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Lost Abbey Veritas 009

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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mortlach (1049) - Rome, ITALY - APR 18, 2012
17/04/2012 500ml bottle, shared by Matt (thanks 50belair!) @ Brasserie 4:20. Nera, con riflessi color caffé, densa, impenetrabile, schiuma assente. Aroma di una intensità incredibile, note di ciliegia, alcol, vaniglia, a tratti ricorda un Fernet Branca. In bocca è molto acido, complesso, forse anche troppo, si percepiscono note vinose e liquorose, con punte di amaretto. Il corpo è medio-pieno, la carbonazione soft. Estrema, spiazzante, forse un po’ troppo grezza, comunque da provare. Mai bevuta prima una birra del genere.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexost (7) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2012 does not count
Surprising beer for sure. Pours a dark black color with little to no carbonation, leaving a very slight tan head. Aroma is of prune/raisin and tart cherry. Taste is similar to the aroma with prune/raisin followed with a sour/tart cherry combined with malt and wood flavor. Definitely glad I was able to try this complex beer that kept me intrigued through the whole bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cocoapuph (10) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2012
I was skeptical at first because of the dark chocolate/red color that was poured into my 4oz taster. But man, did it taste completely different than expected. First off, the smell kept me guessing which flavors were going to be more pronounced in the taste. I picked up a tangy, oaky, nutty smell. And then some sour fruit and grape odors. Very tasty. First you get a little of a smooth chocolate flavor mixed with those tart cherry notes. This beer had a pleasant sour/tartness level. And the bourbon and wine flavors harmonized perfectly with the medium to full body feel of the beer. I could still taste the flavors on my tongue 5-10 minutes after finishing the pour. Glad I was fortunate to pick up a few bottles to age and drink again later!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (18146) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 18, 2012
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a slightly roasted malty sour aroma with weak hints of licorice. Roasted malty sour woody soy flavor with hints of cherry. Has a fruity sour woody cherry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bukowski9 (129) - Piqua, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Best way I can describe this is a cigar soaked in lemon juice. Different in a good way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tricyclist (953) - Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Really nice sour shared at Hunahpu’s release. Pours hazy deep brown, murky, with a slight head. Aroma is funky barnyard, raspberry, citrus, tartness, sour cherry... Flavor is similar, with sour and tart notes all over. Citrus, sour raspberry, acetic. Really awesome. Thanks for the pour, Ryan!

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25076) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1416) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wedgie9 (2487) - 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.

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