Cable Car - The Lost Abbey
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4.03/5 rDev -12%
Cable Car has light golden colored body with about a finger of fizzy white head. The head disappears completely, leaving behind nothing to show that it was ever there at all.
The aroma has lots of light fruits; peaches and apricots come to mind. Also a good bit of sourness and some musty, funkiness.
Cable Car is more sour than average, but it is not a tongue-attacked sour bomb by any means. The first flavors I notice are the solid amount of tartness that comes a long with a bunch of fruity notes. Once again I notice peaches and apricots, but also some generic light fruits to back those flavors up. Next a slight brett-like horse-blanket flavor that is noticeable but not as powerful as either the sourness or the fruit. After that a hint of wood and some white wine vinegar-like flavors appear for just a second.
I would probably like to see a little more carbonation in the mouthfeel, but it isn't too bad as it is.
Interesting and complex, Cable Car is a pretty good Wild Ale that doesn't leave your tongue feeling like it took a beating, but maintains a lot of sourness. With that said, I really wouldn't pay forty bucks at Toronado for a bottle. Well, if I could go back in time I wouldn't anyway.
01-13-2011 16:10:01 | More by Hojaminbag
4.04/5 rDev -11.8%
What can you say? Crazy 2008 vintage share from Al, thanks so much WC big bro! 2 oz. into a glencairn at DLD 2014.
A - Nothing exciting. Plain-jane, honey colored juice with little trace of bubbles or froth.
S - Trace oak, and the age makes itself known. Not quite sawdust but more of a musty, weathered note. Vinegar, flora, champaign. Maybe a bit herbaceous. Bacteria is still kicking in some manure.
T - White wine, bitter unripened fruit adding to acidity, slightly acetic, plentiful oak tannins. It's missing balance with neither clean nor sweet fruit notes.
M - Very good. Lengthy finish, very dry, carbonation way more acceptable than it looked like it'd be.
D - It's lost some character over 6 years and not made up for it with sour development. Whereas Beatification is explosive and overbearing and DDG is fresh and focused, I find this sitting somewhere in the middle.
04-28-2014 15:08:52 | More by Auracom
4.05/5 rDev -11.6%
2008 bottle opened at our Lost Abbey tasting. Poured into a tasting snifter.
Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a golden hue. The is a small amount of off white head.
Smell: A slight tartness with some lemon and a mildly herbal funk. There is more sweetness here than I expected.
Taste: A tartness that reminds me of lemon juice with some vinegar in there as well. Slightly bitter, I'm getting some aged hops. The finish is light and sour.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a touch of dryness in the finish.
Overall: This is a very good beer, but it was missing that wow factor for me. Still quite nice and I wouldn't turn down more.
07-13-2012 22:39:40 | More by oline73
4.08/5 rDev -10.9%
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 bottle.
Appearance - Pours a hazy golden body with the briefest of white heads. Nary a collar as it settles.
Smell - Fruity acidity. Some malt and oak. Fruit is like a light grape, white wine aroma.
Taste - Sweeter than I expected. Oak is strong. White wine notes all over. Lactic sourness. Malty.
Mouthfeel - Medium heavy body. Medium carbonation. Oaky and moderate sourness.
Overall - Not a complex sour, but very well made. More than the sum of its parts.
06-09-2013 22:43:03 | More by Alieniloquium
4.08/5 rDev -10.9%
50th review! Thanks to Mike for splitting this with a couple good friends. Poured from an '08 vintage 750mL bottle into a Bruery tulip glass.
A: Ring of carbonation glows around the inner glass, light golden with a touch of caramel color, and hazy.
S: Apricots and lemons - and that's all you need. The smell intensifies as the beer warms up to room temp.
T: The perfect blend of fruitiness and funk. Wet hay, sourness, and hints of tangerine combine to create a tangy taste.
M: Smooth carbonation; light and tingly feeling hits the tongue and then the whole mouth.
D: Easygoing; not too funky or sour. I could drink plenty of this.
Overall, I found this to be right in the middle of Isabelle Proximus (funky) and DDG (fruity). I'd like to think of this beer as the definition of a sour.
03-12-2010 02:20:14 | More by hoppymcgee
4.08/5 rDev -10.9%
Bottle shared by Alewatcher. Dude... you brought the shit to this tasting. Thanks man.
A - Hazy peach color with frothy white head. Produces rocky lace.
S - Light and airy at first. With a bit of warmth and time to breathe it opens into a bright spring bloom aroma. There's a lot of wonderful funk there coming from an American brewer. So many Wilds have the sourness but lack the funk.
T - There's a lovely tartness here paired with citric sweetness. Lemon and nectarine lend a fruity profile to this wild. Leaves a bitter finish. Grows very acidic over time.
M - Great carbonation, a lively brew, no doubt.
O - What an excellent beer. People say that this is the best year so far though - I'm thrilled to have had the opportunity to try this. The thing is, as good as Cable Car proves to be, it's really not necessarily any better than the readily available Russian River sours that sit on shelves within their range of distribution. With this in mind, Cable Car is a beer that lives up to the praise, but not the hype.
02-08-2012 08:28:29 | More by Spider889
4.08/5 rDev -10.9%
Bottle at Toronado in San Diego
A: The beer pours a straw yellow color and is quite hazy. The head is fluffy white and about ¾ of a finger in size. Throughout the drink there was good head retention and nice lacing.
S: The smell was of chalky lemons with just a hint of wood/nuttiness
T: There’s a fair bit of lemons, sour, but not as much funk/earthiness as in many other wild ales. The flavor is not overwhelming by any means and has some oakiness and yeastiness up front.
M: The finish on this beer was balanced, enjoyable, and lingering. The carbonation was appropriate, as was the viscosity.
O: I was glad to have tried this, but given the exclusivity and price tag, probably won’t search it out again. It was good, but better, similar beers can be found much more easily.
05-16-2011 13:09:13 | More by glazeman
4.1/5 rDev -10.5%
I had this 2009 bottle at dld. The beer is a murky gold not much to note. The aroma is complex starting out with lemon citrus, earthiness, and some nice tartness. The taste is the same light citrus to start some nice tart not sour notes. I had this amind veritas 003, 004 and yellow bus. It held its one but not a top wild ale.
2007 bottle thanks to Sean. Found this to be very sweet.
05-03-2010 22:28:24 | More by jrallen34
4.13/5 rDev -9.8%
On tap at Toronado in August. This is a pretty tasty sour beer. I was very impressed. Hazy golden color with solid white head. Taste is crisp and tart, fruity, oaky, and sour. Funk is certainly present, but not excessive, which I appreciated. Considering the style, which I generally can't drink too much of, I was very impressed with this, and look forward to opening up the bottle I also purchased on Toronado's 21st anniversary night.
09-29-2008 21:39:36 | More by waltonc
4.13/5 rDev -9.8%
A: The pour is a very hazy golden yellow color without much head and very little retention.
S: The nose is full of lactic tartness with a mild mustiness and a pleasant barnyard funk. The sourness is primarily in the form of lemon and green apples.
T: The flavor is highly sour with plenty of lemony lactic acid and a touch of vinegar. The funk is much more subdued than the nose would lead you to believe.
M: The body is light to medium with a full carbonation and a nice dry finish.
D: This particular bottle was the best of the Cable Car pours that I've had. A solid sourness and nice fruit character, but a little lacking in the "funk" department.
02-25-2010 21:08:04 | More by womencantsail
4.16/5 rDev -9.2%
Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.
Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour and tart fruit-like flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and very easy to drink.
10-28-2013 16:29:41 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.18/5 rDev -8.7%
2010 @ toronado San Fran
Pours a lignite straw yellow with a hit of haze and a nice tall fizzy head.
Lots of lemon and vinegar on the nose. Subtle malt and citrus hops. Light oak character in the back.
Taste was similar to the smell. Lots of lemon zest with a strong vinegar sourness to it. The malt character really was noticeable in the back. This really reminded me of a gueuze.
Lots of carbonation with a light body. Slight dryness.
Now that I have had this fresh, I prefer this aged. The aged 2007 seemed to have more fruit flavors where as this came across as a fresh unbalanced gueuze. Would I pay forty a bottle again? Most likely...
08-14-2010 22:33:22 | More by hooliganlife
4.18/5 rDev -8.7%
2010 Bottle poured into tulip at Toronado in San Diego
Appearance- Pale straw with thick white fluffy head and nice carbonation
Smell - The first thing that I noticed right of the bat obviously was the sourness with some citrus and cherry notes
Taste - Sour cherries and some citrus just like the nose. Some have commented on a sulfuric taste/smell to this beer which I noticed a slight flavor of; however I did not find it overpowering. This is a very mellow sour beer
Mouth-Lightly puckering with nice carbonation
Drink- Easy drinking beer, especially for a sour, possibly too easy of a beer for this style. Overall a good and well balanced beer, but could have used a little more flavor. I will be interested to see how this beer matures over time in comparison to the previous vintages.
08-16-2010 05:18:56 | More by tjfinkle
4.18/5 rDev -8.7%
Batch 2; Sampled August 2008
Funky, cheesy and sour notes are quite noticeable as I pour this brew. An average pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces an almost two finger thick, pale, white colored head that leaves some lacing on the sides of my glass. This has a little chill haze and a touch of permanent haze to it; it went into the cooler with only a slight haze. The beer is a murky, light amber color as it sits on my desk, but it shows an orangish copper hue when held up to the light. Wow, this is much more funky than I was expecting it to be, more funky than just about any other Lost Abbey brew. Ample butyric acid aromas of old, dried sweat laden blankets and cured leather are joined by funky-woody mushroom aromas, some definite farmhouse cheese notes (though this is somewhat soft), uriatic cat pee, fresh scraped lemon zest, oxidized peanuts. This is all anchored by spicy, tannic oak notes that linger in the background of the nose, but are quite noticeable once you get past the funk. Some fruitiness seems noticeable at times, but at others is drowned out by the funk; when noticed, aromas of ripe pear, white wine vinegar, hints of kumquat pith & zest, . This has a very complex, very funky aroma that has a significant, but not overwhelming oak character that seems to be a bit more pervasive than I originally thought, but as a supporting role.
The first sip is quite dry tasting, it is not quite as mouth puckeringly sour as I was expecting, based upon the aroma, but still has a nice tartness to it. My first sip definitely leaves me thinking that this needs to have a harder sourness to it. The carbonation is at a light-medium level; persistent, prickly and noticeable, but not any where near the effervescence of sparkling Gueuze (which seems to be a rarer and rarer thing now a days, even amongst the classic Gueuze producers). The flavor also seems a bit cleaner than the aroma, though it is definitely tart and funky. The acidity here seems predominantly lactic in character and reminds me of tart grapefruit, some lemon zest, a touch of vinegar-like bite in the finish. Other flavors that round things out are a slight, funky cheddar cheese note, something a bit like smoked almonds, a touch of saltiness (tied up in the previous note), a definitely tannic finish and some light, spicy oak notes there as well. This somehow picks up a perception of sweetness to it, though I don't think there is much in the way of residual sugars in this beer; it almost seems to be acidity based. Light and quaffable, this beer also hides its alcohol quite well, which makes it all that much more drinkable.
My second pour of this is a touch more yeasty, which seems to soften the tartness a bit and also adds some raw, fermented dough notes (though only just a touch) as well as enhancing a cooked bread like character (sour dough to be sure though). I easily polish off this 750ml bottle, though there is enough acidity to make my empty stomach feel a bit rumbly. Worthy of the hype that I built up in my mind? I don't know, but it is definitely worth the hype to try it. It could use a touch more carbonation as a beer like this could always use a lively carbonation in my book.
08-28-2008 18:50:19 | More by Gueuzedude
4.18/5 rDev -8.7%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden body with a white, wispy head.
Smell: A funk-riddled yeasty, fruity, tart-smelling aroma of apricots, citrus, and peaches. Hint of oak.
Taste: Faint malt flavor with a touch of dough and a brief sweetness with a follow-through of the fruits lurking in the aroma. Bright acidity. Musty, earthy yeast character. Faint oakiness. Dry, tart finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Lively carbonation.
Drinkability: A very fine beer. I'm quite pleased I had the chance to try this one.
11-11-2007 03:49:10 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.2/5 rDev -8.3%
A - Yellow, really not more than a nice pale yellow, with a big white head.
S - Vinegar/wine influence, some oak, little bit grassy. Lemon, citrus, pears, light apple, round out the scent on this one.
T - Light tasting, little grassy, some peach, apricot, apple, pear, nothing overpowering, not too terribly sweet, a bit tart. This is a very solid sour/wild ale, but not the best I have had. Little bit of funk, nicely complex.
M - Light, nice bubbly carbonation. Dry finish.
D - Very drinkable, as it is happily complex and there is nothing overpowering going on here.
05-24-2010 04:06:51 | More by AgentZero
4.2/5 rDev -8.3%
Pour is golden yellow with a bubbly white head. Nose has very faint barrel with hints of acetic acid, notes of leathery bret and orange peel with a nice vinous quality. Taste is very drinkable, sour white grape skins and citrus with hints of oak and vanilla. Faint leathery bret and a touch of citrus towards the back of the palate. Lighter body and strong carbonation (shocking) with a dry and lightly sour finish. Very delicate flavors and pretty well done.
01-05-2014 21:16:44 | More by cpetrone84
Cable Car from The Lost Abbey
100 out of 100 based on 602 ratings.