Veritas 006 - The Lost Abbey
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Reviews by seaoflament:
4.38/5 rDev -0.5%
I opened one of my bottles this past Tuesday night (11/24) at La Bella and shared it with Danny, Joey, Shane and Ivan for a little pre-Thanksgiving tasting.
Veritas 006 poured out of the bottle a similar color to what I remember on tap. A murky red with hints of violet and a fast receding white head that retains a quarter inch or so for the entirety of the session.
The aroma is pure sour fruit salad that opens up with some green apples, red apples, grapes, red wine, oak tannins, berries galore, and a strong vinegar character in the background.
The taste is similar to the aroma with a mixture of fruits, green apples are at the forefront followed by the berries, pears, tannins, lots of grapes, raspberries, cherry skins, apple skins and the ever present acetic quality of the beer that just rips through your mouth and down to the pit of your stomach. Effervescent at first, almost sparkling but after a few moments the carbonation falls to the lower spectrum but the intense dryness and tannins replace the effects of the carbonation. Holy crap, is this beer dry...my tongue feels abused, mocked, ridiculed, and tortured--as if it was punished with a piece of sand paper. I really like this beer though and I enjoy a punishing sour every now and then.
11-26-2009 22:16:28 | More by seaoflament
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4.45/5 rDev +1.1%
Bottle shared by Grant - thanks!
Pours a muddled dark reddish-orange color with a large slightly off-white head after gushing out of the bottle. The head settles into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of mildly tart raspberries with hints of cherries. Also present are light amounts of soft wheat aromas and lighter amounts of funk.
Tastes very good. Soft medium malt and wheat flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by raspberry flavors that are equal amounts tart and sweet. Midway through the sip mild amounts of funk - wet hay more than anything - work their way into things. Right before the end of the sip small amounts of tropical fruit flavors make a brief appearance before fading out into a moderately tart ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.
Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.
Overall this was a very well done blend as the tartness plays off of the other flavors very well and augments as opposed to overpowering. Well worth a shot.
08-31-2010 01:18:18 | More by glid02
4.35/5 rDev -1.1%
Thanks to capra12 for sharing this one. Opened at a tasting 5/29/10. 4oz. pour from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.
A: Pours a 1/4 finger coarse white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is slightly cloudy and tomato orage-red. Lacing is non-existant but I bump it up .5 points because the glass may be a bit dirty at this point.
S: Raspberries and other red fruits. Peat, earth, and funk. Woodiness in the back. Tart overtones surrounds this one and slightly muddles the aroma.
T: Raspberry tart and sweetness. Vinegary with notes of lemon, citrus, and other red berries. Tartness never fades throughout the experience though this one sweetens towards the middle and end. Finish is messy and leaves a lingering tart aftertaste.
M: Light to medium bodied, coarse and highly carbonated. Abrasive in the mouth and aggressive on the palate but it does to separate out all the flavors well. Dry. Finish is a bit messy. Aftertaste lingers but is very pleasant.
D: One thing that really surprises me about the veritas series is how well and appropriately carbonated they are. This makes a huge difference in separating out the complexities and nuances of each beer. V006 is no different and just a really solid brew all around.
05-30-2010 14:53:19 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.68/5 rDev +6.4%
Yet another one of my reviews that got lost in the recent crash so it wont be as long as it was.
A: Pinkish read and very cloudy. Had a good amount of carbonation around that held pretty well.
S: Lots of fruitiness in this one, all of which were on the tart side. Orange, lemon cherries, raspberries and a mild hint of mustiness and brett.
T: Again heavy one the fruity side with tart lemon, orange cherries, watermelon, tangerine. Also had some notes of green apple sourness. There is just enough sweetness in there and while not brett centric, very nicely sour without being vinegary. The entire time i was drinking it it reminded me of pink lemonade.
M: Very acidic and slighly rough around the edges.
D: This was my first experience in the veritas series and damn was it awesome. I wish my original review had not been deleted but oh well. this was a great beer for sure
12-23-2009 00:29:40 | More by mikey711
4.45/5 rDev +1.1%
On tap at Churchill's.
Pours a blood red. Like a bright marichino cherry red. A slight ring of head but beautiful color. No lacing.
Aroma is of super sourness but with a cherry sweetness. Lots of cherry aroma.
Tastes like red poppy but a little more sour and thinner/dry. Very tasty. Lots of tart cherries.
Mouthfeel is thin and mouth puckering.
Overall a damn tasty beer. Glad I could try it.
03-06-2010 20:20:58 | More by PeprSprYoFace
4.4/5 rDev 0%
Well, this is the only Veritas I've had to this point, and now I've had it twice. Ticker's worst nightmare, I know. Entering a second review, this time out of the bottle. largadeer supplied this rare treat for a tasting - thanks, Chris!
Gusher alert! The typical question came up before we opened this bottle: Would it be carbonated? Looks like Tomme wanted to show people that he had the ability to carbonate a beer. A volcano of foam exploded out of this bottle - the very antithesis of opening a bottle of Angels Share. The beer poured deep bright red, somewhat cloudy, with a white head that disappeared before too long.
Aroma is raspberry, cherry, and acetic acid. Sweet, tart, and vinegary, with just a hint of solventy notes..
Flavor is mostly tart with some sweetness to balance. Tart, funky raspberry and cherry along with vinegar/acetic flavors. Had this right after 3F Hommage, and while it fell just a bit short of that, it was still very good.
Medium body with a really lively mouthfeel. Lots of prickly carbonation. Long biting tart finish. Good drinkability.
12-12-2009 19:51:17 | More by nickd717
4.38/5 rDev -0.5%
On tap @ the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens on 11/9/09 during the "Tomme Arthur Experience" event. Served in a snifter.
Pours a deep rosy amber, with a thin covering of fizzy off-white head. Retains with some foam around the edges and light wisps in the center, leaving back some sparse lacing. The aroma is fruity and tart in the nose, with notes of cherries, raspberries, apples, and grapes. There is a bit of a funky and souring vinegar feel in the background but it doesn't get distracting. I'm getting a touch of candied sweetness and vanilla as well, which evens things up a tad. Very nice overall balance here to the nose, with vinous and oaky character giving this a certain amount of slickness in the nostrils.
The taste luckily has a lot of that juicy fruit character going on with it as well, which comes off as equal parts tart and sweet. The tartness comes off as only lightly acidic and never really becomes overly souring. There is lot of barrel character towards the back of the profile, with deep woody tannic dryness emerging. I'm really glad to see that the fruit flavors stay at the forefront here, as they really do make this beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lighter feeling creaminess to it that then gives way to a more slicker and oily vinous presence. Pretty darn drinkable for a 8% Wild Ale as well but nothing overly earthshattering to the drinkibility.
Tart, funky, and heavy on the fruit character, this was another complex, yet well balanced winner of a Wild Ale from the Lost Abbey. The only other Veritas blend I've had besides this one was the 004 (which was also excellent) and me thinks that I need to make more of an effort to track future releases down.
12-01-2009 17:25:00 | More by Kegatron
3.35/5 rDev -23.9%
What an experience of a beer! Had this given to me 'drive-by' style from an overly generous WALTONC.
Smelling this beer while walking up to my front door truly took my breath away. The distinct raspberry tartness and ripe plum sweetness were extremely pronounced, and then the lactic acid that nearly made my eyes water. As I walked in my home and held the glass up to the light, the dark maroon, slightly oxidized tone was just beautiful. Again, the aromas hit me and I couldn't help but spend the next two minutes taking it in. Very bold.
The taste was so direct and sharp with a highly acidic nearly raw rhubarb tartness. Very unique transgression from fresh lemon juice pucker to a semi-sweet combination of dried cherries, raspberry coulis and a VERY strong vinous essence. After a few second on the palate, the harsh acetic acid did horrible damage to my tongue. No degree of balance, rough around the edges and a bit excruciating to get though.
There is no head, even with a harsh and very violent twirl in my glass. With that said the mouthfeel came not from weight but from the very long and tart finish. Even with a chaser of water this beer won't let the inside of my mouth go; held hostage by the extreme blast of 'American wild-ale'.
The sharpness and extreme tongue piercing qualities eventually numbed my mouth enough for a certain level of enjoyment to play out. A bit of earth and a hint of funk but overall just too much acetobacter for me to really be convinced.
Veritas 6 is completely unique and very distinct in it's style. Not as complex or nearly as rounded as some of the older Gueuze beers. With this one really comes to understand why these beers need to be blended. This is the Turley of the beer world, rather than quietly letting you find what you like, it just yells obscenities at you.
Big beer, won't forget this one, and won't hope to come across it any time soon.
11-13-2009 04:10:55 | More by Bardwashrind
4.15/5 rDev -5.7%
Thanks to capra12 for bringing this to a tasting on 5/29/10. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a small snifter.
A: Peachy pink with the tightest carbonation possible. This beer looks like a Rose wine that packs a punch.
S: Fresh raspberries, candy sugars, and a little barnyard aroma.
T: Sour raspberries with tannins presenting a metallic taste.
M: Spritzy and light on the palate.
D: Refreshing and easy to take down.
Overall, a good representation of an American sour.
06-06-2010 00:27:02 | More by hoppymcgee
4.85/5 rDev +10.2%
I felt exceptionally lucky to be able to open this one up on xmas eve and sit by the fire and enjoy it. Served at fifty five degrees and poured into an oversized wine glass, this one was consumed on 12/24/2009.
The pour was nice, dark pinkish color coming out of the bottle really set it apart right away. Very cloudy with a small, light pink, almost white colored head on top of it that fluttered out and only left minimal lacing. After about two minutes we ended up with what looked like a cloudy koolaid.
Then I went in for a whiff and it hit me like a ton of bricks. Huge notes of cherry right up front, raspberries, sour apples, just rich and ripe with fruit. Very few beers bring this thick, sour, funk, fruit mash up to your face, and here we have it again. Light spicey notes coming up as it warms now as well. Flawless flavor here, seriously just could not get enough of this, has to be some red poppy in here as it has that richness of the tart cherries that I love but with more hints of apples and raspberries thrown in as well. Smooth, velvety carbonation prickles the tongue as you take each sip. Really just enchanting. No hint of the ABV at all, I could have drank this forever and indeed the bottle was gone before I knew what to do.
Overall this was extremely solid. Just a pleasure of a beer. Lost Abbey has taken some hits lately, but this is what I expect from them and the reason they are held to such high standards. This was really in a class of its own.
12-25-2009 17:27:34 | More by mikesgroove
4.58/5 rDev +4.1%
On tap at the Lost Abbey Barrel Tasting '09.
A - Slightly hazy, brilliant ruby red color. Very pretty color! Small white, slightly foamy head.
S - Fruity and a little Sour. Tart raspberry and cherries.
T - Flavor is fruity and a little sour like the nose. Also, a tart rasberry and cherry purée kind of flavor with some sweetness and a little vanilla. The raspberry/cherry really hits you. Makes itself very present. Not overly sour, just moderately sour. Pretty balanced.
M - A little acidic and creamy. Moderate carbonation, not too much, defeintely not too little.
D - Loved this sour. Really drinkable. It was really well balanced in carbonation, sourness, tartness and fruityness. Not overly complex, but the cherry/raspberry flavor was pretty overpowering, and this was a good thing.
11-09-2009 20:46:46 | More by mikedashg
4.4/5 rDev 0%
Draft at Stone, drank an admittedly excessive amount of this as no one else seemed to be ordering it.
The beer is a murky burgundy color, bright but opaque, with virtually no head. Turbid, but the color is beautiful.
Intense fruit in the nose, primarily raspberries, but I can pick out sour cherries beneath it. There's a strong acetic acid presence as well, along with hints of earth and the faintest trace of funk. A clean, fruity, concentrated wild ale. The fruit aroma really makes this one.
Tastes strongly of raspberries, ripe and tart, backed by strong acetic and lactic sourness. Easily the most acetic Lost Abbey beer I've had; their beers generally have more of a lactic sourness, but I find the acetic character working quite well with the bright fruit flavor. Raspberries and cherries are all-consuming here, carrying through to the finish where I get a bit of woody tannic character that makes me think of raspberry seeds. Like most of my favorite fruit beers, the fruit flavor completely overwhelms any nuance here without actually being remotely sweet. It may be one-dimensional, but it's also delicious.
11-12-2009 02:32:15 | More by largadeer
4.18/5 rDev -5%
Corked and caged 750 mL bottle. Fair warning on this one, upon uncorking this bottle a geyser shot up around a foot high out of the bottle. As quickly as possible, a glass was poured, after that it was still gushing out the top of the bottle, so another glass was filled. This is the worst gusher I have ever seen, with a significant portion of the beer ending up on the table.
What ended up in my glass was cloudy and blood red with a pink lightish head. The aroma is intense with raspberries, sour acid, lemons, and some nail polish. The beer tastes bracingly sour, one of the most sour bottles I have ever had, much more sour than the versions I tried at the brewery. Sour raspberries and lemon juice made up most of the delicious qualities, with a very dry puckering finish. This would have been a great beer, but there is some nail polish in there tainting an otherwise robust wonderful flavor. Medium bodied with a prickly yet creamy high carbonation. Tastes very good, the crazy sourness is oddly appealing, but the nail polish and acid burn drags it down. This was so close to being an A+ but a couple flaws keep it closer to an A-.
02-14-2010 21:40:45 | More by vacax
3.58/5 rDev -18.6%
Thanks to Dyan for bringing this rarity to our tasting. I was definitely looking forward to trying one of these! Consumed as beer number 18 of the tasting overall, and number 9 of day 2.
I heard the cork pop, and then I heard, "Oh Shit! Grab a glass!" Luckily, we were able to catch most of the gush and contain it. Once the liquid settled, the color was pinkish red with a backing of amber. There is a nice supple head, akin to what I found with Allagash Confluence. Fluffy and thick, it creates a spotty and delicate laced pattern.
Sweet and sour raspberries dominate the nose, and they are accompanied by a big wild acidity. The palate is similar. A big acidic and sour character is followed up by the raspberries that provide a sweetness that tries to reign the sourness in, but falls just short. The sour aspect of this beer is characterized by a grassy earthiness and a citric acidity in the finish.
Very tart raspberry sour with not a whole lot else going on. The overwhelming acidity tends to make it a bit less drinkable. However, this was a favorite of the women at the tasting.
04-02-2010 13:55:32 | More by NittanyBeerFan
4.2/5 rDev -4.5%
I did the Wildflower half-ironman, and this was a bottle I brought to help celebrate that achievement.
Poured into my Stone Sourfest tasting glass.
A - Large amount of yeast visible on the bottom of the bottle. When opened, it gushed for about a minute and a half to 2 minutes. Most was foam, but I'd say at least 4-5 ounces were gushed out. There were plenty of floaties in the glass. The beer itself had a pinkish hue w/ about a finger width of head. Some lacing was left on the glass.
S - Noticeable raspberries with a tart/lactic smell
T - it's a sour! Tart raspberries dominte the taste. There is a noticeable sour funk from the Brett. Some oak is mixed in as well.
M - Light body with mild carbonation. I would like more body from barrel aged beers, but this is a wild ale. It's nice, even though it was a gusher.
D - Not bad, but it may be going downhill. Fruit was noticeable on tap at the release, but the sour/tartness is the most dominant feature now of this beer.
05-24-2010 04:33:45 | More by Kaiser81
4.2/5 rDev -4.5%
I was lucky enough to try this at our Lost Abbey tasting. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber color with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.
Smell: Raspberry jam along with some vinegary sourness. It reminds me a bit of framboos. Sweet and quite fruity.
Taste: There is a very strong vinegar note that hits you right off the bat. The sourness is rather sharp. Some raspberry tartness with a slight sweetness after you peel back a few layers. The finish is incredibly sour.
Mouthfeel: The body is on the thin side of medium with foamy, tingly carbonation and a finish that is a bit slick.
Overall: The smell was just wonderful. I enjoyed the taste, but it was slightly abrasive. I would love to have this again given the chance.
07-13-2012 22:10:26 | More by oline73
4.3/5 rDev -2.3%
Thanks Spencer for sharing this one!
Chilled and then opened. Once the cage came off, the cork rocketed into the ceiling and a geyser of V006 came flowing from the bottle just to shoot across the countertop and onto the hardwood. We sucked a small amount off the clean countertop and cried a bit as we cleaned up the rest. Overall loss was roughly 5-6 ounces.
Red to pink orange with a fine bubbled head. Hazy look thats not quite glowing really. Looks good but not great.
Cherry rhubarb pie with funk and oak. Raspberry notes as well.
Tastes like a funky cherry tart. Hits strong but delicious. Great depth to the flavors. A rather strong acidic twinge especially in the finish makes me think its a pretty sharp beer.
Great mouth cream and carbonation. Perfect.
The last second smack in the throat of acidity definitely dings the drinkability of this one. Although, the flavor and aroma keep me coming back for more.
Side by side with IP (dan actually blended about an ounce of each and it turned out pretty excellent). IP was the better beer but they definitely have major differences.
11-21-2010 16:42:47 | More by Habmike
4.88/5 rDev +10.9%
Bottle shared amongst friends. Thanks to Brad for providing 004 for the side-by-side comparison. Served in a Bruery tulip.
Gusher! Bam. Wow did this one gush, even with all the precautions we took. Chilled bottle was slowly leaked of excess pressure. After that, slowly pulling the cork up resulted in a good amount of foam and a hefty dose of noise. After that, a beautiful beer ensued.
The beer itself is a lovely pinkish-red with hints of mahogany. Good white head initially forms, though it doesn't stick around for too long. Leaves some good lacing. The nose is really fantastic, bringing bright notes of red grapes, strawberry seed, and raspberry before giving way to plenty of lactic acid and a really nice funk presence. Mild oak in the background. Earthy as well. The nose on this was much, much more intense than the 004.
The flavor carried many of the same notes as the nose did. Great funk presence underneath a very strong amount of fruit. Strawberry seeds sat in front and were accompanied by ripe raspberry and a bit of red grapes. Acid was spot on, shining behind the fruit and adding a fantastic complexity to the brew. The funk fit right in with the fruit and made the beverage seem somewhat rustic. Mouthfeel was dry and acidic, with a biting finish. Good carbonation in the beer itself.
Overall, a devilishly delicious beer that has been my favorite in the Veritas series to date.
03-20-2011 22:47:47 | More by Thorpe429
4.75/5 rDev +8%
Another White Wale from our epic Rush Hour Tasting I. Also thanks to Mikey711 for cracking this one.
A: Bright red almost glowing with a funky look. Lots of carbonation but not really any head as it all pops quickly. Very hazy as well.
N: Nose has a sour fruity grape raspberry with some oak. Super sour fruit really starts to come through, like sour patch kids in aroma form. The oak and slight vanilla almost quality adds a nice roundedness to it. A very slight yeasty aroma fizzles out, but its so faint you can't really tell.
T: Wow, so delicious. Citrus and sour fruit come out right away. Not as sour as I expected from the nose. Lots of orange, grapefruit, grapes, sour cherry, sour green apple, and some raspberry round off the fruit department. This is followed closely with some oak smoothness. It's semi tart but not overbearing. As it warms a musty concord grape like taste seems to come out a bit. There isn't much to be said for funkiness, its just a delicious slightly sour fruit, bubbles, and some oak. It's also very crisp yet smooth at the same time.
M: Tons of bubbles, crisp flavors, slightly tart, and juicy. Also adds slight acidity that adds a somewhat pleasant but very light sting.
F: Finishes semi dry with lots of bubbles helping the drinkability of it quite a bit. It really is like the champagne of beers. The slightly sour tart fruit seems to hang a bit to give you a nice finish, but doesn't overstay its welcome. The reminder of the nice grapefruit and sour apple do seem to cling for a little while longer as well so you can continue to enjoy it. This beer is so good and drinkable its very hard not to just sip away too quickly.
12-22-2009 16:26:31 | More by jlindros
4.13/5 rDev -6.1%
lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 2, oct 9/2010. not sure contributed this one, but thanks!
750ml corked and caged bottle.
pours hazy dark orange, nearly red. a big ring of fine white bubbles forms around the glass, dropping fast and leaving no lace.
aroma is good. huge sour cherry with a bit of spice. white bread and cracker. alcohol. cider vinegar. bit of malt vinegar. caramel.
taste is great. big sour cherry character. light spice. white bread and cracker. alcohol. malt and cider vinegar. caramel. light acidity. more fruity than the aroma. hint of chocolate. vanilla and raw oak. winey.
mouthfeel is good. medium-light body with a very dry finish. medium-high carbonation level.
drinkability is nice. it gets more acidic the more you drink. good depth. nice fruity character. it gets to be a bit too acidic by the end.
02-04-2011 17:02:40 | More by grub
Veritas 006 from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.