Cable Car Kriek - The Lost Abbey
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4.34/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
10-28-2013 16:11:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.43/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
04-17-2012 15:54:59 | More by Thorpe429
4.33/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
08-07-2012 17:37:14 | More by womencantsail
4.5/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
11-27-2011 20:56:35 | More by largadeer
4.43/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
11-27-2011 19:11:27 | More by MasterSki
3.98/5 rDev -13.9%
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.
04-19-2012 17:28:30 | More by drabmuh
3.88/5 rDev -16%
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.
07-13-2012 22:15:24 | More by oline73
4.75/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
04-19-2012 00:53:15 | More by mdfb79
4.43/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
11-14-2012 22:02:41 | More by kojevergas
District of Columbia
4.43/5 rDev -4.1%
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!
08-09-2012 23:22:05 | More by Huhzubendah
4.93/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
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.
11-12-2011 19:39:36 | More by HopHead84
4.19/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
05-18-2014 22:06:34 | More by Alieniloquium
4.2/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
07-02-2012 19:41:37 | More by DefenCorps
Cable Car Kriek from The Lost Abbey
100 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.