Veritas 014
The Lost Abbey

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Wild Ale
4.32 | pDev: 11.11%
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: Veritas 014 is a blended French oak aged sour ale with cherries.
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 167 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


A: Deep cherries followed by light vanilla and oak with moderate sourness.

A: Deep burgundy color, clear, with a frothy, white, uniform head that has adequate retention.

T: Baked Cherries, lightly sweet caramel malt, reminiscent of cherry pie, with moderate sourness that's lightly acidic with moderately light oak.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Tasty; the beer has a great baked cherry pie character with a clean, accompanying sourness that has mellowed a bit with age.

Nov 26, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper ruby color. Khaki head.

Sour and acidic with vinegar notes. Lots of cherries and cherry pie flavor. Oaky.

Light to medium bodied. Lively carbonation. Solid beer.

Nov 13, 2016
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany hue with a translucent clarity and a frothy, half-inch, cream-colored head. Nose reveals cherries, hints of oak and vanilla. Taste follows nose; however, flavor profile is a bit more oak forward and there's some cinnamon in the mix. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a lively carbonation. Acidity is a bit too aggressive. All and all, interesting and complex. I definitely see some aging potential with this beer.

Oct 16, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy coppery color with off-white head. Tartness, funk, oak, and cherries on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light to medium bodied. Finishes tart and dry with some cherries.

Dec 22, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Saxmusik45 for sharing this one at the LA Beer Talk bottle share.

Pours a murky reddish-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, earth, cherry, cherry juice, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour cherry, cherry juice, earth, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with fantastic sour cherry qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Aug 24, 2015
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NHbeerguy from New Hampshire

3.87/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not a gusher!! Poured a red brown color. Pretty big head that sticks around for a while. Taste is tart and some cherries. Kinda a let down. I expected a nice sour red with cherries galore. Getting sour notes but almost vinegar ones. Feel is what you would expect tart and tongue smacking. Overall a let down.

Aug 04, 2015
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared by Tony. Thanks man.

Hazy brown body with a soapy tan head. Aromas of funk, cherries, must. Lactic, acetic, cherry funk. Prickly carbonation. Tasty.

Jun 06, 2015
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rlee1390 from Indiana

4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

An absolutely amazing sour. The balance is near perfect. Oak, musty, horse blanket all combine in an amazing way. Thanks to whoever brought this to DLD.

Apr 27, 2015
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jegross2 from Illinois

2.13/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Reviewing the Veritas 014, a wild ale with cherries from The Lost Abbey out of San Marcos, California.

Score: 35

Fall 2014 vintage bottle served in a snifter glass panoramically logo branded with all the "best" macro swill and enjoyed on 03/20/15.

Appearance: Reddish-brown/brownish-red in color, much darker than Veritas 013. Pours a half finger of tan head that settles to a thin coating. Good lacing, solid retention. Murky appearance. 3/5

Smell: Acidic, artificial cherry pie cherry aroma and oak. Has a little syrupy sweetness too. Lots of pedio poo-poo too. 2.5/5

Taste: Sharply acidic and sour cherry upfront, with medicinal cherry, young funk, and wood on the finish. Very "sour brown"/flandersy in character, but more acidic. Some lacto too. Some pedio poo-poo too. Lasting, unpleasant finish. 2/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, higher carbonation than expected. Quite acidic and tart, with a very, very dry finish. 1.5/5

Overall: What an expensive stinker. Cannot believe this won a medal at FOBAB. Red Poppy is a thousand times better than this beer. We drain-poured most of the bottle, it was so unpleasant.

Cost: $45 for a 750 ml bottle.

Mar 22, 2015
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More_betterness from California

4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 1674 poured into a LA teku.

A: Deep ruby body topped with a three finger tan head. Head recedes to one finger but lingers for the majority of the beer. Epic head retention for a sour, beautiful beer.

S: Tart cherries, raisins, stone fruits, and mellow acidity. Red wine becomes prominent as it warms. Great nose.

T: Massive cherry flavors and citric tangerine. Tannic dark fruits from the wine barrel. Good flavor, but falls short of the aroma.

M: Relatively full bodied and slick for a sour with a long tannic finish and high carb.

O: Gotta be bottle variation on this one. I'm a sucker for cherries so my review is probably a bit higher, but some of the previous comments (aggressively acetic/harsh) were nowhere to be found in this bottle. Hats off to you Tomme! Excited to see how the other bottles develop.

Mar 20, 2015
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blockdude from California

3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

So Veritas '14... Definitely the highlights of this beer are the appearance and the nose. Wonderful dark ruby color and the nose is that of cherry and tangerines. However the taste and finish of this beer was certainly a disappointment. Very one dimensional, and what I mean by that is why too much cherry and oak, combined with the amount of tannins and dry dusty finish, made this somewhat unpleasant to drink. It certainly lacks the harmoniousness of Veritas '15 but who knows, maybe it will age well.

Mar 19, 2015
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scottfrie from California

3.15/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gusher bottle, pours deep cranberry with a huge head that faded to a lasting film. Tart nose with rough notes of acetone and tannic, woody cherry. Tastes similar with woody oak flavors mixed with cherry pits. Definitely a rough finish though. Tastes dirty up front. Slick mouthfeel, tart, with tons of carbonation. Mild spiciness. Not terrible, and the roughness got slightly better once it warmed, but overall I was disappointed.

Jan 20, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

one of those beers i thought i may never get the chance to taste, so lucky me, this is a pretty awesome one, although ive head from those in the know that its changed a lot over time, and some of the earlier editions are a little more special. still, this is pretty epic sour beer, short of brown in color, but deeper than a normal copper, and with a frothy rich tan head, lasting and bright. the nose is very sour, with some of that vinegar thing you get in a flanders red type, but way more evolved than many of those, with a cherry character and a lot of oak, acidity, and lactic weirdness. the flavor matches the nose exactly, just so bold and sour, very low ph on this one. one thing i find cool is the body, these are usually really light in feel, and i tend to like that, but there is something fun about all the weight to this, it drinks a little slower, richer, and its just a really dynamic brew on the whole. dried fruit, lots of carbonation, funk, and lingering tartness. not sure what they others tasted like, i may never know, but it was special to drink this one, and i wont soon forget it. people can say what they want about the lost abbey, or those who run it, but for me the beer stands up to most out there, and thats all that really matters. bingo, this is a winner.

Jan 13, 2015
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -32.9%

Pour is purplish brown, complete cloudy, with a good bit of tan head. Nose is a mixture of dark cherry and vinegar with a messy malt component. Taste is a bit less vinegary, stronger malt base, lightly roasted, moderate cherry flavor. Fairly sour, moderate acidity. Feel is softer, well carbonated, a bit granule.

Nov 26, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle #499.

Appearance - Deep murky amber. Big white head with great lacing and good retention.

Smell - Cherry. Oak. Vanilla. A little musty. Smells kinda sweet and jammy. Caramel malt.

Taste - Cherry and sourness. Caramel malt in equal proportions. Oak is sharp and lends to the tartness. Musty.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, maybe even a little heavy. Well carbonated.

Overall - Solid beer overall with a great cherry flavor.

Nov 18, 2014
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IggyWH from California

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

I'm no beer tasting expert (I'm quite the novice), but I figured since there's no reviews, maybe someone would find what I say to be meaningful. It's heavy on the cherries on the nose, with a subtle cinnamon smell. The taste is almost Flanders-like, with very heavy cherry taste on the front end and cinnamon on the back end. This beer has no spices added to it, so the cinnamon notes come from the barrels. It's very good in my opinion, but because of the cinnamon notes, I can see it not being everyone's cup of tea. Since cinnamon is such overpowering, it seems to be one of those things you either love or hate. There also seemed to be a hint of apricot. There's no apricot in it, so I'm guessing I picked this up from the barrels used.

Nov 09, 2014
Veritas 014 from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 167 ratings