Alex pulls out yet another big bottle for a taste, thanks again Ski! The pour produces a clean, nearly straw golden liquid that manages to glow when backlit. The snap, crackle, pop of the head grows rather easily to a finger in height before fizzing out to a skimming after a minute or two. A couple small flecks of foam stick to the glass but slide into the body after a few seconds.
VERITAS 04 hits its stride in the aroma department. The nose is very Cantillon-like with the combination of mustiness, cobwebs and tartness that makes my mouth water uncontrollably before even taking my first drink. Citric notes, mostly lemon, and a faint hint of tart peach add the fruity tartness while handfuls of musty attic, wet worn leather, decaying wood, horseblanket, and other various farmyard entities take hold. The nose on this beer is as close to an authentic gueuze as I've yet to come across from an American brewery. Seriously, it's a mouthwater inducer!
The flavor profile can't quite hit the massive expectations left behind from the aroma but is still so insanely good that it warrants the same score. This gueuze shows off a mouth puckering amount of citric acidity that cleans things out after the hugely complex musty barnyard notes roll through. Again, the flavor is loaded with that very familiar Cantillon funkiness. Damp hay, wet rock mineral-ish qualities, cobwebs, and leather abound before the citric bite takes over. When Lost Abbey gives a shit they do it up right.
LA hit the carbonation just right on this brew. It's fizzy but not prickly and manages to wash the tongue fairly clean after each drink. The body is moderately light with enough heft to allow the complexity to work through slowly. A mouth puckering citric tartness brings up the rear and is still, to this day, making my mouth water.
I could slam this beer without a problem, besides heartburn, nearly all day long. The combination of light body, refreshing tartness, and incredible flavors make this a hard beer to set down. If VERITAS 04 was readily available I would have no problem finding a reason for liver failure.
VERITAS 04 is the most authentic and delicious of gueuzes I've come across from a US brewer and could actually rival a good deal of Belgian's finest. Lost Abbey can make good beer, it's a shame they don't care enough to take care of their other labels as much as the super special releases. Thanks again for sharing, Alex!
Thanks to Shane for opening up this bottle at the 'You Bring the Cheese Tasting' which took place on July 25th 2009 (which ran into the 26th). Finally get to try this great beer and couldn't have had it in a better way than to share it among some good friends and great BA's (Joey, Shane, Dyan, Chris, and Stephen). It was also very interesting to have this side-by-side with one of the beers that was used for the blending, Yellow Bus.
Veritas 004 is a hazy peach color. The pour produced close to an inch of foam that fell down to form a ring. No lacing on the sides but the ring did maintain through the duration of the beer and a swirl of the glass brought back some life in the form of a small head.
Upon the first smell I could tell that this one is very forward with the Phunky Duck (a lambic-style beer that was also part of the blending). Some Phunk on the nose with some brett, vinegar, pineapple, apples, peaches (there's the Yellow Bus), grapes, and more soft peach notes. Hints of cherries in the finish. Very lovely aroma, the combination of the funkiness, acidity, vinegar, and brett of Phunky Duck with the crisp, tart, and peach/apple-like candy flavors of Yellow Bus work amazing together.
With the first sip I could pick up the peaches from Yellow Bus almost right away, followed by some apples, hints of vinegar, a bit of funk mid-way, and sweetness in the finish provided by the Yellow Bus (which has a long finish). Nicely tart and refreshing. Low carbonation but soft on the palate, dry finish and long aftertaste as well. Would love to drink this again, I was pretty bummed that I couldn't afford the Barrel Aged Tasting at Lost Abbey were this one was sold, so I'm really glad I finally got to try this. Easily the best Veritas blend to date.
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