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Veritas 004 - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 5.82%
Wants: 363
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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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.

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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 :)

Photo of treyrab
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.

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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.

Photo of DaveJanssen
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

Photo of callmemickey
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.

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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.

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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.

Veritas 004 from The Lost Abbey
100 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.