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Lost Abbey Veritas 009

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RATINGS: 130   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Tasted 7/8/11. 750ml cork and cage bottle. Thanks to phaleslu for sharing! Pours pitch and hazy with no head. Aromas of red wine and the sour funk that all the kids are talking about these days. Nuances of dark and red berries with a nice oaky, vanilla creaminess. Full bodied and tart and tangy. Flavors of apples, citrus fruit, cranberries, a woody note, pears and vinegar. Odd palate, but a really quality drinker.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (1456) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 12, 2014
Pours almost black with no head. Aromas are sherry, grapes, raisins, chocolate. Sour chocolate covered flavors is what this tastes like. vinous. Awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
HonusWagner (1222) - Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Intense, complex monster of a beer that ALMOST gets to a level of greatness. Very low carbonation, big surprise. Nose has heavy bourbon but also tart cherry and a touch of acetone. The flavors move through a bunch of phases, opens with a bourbon roasty rich character like Bourbonic Plague, then gets right into tart cherry like a Cuvee de Tomme, but the finish is INTENSELY BURNING DEATH RAY. Just really fucking sour, with a vineous character. A shame.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VertBaconStrips (2022) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
Nostrils: plum, boose, oak, paper, lightly sour, some sort of red wine, oaky, grapes. Yap: sour cherry, oak, tasty vinegar, tart tart, lemon, very woody, very yummo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dfearnley (760) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle to tulip Sour cherry, raisin, grape, oak, and vanilla. Deep reddish black, no head. Puckering sour, cherry, grape, vinous, wine. Wow. I could give this to a wine drinker and they’d have no clue that it’s a beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ferris (2002) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2011 - Sour cherry, chocolate, tobacco and vinous with some barrel. Jet black with no head. Huge wine notes, chocolate, sourness and oak. So complex, that every minute I get something different. I may now be a Lost Abbey fan.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbudd19 (392) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle. Dark black oil like pour. Aroma - complex aroma, sour cherries, oak, some bourbon. No head to speak of, taste - very little carbonation (almost none) wine like notes, vinous, sour fruit character, very complex. Really intersting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3267) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Bottle shared at Dave’s tasting. Pours black with a bit of a head to it. Very pleasant aroma that is mildly sour with oak, red wine vinegar, sour cherry, and vanilla. The flavor is sour, more sour than the aroma suggests. There is a multitude of flavor components that I can pick out but they never really come together to form a single cohesive structure. There’s red wine vinegar, sour cherry, vanilla, oak, and caramel all present. I was very glad that I was able to sample this beer and thank you to whoever brought it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (1616) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - AUG 30, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2013 750 ml corked and caged bottle shared with brenn79. Thanks for the trade, Alen! Ugly black beer with no head. Aroma is astringent and consists of vinegar, dark fruits, almonds, wood, raisins, paint thinner. Taste is sour (8/10 on a sour scale) with a tannic savoriness that grips the sides of the tongue like a vice; lots of dark fruit notes. Carbonation is nil, full body, oily texture. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brenn79 (1429) - Idaho, USA - AUG 30, 2013
750 ml bottle, shared with Poisoneddwarf- Pours completely flat looking with a very dark red to black color. Aroma is strong in oak, bourbon, cherries, kind of spicy, pepper. The taste is more sour ale thankfully, mildly tart and dry, cherries and plums, oak, bourbon in the finish mostly. Body is medium and carbonation is massively low, but honestly that doesn’t bother me too much. Usually I prefer my beers more carbonated, but there is no denying this beers quality and drinkability. This is a beer that I am very glad I tried, but I don’t think I would ever buy another bottle.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CanIHave4Beers (2905) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle courtesy of pantanap @ the Loineshawn wedding.
Pours dark, basically a black color... perfectly still.

The nose is balsamic vinegar coca, paper, & some light earthy funkiness.

The flavor is cardboard-y, with a bunch of nice red wine flavor, both bright red grape & tannic characteristics play well together here. It’s plenty boozy and vinegary as well, the tartness is nice & it’s plenty sour. Many aspects of this are really very pleasant, and maybe there is some bottle variation, but this one was oxidized & acetic to the point where a lot of those really fantastic flavors were muddled. I really like what the idea behind this beer, but the bottle I tried wasn’t so great.

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