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Cable Car - The Lost Abbey

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590 Ratings
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Ratings: 590
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 8.08%
Wants: 2,207
Gots: 66 | 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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Verecund

Texas

4.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage opened on June 12, 2011. Bottle at Toronado.

Pours a hazy and yellowed amber with a half-finger white cap. Some lacing.

Nice citrus notes – lemon and orange – alongside light white wine vinegar, green apple, and apricot. There’s some funk, but less than I expected, really: soft farmhouse straw-like must alongside a woody and mushroomy brettanomyces bruxellensis funk.

The moderate sourness gives way to a lightly fruity, citrusy tartness. It almost resembles a cider, with its notes of white wine vinegar and lactic acidity, though it is balanced by a good bit of oak and earthy funk. A citrus/quasi-tropical fruitiness (e.g., kumquat) and bready sweetness rounds out the mid-palate.

Medium light in body with medium carbonation. There’s a pleasant dry finish following the lactic acidity. Very drinkable, though I wouldn’t object to a little more acidity, which I’m sure varies according to the vintage. Personally, I wouldn’t give up the farm for this, but wouldn’t pass up a chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 15:38:13 | More by Verecund
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into shaker pint on 4/18/09. Many thanks to akorsak for busting out this rarity at his recent tasting party!

A - Poured a hazy golden body with subtle carbonation and a thin, wispy white head that dissolved to a patchy film and left sparse lacing.

S - Citric notes with a sour apple character and a mild band-aid aspect. Dry oaky notes with a moderate tartness reminiscent of sour grapes.

T - Moderate tart and sour notes with apple and grape notes and a mild woody presence suggesting oaky, earthy notes. Finishes with a white wine crispness and a prevalent sour character. Finishes with a dry, tart sourness on the palate.

M - Medium bodied with a slight syrupy texture and lively carbonation. Dry, tart and crisp finish on the palate.

D - One of the better Wild Ales I've had thus far. Big thanks to akorsak for pulling out this 750ml before I had to leave his tasting on Saturday afternoon. Great stuff!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 22:07:40 | More by ffejherb
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Gobzilla

California

4.22/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottle caged and corked

A: poured a murky orange yellow with a finger white head that had decent sticky lacing.

S: great nose that consisted of lemons apples little funk and hints of vinegar. I always wondered what this beer would smell like.

T: The taste almost mirrors the smell with lots of lemons and apples hitting the palette with fruity sourness and a slight dry finish.

M: has a medium body with good bubbly carbonation that compliments the taste.

D: chased this beer for a couple months and was not dissapointed. I could drink quite a bit of this beer if it was avaliable like that.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 06:40:20 | More by Gobzilla
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seaoflament

California

4.22/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tomme for opening a few bottles of the new batch of Cable Car (batch 2) for the RateBeer event.

Poured a golden color with minimal head...nothing too fancy but decent for the style.

Aroma of green apples on the nose, funk, sweet pale malt, yeast, sour pear, and an odd spiciness. Now, I have not encountered such a spiciness in other sour beers, this one smells like a bread or bread dough with spices. Starts to get more fruity as it warms up.

Taste of dough, spices again, ripe pear, various tropical fruits (but not too fruity), spicy bread, and sweet oak. Tastes very young and definitely needs to sit some more. Less spicy character after it warms up. Sweet cracker taste in the finish.

Slightly syrupy but soft with some carbonation in the back.

Needs to develop some more but tasting pretty good right now.

I also tried the first batch tonight but I didn't take any notes, it was definitely a bit more tart, had less of the spicy character and was a bit more yeasty. Definitely gets better with age.

***update 7-27-09****

Had the opportunity to try batch 1 (2007) and batch 2 (2008) at the "You Bring the Cheese Tasting" on July 25-26th 2009.

I was very interesting to have both vintages side-by-side. I had not tried this one since last year. The surprise of the tasting was that the batch 1 (2007) Cable Car was not doing so well.

Batch 1 had a weird tannic and muddy flavors, as well as a stronger spicy oak flavor. Batch 2 also had the spicy oak flavors and aroma but more balanced and a cleaner tartness.

Good to see that batch 2 is holding up fine and could age a bit longer, I will keep my bottle for as long as I can and see what happens.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 08:12:42 | More by seaoflament
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drewba

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Hazy dull yellow with a super fizzy two finger head. This recedes to a thin film with little retention and medium lacing.

S - Dry, slightly estery with lemon, grass and a ton of funk. Smells a bit farty.

T - Lots of funky grass and straw, mellow dry white wine flavors, lemon and plenty of yeast. The flavors are clean and makes for a quick drinker. This isn't as sour as it is funky, it reminds me more of a bretty saison with loads of funk. Subtle, clean, funky.

M - carbonation cleans the palate nicely, the tartness and funk doesn't linger long. The carbonation is just spot on, love it.

D - Drinks so quickly and the carbonation helps save the palate.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 00:18:51 | More by drewba
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raveskdr

Virginia

4.23/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage. Big ups to Dyan for this one as well. Poured into my mini snifter.

A - Brownish golden hue. Bubbles dissipate quickly but there is a ton of bubbles that stick to the inside of the glass inside the beer.

S - The oak and vinuous character really stand out up front. Light lemon also intermingles.

T - There is plenty of oak up near the front. The lemony tartness follows on the back and and cuts through the middle of my tongue.

M - Very champagne-y on the tongue, despite being from 2008. The bubbles help the drinkability of the beer.

O - An extremely solid American wild. May not be super fair to put this up against everything else. It doesn't fall short, per se. It's a very very good sour.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 23:20:22 | More by raveskdr
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Narshwaggle


4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

08-08-2012 00:14:31 | More by Narshwaggle
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obiwan_k3n00bi

California

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

10-28-2013 17:59:08 | More by obiwan_k3n00bi
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acurtis

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

01-20-2013 14:15:06 | More by acurtis
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Andreias21

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

11-18-2013 04:45:01 | More by Andreias21
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claaark13

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

01-27-2013 21:21:08 | More by claaark13
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jacwomyn

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

06-04-2013 22:52:57 | More by jacwomyn
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hansgruber

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

01-25-2013 06:43:29 | More by hansgruber
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cleonile2000

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

12-16-2013 15:47:54 | More by cleonile2000
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N17shelfside

California

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

07-26-2013 18:57:36 | More by N17shelfside
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fehrminator

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

03-02-2013 23:09:17 | More by fehrminator
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

05-02-2013 02:10:01 | More by Luk13
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rodkin

New York

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

01-20-2014 18:43:45 | More by rodkin
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nkeckhar

New York

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

04-11-2014 15:57:21 | More by nkeckhar
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Schmaltzy

California

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

01-09-2013 06:20:14 | More by Schmaltzy
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brystmar

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage split with Nate as part of an impromptu '09-'11 Cable Car vertical at Toronado in SF.

A: Cloudy, golden color with foamy white head and solid lace. Remains hazy as it warns, unlike the 2010.

S: Strong Brettt yeast character melds with sour fruit and bready notes. Among the best sour aromas I've had the pleasure of experiencing.

T: Fruits, oak, and Brett share the spotlight. Great blend of the three flavors. When cool, it leaves a lingering bitterness; however, after warming, its bone dry finish lingers with fruit and oak, bitterness be damned. Not sure quite why that is, but I like it.

M: Body is thin and weak, yet nicely oily. Hard to enjoy this brew's mouthfeel after the massive creaminess of the '11 Kriek.

D: Sessionable, even at $40/bottle. Although to be honest, I won't be ordering this again while there's still an available stock of '11 Kriek. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 22:31:25 | More by brystmar
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Zbeetleman

California

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

05-15-2013 02:46:01 | More by Zbeetleman
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trevor_s

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

06-18-2014 13:26:45 | More by trevor_s
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srandycarter

California

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear honey. Not much head, no lace.

S - Astringent, tart.

T - Sharp fruit, tart, tight yeast, very tasty.

M - Medium body, great balance and carb.

D - A joy to finally try at Toronado in San Diego! Wanted to pull the trigger on this years ago, but so expensive.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 05:02:07 | More by srandycarter
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littlebeer

California

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

12-21-2012 02:46:17 | More by littlebeer
Cable Car from The Lost Abbey
100 out of 100 based on 590 ratings.