Cable Car Kriek
The Lost Abbey

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The Lost Abbey
California, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #3
Ranked #83
4.6 | pDev: 7.61%
Feb 05, 2024
Nov 12, 2011
French oak-aged wild ale, Brett, house cultures and cherries.
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Ratings by chrisjws:
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Rated by chrisjws from California

4.63/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Jan 18, 2024
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Reviewed by edthehead from Maryland

4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
OG. Murky pale red appearance with loose bubbly light light pink fast fleeting head. Nose and palate is bold and jammy cherry, cherry skin, slight funk, oak, and tastefully tart. Moderate body and carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Held up amazingly well.
Feb 05, 2024
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
2021 vintage

Review 2100! For this next landmark review I got my hands on the seemingly rare yet highly rated Cable Car Kriek. I haven't had anything from Lost Abbey in quite some time either (exactly 1000 reviews ago apparently), so I'm excited to try this legendary Kriek. Let's pop it open and find out what it's all about

Pours a cloudy reddish orange with just a few pinkish white bubbles that quickly fade to nothing and obviously leaves no lacing

It's so fruit forward and tart in the nose. Not too much funk but that's fine by me. I'm picking up on aromas of sour cherry, apple cider vinegar, sharp oak, lemon zest, crackery malt, jammy blackberry, lime zest, and light red wine

In taste it's much brighter and I'm all about it. A bit more funk is present here but still nothing crazy. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting sour cherry, cherry pit, lemon juice, crackery malt, almond, lime zest, brown sugar, sharp oak, apple skin, and light leather. The swallow brings notes of sour cherry, dry oak, jammy blackberry, lemon juice, tannic red wine, crackery malt, almond, and light brown sugar

A medium body pairs with moderate carbonation, resulting in a sharp beer. Finishes bone dry and refreshing

This one is awesome. Absolutely worth seeking out if you like Krieks
Jan 22, 2024
Rated: 4.5 by Nedster10 from Michigan

Dec 21, 2023
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Reviewed by Holderness from Massachusetts

3.16/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
2021 vintage. Ruby red body with surprisingly little carbonation and no head whatsoever. Aromas are pretty standard kriek: cherry pie, lemon, hay, bit of vinegar. Very little funk, which is a bit unusual. Flavors are acetic but also semi-sweet, with predominant notes of cherry and apple cider vinegar. Feel is slippery and a bit flat due to the low carbonation. Overall I think this is one of those beers that made waves upon release when the idea of Belgian lambics was still relatively unknown in the US, but now that we have broader access to some of the best Belgium offerings here in the states it doesn't quite hold up. Especially given the price point ($90/750ml), I would not buy this again but happy to have the opportunity.

Aug 26, 2023
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Rated by Zaximus from Colorado

4.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Aug 18, 2023
Rated: 4.37 by vfgccp from New York

Aug 13, 2023
Rated: 4.53 by MTKATL from Georgia

Jul 01, 2023
Rated: 4.56 by jhavs from New York

May 22, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by lupercmda from North Carolina

May 06, 2023
Rated: 4.52 by Eziel from Ohio

Apr 18, 2023
Rated: 4.81 by Bugsmcl from Ohio

Mar 03, 2023
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Reviewed by WickedBeer from Alabama

4.28/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
2021 Vintage.

Gorgeous ruby red pour; very few agitated bubbles of carbonation as it’s poured into the glass. It settles flat.

The nose is still distinctly Cable Car, with noticeable yet restrained funk and lemony citrus. The cherry adds more brightness and is a fresh, fruity addition. With time, a lot of oak and Brett comes to the forefront.

The palate is sour and noticeably acidic, with a surprisingly low carbonation. Was definitely hoping for more of it to cut that tart cherry and acid, but overall it’s never overwhelming. The tannin from the cherry works really well with the overall profile.

As stated above, not sure if that much carb was lost since 2021 or it was just never very high, but I felt it needed more. That said, it drinks bright and refreshing, with restrained tannin.
Feb 21, 2023
Rated: 4.18 by bret27 from California

Jan 24, 2023
Rated: 4.75 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Jan 09, 2023
Rated: 5 by Ziosa from Missouri

Nov 15, 2022
Rated: 4.27 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

Nov 08, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by rstump24 from Ohio

Oct 27, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Jkolls from Ohio

Oct 10, 2022