Veritas 006 - The Lost Abbey
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District of Columbia
4.98/5 rDev +13.2%
Consumed with all ten Veritas beers on April 14, 2012. Shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.
Gusher warning! Aside from the carbonation problems, this beer is simply phenomenal. Aromatic, tart, balanced, complex, and just delicious. In my humble opinion, this is the best of the current ten beers in the Veritas series.
Original review: March 20, 2011
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike! Served side by side with Veritas 004.
This beer was quite a gusher, though thankfully we were prepared. Served in my Cantillon tulip, this beer appears a hazy, pretty, pink hue, akin to grapefruit juice. The head is thin and fizzy, dissipating to a thin, wispy layer after a few moments.
The aroma is just phenomenal. Raspberries, funk, oak, and sour - mouth watering deliciousness.
World class from the first sip. I am so very glad to have tried this. Lost Abbey churns out some truly amazing brews, and Veritas 006 is one of their masterpieces. A downright awesome sour ale, the flavor is exceptionally bold and wonderful, with incredibly tart raspberries dipped in funk sauce. Highly acetic and complex, the beer offers additional notes of vinous fruits and oak. Oh yeah.
The feel is extremely tart, and leaves you puckering and squinting after each sip.
Overall, a world class beer, and one of the best wild ales I have ever had.
04-22-2012 00:28:43 | More by Huhzubendah
District of Columbia
4.9/5 rDev +11.4%
Many thanks to a great trader for this one. I felt exceptionally lucky popping the cork to enjoy this one by the fire.
Appearance: Quite cloudy, nice pink head, deep ruby burgundy sangria color. Bit of a gusher.
Smell: Wow, enormous. Incredibly sour, raspberries, red grapes, and other ripe fruits. Some funk, vinegar, and french oak, and definitely a bit of red poppy.
Taste: Immensely sour, this is a combination of the sour from veritas 003 and 004 with the flavor of 001 and 002. Great combination. Once again the cherries, red grapes, raspberries, merlot, funk, vinegar, and french oak. Probably the most sour Lost Abbey beer I have tasted, although they started in that direction with DDG.
Mouthfeel: Perfectly carbonated, they always get it right for this series.
*NB, I much prefer this one to Veritas 003 and 004, harkens back to 001 and 002 which were my favorites, although this one is much more sour than those earlier offerings. This continues to be one of Lost Abbey's best offerings, sadly the other, regular offerings to not live up.
01-04-2010 03:47:40 | More by craytonic
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
4.88/5 rDev +10.9%
From 03/19/11 notes. Huge thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this one; thanks Mike! Served in a tulip side by side with Veritas 004.
a - Pours a murky pinkish-purple color with an inch of light white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of raspberries, tart, sour dark fruit, grapes, oak, some light barnyard funk, and vinegar.
t - Tastes of very tart raspberries, sour dark fruit, strawberries, funk, oak, citrus, and some acedic notes.
m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Dry finish and very mouth puckering, which I loved.
d - Another amazing sour from LA; the best I've had by them so far. I preferred this one to the Veritas 004 as I enjoy darker fruits better and found this one much more mouth puckering. Out of the four Veritas series beers I've had so far, this one takes the cake. Would love to have again.
03-21-2011 16:08:10 | More by mdfb79
4.88/5 rDev +10.9%
Huge thanks to jdubfl for this one.
A: Pours a reddish pink hue with a puffy pink tinged white head. Little retention and no lace.
S: Wow I am in love. Lots of funky fruits. Citrus for sure with some subtle tart berries as well. Hints of wine, cheese, and oak.
T: Wonderful. Tart berries and a blend of sweet and tart citrus. Sweet tarts candy, cheese, oak, and acid. Very sour, very acidic, with a gentle sweetness that makes you just pine for more.
M: On the lighter side of medium, zippy carbonation, acidic from start to finish.
D: Uber, I am in love with this beer. Crazy good. To call it world class is an understatement.
03-11-2010 17:52:22 | More by tpd975
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
4.78/5 rDev +8.6%
As with Veritas 007, courtesy of alexd3891.
Pours a soapy head atop a slightly velvet, pinkish body. Excellent lacing.
Aromas are pure rasberry. Pure, pure, puuurrreee rasberry (did I say pure yet?). So refreshing and mmm, so intensely good.
Flavors are, well, rasberry, rasberry, and yes, more rasberry. It's like drinking Lindeman's framboise with a whole lotta sour yogurt/lactic acid on the finish and throughout. And so much more complex.
Mouthfeel is thin and sticky, and almost like drinking a rasberry puree.
Overall, I agree with adavis3891: this is REALLY good. It exhibits the right amount of balance between sweetness and sourness, and all the while displaying a kind of organic complexity. F'ing yum indeed.
08-06-2010 16:53:39 | More by jminsc76
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
4.68/5 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
4.68/5 rDev +6.4%
750ml bottle shared at woodshop 5.1
Poured a redish pink with about a good finger of head that left nice sticky lacing on the glass. I really loved the aroma to this sour beer that consisted of raspberries, strawberries, cherries, slight vinegar, acidic citrus with hints of oak funk and vinous scents. Up ffont the taste was big on strawberries and raspberries like the nose but also had vinegar, oak funk, and acidic citrus that helped intensify the sour tartness. I forgot to mention it also had a little brett character as well; fabulous flavors. The beer was light to medium body with a whole lot of carbonation that had a slight sweet but super sour and slight dry finish that lingered on the palate. Drank exceptional good especially since I love sour but was also impressed since it was my first veritas experience. I will definitely seek out more of the beers from this series for sure.
07-01-2010 03:10:44 | More by Gobzilla
4.63/5 rDev +5.2%
Bottle shared by Thorpe429 in a side by side with V004, yeah, that's right! Served in a wine glass (best I could do).
I wasn't there for the initial opening but based on the amount of overflow in the pot on the table, this bottle must have exploded. Beer does not look like I expected, I guess I don't know what I expected though. It is hazy and pink with nearly no head, moderate carbonation and no lacing. Looks like a fruit lambic.
Aroma is AWESOME. It is mildly sweet with the smell of raspberries or some other berry fruit, almost like seeds, the overall aroma is not sweet but that component is. There is some oakiness, mild acetic, some lactic, some brett character too. Smells really good.
Beer is light to moderate in body, the lead off is bright and burning with carbonation with some immediate sweetness from some sort of fruit, this gives way quickly to some acetic brightness and some lactic smoothness. There is a mild tannic quality on the end of it too but it is not too bad or overwhelming, at all. The finish is nice, not too dry like you might expect but overall it is very tart. Back in the corners of your mouth you pucker and shutter. I really enjoyed this beer a lot. I think I liked it better than the V004. Thanks again Mike, what an awesome night.
03-21-2011 16:40:49 | More by drabmuh
4.6/5 rDev +4.5%
They weren't kidding when they said this tasted like the Sangria offered at the Sinners Dinner. It's pretty damned close. I'd need a side by side tasting to try to figure out what's different. Supposedly a blend of Isabelle, raspberries, and avante garde, but who knows. Also bottled, supposedly, with brett ... but again, I'm not sure.
Pours a cloudy, somewhat hazy pinkish red. Even at a barrel tasting, some gobs of white foamy head.
Smells like raspberries. The other reviewer says cherries, but the raspberries in this (to me at least) are pretty framboise-esque. There's a light lemon bite to the aroma and the flavor that I don't recall from the Sangria (one server told me that this was a slightly different, but similar blend ... but again, who knows). This also was a bit more fruit forward in the flavor. It's a friendly, more welcoming sour, but quite good and very drinkable. There's really just a whisper of funk/barnyard notes. It's mostly sweet and sour fruit overlaid on a lip smacking oak base.
If they really bottled it with brett, it might change over the years. Much like with Sangria, I kind of feel like I'm underrating this ... it didn't have the complexity of an Isabelle or a Duck Duck Gooze, but maybe I should have more appreciation for a straight-forward beer done perfectly ... I must ruminate upon this.
11-08-2009 08:23:38 | More by Overlord
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
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.58/5 rDev +4.1%
Jer opened this one up and I had the pitcher ready. This was a huge gusher but we didn't lose any of it.
Pours a fizzy white head. Color is a hazed peach grapefruit.
Aroma: Tons of tart raspberry. Mouthpuckering aroma. Extremely fruity with strawberries, oak, spice. Tart and sour.
Taste: Mouthpuckering goodness. Sour and tart. Raspberries and strawberries. Some acidic flavors. Vinegar. A lot like amarosa, but more sour. Oaky with hints of vanilla. Crazy good.
Mouthfeel: Sour and then some. Tart. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends with fruit flavors. Clean.
Overall, this was a great American wild ale. Crazy sour. Very good. Top notch. I was very pleased with this one.
01-17-2011 20:26:36 | More by mothman
Veritas 006 from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.