Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - APR 20, 2013
Smell of old oxidized stout. Flavor follow suits. Cherry, dark berry, sweetness of mead with a slight sourness Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Consumed with all ten Veritas beers on April 14, 2012.
The beer is murky and brown with a small, broken head. The aroma offers alcohol, oddities, oak, wine, dark fruits. The flavor is not up to par with the rest of the Veritas series. Boozy, sweet, harsh. Out of balance. Tannic and biting, with overly ripened fruit soaked in booze. My least favorite of the bunch. I am a big fan of The Lost Abbey, but this one missed the mark, especially considering the company in which it was consumed.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-20-2012 Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
Huge thanks to Sean for opening this at a recent tasting. Served in my Cantillon tulip.
Pours yields a dark brown beer with a thin light tan head that falls pretty quickly into a thin cap around the edges. The nose is one of the best aspects of this beer, bringing some oak, chocolate, mild brett, slight roast, and a touch of acid. Taste isn’t quite as complex or lively, but is still quite good. Align funk combines with roast and a decent amount of carbonation for a pretty good feel. Way, way better than 008 but not nearly as good as 004 or fresh 007. Still, I was very glad to try this. Thanks gain.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-04-2011 chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
750ml bottle thanks to Sean...Medium runny mud brown. Light tan head, really nice retention of thin but nice cap. Pretty thin lacing...The aroma is oaky, malty chocolate...The taste is ok, nothing special, lots of oak on the taste and feel. Some sour vinegar notes. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Big thanks to Sean for this bottle, shared with the Brick Store crew.
Pours a very murky tea-like brown with a small bubbly tan head that recedes immediately to almost nothing at all. No lacing to speak of.
Aroma is an interesting mix of raspberries, brown sugar and chocolate. There is also a hefty dark fruit profile in the nose with plums and raisins and only a faint funkiness in the background.
The taste starts with a bit of chocolate covered raspberries, definitely sweet. The funk is more prominent in the taste with a dry, earthy funk finish. The backbone is still full of dark sweet fruits.
The mouthfeel is well carbonated with a tingly finish with some oak spiciness and dry funk.
This is one of the least sour of the Veritas versions and features more sweet fruits than some of the others. Very tasty and glad I got the opportunity to try it.
hopscotch (11101) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2010
Bottle… Pours murky and brown with a small, fizzy, mushroom-colored head. Decent retention. Very rooty, wacky aroma – sassafras, sarsaparilla, licorice root, possibly subtle English lavender and a rumor of caraway. Full-bodied with chewy yeast particles and soft carbonation. The tangy flavor is a slightly dysfunctional marriage of licorice root, mysterious herbs and yeasty bitterness. The finish is simply a slow fade of all the aspects mentioned above. Certainly an interesting blend, but also a bit of a letdown when compared to all the other Veritas mergers. Kudos to Dstructo for sharing this bottle! I’m down to only one beer in the Veritas series that I have been unable to procure. Anyone have an extra Veritas 005? I didn’t think so. HonusWagner (2168) - Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2010
The least impressive of the Veritas series, still extremely grateful to Ryan for sharing.
It’s murky and somewhat gross-looking. I could probably give it a 1. Nose is slightly acetic, sweet berries, hint of funk. Taste follows the nose, fairly pleasant overall but not great; too sweet, probably. Interesting little thing, but not something I’d pursue again. 50belair (3643) - Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Another bottled shared by Ryan at his sour tasting. The pour was mirky brown with all kinds of sediment in it. Wow, this is a weird wacky blend. I say that in the most non derogatory way. There was some muddled up dark fruit, funk, and bit of ass in this blend. I think it was actually sweaty work out ass........ Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2010
A - Pours a dark mirky brownish red color, although not as dark as 003. Very little head, no lacing, no retention. Some bubbles here and there on top.
S - Slight sweetness, dark fruits, mellow tart/sour. Not as sour as many other Veritas versions, but I’m enjoying the nice mix of funk and dark fruits.
T - More funky then the nose suggests. Nice dark fruit, oak, tart/sour, funk, sour cherries. The mead isn’t overpowering here, it’s just there enough to lend some notes of sweetness. Very nice.
M - Medium, slight bubbly carbonation, semi-dry finish.
D - Really liked this one. Not sure how it was fresh but it’s really great-tasting at this time. Looking forward to seeing if this one keeps developing over time. Recommend. brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 17, 2010
A: The pour is a muddled brownish color that has some hints of orange/copper to it and almost no head.
S: The nose is sweet and quite fruity. Notes of plums, raisins, figs, and perhaps some cherry in there somewhere. The fruits work well with the slight tartness that is there, and the mead provides an interesting balance.
T: The flavor is similarly complex with perhaps a touch more of the sour coming through. Slightly lemony with the raisins and plums being the most notable fruits. Good malt and mead/honey-like sweetness once again.
M: The body is medium with a sort of soft carbonation to it.
D: This is really a unique beer. I had heard this one wasn’t doing so well, and perhaps it is past its prime, but I still found this to be quite an enjoyable drinking experience.