Veritas 008 | 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 ZX6Chris on 10-31-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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 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 mothman
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised to see the C+ average for this beer as I didn't think it was that bad. I just didn't think it fit the AWA category as well as some of the other veritas beers.

A bit of a gusher, not as bad as 006.

Poured into snifter. Pours 1 finger of off-white head. Nice lace. Color is a hazy burnt straw yellow.

Aroma: Lemons, mandarin oranges, apricots, green tea, and apples. Very faint sourness. No acidic flavors. Spices.

Taste: Much like the nose. Apples, apricots, mandarin oranges, dried spices, herbal tea. Not very sour or tart. More saison-like.

Mouthfeel: Faint tartness, clean. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this was a very easy drinking wild, if you want to call it that. Very clean. Simple, but good. If I rated this other than an AWA, it would probably have higher scores.

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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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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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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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 03/11/11 notes. Had at Night of the Barrels up in Boston, MA.

a - Pours a hazy golden color with an inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of lemon, oak, citrus, vanilla, and iced tea. Light acedic notes but not very sour; the lemon iced tea is pretty prominent.

t - Tastes of lemon iced tea...also citrus, lemon zest, oak, light funk, and light sour fruit. Again, lots of iced tea.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A decent beer but easily the worst of the 4 Veritas beers I've had (the other three being 004, 006, and 007). It wasn't very sour and tasted more like lemon iced tea than a wild ale. Wouldn't seek out again, but would give another shot.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed with all ten Veritas beers on April 14, 2012. Shared by Thorpe429, who had this shipped to my house last minute to ensure it would be there to complete the vertical. You rock, Mike.

The beer is straw yellow with a light haze. Atop the beer is a small head that fades within a few minutes. The aroma offers herbal notes, tea, lemonade. Certainly an atypical scent from a beer of this ilk. That said, I enjoyed this beer, though I found most of the other beers in this series to be much more complex, intriguing, and flavorful. Tea and lemonade flavors prevail, with only subtle hints of tartness / sourness. I'm glad to have tried this, but I doubt I would have it again.

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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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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I brought this to the Inaugural "Imminent Liquidation Bottle Share" Event. Bottle poured into a taster glass.

A - Pours hazy straw yellow with a strong one and a half finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Some earthy funk, dulled citric acidity, dark tea spice, oak, and some light astringency. The strong dry funk is a bit overpowering but still not as bad as some of the other reviews.

T - Very similar to the nose. Plenty of dry funk, light citrus acidity, oak, and herbal tea. Finish is quite dry with some lingering funk. Not too much pucker in this wild, more of a light funk. Compared to some of the other wilds at the event it was a letdown but on its own it was not too bad.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderately high carbonation. When we opened the bottle it gushed some out and foam filled the space where the liquid used to be. Dry, crisp, feel with plenty of it lingering thru the finish.

D - Pretty good. This was much better than some of the reviews made it seem. It was not as good as the other wilds we were drinking but it was still pretty good. Glad I got to try it.

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3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Lost Abbey

A: The pour is typical of Lost Abbey's lighter sours: hazed golden straw color with a finger or so worth of white head.

S: The nose is powerful if nothing else. Very reminiscent of perfume and champagne. Some interesting fruitiness of bananas, pineapple, oranges, and lemon. There is a light tartness as well as a bit of a wet, musty character. The tea seems to stand out in the fact that there's a strong herbal character, but if you didn't know if was tea, you might not guess it.

T: The flavor does remind me of a sort of lemony tea beverage (which I think is the point). Not as herbal as I had feared, but enough to make things interesting. The tea seems to provide a lot more aromatics than it does flavorings. A fair amount of oak and a mild funk gives this beer a solid dryness.

M: The body is medium with the carbonation being moderate. Again, fairly dry with a nice rolling feel to the bubbles (perhaps helping along that champagne thought I had on the aroma).

D: This is certainly not my favorite of the Veritas series and I had some serious doubts about it. The beer is really different, and the idea itself is pretty cool. This could serve well as a refreshing beer.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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2.45/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Overlard for the hookup. Served in a Chouffe tulip.

A - Gusher alert, although this one moves pretty slowly compared to Veritas 006. Pours with two fingers of soapy foam that settles to glass-clinging lace and a thin cap. The body is a hazy peach color.

S - Diaper, baby vomit, sweat, some vague lemon and tea notes. Very weird, and extremely off-putting. It gets a little better when it warms up, revealing more sweetness, but it's a challenge to find the positive qualities amongst the awful ones.

T - Taste is better, with more lemon puree and faint tea notes. Not as much diaper thankfully, but a terrible vitamin finish.

M - Slimy, some zesty carbonation. Dry tannic, tea-like finish (surprise!). Odd, but not horrible

D - I tried a second pour to see if this improved after it warmed up a bit. It got slightly better, but not enough to keep me from pouring the second glass down the drain to join its brethren.

UPDATE: Had this again at the Toronado in February 2012, and it was moderately improved - more of a B- sort of beer.

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

A: poured a cloudy golden yellow with pale yellow highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I was able to sniff out some oaky bretty funky character but had a little tea, citrus, mango, and tangerine notes.

T: the taste had more of the citrus flavors with mango tangerine accents but had lots of bretty funky oaky character and a touch of tea in the backend.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a citrusy, oaky, funky, fruity, and tart finish.

D: it was drinking pretty damn good and was pretty tasty. Hopefully it develops more sour character with time.

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3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Transferred from my TEA review, I deleted the other review

Tomme told me that this was his attempt at an alcoholic Arnold Palmer, isn't the point of an Arnold Palmer that it was non-alcoholic? It's kind of like naming a dessert after BB King (he's diabetic).

Beer is yellow and really hazy with a soft white head that is thin and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smells like lemons and ice tea...oh god, what is going to happen next.

This beer is thinner than water, if that's possible. Its very grassy, lemony, lots of tea leaf flavors in the midpalate. Very strong overall. It really does taste like lemonade and tea. Its interesting but its not great.

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Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 95 ratings