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Cable Car Kriek - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

114 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 114
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 443
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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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

popery, Jan 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

yourefragile, Jan 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

ChrisPro, Jan 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

jbuddle, Jan 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

DaveJanssen, Dec 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

t0rin0, Dec 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

LockeSD, Nov 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

LaChupacabra, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of DovaliHops
4.7/5  rDev +2%
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.

DovaliHops, Oct 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Wowcoolman, Sep 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

wsnich, Aug 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

CheapBeerBuzz, Aug 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

claaark13, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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!

Huhzubendah, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.88/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

oline73, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
4.2/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

DefenCorps, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of starrdogg
4.13/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

starrdogg, Jul 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

whartontallboy, Jun 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

AgentZero, Jun 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Public87strain, Jun 04, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

craytonic, May 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

rmaste6282, May 05, 2012
Photo of johndoe8
4.83/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this multiple times. Reviewing the most recent one I've had @ Toronado SD (not available anymore though :/)

Thankfully this, bottle was not a gusher. Nice pop to the cork though. Served in a wine tulip. The bottle was chilled down considerably and had not been moved around much at all.

The carbonation was generous, but not overly so. It definitely subdued after sitting in the glass a bit. The smell is of tart cherries, slight amount of funky earthy/barnyard to it.

The beer itself tastes very fruity, more sour than I remember it in past bottles, and resembles more like a great american wild than the tart cherry soda it could have passed for a year ago.

Mouthfeel is excellent, lightly mouthpuckering with the the carbonation makes it quite refreshing. I never get sick of this beer (probably responsible for at least half a case of it purchased onsite for consumption).

Overall, I've noticed that the bottles at Toronado that had sat in their keg room undisturbed for a year have all turned out quite wonderful. I haven't seen a Cable Car Kriek gusher since the release day back in August last year. Not that it matters anymore, but if anyone has bottles floating around in their cellars, I'd probably leave it undisturbed for a while before opening to make sure you don't lose any of this awesome sour!

johndoe8, Apr 22, 2012
Cable Car Kriek from The Lost Abbey
100 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.