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Cable Car - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

585 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 585
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 8.08%
Wants: 2,195
Gots: 65 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
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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aerozeppl

New York

4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Very hazy light golden color. Looked more like a wheat beer in the glass than anything else. The amount of head on this beer was quite surprising as was the amount of lacing.

S: Smelled a little funky. To me it came across as a wild heavy wit. Very wheaty nose. Then comes the brett and the overipe fruit. Different than many of the other wild ales I have had.

T: Very nice bright fruit taste with the funk coming in later. Again I got some wheat in the front. The tartness really sneaks up on you. You definitely get the lacto as it has that nice burn towards the back.

M: So nice and refreshing. Could drink this all day.

D: I was pouring for Lost Abbey during BBF and I kept drinking this. I had the duck and yellow bus and sinners but my glass was constantly filled with this. I though this would be much more sour. It is more balanced than I thought it would be.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2009 01:27:11 | More by aerozeppl
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jampics2

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

06-04-2014 22:36:02 | More by jampics2
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akang

California

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

09-01-2013 06:31:32 | More by akang
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

01-09-2013 04:41:19 | More by oglmcdgl
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JRod1969

New York

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

01-10-2012 20:54:13 | More by JRod1969
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

11-12-2012 18:53:53 | More by SpdKilz
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dar482

New York

4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a hazy bright straw yellow.

The aroma has funky hay, apricot, dried peach, and a decent tartness.

The flavor follows of tart lemons, stone fruit and nectarine, onto a medium minus malt backbone with a medium hay funk. There's a drying and tart quality in the back.

This is up there with the best gueuze I've had. It definitely holds back on the funk unlike Drie Fonteinen and Cantillon, but has a wonderful complexities and restraint.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2014 05:04:39 | More by dar482
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

01-03-2014 23:50:28 | More by jzeilinger
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes-- still trying to get caught up!
served in a tulip.
drewba and khazaduhm brought this bottle.

pale gold. Big bubble white head. Thick head made of big bubbles.

Really dry and funky. Some hay and horse blanket with a hint of leather.
The nose is nice, the taste is really good. It is really dry, which I like. Some soft light fruit notes come through before a wallop of tart sourness cleans it up on the back end.

The body is good, light and airy but possibly a bit overcarbed.

This is good. I'd love to drink another bottle or two of this beer-- but I wouldn't want to be the one to trade for them!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 01:41:36 | More by AleWatcher
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1L swingtop growler (2010 release) generously shared among 5 BA's by tai4ji2x at a recent tasting. Thanks Xenon! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours very clear (surprisingly clear), thick and bubbly collar, light lacing left on glass.

S - Funk, bitter finish, limes (thanks Shogo for identifying this - was driving me crazy), horseblankets, funk, oranges and apricots.

T - Horsey, funky, bready and biscuity base, peachy, apricots, touch of bitterness, confectioners sugar, and lime.

M - Thinnish - light/medium body, medium carbonation, tart but not super sour - quite interesting combination of fruity/citrusy flavors.

O - Outstanding, great wild ale. Another one I was beginning to think I'd never get to sample. Interesting, slightly different combo of fruity flavors in a wild and balanced very well with a distinct but manageable tartness/sourness.

Serving type: growler

05-28-2011 14:08:57 | More by portia99
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I must first thank metallitone1 aka (deftim13) for this spectacular treat. A better man have only walked the earth once, since the beginning of time. Tim you a great man and good friend, and I feel honored to have made your acquaintance. I sure hope Tomme Arthur makes more of this beer. It is worth the price you need to pay whatever that may be. I *love* sour wild ales and this is a masterpiece.
This beer is quite different from but as good as “Supplication” [also provided by metallitone1]. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to share this beer with Hopdog, egajdzis, weeare138, froggyfrog, and Risser09.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with magnificent lacing on the walls of my snifter glass. The head is slightly off white and the carbonation is lively.

Smell: It has a huge bold sour cherries and Brettanomyces funky aroma that flood the nose with aged lambic like acidity is that the Pediococcus, I believe. Who cares! It is sensational. The citric rind, apple-cider vinegar woodyness and the plethora of magnificent indescribable aromas left me salivating like a dog.

Taste: How could the flavor live up to such a grand aroma? IT DOES! Sourness, abounds with fruits and sweet and tart flavors that run the gamut. Apricot lemon cherry wood and large sour apple with a funky yeast and Lactobacillus presence that gives its spectacular sour attribute. It makes my mouth pucker in pleasure on each and every sip. There is a spice element clinging to my cheeks in the aftertaste, like cinnamon, vanilla and ginger along with the sourness. Each tastes beckons the next.

Mouthfeel: The sour sting and the light carbonation a fairly acidic body give this a very lambic-like mouthfeel. Dry and long-lingering.

Drinkability: If the Egyptians had it right with their tombs; I want my sarcophagus placed in a conditioning tank full of Cable Car so I can drink it for eternity. Otherwise, I am certain this will be the flavor of my heaven. This is a beer I could drink day and night, if only it were available.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 19:39:35 | More by Phatz
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CoolEthan

California

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

05-25-2013 07:28:43 | More by CoolEthan
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Photekut

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +9.2%

11-14-2011 22:54:28 | More by Photekut
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magictrokini

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rare beer that lives up to its reputation. Pours hazy gold with an oily white ring. Lovely perfume nose, sour mash, brett, and butter. Quite sour up front with a rhubarb flavor. The sour slowly turns into a buttery dinner roll. Tannins and oak along with a bit of cheese show up, too. Very acidic at first, but mellows into a nicely vinuous beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 21:22:56 | More by magictrokini
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage reviewed at Toronado's San Diego. 750ml bottle poured into 4 wine glasses. Shared with schen9303, capra12, and Christine.

A: Pours a fluffy, semi-coarse .5 finger head white head with great retention. Beer is a semi-clear light orange-ruby red. Lacing is minimal and with little stick.

S: Nose is funky with a slight Brett in the back. Notes of lemon rind, citrus, and tartness. Fruitiness is apparent and aromatic and sweet. Lacto and Brett hides behind.

T: Opens with a nice tartness and sweetness. Very fruity. Hints of lemon, unripened peach, and citrus makes this one very fruity towards the middle. Tartness comes back towards the end before finishing dry with a slight Bretty funk. Aftertaste is near non-existant.

M: Light bodied and well carbonated. Lively and coarse in the mouth. Bubbles invigorate the palate. Finish is dry with near no aftertaste.

D: Hugely dirnkable. Very balanced in every way. Tartness is present but not overwhelming and this is one of the fruitiest AWAs that I've had in a while. 7% is not high but alcohol seems nearly non-existant here. Never thought I'd say this but... worth the price!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 00:11:52 | More by SpeedwayJim
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baybum

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +9.2%

04-29-2013 17:06:58 | More by baybum
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WeisGuy

New York

4.85/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage bottle at Toronado SD on 6/30. Review from notes.

a - Hazy deep golden, half inch white head with decent retention and lacing

s - Big lemon and apricot notes mixed with a heavy dose dirty gym socks, best funkiness i've had from an American sour

t - Big sour lemon, apricot and peach burst up front, b.o. funk on the midpalate along with more tart citrus, finish is a heavy lingering lemon and peach tartness with lighter barnyard funk, alcohol is hardly noticeable, really incredible stuff

m - Medium bodied with higher carbonation, very sprtzy on the palate, very dry finish, very good for the style

d - The complexity and absence of alcohol tastes make this stuff incredibly drinkable, intense but not wearing on the palate either, the price tag and rarity are the only things working against it

This one lived up to the hype for me.  This is probably the second best American sour that I've had after RR Deviation, and slightly ahead of RR Beatification.  Well done, Tomme!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 20:00:48 | More by WeisGuy
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GABrew

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

10-31-2013 05:07:59 | More by GABrew
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augustgarage

California

4.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2010 vintage imbibed at Toronado in SF. Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Citrine, lightly hazy body with an initially substantial ivory head which dissipates quickly but a rapid swirl promptly brings back a fizzy finger and a more lasting collar. The final pour is opaque, presumably from the yeast.

Wildflowers (pollen?), potent woody funk, plenty of "horse blanket," and orange peel in the nose. The fragrances grow ever more intense and complex as it warms.

Anchovies, kim chee, blue cheese, along with citrus on the palate. Tart and mineral heavy (almost salty) mid-palate though not bracingly sour. Very ester-heavy but not jammy. Somewhat vinuous like a good chardonnay, and lightly tannic.

Zippy, spritzy, and bright mouthfeel.

Exceptionally drinkable (despite some of my adjectives above, this really isn't an esoteric beverage), and a great beer to share with good friends.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 02:44:52 | More by augustgarage
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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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cadaugherty

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.2%

11-15-2011 16:46:17 | More by cadaugherty
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle. 2010 vintage. Had at Toronado San Diego! So excited. Saw this beauty behind be glass cooler and just had to have it, even at $40/bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a slightly hazed amber gold color with a nice fluffy white head that settles to a nice collar and leaves lace. The aroma is very nice, a blend of sweet grape, fruit, and a nice sourness as well. Very white wineish. Light mothfeel with a fai bit of carbonation. The taste is nice but not as sour as I thought it would be but being the 2010, I'm not surprised it hasn't fully soured up yet. Slightly sweet start like apricot gives way to some funkiness. Finishes dry like a white wine. Splendid.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 15:42:58 | More by kbutler1
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Spider889

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Alewatcher. Dude... you brought the shit to this tasting. Thanks man.

2009 vintage.

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 08:28:29 | More by Spider889
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

04-29-2013 13:43:16 | More by jmarsh123
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codynevels

California

4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009 Vintage 750mL Bottled poured into a Tulip at Toronado San Diego
Reviewed from Notes

This beer pours a fantastic bright hazy yellow/golden/orange color with a fluffy white head. This is a beautiful looking beer. Leaves minimal lacing. The aroma is very fruit forward being dominated by peaches, apricot, green apple, and citrus (lemon). This beer is incredibly aromatic. The smell just explodes out of this beer. The taste is very dry and tart and follows the smell. Peaches and apricots are present, and the tart sourness very much enhances the flavor. The taste gets better with every sip. This beer goes down almost too easy, it was gone long before I was ready to let it go. The body is light and has a nice amount of carbonation.

Overall this is a fantastic sour. Each sip is more enjoyable all the way to the end of the bottle. Very aromatic and fruity, but not sweet. Drinking amazingly right now. The sour interacts perfectly with the fruity taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 05:43:05 | More by codynevels
Cable Car from The Lost Abbey
100 out of 100 based on 585 ratings.