Veritas 002 | The Lost Abbey

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Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Floydster on 11-10-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by Floydster:
Photo of Floydster
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2 pints at the brewery in San Marcos, was one of the few people that was lucky enough to try this rare brew from Tomme Arthur, and they were only four dollars a peice, what a steal, I should have just stayed until closing and took a taxi home, it was really that amazing

In the tasting room, it is one of the unlabeled taps with a black ball on the top of the tap

The beer is a blend of three different beers: Old Viscosity, Avant Garde, and Raspberry Mead all barrel aged together, did not sound that good, but blew me away to say the least

Color was a dark brown with some red tint, looked very murky and had a small foamy off-white head that settled quickly, left a good amount of lacing the whole time through

Smell was complex with a mixture of toffee, raspberries, other fruits, and caramel, even though Old Viscosity only made up one-fifth of the beer, you could really smell its contents in here with the coffee and chocolate

Taste resulted in one of the best beers I have ever had and probably will ever have, tarty and fruity at first but then belnds into a nice chocolately malt with a dry espresso-like caramel finish, sourness at the beginning sets up the nice firm aftertaste, raspberries provide a nice tart that is not overpowering and goes just right with the cocoa, this beer is genius, everybody there that night was blown away by it, what a gem

Lightly carbonated, but the taste kept giving more and more after each sip, truly a unique and great beer, wondeful mouthfeel

Could have drank this all night long if was not for the fact that I had to drive home, not too heavy and a great all around character makes you want to keep coming back for more and more

Highly recommended, try this if you ever see it because it will most likely be the last time, I cannot explain to you how good this beer is, supposedly it is getting bottled and if and when it does, I will be in line to grab as many bottles as possible

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Photo of joel66
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of glid02
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Grant - many thanks!

Pours a murky brownish-amber color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light chocolate and dark fruits - raisins and dried plums - along with hints of funk. Also present are hints of lightly tart berry aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells but less complex. Dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderately sweet dark fruit flavors. Midway through the sip the fruit flavors lighten up just a bit and acquire a lightly tart edge. Near the end of the sip hints of cocoa powder make an appearance before being brushed aside by solid amounts of funk. The funk and fruit flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was my least favorite of the Veritas series that I've had thus far (all but one thanks to Grant) as it seemed muddled. A nice amalgamation of flavors that just didn't seem to meld together very well. Certainly worth a shot if you have the opportunity but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of F2brewers
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the good fortune to taste this beer at BA's "Return of the Belgian Beer Fest" in Boston in Octover 2007.

Little did I know fortune would smile on me in an even greaterway when I visited the Pizza Port/Lost Abbey brewery the following month.

After touring the facility and its extensive barrel aging area, Tomme was kind enough to pour out a growler of Veritas 002 directly from the barrel for consumption of some of his guests.

Appearance: Dark brown with ruby tones at the edge and bottome of the glass. Since this was poured directly form the barrel, carbonation and head were minimal.

Smell: Raspberries and rich stone fruit on the nose with the sweetnes of dates and figs as well. There's also that slight aroma of alcohol so often obsrved in a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. At the same time there's the roasty depth that can only come from Old Viscosity and, to add to that complexity, the sour essence of Brett as well.

Taste: An excellent balance of tart/sour with the sweetness and fruity nature of raspberry (from Redstone Raspberry Nectar...a mead) and plum. Notes of dark chocolate come through along with the essential oak from the barrel aging. Since the beer wasserved at~ room temperature, all these flavors came through at different points in the taste...yet blended together in a fantastic way.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy...but what else would you expectfrom abeer like this? At the sametime, there was a creamy, smooth character ot the beer and a soft finish that left me wanting one more taste.

Drinkability: This is not a beer for the meek.
There's a lot going on in this beer, but the ocmplexity is belied by the effetive blending and aging of this beer. More than a 10-12 ounce pour would be sinful, but The Lost Abbey makes beers for Saints and Sinners alike and on this day, the Sinners won.


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Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of scottoale
4.92/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another very special limited and blended ale of ales, bottled by me (well just this one bottle). The ale pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and virtually no head. The carbonation is very mild in this batch, unlike the explosive Veritas 003. After it warms a bit, give it a swirl and it developes a nice tan ring and some lace.

Whew, the complexity of this nose...too much! Sweet dark fruits and malt with an almost instant tart consuming raspberry with notes of honey and molassas intertwined to the finish. The taste is very much the same with more flavors unfolding as this blend of beauties warms up. It starts out sweet with the Old Vis. making it's debut in this trio very short lived. Tart and even sour take over and don't let off to the bitter end. The aftertaste is still mouth puckering and changing as it warms...never dull or boring.

Now on a most interesting note, pair this with some Ghiradelli Squares (Dark Chocolate with Raspberry filling) and hang on to your tastebuds...Heavenly!

Big body with a tart lingering finish and the alcohol burried deep within...this ale drinks like a champ now and promises more in the future.

Note: not for the taste-impaired...this stuff could scar you for life ;)

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Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer I kept coming back to at The Bistro's barrel-aged beer fest. I had 3 pours of this and easily could have drank more, and probably should have given that I'll likely never see it again. Amber in color with reddish-purple highlights, presumably from the raspberry mead. A pretty color to be certain, and surprisingly clear. The aroma is an intoxicating blend of sweet and sour scents; ripe and unripe fruit, honey, vanilla and caramel. The taste shows the same character, beginning with flavors of ripe raspberries, honey, caramel apple and vanilla bean. Sourness eventually overtakes the palate, revealing notes of earth, spicy oak and a hint of bitter chocolate. The finish is simultaneously sweet and sour, with tart fruit eventually prevailing. Another great blend. More breweries need to attempt beers like this.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes taken at Stone Sour Fest 7/19/09.

Cloudy copper colored sort of Consecration-like.
A little Brett funk and bready Belgian style yeast in the nose.
Smooth, well balanced. Sort of like a Quad with tobacco.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Sean for opening this at a recent tasting. Served in my Cantillon tulip.

Pours yields a dark brown beer with a thin light tan head that falls pretty quickly into a thin cap around the edges. The nose is one of the best aspects of this beer, bringing some oak, chocolate, mild brett, slight roast, and a touch of acid. Taste isn't quite as complex or lively, but is still quite good. Align funk combines with roast and a decent amount of carbonation for a pretty good feel. Way, way better than 008 but not nearly as good as 004 or fresh 007. Still, I was very glad to try this. Thanks gain.

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Photo of hopdog
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.

Poured a medium to deeper brown color -reddish tinted- with a small sized off white head. Aromas of wood, chocolate, earthy, vinous, and some dark fruitiness. Tastes of raspberries, dark fruits, raisins, plums, and lighter wood. This one was definitely on the sweet side with a very light tart finish.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Props to the man Sean for opening this at our Epic post-Christmas tasting. Review #800 from hyroglifics painted on Jason's wall.

A - Wasn't necessarily expecting anything one way or the other on this, but it's a darker beer than I would have thought given my recent experiences with 008 and 007. Little bit of off-white head that left the sides of the glass clean.

S - Noticeable brett and oak, with some berry (raspberry? cherry?) and some more traditional dark fruit in there. Some good tartness and funk.

T - Not as complex as the nose indicates. Sweetness from dark fruit and berry taste with some tartness. Malts make an appearance in this, I wish it were a little more tart/sour and possibly a little less sweet, but it is good.

M - Medium bodied, lower carbonation.

O - Good beer, glad to have tried it. While it doesn't stack up to 004, 007, and 003 that I've had, it is still very good.

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Photo of BucketBoy
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of waltonc
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lost Abbey's barrel tasting last night. One of my favorite beers of the night. Appearance was dark brown/garnet with white lacing. Taste is impossible to fully put into words, lots going on. A tiny bit tart, but not much, along with sweet fruit flavor (I think I heard that some rasberry mead was used in this?). But also malty with oak, vanilla and carmel. Would be nice to see this more regularly from Lost Abbey, but it sounds like this is going to remain very limited release.

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Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of womencantsail
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Ryan for sharing this one at Sour Fest.

A: The pour is a muddled brownish color that has some hints of orange/copper to it and almost no head.

S: The nose is sweet and quite fruity. Notes of plums, raisins, figs, and perhaps some cherry in there somewhere. The fruits work well with the slight tartness that is there, and the mead provides an interesting balance.

T: The flavor is similarly complex with perhaps a touch more of the sour coming through. Slightly lemony with the raisins and plums being the most notable fruits. Good malt and mead/honey-like sweetness once again.

M: The body is medium with a sort of soft carbonation to it.

D: This is really a unique beer. I had heard this one wasn't doing so well, and perhaps it is past its prime, but I still found this to be quite an enjoyable drinking experience.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stoneman78
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed at the 2007 Strong Ale festival
A- dark murky brown hue, off-white thin layer of head, thick lacing

S- Dark fruits (figs/plums), as well as tones of green apples, bread malts, floral and spice, light coffee/chocolate

T- Delicious sweet dark fruits up front, followed by subtle fruity sourness and berries that linger through the finish, then the OV chocolate/coffee/caramel malts, very well-balanced and delicious

M- Light/medium-bodied, watery texture, lively carbonation

D- Very delicious and easy-to-drink, balanced yet complex blend of wonderful sweet and malty flavors, alcohol is well-masked, I had this at the brewery before and it was one of the tops at the festival, I would love to get a hold of a few bottles for safekeeping. . .

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Photo of GClarkage
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/15/08- Had on tap at the Bistro Barrel Aged fest in Hayward, CA.

Presentation- Via the tap into taster size glasses.

Appearance- Deep ruby red approaching brown colored pour. Dirty white an lightly pochy slight head. Very slight watery like lace markings left behind.

Smell- Smells quite fruity and quite sugary at the same time. Maybe a raspberry souffle like nose.

Taste- Sweetness overpowers the sour in this beer. Quite bready sweet malt with the added raspberry or marionberry like flavor. Assuming a bit of brett was added to give it a bit of a sour punch to balance it a bit. Supposedly a mead style beer.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth, sweet sticky and fuller mouthfeel with a lower carbonation level.

Drinkability- The mouthfeel really did it for me, in addition to the good flavor. A dessert like beer that would work good with a fruited cheesecake.

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Photo of BDeibs
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of antilogic
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lost Abbey Barrel Tasting, 11/15/08

The mead really jumps at at me and provides a surprisingly good mix. This Veritas is the only repeatable recipe to date, which is a good thing, and I would gladly drink it again. Tomme did say they can't distribute it easily due to the mixing of two alcohol types (beer and mead).

Color is garnet, small, white head on my taster. Taste is of fruits (raspberry), some light tart sourness, maybe some vanilla and other flavors from the wood. One of the best Lost Abbey beers I've had.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.82/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I feel lucky to have tried this gem. Dark brown with some red tones, off white head. Aroma is of toffee, wood, bready malt, spices, and raspberry mead. The older viscosity is the first beer I taste in this with dark fruit and sweet malt. The beer has a slight sourness to it and the alcohol is noticeable. The raspberry mead tastes phenomenal and while it is the most noticeable flavor in the beer, it compliments rather than dominates the others. Mouthfeel is dry and carbonation is low.

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Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, earth, fruit, spice, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, fruit, spice, earth, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a nice mix of sour and spice qualities that I am getting.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of socalde
2.49/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Tried this at Stone Sour Fest '09. I agree with many of the other reviewers here that this was the biggest disappointment of all the beers I tired at Sour Fest.

A- Reminiscent of a brown ale with a hint of dark red. Extremely fast head dissipation, no lace or signs or remnant signs of carbonation.

S - Almost medicinal. Right away I knew something went wrong with this beer. I noticed a strong cherry scent as well as something else, possibly currants. After taking a nice long whiff of this I can't say I was looking forward to what came next.

T- Overly malty and sweet, even for Belgian Strong, which is a malty style to begin with. Noticeably under attenuated. What comes to mind is a first time home-brewer's attempt at a fruit infused ale.

M- Feels like soda that has been sitting in the fridge a few hours. Not flat, but unsatisfying nonetheless.

D- So thick and malty, not something I would share with friends.

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Veritas 002 from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 48 ratings