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Cable Car Kriek - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 127
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 4.04%
Wants: 474
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: HopHead84 on 11-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, cherry, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet and sour cherry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness 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 with a fantastic balance of sweet and sour cherry flavors that make this one a real treat to drink. (635 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottles at the DC Lambic & Sour Tasting on April 14, 2012. Served in a Lost Abbey Teku.

Big thanks to Brad for acquiring two different versions of this rarity. The first was an unlabeled version that was allegedly dubbed "too sour" and not released. The second was the labeled version available at Toronado. The review that follows is of the "regular" version from Toronado. After that are some notes on the unlabeled version in comparison to that one.

Gusher alert! Holy hell did this thing explode. Even after being stored cold and opened right out of the fridge, as soon as the cage came off the cork started pushing up and beer shot out sideways several feet. Thankfully we were mostly prepared, as had we not been ready I think we would have lost the whole bottle.

After all that, the beer pours a hazy and murky reddish-amber with a small off-white head that recedes pretty quickly, leaving just a bit of sparse lacing behind.

The nose carries heavy notes of cherry with a bit of nutty pit in there, though just a touch. Behind that is a really nice bit of earth and some very light barnyard. The flavor was similar and brought plenty of cherry along with some light funk and moderate acidity.

Body was medium with average carbonation and a dry finish. Really a lot more depth to this one than with the 2010 Cable Car that we had alongside the two Kriek versions.

Compared to the regular version, the "too sour" unlabeled version did not have nearly as much cherry and had quite a bit more acidity. The cherry that was there seemed to be more of a sour cherry, and there weren't nearly as many earthy notes. This reminded me much more of the Cable Car with cherries added, whereas the labeled version seemed like a different beer. Very interesting comparison. Thanks again, Brad. (1,793 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Toronado SF.

Glowing reddish-amber body with quite a bit of haze. Very bubbly, with a big lasting pink head. Huge cherry presence on the nose, largely sour with a bit of cherry pie sweetness. Plenty of lacto here too, which reminds me of '09 Cable Car. The palate follows suit, very fruit heavy with an awesome sweet-sour dynamic from the fruit. Very lactic, though it avoids the harshness of some lacto-heavy sours. Brett contributes a mild earthy/leathery note, but the fruit really steals the show here. Quite good, my favorite Cable Car since '08. (564 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Shane!

Pours a hazy red color with an off-white head. Excellent cherry aroma to go with the lactic acidity from the base beer. Mild straw and oak, a bit of grass, too. Cherry flavor is very well pronounced. Nice and dry with lemon, lemon zest, and a pleasant tartness. There is a little bit of oak and a mild acetic note on the finish. (344 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.85/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit thanks to Tomme and crew for bringing this along to our tasting. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter. No gushing due to Tomme's expert bottle opening skills.

Appearance: The beer pours a very cloudy red and golden color. The color is a bit weird to be honest.

Smell: Some nice fruity cherry notes right off the bat. There is some sour notes as well, just a touch medicinal.

Taste: Sweet and tart cherries. Sour, but not overly so. There is a good amount of sweetness to balance out the sour flavors. The finish is slightly bitter with a mild herbal note.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was yet another good sour from Lost Abbey. I enjoyed the fruit notes. The fact that it wasn't too sour was a nice break for the tongue. I wouldn't search this one out again given the difficulty. (849 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown glass bottle served into a wine glass at the Toronado in San Diego. Paid out the ass for this (I think it around $50.00). If there's a beer to shell this much out for, certainly this is it. (Or at least one of them; see my Narke Kaggen Stormaktsporter review). Reviewed from notes taken in October 2012.

A: Pours a half finger delicate beige head of good lacing, nice thickness, and brief but appreciable retention. Colour is a pale peach-red. Nontransparent; non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Has the appeal of a masterful red wine or bourbon. Classy and understated. I can't wait to try it.

Sm: Sourness, bacteria, attenuated yeast, sour cherry, lactic notes, some malty sweetness, tart cherry skin, and bright fruit. Exceptional and clean. Promises some serious puckerworthy sourness. A moderate strength aroma. No alcohol comes through.

T: Sour, with some serious bacterial notes on the back end. Incredibly crisp like fresh red apple yet outfitted with a wonderful solid cherry body. Refreshing and clean, yet lightly vinegary and even subtly wine-esque. I get the wood, but it's subtle and understated in the background. Rich and smcak-your-lips flavorful. Incredibly tasty stuff. Masterfully complex and balanced. No alcohol is detectable. So fresh and luscious. The lingering long aftertaste helps me enjoy it for longer. I get cherrywood as well as oak. Some pear. Green apple. It's got all the sourness I could ever want, but the perfect amount without feeling tamed. Not at all overdone. Clean malts lend it body but don't intrude, letting the sourness shine through. It has an incredible amount of body for a kriek, almost like a fine French cider. I'm blown away. Marvelously built. Nicely acidic, as well. Tartness is supreme.

Mf: Crisp, full, and of perfect thickness. Smack-your-lips delightful. Smooth and wet, letting the flavour speak for itself. Suits the flavour profile quite well.

Dr: An incredible kriek. Lives up to the hype, definitely. Worth the price for a special occasion. Another remarkable sour from Lost Abbey. I'd love to have this again (or the regular Cable Car, for that matter). The mouthfeel isn't perfect; it lacks the fragile delicacy I'd expect in a masterful sour - but it's still lovely. Few sours I've had have such presence and flavour. The depth of flavour and layers of mastery burgeon throughout. I detect at least five distinct acts in the structure: the sweet, clean open; the initial sour apple and hints of bacteria; the middling bacteria sourness blast; the fading cidery sharp climax with hints of lightly spicy yeast and cherry abound; and the lightly dry fruit cherry skin finnish. Remarkable. Wow.

High A (4.43) (2,710 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle consumed at Toronado - SF. Figured I'd fly in to try this when Mike generously offered to pay for the bottle. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - There are gushers, and then there is this beer. Thankfully the friendly Tornado stuff had warned me about this beer and I had five pint glasses ready to catch the deluge of foam that erupted from the bottle. When things finally calmed down I was eventually able to fill my glass. A finger of white foam settles to a thick collar, leaving behind tiny spots of lace. Hazy pink grapefruit-colored body.

S - The initial aroma is a wall of sweet, delicious, ripe cherries and pie crust and vanilla malt sweetness. However, when the beer warms up some nice funk and acetic vinegar round things out. Oak character is surprisingly restrained for a Lost Abbey offering.

T - Taste is quite similar, with a heaping dose of fresh, ripe, sweet cherries that impart a moderate level of tartness as well. Initially the sourness manifests in the finish, but it grows in intensity as the beer warms, creeping into the cherry-dominated mid-palate. Reminds me of fresh Lou Pepe Kriek.

M - Medium bodied, with lower carbonation - I'm guessing all the bubbles ended up in the foam. Texture is a mixture of oak and tannic fruit skin dryness and sticky cherry sweetness. I suspect feel is superior in bottles that don't erupt violently.

D - If pressed, I'd pick 2009 (and possibly 2010) vintages over the Kriek, but this is a delicious and highly enjoyable beer that is worthy of the Cable Car moniker. I'll have to make some time to enjoy another bottle at SF Beer Week. (1,603 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.71/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From 04/14/12 notes. Big thanks to Brad for busting this one out at our DC Epic Sour Tasting. Got to try 2 versions of this next to a normal 2010 Cable Car. The first was an unlabeled version that was allegedly dubbed "too sour" and not released. The second was the labeled version available at Toronado. I enjoyed both but thought the normal labeled version was much better, so reviewing that one.

a - Pours a murky pinkish red color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour tart, cherries, sour dark fruits, spices, cinnamon, yeast, and some light earthy notes. Really awesome, a ton of cherries.

t - Tastes of sour cherries, tart dark fruits, spices, fruity malts, funk, floral and earthy notes. Taste is a little fruitier then the nose. Really awesome taste, super tart and fruity. Perfect for me and a kriek.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Crisp and easy to drink. Really nice.

o - Overall I thought this was an amazing beer; I preferred the labeled version and think I preferred it slightly to the normal Cable Car. A ton of tart cherries and soem light spice, this is one of the best krieks I've ever had. Hope they have this at Toronado when I eventually make it out there. (1,241 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.92/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Brad, served in a Lost Abbey Teku glass because that's the way God intended. This probably goes without saying because the geniuses at Lost Abbey are incapable of getting it right at all but this beer is severely over carbonated, dangerously so. Lost more than half the bottle to the gush and the bottle was served super cold and we were anticipating the gush, regardless, it was a gusher.

Beer is pink / ruby and really hazy with a thin pink head of small and medium bubbles, low retention, lots of carbonation, no lacing.

Aroma is sweet cherries, tart, mildly acetic, mildly lactic, some succinate in there, interesting, mild earthiness and sulfur, smells like a cherry lambic.

Beer is bright on the palate from both the carbonation and the mild acetic character to it, very tart in the corners of the mouth and very good overall. It is still quite sweet and if there is fermentation happening in the bottle I fear what this beer will become.

On a side note, this was sampled side by side with the "batch 1" release that was reportedly too sour to serve. It was still a gusher but not nearly as bad, kind of slow motion gusher. The beer was clearer, still ruby / red / pink, thinner head, more acidic but not overly sour. I heavily preferred the "batch 1" to the batch two for more reasons than the difference in carbonation, it was a better beer. My score reflect the batch two though since if you are one of the few people cool enough to get a bottle of this for on site consumption at that prick bar in SF, this is the one you will get. (1,553 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by ygtbsm94 at the Sour & Wild Ale Tasting on April 14, 2012. Thanks a lot Brad.

Served side by side with an unlabeled bottle of Cable Car Kriek, apparently more tart than the labeled / distributed version.

Served in my Lost Abbey teku glass.

After the beer gushed everywhere, it appears a beautiful ruby hue with a soft, pink head. Bonus points for the pretty appearance, deductions for the carbonation issues so commonly associated with The Lost Abbey.

Beautiful aroma. Tart cherries and distinctive Lost Abbey funk.

Not especially tart, but a delicate balance of sweet cherry and tart, funky wild ale. Again, very well done.

Light on the palate. Moderate carbonation on the tongue.

Overall, this was quite good. Aside from the gushing, I have no complaints. I'm grateful for the opportunity to try this rare delicacy, not to mention two versions side by side! (878 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.17/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy and murky red body. Did not gush! Small white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Juicy cherry. Acidic, but the cherry has a sweet pie aroma. Characteristic Lost Abbey sour aroma. Not quite acetic, but intense and woody.

Taste - Cherry is just like the aroma, hints of cherry pie but not that sweet. Woody. Has some vinegar sourness to it.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Moderate sourness, not so intense, especially for a Lost Abbey beer.

Overall - This still doesn't compare to the complexity of a lambic, but it's very good. Nowhere near worth what it takes to get, though. (630 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.92/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11/12/2011

Bottle in Lost Abbey stemware at Toronado.

A: Pours an attractive reddish orange with a big mousse-like head. Great retention and sheets of lacing cling to the glass.

S: Liquid cherry pie with light barnyard and leather notes. The fruit is bright and highly aromatic. Oak is light, and I get a touch of vinegar with some vanilla.

T: A burst of sweet and tart cherries up front and a mouth puckering tartness. An upper moderate lactic sourness suffuses my palate, and there's an overall fruit sweetness that harmonizes with the sour and tart notes to make for a delicious sensory experience. The fruit is really great, super vibrant and flavorful. There's a little vanilla. Oak is apparent and there are light leather notes. There's a light acetic acidity accompanying drying oak in the cherry pie finish.

M: The beer is medium in body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and dry with a light tannic quality.

Overall: A departure from the normal blond sour we know as Cable Car, but I'd say this was a successful experiment. The beer is delicious.

11/01/2012

I've had this a couple more times and I'm having it tonight. I'm bumping this from a 4.5 on smell, taste, and overall to a 5 on all those categories. This has funked up a bit and become outrageously good. Glorious cherry pie with a mouth puckering tartness and a bright citric acidity. Just a touch of acetic acidity. Wood and tannins throughout. Killer. (1,442 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you, Tomme.

Cherry red with a thin, white head, this looks nice. The nose has a big red cherry character, ripe, fruity and sweet. The base sour has a nice lemony aroma. Moderately chalky and mineraly, this smells bright and refreshing.
The palate is sour with ripe and sweet cherries. Chalky, yeasty and frothy, but the cherries! fantastic! Sweet, mildly syrupy even, with a sweet and tart flavor blend, this is simple but nicely done. Drying on the finish with ripe and sweet cherries, this is mildly spicy as well. Moderately carbonated, this beer feels quite nice on the palate. A touch of grape flavor is present as well Simple but very enjoyable. (658 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Toronado for the 25th Anniversary Party. Pour is hazy grapefruit red with white head an pink hue. Nose is light acetic, sour cherry, hints of lacto, and faint cheese with light sawdust. Taste is brighter, cherry is decent but a bit pitty, nice cherry juice quality and fairly sour without being acetic. A touch dry with lighter carb and a prickly finish. Lacks funk of traditional lambic but not bad. (414 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.51/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to someone's sister for getting him one. Consumed next to 07, 08, 09 Cable Car.

A: A loud pop of the cork and a fountain of foam gushed from the bottle spraying the windows in front of the sink. We proceeded to let the foam-over pour and fill multiple glasses, but we still lost a good amount of beer. This beer is the definition of ‘gusher’. This beer is very murky, cloudy, and the color of pink grapefruit.
S: I get light notes of funk and earthy, but for the most pat this beer is rather sweet smelling. The tartness is there and comes through in the form of cherry skins and lemon zest.
T: Sugary. Very sugary. The cherry is very sweet and candy-like rather than being fruity and ripe. In fact, you can taste the fruit addition that sets this beer apart from the original, but it’s rather ambiguous and not especially cherry-like. I get flavors of citrus, lemon, peach and prunes. The funk is almost nonexistent, but there is a light sourness to the brew. The aftertaste coats my mouth and is very sugary sweet and candy-like. Despite all of this, the flavor profile is good, just not what I was expecting nor what I think this beer ‘should’ taste like.
M: Greasy and slick mouthfeel, medium-full body, low carbonation, and lightly tart. No dryness at all.
O: To date, Cable Car is probably my favorite LA beer, and one of the top 10 best beers I’ve tried. This beer, however, was just too sweet. I could barely tell it was Cable Car and not some Lindemans beer. The fruit was there by it didn’t scream cherries. Despite all of this, I think a bit of age would do it some good, assuming the cork doesn't pop itself off, and I would definitely drink this again. (1,692 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Toronado SF...flew in just for the tick. Yeah, pretty baller.

A - Huge gusher...glass after glass filled with a pinkish/red foam. After filling about 6 or so glasses, it finally died down. Pours a ruby/cherry red, pinkish/red head, sticky lace with pieces of red cherry chunks on top and on the sides of the glass.

S - Big sour cherries, zesty funky tartness, refreshing, nice and tart and pretty much as a kriek should smell. Close to the excellent krieks across the pond.

T - Straight forward sour cherries, nice acidic sour/tart noes, very fruity. Tastes pretty much like Cable Car with some cherries, which is very enjoyable and what I was hoping for.

M - Light, very zesty carbonation (ie. gusher), tart dry finish.

O - Impressive explosion, impressive beer. I think this one actually went beyond my expectations and I can say it's my favorite Cable Car to date. Hopefully, I'll be able to catch another flight to SF to try again in the future. Recommend! (976 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

The Lost Abbey
San Marcos, CA

Bright, glowing red, ruby, and orange. This looks like a gorgeous sunset in the glass. There's a lot of carbonation; the head is thick and sticks around, not budging for quite some time. Sheets of eggshell colored lace are left down the glass. Gorgeous.

The cherries are vibrant and dominate the aroma, though it's all balanced well by an earthy, barnyard-style funk. There's the slightest amounts of vinegar and wood, but the cherries and yeast are particularly dominant. A joy.

Bright, vibrant, and plump cherry flavors start this one out. I don't think I've yet to drink a kriek that had as much authentic, juicy cherry flavor as this one. Along with the cherry is a nice amount of barnyard and earthy funk notes, along with a bit of oak.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

A near perfect kriek. This was a true joy to sip and savor. (889 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.82/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy red color with a slightly orange hint with a thin finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace spots.

S - Aroma is full of lots of fresh sour cherries with some citrus and other sweet fruits. There is some nice tartness and some oak to add some complexity. Really great smelling beer.

T - Starts off with a nice kick of sour cherry flavor with some oak and tartness providing some depth. Through the middle, more sourness comes through with some citrus and raspberry flavor. There is a bit more oak and some funk that join in as well. As the beer finishes it mellows out a bit with some oak, sourness, and funk lingering on the tongue alongside the cherries.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. Maybe a hint over carbonated, but very smooth and crisp.

D - Extremely drinkable. Very well balanced. The sourness and fruit flavors are excellent and have some great richness and depth. Really enjoyed this beer. (988 characters)

Photo of jegross2
5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

Score: 100

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). (2,532 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Mike and Josh for this one. A long time want and one I thought I'd have to eventually travel to CA for. Much appreciated. 4oz. pour into a Lost Abbey teku.

Pours a .5 finger pink, frothy head with average retention. Beer is a slightly cloudy stunning pink orange. Lacing is spotty and sparse with some stringiness and thin legs. Average save for the really pretty color.

Nose is cinnamon, cherry jam, light tartness, hay, and some funky, wed woodiness. Clean, fruity and very aromatic and appetizing.

Sweet cherry, cinnamon, red fruit syrup, lightly sweet and mildly tart in the middle. Great balance. More cherry, lemon rind, and hay at the finish with a sweet and tart cherry aftertaste. Really really good.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Dry in the mouth and puckering going down. Very refreshing. Sticky and dry finish with a messy and lingering aftertaste. Nearly perfect.

I thought Cable Car was a slightly above average American Wild but this is a completely different animal. The addition of cherries has given this beer a whole new dimension and makes it clearly one of the best in the style. Definitely worth the hype. (1,164 characters)

Photo of brystmar
5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (1,395 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

SO EXCITED to try this beer. I walked into SD Toronado (the SUPERIOR Toronado of the two) while I was on my birthday vacation and was shocked to see this sitting in the cooler. Yes, it was SITTING IN THE COOLER...for all to see. No asking the bartenders if they have it just to let them decide if they like you enough to serve it to you. This Toronado does it how it should be. Such great service, outstanding food, and great beer selection. Back to the Kriek,..it poured a lot less "pink" than I thought it would be. It was a clouded, light-red color with an off-white head. Scent is very cherry-forward with some definite barnyard and musty aromas. The smell is so darn inviting, I can't help but take few sips of this beer immediately. The cherry is so profound in this beer, more than I expected. A good amount of oak and funk. Not overly acidic whatsoever...in fact, not very acidic at all. Just a clean, funky, fruity, wild ale. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, almost puckering, with a juicy finish. Sour and juicy equals amazing in my book. Drinkability is VERY HIGH. Overall, this beer was worth every penny I spent on it. I went into the night willing to spend $80 on the bottle, just to find out it was $55. So worth it. A phenomenal wild ale. (1,249 characters)

Photo of starrdogg
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tomme for bringing this to the Lost Abbey tasting.

Beer pours a hazy pink lemonade color with medium white head. Smell is a fantastic cherry aroma with a nice amount of sour and more funk than I expected. After the intensity of the early Veritas beers, this one is considerably more tame. It's still sour, but it's very restrained with a great sweeter cherry flavor - more like a cherry pie than a big sour cherry. Nothing about this beer particularly stands out, but it's still quite good. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this beer is a great tasty cherry beer, but after all of the crazy beers we've just had, it doesn't quite stand up to them. (685 characters)

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3.97/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DC Lambic & Sour Summit on 4/14/2012, many thanks to brad for acquiring both the sour and regular version. Review of regular version with parenthetical to the sour version

Appearance: Major gusher, cork hit the ceiling. Pour is very hazy and murky, a bit pink (sour version not such a gusher, probably because no sugar was added to it)
Smell: Sweet cherry, touch of earth and funk. A bit too sweet. (sour version much more pleasant and sour, not nearly as sweet)
Taste: fresh cherries, touches of earth, oak and barnyard (sour version more intense fruit and less sweetness)
Body: High carbonation, medium body
Overall: Interesting, very similar to framboise de amarosa, a bit too sweet for me and the sour versionwas a bit more enjoyable. (739 characters)

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4.61/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 7,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a wine glass.
No bottle date.

CCK was one of those beers that wasn't even on my want list as I was pretty sure I would never ever get a chance to taste, but thanks to the endless generosity of futur123 I am actually about to taste it! Thanks man, I really owe you for this one.

Appearance: The cork popped out with an almighty bang and for a moment I thought I would get away without a gush, but as soon as I took my eye off the bottle pink foam started to rise slowly out of the neck. Thankfully I had glasses ready and managed to catch it all.
The beer settles a clouded red-orange (almost peachy) with just a tinge of pink and is topped by a large pink tinted head. The head retention is reasonable, but sadly it doesn't leave anything in the way of lacing.

Smell: Wow, there is a ton of cherry in the initial nose and far sweeter than I had expected - its almost jammy. A few more sniffs reveal a fantastic acidity (a touch of vinegar) as well as a spicy almost cinnamon bark character. As the beer warms the nose opens up with a little oak and some funk (old hay, wet wood, mold and the faintest hint of vomit) becoming apparent.

Taste: As the nose suggested there is a ton of sweet cherry upfront, but it is balanced by a nice tartness and a fantastic acidity. Notes include: Sweet jammy cherries, some tart cherry skins, a touch of vinegar, a little oak, lightly spicy, undergrowth, old hay and a touch of leather. The finish is quite dry.

Mouthfeel: Initially there is a high level of rather expansive carbonation, but thankfully it settles down pretty quickly to reveal finer bubbles that complement the acidity perfectly and lead to a fantastically spritzy finish. The body is medium and offers the faintest stickiness from the fruit.

Overall: Cable Car Kriek is a fantastic cherry sour and quite a lot better than the regular Cable Car. That said, I would be really pissed off if I had paid $750 or what ever ridiculous price this are being sold for these days. (2,028 characters)

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Cable Car Kriek from The Lost Abbey
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