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Cable Car Kriek - The Lost Abbey

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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 437
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 11-12-2011)
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Photo of cocoapuph
4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle with the wife at Toronado SD. Have been waiting for this one. Poured into stemware.

Big POP when corked and served up a good light pinkish-white foam head. The beer itself was a clear rose/orange hue that become a little more hazy as we reached the bottom of the bottle.

Smells like a sour sugar candy. Artificial cherries and watermelon.

I was taken back with my first sip as the effervescence and tartness right off the bat was insane. After settling in, the roasted cherry skins come out. I got a deep earthiness and oak to round out the flavors as the liquid goes down the hatch. You know that taste when you finish a cherry popsicle and you chew on the popsicle stick for awhile? That's what I was tasting even 10-15 minutes after I was done with this one. Sweet, fruity wood.

This beer was very refreshing and clean tasting in my mouth. As we started tasting the cloudy portion of the the bottom of the bottle, the mouthfeel took on a little more depth.

So glad I had a chance to try this beer. Such a successful sour kriek ale. Hope to enjoy more of this in the future!

cocoapuph, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of sleepyhead
5/5  rDev +8.5%

sleepyhead, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of MrFootstones
4.47/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy red with a big ol head that disappears completely.

Smelly like super ripe magical cherries with that nice almondyness you look for in a kriek. Delicious funk in the aroma as well.

Tastes great! Cherries and a touch of cheesy funk. Tart skins and toasty almond make delicious appearances. Ripe ripe cherries steal the show.

Bubbly and effervescent with oaky drying tannins on the palate.

A damn good iteration of Cable Car, only with cherries!

MrFootstones, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Levitation
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Levitation, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of cbanker
5/5  rDev +8.5%

cbanker, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of brystmar
5/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

brystmar, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.75/5  rDev +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.

ehammond1, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of SDDanC
4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Lost Abbey Tulip at Toronado San Diego.

Right out of the bottle the glass is met with an incredible red foam, settling into a reddish, grapefruit hazy abyss beneath a white, fluffly head. Small splotches of orange are found in the residual head. The aroma is filled with incredible sweet cherries, like a pie filling, vanilla, and slight oak background. The nose does not give off a huge amount of sour, but a tartness is surely present. The taste is very much the same, however, it starts out tart cherry in the front with a light vanilla in the background to round out the flavor. Minimal oak character comes forth. I took a while to drink this, in doing so, I noticed as it sat and warmed up the tartness fleeted and it was left with a very appealing sweet cherry body. Mouthfeel was great. Excellent in carbonation, medium-ish. Frothy head added a decent amount of body, which went well with the great, full flavor. I am very thankful to have tried this. I wish it were available in to-go bottles

SDDanC, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
4.93/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

HopHead84, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

cpetrone84, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of jethrodium
4.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Toronado anniversary party. Pours a reddish murky amber with no head and no lacing left on the glass. The aroma is big cherry. There is also quite a bit of funky oak and a bit of raspberry. Quite musty. The initial taste is sweet with big cherry. There is also a bit of musty oak and some raspberry. The finish is funky with some lingering cherry. Medium body. Low carbonation. Quite enjoyable, but I think I slightly prefer the regular Cable Car.

jethrodium, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

womencantsail, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

largadeer, Nov 27, 2011
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Cable Car Kriek from The Lost Abbey
100 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.