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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

dukefan's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dukefan (215) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2011
Tasted on draft at the release. As I drank this I thought more along the lines of Cognac, Port, and after dinner drink than I did beer. Think chocolate covered cherries with hints of Vanilla, Oak and just a touch of red wine from the barrels. At $35/bottle, this beer is best sipped and savored - it has a whole lot to like about it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (2626) - Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2016
750 ml. Flat, dark brown. The appearance surprised me. Looked like a stout/porter. Dark chocolate. Cherry, raisin. Oak. Medium sour. Different and awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckeyeBoy (6102) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 23, 2015
750ml bottle thanks to Jer. Pours out a cola color no real head. Nose is pit fruit toffee oak cherries leather and vanilla. Taste is more of the oak barrel tartness cherries funk leather and pit fruit rich.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (4947) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 23, 2015
This was a bottle from the Veritas Vertical Tasting at the RBSG Grand Tasting. It poured near black with a minimal tan head. Nose of rich malts, wood, and anise. Bold and rich in body. Creamy mouth feel. Flavor is fairly complex and I can get wood, cherry, anise, raisins, and something sour. The finish brings forth vanilla. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (7063) - Utah, USA - JUN 22, 2015
Bottle at the RBSG, grand tasting
Dark brown with a small tan head, some lacing. Aroma of dark malts, leather and licorice. Taste of brown sugar, leather and raisins

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (10500) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle thanks to Jared shared at RBSG Grand tasting. Pours a dark brown with no head. The aroma is strong grape, wood, bourbon. Thin mouth, vinous, wood, vanilla, very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (8451) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark black color with no head. A sweet toffee woody nose. The flavor is sharp sour cherry, toffee, caramel. Odd.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GRM (3762) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 24, 2015
Sample, brown bottle, 1 pint 6 ounces, from Stephen Morris, at Stephen Morris, at Stephen Morris’, savoured on December 12 2014; eye: dark brown, opaque, no effervescence, no head, no lacing; nose: roasted barley, molasses, woody, light acidity, fig; mouth: roasted barley, molasses, woody, light acidity, light sourness, wild yeasts, acidic finale with presence of molasses, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, slick texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Échantillon, bouteille brune, 1 pinte 6 onces, de Stephen Morris, chez Stephen Morris, savourée le 12 décembre 2014; œil : brun foncé, opaque, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, mélasse, boisé, légère acidité, figue; bouche : orge torréfiée, mélasse, boisé, légère acidité, légère aigreur, levures sauvages, finale acide avec présence de mélasse, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture coulante; en résumé : bien

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PartyFowle (954) - - MAY 7, 2015
Bottle. Pours with great viscosity but is, sadly, flat as a pancake. Some big soapy bubbles pop, but there’s no lingering foam. The color is a super dark brown, like molten dark chocolate. Despite the initial disappointment, this has an amazing aroma that I can pick up from a few feet away. Dr. Pepper mixes with vanilla, tons of butterscotch, dark cherry syrup, some dark chocolate and ethanol. Very wine-like flavor. Tons of vinous oak mixes with fruit notes of cherry, blackberry and tart dark grapes. Barrel flavors are rampant: vanilla, caramel and butterscotch meld with substantial booziness. A smooth bright, blend. I dig that the body is a creamy, buttery medium body. I don’t dig the absence of bubbles, especially since this was given so long to condition. Tongue-numbing alcohol pummels the tongue alongside striking tartness. Veritas 009 could use some time away, either to carbonate or lose some alcohol. Still, it’s hard to argue against the flavors this one’s exhibiting. Brilliantly tasty stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (3587) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2015
750mL shared by McBerko. Completely flat, looks like old coffee. The beer is basically raisiny sour beer. That would all be fine if it weren’t completely flat. It’s a nice mix of the 2 elements with a hint of soy sauce at the end of the flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (2951) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2015
750 mL bottle generously shared by mcberko. Thanks! Pours black with no head. Heavy dark fruit and syrupy aroma. Flavor is a raisin bomb, with dark fruits, cherry, and brown sugar. A little offputting at first, but quickly grew on me m. Finishes worth sour dark fruit and more raisin. Overall, an enjoyable beer. Hope to find more of versions of this beer soon.

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