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RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Veritas 009 is a substantial departure from earlier members of The Lost Abbeys 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 Kentuckys 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.

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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (5898) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle (750 ml). Traded by readbaron, thanks Baron! Pours opaque dark purple/brown with no head and no lacing. Flat. Aroma of red wine, tart berries, black cherries and wood. The lack of carbonation doesnt help the aroma to spread. Taste is multi-layered and much more impressive than aroma. Even though its easy to see that this beer is an experiment (just take a look at the Ratebeer description of the beer) by the brewer, the result is quite interesting. At first, the taste is acetic but when the beer is given a couple of minutes to breathe, its much softer. Traces of bourbon are easily recognizable but red wine is predominant. Theres also hints of sour cherries, dark berries and roasted malt. The main discordant note is the presence of a slight cola taste. Mouthfeel is flat (needless to say that we expected it) and really winey. Limited drinkability, dont hesitate to share this beer. Overall, this beer was a good surprise since my expectation were not sky high.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (27246) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2012
Bottle at Theis & Mette. Black coloured with a small off-white head. Roasted aroma of red wine and cherries with notes of dark chocolate. Roasted and light acidic flavour of berries and red wine. Roasted finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (4058) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2012
Bottle at Theis and Mettes sour+ tasting. Pours a an opaque dark brown with a tiny head. Sweet with some bitterness and sourness. Aromas of redcurrant, dark chocolate and hints of lakridskonfekt. Full bodied. Medium to soft carbonation. Dry and tart finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2012
Bottle at home - Tasting. Clear dark dark brown - white head. Nice light burned, fruity, sourish, coconut, sour cherries, wooden, roasted malty, vanilla, raisins, lots of dried fruits, wine barrels; Super lkkert !!!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (9878) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2012
Absolutely no head; pours black, but with yellow-brown reflections. Very fruity nose, but with burnt, stout-like undertones. Black chocolater; vinous, red wine notes. Sharp, acidic, even ever so slighlty vinegary touches upon more bitter, roasted/burnt background. Some red fruit, and a reminiscence of gooseberry, as well as lemon, and of course sour cherry; vinous again. Acidthinnig mixed with alcoholheat; yet viscous, really oily MF. Great, vinous beer, but the 002 was something else again. But I have a small nagging fear that my bottle wasnt always kept in optimum conditions... Whatever, still 17/20...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Pours dark unclear chestnut black with no head. The aroma is powdery citrus zest with some sweet notes. The flavor of a sour malty sweet bomb not very pleasant on the palate as I expected. The body is thick but smooth with a very tart dry ending.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (9973) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 22, 2012
Bottle at the RBSG. Nose of soy, vinegar, plum, shiitake mushrooms. Very sour, with Japanese ume, soy, port. Very aged feeling, and well funky. Interesting as hell, but a little bit hard to like. A challenging brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (43039) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2013 75 cl bottle. Pours hazy dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is tart, citric and toasted dark malty, liqourice. Smooth fruity, prunes, citric and figs. Lingering slight fruity, dark wooden malty and hard roasted.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7831) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Sampled this at a sour tasting that Tomme Arthur showed up at out of the blue at - he was definately gone by this point - but hey - he left some good beers! This one opened with no pop whatsoever - "like a fine..." you know, I keed, I keed. Anyway, this one has a very interesting history that we got a bit of - we were told of its origins and where it ended up. So anyway, this beer poured a near pitch black, perhaps extremely dark ruby color. Aroma has notes of chocolate and a touch of woody vanilla along with other barrel notes. Plenty of dried fruits - raisins, along with some aged grape notes. Pared side by side with something special showed a little less oxidation. By far the most different Veritas beer.

1.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
xscottypx (104) - Missouri, USA - JUL 1, 2012
no pop on the cork, pours a still black. fairly lifeless. no carbonation. light vanilla and bourbon with a slight tart cherry very reminiscent of red poppy. light tart cherry with a subtle mix of grape and cheap red wine. the bourbon and vanilla blended well however they never helped this out. i found this very 2 sided and completely lacking any complexity. it was 2 parts, cherry and bourbon. nothing special here. dead flat with a hint of dryness. this was boring, everyone i spoke with after i opened this agreed that it was more or less terrible. Reviewed on: 10-09-2011


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