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Cable Car Kriek - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
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world-class

113 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 7.79%
Wants: 431
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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jbuddle

New York

5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-14-2013 04:22:52 | More by jbuddle
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.45/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 16:46:27 | More by SpeedwayJim
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

01-12-2013 00:54:25 | More by spycow
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DaveJanssen

Germany

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

12-11-2012 07:24:57 | More by DaveJanssen
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev -8%

12-11-2012 03:43:59 | More by t0rin0
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-25-2012 11:24:42 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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LockeSD

New York

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

11-20-2012 20:47:28 | More by LockeSD
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kojevergas

Texas

4.43/5  rDev -4.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 22:02:41 | More by kojevergas
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LaChupacabra

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

11-08-2012 05:40:08 | More by LaChupacabra
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2012 17:44:34 | More by cpetrone84
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DovaliHops

California

4.7/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 05:28:47 | More by DovaliHops
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Wowcoolman

California

5/5  rDev +8.2%

09-02-2012 04:30:06 | More by Wowcoolman
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wsnich

Texas

5/5  rDev +8.2%

08-25-2012 18:40:51 | More by wsnich
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jethrodium

California

4.08/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2012 21:52:02 | More by jethrodium
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

08-13-2012 17:14:13 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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claaark13

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -8%

08-11-2012 19:34:47 | More by claaark13
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev -4.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 23:22:05 | More by Huhzubendah
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womencantsail

California

4.33/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 17:37:14 | More by womencantsail
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oline73

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 22:15:24 | More by oline73
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 19:41:37 | More by DefenCorps
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 21:51:18 | More by starrdogg
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whartontallboy

New York

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

06-24-2012 15:14:02 | More by whartontallboy
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

06-23-2012 23:50:53 | More by AgentZero
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Public87strain

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

06-04-2012 15:15:36 | More by Public87strain
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 19:37:54 | More by craytonic
Cable Car Kriek from The Lost Abbey
100 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.