Veritas 007 | The Lost Abbey

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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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Photo of psiweaver
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: a great light red color. almost no head. the Cabernet Franc grapes clearly assert their color on the glass.

S: amazing crisp grapes, sour, citrus smell. intense smell and you just want to drink it up.

T: amazing complex taste. incredible fruit and lusciousness. very tasty, incredibly delicious.

M: very smoothly and yet sour and biting. dances all over your tongue.

D:very easy to drink while still be very complex, sour and fruity and with a nice brown ale backing.

Had this at the Lost Abbey Release, just got around to writing this out from notes. Had it out of a pint glass.

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Photo of ZX6Chris
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally cracked a bottle of this with some good friends and I'm glad I did!

A-Beautiful amberish, raspberry inspired color. Nice white head, tight bubbles that last the whole glass.

S-Sour! Tart, sweet, berries.

T-Amazing! Sour, tart, fruity, berries. Best sour I've ever had!

M-Light to medium body, I like my sours well carbonated and this is. The flavors just explode in your mouth.

D-I had to resist the urge to dive into the rest of my bottles. This beer has it all. I wanted to drink this all night.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.97/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to heyohhh for the share. Now this is a hell of a brew. The pour is slightly pinkish, efferevescent, translucent, and results in vague white wisps atop the brew; good-looking. The aroma immediately announces some funk, and fruity acidity, in the most delicious way possible. Notes of tart cherry and sharp tannin are in the nose, along with some red wine-like notes. As it airs out, I appreciate the aroma more like some sort of tart berry melange. Flavor-wise, it is tart from the get-go, and never lets up. Really, this is just about perfect for me. Notes of fruit are implied, but not overly so; nuances include raspberry, cherry, cranberry, currant, tart-tannic red grape, all expressed in a minor and partial sense. The funk and acidity in this beer are evocative of Cantillons such as Fou Foune and 100% Kriek Lambic, which is to say it is a potent, musty, wild and delectable thing. Overall, I like this brew just about as much as I can like a brew.

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Photo of Ynot2
4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 bottle into a snifter. Shared at a tasting at Abelcalls place with a few other BAs, 007, 008, and 009 back to back to back. Cork popped with good carbonation and no gusher.

A nice peachy, orangish, tangerine kind of color with a small white head.

The aroma was tart apples, barnyard funk and lemons. Beautiful nose on this, one of my absolute favorite beers as far as aromas.

Taste is tart, sour, funky right off the bat. The sourness is in your face at first and then a wet hay barn yard funkiness and ends with a dry finishing strawberry taste. Hard to write how good this tastes.

Mouthfeel is nice. Good amount of carbonation, dry enough and tart.

An overall outstanding beer. The best Lost Abbey I have had. Wish I had more of this. I have had the 004, 007, 008, and the 009, the 007 is tops. Damn good beer, props to Tomme and crew.

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Photo of corby112
4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on draft at Monk's Cafe during the Tomme Arthur event. Listed as Duck Duck Gooze Vintage with Cab Franc Grapes.

Pours a hazy dark ruby grapefruit red color with slight pinkish hues when held to a light source and a massive three finger frothy, soap light pink head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with chunks of soapy lacing.

Funky tart aroma with lots of luscious dark fruit notes and earthy oak tannis. Pretty vinous but not too much with lots of grape and dark berries in the nose. Lactic cream presence and subtle funky horseblanket. But none of these notes are overpowering, resulting in a well balanced aroma with funk, tannis, vinous notes and dark fruit. I swear I can even smell the skin of the fruit.

Tart, puckering full body that is pretty creamy with lots of lactic funk, sweet dark fruit and earthy oak tannis. Nthis beer is very vinous with lots of grape and dark fruit character. Well balanced with a tart, puckering body hat isn't acidic at all. Insanely drinkable, this beer literally leaves me drooling for more. Not as sour as I expected but very complex and delicious. Highly recommended!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.82/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a pale blush orange color with some nice white foam and bubbles.

(S)- A nice dry funk and sour profile. Acidic and sour with subtle fruits. Just a sexy earthy lactic funk and acidity.

(T)- Sour power! This is a powerhouse of acidity and sour fruits. A nice earthy clay and lactic funk to it. This is what I like to see!

(M)- A crisp carbonation level. Sourness is on the extreme, but oh so wonderful! Acidic and lactic funk.

(D)- Perhaps one of the most sour beers I have ever had in recent memory. A great wild with that sourness able to peel paint. So good though.

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Photo of bs870621345
4.82/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with jon (TheRealDBCooper)

Pours a pink, amber, orange, brown color with a small head. Leaves a little bit of lacing down the glass. Its a beautiful colored beer, unfortunately no real lacing.

Smell is of grapes, oak, lemons, vinegar, herbs, orange, grapefruit, brett funk, and plenty more. Its really fantastic with everything going on.

Tastes of everything in the smell. Brett, lemons, oak, grapes and the citrus up front, funk and oak in the middle, with an after taste of light vinegar, brett funk, lemons (and other citrus) with a lingering brett and acid aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is moderate with champagne like carbonation. Would be excellent with food- just palate clearing.

Overall, its a great beer. I wish I had another bottle, but LA did a great job with this one. I am impressed with the west coast sours.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

And the hits just keep coming! Thank you a million times over to Pete for busting out this gem at an impromtu tasting on 8/10.

a - poured a murky orange with a thin bubbly head that was gone quick but was easily rebuilt with a swirl of my glass.

s - pretty sour. some fruitiness. good tart and some green grape.

t - puckeringly sour. outrageous flavor combo of sour with fruity green grapes on the finish.

m - smooth but sour. a bit pucker worthy.

o - overall, what can i say? 007 shortly after 004 and DDG!!! this beer is insanely amazing, but not quite the 004.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a really beautiful slightly off-pink color with some darker, orange-amber hues. Nice white head and a very good amount of lacing.

S: Loads of fruit with a good amount of tartness. Nice berry and red grape characteristics.

T: Much like the nose, but more intense with a great amount of acidity. Berries, grapes, and hints of plum.

M: Very dry with a good level of acidity. At points, perhaps not as acidic as it should be to stand up to the fruit.

D: Very, very good. One of the best sours that I have ever had. At least on this side of the Atlantic, no one does a fruit sour quite like Lost Abbey.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: That hazy deep yellow/orange that is from unfiltered beer with caramel malts.

S: You can tell that the beer your about to drink is going to beer sour. Estery and sulfurous.

T: Tart and sour is 90% of the taste of this beer. One of the best sours I've had. There is very subtle caramel flavor n the background.

M: A little viscous. Very carbonated which is excellent. The sharp bitterness from the carbonation goes really well with the sour.

O: Top 3 sours I've ever had. Give anything to trade for this beer.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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 thagr81us
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of ChrisPro
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank somewhere during June 2010.

Pours a muted hazy pinkish gold with big fluffy head. Nice lacing on this bad boy.

Aroma was an incredible juxtaposition of grape, lemon, grapefruit and some vanilla and oak with just a hint of barnyard.

The taste was out of this world. So incredibly balanced between the rich fruitiness of the grapes balanced with a ton of lactic sourness and a slightly sweet finish, not leaving your mouth puckering. Only got better as it warmed.

Good carb and light mouthfeel. Sickeningly drinkable.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of rfgetz
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish tinted orangy gold color with a puff of prickly white foam leaving excellent lacing. Smell is of bold, young white wine with delicate layers of funk, fruit, wood, earth, grain. First sip is tremendously sour with bold tart fruit like raspberry, wine grapes, grapefruit. Mellows, but never sweetnes, perfect layers of wild yeast and bacteria. Bright and spritzy on the palate, nice medium body, dry finnish. I truly amazing beer.

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Photo of Schmaltzy
4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the release party 4/17/10, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pour is a reddish pink color with no head and no lacing.

S- SOUR, grapefruit/lemon, sour green grapes and some red sweet grapes, some funky barnyard underlying.

T- Sour again, loads of grapefruit/lemon tartness that makes your mouth pucker, grape/vinous notes on the mid palate, light funk on the back end with a very nice super dry oaky finish.

M- Sharp carbonation, light body, mouth puckering deliciousness, super dry finish.

D- Super easy drinking beer, super sour, super dry, super refreshing, super beer...

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Photo of pwoods
4.55/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of kbutler1
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, thanks to mothman for sharing.
Pours a copper amber color with maybe a slight pink tinge. White head that laces well on the glass. Some sediment floating around. Sour lemon tart aromas along with some minimal oak and funk notes. Sweet light fruit flavors of strawberry, peach, and grape at first that then is followed by a pretty tart sour lemon taste. Light mouthfeel with some good carbonation. A very well done beer in my opinion.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served On-Tap in a tulip at a "awesome bar" for Philly Beer Week, I love this city!

Pours a hazy mix of pink grapefruit and red overcast making a nice pair. A billowy pinkish foam with big bubbles stood on top for a bit and settled down leaving suds on the sides. Smells sour and funky and vinious and grapy. The tart grapes come through with oaked wood. A bit of fruit and some earth make the smell a winner. Not overly barny. My god, Im taken over with ripe dark grapes with berries and small oak hits here and there, not alot of the barrel. A very small hint of malt in the middle. A minimal funk with hay and horses but I really cant taste any wild yeast which is not a bad thing. Tart in taste and tart in the mouth. A slight pucker on this sucker but not overkill. Id say it's a bit fuller than the regular duck with the grapes, but it's a step below medium. No carb problems here. This version is refreshing, crisp, tasty and down right good. A nice vinous quality, I like where they took this beer. This drinks like a champ and since im sitting in front of the tap, Im going to have another. A winner.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed with all ten Veritas beers on April 14, 2012. Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is yellow with pink highlights, and mildly hazy with a thin, fleeting head. The aroma offers grapes, assorted tart fruit, oak, funk. Another winner from The Lost Abbey. This beer is extremely flavorful and brings a powerful and aggressive tartness in the finish. Wow, this flight of Veritas (004-007) is pretty mind blowing. Highly recommended. I would love to have this again.

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Photo of jegross2
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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 Proteus93
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one brought in by Bankhead... thanks again, Henry!

A: Rather unusual hue... salmon would best describe it. I think the colour was agreed upon around the table.

S: A full on strawberry-like fruit scent, along with a funkiness and hay aroma. Slighty peppery, some hay, and a vinous qualty.

T + M: Prickly, tart, a fruitiness somewhere between berry and grape. Salty, funky, and a sour not like straight-on vinegar... cleaner and sweeter. Some little hints of tropical work into there. The carbonation is sharp and assertive, but not over-done.

D: I don't think I'd call it 'elegant,' but it's certainly complex and delicious. Exquisite... exquisite will do. Nicely done.

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

A - Pinkish colored beer with a bit of orange in there. Appropriate white head on it that left some good lace and stick on the sides of the glass.

S - Nice tartness with some grape and fruit aromas. Really can't complain about this, tartness is spot on and the fruit helps to add a touch of needed sweetness.

T - Nice beries, grapes and a wonderful tartness. There's a nice acidity to this with helps to add to the pucker factor of this beer.

M - Pretty light, good carbonation, very dry.

O - Very sour great taste. If you like sours this is a hell of a beer that I'd love to try again.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review 666


Bottle split with Overlord. Beautiful vibrant red with a pinkish hue. Billowing white head with good retention and scattered lacing.

Tart grape skins and tannins with accompanying lemon and lactic notes in the aroma. Moderate acetic quality with buttery oak and light musty Brett notes.

The flavor is bracingly sour with a strong acetic burn. Tart tannic grape skins, lemon, and powerful citric acid presence. Some buttery oak. Strong lactic profile. Light musty notes and wet leather quality. Acetic finish. Very acetic finish. I'm a sucker for the Veritas series, and 007 is no exception.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Frank, Jeremy and Kevin for this epic tasting.

A-pours a grapefruit looking color, reddish pink with some bubbles rising to the top, a creamy white head sits atop leaving a great lace as it dissipates.

S-the nose is strong, notes of acidity and balsamic, a good bit of sourness to it with grapefruit and tangerines in the back. a funky earthy musk lies underneath.

T-nice soft flavors, not overly sour but definitely present. tropical fruity grapefruit and tangerines in the middle with notes of red grapes, slighlty vinous. the tartness is present in the back, with the earhthy musk lieing underneath.

M-great feel, smooth, soft, well carbonated with a crisp dry finish but not astringent.

D-so tasty and well balanced, nice tropical fruit notes with a good sourness to it and a light funk. well aranged flavors that work very well together.

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