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Veritas 004 - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

136 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 136
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 6.03%


Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 11-16-2008)
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joe1510

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml

Alex pulls out yet another big bottle for a taste, thanks again Ski! The pour produces a clean, nearly straw golden liquid that manages to glow when backlit. The snap, crackle, pop of the head grows rather easily to a finger in height before fizzing out to a skimming after a minute or two. A couple small flecks of foam stick to the glass but slide into the body after a few seconds.

VERITAS 04 hits its stride in the aroma department. The nose is very Cantillon-like with the combination of mustiness, cobwebs and tartness that makes my mouth water uncontrollably before even taking my first drink. Citric notes, mostly lemon, and a faint hint of tart peach add the fruity tartness while handfuls of musty attic, wet worn leather, decaying wood, horseblanket, and other various farmyard entities take hold. The nose on this beer is as close to an authentic gueuze as I've yet to come across from an American brewery. Seriously, it's a mouthwater inducer!

The flavor profile can't quite hit the massive expectations left behind from the aroma but is still so insanely good that it warrants the same score. This gueuze shows off a mouth puckering amount of citric acidity that cleans things out after the hugely complex musty barnyard notes roll through. Again, the flavor is loaded with that very familiar Cantillon funkiness. Damp hay, wet rock mineral-ish qualities, cobwebs, and leather abound before the citric bite takes over. When Lost Abbey gives a shit they do it up right.

LA hit the carbonation just right on this brew. It's fizzy but not prickly and manages to wash the tongue fairly clean after each drink. The body is moderately light with enough heft to allow the complexity to work through slowly. A mouth puckering citric tartness brings up the rear and is still, to this day, making my mouth water.

I could slam this beer without a problem, besides heartburn, nearly all day long. The combination of light body, refreshing tartness, and incredible flavors make this a hard beer to set down. If VERITAS 04 was readily available I would have no problem finding a reason for liver failure.

VERITAS 04 is the most authentic and delicious of gueuzes I've come across from a US brewer and could actually rival a good deal of Belgian's finest. Lost Abbey can make good beer, it's a shame they don't care enough to take care of their other labels as much as the super special releases. Thanks again for sharing, Alex!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 22:21:08 | More by joe1510
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.71/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank at a NWIBDU tasting. Thanks guys!

S - Peaches, peach skin, sweet tarts, lemon and a light farmhouse funk wrap up a great nose.

T - Tart, lemon, light lactic acid, peach, lemon peel, and oak. The beer has a lot of tartness but it balanced extremely well with the light sweetness of the peaches. Really a great and flavorful sour.

M - Light carbonation in a light body that would make this dangerous if you could get more than a bottle. Tart dry finish

O - Really an outstanding sour that has a great balance between the tartness of the base sour balanced well with the sweetness of the peaches.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 02:54:44 | More by jeonseh
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DJButters

California

4.53/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this monster side by side with Isabelle Dec 2012.

I wont be going into extreme detail since all tasting notes can be reviewed below but I can tell you that the nose and taste of the fading peaches is fantastic. I would not wait any longer to enjoy this. I can only imagine how good this beer was a few years ago. Very mild carb, almost no head when poured. IP + V004 blend is amazing do to what I felt was better mouthfeel and carb on the IP.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 17:42:27 | More by DJButters
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cosmicevan

New York

4.9/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

HOLY MOLY! Thank you a million times over to Pete for busting out this gem at an impromtu tasting on 8/10.

a - pour is a sunshine yellow with a thin fizzy head that fizzed away fast.

s - smell is simply phenomenal. sweet tarts with just the perfect dose of sweet and sour. soft fruit bouquet.

t - again, just phenomenal. fresh fruit and perfectly balanced sweetness. extremely refreshing and just perfect in taste.

m - tart, but extremely smooth. not puckering at all...just wonderful. refreshing.

o - what a treat!!! AMAZING SOUR!!! this one tickled my tongue with sweet candy and fresh fruit. the aftervibe is just great also. what can i really say? i never thought i would see this in person and not only did i get to try it, i got to try it side by side with 007 and DDG. 004 was the standout and one of the best sours out there. this one is drinking fantastic right now.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 02:37:51 | More by cosmicevan
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oline73

Maryland

4.88/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another bottle shared by the Lost Abbey crew at the DC Lost Abbey tasting. Another beer I never thought I would get to try. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy golden color with an amber hue. There is a small layer of off white head.

Smell: Tart and slightly fruity. Very light and refreshing. I'm getting hints of lemon and some mild white vinegar to go with the peach hints.

Taste: This is a very tart beer. I'm getting more of the peaches than I did in the Yellow Bus, which is weird because I was told that it had half the fruit they put in yellow bus. Apparently the tree died. I'm getting some lemon like sour notes along with some funk. This beer is very refreshing and I just loved it.

Mouthfeel: Light body with fluffy carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: This beer is just fantastic. It was my favorite sour peach beer of the tasting. Light and refreshing, I would love to be able to drink this all summer long.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 01:07:45 | More by oline73
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.9/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Chris Molken for bringing this one to the ridiculous Lost Abbey tasting. Served alongside Yellow Bus and Veritas 010 for a peach-stravaganza.

Pours a hazy yellow/gold with hardly any head. Smell is insane peaches, pretty much exactly like a fresh peach smells, but with a little bit of lactic sour lurking in there as well. Flavor is absolutely incredible, it's amazing how much the peach flavor has held up in this beer, and it combines perfectly with the slight acidity, oak and sourness of the base beer. Light-medium bodied and slightly puckering, but not nearly as sour as YB or V006. Overall, this beer, along with V005, was the highlight of the tasting. Getting to try it right next to Yellow Bus was an incredible experience, and at this point in time, it's overshadowed it's rarer older brother. It's got an incredible balance of flavors that just work perfectly together and it rivals V005 as the best American wild I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 16:08:35 | More by starrdogg
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raveskdr

Virginia

4.9/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A "Chris Molkein" exclusive. Poured into a mini snifter.

A - Light yellowish color with extremely light carb. It's there, but then it's gone.

S - Super peachy (but more flesh of the fruit as opposed to rind and pit of YB) with slight sourness and slight acetic.

T - The taste completely follows the smell. Fleshy peaches super strong up front, moreso than YB. Finishes clean with some slight acidity in the back end.

M - The level of sourness makes it very drinkable. Light and makes your tongue bend just a bit, but finishes so clean.

O - An amazing beer that held up exceedingly well. Almost wish we had done this and YB (and 010) blind.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 20:10:52 | More by raveskdr
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.95/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Consumed with all ten Veritas beers on April 14, 2012. Shared by GRG1313. Thank you Richard!

This was still a standout beer for me, even among the world's best lambics and wild ales. A phenomenal beer. One of the best sour ales ever brewed in the United States.

***
Original review: 21 March 2011

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad! Served side by side with Veritas 006. Awesome? Indeed.

The beer appears hazy and straw yellow in color. A few pockets of bubbles cling together tightly, resembling suspended grape bunches. The beer has a thin and wispy head that fades to virtually nothing after a few minutes.

Like the Veritas 006, the aroma here is simply world class, albeit an entirely different beer than the 006. I can really pick out the Duck Duck Gooze in the nose, as the scent offers a prominent dosage of gueuze. Other notable scents include funk, subtle barrels (oak), hay, and a light helping of tart fruit.

Incredibly wonderful, complex, and delicious. The beer is slightly tannic and finishes with a splendid acetic bite. Peaches emerge more in the taste than in the olfactory senses. This must be the elusive Yellow Bus flavor.

The feel is medium / thin bodied with a wonderful, puckering finish. Complex and intriguing, I could sip this gem all night long.

Overall, one of the best sour / wild ales I have ever had and one of the best beers I have yet to enjoy, regardless of style.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 04:40:13 | More by Huhzubendah
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vacax

California

4.85/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lost Abey Barrel Party 2008 memento. Poured into my trusty Bruery tulip. Pale gold, slight cloudiness, white head is relatively fleeting, clings to the edges of the glass, some effervescence present as bubbles periodically surface. Aroma of grapefruit citrusy sourness, apparent sourness with lactic and large amounts of funk for an American Wild, fuzzy fruitiness reminds of stone fruit.

Robustly funky sourness hits the front of the palate immediately. The funk in this beer is something extremely rare to American wild ales, reminiscent of a classic Belgian lambic, but cleaner and brighter and avoiding any of the common pitfalls like overt acetic acid. There is a fruity quality that reminds me of stone fruit and grapefruit pith, almost floral until it grips the sides of my tongue with the sourness. The body is light and slightly bubbly, but the tartness on the palate makes an enchanting combination of feeling both airy and incredibly rich. The feeling folllows down the back of the tongue on the swallow and the tart dry fruit finish tingles the tip of the tongue, begging another sip.

I'm sure descriptors have been piled onto this beer in countless reviews, but I wanted to attempt describing the experience of drinking this beer. Drinking a glass of this beer is a legitimate treat. This is quite literally a once-in-a-lifetime beer that can never be recreated, which is sad because the quality of flavor is every bit as rarely euphoric. At 3+ years I find no degradation in flavor either.

Plainly, Veritas 004 is one of the best beers in existence.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 05:38:29 | More by vacax
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.85/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to heyohhh for the share. V004 pours a light golden hue, very translucent, and, visibly, it is not tremendously effervescent. The brew is quite mellow in flavor and aroma; pleasantly so. There is a mild acidity, and some tannic-woody notes, but more than that it expresses an intangible mild musty funk. I don't really pick up much lactic or acetic, nor is fruit implied hugely. There is perhaps some nuances akin to white grape, and if I stretch it, perhaps I can find white peaches. The mild and mellow elements of this Veritas extend to the softly petillant feel, which comes across as highly appropriate for this delicately nuanced libation. Overall, this is a fantastic (and hard to rate/quantify) brew; while on one hand it is not over-the-top with any particular flavor or impression, on the other hand it is essentially flawless. So there is that.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 13:31:22 | More by ktrillionaire
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow. Nice touch of white head. Looks pretty. Smells fruity and tart. Lots of light citrus. Very funky. Tastes tart and a bit acidic. Well carbonated. A bit too sweet but overall very nice. I really enjoy this beer. Not very much peach at first but it grows :)

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 00:30:55 | More by Urbancaver
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treyrab

California

4.25/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened at an impromptu tasting on September 9 with Dan NittanyBeerFan.

A: Veritas 004 opens with a nice pop (no gush) and pours into the tulip a nice yellow copper. A beauty of a head rises (spritzy head - not creamy or lasting) and falls rather quickly. Rather cloudy, though it has been sitting for months in the cellar. Looks nice. A tad darker than Yellow Bus, but I am sure that is expected with a dash of Cuvee.

S: A nice whiff of cherry and peach cocktail start. Very vibrant, but not too lactic, which is nice. It allows the softer side of the Brett to shine through and complement the peaches and cherries. Nice tropical fruit sourness as well as hints of oak. Pardon my comparisons to Yellow Bus, but this has a significantly less peach character (as expected), but an abundance more cherry tartness in the smell.

T: Tart cherry pie puree and smashed peach cockail hit you first. The sourness is robust, but not lactic to take away from the nuances of the bugs. Beyond the fruit, there is some slight oak, lemon zest, and perhaps vanilla. Very solid, but a tad one dimensional. I really appreciate the cherry and peach combination.

Overall, one hell of a beer. One of the best Lost Abbey's I have had. Probably the second best Lost Abbey sour I have had behind Yellow Bus. Well done Tomme.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 11:53:40 | More by treyrab
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to treyrab for sharing this highly touted rarity during an impromptu tasting on September 9th. Reviewed from notes.

Veritas 004 pours a clear light orange-hued copper. It is neither flat nor overcarbonated, and the sides of the glass do not show the large and lively carbonation bubbles that were so prominent when I had Yellow Bus. There is a light layer of bubbles on the top of the beer after the pour-related activity is all said and done.

The aroma yields a light dry funk, some hints of peachy esters, as well as an underlying sourness that pops against an oaky tannic background note. The flavors are similar, delicious, but I find that this beer lacks some of the depth of the other great American wilds. Certainly enjoyable, but there just isn't much complexity to be found here.

The texture is tingly and lightly bodied. Easy to drink, this is an enjoyable beer that I am happy to have had a chance to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 21:59:36 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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DaveJanssen

Germany

4.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 split three ways into red wine glasses. Big thanks to Footstones. Reviewed 20 March 2011.

Ar: Tart, fruity, lemony citrus, tart berry, nectarine, strong peach, clean lost abbey fruity sour profile, pineapple

Ap: White head, good retention, clear bright gold

T: Lemony sour, peach, nectarine, strong pineapple, lots of tropical fruit, nice floral notes, super fruity, berries, complex, overwhelming fruit character, Similar to other lost abbey wilds (Cable Car, DDG) in the strong fruit and minimal funk but this has a stronger pineapple and less berry, very mild grassy notes, warming acid, nice tropical fruit, acid diminishes with time

M: Light body, high carbonation, rather acidic but not burning, acid is more harsh than other LA wilds

O: Very good, excellent fruit, strong pineapple, good peach and lemon characters

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 03:20:00 | More by DaveJanssen
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this back to back with Yellow Bus. The Veritas 004 is the better beer.

A: Slightly hazy yellow-orange body. Thin whitish skim on top that stays throughout. Slightest bits of lacing.

S: Clean, popping citric notes with peach, lemons, orange, and dragon fruit taking center stage. Just the slightest hints of funk and must.

T: Like the nose, this is incredible vibrant with lots of fruit in initial sips. The peoch notes are not as assertive as in the nose as lemon-like notes move up a bit.

M: Medium carbonation. Clean, crisp, sour finish. Well-defined and refreshing.

O: Up there amongst the best american wild ales.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 15:40:01 | More by callmemickey
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 rate.

75cl bottle, big thanks to Matt. Pours a light, hazy peach with a big fluffy head. Initial salty aroma heavy on lactic acid and a really earthy brett. Wow, flavor is awesome, just light-years better than Isabelle I think. Really earthy, musky, and a bit salty. Tons of brett. Has a little bit of that sweaty sock brett element. Really beautiful soft peach/apricot presence in there. I’m not completely crazy about the hollow, salty brett element from the geuze part of the blend. This beer is best drank alongside a plate of feta cheese. It really works through the hard salty element and lets the rich, sour light fruit notes shine.

Update. After having this a few more times, including directly next to Yellow Bus once, and next to Isabelle and Deviation another time, and once a whole bottle before going on a run and getting sick, I can make some better summaries about this. Most similar to Yellow Bus, of course, with a great effervescent quality. Not as singular as YB, more complex, but more salty also. Much better than Isabelle in pretty much every way, deeper complexity, more layers, less annoying acidity. Not on the same level as Deviation. In my opinion even the best Lost Abbey sours are not on the level as the best Russian River sours.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 02:33:55 | More by JAXSON
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Verecund

Texas

4.7/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to James for the trade. Opened in July 2011, part of the summer of all-things-good. 750ml into my Lost Abbey tulip.

Yellowed orange-peel, lightly hazed body with a one-finger sunset orange head. Rings of lacing.

Beautiful blend of musty and earthy funk and citric acidity. Expressive funk, but more pleasant on the nose (to me) than DDG - there are hints of peach, pineapple, and white grapes. A touch of maraschino cherry.

Poignant tartness for the first two-thirds of the palate, lactic acidity, and lots of bright peach, citrus and cherry (in that order). The musky funk from the nose is here, but I also pick up a "sweeter" pineapple brett funk which blends perfectly with the fruit. Very little oak, but there is a hint of tannic oak on the finish. An exceptional blend.

Medium-light bodied, very creamy. Very crisp - all of the flavors are expressive, which is impressive given the beer's age.

This beer lived up to my high expectations. One of the best, if not the best, American wild ale(s) I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 01:36:59 | More by Verecund
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scottfrie

California

4.05/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A huge thank you for sharing this one, Jeff. Poured into Jackie O’s snifter.

A: Pours a lightly hazy lemon-yellow with a thin white head.
S: The nose is full of funky and lightly sour notes of sweat and earthy barnyard funk. There is a bit of ambiguously fruity and herbal notes as well.
T: Fairly complex and earthy tasting with flavors of lemon, peaches, tangerine, sweat, hay and brett. The finish has suggestions of peaches and apricots. Overall, flavors are rather mellow with no one aspect dominating. The sourness isn’t overpowering either, but there is a bite of vinegar, tart lemon zest, and slight acetone.
M: Body is on the thin side of medium. Mouthfeel is tart and clean, and the thin carbonation froths up a bit in my mouth.
O: Really solid all around. I loved DDG, and to a lesser extent CdT, and although I’ve never had YB, I’d say DDG is what this beer tastes the most like to me. I dare say I like a lot of other wilds better (including DDG), but I would never pass up an opportunity to drink this again. A very solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 01:43:47 | More by scottfrie
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Kramer for sharing this at a recent tasting.

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml into a mini snifter. This brew appears a clear golden yellow color with a fizzy topping of white head that recedes quickly. It laces on the sides of the glass in a spotty pattern. A swirl revives the head to a lacing across the top of the brew.

The smell of this brew is downright amazing, easily one of the best aromas I've ever smelled in a beer. Even smelling the empty bottle is glorious. I'll try to put a few descriptors here but my words do not do this brew's aroma any justice. It smells of lemony funk with a light rind touch, it's both grassy and earthy with herbal notes that turn to sweet smelling flowers and fruits. The smell of this brew engulfs the nose in a very impressive aroma that is exceptionally pleasing.

The taste of the brew picks up where the aroma left off but with a deeper complexity and layering of funk as the main focus. There is a lemony tartness and acidity upfront that evolves into more of an earthy funked taste with light notes of sulfur through the back. Where the aroma of this brew had a great depth of scents to take in, the taste gets focused on the sourness. As it warms there are faint notes of fruit.

This is a light bodied brew with a lively, moderately high level of carbonation but not overly so. This is tart and very salivating brew that is excessively drinkable. Throughout the entire experience I never got any indication of the listed 8% abv, masterfully hidden. This is something I wish I could drink on a regular basis but I'm very grateful for having the chance to try it once. Thanks again Kramer!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 13:00:56 | More by stakem
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to KRAMER17801 for bringing this bottle to Stakem's tasting on 4/2/11 -poured chilled into a snifter - the cork came out with a soft *poot*

This was a clear golden like apple juice in the glass with a quick to fall snowy white cap. There is plenty of carbonation visible while the head condenses. The smell has a fragrant floral aroma, w/ strong tart juicy odor. I get some mango and slight lemon esters. The feel is like sweet tarts, first the shock of a sour tinge and is followed up by some semi sweet maltiness, some mild alcohol w/ a mild sour quality throughout. This was surprising as it evolved it has more of sugary tinge in the finish.

So luscious and juicy, the tart lemony astringent aspect, but also intensely sour at certain points. There is a mild bitter element which seems to coincide with the high effervescent feel and alcohol w/ some bitter citrus flesh flavors in the finish. Overall I enjoyed this a lot, incredible puckering and easy to drink 8% abv American Wild. I was happy I actually got to try this.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 18:53:11 | More by Slatetank
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.47/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by Brad in a side by side with V006, wow, what an experience.

Served in a wine glass because I don't have a Lost Abbey wine glass....yet.

Beer is yellow and completely hazy (I got the bottom so I don't know if that is normal). Thin, nearly absent head, no lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Beer kind of smells like lemons, grass, oak, mild funk, some acetic, mild lactic in the nose. I like it.

Beer has an odd initial flavor I think. It tastes a lot like lemon peels at first, this gives way to a mild tannic flavor and some vinous notes of grapes and mild acetic brightness. The lactic presence is lower than I expected. The finish is nice too, a very drinkable beer. Thoroughly enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 16:48:41 | More by drabmuh
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mdfb79

New York

4.68/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 03/19/11 notes. Huge thanks to ygtbsm94 for sharing this one; thanks Brad! Sampled side by side with Veritas 006, served in a tulip.

a - Pours a clear bright yellow-orange color with light carbonation evident and no real carbonation.

s - Smells of sour citrus fruits, lemon, light funk, oak, and some grapefruit. The smell is not overly funky, but a nice level of funk and tart lemon/citrus. Very nice.

t - Tastes of sour fruits, lemon zest, peach, wood/oak, grapfruit, citrus hops, white wine. Again, not too much funk but more sour/tartness than the smell. A step up, pretty amazing taste.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Tart up front with a crisp finish.

d - Overall this was an amazing sour; one of the best I've had. It was very different from the 006 but both were amazing. This had more citrus and peach to it, while I found the 006 to have more raspberry and grapes to it. I also found the 006 much for tart, which I really enjoyed. None the less an awesome beer I would love to have again.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 15:33:50 | More by mdfb79
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Kaiser81

California

4.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jerz for opening this bottle.

A - Hazy/cloudy yellowish-light orangish. There is light head and nice lacing left on my glass.

S - Some funk, lemon, light citrus...very light citrus notes. It's all clear and discernible, nothing overpowering each other, just nice compliments. I'd want my house to smell like this all the time.

T - Definitely tart/lemon notes up front. It gives way to some light funk. It's so simple, but so good. It gives way to a nice smooth/crisp finish.

M - Light body, medium carbonation, and a nice, crisp, clean finish.

D - Can drink a lot of this for a really long time.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 03:30:00 | More by Kaiser81
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.7/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

REVIEW #420

served in a lost abbey stemmed glass

pours a slightly orange and hazy yellow. very light carbonation and head. light retention.

scent was a bit subtle. light oak and lemon with a faint bit of citrus. very zesty.

the taste.. moderate sourness. lots of citrus. a very nice complex blend of apricot, peach, lemon, red grape, and light oak. this was a lot more simple than i had expected, yet very perfect as far as sourness to fruit and flavor blend.

nice moderate carbonation, bit of zest on the tongue. nice light dryness with a hint of sweetness. nice sour zing on the tongue to finish this off.

ok.. this is good. is it whale like? hell, yeah. the apricot flavor is in it is just amazing. nothing to overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 01:48:08 | More by hooliganlife
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Day 2 of the 2010 Thanksgiving day weekend, and time to start pulling out the good stuff. This beer is special, I've been waiting a long time to open it. No batch number on the rear label but it's definitely 004.

On popping the cork there is a nice audible, thankfully no gushing (my experience with LA wild ales has been 50/50 on this to date). The beer pours a hazy orange-gold with a very thin foam.

It smells just about perfect, at least it's exactly what I was hoping it would be. Tart and woody, spicy in a hops way (not in a spice way), with some citrus in the back. As a testament to the many great gueuzes I've recently been exposed to, I'm beginning to get the barrel notes in the aroma, really subdued but nice.

This beer is sublime, just really very delicious. It's tart, bracingly tart, but not painful. Lots of acidic citrus, I'm getting more fruit in the flavor than I'd anticipated. Maybe some grannysmith apple, maybe some over-ripe apricot or peach, wow. I've only had Cable Car once, earlier this year, but Veritas 004 brings that to mind a little. Nice burn in my belly after a few glasses, probably the beginning of an ulcer...

A little thicker than water, and I just realized that this was a little higher ABV than typical wild ales and gueuzes. Starting to feel it a little but what the hell. This is among the best I've had from Lost Abbey. Hope the Veritas 007 I've got is as good as this.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 22:34:01 | More by TurdFurgison
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Veritas 004 from The Lost Abbey
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