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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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by scottoale on 11-16-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.37/5  rDev -5.2%
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 +2%
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 +0.9%
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 +0.9%
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 +3%
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 +4.1%
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 -6.1%
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 -2.2%
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%
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%
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 +1.7%
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 -2.4%
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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Photo of bulldogp04
4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First of all, HUGE THANKS to Alen for this treasure !

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange, almost looks like an amaretto sour...Thin prickly white head quickly dissipates and leaves a small, thin ring of bubbles around the edge of my chalice.

Aroma: Smells of beautifully ripe peaches, tart lemons, and barnyard funkiness...hints of vinegar in the nose as well ! Unripe cherries also present in the nose...smells amazing and...

Taste: Wow ! Simply Wow....peaches, lemons, dark bing cherries amidst a beautiful lactic and acetic sourness....AMAZING ! Slight salt presence, as well...sounds weird, but is actually quite complementary.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, perfect for style...slightly effervescent as you swallow and let the flavors soak all into your lucky tastebuds ! Finishes nice and clean, where the dryness kicks in.

Drinkability: Extremely enjoyable and drinkable....Severely wish I could have this beer all the time. Maybe the best beer I have ever had the pleasure of sipping ! Definitely leaves a very noticeable and lingering peach puckerness at the edge of your palate that keeps you wanting more, sip after sip !

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Photo of koopa
4.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well I came home from a frustrating day at work and decided that it would be nice to treat myself as good as I deserve to be treated by some of my shortsighted superiors! So I cracked open one of my most prized bottles in my cellar...The Lost Abbey Veritas 004!

The caged and corked 750ml bottle actually produced an audible pop as it came out. Some foam started to slowly produce so I quickly filled a Gulden Draak Tulip glass.

Appearance: An attractive neon orange with yellow folds and at times (in the right light....actually in the right lack of light!) a slightly red tint. Little to no off white head, no retention and no lace.

UPDATE: Second pour produced a 1 finger slightly off white crown that showed a touch of retention and some lace.

Smell: Oh baby there is loads of tart citrusy goodness going on in this nose! First off, the tart citric quality is very Cantillon like in a lot of ways. But I'm not getting as much "funk" here as I would in most Cantillons. Predominantly lemon notes with a slight mineral quality, and minimal mustiness.

Taste: Oh wow this one has some complexity yet its straightforward in how delicious it is! An initial tartness up front seems to open up to a green grape note that is swiftly overpowered by loads of lemon acidic goodness. Almost "berliner weisse like" if ya ask me. The finish is really tart as well. The barnyard is in the background but you can't miss it either. That's where the "wild" comes into play!

UPDATE: As the glass warmed a wonderfully pronounced and well executed horseblanket profile emerged.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately thin with just enough carbonation to please.

Drinkability: The abv and massive dose of citric tartness are the only factors holding this one back from a higher rank.

Absolutely fantastic!

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Photo of Maltzilla
4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excelsior! Had this bottle at our tasting and we had it right before a Yellow Bus . . . suffice it to say that this gave the YB a run for its money and some even ranked it above it!

Poured from a bottle into a large cognac snifter. Hazy, light-gold color immediately. A nice medium head built up and was slow to dissipate.

Smell was bright as the look. I could get fresh citrus, very light bret and maybe a little touch of vanilla in the background. Very inviting!

The taste was amazing. This beer has so much flavor to it and all very well balanced. Got definite spice notes right up front, that gave way to lemon zest, sweet and tart fruit flavors. Maybe a touch of that oak/vanilla I got in the nose too.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability? I could do this thing all night. Absolutely wonderful experience!

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

sun drenched golden hue out in the San Diego sunshine. Small wispy white eggshell foam that is revived with a swirl.

Aromas of cantillon like funk faint fruit and fresh baked bread.

Taste is super funky and almost gueuze like with a background agave sweetness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability is phenomenal.

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Photo of tpd975
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to fogdog for bringing this one to a crazy ass sour tasting.

A: Pours a nice light golden hue with some cloudiness. The head is light but bubbly. Shows some pretty nice lace.

S: Citric fruit and acid notes from the start. Hints of peaches, with a hint of barn yard funk.

T: Mmm peaches! The citrus is there as well. Hints of hay and barn yard funk. Strawberries make an enterence with lemon zest. Just a touch of oak. Nice balance of sweet and tart.

M: Light zippy carbonation to carry the flavors.

D: Good, my favorite in a sour tasting that included most of the big boys.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

75cl bottle courtesy of ygtbsm94. Hazy gold with a big white head. Sour, almost gueuze-like aroma with some vinegar, honey, and bright fruitiness. The flavor is tart, though not extreme, with a pleasant grapefruit juice quality. Spritzy and medium-light feel. I was surprised at how gueuze-like this seemed, albeit with more malt and a bit more cleanliness.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.7/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Alex (MasterSki) for breaking this one out during out sour/wild tasting! Poured from 750ml bottle into Bell's Tulip.

A - Pour hazy yellow with a white head. There is lacing evident after the head starts to fizzle down.

S - Very funky! A lot more then the Yellow Bus, that's for sure. There is a lot of Phunky Duck in this one. Really cheesy, sour/tart notes. I really don't get any of the Yellow Bus on the nose at all, it's overpowered by the PD. That said, this one has an awesome nose.

T - I am able to pick up on the peach notes from the YB here although the funk is more present. Huge sour/tart notes meld well with the sweetness for a nice finish of both sweet & sour (chicken, anyone?). Not much CdT in taste, I think Phunky Duck just overpowers it here.

M - Light bodied with a very dry lip-puckering finish. Nice palate-tickling carbonation rounds this one out well.

D - An awesome wild from Lost Abbey. Not as easy to drink as the Yellow Bus, but then again, this is something different that I can appreciate when compared to YB.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.67/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Mark for trading this to me - I know you don't like sours Mark, but I appreciate it all the same. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - This is a little bit nicer looking than Yellow Bus. A finger of off-white foam that dissipates to a ring and some patchy haze. This one leaves behind a little of lace. Slightly hazed mostly transparent orange-yellow color body with lots of bubbles racing to the top. Gets more hazed the deeper we get into the bottle.

S - This is super funky - there must be a ton of Phunky Duck in here and only a little Yellow Bus and Cuvee de Tomme. There's a touch of peach and white wine grapes, but it's way more barnyard, horsey sweat, and must.

T - The taste is super tart with a good amount of lactic sourness as well. There's not much in the way of sweetness - just a hint of peach and sour apple. The finish is dry and super tannic with surprising mildness. I don't find this as deep as the Yellow Bus, but it's still quite amazing.

M - This is even tinglier than Yellow Bus - to the point where it gets a little irritating. The finish is super dry and the body is medium in density. The texture is a little grittier than I prefer.

D - I'd drink a bottle of this one myself too. I'm sad the bottle is empty and I'm tempted to ask Mark for his other bottle of this one.

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Photo of craytonic
4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy golden/amber pour with a nice white, foamy head. Looks much more full (and tasty!) than 003.

Smell: Incredibly rich, peaches, pears, pineapple, honey, sour apples, citrus, lemon. Light brett and some wood

Taste: Perfectly tart and sour, with lots of golden fruits like peaches, pears, sour apples, and citrus. Some nice soft grains and honey give it a great taste and body, great yeast as well. Perfect without being vinegar or reallemon juice.

Mouthfeel: Full without being heavy, perfect carbonation. Very, very dry.

Drinkability: Good for the style.

*NB: My second favorite of the Veritas series, right behind 001. Already wishing for another one.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle #1 at the cheese-deprived tasting. Thanks, Shane.

A: Light yellow with a thin, white head with OK retention. Some lacework is left as I drink this.

S: Delicate and fragrant with a bright barnyard Brett chacaracter opening things up, with a great fruit character. Peaches are unmistakable. Sourness is rather reserved, with a mellow funk character present. Acidity is reserved, making for a delicious smelling beer

T: Opens up mildly sour with a great combination of fruit character (peaches dominate, with a mild cherry character present), funk (barnyard, one day-old gym socks). Mild lactic sourness is present, and the finish is dry, dour and mildly tannic. Complexity is quite high in this beer.

M: Light, airy and very dry finish make for a great sour. The reserved acidity further enhances the palate.

D: I really could drink this all day. Excellent beer.

**Edit 01 July 2012**

Another beer Tomme, Gwen and Ryan were generous enough to share with us. Thanks, guys!

Beautiful light peach character, brighter, fresher and fruitier than Yellow Bus. A touch of spice (cinnamon). Peach skins. The sour base beer is strong, a little unbalanced, but it works perfectly for with the nose. The palate is sour with a blend of lactic acid and esters of ethanoic acid. Some clove is noticeable. Cleaner, less yeasty than YB. Drying, sour finish, moderate peach flavor and sourness. Again, that solventy, acetone-like character is present, but is at a low enough level to be enjoyable. Excellent stuff.

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

Thanks to Shane for opening up this bottle at the 'You Bring the Cheese Tasting' which took place on July 25th 2009 (which ran into the 26th). Finally get to try this great beer and couldn't have had it in a better way than to share it among some good friends and great BA's (Joey, Shane, Dyan, Chris, and Stephen). It was also very interesting to have this side-by-side with one of the beers that was used for the blending, Yellow Bus.

Veritas 004 is a hazy peach color. The pour produced close to an inch of foam that fell down to form a ring. No lacing on the sides but the ring did maintain through the duration of the beer and a swirl of the glass brought back some life in the form of a small head.

Upon the first smell I could tell that this one is very forward with the Phunky Duck (a lambic-style beer that was also part of the blending). Some Phunk on the nose with some brett, vinegar, pineapple, apples, peaches (there's the Yellow Bus), grapes, and more soft peach notes. Hints of cherries in the finish. Very lovely aroma, the combination of the funkiness, acidity, vinegar, and brett of Phunky Duck with the crisp, tart, and peach/apple-like candy flavors of Yellow Bus work amazing together.

With the first sip I could pick up the peaches from Yellow Bus almost right away, followed by some apples, hints of vinegar, a bit of funk mid-way, and sweetness in the finish provided by the Yellow Bus (which has a long finish). Nicely tart and refreshing. Low carbonation but soft on the palate, dry finish and long aftertaste as well. Would love to drink this again, I was pretty bummed that I couldn't afford the Barrel Aged Tasting at Lost Abbey were this one was sold, so I'm really glad I finally got to try this. Easily the best Veritas blend to date.

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Photo of slaintemhor
4.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got to sample the '04 of this yesterday at a tasting at my house.
The color was cloudy and straw-like. The nose was nicely acetic with hints of wood and lemon. On the palate, vinegar, crispness, tart and tangy with quince, lemon and funk. The finish was decidedly lengthy and refreshingly tangy.

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Photo of gford217
4.55/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of a super generous BA poured into a tulip.

Thank goodness the cage on this one held up as the cork was doing it damnedest to get out. As soon as I loosened the cage, the cork nearly put a hole in the ceiling.

The foam come pouring out fairly slowly though, so definitely not a gusher. In fact, the head settled in at about two inches and white with the pour. The body is a super bright hazy golden orange underneath the cap that sticks around for the duration and leaves good lacing.

The aroma is extremely enticing with light lemons, overripe peaches and plenty of harder earthy funk as well. As it warms, tart cherries start to come out and the wood character is pretty evident. Overall, you just know it's going to be sour judging from the nose.

The taste caused me to pucker quite a bit with a vinegar and tart lemon and peach presence up front that gave way to the bready malts in the middle and a dry tart cherry finish. The brett is present throughout and the funk seems to build between each sip.

The mouthfeel is fantastic with lively carbonation that complements the dryness of the finish and the brett perfectly.

I'm still getting my palate around sours and this is certainly one of the best I've ever tasted. The brett funk is perfectly balanced by the underlying fruity tartness and makes it very drinkable. I'm not sure if I'd enjoy any more if the brett became more pronounced. As it stands right now, I love it.

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Veritas 004 from The Lost Abbey
4.61 out of 5 based on 152 ratings.
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