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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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.88/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yellow with signification cloudiness...little white head. Rich, spritzy and refreshing flavor with nice apricot, grape, apple but none too strong. Slight tea notes...perhaps chamomile or a citrus blend. I'm sitting with 10 other tasters and we didn't experience some of the nastiness written by others with this particular bottle...oh well!! Really lovely body and very of my favorite sours!

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy bright golden body. About three fingers of frothy head. Tons of lacing left behind, and really good retention.

Smells like someone zested a tangerine, a lemon, a grapefruit, and George Clinton and made it into a beer. Awesome.

Tart, zesty, citrusy, and just a tad funky. I don't really taste the tea flavors. Pretty awesome.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Light refreshing zesty slightly tart with crisp carbonation.

Kinda like an IPA met a sour and had a beautiful baby.

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Photo of OCBeerSociety
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the '10 Lost Abbey Barrel Night.
The first thing that came to mind while enjoying this latest version of Veritas was a really well made mimosa. The orange notes where very forward in the flavor and made me wonder how much bottle conditioning would change that. The carbonation was just right, making it extremely sessionable.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

bottle shared thanks to ahalloin, thanks Tony.

The look is nice, it has a really hazy look with a nearly fresh squeezed OJ look. small amount of white head.

the smell is complex, it has an overall tart lactic note to it, but with the calming herbal tea hitting at the end of the aroma as well, with some light skinned fruit and touch of sweetness in the middle. i get some peach like aromas. very nice.

This beer tastes really nice, some great tartness, citrus and peach fruit notes and then some of the herb tea at the end, it actually tastes really nice and works very well. overall a very nice sour that seems very calming as well with the tea additions.

Feel is good, nice carbonation and medium smooth feel, it rolls over nice on the palate. A very interesting, unique and underrated beer.

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4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of a joint trade between Starrdogg and myself. Had to complete as much of the series as possible. Poured into a mini snifter.

A - Very light golden straw color with solid amount of head. The thin white head sticks to the glass halfway from beer to top.

S - Very small bits of mango and pineapple accentuate funky barnyard. Slight wheat like esters prevail as well.

T - Very light and crisp passionfruit along with other tropical flavors right up front. Tart acidity in the middle which follows through slightly to the end. Very little bit of tea in the middle and a bit more through the back end.

M - Very "fluffy" when finally drinking it. The tartness sits up front instead of attacking the back of my mouth.

O - This beer gets quite the bad wrap. No, it's not v004 or v005, but its a step outside the comfort zone in regards to beer in general, and especially sours. This finished way higher than I thought it would amongst the Veritas series.

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4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Matt/CJ! I loved this.

Hazy light yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this was the best-looking beer of the night. The nose is bright, and fruity with a blend of mango, citrus and stone fruit. The black tea lends a moderate flavor and some bitterness, but the blend is excellent. Very fruity (I've underlined very in my notes) with ripe, fleshy, pulpy oranges. A little vanilla is noticeable too.

The palate is over-carbonated, but otherwise, very tasty. Black tea notes up front with bright citrus make for a refreshing beer. This is a brilliant riff on a witbier - bright, fruity, spicy and unique with the citrus notes lending an exceptional structure on which the flavors are layered. Sourness is light, mildly lactic. Exceptional structure and balance here, this beer is very refreshing and comes with high recommendations, despite the poor scores.

Fans of the Zwanze 2010 should check this out. IMO, this beer stays true to the Veritas lineup in being experimental, and actually nicely done.

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4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cork popped enthusiastically. Pours a straw yellow with big white head. Slightly cloudy. Tight head and lacing make for a nice looking beer.

The smell is fairly complex with dominant lactic sourness, barnyard funk and damp hay. Slight tea seems more subdued than previous reviews.

The taste is dominated by a strong satisfying tartness. Strong herbal bitterness on the back end. Lots of acidity but balanced very well.

Very high carbonation contributes to great effervescence.

Overall I'd venture to say this is highly underrated. Strong tartness and dryness make it very drinkable.

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4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the massive Lost Abbey tasting.

Pours a hazy golden color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is incredibly unique - has an interesting mix of spices and tea plus some oak and barrel funk. Flavor is also rather interesting - it's got a great blend of spices (that I can't quite put my finger on), lemon zest and tea along alongside a mildly sour/funky wheat beer. Mouthfeel is light and heavily carbonated. Overall, this is an excellent beer that I believe is criminally underrated just because it's very different from the other Veritas beers. It's damn good and an excellent experience.

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4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, generously shared by ahalloin, thanks dude!

A- Pours a hazy golden color, produces a thin white head that recedes to a wisp.

S- Smells absolutely delicious. The aroma is dominated by a really complex, interesting herbal aroma, with tea and spice, a pretty prominent lactic acidity, barnyard sourness, stone fruit and oak. Awesome.

T- The taste is considerably toned down compared to the aroma, which is too bad, but it's still pretty good. Loads of lactic tartness out of the gate, some stone fruit and slightly sweet grain, finishes with a some bitter herbal and subtle tea flavors.

M- Medium-bodied, very dry with lots of carbonation.

O- A very nice beer, deserves high marks for the aroma alone, which I could happily smell all day. The vitamin/medicine/off aromas and flavors that others have complained of were completely absent here, perhaps some bottle variation or age issues are causing some of the huge scoring variations on this one. I probably wouldn't give up the ammo needed to land this, but I thought this was very tasty and enjoyable nonetheless.

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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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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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