Cable Car Kriek - The Lost Abbey
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5/5 rDev +8.2%
Reviewing a bottle of the test batch for Cable Car Kriek from The Lost Abbey out of San Marcos, California. Major thanks to Paul and Jonathan for sharing this rare treat with me!
The only thing I know about the bottling date of this beer is that it predates the 2011 release of Cable Car Kriek. My buddy got a Cable Car Kriek label sticker, which he put on the otherwise unmarked bottle. Served in a Cantillon stemmed balloon glass and enjoyed on 11/16/13. Review is from iPhone notes.
Appearance: Pours a finger-plus of white frothy head. Color is a murky red-orange color with a bit of yellow-orange fade towards the edges of the body when held up to light. Excellent lacing and retention. 5/5
Smell: Cherry, then dank cinnamon, funk, wood, dank spice, fig, raisin, wood and lemon. Hint of tobacco and vanilla. Lots of unexpected cinnamon present in the nose, which is ridiculously complex and perfectly balanced between all the elements present. Just enough funk is present to give it an added dimension of complexity without detracting at all from the appeal of the other aromatics. 5/5
Taste: Tart cherry hits first, then cinnamon, spice, vanilla and wood. Musty funk on the midpalate, oddly reminisce of that Cantillon house character with a little bit of age. Vanilla and cherrywood finish, light lemon backbone. Dark cherry notes and a little bit of cocoa-like flavor come through too as the beer warms up. The cherry flavor persists throughout, and lingers nicely in the finish. I love how well the vanilla flavor plays with sour characters without being medicinal or coming across as being out of place. All the flavors here are so perfectly integrated. There is so much going on, and it all works. The cinnamon character is a nice unique twist, though it is less prominent on the palate than it was in the nose. 5/5
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, spot on carbonation (rare for a Lost Abbey beer). Great mix of sweet and sour, with a dry finish. 5/5
Overall: One of the best beers I have ever had the pleasure to consume. It is complex, robust in flavor, tart, balanced and insanely drinkable. There is a reason this is one of the most sought after beers out there. I would not say it is worth the $600-800 it commands on the secondary market, but I enjoyed it more than M, which costs much more to acquire. My only quip here is that someone stole the bottle from Paul later in the evening. Seek this one out with confidence.
Cost: $50 for a 750 ml bottle (good luck finding it that for that price nowadays).
12-19-2013 00:15:04 | More by jegross2
5/5 rDev +8.2%
Enjoyed in as part of an impromptu '09-'11 Cable Car vertical with my buddy Nate and MatSciGuy from RateBeer.
A: Cloudy red, hazy, more white head than expected, leaves good lace. Unexpectedly beautiful for a kriek.
S: Rich cherries, tart fruit, sour and funky yeast, oaky goodness. Very full bouquet of flavors, straight up awesome.
T/M: Full-bodied, creamy, and pretty darn sour. Super fresh cherries taste like they were picked this morning. Perfectly balanced with fruit, funky yeast, oaky barrel goodness and some breadyness too. Finishes bone dry and smooth as can be.
Interestingly enough, cherry peel solids found their way into my glass for a truly unfiltered experience. This beer has no faults and is probably the best sour I've ever tasted. Just...wow!
D: Is it wrong to call this limited release beer sessionable? I feel bad drinking multiples of these since the bottle count was low, but I cannot bring myself to stop sipping this godly nectar; it's truly flawless. And it's time for another bottle.
This is the first perfect rating I've ever given, and Cable Car Kriek 2011 is truly deserving. Even more astonishing is that I generally dislike the kriek style, with a strong preference towards gueuze. Yet, the '09 & '10 Cable Cars were clearly outclassed by this 2011 Kriek.
Make your pilgrimage to Toronado and enjoy a bottle before they're all gone. You won't regret it.
11-13-2011 22:02:20 | More by brystmar
Cable Car Kriek from The Lost Abbey
100 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.