Veritas 014 | The Lost Abbey

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Veritas 014 is a blended French oak aged sour ale with cherries.

Added by 64vdub on 10-10-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
167
pDev:
11.24%
 
 
Wants:
59
Gots:
50
Trade:
12
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Reviews by dmsohyea:
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Photo of IggyWH
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of jegross2
2.13/5  rDev -50.1%
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.

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Photo of peachesncream
2.85/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Too acidic with not much balance or complexity. Was disappointed with this version.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Veritas 014 from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 167 ratings