Veritas 007 | The Lost Abbey

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Veritas 007Veritas 007

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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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 waltersrj
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Fizzy, clear lemony yellow in appearance with a frothy white head that remained tightly against the glass in a small ring.

Nose: Highly acidic, lemon, grape, slight funk, slight oak.

Taste: Tart grapes that are buried with sour lemon rhind and a nice oaky, slightly funky end.

Mouthfeel: Lively and crisp, really great for a sour.

Overall: Fantastic sour as expected. My second in the series after 009.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly clear yellow with a nice white head. Smells very funky and tart. Tastes very sour and tart. Lots of lemony goodness on the tongue. The sourness is mostly funky and earthy. Sits light and tasty on the tongue. Overall very enjoyable. Thanks to whomever shard this :)

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by jampics2 at DrGonzo's place last weekend (thanks Bobby!). This is the 4th of the series I've tried (after 004, 008, 009), and it's closer to the 004 than the others. No surprise here, that's exactly as expected from other reviews.

The cork came out with a mild pop, adequate carbonation but no danger of gushing. It pours a light peach color with some haze to it, a thin head of foam that dissipates quickly.

Lots of grapes in the aroma, and a very acidic note as well. Unlike the 008 or 009 this smells like a beer I will like, definitely some lactic acid here.

It tastes very sour, with some other fruits adding to the grapes a bit (a little apple, maybe lemon), but the sourness is defining. Dry aftertaste with a lingering acidic bite.

Medium carbonation, matched the style in my opinion, a great wild ale. Recommended, a reasonable substitute for 004.

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Photo of Doodler
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 bomber. Pours a hazy light pink. Decent head with nice lacing. Nose is lemony, with sour grape notes and a bit of funk. Taste has white grapes, lemon zest and a cran-apple flavor finish. Tart, but balanced. Mildly carbonated. Had the latest 3, found this one the most sour of the batch..

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big tart, rich and musty aroma, amber-pinkish color. My pour had some particulates as it was one of the last poured. Very rich, mouth puckering tart, funky, sour grapes, lemon, lime...slight dry finish. Darker than the 08...has held it's body and flavor very nicely with the years. Complex and enjoyable.

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Photo of billab914
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a tasting glass. It poured an amber orange-ish color with a bit of a ruby tint to it. A thin white head formed a ring around the edge of the glass.

The aroma is tart, funky and sour with a moderate fruity sweetness coming through. I get some raspberry and grape to the fruitiness. A little sharp with some musty notes to it as well.

The taste is very sour and tart right off the bat. Some sour, fruity raspberries come out with a musty, funkiness in the finish. Very tart and sour overall, but the fruity, slightly sweet notes really give it something special.

The mouthfeel is thin with carbonation being high. Overall it was an excellent sour beer. Lots of tart, funky, sourness without being overly sharp and acidic. The fruity, raspberry flavors were enough to come through with some great flavors themselves, but also not overpower or add too much sweetness. This was definitely one of the highlights of the night, excellent beer overall.

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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 mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of monsterzero
4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into my Hill Farmstead glass. Shared this one with a couple of BA's after the Hill Farmstead 1st Anniversary Party.

A: Orange, pink, purple, brownish-amber color with little to no head.

S: Citrusy.. grapes, lemon, grapefruit and raspberry. Lots of funk and acidic sourness.

T: Intense sour flavor. Lot's of the citrusy flavors as described in the aroma. Also taste some mild earthiness and oak.

M: Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Very sour.. very comparable to a Warhead.

O: Fantastic beer.. will be saving my last bottle for a very special occasion.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Broken out at our epic LA tasting on 5/7/11 (can't remember who brought this one). Served in a Sinners tulip. Pours a lovely pinkish-orange - no head, just a thin tight band around the shoulders. Nose starts off mild - slightly acidic, a little musty and expresses a trace of horse blanket. As the brew warms, it takes on a slightly medicinal quality and there's a hint of manure and a slightly plasticy character. Taste is salty, tart, and citrusy - it's really hard to tease out all the flavors, but it's pleasantly sour with a trace of cork that comes out towards the back. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively effervescing carbonation that stimulates the salivary glands along the sides of the cheeks (I can't stop from salivating). There's a residual dryness that lingers at the back of the throat in between quaffs. All and all, a very complex and tasty sour somewhat reminiscent of something from Cantillon. A pretty top notch American Wild I have to say.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours a slightly hazy salmon pink with a white head that randomly explodes up then violently shoots down. Nose is signature Lost Abbey Funk and tight brett, acidic citrus fruits, perhaps light raspberry, lightly vinous. Flavor profile is nice, and while acidic, it's not so distracting as it is with a lot of other Lost Abbey sours. Burning going down the throat though. Some tight, sweaty brett, lemon and orange pulp, sour. Brings some of the sangria quality of the v006. Somewhat vinous but not overly so, which is nice. This is quality stuff.

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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 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 DefenCorps
3.72/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Devin!

A hazy pink with a dense, white head that rises briefly before falling off to a ring, this looks pretty good. The nose is quite excellent. The grapes are quite noticeable with a ripe, fruity, berry-like bouquet. Quite integrated with the sourness too, there's a blend of oak, lemon rinds, a little acetic and a moderate lactic sourness. The palate opens super sharp and sour, so intense that I can't take too big a sip. Fruity, dry, moderately grape-like, this is doesn't have the vinous quality a beer like Vigneronne has (especially in its youth). Moderately and with plenty of lemon rind bitterness and sourness on the finish, this is a little too aggressive for my liking. Unbalanced in that the the sourness doesn't tie things together, it is merely an end in itself. It is also over-carbonated, and doesn't seem to be particularly well-structured or conditioned. Still, decent and enjoyable.

**Edit 01 July 2012**
Thanks, Matt. This blend has grown to be increasingly nasty every time I've had this, and the trend continues. Tastes sour with a moderate grape character, poor structure and flavors. Disappointing.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy golden color with a touch of orange thrown in. Really nice looking beer.

S: The nose was awesome. Sour right up front with lactic acid. A touch of funk. The grapes came across nicely. Little bit of citrus thrown in. I was surprised by the amount of fruit in the nose.

T: Sour right up front and it never loosens it's grip. Really intense sour balanced out by some bret. The grapes are there but you get more of a citrus taste something like the rind of a lemon or grapefruit.

M: Nice and dry body. The bugs really ate this one down. The carbonation was high but it really worked.

D: This beer would make a great substitute for champagne during New Years. The sourness did become a little overwhelming after a few glasses but I drank my way through it. Really nice beer.

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Photo of stakem
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to CaptinRedBeard for sharing this brew on 11/13/10.

Poured into a mini snifter, veritas appears a lightly hazed peachy color. A cap of white head appears composed of fairly large bubbles that recede to a ring of bubbles around the inside of the glass. A light swirl revives the cap.

The aroma of this brew smells of funky goodness with notes of cheese and some earthy tones. A light fruitiness almost reminescent of strawberry is evident before the aroma of Brett takes over with a solid nose of wet leather. Once warm, this brew picks up indications of the woodsy oak aging.

The taste is funky with an acidic sourness. This is a bone dry offering. Big salivation factor here, it seemingly removes the moisture right from your tongue and makes you pucker. A light cheesy flavor that moves to more of a brett'd quality. After taste of fruit skins, lightly bitter with a funky and earthy quality, it's oaky and tannic.

Light in the feel with a bold amount of carbonation that really pops in the mouth. Bone dry finish with a bit of piercing oaked flavor. Despite the aggressive flavors of this brew it was a delight to drink and excessively drinkable. I never could have guessed this was 8% abv.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is golden and mildly hazy with a thin head that disappears quickly leaving a halo of bubbles at the edge of the glass, minimal lacing.

Beer has a strong grape aroma with some acetic and lactic sourness. The primary winner here is grapes.

Beer is thin and nicely carbonated on the palate. It tastes really nice. Again, there is ALMOST too much fruit in here, its not overpowering but its really fruit forward. I really like this beer. Its a nice sour beer. I'd have more, if that were possible.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from multiple consecutive pours at NotF '10.

A: Slightly hazy ruby-orange body with an inch of super-fine off-white head. Good retention and some light lace. Splendid.

S: Huge bacterial sourness leads things off, backed up nicely by a rich array of tart berry notes - raspberry, cranberry, cherry, and red grapes are all noticeable. Dry funk rounds things out. In a word, amazing.

T: Ass-puckeringly sour. The fruits are pushed to the very tail end, where they meld with the intense sourness in a delectable finish. Not as complex as the nose, but still great. I do love a truly sour sour.

M: Solidly medium body with soft, light carbonation. Nice.

D: Too intensely sour to be truly drinkable, but, again, I'm loving it. I'd kill for the chance to kill a bottle alone, but I'd rather share one.

Notes: This was the first beer I went for after getting in the door, and it was quite possibly the best one I drank all night. It was certainly the most sour, and yet had great fruit and funk components to keep me interested as well as puckered. Great beer, plain and simple.


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Photo of kingcrowing
4.28/5  rDev -4%
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 ptykozoon
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an immensely golden sap color. Candy orange in the light. Head dissipates fast with islands of foam and ring of lacing. Pretty beer.

Smell is pungent sour grape with citrus, cherry, strawberry undertones.

Taste is not quite as dramatic as the smell. Aforementioned smells along with lemon sourness make this exceptional.

Dry, bubbly mouthfeel.

Pretty, aromatic, unique, complex with a refreshing finish all make this a worthy adversary for the best sours out there.

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Photo of glid02
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
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 waltonc
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got to try this at the CO sour tasting last weekend. Pours copper/pink with big white head. Smells extremely acidic, with notes of various fruits blended together. Taste is extremely sour, with tart fruit - lemon, apple, grapes dominating. Some funk in here, but it's restrained. This actually reminds me a bit of Veritas 006. Body is medium with prickling high carbonation. Another great entry in the Veritas series.

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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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Veritas 007 from The Lost Abbey
4.46 out of 5 based on 154 ratings.
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