Veritas 007 | 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 largadeer on 02-08-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 154 |  Reviews: 71
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of kingcrowing
4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at NotF poured into a sampling glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours red with almost no head, light white lacing. Nose is sweet and tart and funky.

Taste is really tart and sharp, super crisp and funky. It's got a light mouthfeel with a really fine bite at the end, really tasty and easy drinking, one of the highlights of the event.

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Photo of glid02
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Monk's Cafe, brought up from the cellar by Tom.

Pours a slightly hazy pinkish-ruby red color with a 1.5-finger whitish-pink head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of tart berries with moderate amounts of funk and lighter amounts of oak.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Very tart berry flavors kick things off and are joined by hints of lactic sourness. Midway through the sip the berry flavors fade a bit, tempered by tannins from the oak. Right before a crisp and very tart ending solid amounts of funk come into play.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall I was expecting more from this beer. It looks great and tastes just as good but it's lacking some refinement. There's a lot of complexity but the layers seem to overlap rather than fit into their own spaces. Still, if it weren't for my high expectations I would be very pleased with this beer and it's still worth a shot.

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Photo of pwoods
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to doggnate for sharing the bottle.

A: Pours a tangerine orangish color. Moderate head with some lacing.

S: Nice tart fruitiness. Bit of funk. Some oakiness and leathery notes.

T/M: Nice sour and tart flavors. Fruitiness and nice vinous grapes notes. Vey dry and pretty puckering. Oak is very light but the dryness furthers the leather. Good carbonation.

D: Tasty ass beer. Very dry and complex.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of augustgarage
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not usually one for "landmark" reviews, but I notice that this is my 100th review of a beer on-tap...

Served in a 10oz nonic at Blue Palms Brewhouse. The keg was very fresh and had just finished chilling when I got my glass.

Opaque cerise body is suffused with ruby almost neon beer. A dense magnolia head is pasted over the surface and leaves no room for complaints about carbonation.

The acidity is palpable from across the bar - a bit of funk comes out in the nose as well suggesting Brett. and a variety of sour fermenting fruit.

Bracing sourness on the palate surpassing my expectations - along with a distinctive undercurrent that is very difficult to describe (I can't identify an analog for this flavor), possibly from the choice of yeast coming together with other micro-organisms. A lactic tartness is combined with a hint of unripe wild strawberry and a singular mixture of almost kombucha-like fungal/bacterial elements. The sourness and funk seem to unfurl exponentially as the beer warms. There is fruit throughout, but it isn't easily identifiable, and is likely derived more from the character of Cabernet franc grapes than from any actual berries, plums, etc. The oak adds a very delicate flavor as well, suggesting sweet wood, but otherwise gets out of the way.

Faintly tannic, but otherwise smooth medium-light bodied, and well carbonated (but not overly so).

Maybe not quite on par with Supplication for an all-round beer drinker, but for a sour lover, this is as easy to imbibe as it is difficult to exceptional ale, well worth seeking out.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bit of a story with this one. First, never open a corked and caged bottle while looking down on it. Veritas 007 almost took out my right eye. Second, Ineedabeerhere (Joe) brought a different version of this beer to our tasting. For confidentiality sake, I won't say how he got it but suffice to say, it was very different and I'll be mentioning it in this review at points. Lets call it Feritas007 for those purposes. (The different between the two, BTW, is that Feritas 007 is UNBLENDED. It comes from only 1 barrel). So... Thanks to zestar for the great trade!Shared by me and Joe. Opened at a tasting 5/29/10. 4oz. pour from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a .5 finger whitish-pink head with surprisingly good retention. Beer is a cloudy grapefruit. Lacing is patchy, stringy, white, and with great retention. Feritas 007 looks the same but brew is a deeper, more lively red. Same great head and lacing. Also a 5.0

S: Funk, wood, sweet and sour grapes, Syrup, big and abrasive acetic acid, and small hints of citrus. Feritas 007 is sweeter with much more noticeable grape and red fruit flavors. Acidity is not as apparent. Would be a 4.5

T: Sour acetic acid is so strong it threatens to blow my socks off (along with my eye). Tartness comes through just as the acidity subsides. Grapefruit and big citrus notes. Gets more and more sour as it sits in my mouth. Spicy right before the finish with an aftertaste of tartness that leaves me salivating. Feritas 007 is much less acidic, more balance, with the same complexity and a bit more sweetness. A 5.

M: Light to medium bodied, again, great carbonation that leads to a very lively mouth. Dry at the finish with a slightly messy aftertaste. Little difference in the versions here.

D: Off the bat, let me say that Feritas 007 is the better of the two. However, that's not to take away from the masterpiece that is this beer. Only going to get better with time as it mellows out, this one definitely needs and deserves a revisit down the road. I can't wait!

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3.5/5  rDev -22.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of hooliganlife
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

BIG BIG thanks to beachrez for this.

pours a faint purple, almost rose colored. light red grape juice.

very tart, sour, puckering grape with ripe cheese. light oak.

light grape, starts off faint and grows. towards the finish it becomes very bright then blends with the dank dry oak. some light cheese and funk, but very sour and mouth puckering. a bit sweet tart like at times.

perfect carbonation IMO, dry oak finish that makes leaves your mouth just aching for water.

i detect a hint of isabelle but overall, very cantillon lamvinus like. very enjoyable!

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Photo of nickd717
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado Lost Abbey night. largadeer beat me to adding this one on BA and iowaherkeye beat me on RB. Damn. That is a real bummer.

Amazing mostly clear deep fire engine red color with minimal head.

Aroma is sour cherries, funk, red wine, and maybe some slight acetone/nail polish.

Flavor is really damn sour, but great. Tart cherries, funk, red wine, and acid - the corrosive kind, not the hallucinogenic kind. If only...

Really acidic on the palate with medium body and average carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. Great beer overall, hell of a deal at $5 for a large pour.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.89/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep hazy orange with no head. A few bubbles and a thin collar. Not a lot else going on.

Smell - Citrus acidity and some grape/white wine like fruits. Oak.

Taste - Quite sour. Light fruits surround the sourness. Some malts. A bit of acetic acid and oak in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Oaky and dry. Low carbonation.

Overall - This has probably lost a lot of complexity over the years. Pretty good right now though.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of thagr81us
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one with myself and funkydelic during one of our weekly tastings! A massive want of mine... Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a deep orange with a minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, BIG funk, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, massive funk, grapes, and wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this brew was effing excellent. How good you might ask??? I could do a line of this... No seriously, there is a picture of this. This was one of the best brews that I had tasted at the time when I had it. However I have gotten to try better brews now. This one was also at another tasting and was a big hit there as well. Definitely worth the effort on tracking this one down as the flavor is very nice and complex. A definite must try if you have not before, and if you have, you already know why I'm saying this...

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3.5/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of SpdKilz
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yet another amazing beer shared by Sean9689 at Zwanze Day 2011. Another of my top wants/ticks (and after I had this beer I got my hands on one).

Appearance – Pours into a Cantillon tulip with a tangerine hue. About a half finger of white head fizzes up and leaves slight lacing.

Smell – Having Beatification right before this, the aroma for this beer is more balanced. Dry barnyard funk, ripe granny smith green apples, oak, lemons, just a hint of vinegar, and more earthy tones.

Taste – As with the aroma, very balanced. While Beatification was a punch yourself in the face sour, this was more refined. Wonderful dry acidic qualities, strawberries, lemon, and oak. Slight wine-like qualities with tannic attributes, lactic sourness, and again finishes with a nice wet hay barnyard funk. Spectacular. Mouth puckering but also slightly sweet and flavorful. Extremely composed.

Mouthfeel – Medium to lighter bodied, plentiful carbonation, finishes wonderfully tart and dry like champagne.

Overall – A spectacular beer from Tomme. Until recently I was not able to try many of the “rarer” beers that Tomme has created. I was on the train that ripped on him because of carbonation issues, etc. But I will admit after having a few recent spectacular experiences my view of him has changed a bit (granted all these experiences were beers that were made a couple years ago when I suppose LA was in its prime – we shall see what comes). Highly recommended.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.05/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Feritas 007 (see SpeedwayJim's review below for explanation):

A: Fire truck red, effervescent.

S: Wet hay. I can almost smell the acidity in this beer too.

T: Sour cherries, crisp lemon, and mulled raspberries make for a palate pleaser.

M: Dry and puckering.

D: A "sharp" beer that one must sip to enjoy.

Veritas 007:

A: Ruby red with sediment present and lots of carbonation.

S: It's a peach of an afternoon.

T: Grapefruits and raspberries blend together for an acetic feel.

M: Acidic and almost pulpy due to the sediment in the bottle. I preferred the Feritas 007 because of this.

D: A "sharp" beer that one must sip to enjoy. I can't wait to see how this beer develops over time.

Overall, a unique experience to have the unblended version versus the blended version side-by-side. Huge thanks to Ineedabeerhere for coming up with the Feritas!

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of jegross2
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the infamous Veritas 007 from The Lost Abbey out of San Marcos, California.

Score: 95

2010 vintage bottle served in a stemmed Cantillon flute and enjoyed on 04/26/14. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, vibrant orange color with a finger of fizzy white head that settles to a thin layer. 4.75/5

Smell: Fruit, grape, vinegar and lemon. Light must and funk. 4.5/5

Taste: Tastes just like it smells. Musty, tart grape, a little lemon and a light vinegar character without any big acidic bite. A little grapefruit too and a kiss of oak. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, light bodied -- both appropriate for the style and flavor profile. Has a nice dryness and acidity that help accentuate the tartness, though this beer is not as puckering as an Upland sour. 4.5/5

Overall: Was expecting more funk, but this beer pleasantly under-delivered on the funk character. This was one of my favorite beers from the Veritas series that I have had the opportunity to sample.

Cost: $250 for a 750 ml bottle (secondary market price).

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour was decent. A light pink in color with a huge head of white that came up over the top to a height of around an inch before dropping back down to earth with little in the way of lacing. Aroma was wonderful though. Nice touches of raspberries, hints of light cherry and a touch of sour apples as well. Really quite nice, and very light and refreshing. Smooth and light flavor here as well. Not especially sour, but people need to realize a wild ale does not need to be sour. Anyway. Cherries and Raspberries dominate here, light touches of grape skin, apples and a smooth, and light sugary note to it as well. Light feel and nice prickly carbonation give it an almost champagne like feel, but the drinkability remains very high.

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Veritas 007 from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 154 ratings