brokensail (11613) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) Pours a cloudy golden body with a medium white head. Aroma of lemon, tea, herbs, florals, apricot, and strawberries. Flavor of tea, lemon, florals, watermelon, apricot, and strawberries.
BMan1113VR (7874) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Barrel Night. This is the same beer as TEA and should be merged. Pours with a hazed golden body and a white head. Aroma is ridiculously aromatic. Huge peach, floral, citrus zest (orange, lemon), stone fruit, apricot, nectarine, tangerine, with a little bit of a white wine presence. Flavors are tart, with pedio and funk. Not as fruity as the amazing nose. Some tangerine, mango and lemon zest in the flavors. Acidic and dry. Very interesting to say the least.
Jblauvs (1347) - Chester, Vermont, USA - NOV 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had a really difficult time rating this one. I love tea and sun tea/iced tea, and therefore the flavors and aromas were nice, but I think it was too overwhelmingly tea flavored and not enough sour ale.
Pours a mudddle brown tea color. Aroma is Arnold Palmer, with some light funkiness and some very soft carbonation. Black Tea, lemon, very faint yeastiness in the flavor. Very drinkable, I’m sure it would be very nice on a hot day. Not Funky enough though, more sour please and a little less tea.
j12601 (7000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pouring at Night of the Funk on the Friday night of Belgian Beer Fest in Boston. Looks like tea. Brown and fuzzy, sitting under a medium sized white to beige head. Smells of tea, herbs, big ginger notes. Reminiscent in some ways of Lambrucha. Bright and lively. Herbal, very interesting. Bitterness cuts through. Tart and medicinal in spots, herbal and woody. Another really good sour from Lost Abbey, and one of the standouts of the night.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
NotF. A hazy golden pour with a small white head. The aroma is very strange indeed- earl grey and other black tea incarnations lead to strong lemon acidity. This is very much like an Arnold Palmer. The funky characteristics are quite subdued- this doesn’t even taste that much like beer. The palate is medium bodied and highly quaffable with a tannic dry finish.
JohnnyJ (4559) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served from a tea pitcher at Stone 14th Anniversary. Slightly hazy golden yellow, frothy white head. Lemons, sun tea, tart, sweet citrus fruit (almost candy sweet), sour fruit ... hard to nail this one down. MMMmmm this is delicious and it was perfect for a hot day. I wish I could get more of this.
JoeTheYounger (1153) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - AUG 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Lost Abbey for Pre-stone 14th anniversary breakfast. Poured a golden fizzy color with tiny head. Aroma was lemonade and limes. Taste was like a sweet lemonade ice tea (arnold palmer). Had a mildly tart puckering sourness to it. Nice carbonation. Overall very weird but good.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted at Stone Anniversary 14th. The pour was from a pitcher and gave slightly murky golden color. Aromas were lemony and tangerine like. Tart slightly sour flavors with a good dose of tea. Very easy to drink. Different, light and pleasant .
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Served from an iced tea pitcher at the Stone 14th Anniversary Celebration. The appearance is a cloudy tea brown. The nose is tart lemon and tea. The flavors are strong tea bags, sour/tart lemons. Not a crazy complex beer but a wonderfully flavored and refreshing brew. A perfect beer for a hot summer day. I wish this would become a regular summer offering.