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Cable Car - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
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world-class

665 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 8.52%
Wants: 2,337
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
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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4/5  rDev -12.7%

masterofsparks, Oct 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

nrs207, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of savagepm
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

savagepm, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of brdc
3.45/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Thanks alcstradamus for the chance to try this one.

Colored somewhere between light brown and yellow, murky, but possibly due to transportation of the beer. Average sized head, off white, average retention although the successive pours were small to judge the retention.
Aroma is funky, leathery, cheesy, with some fruity and acidic notes as well as a buttery hint. Nice, not spectacular. Oak notes are modest.
Light to medium bodied, it again suffers from under carbonation. It is not flat like some of their other offerings, but it would be significantly better had a bit more carbonation been present.
Flavor is fruity, and funky; nice but again well short of spectacular. Dry for most of it, but not significantly sour/puckering/tart. It definitely lacks in that department. Yeasty notes are present as well.
This is a good, pleasant beer, but by no means worth the hype, or the price tag.
I was very glad and thankful for the opportunity, but solidifies my poor overall impression of Lost Abbey.

brdc, May 29, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

coreyfmcdonald, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

Gotti311, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of Urbancaver
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage thanks to seeswo. Followed by a pour off a swing top of the 2010 vintage from Sean and the Chicago crew. Thank you all for the tastes! Review is off the 2009 vintage as it was my preferred of the two.

Pours a pretty golden yellow. a bit hazy with a nice amount of white head. Smell is phenomenal. Tons of tart sour lemons with a nice grassy touch. The sour kick is very prominent but not offputting like some "overly sour" beers I've had. Tastes very mellow. Lots of tart lemon with a sourness that melds well with the rest of the beer. I could drink this all day every day. The flavour profile is predominently lemon with some nice grassy tones in the background. Overall solid mouthfeel, very drinkable. My favourite sour to date.

Urbancaver, May 04, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

FreshmanPour77, Aug 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

pisano, Oct 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

ckeegan04, Dec 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

dkw0063, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of Damian
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle
2008 vintage
Served in a tulip
Acquired in a trade with zminor

Review #550

The nearly clear, golden amber liquid was topped by a small, bubbly cap of froth. Within a few minutes, the head completed dissipated.

The aroma was simply astounding. Super funky with lots of must and barnyard character. Very oaky, leathery and "old." Tart and quite acidic with some slightly sweet, fruity notes. Green apple was noticeable, along with a touch of lemon. Some honey was also detectible.

Lots of sour funk and must also came through in the flavor profile. The brett character was really intense. Fruity. Green apple notes were apparent. Super tart and lemony on the finish with a strong oakiness. Somewhat white wine-like. Lots of acidity and yeastiness as well. As the beer warmed, the lemon character grew even stronger. Ultra crisp and dry. This wild ale definitely ranks high up there in terms of sourness.

The only somewhat disappointing aspect of this beer was the mouthfeel. It was quite thin with a fizzy, moderate effervescence.

Drinkability was impressive. The 7% ABV was incredibly well masked. Although the tartness was intense, this beer was nevertheless a real treat to sip and savor.

Cable Car is definitely one of the best American wild ales I have yet to try. I would love the opportunity to sample this again.

Damian, Nov 06, 2010
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

brother_kenneth, Mar 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

bauermj, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Rado, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of DovaliHops
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Notes (Finally coughed up the $40 for this treat). It was worth every single penny! 2009 Vintage at San Francisco Toronado. Pours a light, golden-amber color with a medium white head. The carbonation is looking quite delightful on this beer. Scent is very funky with some intense lactic sour notes. As the beer warms the fruit really comes out. I get some sweet pear aromas, along with peach and apricot. The taste is out of this world... I went into this with high expectations, and I was not let down! Mouth puckering! Much more sour than expected. There are some sweet pear flavors with lemon and a close resemblance to Sweet Tarts candy. Mouthfeel is extremely dry and puckering on the inside of my cheeks, tongue, and roof of my mouth. Drinkability is high, as this beer is just so damn tasty! Overall, I'm just very happy this beer did not disappoint. It exceeded in all aspects. Good job Lost Abbey!

DovaliHops, Jul 07, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

starrdogg, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of callmemickey
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review 500... finally!!!

2009 Vintage

A: Like golden-orange body. Thin white bubbly head. Quickly receded and left traces of lacing behind on the glass.

S: Delicate, like fruits including peaches, apricots, lemons, and green apples. Lightly sour in the nose with a nice subtle funkyness.

T: Bam. This was good. When it comes to sours I am a sucker for the lighter citric wilds (brute, temtpation, sactification, fou foune). This one is bangin. Lots of soft peaches and apricots. An acidic lemon twist and a nice sour green apple. Some subtle tart grape skins rounds out this treat.

M: Medium bodied with a gentle rolling carbonation throughout. Sweet, tart, sour and funky. This definitely a challenging workout for the tastebuds. In the end its got a nice dry refreshing quality that leaves you thoroughly satiated.

D: Yeah. This is good. Real, real good. Wish I had more. But sadly this is it.

callmemickey, Apr 30, 2010
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4/5  rDev -12.7%

Etan, Apr 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

BarrytheBear, Dec 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

CEDAMA, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of TexIndy
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Duvel tulip. Opened with a loud pop and the corked rushed out of the bottle. No LA carb issues on this one. Good looking front label and good tribute on the back to the Toronado. 2009 version. It was a hazy golden yellow with massive carb streams from both the etching and throughout the beer. It had a 2 finger white head that very slowly settled into a constant foam cap fed by the carbonation. Great lacing with a lot of it sticking on the sides.

The aroma was amazing. Sour, funky, lemon and other fruits, wood and yeast. Not as much horse blanket as others but still one of the best smelling wild ales out there. Was constantly swirling it and taking huge inhales. The taste was also exceptional and followed the aroma. Great sour bite from the start that never lets up before the near eye puckering finish. Great fruity and wood balance to offset the sour. Again, one of the best wild ales out there. Mouthfeel was tart with lots of carbonation and a dryish finish.

Overall, a world class wild ale that earns all the hype and high ratings. Highest recommendation - you must try this especially if you love wild ales. A bitch to find but so worth it. Rotation - not avail in TX. Extremely rare release. If I could, I'd have a bottle constantly in my fridge and cellar. As is, I'll keep searching for a trade as well as having at the Toronado-San Diego during my soon to be annual trips out there.

TexIndy, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this back in June (750ml bottle - corked and caged) at Toronado in San Diego - forgot I had reviewed this on my wife's iPhone and just found it the other day. I would normally never drop $40. on a single bottle, but it was my birthday, so I said fu*k it! Had this in a tulip glass with my wife.

A: Pours a clean golden straw-like hue with a small thin head, leaving minor amounts of lacing in my glass.

S: Real mellow, but very pleasant - green apples, sour citrus, wood and sourdough bread.

T: Major acidic sour bight - all the aspects of sourpatch kids candy minus the sugar, super woody, sour lemon and cherry, with a good yeast flavor in the finish.

M: Light-bodied, nice carbonation, champagne-like and extremely dry.

D: Easy drinker and very enjoyable. Just wish it were a little more affordable.

DeanMoriarty, Dec 07, 2010
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

PopnLoads, Dec 18, 2013
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4.88/5  rDev +6.6%

kmanjohnson, Oct 04, 2014
Cable Car from The Lost Abbey
100 out of 100 based on 665 ratings.