Veritas 004 | The Lost Abbey

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by scottoale on 11-16-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
153
Reviews:
90
Avg:
4.61
pDev:
5.86%
 
 
Wants:
368
Gots:
14
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 153 |  Reviews: 90
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.94/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Consumed with all ten Veritas beers on April 14, 2012. Shared by GRG1313. Thank you Richard!

This was still a standout beer for me, even among the world's best lambics and wild ales. A phenomenal beer. One of the best sour ales ever brewed in the United States.

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Original review: 21 March 2011

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad! Served side by side with Veritas 006. Awesome? Indeed.

The beer appears hazy and straw yellow in color. A few pockets of bubbles cling together tightly, resembling suspended grape bunches. The beer has a thin and wispy head that fades to virtually nothing after a few minutes.

Like the Veritas 006, the aroma here is simply world class, albeit an entirely different beer than the 006. I can really pick out the Duck Duck Gooze in the nose, as the scent offers a prominent dosage of gueuze. Other notable scents include funk, subtle barrels (oak), hay, and a light helping of tart fruit.

Incredibly wonderful, complex, and delicious. The beer is slightly tannic and finishes with a splendid acetic bite. Peaches emerge more in the taste than in the olfactory senses. This must be the elusive Yellow Bus flavor.

The feel is medium / thin bodied with a wonderful, puckering finish. Complex and intriguing, I could sip this gem all night long.

Overall, one of the best sour / wild ales I have ever had and one of the best beers I have yet to enjoy, regardless of style.

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of vacax
4.82/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lost Abey Barrel Party 2008 memento. Poured into my trusty Bruery tulip. Pale gold, slight cloudiness, white head is relatively fleeting, clings to the edges of the glass, some effervescence present as bubbles periodically surface. Aroma of grapefruit citrusy sourness, apparent sourness with lactic and large amounts of funk for an American Wild, fuzzy fruitiness reminds of stone fruit.

Robustly funky sourness hits the front of the palate immediately. The funk in this beer is something extremely rare to American wild ales, reminiscent of a classic Belgian lambic, but cleaner and brighter and avoiding any of the common pitfalls like overt acetic acid. There is a fruity quality that reminds me of stone fruit and grapefruit pith, almost floral until it grips the sides of my tongue with the sourness. The body is light and slightly bubbly, but the tartness on the palate makes an enchanting combination of feeling both airy and incredibly rich. The feeling folllows down the back of the tongue on the swallow and the tart dry fruit finish tingles the tip of the tongue, begging another sip.

I'm sure descriptors have been piled onto this beer in countless reviews, but I wanted to attempt describing the experience of drinking this beer. Drinking a glass of this beer is a legitimate treat. This is quite literally a once-in-a-lifetime beer that can never be recreated, which is sad because the quality of flavor is every bit as rarely euphoric. At 3+ years I find no degradation in flavor either.

Plainly, Veritas 004 is one of the best beers in existence.

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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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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.84/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to heyohhh for the share. V004 pours a light golden hue, very translucent, and, visibly, it is not tremendously effervescent. The brew is quite mellow in flavor and aroma; pleasantly so. There is a mild acidity, and some tannic-woody notes, but more than that it expresses an intangible mild musty funk. I don't really pick up much lactic or acetic, nor is fruit implied hugely. There is perhaps some nuances akin to white grape, and if I stretch it, perhaps I can find white peaches. The mild and mellow elements of this Veritas extend to the softly petillant feel, which comes across as highly appropriate for this delicately nuanced libation. Overall, this is a fantastic (and hard to rate/quantify) brew; while on one hand it is not over-the-top with any particular flavor or impression, on the other hand it is essentially flawless. So there is that.

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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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%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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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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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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