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Cable Car Kriek - The Lost Abbey

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113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 7.79%
Wants: 429
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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rmaste6282

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

05-05-2012 15:18:17 | More by rmaste6282
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johndoe8

California

4.83/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 14:01:55 | More by johndoe8
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 17:28:30 | More by drabmuh
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mdfb79

New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 00:53:15 | More by mdfb79
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 15:54:59 | More by Thorpe429
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -13.4%

04-14-2012 20:52:39 | More by ygtbsm94
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tjfinkle

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

04-10-2012 05:59:25 | More by tjfinkle
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DJButters

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

03-13-2012 23:39:20 | More by DJButters
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smarcoly

California

5/5  rDev +8.2%

03-12-2012 18:37:02 | More by smarcoly
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pastradul

California

5/5  rDev +8.2%

03-09-2012 16:22:59 | More by pastradul
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newk340

Wisconsin

4.93/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a bottle at Toronado San Diego.

A: a crisp looking ruby color, minimal head with very fine lacing.

S: This scent would be extraordinary anywhere. Wish I didn't have to wash out the bottle. Fresh cherries up front with a nice wine-barrel undertone.

T: Wow. Arguably one of the best sours I've ever had. Fantastic cherry flavors with some subtle citrus just to throw me off. Great profile blending with whatever wine barrels they used.

MF/D: Incredibly smooth. Fortunately we didn't get a gusher, and the carbonation was faint, effervescent, and smooth. Can't wait to convince my friends to get another bottle!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 07:01:38 | More by newk340
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

03-04-2012 23:30:56 | More by portia99
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SoCalStout

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Tulip at Toronado San Diego.

Appearance: Pours a bright hazy red/orangeish color with about a fingers width of a light pink head that dissipates there after leaving by some thin lacing along the glass.

Smell: Aroma is loaded with tons of fresh ripe/sour cherries with some faint citrus and a very mild vanilla tinge.

Taste: Powerful dose of fresh, ripe, sour cherries illicit a mild sweetness as well. Initially the sourness is right from the start, and grows in intensity as the beer warms, followed very briefly by a ripe sweet cherry flavor that finishes right back to a dry mellow sour cherry tartness with some oak.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation that sips perfectly.

Overall: Another fantastic sour (Kriek) by The Lost Abbey. This was a great move to go to the kriek style for 2011. Could not have asked for any better. One of the best krieks I have had and if you are ever at Toronado SD I suggest you grab one before this rarity disappears for ever.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 00:05:20 | More by SoCalStout
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Callmecoon

California

5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-10-2012 19:05:29 | More by Callmecoon
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BeerSociety

California

5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-23-2012 03:36:40 | More by BeerSociety
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scottfrie

California

3.5/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to someone's sister for getting him one. Consumed next to 07, 08, 09 Cable Car.

A: A loud pop of the cork and a fountain of foam gushed from the bottle spraying the windows in front of the sink. We proceeded to let the foam-over pour and fill multiple glasses, but we still lost a good amount of beer. This beer is the definition of ‘gusher’. This beer is very murky, cloudy, and the color of pink grapefruit.
S: I get light notes of funk and earthy, but for the most pat this beer is rather sweet smelling. The tartness is there and comes through in the form of cherry skins and lemon zest.
T: Sugary. Very sugary. The cherry is very sweet and candy-like rather than being fruity and ripe. In fact, you can taste the fruit addition that sets this beer apart from the original, but it’s rather ambiguous and not especially cherry-like. I get flavors of citrus, lemon, peach and prunes. The funk is almost nonexistent, but there is a light sourness to the brew. The aftertaste coats my mouth and is very sugary sweet and candy-like. Despite all of this, the flavor profile is good, just not what I was expecting nor what I think this beer ‘should’ taste like.
M: Greasy and slick mouthfeel, medium-full body, low carbonation, and lightly tart. No dryness at all.
O: To date, Cable Car is probably my favorite LA beer, and one of the top 10 best beers I’ve tried. This beer, however, was just too sweet. I could barely tell it was Cable Car and not some Lindemans beer. The fruit was there by it didn’t scream cherries. Despite all of this, I think a bit of age would do it some good, assuming the cork doesn't pop itself off, and I would definitely drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 01:17:10 | More by scottfrie
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ipa247

California

4/5  rDev -13.4%

01-16-2012 02:45:45 | More by ipa247
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pjeagles

New Mexico

5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-24-2011 19:10:31 | More by pjeagles
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rudylaw

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-23-2011 17:24:22 | More by rudylaw
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alano

California

5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-16-2011 02:54:38 | More by alano
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Toronado SF...flew in just for the tick. Yeah, pretty baller.

A - Huge gusher...glass after glass filled with a pinkish/red foam. After filling about 6 or so glasses, it finally died down. Pours a ruby/cherry red, pinkish/red head, sticky lace with pieces of red cherry chunks on top and on the sides of the glass.

S - Big sour cherries, zesty funky tartness, refreshing, nice and tart and pretty much as a kriek should smell. Close to the excellent krieks across the pond.

T - Straight forward sour cherries, nice acidic sour/tart noes, very fruity. Tastes pretty much like Cable Car with some cherries, which is very enjoyable and what I was hoping for.

M - Light, very zesty carbonation (ie. gusher), tart dry finish.

O - Impressive explosion, impressive beer. I think this one actually went beyond my expectations and I can say it's my favorite Cable Car to date. Hopefully, I'll be able to catch another flight to SF to try again in the future. Recommend!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 16:09:55 | More by Sean9689
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biggied

California

5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-15-2011 04:28:40 | More by biggied
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BrianTheBrewer30

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-12-2011 10:33:42 | More by BrianTheBrewer30
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GradyS1

California

5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-30-2011 20:30:40 | More by GradyS1
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largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 20:56:35 | More by largadeer
Cable Car Kriek from The Lost Abbey
100 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.