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Veritas 012 | The Lost Abbey

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Veritas 012 will be a Kriek - blend of blond sours with cherries. Similar profile to our 2011 Cable Car Kriek.

Added by MasterSki on 11-03-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
118
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
12.29%
 
 
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148
Gots:
15
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 118
Photo of Stevedore
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of corby112
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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Photo of jegross2
3.47/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy pale pinkish orange. Nice white head. Gushes slowly in the bottle.

Smell - Musty and acidic. Cherry and acidity. Oaky.

Taste - Cherry. Acetic acid. Musty and oaky. Grainy. Nice sourness, but kinda dirty.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Well carbonated. Nice sourness.

Overall - Pretty tasty sour. Not exactly earth shattering, though.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle generously sent for a tasting by beachstrength49. Thanks Chris! Poured into a HF taster stem.

Pour: Pours a murky salmon color, with three fingers of frothy eggshell head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Bright, sweet cherry skin, some pear, and some lemon.As it warms, a distinct watermelon comes through. Very lactic, even on the nose. A touch of funk and earthiness on the back end.

Taste: Muted cherries and some lemon juice. Sharp acidity up front, that quickly evolves into a heavy lactic character. Distinctly yogurty throughout the entire palate. Some funk come through mid palate. As it warms, more of the same watermelon character from the nose. Finish is sweet and moderately dry.

Mouthfeel: The weakest part of this beer, as the lactic yogurt aspect added a creaminess that I found off putting. Moderately dry and quite sweet.

Overall: A pleasure to try, but this beer is not nearly in the same league as CCK. The cherries are very muted, and when coupled with the extreme yogurt feel make this a very good, but not outstanding american wild.

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Photo of kevanb
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, #320, generously shared by thedoog and Mr. Whittle, poured into a Cantillon degustation glass.

The beer pours a soft, light pink color, hues of apricot with a frothy, white head that has moderate retention and leaves a few nice spots of soapy lace behind. The aroma is of sweet cherry, watermelon, peach flesh, lactic funk, yogurt creaminess with some chewy oak behind it. It's a very sweet aroma for how sour it is, I was a bit surprised at the lack of tartness to match the lactic sour qualities. The first thing that hits me as I taste the beer is artificial watermelon, as if from a Jolly Rancher candy, sweet, a bit syrupy and sugary, some cherry and apricot or peach fuzz pops out nicely as well with some nice, soft funk, lactic as well with some pale malt that brings out some chewiness and body before a similar yogurty taste lingers at the finish. The body is wonderful, crisp yet creamy, coats the mouth very well, lively without being abrasive and prickly that finishes super easily and smoothly.

Verdict: A very fine sour beer from Lost Abbey and one I'm very thankful to have been able to taste. It's young, a little rough around the edges right now but with time, I can see this turning into a really special beer, albeit a very sour one. The fruit is pleasant although it reads a bit sweet and artificial, perhaps once the sourness turns up a bit and the fruit begins to fade, it will strike a more impressive balance.

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Photo of SaltySizzle
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Served via tap. Tasty and everything I expected from a Lost Abbey sour. Wish it had a teeny bit more carbonation, but sublime nevertheless. Sour cherries, definitely! Can't wait until next bottle share to enjoy this once more. It's a beer that got better with each sip, and will be a bit better after some age.

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Veritas 012 from The Lost Abbey
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.
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