Veritas 011 | The Lost Abbey

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The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.46%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American Barleywine aged in McCall Cognac Barrels for 11 months. We added some fresh nectarines over the summer and hit it with a splash of Brett Clausenii.

Added by MasterSki on 10-19-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 2012 LA Barrel Night.

A: Pours a cloudy golden color, with light tan, swirly, frothy head.

S: So much fresh nectarine. So good, wow. Just a kind of vanilla, sweetish cognac, and orange rind to add some complexity and round out the aroma.

T: Caramel and tangerine/nectarine, more fruit beer than barley wine at this point. Some hoppy citrus and grippy oak/vanilla on the finish, along with a bit of bitterness and moderate sweetness. Very little alcohol is noticeable.

M: Super smooth, like candy. Medium carbonation and body. Sticks to the mouth.

O: A delicious, unique interpretation of a barley wine. Basically like a mild fruited American barley wine. Usually not a style I like that much, but this really comes together.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at lost Abbey Barrel Night 2012 Sunday evening.
poured a deep, dark orange brown hue with a thin white head.
Smells of stone fruit, peaches , nectarines , apricots, light woody notes, and a hint of sweet boozy cognac in te background, gets better as it warms. Tastes tropical fruits, peaches, stone fruits , more fruit character than maltiness in taste
Medium body, easy drinking , surprisingly light for a 13% beer.
This was my favorite beer of the night, enjoyed the stone fruit character of this Barleywine , really have not tasted a more fruit forward Barleywine than this, this reminds me of a white desert wine.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, itk1!

(Aged for 6 months)

Dark oranges and brown combine with some floating haze. Decently sized near-white head of small bubbles. Decently carbed, especially for the style. Leaves the glass oily and spotted with cling.

Aroma of juicy nectarine flesh is complemented nicely by a sweet, earthy, caramel barleywine. Some dark fruit character (sweet, juicy, dark red grapes) and brandy/cognac. Some oak, and a bit of yeast character. I don't get much Brett character.

The flavors mingle incredibly well, and the alcohol is exceptionally well hidden. This is far too easy to drink. Caramel-dripping peaches, earth, oak and cognac, and mild yeast character play nicely. There's also good amounts of an earthy, leafy, black tea flavor as well. Delicious.

Medium to near full in body with moderate carbonation. Oily, slick, and coating. Exceptionally drinkable.

Fantastic. Exceeded my expectations. One of my favorites from a pretty mind-blowing tasting.

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Bottle into Lost Abbey stemware.

A: Dark orangish crimson with two fingers of beige froth. Lacing is scattered. It looks big and rich.

S: Ripe and juicy nectarines atop a formidable Barleywine. Notes of caramel blend with grape and plum. Port-like. Vanilla is potent and oak is detectable. Big cognac presence.

T: Caramel, bread, sugar, chocolate, grape, plum, and nectarines. Quite a tasty blend of flavors with many similarities to port wine. Cognac character is strong. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Full body lower medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel with ample warming.

Overall: I like this quite a bit. The Brett hasn't done much, which I'm happy about, and the fruit is still potent. A successful experiment.

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Veritas 011 from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 73 ratings