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Lost Abbey Veritas 009

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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Veritas 009 is a substantial departure from earlier members of The Lost Abbey’s small batch experimental program, which were generally sour beers aged in French oak barrels for 12 to 15 months. Begun in late 2007 as dark base beer, it was sent to freshly emptied bourbon barrels from Kentucky’s Heaven Hill Distilleries. The beer aged for 15 months before it was moved into French oak barrels previously used for wine (primarily Syrah). Sour cherries were added and the beer was left to rest for another year and three months. Finally, in mid-2010, it was pulled from the barrels, blended, bottled and sent off to condition for an additional 11 months.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Bottle split amongst friends. Dark color, murky and muddy-ish. The aroma is pretty much dominated by the oak barrels here. The sour funk is there, somewhat like black cherry. I was surprised by this one, in a good way.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2012
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of anders37. Pours an opaque dark brown - close to black - with hardly any head. Odd tart berry-like aroma, quite some red wine there. Medium body, very low carbonation, some evident oak, again red grapes but also quite some tobacco (sic!). Tart and pruney finish. Well, to be honest - a bit of a disappointment considering the normal high level in the Veritas series. 030312

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1336) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2012
Bottle from Blake - thanks! Pours a very dark and deep red with no carbonation. Aroma is eroded bourbon, vanilla, cherry, leather, very light underlying tart, and a melange of raisin, plum, and dark, layered malt. Damn - taste is sharp, tart cherry, bourbon, vanilla, tannic bitterness toward the back, and lingering cherry and light tart through the finish. Vinous flavor profile as the flavors ebb and flow without the bite of carbonation. The absence of carbonation does take a bit away from the beer but on the whole I really liked this as an original, complex and dark bourbon barrel aged sour. Great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wedgie9 (1836) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Tasted in late November 2011 and 12/26/11 from corked and caged 750mL bottles shared by Blake, huge thanks. Pours completely opaque black with a garnet hue, and no head. The nose is balsamic reduction, roasted coffee bitterness, dark chocolate, and fruity, animalistic, bacon fat Syrah. The flavor is very sour up front, moving to the balsamic reduction, dark chocolate, coffee, and fruity, funky Syrah. The body is medium and tannic with light carbonation and a long, sour, balsamic and fruity, funky Syrah finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4101) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2012
Bottle at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured dark brownish with a thin head. Big sweetness, oak and boozy tones. Acidic tartness but not overly puckering. I picked up more sweetness than sourness. Dark fruits, lemon peel, and quite warming towards the end.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (4600) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Sampled at the DC Local Tasting a 750ml bottle pours an oily, translucent black with zero head. No carbonation, surprise, surprise. Nose is sour, cherries, coffee liqueur, light vinegar. Flavor is sweet, cherry, strawberry, lemons, orange peel, citrus pith. Full bodied, acidic finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (1020) - New York, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Tasted 06/12/2011. Pours black, thin tan head that quickly dissipates. A lot going on in the nose: bourbon, with notes of vanilla and oak, caramel and cola elements as well, with an undercurrent of brett, sour cherries and dark fruit. Taste is complex, initially tart sour cherries, some slight alcohol warmth, with a long, roast ending, notes of chocolate, red wine and bourbon aftertaste. As it warms, sweetness pulls back, and bourbon becomes stronger in the middle. Smooth in the mouth, minimal carbonation, but slight acidity helps the flavors pop. Very interesting overall, managing to capture a unique balance between the bourbon stout and sour elements, seemingly moving back and forth between the two styles.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sonnycheeba (3362) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown with the faintest tan head; likely flat. Aroma is dark sour fruit, vinegar, bourbon, and caramel. Flavor is molasses, sour dark fruit, vinegar, and heavy caramelization. Medium body with light carbonation and warmth.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle courtesy of GT2, thanks! Black, flat. Aroma of balsamic vinegar. Taste is similar, with a bit of salt. Couldn’t finish it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (8270) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 8, 2012
750mL thanks to peteinsd. Pours tepid, clear, deep cola red to ruby/brune with tan bubbles setting to nothing. Essentially flat. Nose is lightly acetic with small smoked malt, salt, bacon, cherry wood and mild sharp barbecue. Taste is tangy up front with some big lemon tartness. Small chalkiness in the palate but prevailing feel is lactic sourness. No acetic heat. Prevailing smoky stout character is overlain almost like smoked Serpents Stout has been added to this blend. I actually like this. Just, this is more of a tart, funky stout like Madrugada Obscura than a true sour ale. Only the JP beer is more recognizable as a stout and pours with powerful, perfect carbonation. Veritas 009 is essentially a lemony tart smoked stout with a hefty dose of truffle salt and bacon. Sharply tart lemon palate. Quite salty as it finishes.


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