Cable Car | The Lost Abbey

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by stephendr on 08-12-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
990
Reviews:
232
Avg:
4.5
pDev:
8.22%
 
 
Wants:
2,704
Gots:
99
For Trade:
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Photo of Sinzanasti
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rifugium
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RAlmeida77
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 bottle poured in a DDG teku. Semi hazy golden color. Smells of funk, subtle vinegar. Taste is amazing...insanely balanced. Perfect tartness....super drinkable. Excellent carb. Overall an outstanding beer that lived up to the hype for me.

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Photo of MatthewHopHead
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gcamparone
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage poured into a Lost Abbey Teku.

Aromas are oak and spices, citrus, fruity wild yeast, and overripe fruits.

On the tongue is citrus and lactic, funky, wine, oak, followed by dry tannins, oak aftertaste, green apple. Mildly dry aftertaste. High carbonation with a nice easy drinking body.

A great beer indeed, one of the most balanced wild's I've ever tasted. Worth breaking out the big guns to trade for it.

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Photo of aleigator
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cable car 2014 on 180617

Pours a brighter golden-yellow color with a small, yet stable white head.

Offers a mineralic apple sweetness, which gets balanced by old cheese, cellar funk and a lovely hay softness. Atop of this settles lime zest, making this quite sour on the nose, together with lots of old leather and some malt sweetened moldy woodbark. This is definitely more funky than acidic with an unforseen richness of aromas, due to the well enveaved malt sweetness, amping everything else up by a few notches.

Unusually full bodied for a sour beer with lots of flavors battering down the palate at the same time, soothed by a mineralic effervescence. This brings a stony quality to the palate, making this highly refreshing, while never loosing its true goal, of creating a multi layered sourness.

Yupp this is sour, not your typical AWA in-your-face acidity, but a very well nuanced, matured and balanced tartness. This comes along with blue cheese, dried mushrooms, green apple peel, tangerine pulp and a note of spiced cucumber. After this first impression, the beer settles down a little, allowing sweet wheat and a subtle note of toffee to cut through, enriching but mellowing the omnipotent sourness at the same time. There is even more funk after the swallow, now accompanied by a bright mineralic effervescence, pushing the sourness a bit more into the background, unfolding old cream cheese and dried garden herbs. Finishes almost calm, aqueous with a lingering apple-lemon tartness and soft, sunbathed wheat.

Stunning. This beer wants to get discovered slow and carefully, since it simply needs time to adjust to the offered complexity. It is a very rewarding process though, exhibiting the most perfect unfruited AWA I've had so far. The beer hits every mark you could expect from a world class sour, so sit back and enjoy the ride.

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Photo of heymikew
3.7/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bauers
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jamison85
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mock_in
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MarkJC1018
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Egotist
3.64/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shanrath
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of schneid
4.91/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SteveD082791
4.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Arsenal0328
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of xt0n1cx
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shareallthebeer
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at GABF 2016... I wasn't impressed but I was well aware of the hype before obtaining a pour. Maybe it fell short due to the acclaim.

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Photo of BNarc
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of kylehay2004
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PC_Principal
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Flip4beers
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One rating down due to supply and demand. No distribution but in-house consumption only. I managed to be one of the luckiest to be able to take one home. Best one so far.

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Photo of raspy22
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2016 vintage. Had on draft at Lost Abbey 10th Anniversary party, May 21, 2016. Writing review on notes I took that day.
L: golden color, ever-so-slightly cloudy, big white foamy head
S: somewhat muted at first since I was drinking this outside, but as it warmed and I went inside the aroma really shined through. Lemon, peach, apricot, pear, funk minor white grape. The funkiness was singular and one I had never smelled before. Very enjoyable aroma!
T: Taste was great also. Lemon and stone fruits were the headliners here along with that uncommon and nice funkiness.
F: Mouthburst was subtle and not sharp at the end, so it was nice-drinking throughout.
O: It was difficult to finally grab this, especially without having to pay the Toronado prices, but it was well worth the effort! One of my all time favorite sours, easily! Very high class!

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Photo of TheBlueJerzzzz
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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