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Cable Car Kriek - The Lost Abbey

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Cable Car KriekCable Car Kriek

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33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 127
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 4.04%
Wants: 475
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:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 11-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 127
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 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 cocoapuph
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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! (1,097 characters)

Photo of MrFootstones
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
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! (459 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 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 SDDanC
4.87/5  rDev +9.4%
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 (1,025 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)

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Cable Car Kriek from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.