Veritas 012
The Lost Abbey

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The Lost Abbey
California, United States
Wild Ale
4.43 | pDev: 10.61%
Aug 13, 2017
Nov 03, 2013
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Notes: Veritas 012 will be a Kriek - blend of blond sours with cherries. Similar profile to our 2011 Cable Car Kriek.
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Ratings by jegross2:
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3.47/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jegross2 from Illinois

Reviewing the Veritas 012 from The Lost Abbey out of San Marcos, California.

Score: 87

2013 vintage bottle served in a The Lost Abbey teku and enjoyed on 01/12/14.

Appearance: GUSHER ALERT! Pours a slightly pinkish-orange color with a thin layer of head that settles to a ring around the glass. Good lacing, average retention. 4/5

Smell: Cherry, vinegar, funk and buttered popcorn. Some oak and a little brown sugar. This is your classic acidic Lost Abbey nose with a heavy and unpleasant buttered popcorn twist 2/5

Taste: A lot more zesty, tart cherry on the palate than in the nose and virtually no butter. Oak, lite funk, and a dash of lemon. Light vinegar backbone. Finish is acidic cherry vinegar and young funk. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Light plus bodied, good carbonation. Nice zesty sourness, with a little sweetness. Acidic, but not to the degree of an Upland sour. 4/5

Overall: A nice sour cherry beer that has a buttery nose and a hunt of butter in taste. While solid, this is certainly no Cable Car Kriek and it is not worth what it costs even at retail (let alone on the secondary/trade market).

Cost: $40 for a 750 ml bottle.

May 30, 2014
More User Ratings:
4.5 by t2grogan from Arizona on Aug 13, 2017
4.41 by WOLFGANG from South Carolina on Apr 04, 2017
4.44 by UCLABrewN84 from California on Dec 10, 2016
4.5 by Kurmaraja from California on Nov 28, 2016
4.5 by IrishColonial from Texas on Sep 23, 2016
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4.09/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Stevedore from Oregon

750ml cork and caged bottle. One of my earliest wants. Served in a stemmed glass.

Pours a murky reddish-brown body, one finger white head, thin film, not much retention or lacing. Seems about right. Smell is faint ripe cherry skin, tart lemon and acetic acid, not as much lactic acid, fair amount of oak, mild sweetness to it that is almost sort of nutty. I'm not sure what is going on here, but it's certainly not what I was expecting. Flavour brings out more of the cherry as it warms up, although it never gets to the amount of say, Lou Pepe Kriek or Hommage, but it is a solidly middling cherry presence for the most part. Moderate acetic acidity, not much lactic acidity, a bit of grainy sweetness, a lot of oak and tannins. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, good carbonation, a bit lacking in terms of the finish. As far as hype goes, this one went high simply because of the description, but I'm really not seeing it. I don't see how this is even similar to Cable Car, as the body just seemed so dark and tannic. On its own, it's a solid AWA with a mild cherry presence but I would have to argue that this beer was a victim of its own hype. Still a nice one to finally check off my list!

May 02, 2016
4.5 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania on Mar 30, 2016
4.21 by aasher from Indiana on Mar 20, 2016
4.44 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania on Jan 11, 2016
4.17 by BMart from Pennsylvania on Jan 11, 2016
4.6 by scotv from New York on Jan 09, 2016
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by corby112 from Pennsylvania

Pours a very cloudy, bright cherry/ruby red color with a one finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting cap. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly sulfuric aroma with plenty of musty funk and a nice barnyard/horseblanket character that American wild ales usually lack. Qualities are similar to that of an authentic Belgian Kriek. Sweaty with damp oak, cobwebs, lactic funk and earth followed by prominent cherry sweetness. Slight mineral quality with juicy cherry pie filing, earthy pit and dry cherry skins. Oak and funk are prominent with subtle lactic cheesiness, musty wild bugs and acetic vinegar. Minimal solvency. Smells amazing!

Tart and puckering with strong sour acidity but not harsh or solvent like at all. Some acetic acid lingering throughout providing vinegary sweetness that counters the musty funk while complimenting the sweet cherry flavor. Very flavorful but not quite as complex as the nose suggests. Doesn't have the same depth of funk or lambic like characteristics. There is some damp oak, lactic cheesiness and musty bugs but it's not as extreme as the aroma and the prominent cherry sweetness cuts through. Soft mineral flavor with juicy cherry pie filling, earthy pit and dry skins. Very dry with the perfect amount of sweetness countering the oak, acidity and funk. One of he better American interpretations of the style. Excellent!

Nov 23, 2015
4.79 by Guzzle_McBrew from Connecticut on Jun 19, 2015
5 by ScottP from New Hampshire on May 24, 2015
4.25 by oline73 from Maryland on May 15, 2015
4.36 by siege06nd from Virginia on May 02, 2015
4.49 by billab914 from Virginia on May 02, 2015
4.54 by Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania on May 02, 2015
4.65 by brianmandell from California on Apr 02, 2015
4.04 by Hugonaut13 from Illinois on Feb 20, 2015
4.5 by trevor_s from Missouri on Feb 08, 2015
4.54 by KCBeerNerd from Missouri on Feb 06, 2015
5 by moarmare from Missouri on Dec 01, 2014
4.75 by jschonert from Missouri on Nov 08, 2014
4.5 by wethorseblanket from California on Nov 04, 2014
4.25 by zestar from California on Oct 10, 2014
4.56 by LotsofLupulin from Colorado on Oct 08, 2014
4.5 by HopHead84 from California on Sep 27, 2014
4.5 by Onestophopshop from New Jersey on Sep 09, 2014
3.5 by tom10101 from Canada (QC) on Aug 31, 2014
4 by ygtbsm94 from Utah on Aug 25, 2014
4.75 by Chingringo from Florida on Aug 20, 2014
4 by mendvicdog from Maryland on Aug 11, 2014
3.5 by yourefragile from District of Columbia on Aug 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

The beer is a pinkish, salmon, light golden hue with a large fizzy head that rapidly dissipates. Aromas of oak, cherry, earth. Typical lost Abbey funk. Cherries and earth tones with an acetic finish. Not on the level of Cable Car Kriek, but still a tasty beer.

Aug 09, 2014
4 by acurtis from New Jersey on Jul 16, 2014
3.75 by djrn2 from New Jersey on Jul 16, 2014
3.75 by spycow from Illinois on Jul 14, 2014
3.5 by jrallen34 from Illinois on Jul 13, 2014
Veritas 012 from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 123 ratings