Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - APR 20, 2013
Poured dirty brown. Cuvee really comes through. Cherry with a slight sweetness and suttle tartness. AcctError96987 (3723) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Original review: November 10, 2010
I am over the moon right now. This beer was on my never ever list. Well...never say never. Thanks Damian and Lona.
This beer is a hazy dark burnt brown hue. The head and lacing are very subdued, typical of an aged sour ale in most cases. The aroma is of wine, tannins, and oak. Fabulous taste. The feel is still nice, though the beer is slightly under-carbonated. I am in total disbelief that I an actually drinking this. Does drinkability really factor into the equation when discussing Veritas 001? This put a nice final touch on a great night.
"My first, my last, my everything" - Barry White.
Somehow, I managed to sample this beer again. Thanks to Thorpe429 for the share.
Consumed with all ten Veritas beers on April 14, 2012.
Wow, this has held up well. Even better than the first time I tried it. I am really surprised that this beer is still tasting so fine. Rich, vinous, tannic, complex, balanced. A delightful experience.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-20-2012 Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2012
Bottle at the DC Lambic & Sour Tasting on April 14, 2012 as part of a full Veritas set, 001-010. Served in a Lost Abbey Teku.
Pours a somewhat-cloudy amber-red color with a small off-white head that fades a bit quickly before falling to a collar and leaving a touch of lacing.
The nose has some red grapes alongside port notes plus some red wine and wood. Quite complex; way more than I was expecting here.
The flavor is equally as nice with a heavy-handed length on the palate. Moderate acidity accompanied by a medium amount of funk. Grape and red wine notes accompany that acidity, followed by just a bit of wood.
Body is light-medium with moderate, though certainly adequate, carbonation. Dry finish and lingering flavor.
Really nicely done and this was perhaps the surprise hit of the tasting for me, as I wasn’t really expecting much but it really delivered. MeadMe (1672) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2012
This one was provided by the bad ass mo fo’ known as ibrew2or3.
A: Pours a beautiful amber hue with tones of orange showing thru. Very tiny head which goes with the style along with no lace.
S: Wonderful muted sour aromas, nothing overthetop. Hints of crushed sweet tart, sour black cherries, oak and vanilla. The aromas blend together so nicely.
T: Wonderful light malt flavors. Bold fresh black cherry juice that starts a bit sweet before being overtaken by sour. Nice blast of oak and vanilla really smooth things out. Like the aromas the flavors seem to meld perfectly making this extra tasty.
M: Medium in body, very smooth with a perfectly dry finish.
D: Soo drinkable, wonderful flavors combined with the subtle sourness make this one dangerously drinkable. Too bad it was one of the last bottles on eart.
Thanks Dave for knocking it out of the park once again, the Tampa crew is indebted to you for this one. PhillyCraft (7589) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2011
Bottle. WOW. This is a serious grail. Cracked during the Masters with Simon. Pours a deep plum brownish color with multiple shades of brown throughout the beer. Lacing is a ring just around the outer glass, tiny clear bubbles of varying size. Taste and aroma is predominately 2003 Cuvee which was my favorite sour to date. Back end aromas of cherries, brett, oak, raspberry sourness. Midway through a sip it turns to a bourbon vanilla profile from the Old Visc. Finally in the finish it tastes like Winnie the Pooh took a shit in this beer and the gift was succulent honey mead notes ridden throughout my mouth especially in the aftertaste. Awesome lambic style sour ale and a real treasure of a find.
HonusWagner (2209) - Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Thanks to Ryan for sharing this one!
Not pretty, probably a result of blending three types of thing you’d probable never expect to see blended. Taste was better than I might have thought based on hearing the blend. It was slightly sour, with a lot of that mead sweetness coming through. Old Viscosity not particularly noticeable, maybe a hint of roast in the early-mid palate.
50belair (3670) - Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2010
First of the almost full Veritas vertical shared by Ryan at his sour tasting. The pour was a cloudy reddish brown. This ale is ridiculously complex with raspberry and oak flavors making the most noise. It might be on the down side, but it was a real treat for me to taste this gem... GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Massive thanks to alen for this beauty.
Pours super cloudy brownish amber with a collection of big bubbles along the top that recedes immediately and leaves nothing around the top.
The aroma is all about the tart fruits, raspberries and cherries especially, dipped in brown sugar. There is also a prominant oak character in the nose as well as the brett and lactic sourness I’ve come to expect in the LA sours.
The taste is still all about the tart cherries, Cuvee de Tomme coming out for sure, but dipped in a bit of chocolate. The brett comes out in the finish, leaves a dry, earthy zing at the end of each sip.
The mouthfeel is what I expected, given the look. It’s very low carbonation, almost wine-like, with a definite oaky tannin character overall.
This is a solid sour but probably not my favorite of the series. It’s largely the look and mouthfeel that are lacking and keep this one from being a world class beer for me. juiceisloose (1506) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2010
750 ml bottle, courtesy Orlgamecock. This one pours a very cloudy, reddish purple color with no head or lacing, and very little carbonation. The aroma shows mostly sweet fruits, apple tartness, honey, and some vinous, vanilla soaked oak. There is hints of figs, dark berries, caramel and funk as well. The tart apple comes through more in the flavor along with cherries, and acetic raspberries. The barrel seems a bit old and has added a good bit of funk, which dries things out quite a bit. The palate is slightly thinned out and mostly dry with almost zero carbonation left to this point. There is still good flavor and depth left in the brew, but I think it is past its prime at this point. Still glad I got to try this rarity though. nickd717 (4780) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 9, 2010
OMG rare tick, I love it! Bottle very generously shared by dyan. Pours a muddy, dirty reddish brown with minimal head. Does not look good at all. The aroma is very nice with notes of Cuvee de Tomme, Red Poppy (i.e. cherries, funk, vinegar, wood), chocolate, -bal aging, and rarity. The flavor is not quite as good. Some nice chocolate-covered cherry is in there, along with oak barrel and funk. Slightly acetic and not too sour. Medium-bodied with sediment detectable on the palate and low carbonation (surprised?). Good and interesting stuff, but I’ve had better from Lost Abbey.