Cable Car | The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
4.58/5
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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
Ranking:
#59
Reviews:
234
Ratings:
1,000
pDev:
7.86%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2,702
Gots:
100
Trade:
4
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Photo of TboneRN
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WiscoBrewsco
3.91/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Sk8sean86
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rabbott2
4.57/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage drank out of a bottle at Toronado SF on 9/25/2017

Look-minimal head and decent lacing for a sour. Super light and translucent golden body

Smell-citrus and Apple and some oak. Not overly complex but really enjoyable

Taste-green apple is very strong, oak, I'm guessing this is a WINE oak barrel. Some nice citrus under the main coat of green apple

Feel-low to medium tart. Very drinkable. Perfect balance. No booze. Nice depth of flavors. Some medium funk perfectly present

Overall-amazing. Glad I pulled the trigger on this one

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Photo of BeerZombies1
4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of von_kaiser
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Allthingsbeer510
4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OompaMentor
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Share - 8/19/17

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Photo of MTKATL
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Treyliff
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml cork top bottle poured into a snifter
2014 vintage

A- pours a clear golden color with a small creamy white head that has short retention and leaves a ring around the edge

S- super tart vinegar and and funk up front with fruity notes of ripe pear, citrus, cheese ride, lemon zest & toasted wheat

T- super tart up front with lots of pear, green apple, tangerine peel, ripe cheese funk, tart vinegar. Mid-palate gives a bit of wheat & spicy oak. The finish is bone dry and falls off quick, leaving a linger of lemon peel pear

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a dry tart finish

O- super tart yet remarkably drinkable with lots of ripe fruit notes

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Photo of Sinzanasti
4.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rifugium
4.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RAlmeida77
4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
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 -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gcamparone
4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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 -3.3%
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 -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bauers
4.69/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jamison85
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mock_in
4.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MarkJC1018
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Egotist
3.64/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shanrath
4.64/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of schneid
4.91/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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