Veritas 011 - The Lost Abbey
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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
District of Columbia
4.63/5 rDev +11.3%
On tap at 2012 LA Barrel Night.
A: Pours a cloudy golden color, with light tan, swirly, frothy head.
S: So much fresh nectarine. So good, wow. Just a kind of vanilla, sweetish cognac, and orange rind to add some complexity and round out the aroma.
T: Caramel and tangerine/nectarine, more fruit beer than barley wine at this point. Some hoppy citrus and grippy oak/vanilla on the finish, along with a bit of bitterness and moderate sweetness. Very little alcohol is noticeable.
M: Super smooth, like candy. Medium carbonation and body. Sticks to the mouth.
O: A delicious, unique interpretation of a barley wine. Basically like a mild fruited American barley wine. Usually not a style I like that much, but this really comes together.
11-15-2012 06:47:00 | More by pmarlowe
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
Sampled at lost Abbey Barrel Night 2012 Sunday evening.
poured a deep, dark orange brown hue with a thin white head.
Smells of stone fruit, peaches , nectarines , apricots, light woody notes, and a hint of sweet boozy cognac in te background, gets better as it warms. Tastes tropical fruits, peaches, stone fruits , more fruit character than maltiness in taste
Medium body, easy drinking , surprisingly light for a 13% beer.
This was my favorite beer of the night, enjoyed the stone fruit character of this Barleywine , really have not tasted a more fruit forward Barleywine than this, this reminds me of a white desert wine.
11-09-2012 10:14:38 | More by xraided81
4.45/5 rDev +7%
Acquired via trade
(Aged for 6 months)
Dark oranges and brown combine with some floating haze. Decently sized near-white head of small bubbles. Decently carbed, especially for the style. Leaves the glass oily and spotted with cling.
Aroma of juicy nectarine flesh is complemented nicely by a sweet, earthy, caramel barleywine. Some dark fruit character (sweet, juicy, dark red grapes) and brandy/cognac. Some oak, and a bit of yeast character. I don't get much Brett character.
The flavors mingle incredibly well, and the alcohol is exceptionally well hidden. This is far too easy to drink. Caramel-dripping peaches, earth, oak and cognac, and mild yeast character play nicely. There's also good amounts of an earthy, leafy, black tea flavor as well. Delicious.
Medium to near full in body with moderate carbonation. Oily, slick, and coating. Exceptionally drinkable.
Fantastic. Exceeded my expectations. One of my favorites from a pretty mind-blowing tasting.
05-27-2013 15:51:31 | More by ehammond1
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
Bottle into Lost Abbey stemware.
A: Dark orangish crimson with two fingers of beige froth. Lacing is scattered. It looks big and rich.
S: Ripe and juicy nectarines atop a formidable Barleywine. Notes of caramel blend with grape and plum. Port-like. Vanilla is potent and oak is detectable. Big cognac presence.
T: Caramel, bread, sugar, chocolate, grape, plum, and nectarines. Quite a tasty blend of flavors with many similarities to port wine. Cognac character is strong. Alcohol is very well hidden.
M: Full body lower medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel with ample warming.
Overall: I like this quite a bit. The Brett hasn't done much, which I'm happy about, and the fruit is still potent. A successful experiment.
05-12-2013 03:32:17 | More by HopHead84
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
Bottle thanks to Javier. Thanks dude! Served in a Russian River tulip at Jason's place.
A - White foam settles to a partial cap and thick collar, leaving behind spotty lacing. Murky brown body. Looks like Lost Abbey finally got their carbonation issues under control.
S - The aroma is kind of crazy, and revealed different facets each time I took a whiff. Initially there was a hefty dose of cognac spirit character, but the next time all I got was sweet stone fruits (I would have guessed peaches, but apparently it's nectarines). Finally the base barleywine makes an appearance, imparting a caramel backdrop. No obvious brett at the moment, although if it's brett clausenii I imagine it'll be masked by the nectarines for a while. Not a ton of oak either; just sweet and boozy cognac flavor.
T - The taste is a bit inverted, with more caramel and brown sugar barleywine sweetness on the palate, with complementary ripe stone fruits, and cognac booze and oak in the finish. There's perhaps a hint of nascent brett, but it also could be imagined at this stage. Alcohol is well-hidden once you accept the cognac spirit note as a flavor. Nectarines grow in intensity as the beer approaches room temperature.
M - Smooth, medium-full body, lower but adequate carbonation, and perhaps a bit of alcohol heat thanks to the cognac. Surprisingly easy to drink considering the ABV.
D - While not all of Tomme's experiments are a complete success I think this one works pretty well. Unsurprisingly it's a bit boozy, but not excessively so for the listed 13.46%, and everything else seems to work in harmony. I'm curious how/if the brett will manifest, as it's not really present at the moment. Nice to see a non-sour in this series, as we already know those are in Tomme's wheelhouse. Looking forward to my other bottle of this one.
01-01-2013 21:24:03 | More by MasterSki
Veritas 011 from The Lost Abbey
92 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.