hopscotch (11051) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Bottle... Vero Beach “GET YOUR RUDOLPH ON” Throwdown… Hazy yellow ale with a tiny, fizzy, white head. The aroma offers lemonade and grape SweeTart with a splash of sourmash whiskey. Medium to full-bodied and lightly creamy with restrained carbonation. The flavor is tart, but a touch thin with a nice Lynchburg Lemonade-like nuance. Tangy, bourbony, lightly bitter finish. No real heat; just good, woody sourmash whiskey flavor. This is to Lynchburg Lemonade as Veritas 006 was to Sangria. Bottle courtesy of giarcsr! theisti (4114) - Kansas, USA - DEC 13, 2010
750 ml corked and caged bottle shared by mreusch. Pour is a hazy yellow, cloudy, juice-like, with a one inch loose white head that falls quick - leaving behind soapy lacing. Aroma is citric lemon along with fruity white grape. Not really sour, more bright and tart. Taste is lemon citric up front, followed by an herbal orange tea and grass mineral through to the finish. Even some lime citrus is present. The finish is very tea like, dry and ashy. Palate is medium to light bodied, soft carbonation and the lingering tea leaves of the finish. A bit on the odd side, but tasty. Thanks Matt! jredmond (8206) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2011 Bottle split at lost abbey with Linh. Pours a bright, thickly hazy yellow body with aggressive carbonation and insane lacing all over the sides of my glass. Aroma is ridiculous - funky, citrus, peppery, lemon, apricot, peach, herbal tea, and light wheat. Mouthfeel is carbonated and complex with notes of lemon, funk, oak, tart apricot, and sour fruit. mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 9, 2010
750ml, with another thanks to craytonic. Hands down the most uniquely odd beer I can remember. Pours a cloudy yellow golden with a large sea foam head that lingers. Aroma is very strongly tea like, with big herbal and earthy notes, along with some fruits, lemon zest, funk and tart acid but mostly pushed to the background. This thing moved around a ton on the nose, and at times really loved the aroma and others almost found it offensive. Flavor was also herbal and earthy, with a nice blend of fresh fruits, lemon zest and a little funky acid. Undeniably unique and tasty, but the nose just kept throwing me off. Thanks again Matt! dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Another huge thanks to Sparky. Bottle pours hazy yellow with a white head. Aroma shows apricot, peach, white tea, sulfur, and funk. Flavor shows the same with additional lemon and spice. Overall body is moderate, and the acidity seems much softer than 007.
daknole (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Cloudy yellow pour. Whitish head. Matchsticks and dried apricots in the nose. Flavor is tart, dried apricots, sulfur, tea? Not really. Very unique, but not the most amazing Veritas. SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Bottle shared by Craytonic. Thanks matt! Poured a murky, light golden into a snifter. noticeable yeast. Fluffy white head that was lasting and retained decent lacing. Aroma of bretty lipton iced tea with some funk on the end. The first thing that came to mind with aroma and first taste was that LA stole batch 4 Sanctification and mellowed it out with lipton iced tea. After just having a sancty within the last few weeks, this was a really close beer. Very light on the palate with nothing harsh or offensive. Overall, it was tart, light, and very good. A more pleasant sanctification. Probably would have gotten better initial reviews overall if it had been released in the heat of summer... Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Bottle shared by the ever generous Sparky. Pours a nice hazy yellow with a huge white foamy head. Aroma is tea, wheat, aromatic tea like herbs and spices that I just can’t pick out specifically. The flavor is wheat, spices, a touch of funky sourness and very tea forward. Strange brew, interesting but not my favorite Veritas. Thanks Eric! dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2010
(Pour from Eric!) Pours hazy lemon color. Aroma of dried apricot, funk. Sour like a lemonhead. Medium bodied slick texture. Finish is abrupt. Tastes better than it smells. brokensail (16440) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
A: The pour is typical of Lost Abbey’s lighter sours: hazed golden straw color with a finger or so worth of white head.
S: The nose is powerful if nothing else. Very reminiscent of perfume and champagne. Some interesting fruitiness of bananas, pineapple, oranges, and lemon. There is a light tartness as well as a bit of a wet, musty character. The tea seems to stand out in the fact that there’s a strong herbal character, but if you didn’t know if was tea, you might not guess it.
T: The flavor does remind me of a sort of lemony tea beverage (which I think is the point). Not as herbal as I had feared, but enough to make things interesting. The tea seems to provide a lot more aromatics than it does flavorings. A fair amount of oak and a mild funk gives this beer a solid dryness.
M: The body is medium with the carbonation being moderate. Again, fairly dry with a nice rolling feel to the bubbles (perhaps helping along that champagne thought I had on the aroma).
D: This is certainly not my favorite of the Veritas series and I had some serious doubts about it. The beer is really different, and the idea itself is pretty cool. This could serve well as a refreshing beer.