Veritas 015
The Lost Abbey

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4.59 | pDev: 5.88%
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: American Sour with Apricots, Nectarines and Peaches.
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 364 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a hazy golden orange body with a pretty fluffy, frothy three finger white head that rises out of the glass and reduces slowly, leaving heavy lacing and retention. Looks really nice.

Aromas are mesmerizing, peach and stone fruits galore, you can tell by the aroma that it's going to be sour. Funky overripe fruit and light oak dominate the nose.

On the tongue is juicy sour stone fruit, peach and apricot intermingled with citrus and lactic acid, followed by delicious notes of oak, funky hay, finishing crisp and tart, farmhouse funk. Mouthfeel is absolutely perfect, medium high carbonation and light body make it refreshing and sip demanding.

I was highly impressed with v015, this is near perfection when it comes to a fruited sour. Will seek out again.

Feb 04, 2017
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VetsPackage from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A perfect bridge between lambic and the american wild. A wine-like structure reminiscent of a fine gueuze intermingled with pronounced but not overwhelming stone fruit notes. Oak is present and provides a nice spice note in the background adding to the layers of flavor. Strong lactic character that hits the threshold of puckering and is at moments overwhelming but subsides quickly and lingers pleasantly. Understandable how this guy took home the gold at GABF, in a growing sea of stone-fruited sours this one stands toe to toe with the best of them

Feb 15, 2016
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.65/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hazy yellow body with a small white cap. Lovely aroma. Assorted stone fruit, oak, wine-like tannins. Juicy nectarine, apricot, peach skin. It's all there. Delicious and elegant. A beautifully executed beer.

Jan 19, 2016
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.08/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle into a Bullfrog Teku. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a huge, fluffy, 3 finger powder white head with great retention. Beer is a clear dark copper. Lacing is stringy and spotty with great stick. A really fantastic looking beer!

Nose is sweet and tart peach. A light bit of yeastiness tickles the nose. Some mellow Brett and cobweb funk with earthy, oaky undertones. Juicy and fleshy. Really aromatic.

So sour! Opens juicy and very bright peach. Peach pit sour with some mild skin and oak. Brett, wet wood, hay and cobweb funk in the middle with an intensely sour and mildly acidic peach. Ends mild hay funk with a puckering, juicy aftertaste. Super duper sour that really doesn't dissipate.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Aggressive and bubbly in the mouth and goes down foamy and dry. Puckering finish with a filmy aftertaste. Solid.

This beer is intensely sour and at times, is a bit one dimensional, that being said, that dimension is super fruit and very tasty. Worth trying but I'm hoping this one develops a bit of complexity with age.

Oct 07, 2015
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BMMillsy from Florida

4.6/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at a Pittsburgh share. Pours deep dark orange with a light white head. Aroma of massive fresh peaches, acidic sourness, a bit of vinegar, more peaches and tangerines. Wow. Flavor follows with fresh peach/apricot notes, lots of serious sourness, then a bit more sweetness left on the palate from the fruit. Medium bodied, spritzy carbonation. Fantastic. Exceeded already high expectations.

Oct 04, 2015
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jjdc from District of Columbia

4.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. The cork bounced us off my ceiling as soon as I uncaged it. Slow gusher I was able to pour out. The nose was phenomenal stone fruit and was wafting all over the room. One of the biggest this side of Chez.

As big as the nose is, this was not some peach/apricot/nectarine bomb. The fruit is forward, but well-integrated. This beer is poised, sophisticated and balanced all around. Don't mess with your elders.

The blend of fruits is nicely done. There's peach and nectarine/apricot skins, oakiness and a lingering funk. The acidity is just right. Putting a lot of the new jack ballers in their place. Great beer that should be near the top of the wild ale charts.

Sep 06, 2015
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I drank this side by side with a Fou Foune. I enjoyed the Fou a little more, but this one is still a 5/5 for me. I got lots of peach and nectarine right away and nice tartness on the finish. The mouthfeel was perfect and overall this beer is extremely well balanced.

Aug 23, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml C&C bottle served in a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Pours a medium orange-copper body, on the darker side; two finger white head with good retention time and splotches of lacing. There is a little bit of pulpy sediment as well, which is not a turn-off by any means but rather, increases anticipation of the fruit flavours. Smell does not disappoint; although it is a bit muted when poured chilled; it primarily gives off nectarines, oak, lactic acid, mild funk, a little bit of caramel malt sweetness and hints of peaches and apricots. The peaches and apricots come out in full force as the beer begins to warm up, ultimately making for an impressive nose. It's cleanly executed in the nose, which I really appreciated. There is a bit more funk, although that could be more of the intrinsic fruit flavour, as it warms. Flavour is nicely acidic, with 6/10 lactic acid and a bit of vinegar, oak, peach skin, apricot flesh, freshly squeezed nectarines, slight musty straw. It's a very fruit-forward beer with a nice refreshing tartness and acidity to it, backed up by just enough malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation; somewhat crisp and easy to drink. Overall, this is a nicely balanced sour with quite a bit of fruit flavours in it that burst as the beer warms. It felt a bit "heavier" and substantial than the DeGarde Nectarine Premiere that we drank alongside with it, despite being almost a whole 1% ABV lower, but it provided more complexity, a cornucopia of flavours which made for a more interesting all-around tasting experience.

Aug 19, 2015
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teamchevymxer from California

4.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow this beer pours a beautiful orange straw color that radiates from the glass. The smell is oaky, with a strong dose of peach. I want to smell this beer all day. The taste is where this beer shines for me, first the sourness comes on but it quickly fades into a stone fruit pool party in my mouth. This beer is nuts, i have had it a few times and this time it is displaying the most fruit character. Mouth feel is crisp and not to full bodied.

Jul 24, 2015
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is lightly hazed golden amber with a lot of tight white head. Nose is heavy oak, faint vanilla, light acetic, a little rubbery, moderate peach and apricot. Flavor is similar, more rubber, heavy brett, still a lot of oak, peach is mild behind. Nose is a bit brighter but still lots of flaws. Body is a bit heavy and grainy, assertive carb and slightly tart finish.

Jul 22, 2015
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worldsworstextra from California

4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very nice flavors going on. The peaches and nectarines come through very well and the appearance is very vibrant. Not as intensely sour or acidic as Veritas '14 and perhaps not as complex, but very enjoyable and the amount of brett and funk is just right.

Jun 13, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.39/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cquiroga for sharing this one at mrbubbler's tasting.

Bottle # 1303.

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, peach, nectarine, apricot, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour peach, nectarine, and apricot 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 stone fruit characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Jun 04, 2015
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TampaRainman from Florida

4.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A : Cloudy orange

S: Lacto. Tart peach. Lemony citrus. Freshly mowed nectarine tree. Slight funk comes through more as it warms.

T: Bright, tart sour apricots. Lemony tickly peach, dry pucker hay finish.

M: Perfect carb. Likes sour peach pop rocks.

O: This is a sour lover's sour--it will pucker your mouth, but in a peachy good way.

May 23, 2015
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scottfrie from California

4.35/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a cloudy apricot color with a bright, fizzy, head white.
S: Earthy nose full of stone fruits and slight apricot. Tart, musty, very funky smelling. Mild cheesiness.
T: Bright and funky flavors with a buttery oak finish. Peach and apricot dominate. I get a hint of sweet nectarine juice, slight earth and spice, and lingering acid and tart stone fruits in the aftertaste. Overall full of bright stone fruit flavors.
M: Fuzzy active carbonation, bone dry and gritty, very tart and bright acidity.Tons of carbonation, better once some is burned off.
O: A solid beer, but not my favorite.Great stone fruit flavors.

May 09, 2015
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Svyturys30 from Illinois

4.66/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bright, vibrant yellow-orange

Smelled of nectarines and apricots, best part about this beer

Taste follows the nose for the most part, not as much fruit as I would have liked in the taste, and more sour (for some people, I could see why this was an AMAZING beer).

Feel- Perfect mouth feel for this beer, high carb, but not overwhelming

Overall- I am hunting this beer down again for another bottle. If the fiancee likes it, then I'm gonna go for another!

Apr 24, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very hazy. Medium white head and a medium collar.

Smell - Stone fruit. Strong acidity. Oak. Very nice apricot or peach or whatever it is.

Taste - Lots of stone fruit. Very nice. Nice sourness. Oak. A little astringent. Just a bit messy in the back, but I'm nitpicking.

Mouthfeel - Just a bit astringent. Well carbonated.

Overall - Excellent fruit flavor. The fruit carries the beer.

Apr 21, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at EBF.

Rosy orange color, light head.

Nose nice sour fruity, pineapple tropical citrus, nice mild sour funk, very bright and sour tropical.

Taste tons of stone fruit, apricots, peaches, etc, juicy tangy light sour fruit, tons of fruit juice and mild sour tangy note, nice vanilla barrel, toasty oak, delicious. Mild flemmy finish.

Mouth med to lighter bod, nice bubbly carb, decent acidic note.

Mar 23, 2015
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

EBF sample. This one came out of nowhere; it wasn't on the list. Pleasant surprise! Pours a hazy, dull orange color. Aroma is very sour and tart. Unripe fruits. Barnyard aroma. Dusty, sour peaches upon first sip. Tart citrus. Acidity. Pretty sour. I wasn't aware that this beer was going to be this fruit forward but it's also more than sour enough. Stone fruit sour attack. Tart, puckering finish. Keep the lips tart after I finished the sample. Lighter bodied. Lovely carbonation. Refreshing. I was very happy that they brought this beer to Extreme Beer Fest. Didnt even advertise it at all. Seems like a cool group over in California. The beer was pretty delicious, too.

Mar 22, 2015
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Ilovelampandbeer from New York

5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the standout beers for me at the 2015 EBF...had multiple samples and as a result can comfortably say this is my favorite sour ever and one of my favorite beers ever...peach delicate...just try it damnit!

Mar 21, 2015
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This poured out as a hazy orange color with a thin fast fading white head on it. The smell is mostly giving me the oak barrel notes with some subtle fruity funk going on. The taste is where the fruit really pops lots of Peach coming though followed by the Apricot and Nectarine's, The taste is incredible on this. Overall this beer was awesome, would love to have it again someday if I'm lucky enough.

Mar 20, 2015
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Buck86 from Washington

4.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a slightly golden straw color with a large head that settles after a few minutes into a crown. Little bit of haziness that seems to clear up as it settles in.

S: Little bit of funk and subtle acidity. Loads of apricot with some peach/nectarine break out as it warms a bit.

F: Stone fruit for days. Akin to the aroma this one comes out the gates with big apricots followed by some sour then trailed by the peach & nectarine medley. Solid carb compliments the tartness fantastically with a dry finish. As it warms the sweeter fruits shine through a bit of the sour as well. (On a sour scale, in the ballpark of SitR/Rueuze)

M: Mid to light body weighing in at 6.5% with a nice pucker. Dry and perfectly carbonated makes this one dangerously inviting for another sip.

O: Unfortunately can't compare to V013 but I was fortunate enough to drink several pours of Chez Monus on tap at Alpine a few years back and had Fou' Foune as well on a separate occasion. V015 one easily goes toe to toe with those incredible beers and I'd say it could easily be in contention for the best. Amazing beer, life is good

Mar 13, 2015
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.81/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Lots of fruit aromas: blend of ripe fruit notes (peaches, nectarines, apricots) followed by clean sour finish

A: orange-yellow appearance, opaque with no noticeable carbonation

F: Bursting with complex stone-fruit flavors, upfront apricot flavors, give way to peaches and nectarines, followed by a clean sour finish,

M: medium bodied, lightly carbonated

O: Delicious. Another absolutely great fruit forward sour from Lost Abbey. People can parse whether it’s more complex, than 13 – but regardless definitely one to savor, if you can find it.

Mar 12, 2015
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RamboII from California

4.92/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On tap at Lost Abbey Veritas 015 release.

As noted in several reviews the carb was low on draft. The fruit flavor was excellent, apricot was very strong with peach and nectarine on the finish. This is probably the most well balanced brew I have had from lost abbey. Taste like delicious fruit juice and I could drink it for days. Highly recommend.

Mar 09, 2015
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Drift from California

4.62/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle vs Draft.

Draft: Very Apricot forward. Carb tends to be low. Sour but with a great balance. It def is my fav Veritas i've had so far. Without the Carb it tasted like juice.

Bottle: This blew me away. It has the perfect level of carbination without taking away any flavor of the beer. Sweet ripe apricot taste with a ripe peach linger. No funkiness, just a great tasting beer

Mar 08, 2015
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