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Veritas 009 - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
85
very good

219 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 25.99%


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: HopHead84 on 05-28-2011)
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KrautAficionado

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a dark dark brown with minimal thin brown head and sporadic lacing if any. Aromas of brown sugar, bourbon, cheese, sour funky lactic notes, toffee, cinnamon, cherry, vanilla and syrah. Taste is sour cherries with notes of angels share grand cru including bourbon, cherry, balsemic, french red wine, teriyaki pemican, funky cheddar, brown sugar, finishes with a mollasses, and ultra mouth watering kriek funkiness even with a little roasted cocconut. This is one of the best aged sours I have had to date and just as good as 001. Absolutely Amazing beer and the best veritas batch in a long time.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 07:40:48 | More by KrautAficionado
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.97/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the release. Reviewed from notes. Had 2, 3oz or so tasters. Poured into a 4oz port brewing taster glass.

Pours a black to dark brown. Decent tan head dissipated to a film and left some ok lacing.

Aroma is amazing. So many things going on. Sourness up front with bourbon and then a bit of the cherries and wine from the wine barrels. I didn't think those two things went together but they marry well.

Taste is awesome. Same as above with that sort of older viz or angels share bourbon flavor mixed with the sour cherries and lactic acid and then the smooth chocolate. Nice wine characteristics as well but I wish they came through a bit more than they did.

Mouthfeel was spot on. Smooth and coats your mouth. Carbonation was spot on but this is on tap.

Overall an amazing beer that I'm glad I have 4 bottles of. Probably wont trade any off because it's so awesome.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2011 06:07:44 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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lestat314

California

4.97/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

4oz taster at veritas release party.

A- really dark brown mostly opaque still slightly translucent, some deep reds and auburn colors permeate the beer when held to light. very light carbonation and little to no head.

S- Sour cherries, oak, chocolate, bourbon and a whole lot more.. can't figure it all out it's so complex.

T- Just as complex as the smell, tons going on once it hits your lips. get the sour cherries and dark chocolate notes right up front one after another, really complicated finish, gonna need to revisit to try to figure this all out.

M- coats the mouth nicely for lingering aftertaste very little alcohol warmth.

O- wow...

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 17:16:48 | More by lestat314
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.97/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

its my bday so i bring out the big guns opened this one on friday night to obliterate myself. this was quite simply one of the best beers i have ever drank. a sublime mix of everything i love about beer all rolled into one.

pours a lovely dark brown, nearly black with a fluffy tan head that caps the top of the glass nicely coating the sides and really making it look the part.

aroma is nuts, hard to even explain as you have to simply be there. dark chocolate and oak, mingled with deep grape, raspberry and dark fruit notes, sour with changing flavors twirling around. its hard to get a grip on this beer!

the combination of a dark roasted chocolate/malt driven base with sour fruit is one that really needs to be expierenced to completely get it. i simply cannot make the words do this justice. finishes off with the subtlest of dryness and lovely sour flavors and all is well in the world.

stunning, now by far my favorite beer from lost abbey, no question.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 16:30:34 | More by mikesgroove
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jimjim123

Colorado

4.95/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big dark marroon pour with a thin, slightly amber ring of lacy head. Aroma of dark chocolate, sour, sour cherries, French oak, toffee, brown sugar, very subduded roasty, spicy notes and amazing lactic notes. Flavors of pure bourbon, red wine, slight rust, dark chcocolate flavored cherries, and heavy sour plum hints. Full, silky, almost sticky and chewy mouthfeel. Starts out very soft and smooth, transitions to a sweet, Belgian dark ale, and fades out with a torrential wash of sour in the finish. This is truly a special, dark, lecherous lethal and seductive beer. If you get chance to try this beer. I highly recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2011 02:35:47 | More by jimjim123
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PlinyTheKid

California

4.93/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a 4oz draft pour at Lost Abbey.

Rather surprised when I saw the bartender pour the beer in the glass. Had a dark chocolate-like, brownish color with a red wine tint. Before smelling it, I anticipated the beer to resemble Cascade's Bourbonic Plague. The smell had sharp notes of sour, red fruits. There was a burst of cherries in the smell with a vineous sting. The taste was no different. The first sip was just the perfect primer to the palate. Strong sour flavors of cherry, and a hint of tamarinds. I didn't get much of the bourbon in the flavor, but the color seemed to be manipulated by it. Wasn't really boozy either. It was just the right amount of alcohol in it to compliment the beer in all sorts of ways. It's very smooth and mouth-watering. Can't wait to try this again in one year.

Overall: Incredible

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2011 08:43:02 | More by PlinyTheKid
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turble

California

4.93/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Here goes my first review. I really did not know what to expect from this beer. From the description on the lost abbey site I was thinking it might be something along the lines of cuvee de tomme meets angel share. I had 1 3 oz poor while waiting in line at the release, and also split a bottle later that night. I wanted to try the bottle because some one had said they were more carbonated.

Has a strong chocolate flavor up front that balances well with the cherries. You will start to notice the bourbon once it starts to warm up. The carbonation is very low in both bottle and on tap. Poured a small head but dissipated fast. If anything it was more carbonated on tap. Overall the beer is perfect. I could not ask for anything more.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 06:59:06 | More by turble
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.85/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Grant (heyohhhh) for the generous share during a wonderfully successful mini-tasting. V009 pours a rich, deep purplish-black hue, a color not unlike that of a black cherry or an eggplant, and while the brew has visually discernible viscosity in the form of legs upon the glass, it shows absolutely no sign of liveliness or effervescence. None of that matters, because V009 is an absolutely fantastic and utterly unique beer that is done a disservice by being compared to other brews; it really is that different. There are so many things going on here, but I'll start with the feel, which is an absolutely integral component of this experience: it has the mouthfeel of a heavier wine replete with silkiness up front, juicy-acidic body, and a drying tannic finish. In this case, the flatness, or non-effervescence, serves the beer so well that I cannot imagine it with carbonation, a la Quelque Chose. It is like a beer-flavored wine, with notes ranging from a Belgian Quad-esque heavy dark fruit melange to chocolatey -bal IS notes, to oak, sherry/port and red wine impartations. Fruit notes include everything from currant, cherry, date, fig, tamarind, cranberry, and raspberry, but they come across in a very unusual fashion, pungent, perhaps as if they were macerated in sherry. The barrel and wood character is varied and complex as well, offering nuances ranging from sweetly vinous, to richly Bourbon-tinged, to dryly oaky-tannic. Lastly, there is the element of tartness to speak of: it is just about perfectly balanced with the plethora of other features; it is mildly sour-acidic, somewhat bright with light medicinal notes, and just the slightest bit overripe-fruit funky. This is a great beer, and one I look forward to trying again.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 01:18:48 | More by ktrillionaire
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ZX6Chris

California

4.83/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled this at the release.

I read the reviews so I expected the dark color but the flavors were not something I was expecting.

The main flavor was tart cherries, extremely tart cherries. Chocolate, roastiness and some bourbon from the barrel aging. Seemed very dry, those tart cherries just gripped on to your tongue and wouldn't let it go, I've never had a beer with such a long finish.

Very strong flavors now that work well together but I see this aging very well, it had a medium to full body and a very smooth texture.

Thanks Tomme!

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2011 19:30:47 | More by ZX6Chris
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nickhiller

Texas

4.83/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: raisiny chocolatey brown with two millimeters of light brown gradient, flat, no lace.

S: sherry, kohlua and cacao, wood (especially cedar), hemp, red pepper, basil, fennel, pasta sauce, swiss cheese, light roast (non-acrid).

T: communion wine, lots of oak, lots of roast, but really nice smaller things: pomegranate, sour cherries, nutmeg, Bazooka bubble gum.

M: low to non-existent carbonation (my favorite part of this beer) and a lighter body than I would have expected--though in a great way. It feels more like a heavy read wine than anything else.

O: one of the most interesting beers that I've ever had. The stoutish part was pleasantly subdued (especially when warmed; gets much more sour as it gets warmer). Loved the wine, I think this as close as a beer has come to a good red wine (maybe a Syrah)--at least that I've tried. Very, very interesting hybrid/mutant.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 02:21:44 | More by nickhiller
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phichifiji00

California

4.83/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle on 9/9/2011:

Appearance: Dark Brown nearly black, subtle tan head.

Smell: Chocolate, Bourbon, Molasses, Red Wine, Sherry, Cherries, Acidic.

Taste: Sour, Acidic, Red Berries, Cherries, Boozy, Woody, Wine notes, Sherry.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, light carbonation.

Overall: Extremely complex, sour, sweet, boozy.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 20:11:40 | More by phichifiji00
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Schmaltzy

California

4.8/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the release party.

A- Wow, I was a little scared seeing this brown beast in my glass, I didn't think it was going to be sour from the look of the beer. Nice brown color with slight red/brown hues and light 1/2 finger head that dissapates quickly.

S- Nice roasted malt and chocolate with tons of sour cherry aroma followed with a hint of bourbon, really light on the bourbon, you will only notice it as it warms up, also detecting some nice wooden tannins in this.

T- Nice chocolate notes with light bourbon immediately followed by an overwhelmingly sour cherry flavor, really interesting beer. Nice dark chocolate and roastiness in the front with tart cherries on the mid, side, and back pallate, extremely dry finish with nice oaky wooden tannins, this will age nicely, it already has a year of conditioning within the bottle. Really a great tasting beer that leaves you wondering the many different flavors, each sip imparts different chocolates, roastiness, oakiness, and wine/cherry flavors.

M- Perfect carbonation that I'm hoping will transition to the bottles, nice flavors and medium body, nice level of tannins for aging.

D- Really easy to drink this beer and as I stated above this beer is fun to drink with the everchanging flavors and layers that leave you wanting more. Highly recommend, gonna try to keep several for the years ahead...

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2011 21:08:30 | More by Schmaltzy
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olympuszymurgus

California

4.8/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beer without a style, but with style of its own.

Many thanks to jawzman for hosting the epic stout tasting that this appeared at.

Pours a deep purple, almost black, almost mahogany. Small bubbles come up around the edges, a faint hair of carbonation. Smells like charred oak, leather, sherry, rotting cherries, tobacco, and red wine. Taste follow suit, char and bourbon with tart cherries in the middle, with a long drawn out caramel sweetness in the back. It coats your mouth, your glass, I want it inside me in a decidedly sexual way.

Damn near perfect, it would compare well to most fine ports.

Anecdote- rinsing my cup after this has the color and appearance of grape drink. I've changed oil in old international Farm Alls that was thinner than this.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 03:03:45 | More by olympuszymurgus
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vacax

California

4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As much talk happens about the Lost Abbey, this offering reminds us that boundaries are still being pushed in San Marcos and the results can be spectacular. I had a couple tasters of this beer, which poured menacingly black with only a few sparse bubbles to signify the presence of head. Aromas aren't best described at a packed brewery release, but what I did sense reminded of sour cherries and dark fruits, sour and vinous.

The story behind this beer is quite remarkable, and not until this beverage hit my tongue did I realize that the resulting beer actually is equally, or probably even more remarkable. I heard this was sour, so I expected a prototypical "Lost Abbey sour" with good flavor and excess acidity. What hit my tongue is not like any other Lost Abbey beer, incomparable to just about anything I have tried in the last few thousand beers I've tried.

The one word I think describes the flavor is robust--dark fruits immediately engulf the tongue, rich, satisfying sour cherries, unprecedentedly rich vinous character. Sour and oaky with a malt background, but all of these things so well integrated using any of them alone seems foolish. Sour, but not acidic, and malty, but not roasty--the end result is something port-like in quality. Something rich, palate pleasing, and robust.

Finally I understand the constant references to "wine drinkers" enjoying this. I thought that was mostly non-sense, but I have to admit this is spot on. Low carbonation, creamy and moderately thick body coats the palate and a tangy tartness lingers on the palate, not unlike a good dark wine, but better than that obviously.

I found this beer to be a revelation that pushes boundaries. Excellent as of the release date and every bit deserving of the name of the already legendary series it belongs to: Veritas.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2011 01:09:03 | More by vacax
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

cork popped with a weak puff, super dark black body with no carbonation at all... the aroma is outstanding and beyond complex, warm bourbon, red wine, tons of super sweet chocolate (almost a bit too much is my slightest complaint), a bit of vanilla finish... the taste is shocking because the cabarnet totally takes over and makes this basically taste like a wine, oak, red wine, tart like a wine, tannic, the chocolate notes add some awesome meat to the bones on this... almost perfect tasting, keeps you guessing, never complacent, get this now, unreal

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 00:41:04 | More by jrallen34
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pastradul

California

4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

aboiut 10oz draft pour into a lost abbey chunky tumbler.

pours a dark maroon, maybe dark purple. Fair amount of head about a fingers worth but fades away quickly.

the aroma is very intriguing. You get the sour cherry and some strong vinegar also along with some dark earthy notes a very dry nose similar to a big red wine.

the taste is fantastic. upfront you get a mix of the barrel some bourbon notes play with the wine barrel flavors. followed by some dark grape and cherry notes along with tart vinegar in the middle of the palate. then it finishes with a very dry mouth sucking bite.

Drinkablility is amazing. went through the glass no problem. look forward to trying this gem from a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2011 08:10:26 | More by pastradul
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davod23

California

4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is capable of breaking brains. Poured from the bottle into a Bruery tulip.

Pour is very dark. Near black, unless placed up to the light, when a clear, dark brown color is demonstrated. Pour is heavy and flat - no bubbles. Uh oh. Swirl of the glass yields nice legs. I doubt this is 8.0% abv like the label says. Slightly menacing-looking beer.

Smell. Whoa. Weirdness. But I really dig it. Huge tart cherries predominate throughout. Bourbon is silent at cold temperatures, but makes itself known as the beer warms. Vinous aromas reminiscent of cabernet. I swear I'm getting an aroma that reminds me of truffle salt, but I'm not convinced that I'm on point with that sensation. Some dark cocoa is intermixed in all this, somehow. Really complex.

Taste is grand, particularly at warmer temperatures. Strikingly and surprisingly sour. Big sour cherrys with a tiny dollop of chocolate fudge. Bourbon isn't really there. Red wine most definitely is.

Mouthfeel is full, but not heavy. Very sticky. Looong finish. This beer will remain on your lips for hours. The only complaint here is that it could benefit from a few more bubbles - there is just a hint of a tickle of carbonation here. I thought I detected it, but my drinking buddy swears this was completely flat. We both agree, however, that it wasn't much of a detraction - this beer doesn't really need the carbonation that badly.

Overall, this is great stuff. A special occasion beer for sure, and surely one to spring on people to make their heads explode. Halfway through the glass, it occurred to me that this is a beer that I would expect Hair of the Dog to create. Somewhat akin to what might happen if Alan tossed some bugs in the Cherry Adam. Extremely complex, very interesting. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 02:23:35 | More by davod23
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johndoe8

California

4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer definitely exceeded expectations, and was an overall winner. Most people definitely seemed to be enjoying this beer when the tapped that 15 gallon keg of this.

Appearance was a dark, and not overly viscous. Poured with a small 1cm head, without much lacing.
Aroma was pretty good. Slight cherry on the nose, with a tinge of bourbon in there.

Taste was just wonderful though... Wonderful sour notes added on top of the light cherry flavor. It seemed wonderfully better version of Cuvee de Tomme in a way.. cherry a little more subdued, it had the perfect amount of viscosity for this type, with a great great sourness.

Could this beer get better with age? Maybe... but I think it's drinking wonderfully right now. It's already been conditioning for a year? I can see why Tomme decided to release this one.. it's pretty epic.

Compared to the other Veritas, I don't quite hold it in quite as high esteem as the yummy 004, but honestly, thinking about it more, it's definitely on par with 006 and 007. Completely different beers, so this is quite the subjective opinion, but I could entirely see this beer being more memorable than those, esp given how unique this special beer is. Never had anything like this.. like the perfect amalgamation of a bourbon flavored sour!

Hopefully this beer holds up, as I don't want to drink my bottles immediately!

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2011 04:01:25 | More by johndoe8
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't this beer closer to 10-12% ABV? In any case, thanks, CJ!

Black with dark brown highlights, this beer has no head whatsoever. The nose is excellent. If the Cable Car Kriek showed off red cherries, this is a wonderful showcase for black cherries. Flesh and skin tannins are present, along with dark chocolate, mildly soy-like. Earthy, leathery, tannic, there's some bourbon and vanilla to round out the nose. Compelling, complex and surprisingly well integrated IMO.

The palate opens with a blend of black cherry, cocoa, soy, vanilla, bourbon and cherry sourness. The combination of the sour cherry and bourbon is pretty excellent. Full in body, lightly carbonated (if that), this feels really nice on the palate (I appreciate the low carbonation, almost any would just not work with this beer IMO). The finish has a mild sourness with a blend of cherries, bourbon, oak and vanilla. Excellent stuff, I look forward to revisiting this in the future.

**edit 12/31/2013**
Thanks, Carlos! It popped! I guess a few years finally allowed it to carbonate some.

Sour black cherry goodness, with earth, mushrooms, bourbon, plenty of barrel character, vanilla and some soy. In fact, the only thing that's changed is that the sourness has increased along with the carbonation. The bourbon and soy seem better integrated too.

The palate opens quite sour with a blend of lactic and red wine sourness with plenty of black, sour cherries, vinous and quite majestic. Vanilla, bourbon, red wine, some booze, a lactic, meaty funk, this has taken on some oerbier reservation characteristics. Sour and lactic with a touch of balsamic vinegar, there's an earthy, meaty character here. An excellent beverage to welcome the new year with IMO. 4/4.5/4.25/4.5/4.5

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 21:04:46 | More by DefenCorps
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HopHead84

California

4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks! This spent a year in bourbon barrels and then another year in wine barrels with sour cherries. Supposedly it's been bottle conditioning for a year and a half. I guess it's 3.5 years old at this point. An interesting fact about the beer: The beer was not inoculated with bacteria and no Brett was used. All the wild notes come from the bacteria on the cherry skins.

A: Bottle opens with a big pop. Deep brown in the snifter with a crimson tinge near the edges when held to light. Small light brown head quickly fades. Nice color.

S: Strong cherry aroma with a substantial lactic presence. Light Brett character, but it's subdued compared to the lactic notes. Cherries are tart and pronounced with notes of chocolate and oak. The wine barrels left a strong mark on this, and those characteristics blend well with bourbon notes. Alcohol is deftly masked. This is complex yet nuanced.

T: Quite tart up front with powerful lactic sour and cherry notes. Nice chocolate profile. Quite vinous, with lesser notes of bourbon and oak. The cherries are strong throughout. Alcohol is incredibly subtle for a beer that's around 12% ABV. Lightly tannic and dry in the sour cherry chocolate finish. Light acetic acidity. 

M: Upper medium in body with lower carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky, smooth, and tannic, with notable warming.

Overall: A fantastic strong dark sour. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 14:32:51 | More by HopHead84
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dmsohyea

California

4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Lost Abbey served in a taster glass ($3).

A: Pours dark brown with minimal khaki brown head. Retention is moderate and lacing is minimal.

S: Tons of brown sugar and toasted malt, some bourbon and oak, with just a touch of sour cherry.

T: Extremely complex and well layered. Individual flavors really stand out at different points in the tasting. Up front is strong red wine flavor, oak and some cherry. It's clearly sour, but not overbearingly sour. Towards the middle more malty sweetness comes balanced out with less wine and more sour flavors. The finish has a touch of chocolate and a wisp of bourbon. I didn't get the bourbon until the very very end, almost like breathing out the whiskey.

M: Carbonation is low with a slick, oily mouthfeel. Very smooth and easy to drink.

O: Complex. Sweet, sour, red wine, bourbon, and oak all mixed together in a way that all flavors really stand out. Definitely a winner for me. Possibly the best sour I've had to this point.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2011 22:24:06 | More by dmsohyea
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle consumed as a precursor to the barrel-aged barleywine tasting at a preview of Terry's beers at the Farmers Cabinet facility in Alexandria.

Disclaimer: this beer was initially flat, and I subsequently force-carbed it to a low level. Given the interaction of things in the mouthfeel, I don't think the carbonation was really necessary or added much.

Pours a murky dark brown color with a garnet hue. No real head other than a few tan bubbles that popped up and fell almost instantaneously.

The nose starts things off right with notes of chocolate and a bit of dark malt. Atop that were strong notes of cherry, red wine, and oak. Pretty good acidity with a very mild acetic character. The flavor was intense, to say the least. Really delicious with the dark malt and fruits combining with bright cherries and brisk acidity. Red wine and oak really round things out. Some acetic character as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is really fantastic. Not something I would have imagined myself for a sour, but it worked quite well. Strong acidity with a thick, chewy base that neared stout levels. Dry and tannic. Long finish. Very low carbonation.

Incredibly complex and well made. Not sure if the low carbonation was intentional, but I think it worked quite well.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 13:13:36 | More by Thorpe429
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unitmonster

California

4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Veritas 009 release party. 4 oz pour into a Port Brewing / Lost Abbey taster.

A: Dark and stout looking, but with tones of red and purple. Little to no head, light carbonation. Leaves some decent legs on the glass.

S: Wow, quite a bit going on here. Sour cherries, oak, bourbon, vinous. This is a very complicated brew.

T: Immediate sour hits the pallete upon first sip. It mellows off into a bourbon-like after-taste. Sour cherries pucker the mouth. This drink really goes down warm. Flavors changed through each sip.

M: Very light with little to no viscosity. It seems a little flat on the back-end and could use some carbonation.

Edited on 8/1/11. Opened first bottle and was not impressed. Tap was much better, but most likely force carbonated.

O: A very impressive beer that has some insane complexities. I was fortunate enough to try a glass the night before the release, and then a taster on the day of the release. I'm going to age my bottles and see if this gets better.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2011 03:03:44 | More by unitmonster
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle generously shared by kbutler1. Thanks a ton!

Bottle opens with the slightest pop.

Pours fairly flat. No head at all. Color is an extremely dark ruby red, nearing a dark purple around the edges. Looks like wine. A swirl leaves some legs.

Aroma: Smells like a mead or a wine. Tons of cherries. Bourbon notes and wine notes. Oaky with tons of barrel characteristics. Reminds me kind of like an old ale. Then I get more tart cherries. Lots of cherries. Grapes as it warms.

Taste: Woah. This beer is complex. Starts out with a tobacco flavor then I get some bourbon and oak flavors. It has vinegar flavors and then a ton of tart cherries. A lot of wine flavors as well. Chocolate. Towards the end I get some caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Tart and dry. Medium to full bodied with a low, very low, amount of carbonation. Ends with some tobacco flavors.

Overall, I don't care about the low amount of carbonation. It works for this beer. I guess I would rather have something like this under than over carbonated. There are few beers that are as complex as this one. It has so much going on for it. Reminded me so much of a wine. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 23:48:35 | More by mothman
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olenka82

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoy wine very much, so this was a nice surprise. I felt like I was drinking a nice cabernet with hot fudge poured into it. A chocolate wine mix, tannic and flavorful. The look was not as impressive as the taste and smell. Sour cherries were lingering afterwards, nice beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 05:44:42 | More by olenka82
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