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Veritas 002 - The Lost Abbey

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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.84%
Wants: 114
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Floydster on 11-10-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 32
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes taken at Stone Sour Fest 7/19/09.

Cloudy copper colored sort of Consecration-like.
A little Brett funk and bready Belgian style yeast in the nose.
Smooth, well balanced. Sort of like a Quad with tobacco.

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 04/14/12 notes. Had this one at the DC Lambic & Sour Tasting as part of a full Veritas set, 001-010.

a - Pours a dark murky brown color with light carbonation evident and one inch of off white head.

s - Smells a bit weird, of manure, earthy notes, grapes, musty, some roasted malts. Very weird mix, doesn't do it for me.

t - Tastes of eartyh notes, light roasted malts, light chocolate, boozey, musty, bourbon. Better than the nose as there is no manure, but not great.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy to drink. Light alcohol.

o - Overall I thought this was by far the worst of the Veritas series. Not sure how it was fresh but it has not aged very well, as it seems a bit old and there was some weird earthy/manure notes in the taste. Wouldn't seek it out again.

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3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed with all ten Veritas beers on April 14, 2012.

The beer is murky and brown with a small, broken head. The aroma offers alcohol, oddities, oak, wine, dark fruits. The flavor is not up to par with the rest of the Veritas series. Boozy, sweet, harsh. Out of balance. Tannic and biting, with overly ripened fruit soaked in booze. My least favorite of the bunch. I am a big fan of The Lost Abbey, but this one missed the mark, especially considering the company in which it was consumed.

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3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served along side of the other 9 Veritas. While I finished this one, it was in the bottom 1/3 of the group in my opinion. Probably #3 from the bottom (behind V009 and V008). Served in a Lost Abbey Teku glass. Even that awesome glass couldn't make this taste better.

Beer is brown and hazy with a lazy head, small bubbles, low retention, no lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is strong, alcohol, raisin, acetic, solvent, sour. Smells OK.

Very oaky, very boozy, strong tannic bitterness on the back, sweet chocolate something up front, it is OK but I'm having a hard time powering through them. LIke I said, there were much much better beers in this line up than this one, I don't think I'll have it again.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of AgentZero
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Props to the man Sean for opening this at our Epic post-Christmas tasting. Review #800 from hyroglifics painted on Jason's wall.

A - Wasn't necessarily expecting anything one way or the other on this, but it's a darker beer than I would have thought given my recent experiences with 008 and 007. Little bit of off-white head that left the sides of the glass clean.

S - Noticeable brett and oak, with some berry (raspberry? cherry?) and some more traditional dark fruit in there. Some good tartness and funk.

T - Not as complex as the nose indicates. Sweetness from dark fruit and berry taste with some tartness. Malts make an appearance in this, I wish it were a little more tart/sour and possibly a little less sweet, but it is good.

M - Medium bodied, lower carbonation.

O - Good beer, glad to have tried it. While it doesn't stack up to 004, 007, and 003 that I've had, it is still very good.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Sean for opening this at a recent tasting. Served in my Cantillon tulip.

Pours yields a dark brown beer with a thin light tan head that falls pretty quickly into a thin cap around the edges. The nose is one of the best aspects of this beer, bringing some oak, chocolate, mild brett, slight roast, and a touch of acid. Taste isn't quite as complex or lively, but is still quite good. Align funk combines with roast and a decent amount of carbonation for a pretty good feel. Way, way better than 008 but not nearly as good as 004 or fresh 007. Still, I was very glad to try this. Thanks gain.

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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried during a post-Christmas tasting, courtesy of Sean9689 (thanks Sean!). This was my 3rd Veritas, and was definitely the darkest. It poured a dark amber/light brown color, translucent with a thin ring of wet foam.

It smells wild and bret-like, with light caramel malts and just a little sweet berry. On tasting it's sweet, sweeter than Veritas 004 by a mile, with maybe an aftertaste of cocoa and light fruits (more apple than raspberry). It reminds me a little of Consecration, at least based on taste, but then again I didn't try them side by side.

Light bodied, decent carbonation, dry finish. I liked it and had a very nice 3 ounces or so, could have gone for more.

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3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle thanks to Sean...Medium runny mud brown. Light tan head, really nice retention of thin but nice cap. Pretty thin lacing...The aroma is oaky, malty chocolate...The taste is ok, nothing special, lots of oak on the taste and feel. Some sour vinegar notes.

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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle shared by Grant at the Brickstore, Atlanta.

A - Pours a dark, slightly murky ruby/amber with a minimal white head. Not much lacing.
S - Interesting. My co-worker immediately picks up chocolate notes and I agree. Dark fruits (raisins, plums, dates) upon second whiff. Minimal funk.
T - Dark fruits take center stage (raisins & figs), followed by chocolate notes and a tarty funk in the finsih. Not sour, per se, just a mild tartness.
M - Lighter body, dry finish yet with well defined carbonation.
D - Not bad. I did enjoy my pour but it's not something I'd actively seek out, especially if it commands a high price.

Overall - A good brew, but nothing spectacular. The tartness was nice, but felt myself wanting more. I don't see it getting any better, so drink up if you've got one.

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4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Grant - many thanks!

Pours a murky brownish-amber color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light chocolate and dark fruits - raisins and dried plums - along with hints of funk. Also present are hints of lightly tart berry aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells but less complex. Dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderately sweet dark fruit flavors. Midway through the sip the fruit flavors lighten up just a bit and acquire a lightly tart edge. Near the end of the sip hints of cocoa powder make an appearance before being brushed aside by solid amounts of funk. The funk and fruit flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was my least favorite of the Veritas series that I've had thus far (all but one thanks to Grant) as it seemed muddled. A nice amalgamation of flavors that just didn't seem to meld together very well. Certainly worth a shot if you have the opportunity but not worth seeking out.

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4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Sean for this bottle, shared with the Brick Store crew.

Pours a very murky tea-like brown with a small bubbly tan head that recedes immediately to almost nothing at all. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma is an interesting mix of raspberries, brown sugar and chocolate. There is also a hefty dark fruit profile in the nose with plums and raisins and only a faint funkiness in the background.

The taste starts with a bit of chocolate covered raspberries, definitely sweet. The funk is more prominent in the taste with a dry, earthy funk finish. The backbone is still full of dark sweet fruits.

The mouthfeel is well carbonated with a tingly finish with some oak spiciness and dry funk.

This is one of the least sour of the Veritas versions and features more sweet fruits than some of the others. Very tasty and glad I got the opportunity to try it.

Photo of Sean9689
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

A - Pours a dark mirky brownish red color, although not as dark as 003. Very little head, no lacing, no retention. Some bubbles here and there on top.

S - Slight sweetness, dark fruits, mellow tart/sour. Not as sour as many other Veritas versions, but I'm enjoying the nice mix of funk and dark fruits.

T - More funky then the nose suggests. Nice dark fruit, oak, tart/sour, funk, sour cherries. The mead isn't overpowering here, it's just there enough to lend some notes of sweetness. Very nice.

M - Medium, slight bubbly carbonation, semi-dry finish.

D - Really liked this one. Not sure how it was fresh but it's really great-tasting at this time. Looking forward to seeing if this one keeps developing over time. Recommend.

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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Sean for procuring this - only one Veritas left to go. Served in a tasting snifter.

A - Poured with a very thin foam that quickly settled to a partial ring, leaving behind no lace. The body is a slightly transparent dark ruby-brown color.

S - Funk of the sweet bretty variety, hefty oak, sweet raspberry in the periphery, and a sweet graham cracker malt backbone. Quite good stuff!

T - Sweeter and more smoothed out than the nose. Sugary malt, tart apples and raspberry. It's not exceptionally complex, but it's quite enjoyable and avoids being cloying.

M - Medium body, dry, a touch watery in the finish. There's a bit of warmth that emerges, but it's not harsh and doesn't show up in the aroma or flavor.

D - This was a pleasant surprise. It sounds like the bottles have held up much better than the keg that appeared at Stone Sour Fest. The mead is understated but adds some nice fruit flavors. I heard this is replicable, so I hope Tomme makes some more in the future.

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Veritas 002 from The Lost Abbey
89 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.