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

750 mL corked and caged bottle (duh), courtesy of Bankhead - thanks! - at the Charlottesville Throwdown #3. Split several ways and poured in to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a peachy salmon, hazy at the center, and with a good contingent of lil' yeasty fellas chillin' as well as occasional rapidly-rising bubble that clings to the side for as long as it can before - zoom! - shooting up the rim of the tulip. An amazing amount of lacing manages to cling to the sides of this glass - sticky, streaky, like galactic arms streaming along the sides of the glass, arching and dancing above a surface full of fuzzy, nearly snow white surface lacing and a dense but foamy collar.

Aroma: Tons of cabernet franc grapes, which contribute an absolute slew of great fruity notes, mainly heavier - peach, light stone fruit, and hints of lighter, estery tropical fruit. The funk comes across as overwhelmingly parmesan reggiano to me - sort of a bright, crisp, hay-like funk kiss, with a slight amount of nuttiness. Nice.

Taste: Wow. Beautiful, but intense. Tons of acidity absolutely coats the tongue, but can't hide a slew of tannic notes, grape skin, celery seed, peaches, and dark tropical fruits. A nice underlying base beer - slight amounts of roast, but mostly crisp and golden honey malts, complimenting all that acidity and far less funky nuttiness than was in the nose.

Mouthfeel: Moderately well-carbonated, and pretty even, though with a hint of unevenness at points. The unevenness increases as this one sits, unfortunately, which results in the acidity sort of hitting me at an odd angle, if that makes sense. Not bad, though, but process always is Lost Abbey's difficulty, isn't it?

Drinkability: A great beer, very original, very intense, very west coast, and very enjoyable - if you like fruity acid bombs, this sour's for you. The grape addition adds a lot to this one, but the base beer and ancillary yeast notes are great too. At 7% or so (according to the other site), this one's fairly drinkable too, and was a good introduction to the Veritas series for me. Many thanks to Bankhead!

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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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
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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Photo of Sean9689
4.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle opened by me with Alex (Masterski), a friend from StL, and Kan (pantanap on RB). Split into tasting glasses. Popped open with a small amount of gush to it and once initially poured, the bubbles really came out in force. Be careful here.

A - Pours purple/red/pink, off-white fizzy champagne-esk bubbles, and some good lacing along the sides of the glass. The head eventually settles down to a thin cap on top with a few bubbles along the side of the glass here and there. Blabaer-looking, but purple and pink instead of blue.

S - Sour grapes, funky barnyard, lactic acetic, grapefruit. I really liked where this was heading, but thought some more time in the bottle would do it some good.

T - Sour, tart, lemons, funk, grapes, barrel. Really funky and tart, wow! This one doesn't play much here...hints of an Isabelle-like funk.

M - Light, dry, crisp, champagne-esk.

D - I finished my sample easily and probably could have consumed the entire bottle myself if I wasn't splitting this one four ways. I really enjoyed it and glad I have more!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.21/5  rDev -5.6%
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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Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Sean for opening this up during our impromptu New Beer Friday. Served in a Sam Adams taster pint glass. This was a slow gusher, so don't leave it unattended.

A - Looks like grapefruit juice, with a slightly hazy pinkish-red body, topped by a finger of eggshell foam. Retention is quite good, with the head eventually settling to a thin cap. There are some tiny splotches of lacework left behind. Subsequent pours are milkier, with more sediment and dregs.

S - The initial nose is full of grape skins and vinous notes, but as it warms more of the funky Isabelle comes out to play. Plenty of barnyard, diaper, horse blanket, mingling with lemons and light acetic acid. There are some barrel notes, with some char and plastic flavors that are slightly off-putting.

T - Wow, this is sour! Lots of tart under ripe fruits - raspberry, grape, apple, grapefruit, and lemon. Bracingly tart and sour, with plenty of lactic and pediococcus character, and without a ton of sweetness. I actually like the flavor better than the nose, as it does away with the overly harsh barrel notes.

M - Super dry and tannic finish, light refreshing body, spritzy carbonation. Pretty satisfying and appropriate for style. The Lost Abbey sour beers seem to suffer none of the carbonation problems afflicting their other brews.

D - Even with the extreme sour and dry character this is super easy-to-drink and refreshing. Sharing it four ways meant only getting 6oz of this fine beverage - hopefully I get another crack at it.

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

Enjoyed a half full glass of this at the release party when the keg tapped out in front of me about five minutes into the event. Pours a cloudish red or purple with a pinkish head. The aroma is of red grapes, berries, especially raspberries, fairly authentic aroma of Belgian funk, though maybe a bit high on the sulfur element, but very nice. The flavor comes as waves of wild funk, reminiscent of Belgian lambic with wine grapes, very dry with a bit of corn cereal, sweet berries, and acid. Feel is light with lower carbonation but it feels well rounded, full yet soft on the palate, quite tart as well. I had a small taste of Veritas 005 which inspired 007, and neither let me down.

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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 Overlord
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to hophead84!

Apricot pink. Half an inch of white sudsy foam. Insane chunks/white sediment. Laces the glass.

Surprisingly muted aroma, though a whiff from a large saucer-ish chalice did produce more odors. Some sour vinous and/or unripe apple with oak.

Taste is more robust. Huge surprisingly blast of vinous grape skins mixed with forlorn sadness, oak, unripe lemon and apple, funk, and a BIG Isabelle Proximus style lemon sandblast finish. This is far heavier on the sour lemon/grapeskins than I expected. Thought it would be more fruit forward, but it's really quite the sour bomb.

Nicely carbonated with a well suited mouthfeel. Thanks again!

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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 craytonic
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nicely carbonated (they always do a great job on the veritas series, as opposed to their regular offerings), pour is a bloody pink with prickly carbonation, pink-purple dinosaur head of about 1/3 of an inch.

Aroma: Vinous with tart cherries and funk, backed by an incredibly sour backbone. Of Veritas 001-007, this may be the most sour. I have no idea why they used cab franc grapes, they are in the russian river valley, south of Sonoma and west of Napa. I was just there and this is a great time to be buying grapes, not sure why they didn't choose something a bit more... worthy.

Taste: Incredibly sour and tart, lemon vinegar with less-than-stellar red wine, tart cherries, and funk; this is good but could have been better.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, a bit thin.

Drinkability: Going down well so far, but it the sourness could halt mere mortals I suppose. Taste really sticks with you, I could taste this all day the next day and had a horrible case of beer morning breath the next morning (possibly the worst ever, after lambicus dexterius).

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

An appropriate review #700. Whales, baby, whales!

A: The pour is a cloudy pinkish color with almost no head.

S: A surprising amount of grapefruit--rind and fruit, which provides much of the tartness. The grapes certainly provide a musty and lightly funky aroma.

T: The sourness is primarily in form of grapefruit (which is odd given the beer has Cabernet Franc grapes added) and is really pungent and almost tongue buckling. There is a light bitterness that was unexpected but pleasant and a nice contrast to the sour and fruit flavors. The beer is not overly funky, but a nice dryness from the oak, fruit, and brett.

M: A fairly light beer on the tongue with a very prickly carbonation (which really enhances the acidity) and a dry finish.

D: A highly refreshing, though intense sour, beer. I was unprepared for the intense, though unexpected, grapefruit flavor but found it to be just wonderful.

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

Had this on tap at Toronado during Sf Beer week.
Veritas 007 by Lost Abbey. It is an American Wild Ale, 8% and it is barrel aged on Cabernet Franc grapes. It poured a beautiful pinkish red color with a dollop of white foam. It smelled of fresh sour cherries, funk, overripe peaches and Cabernet. It tasted sour with a hint of peaches, sour cherries, tart grapes, oak, cabernet but not too overly puckery. There's a rumor that the base is Isabelle Proximus then aged with Cabernet Franc grapes. It was overall really great- my favorite of the evening.

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Photo of nickd717
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
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 largadeer
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Edit: This was very good from the bottle, superior to the draft version in all regards.

Draft at Toronado for Lost Abbey and Port Brewing night. Served in a 13 oz tulip, 007 is a bright pinkish-purple topped by a half-inch of white froth with a slightly pink tint. The aroma is vinous and fruity, backed by sharp lactic sourness and a hint of sweaty funk that comes out more as it warms up. The base beer is allegedly Isabelle Proximus, but the addition of cabernet franc grapes has covered up much of that beer's unique funkiness. Puckering sourness and tart grapes are first to hit the palate, with flavors of dry red wine trailing behind. Not a ton of complexity here, the fruit is dominant and the lactic sourness a little overwhelming. The finish is tart and lemony, not as dry or tannic as I'd like. A little more tannin from the barrel would have helped balance the sourness and fruit, but it's very good as-is.

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