Veritas 008 | 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 ZX6Chris on 10-31-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 46
Reviews by SpeedwayJim:
Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.84/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to capra12 for sharing this one. Have to keep the Veritas streak going! Poured into a Darkness snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Veritas 008 actually looks fantastic. Pours a nice 1 finger white head with great retention and the beer itself is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is patchy but doesn't stick. One of the better looking in the series.

Beer smells like a futher lemon infused pinesol. Strong lemon zest and rind, peaches, and a strange sulfur smell that lingers in the background providing a rotten egg presence. The funkiness that's expected from a wild ale is almost completely missing. Not bad but very very strange. And the sulfur, although barely detectable still ruin the experience a bit.

Taste is lemon rind, citrus fruit tartness, with a yeasty bitterness towards the end. There's also some odd mintiness going on which is a bit strange along with some odd flour characteristics. Amost like a mojito infused with lemons that's been sitting out too long.

Body is again, one of the better ones in the series. Great carbonation. Prickly, lively and crisp in the mouth. Finish is thankfully pretty clean with no aftertaste. What I'd expect from the style.

Veritas 008 is a bit understood. The tartness is building in this one but it was never the lack of sour that made this beer bad. Rather, it was the strange mint and sulfur flavors that ruin it. And those don't seem to be fading any time soon. Not a terrible beer but just very different from what's expected and not in a particularly intriguing way.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of joel66
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Callmecoon
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Pours a hazy light iced tea like color with a very thin white head. Nose is upper light but it's lemony and tart, quite nice.

Taste is very odd, it's tart, fruity and lemony but very different. I like it but the mouthfeel is very light and sharp. Overall very good.

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Grant - thanks!

Pours a hazy dark golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of strong funk - wet hay mostly - with a mild amount of wheat twang and lightly tart citrus. Light hints of herbal notes waft out and intensify as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Unobtrusive light malt and wheat flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by sharp light citrus flavors - mostly lemon with hints of grapefruit. Midway through the sip the flavor profile dries out as solid funk comes into play. Finally, slight hints of herbal and slightly floral tea flavors make an appearance before fading out into a crisp ending.

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

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I didn't have high expectations for this beer but it was far better than what I've heard from others. Not in the upper half of Veritas that I've had (another thanks to Grant for all but one of them) but a solid beer in its own right. Worth a shot.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one with the group! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a two finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, lemon zest, tart, and tea. The flavor was of sweet malt, lemon, tea, slight sour, and slight tart. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this brew was good, but it definitely wasn't that great. Completely different beer V007 which was tasted right before this one (which I know was their intention). But seriously, tea in a Wild Ale!? Not sure how I felt about this, but now I know. I was not a massive fan. It was still good though don't get me wrong, but just felt out of place on the flavor and aroma. Glad I got to try it, but I doubt I would go out of my way to trade for a bottle for my own cellar/consumption needs. At least it was carbonated though... *shoulder shrug*

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Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of jsilva
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bunzfest2012: Make it so... Thanks Patrick for sharing!
Quick review from written notes, served in a mini-tulip glass.

Spotty lace around the edges, good coverage on the surface. Body is a hazy gold, looks a bit like carbonated lemonade.

Big lemon and lime zest in the aroma, fresh and fruity with a hint of citrusy tartness.

Tart citrus flavors, lemony with a light effervescent dry feel. Crisp and clean, zesty carbonation with a citrus forward flavor. Good rendition of an Arnold Palmer, though a little bit one dimensional. Not especially funky, it was highly attenuated. Definitely refreshing to sip around noon on a saturday in the mid-80's.

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Photo of theminutemen
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.19/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

had to try this obe for myself so traded for a bottle knowing i might not get the winning end of the trade but i have to admit it was not the horror story it could have been, poured into a snifter.

nice golden pour with a good cloudiness and a nice and mellow head of white lacing that nicely capped the glass. but as i reach in for a smell things start to get, well interesting. i am not sure what this is really, it was astringent, metallic and floral at the same time, i dont really know or sure what it was or was supposed to be but citrus and metal and cherries? a bit better as i took the first sip. thankfully it was ot as odd, though it still struggled to find a home of any kin. tart and sour, with vinegar and apples coming though, still a strange offness to it, but it settled out as it warmed and got much cleaner, sour an dry finish rounded it off.

overall it was all of the place, a mess to the nose, but confusing on the palate. i think i lost this trade

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Photo of largadeer
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Toronado.

Hazy straw-hued body with a lasting half-inch of frothy head.

Really funky nose, a ton of bretty barnyard, a little sulfur, a lot of lemon. Strangely herbal (thyme?) with a definite tea character that's not particularly offensive.

The palate is pretty decent. Mild lactic sourness up front, a lot of lemon flesh tartness along with mild lemon rind tannin, slight pale grain flavors, some phenolic funk and a rather integrated and unobtrusive tea flavor. Strange but pretty good.

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Photo of Eighty
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of vacax
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of oline73
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was able to try a pour of this beer at Sour and Bitter. Poured into a stemless wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy golden color with a finger of white head that faded to a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Reminds me of dried apricots. There is a slight tartness and some herbal notes. Bright and sweet citrus.

Taste: Not as sweet as the smell would suggest. Apricots and other sweet citrus notes. There is a slight funk to the beer and a mild citrus bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer really surprised me. I really enjoyed the apricot notes. I would definitely have this one again.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured into a tulip. Had an incredibly trying time pulling the damn cork out.

2.00 A: Hazy yellow brown color. Lots of carbonation which makes several fingers of white backwater foam. It falls quickly and leaves just a few wisps of lacing.

4.00 S: Big herbalness and meadow funk. Chamomile, mint, peaches, lemon. Acetic sourness. Hay, wildflowers, and dry woodiness to round things out. Smells pretty good actually.

3.50 T: The taste isn't bad, but it's not as good as the nose. It's surprisingly tannic and astringent which somewhat masks what would be a huge herbalness. Again chamomile, mint with white tea and maybe some jasmine. Hay, wildflowers, funky woodiness. Lactic and acetic are about equivalent. Much better than I was expecting

3.50 M: Lighter medium body. Surprisingly moderate carbonation. Astringent aftertaste, but not too distracting.

3.50 D: I was expecting this to be ass, but I suppose time has done this well. Seems like LA should have stuck this in the basement and made it Veritas 14 when the time came.

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Photo of VAbdoyan
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of Habmike
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks Matt!

Fluffy white head that retains quite well with thick patchy lacing. Nice bright straw yellow color.

Brett, funk, lemonade, tea. Not really much oak in the nose. Mostly reminds me of Minute Made and Sweet Tea. After all I am in the "South."

Definitely has a flavor reminiscent of an Arnold Palmer. Lemony tartness that is in no way approaching vinegar. Really tasty stuff.

Fizzy carbonation with medium creamyness. Pretty nice flow in the mouth.

Really great drinkability. Pour this one over ice on a hot summer day! (jk)

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.27/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Negative thanks to the guy who invented Arnold Palmers for this beer. Also had this at Night of the Funk when it was served as TEA 1. Served in a mini-snifter.

Pours a slightly-cloudy yellow color with a slight head and a touch of a light white collar. The nose immediately takes a turn for the worse, with my initial impression being whatever chemical that was they used to put on elementary-school carpets to remove stains. Not good. As far as the intended portion goes, there is some astringent tea and lemon rind, though this is muddled with quite a bit of medicinal character. The aftermath is a bit of body odor.

The taste is equally as bad with a lot of medicinal notes as well as powered vitamin. The lemon is a bit more prevalent here and the tea character is still astringent. There are some very light and delicate stone fruits getting trampled in the background. The feel is a bit tannic and bitter along with some slight sweetness. As far as drinkability is concerned, this did get a tad bit better as it warmed up and was at least fairly interesting to describe. Still, I certainly would not drink this again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Light murky brown water colored with almost no head.

Nose loaded with tea, lemonade, light spices, cammomile, lemon peel coriander etc.

Taste is light lemon tea light spices decent bitternss light sour lemon peel little watery, light tart fruits and lemon peel. Finishes little dry malty.

Mouth is smooth very light with lower carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty high, light refreshing lemonade fused tea with a light beer. On a hot summer day there would be very few beverages that would be more refreshing than this.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.2/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A big thanks to Arthur Pendragon for providing this at my Bachelor Weekend tasting.

A - Foggy straw color on this gusher. Nice lacing off the huge head. Recedes to a nice cap.

S - This smells quite terrible: body odor, vitamins, and bad tea. The vitamin smell is particularly prevelant and makes me worry I may throw up. This is pretty gross.

T - Tea with some lemon. The vitamin taste unfortunately comes through. Sweet, it actually does get sligthly better when it warms up, but it's hard to get past the nose to recognize the taste. Lingering finish turns gross, like vitamins coming back up. Little bit tart.

M - Light, crisp carbonation, feels alright.

D - This is hard to drink due to the taste and even moreso to the smell. This is the third of the Veritas series I've had (003 and 004), and it is far and away the worst.

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Veritas 008 from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 95 ratings