries, oak and vanilla. The aromas blend together so nicely.
T: Wonderful light malt flavors. Bold fresh black cherry juice that starts a bit sweet before being overtaken by sour. Nice blast of oak and vanilla really smooth things out. Like the aromas the flavors seem to meld perfectly making this extra tasty.
M: Medium in body, very smooth with a perfectly dry finish.
D: Soo drinkable, wonderful flavors combined with the subtle sourness make this one dangerously drinkable. Too bad it was one of the last bottles on eart.
Thanks Dave for knocking it out of the park once again, the Tampa crew is indebted to you for this one.
01-22-2009 19:50:12 | More by tpd975
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
4.25/5 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
4.83/5 rDev +16.1%
Attending the Big Beer, Barleywine & Belgian festival in Vail, Tomme Arthur was suppose to do a talk on wild ales but instead brought out all three veritas as they had some available from the dinner the night before. Going off notes here. The pour was ruby brown color with definitely more of a red tinge then the other two. Not much for carbonation but ok.
The nose had a Flanders Red feel to it with noticeable fruit characteristics, mostly cherries. Think Deschese but more complexity, fruitier and bigger. He went on to explain that this was a blend of two beers and a mead as described on another review. There was some complexity in the malt characteristic though with some esters and alcohol notes.
The taste was complex with malty undertones and a dry/acidic but fruity finish. The malt has more of a barleywine taste with its complexity. Some descriptors I noted were deep caramel, molasses, sweetness and vinous. The solvent characters add to the complexity as you can tell that it has aged well. There were some perceivable wood flavors with winey characteristics (almost wish I knew wines better). The fruitiness leaves a tart finish that is sweet with a nice cherry and dark grape taste.
The body is closer to a Dark Strong Ale with a complexity malt bill and an acidic finish. The cherries give a sweeter finish than what is perceived. Overall this is a fantastic beer. Of the three, this was my second favorite falling just short of the Vertias 002 but an excellent beer.
01-21-2008 22:06:06 | More by Oxymoron
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
4.85/5 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
4.7/5 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
Veritas 001 from The Lost Abbey
91 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.