Veritas 016
The Lost Abbey

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Wild Ale
4.3 | pDev: 6.51%
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: Veritas 016 is a blended Oak-Aged Sour and the first in the Veritas line to include white peaches.
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Gatch from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

“Batch#016 & Bottle#2113” Pretty amazing to randomly score a bottle of this in 2021 for free. Super funky and oaky sour with all the tart fruitiness you expect. A special blend with some strong flavors. Held up really well and drank surprisingly well.

Jul 13, 2021
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a good off-white foamy head. Aroma of tart notes with light oak and light acidic fruit notes is enticing. Taste is a nice mix of tart notes with some oak flavours, light funky yeast with some lightly acidic peach notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable sour and better than the average release from this series.

Dec 23, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy sunset orange to a lighter orange-yellow edge with a large, uneven off-white foam settling to a convex thick mound leaving spongy lace.

Smell is spicy pungent peach, charred oak, toasted sesame and a sort of herbal bouquet with hints of red pepper.

Taste is Sour Patch peach, grapefruit and orange with toasted oak. This is a high octane sour, still in the spirit of the old school early American takes.

While the body is pillowy, it's a bit stingingly acetic. The foam is frothy on the palate, but that fades swiftly, finishing semi-wet.

Feb 28, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2016 Boise stone fruit tasting on 8/27, 750ml bottle pours thanks to Eric.Hazy golden body with a small white head. Aroma is pure stone fruit, elements of the barrels and yeast. taste follows with more peaches, adding a a nice dry tartness. One of the better ones of the evening.

Feb 26, 2018
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deschutes_fan from California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked a 750mL bottle for Thanksgiving.
Pours a mostly clear golden yellow, almost a gusher with 2-3x more head than liquid at first pour. First smell is vinegar, but then followed with nice musty peaches and some straw funk. Flavor follows suit with juicy and crisp peach sweet and sourness, with a little funk on the backend. Overall a high quality, tasty, easy drinking and complex sour.

Nov 29, 2017
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scottfrie from California

4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a golden orange with a fluffy ample white head that foamed up with the pour and took forever to slowly fade into a thick collar and rocky film. Tons of wispy spotty lace was left down the glass.
S: Tart, dry, straw, peppery funk nose. Touch of cheesy musty funk mixed with just a touch of sweet peach that's slightly candy-like.
T: Golden sour taste that is funk dominate with tons of peppery and earthy spice. Peach comes through in the finish with just a kiss of tart white peach juice. Finish is full of Brett and a kiss of tart acid.
M: Not biting tart, just a decent touch of acid. Dry beer but not tannic. Creamy and fluffy carbonation; frothy yet smooth.
O: Great complex funk, fluffy carbonation, and great creamy mouthfeel with a nice touch of acid that isn't harsh or biting. Peach is faded but what's there is great.

Nov 15, 2017
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brewmeister1984 from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid offering for a wild ale from lost abbey. I had higher expectations I guess but good none the less. I probs wouldn't purchase again if I have the opportunity though

Oct 03, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange color. White head.

American style wild ale. Has peach flavors. Lots of carbobation. Funk. Lemon and light acidity.

Medium bodied. High carbobation.

Decent, but nothing crazy.

Oct 01, 2016
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KevSal from California

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 poured into a lost abbey teku. bottle states 8% rather than the 6.5 listed here.

looks great in the glass, deal hazy orange with a nice big 3 finger head

the nose smells fantastic! big peach upfront, followed by a bit of sweetness than sour.

taste is alright, the peach is there but somewhere along the lines it falls flat a bit. not enough sour it gets a bit muddled.

mouthfeel falls a bit flat as well, it's thick for a sour, might have needed to be a bit thinner.

overall this was alright, not nearly as good as what lost abbey is capable of but tasty overall. hopefully this will sour up a bit in the future, I beleive it will help it quite a bit. nose is fantastic tho!

Sep 16, 2016
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a nice golden color with a white head on top. The smell of the beer is funky with some subtle fruity aromas on the nose. The taste of the beer has a good amount of tart flavors to it, there is a subtle amount of peach in there too. The feel of the beer is lighter bodied with a good carbonation. Overall it's a solid wild ale.

Jun 27, 2016
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cultclassic89 from Texas

4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy peach with the right amount of head, about half an inch thick in this 5-6oz HF taster.

S: Pretty good, sweet-tart white peaches, lemony. Don't really think I got any funk off this, or if so not much to speak of.

T: Good but not great. Sweet-tart white peaches, lemon, a bit of butter and that's pretty much it. Not too intense.

F: Good, but a little too much carb for how thin it is.

O: Very solid Veritas offering, but these bottles always seem to be overrated IMO.

Mar 28, 2016
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Rothobinide from California

4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I first tasted Veritas 016 poured from a carafe at The Lost Abbey's Barrel Night 11/7/15, then again from the bottle later that same week, and again at a bottle share with friends alongside Veritas 009, 013, 014, and 015. The only Veritas release (that I have tasted) that I rate higher than this is 015. And it's very similar. Believe it or not, the base beer is Amigo Lager.

Veritas 016 - oak-aged sour with white peaches. Aroma is funk and stone fruit and lemon. Taste is lemon tart on the front end that segues through the wood and peach / stone fruit characters to land on a carbonated pillow of funk. Aftertaste is a bit savory and lip-smacking. So tasty. So very very tasty. Looking forward to seeing what some age will do to this.

Mar 25, 2016
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer carries a great balance of oak barrels, stone fruit, sour, and funk.

The taste is an acidic tart with a sweet fruit lemon/peach flavor. Highly carbonated.

Mar 08, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Curran this weekend, thanks man!

This one pours a bright sunny golden yellow, with a big head, and a good amount of webby lacing. The bottle foamed pretty substantially upon opening.

This one smells like juicy and tart peach puree, with a big lemony and slightly dusty funk character, and a subtle sourness on the nose.

This is my first beer from the Veritas series, and it did not disappoint. It's very complex, with sweet oak, a dry sort of lemony funk, a really nice sweet and sour peach puree thing going on, and a sourness that rolls into everything else without dominating. It's certainly a slow sipper due to the intense funk and cool flavors.

This has a really fluffy and carbonated mouthfeel, pillowy and very soft. Very drinkable.

A really excellent sour here. It shows that Lost Abbey has still got it.

Feb 29, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml cork and caged bottle. Served in a Derivation snifter glass.

Pours a medium straw yellow body, touch of copper and brown hue, one finger white head, nice retention, no lacing. Smells of grainy cereal, underripe peach skin, minerals, bit of yeast. It's solid, moderately acetic. But not particularly complex. Flavour is similarly straightforward, with a bit of peach skin, a bit more underrate peach flesh as well, cereal grain, minerals, bit of oak, not much funk. It's a bit underwhelming in terms of the acidity and the overall flavour profile which seems a bit muddled without much clarity. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not thin or substantial either, good carbonation, but not exactly a guzzler nor a sipper. Overall, I don't know what to think about this beer. I can't figure out what it's trying to attempt, which frustrates me a bit. It has a fair bit of acidity and plenty of different flavours, but they just don't work together as well as they should. Definitely on the weaker side of the Veritas series.

Feb 22, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Shared with JLindros. Bottle #1977

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy golden hue with a massive rocky head that fades to leave thick side lacing.

S - Aromas of the typical great Lost Abbey house yeast. The peach is very perfume and fragrant heavy, typical of white peaches. Fair amount of crackery malts.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, fair amount of nice yeast, the peach is almost candy like, floral and fragrant, very acidic. Almost buttery oak. Again, really acidic.

M - Mouthfeel was super carbonated, very distractingly so.

O - Overall this beer was relatively underwhelming. Really a shame. Not worth the money or trade.

Serving type: bottle

Feb 20, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud

Huge fluffy creamy head after the cork pops and eruption ensues, hazy peach orange thing.

Nose a peachy aroma, stone fruit candy like, nice tart fruit, little funk, sour blond malt, little apricot like, faint yeasty note, typical lost Abbey funk, phenol perfumey funk.

Taste brings a little sweet note, then into big funk, lost Abbey funk again, wild funk and bacteria funk, doughy cracker malt, mild stone fruit, not really peachy, some vanilla barrel, quite acidic, tangy. Finish dry flemmy acidic, faint stone fruit.

Mouth is med bod, tons of fluffy distracting carb.

Overall a big let down.

Feb 20, 2016
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

He's a yellow hottie with a small white cap. And this is why Siri is not to be trusted. Sigh...Lets try this again, shall we? HAZY YELLOW BODY with a small white cap. Peach, funk, lovely tartness. Easy drinking. Mild acetic character. A hint of white grapes. Lovely.

Jan 17, 2016
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Goldstar81 from California

4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 1,159 poured into a lost Abbey snifter. Look: Golden peach color with a fairly heavy amount of carbonation. Cork came out rather easily so I was expecting a gusher but just a healthy pop. Nose has a lovely golden peachy sweetness. Oak and Chardonnay wine barrels. Taste: white peaches are the dominant flavor but I wish there was more as white peaches are more delicate. The fuzziness from the fruit is definitely present. Brett is also quite dominant as Brett tends to be. There's more of a golden ale sweetness present here alongside the fruit and just a touch of sour. Overall this is an excellent addition to the Veritas lineup. I'll revisit in 6-8 months.

Jan 13, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at hopodyssey's tasting.

Bottle # 863.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is sour with grain, peach, nectarine, earth, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, peach, nectarine, and earth 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 pretty good beer with a nice sour stone fruit presence all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Dec 14, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle. Hazy bright orange with a big head. Mineral aroma with some peaches. Light creamy aroma. Tastes of stone fruit up front. Stone fruit gets really sour very quickly. Some yeasty funkiness in the back end. Really high carbonation. Good sour, but the stone fruit flavor isn't that interesting.

Dec 08, 2015
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Buck86 from Washington

4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Bright golden hue w/ inches of sticky foam. Bottle was highly active, not a gusher by any means but worth keeping an eye on after you pour due to the tenacious head.

S: Beautiful bouquet of funk and acidity. Though the label says white peach, the aroma is dominated by lambic scents

M: Medium body in terms of mouth feel. For 6.5%abv I'd say it lands right in the middle of the spectrum for a beer of its style.

T:The peach on this beer is extremly delicate though subtle at best, if you've been drinking prior to opening V016 you probably won't get much if any. Additionally, this beer really opened up as it cruised towards room temp (~75*F). Loads of complex funk and well developed lacto-sour really drive the flavor profile for this beer.

O: Per the usual, the Veritas series strikes again with an incredibly complex brew however V016 lands closer to an exquisite Belgian lambic than an American wild (considering the degree of difficulty in acquiring the former in CA, this is a massive boon). Please go into this one w/o looking for a peach bomb, this beer is better than a one note fruit sour that many places are heaving out currently. The flavors really become pronounced as it warms up, I suggest opening & leaving it on the counter as you work through a few pours.

Nov 18, 2015
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Beer_Line from California

4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On Draft at Lost Abbey. Pours golden yellow/orangish. Smells of peach and slight funk. Lacto hits you and Taste is peach and oak, followed by the funk. Mouthfeel is on point as most lost abbey veritas are. This is very complex going down, but I cannot wait to pop a bottle and get the real deal. V015 was awesom, this might be even better, but have to wait to pop a bottle.

Nov 17, 2015
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ptykozoon from California

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Peachy. Head and lacing linger till the end.

Funk, orange peel, subtle fruit.

Lacto. Orange citrus. Peach in the background. Floral notes. Bacteria acidity balanced with an edge over the fruit.

Sweet and sticky finish is where the peaches really are and remain. Carbonation and alcohol done well. Finish is superb.

Very good.

Nov 17, 2015
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worldsworstextra from California

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Only had on tap so my review likely will change when I crack a bottle. I had a terrible allergy problem that day so I couldn't really get a good whiff of this one, although the peaches were definitely there. The first thing I noticed was the low level of acidity, which I really liked. I feel most Lost Abbey sours and american wild ales in general are way too acidic. The level of acid and carbonation for that matter was just about right. Color was darker than the '15 version and maybe not as pleasing to the eye. From the taste: white peaches, oak, yogurt, faint vinegar, minimal funk. Remarkably smooth for a wild ale while still maintaining the sour component.
edit: didn't care for the bottle version. Very harsh tasting and there was just way too much carbonation.

Nov 15, 2015
Veritas 016 from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 126 ratings