Veritas 004 | The Lost Abbey

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Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by scottoale on 11-16-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.95/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Old review deleted and rereviewed...the old review made no sense.

This beer is composed of Yellow Bus, Mellow Yellow (barrel aged Amigo Lager), and sour Avant Garde.

Poured into a tulip, the beer is bright golden with a frothy white head that quickly dissipates.

The aroma is of tart and sweet peaches, with light citrus and notes of oak. Brettanomyces impart barnyard notes, as well as wet horse blanket, hay, and a goatey, musty cheese character. This is outstanding. The nose is mildly lactic. Easily one of the best aromas I've witnessed on an American Wild Ale.

The taste is tart and sour up front, more so than when it was first released. Musty Brett notes and a blend of sour and tart peaches accompany a lemony citric acid piquancy and a light lactic presence. Notes of cheese, musty barnyard, and wheat are apparent. The dry finish displays a mouth puckering tartness that combines beautifully with the citrus, oak, lactic, and Brett notes. Outstanding!

The beer is light bodied with an upper medium level of carbonation and a dry, crisp, and spritzy mouthfeel. This is a truly special beer and I believe it's the best sour I've had. Unreal. This is up there with any Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen that I've tried.


I opened my last bottle of Veritas 004 tonight and it's still a stunning beer. This has held up amazingly well and it's 4 years old at this point. I wish I had another case to see how it further develops because this has defied the typical American Wild Ale trend of falling off after a couple years. I'm not sure if I'll see another beer like 004, but I hope I do.

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Photo of HopHobo
4.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer from White Whale Tasting #1 generously shared by hoppymeal. Poured into a 6 oz. snifter.

A - pours a beautiful hazy straw golden color with a lot of carbonation and 3 fingers of head. I had to let it settle a bit before I finished my pour.

S- Huge sour smell, with muted wheat and funk smell. Nice lactic acidity smell, hay, citrus

T- oh man, this is great stuff....super tart and sour, but a good taste behind and not so overpowering that its off putting. Good balance of acid, wheat, and over all funk.

M - the mouthfeel is thin, but appropriate for the style. Its definitely not as clean as some of the other sours of the day, but I wouldn't change a thing about it.

D - it'd prolly burn a hole in my stomach, but I would love to drink this one all day. So well balanced....a very good tasting sour. We opened this next to yellow bus, isabelle, and dirty horse and this was my favorite with yellow bus being a close second....about as perfect as a wild can be for me!!

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Photo of AgentZero
4.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a yellow, hazy color with a small head and not much in the way of lacing but some chunks on the side during the drink.

S - A lot of fruit, some light lemon and something that seems to smell like cherry. A nice tartness with a bit of the oak influence.

T - Nicely tart with some mild lemon and a nice fruity background that doesn't get too sweet. Little bit of peach and small cherry that leaves the mouth cleanly.

M - Light bodied with nice carbonation, great for the style.

D - Pretty drinkable as it is not overpowering and nice and light. Seems to have less abv than 8%, like this and could do more.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.67/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried to trade for this for over a year and failed, but somehow got a chance to try it at two different tastings in the last ~2months? Awesome.

Pours a peachy yellow color, not much head formation, some small tiny bubbles. A touch of lace.

Really great aroma, rich funkiness, bretty, slightly cheese-like funk with an abundance of fruit integrated in. Meyer lemon, peach and apricot notably. A general yeasty spiciness is also present, with a bit of a strawlike grit to it combining with the woodiness.

Huge sourness, which, quite frankly, I wasn't quite prepared for the first time I had this. Semi-puckering, actually. Really attacking the palate with sharp lemony acidity. Just great, here with some dry must left on the tongue in the finish. Dare I say reminiscent of a gueuze? Really a very impressive concoction here, perfectly executed carbonation, spritzery and effervescent highlighting the delicate and light fruit notes and sharp acidic qualities. I hope to be able to have this one again.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.27/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to fbm115 for sharing this bottle at a tasting on 5/29/10. Poured approx. 4oz. from a 750ml bottle into a small snifter.

A: Glowing straw color with fizzy "tight-bubble" carbonation.

S: Lemon drop shot! Smells delicious.

T: Sweet to start - lots of apples, pears, and peaches with tannins going to work to produce a tart finish.

M: A little flat despite the appearance.

D: Very refreshing. A beer that I could drink all the time.

Overall, this is probably the best Veritas in the series so far.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Re-reveiwed, ratings from most current.

A-golden bright color with a pure white head.

S-the nose has hints of funk, very faint, strong yeast notes, lighly spicy, sour peach with a light acidity.

T-the yeast is up front with a light spice, notes of barnyard earthy funk come in behind as soft golden peaches that are rather sour come in. there is a moderate to assertive acidity with more sugary golden fruits to keep it largely drinkable.

M-medium soft body, strong carb but not biting, cirsp and fairly dry finish.

D-this is super drinkable, strong balance leaning towards sweet with an assertive yeast and light funk.


Big thanks to Kevin, Jeremy, and Frank on this one. Epic tasting finally getting this in the books.

A-pours a hazy lighter golden yellow color with a creamy white head.

S-very nice nose, light notes of acidity up front, golden fruits, strong peach with a touch of pear. a nice earthy funk lies underneath.

T-very good, soft flavors of peach with a light earthy funk to it. tart cherries in the back, notes of vinegar and acidity.

M-a little grainy on the palate but ever so soft. smooth medium body, well carbonated with a crisp and somewhat dry finish

D-great complexity, lighter acidity and tartness balanced by a nice golden fruity sweetness and soft earthy funk.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.76/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared by Steve (fbm115) at a tasting 5/29/10. 4oz. pour from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a 1 finger quickly evaporating coarse white head. Beer is a cloudy lemon-yellow. Lacing is non-existant with the tiny bit of spottiness here and there.

S: Lemon, cherry, sweet and sour peach. Wood, peat, and earthiness are all present to complement the fruit. Slight ethanol in the background. Good complexity here but what makes this is that the fruit flavors are easily distinguishable and all very potent.

T: Big tartness at the outset makes my face cringe. Mellow lemons with peach in the background. On my second sip, I get a bit more used to the sour. Malt profile kicks in with cherries and a different side of the peach. Finish is citrussy but clean and dry. Aftertaste is near non-existant.

M: Light bodied, highly carbonated, and very lively and coarse. Dry in the mouth and dry at the finish with a great, clean aftertaste that gets you ready for the next sip.

D: This beer clearly stands out for me from the heavily loaded and hyped veritas series. Great complexity and cleaness here with a spot-on mouthfeel. The nose provides a glimpse of what the beer is all about and then the flavors follow through perfectly. An amazing brew, if you're ever going to try to acquire a veritas, let it be this one, it more than does its siblings justice. And really, as a fellow BA said, "if the beer tastes amazing, who the heck cares what it looks like!"

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.69/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Numbeercruncher threw this in as an EXTRA back in Nov, '08.... Great trade and then Matt threw off the whole equilibrium by including this... I've been sitting on this bottle for a long time and wanted to make sure that the proper Peeps had a chance to enjoy it.... We had a great tasting last weekend... This was one of the first bottles.

Hazy yellow.. nice head and retention..

Nose is amazing... very balanced sour.. oak.. musty/basement underripe apricot.. bits and pieces of funky brett.. lemon zest.. dank hay....

very tart out of the gate.... green apple skin.. meyer lemon zest.. I swear there is some "peach" essence in there... dips into some gueze "lite" category... funky and very elegant.. some pronounced lactic traces on late pours..

Amazing.... incredibly well done.... I had a couple of pours of Yellow Bus at the GABF and I think the Veritas actually had more Peachy qualitities... Wonderful... worthy of the hype for sure.


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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.57/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had some of this at a tasting.

Appearance is light orange gold, opaque, and with almost no head. Even a swirl can't revive these bubbles.

The aroma has a good amount of yeasty funkiness to it, reminding me a bit of a stinky cheese. In a good way of course. A touch of peach like fruitiness is in the back to bring it all together, as well as some white grapes and acidity.

This caught me off guard in its level of sourness. Very impressive! It has a tart peach taste, and a little bit of sour lemon. The level of complexity might be hidden by how sour this is, but I don't mind it. This is fantastic. The mouthfeel is just fantastic, It's light bodied and spritzy in its carbonation, making it very drinkable and refreshing. Splitting it 5 ways worked great, but I feel like I would drink this for as long as it was in front of me.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to bmanning for opening this bottle up at a recent tasting. Also shared with Amyliz4 and Heather.

A: Poured a hazy straw yellow with a bit of an apricot tint to it. Nice head and some very nice lacing.

S: A good amount of funk from the Brett alongside beautiful citrus aromas. Nice notes of lemon and lime alongside unripe peaches, green apple, and Sweetarts. A bit of oak.

T: Very similar to the nose with great acidity coming through. All of the same fruits, with the lemon and Sweetart flavors really coming through. Some great tart lemonade-type sourness. The best-tasting sour I have ever had.

M: Fairly light bodied with good carbonation and the perfect level of acidity and dryness.

D: Very drinkable. Great complexity without failing to exhibit a lovely sourness. Great balance between everything in it.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Side-by-side with Isabelle at the brewery tasting hours. From the same cloth, but much less to look at; a hazy pale yellow fizziness with a nice foamy white head. The smell is much more timid, has the tart citrusy lemon but much more subtle. The flavor is a very nice balanced lemon citrus pear but notches subtler than some...and this could be a good thing. This variety of sour is quite drinkable. No way does this even mildly approach a pucker factor. Quite nice effervescent, light, refreshing and cleans up pretty quickly, but it's not dry. I'd have to say that i prefer the texture and mouth feel of V04 and IP over the more effervescent champagne texture of Brute.

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Photo of bmanning
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Alen (RIP) and shared with Thrope429, Amyliz4, and Heather at a recent tasting.
A: Bright gold with thin bubbles around the inside rim of the glass.
S: Aromas of lemon-lime, orange, apple, wet hay, slight barnyard funk.
T: Wonderful taste with lemon, apple, and unripe peaches jumping out as the primary flavors. This is balanced perfectly with the funk - horse blanket and musty barnyard, and the sour (mostly lemon, but also some orange and pineapple in the background). In the background there are pears, cherries, tropical fruits, hint of vanilla and oak. The flavor gets more and more intense as it warms up and the flavors start to remind me of Smartees - oh how I used to love Smartees growing up, and this flavors brings it all back.
M: Exceptional mouthfeel as the carbonation is perfect for this beer, and the dry sourness prickles the back of the tongue.
D: I could drink this beer everyday for a year and still want more. It's on the short list of desert island beers for me.

Overall this is one great sour beer, and second only to Isabelle Proximus on my favorite sour beer list. It's too bad this is probably the only time I'll ever taste it.

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Photo of rpstevens
4.85/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Generously shared by jammalamma at a recent tasting, poured into a mini goblet. The beer pours a golden hazy dark yellow, it reminds me of a Farnum Hill Cider really. There is a thin soapy white ring of tiny bubbles around the top of the beer, and there is minimal lacing left on the sides of the glass.

The smell is very, very interesting. The musty, earthy sour funk is the first thing I notice but it is followed by a very distinct sweet note that is very hard to place. Beyond the strong funkiness and sweetness there are traditional and exceptional notes of lemon zest, hay, oak and light crisp fruits such as peaches and apricots.

The crisp sharp sour fruit flavors really come to the fore in the flavor on this one. The apricots and peaches from the nose resurface, but there is also some hints of green apple and tart cherry. The fruit notes are present and distinct but the beer is dominated by a lemon peel acidic sourness that is awesome. The hay, cheese, oak and musky funkiness balance all the crisp ripe fruits perfectly.

The beer is light bodied, just carbonated enough to make the flavors come to life and incredibly crisp and clean for something so funky and sour. The alcohol makes short cameos throughout the flavors, but never gets in the way of the sour and funky characteristics of the beer. The sharp dry finish leaves me craving more of this beer, this is definitely one I would like to have several more times.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with me by Jessethehutt, JRhode, and JHamel... thanks guys!!

Pours a kinda hazy golden. Soap sudsy white head. The smell brings the salivation reflex instantaneously. A sweet citric acid sour aroma. Taste is like the sour lemon bubblelicioius I use to buy as a kid... that one who's flavor would only last for like 10 seconds. Thankfully the flavor of this beer is not so fleeting. Great mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. Couldn't really pick up any other nuances but overall I really liked this beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.7/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled October 2009
A steady, careful pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer sits in my glass with a hazed, orange / gold color that shows a bright, only lightly hazed, yellow-orange, light gold color when held up to the light. Ah, the aroma is deeply satisfying for this sour beer lover; it has a distinct, tart almost grapefruit note that can often be found in a good Gueuze. This is backed by a toasted grassy note that seems to be a product of wood and pale grain. The oak plays a nice supporting role here, solid, but only lightly expressive; this beer is spiced with a touch of piquant oak and a rich woodiness. The overall aroma is fairly musty, with a damp earthiness, some, at times expressive, wild mushroom and overripe farmhouse cheese aromatics; really this just has an overall dank funkiness to it that definitely is challenging (sweet / smooth baby vomit perhaps). I absolutely love the funkiness achieved in the nose here, I really like a good funked up Lambic, and this hits that spot for me in a similar manner.

The beer is puckeringly tart as it first hits my tongue; there is a strong lactic tartness that is quite clean up front. It remains bracingly tart through the finish but some malt and other flavors seem to soften it just a touch towards the end. The tartness definitely reminds me of sour grapefruit. The earthy, funky mushroom, over-ripe cheese note that was in the nose is also in the flavor; it adds a nice base note to the bright tartness. Despite being so tart and light, there is a perceived sweetness to this beer; I am not sure that there really is much in the way of residual sugars here, but something seems to accent a very light sweetness which in turn boosts the perception of fruit in this beer. There is the afore-mentioned grapefruit, but there are also some floral apricot, perhaps some green peach, ripe green apple notes, a musky melon note and maybe even a touch of herbal honey. The oak provides quite a bit of spiciness here, it is almost more oral nasal than a flavor, but there is some of that too; the spiciness is peppery and can seem a touch boozy at time (more from the oak than from real alcohol though). The carbonation provides a nice initial zip to the texture, but this beer eventually settles down into a creamy, smooth sipper whose body is boosted just a bit by a tannic structure and always retains a touch of pep from the carbonation.

My first half of this bottle has me completely enjoying this beer. I think this would be a great hot weather beer, we have been experiencing an un-seasonable cold spell that sees our highs only in the 80s, but this beer is still hitting the spot quite nicely. It really has a nice balance between its various complexities. My second pour, with a touch more yeast, smells even more earthy and mushroom like & even has a touch more of that baby vomit ;-). The fruitiness really starts to come out more as this beer warms up; the fruitiness must be contributed, at least significantly, from the Yellow Bus; it is quite floral, though I wouldn't necessarily sya it was peach. This has an aggressive funkiness to it that could be a challenge to those not used to funky beers, unlike many an American example of the nebulous Funky-style, this also achieves a very nice balance between the tart, fruity and harder funkiness. The complexity and depth definitely makes this a better beer than the Duck Duck Gooze, all this really does is make me want to try some Yellow Bus that much more (though the Cuvee de Tomme, surely must play a small part in this blend). My one complaint is that the oak can add a touch too much spiciness and booziness at times, on the other hand this same character helps to keep this beer quite balanced in nature. Just a really nice brew.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a lightly carbonated murky gold with a hint of orange. The heads bubbles up from underneath but only comes up about a half a finger but then is gone way to quickly.

The aroma is pretty light for a wild especially considering its components which alone are a bit stronger. What you do get is plain sourness, not mold or horse blanket, just plain ol sourness.

The taste is much stronger than the aroma, it starts our pretty sweet but quickly provides a very sour punch, light horse blanket mixed in with a little leather and metal at the end. Its surprinsgly smooth and complex.

The feel is very nice leaving a very nice aftertaste and very dry feel.

For a wild this is incredibly drinkable.

Overall, this is a very good wild, nice blending in deed. I've never had yellow bus, but I've had duck duck and cuvee de tomme, and the parts of duck and I'm assuming yellow bus are better alone than the sum of this beer. Not saying it isn't great, but not outstanding. I'd like the aroma to be stronger and a bit more funk to make this truly special.

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Photo of mothman
4.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at Lost Abbey. Shared with dagspaceyou.

Poured into Lost Abbey Tulip.

Pours 1/2 finger of bright white head. Fades to a thin ring leaving no lace. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Nice funk right off the top with some horse blanket. The aroma is very similar to DDG, but not as sour and it has more citrus flavors. I got a lot of apricot and peaches with some mild notes of cherries.

Taste: Starts out with a milder amount of sour flavors. The citrus is here, which I think may be the reason it isn't so sour. The fruit flavors taste great: apricots and peaches. Very well done. Again, it reminds me a lot of DDG.

Mouthfeel: Sour with some tartness. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Really nice for the style. Ends with a mild tat aftertaste that is very clean. Can't get much better than this,

Overall, this is a very nice wild ale and I am really glad I got to drink it. Very drinkable and it reminds me a lot of other sours but it has more citrus to it. I really enjoyed this and could easily drink a full bottle. I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

A: Poured a very vibrant golden color. A little cap of white head with a touch of lacing. Quite a big of "stuff" floating around in the glass which is always a welcome sight to me.

S: The nose was excellent. Quite a bit of funk but with a big lacto sour note also there. Some hints of citrus with peaches coming through as well. A touch of apple.

T: The amazing thing about this beer is the balance between the funk and sour. The barnyard is there in the taste as well but this is an intensly sour beer as well. A little bit acidic in the middle with a touch of vinegar but not that much at all.

M: Very light mouthfeel. Well carbonated. Perfect.

D: I have had the pleasure of having this beer twice and it is awesome. Since then I have had most of the components that make this up and it is an amazing blend. Actually worth the hype.

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Photo of MrFootstones
4.8/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Bright golden peachy color. Very sunny. Head is quick to dissipate and wisps of foam remain throughout.

S: Sweet fresh (magical?) peaches, funk, vanilla/oak, slight cat pee as it warms.

T: Sweet peaches, beautifully integrated and subtle tartness, wonderfully balanced, juicy apricots, light funk.

F: Good high, yet tightly beaded, and thus, full and creamy, carbonation for the beer. Helps to give a very dry beer some nice body.

D: I'd drink this bad boy all day every day.

Overall: Very delicious, subtle, and perfectly crafted. This is a beer to aspire to making/drinking.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by nickd717 at Sandstone's birthday party. Thanks a ton, Nick. For an orange dude you're all right.

A: Pours a clear, but lightly hazy, straw-golden body with energetic off-white head. Retention is great, and a large collar remains on the brew throughout the drink, depositing lace.

S: Peach, lemon rind, lacto sourness, mild brett funk.

T: Starts off with lemon (tart pulp and rind), getting progressively peachier. Lactic sourness kicks in midway through. The finish sees hints of barnyard / horse blanket / hay, but this is a pretty clean, "pure" sour.

M: Dry finish, with what could be some tannic astringency, but it's not easy to pick out. Light-bodied, effervescent carbonation. No bubble problems here.

D: My second favorite of the 3 Veritas beers I've tried. An excellent blend.

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Photo of Sandstone
4.51/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks nickd717 for bringing this to share at my birthday party! Silicon Valley BA crew is the best beer crew ~~ r1d3 2GeThEr di3 2GetHeR, BA br0z 4 LyF3.

A: Nice golden color. My pour came from towards the end of the bottle, so the yeasties clouded it up (and there were some funky orange chunks of them floating in the beer) but I could see from other pours that the beer was actually supposed to be pretty clear.

S: I actually got a lot of peach in the nose on this, along with the lemon and sour funk. Smelled as a wild ale should.

T: Yep, definitely peach in this. Didn't actually know beforehand that Yellow Bus was part of the blend, but the peach was strong enough that it was the first thing I picked out

Beer is quite tart, but not over-the-top sour. The brett is readily apparent and adds a ton of complexity to this beer

M: Well carbonated. Tomme must steal the carbonation from all of his other beers and use them for his sours.

D: I could easily drink a bottle of this. It strikes just the right balance of acidity and flavor. It keeps inviting you to drink more and more. Unfortunately Ill probably never see another bottle.

Overall, I think this beer sold me on the idea that there is more behind Yellow Bus than just hype -- C'mon Tomme, just brew another batch and give the beer a proper release.

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Photo of nickd717
4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle via trade, big thanks to KRAMER17801. Shared at my buddy Roger (Sandstone on BA)'s birthday dinner/bottle share.

Pours a mostly clear golden color with a one-finger, somewhat fizzy head and some floating yeast colonies.

Aroma is lemony tartness, funk, and light fruits. Smells pretty sour, but nice.

Flavor is amazing and complex. Funk, lemon, unripe peach, cherry, and orange. Definitely some brett in there. Long, tart finish.

Medium-bodied with prickly carbonation and a lively mouthfeel. Great acidity.

Drinkability is very high. Overall, yep, it's a good one, and sadly probably the closest I'll ever come to trying Yellow Bus. For consolation though, this is pretty much everything I expected Yellow Bus to be.

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Photo of corby112
4.52/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Jeff(ipa247) for busting this out at our sour tasting.

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow/ripe banana color that's completely opaque with a one finger creamy white head that slowly fades into a thin lasting ring.

Very funky, especially for an American sour/wild ale and smells very similar to a Belgian sour. Lots of barnyard funk, horseblanket, cobweb, dry bretty efervesence and soily earthy bandaid a d sweatsock.

Dry bretty tart funky medium body that's on the fuller end. Extremely dry and sharp with lots of sweet bretty champagne like efervesence. Intensely tart and mouth puckering without being acidic in the least bit. The oak note become very prominent toward the end of the palate. Sweet and slightly vinous with a strong light fruit presence. Plenty of apple, peach, grape and pear. Very complex and incredibly drinkable considering how funky/tart and sour it is. Excellent!

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Photo of womencantsail
4.69/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A clear, pale, golden color with a fluffy white head.

S: A wonderful, and powerful, lactic tartness fills the nose. There is a moderate Brett funk, citrus and peaches or apricots are present as well.

T: Like the nose, the first thing to hit you is the lactic sourness. The funk is not quite as intense I would have expected, but still present. The fruit flavors are also here, but more lemon than anything else.

M: Medium in body with a high level of carbonation makes this a very pleasant beer to drink.

D: I would have never guessed this beer is 8% ABV. The flavors are wonderful and the mouthfeel is as well. I could have drank this all day.

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Photo of fiver29
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours hay golden color with white head. Aroma is lemon citrus, acidic scent, and some funk. Flavor melds together nicely the sourness of the lemon and acid character with the sweetness of the malt in the brew. Funky, tart, vinegar, and some carbonation make this a damn fine brew.

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Veritas 004 from The Lost Abbey
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