MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2011
dark ruby, large frothy white head, little lacing. Definite lost abbey malt, chocolate, light metal and infection, cinnamon, bit of acetic cherry at the nose back. Messy chocolate malt and citrus, bit of balsamic, paper and playdoh coming with warmth. Flavor is off, carbonation over strong, comes off as that metallic unintended infection because of contrast between the styles. 50belair (3643) - Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2011
Bottle. Dark amber in color with a white head. Peach/nectarine nose. Amazing taste with flavors of white nectarines, sour cherries, stone fruit, and oak dancing on your tongue. To date my favorite batch of Veritas, but of coarse 004 & 007 are still waiting patiently in the cellar..... patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2011
Bottle. 24.5 oz. Split with James the morning after Explosions in the Sky for my 900th and his 1800th rating concurrently. This massive beauty hisses to life with the pop of the cork, pours an electric, trubid, hazy, abrasively beautiful brown cherry amber with an initially massive, loosely bubbled cream head which fizzled to spotty tracing across the surface, and left substantial fizzy ring around the edge of the glass. Aroma of soft, moist, dank oak, with hints of cherries, strawberries, peaches, Cabernet grapes from the Amazing Grace, musty Rye bread, toasted honey, soft lemon zest, and tons of wild, Bretty notes. The beer tastes like nothing I have ever tasted before; full strawberry and cream notes burst forth before a wave of carbonated raspberry, oaky cranberry sweet tartness washes it back with a wave of tremendous sourness. This beer is full of complex, intricately interlaced flavors. This is, without a doubt, one of the best sour ales I have ever had the pleasure to try. Cheers to 900 more beers! jredmond (8288) - New York, New York, USA - APR 7, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2012 Bottle split with Pat after doing a flight of every mikkeller breakfast beer. Wow. Pours a murky brown body with thick hazy and thick fluffy brown head. Aroma is the most insane complexity of sour and tart I have ever had. Mouthfeel is slightly aggressive carbonation with insane flavors of tart cherries, wood, citrus, lemon. What an insane brew. Literally one of the greatest beers of my life. PhillyCraft (7235) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2011
Bottle. Thanks to a good friend out west. Been waiting to get my hands on this one for quite some time. Pours a cloudy brownish maroon. Head is unreal, off white with three finger thickness and shades of darker brown tiny bubbles sprinkled in to the regular off white bouquet appearence. Lacing is sporadic and lasting on the glass. Aroma is sour funky lactic notes with brett, vinous curants, figs, cherries, bourbon, vanilla. Really leans towards cuvee de tomme in aroma. Taste is muscat grapes sourness, chocolate covered maraschino cherry, walnuts, caramel, lemon zest, french oak from the Amazing Grace. This beer left an almost vanilla icing aftertaste. So much going on here that its hard to pinpoint individual notes. Very balanced and slightly dry finish. Amazing brew but I like the three beers that made this better on their own.
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Bottle shared by bmanning, my first veritas, Thanks!
Beer is murky and on the red / brown border in the beer spectrum. Forms a thin head of tiny bubbles that rally but fail form a proper head or decent lacing on the glass. Its a sour so all is forgiven in the head dynamics department.
Definitely some citric and acetic in the nose of this one. There is some sweetness and tartness from cherries or stone fruits in there as well. Mild funk.
Beer is thin and weakly carbonated on the mouth. The sourness from the acetic gives the beers a brightness and the lactic is the lead off. There is some tartness at the backend of the whole thing and it finishes cleansingly. Its a good beer, a very good American sour. The finish is mildly dry but its not too dry. Its a good beer. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Serving type: bottle chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
The beer pours a medium cloudy brown, with a medium tan head, ok retention and lacing.
The aroma is dominated by oak, you can really pull out mostly the cuvee de tomme here, which to me isn’t a great bear. You get a little sour but mostly oak.
The taste is the same, mostly oak, finished with some sour. Its not very balanced and totally lacking a little sweetness to balance things out.
Overall, a decent ale, nothing to search out, and not at all on the upper echelon of ales. SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2011
Murky Brown Dishwater. a bit of an orangish bronze hue.
smell is pungent, acetic acid, woody/musty cellar, some lemon. a touch of wine/cherry/grape.
there is a hop bitterness and an acidic dryness like that of wine. a bit of malt sweetness balances that out. grape notes/red wine. sour cherry, oak. good deal of funk with a bit of silage/cheesiness. Acetic acid rounds it out. nice complexity with all the blended beers in this bottle.
mouthfeel is a bit dry from the acidity and barrels. enough viscocity to balance that out, decent amount of carbonation for pallet scrubbing, typical of the style
definately not a punch you in the face sour, fairly easy drinker, alcohol is hidden.
jtclockwork (16602) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2011
Bottle shared with drowland. Pours clear dark brown. Nose of basement mold, sour funk and tart cherries. Taste is chocolate covered cherry, sour funk, toffee and tart cherry. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Thanks to bmanning for bringing this to a recent tasting.
Pours a moderate mahogany with a thin tan head and a bit of lacing. Nose brings forward lactic and acetic character alongside cherries, dark fruits, oak, and a bit of wet leather. Taste carries forward some of the Belgian elements along with some cherries. Nice lactic and acetic balance with a bit of funk and oak as well. Mouthfeel is nice and dry, yet isn’t too thing. This drinks really well. This dark wild ale is one of those small substyles that I really wish would catch on a bit more.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-06-2010