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Cable Car - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
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643 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 643
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 8.3%
Wants: 2,308
Gots: 68 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stephendr on 08-12-2007)
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4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL 2007 ed batch 1. This is very different from the 2009 version, which I like much better. Batch 1 has held up very well but has become more like white wine and is more sour and full of white grapes. It is bright with citrus/lemon acidity, which shares almost no commonalities with the 2009. 6/10/2010 8/4/8/5/15=4.0

750mL 2009 ed batch 3 courtesy of ucusty. There were tons of hyped beers at our Carolina sour tasting- many of them did not live up it. But this certainly did. Pours just a beautiful glowing, hazy light orange/yellow with a thin white head that leaves some spotty lace. Aroma is simply incredible: pineapple, coconut rum, papaya, cotton candy (fairly sweet) layered atop geuze notes of leather, funk, tart apples, lemon zest. Taste is sour with lacto and pedo plus a rich array of tropical fruits and a bit of spicy alcohol. Nice sweet and sour mix. Buttery, rich palate. Light to medium bodied. Just whoa. 3/23/2010 9/4/9/5/17=4.4

750mL 2010 ed batch 4 at Toronado SD. Pours a fizzy, clear, white wine color with a diminishing, bubbly white head. Moves tyo muddy, glowing orange with the yeast. Aroma is sharp geuze funk, green apple skins, lemon, key lime, moving to some really incredible sweet complexity akin to baba rhum and marzipan. Taste is soft lactic, very easy to drink with a quick, sharp sour beginning moving to long, lactic beauty. It is almost like glorified Berliner weiss it is so soft and not slap your face sour like some geuzes. Maybe a bit too much lemon. No acedic comes forth that I find with the Veritas 007. Great cotton candy character develops at it warms. 10/10/10 9/4/8/5/16=4.2

750mL 2010 ed b4 at Toronado SF. The pour is a bright yellow with a medium, white head that leaves incredibly sticky lace. Pretty much a 5/5 for sour beer where the near zero sugar content makes it tough for lace to stick. Aroma of cotton candy, caramel, pink lemonade, sour/acetic impeding funk, fresh grapefruit, lemon, and acetic spice reminiscent of Hanssen’s Gueuze, funky white wine. Taste is incredibly soft, not truly sour as much fresh and tart. Bretty earth comes into play atop a beer that exhibits a sweet and sour play on the tongue that is hard to describe with sufficiency. Fresh caramel and sweet oranges take center stage rather than lemon or vinegar. What a perennial treat. 2/4/2011 9/5/8/5/16=4.3

tarheels86, Sep 06, 2012
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Pours a clear light peach color with almost one finger of white head. Head dissipates pretty quickly, but maintains a thin collar. Aromas of white grape, brett, light peach and mild funk. Funk is more pronounced in the taste, but is still on the mild side, with nice brett presence. Tart without being overly sour, with a nice white wine aspect to the taste, along with citrus, peach and nectarine. Quite easy drinking. Finish is tart and semi-dry. Mouthful is medium/light with a bit of creaminess. Nice carbonation level. I think I like DDG a bit more, but this is an excellent American wild.

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Clear golden yellow color with a slight orange hue with a quickly dissipating white head, leaving only a ring around the glass. Lactic acid and citrus in the nose. There's some funkiness to it, but I get more tropical fruit than anything else. Lightly spicy on the tongue with some barnyard funk and a little bit of tropical fruit. As it warmed in the glass, the tropical fruit remained, but more of a foot-like Brett character came through. Medium high carbonation with a dry finish. Drinkability is exceptional; easy to drink a bunch of this, though availability won't allow it. Flavors aren't all that intense, but they are refined and lead to a good drinking experience.

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Tasted side-by-side with the 2008 and 2010 vintages.

A bright, clear mixture of gold, yellow, and orange with a nicely-sized off-white head that doesn't last for long. This doesn't leave any cling on the glass, though this is indeed a nice looking beer.

This is a complete, wonderfully smelling American wild. There is lots of bright citrus (orange, tangerine, mango, and lemon) along with big levels of acidic sourness. There's some moderate funk complementing everything nicely. Very, very nice.

The flavor follows the aroma similarly, with lots of tangerine, lemon, and mango flavors, backed up by a high level of tart sourness, and mild barnyard funk. Complete and delicious, though not quite as complex as the very best within the style.

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2008 Tasting Notes (Aged for 3.5 years):
Very little carbonation. No head, no cling. Less sour and less fruit flavors when compared to both 2009 and 2010 versions. Heavy, lifeless body. Easily, the weakest of our lineup.

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Cable Car from The Lost Abbey
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