Veritas 004 | The Lost Abbey

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Veritas 004Veritas 004

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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Ratings: 153 |  Reviews: 90
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of joe1510
4.47/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Alex pulls out yet another big bottle for a taste, thanks again Ski! The pour produces a clean, nearly straw golden liquid that manages to glow when backlit. The snap, crackle, pop of the head grows rather easily to a finger in height before fizzing out to a skimming after a minute or two. A couple small flecks of foam stick to the glass but slide into the body after a few seconds.

VERITAS 04 hits its stride in the aroma department. The nose is very Cantillon-like with the combination of mustiness, cobwebs and tartness that makes my mouth water uncontrollably before even taking my first drink. Citric notes, mostly lemon, and a faint hint of tart peach add the fruity tartness while handfuls of musty attic, wet worn leather, decaying wood, horseblanket, and other various farmyard entities take hold. The nose on this beer is as close to an authentic gueuze as I've yet to come across from an American brewery. Seriously, it's a mouthwater inducer!

The flavor profile can't quite hit the massive expectations left behind from the aroma but is still so insanely good that it warrants the same score. This gueuze shows off a mouth puckering amount of citric acidity that cleans things out after the hugely complex musty barnyard notes roll through. Again, the flavor is loaded with that very familiar Cantillon funkiness. Damp hay, wet rock mineral-ish qualities, cobwebs, and leather abound before the citric bite takes over. When Lost Abbey gives a shit they do it up right.

LA hit the carbonation just right on this brew. It's fizzy but not prickly and manages to wash the tongue fairly clean after each drink. The body is moderately light with enough heft to allow the complexity to work through slowly. A mouth puckering citric tartness brings up the rear and is still, to this day, making my mouth water.

I could slam this beer without a problem, besides heartburn, nearly all day long. The combination of light body, refreshing tartness, and incredible flavors make this a hard beer to set down. If VERITAS 04 was readily available I would have no problem finding a reason for liver failure.

VERITAS 04 is the most authentic and delicious of gueuzes I've come across from a US brewer and could actually rival a good deal of Belgian's finest. Lost Abbey can make good beer, it's a shame they don't care enough to take care of their other labels as much as the super special releases. Thanks again for sharing, Alex!

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of jeonseh
4.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank at a NWIBDU tasting. Thanks guys!

S - Peaches, peach skin, sweet tarts, lemon and a light farmhouse funk wrap up a great nose.

T - Tart, lemon, light lactic acid, peach, lemon peel, and oak. The beer has a lot of tartness but it balanced extremely well with the light sweetness of the peaches. Really a great and flavorful sour.

M - Light carbonation in a light body that would make this dangerous if you could get more than a bottle. Tart dry finish

O - Really an outstanding sour that has a great balance between the tartness of the base sour balanced well with the sweetness of the peaches.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of DJButters
4.54/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this monster side by side with Isabelle Dec 2012.

I wont be going into extreme detail since all tasting notes can be reviewed below but I can tell you that the nose and taste of the fading peaches is fantastic. I would not wait any longer to enjoy this. I can only imagine how good this beer was a few years ago. Very mild carb, almost no head when poured. IP + V004 blend is amazing do to what I felt was better mouthfeel and carb on the IP.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of cosmicevan
4.89/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

HOLY MOLY! Thank you a million times over to Pete for busting out this gem at an impromtu tasting on 8/10.

a - pour is a sunshine yellow with a thin fizzy head that fizzed away fast.

s - smell is simply phenomenal. sweet tarts with just the perfect dose of sweet and sour. soft fruit bouquet.

t - again, just phenomenal. fresh fruit and perfectly balanced sweetness. extremely refreshing and just perfect in taste.

m - tart, but extremely smooth. not puckering at all...just wonderful. refreshing.

o - what a treat!!! AMAZING SOUR!!! this one tickled my tongue with sweet candy and fresh fruit. the aftervibe is just great also. what can i really say? i never thought i would see this in person and not only did i get to try it, i got to try it side by side with 007 and DDG. 004 was the standout and one of the best sours out there. this one is drinking fantastic right now.

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of oline73
4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another bottle shared by the Lost Abbey crew at the DC Lost Abbey tasting. Another beer I never thought I would get to try. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy golden color with an amber hue. There is a small layer of off white head.

Smell: Tart and slightly fruity. Very light and refreshing. I'm getting hints of lemon and some mild white vinegar to go with the peach hints.

Taste: This is a very tart beer. I'm getting more of the peaches than I did in the Yellow Bus, which is weird because I was told that it had half the fruit they put in yellow bus. Apparently the tree died. I'm getting some lemon like sour notes along with some funk. This beer is very refreshing and I just loved it.

Mouthfeel: Light body with fluffy carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: This beer is just fantastic. It was my favorite sour peach beer of the tasting. Light and refreshing, I would love to be able to drink this all summer long.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.89/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Chris Molken for bringing this one to the ridiculous Lost Abbey tasting. Served alongside Yellow Bus and Veritas 010 for a peach-stravaganza.

Pours a hazy yellow/gold with hardly any head. Smell is insane peaches, pretty much exactly like a fresh peach smells, but with a little bit of lactic sour lurking in there as well. Flavor is absolutely incredible, it's amazing how much the peach flavor has held up in this beer, and it combines perfectly with the slight acidity, oak and sourness of the base beer. Light-medium bodied and slightly puckering, but not nearly as sour as YB or V006. Overall, this beer, along with V005, was the highlight of the tasting. Getting to try it right next to Yellow Bus was an incredible experience, and at this point in time, it's overshadowed it's rarer older brother. It's got an incredible balance of flavors that just work perfectly together and it rivals V005 as the best American wild I've ever had.

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4.89/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A "Chris Molkein" exclusive. Poured into a mini snifter.

A - Light yellowish color with extremely light carb. It's there, but then it's gone.

S - Super peachy (but more flesh of the fruit as opposed to rind and pit of YB) with slight sourness and slight acetic.

T - The taste completely follows the smell. Fleshy peaches super strong up front, moreso than YB. Finishes clean with some slight acidity in the back end.

M - The level of sourness makes it very drinkable. Light and makes your tongue bend just a bit, but finishes so clean.

O - An amazing beer that held up exceedingly well. Almost wish we had done this and YB (and 010) blind.

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Photo of leschkie
3.75/5  rDev -18.7%

Veritas 004 from The Lost Abbey
4.61 out of 5 based on 153 ratings.
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