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Cable Car Kriek | 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: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by HopHead84 on 11-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
35
Ratings:
134
pDev:
8.01%
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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of kojevergas
4.42/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown glass bottle served into a wine glass at the Toronado in San Diego. Paid out the ass for this (I think it around $50.00). If there's a beer to shell this much out for, certainly this is it. (Or at least one of them; see my Narke Kaggen Stormaktsporter review). Reviewed from notes taken in October 2012.

A: Pours a half finger delicate beige head of good lacing, nice thickness, and brief but appreciable retention. Colour is a pale peach-red. Nontransparent; non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Has the appeal of a masterful red wine or bourbon. Classy and understated. I can't wait to try it.

Sm: Sourness, bacteria, attenuated yeast, sour cherry, lactic notes, some malty sweetness, tart cherry skin, and bright fruit. Exceptional and clean. Promises some serious puckerworthy sourness. A moderate strength aroma. No alcohol comes through.

T: Sour, with some serious bacterial notes on the back end. Incredibly crisp like fresh red apple yet outfitted with a wonderful solid cherry body. Refreshing and clean, yet lightly vinegary and even subtly wine-esque. I get the wood, but it's subtle and understated in the background. Rich and smcak-your-lips flavorful. Incredibly tasty stuff. Masterfully complex and balanced. No alcohol is detectable. So fresh and luscious. The lingering long aftertaste helps me enjoy it for longer. I get cherrywood as well as oak. Some pear. Green apple. It's got all the sourness I could ever want, but the perfect amount without feeling tamed. Not at all overdone. Clean malts lend it body but don't intrude, letting the sourness shine through. It has an incredible amount of body for a kriek, almost like a fine French cider. I'm blown away. Marvelously built. Nicely acidic, as well. Tartness is supreme.

Mf: Crisp, full, and of perfect thickness. Smack-your-lips delightful. Smooth and wet, letting the flavour speak for itself. Suits the flavour profile quite well.

Dr: An incredible kriek. Lives up to the hype, definitely. Worth the price for a special occasion. Another remarkable sour from Lost Abbey. I'd love to have this again (or the regular Cable Car, for that matter). The mouthfeel isn't perfect; it lacks the fragile delicacy I'd expect in a masterful sour - but it's still lovely. Few sours I've had have such presence and flavour. The depth of flavour and layers of mastery burgeon throughout. I detect at least five distinct acts in the structure: the sweet, clean open; the initial sour apple and hints of bacteria; the middling bacteria sourness blast; the fading cidery sharp climax with hints of lightly spicy yeast and cherry abound; and the lightly dry fruit cherry skin finnish. Remarkable. Wow.

High A (4.43)

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Photo of LaChupacabra
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Toronado for the 25th Anniversary Party. Pour is hazy grapefruit red with white head an pink hue. Nose is light acetic, sour cherry, hints of lacto, and faint cheese with light sawdust. Taste is brighter, cherry is decent but a bit pitty, nice cherry juice quality and fairly sour without being acetic. A touch dry with lighter carb and a prickly finish. Lacks funk of traditional lambic but not bad.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.67/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of jethrodium
4.09/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Toronado anniversary party. Pours a reddish murky amber with no head and no lacing left on the glass. The aroma is big cherry. There is also quite a bit of funky oak and a bit of raspberry. Quite musty. The initial taste is sweet with big cherry. There is also a bit of musty oak and some raspberry. The finish is funky with some lingering cherry. Medium body. Low carbonation. Quite enjoyable, but I think I slightly prefer the regular Cable Car.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of claaark13
4.25/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev -4.3%
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!

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Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Shane!

Pours a hazy red color with an off-white head. Excellent cherry aroma to go with the lactic acidity from the base beer. Mild straw and oak, a bit of grass, too. Cherry flavor is very well pronounced. Nice and dry with lemon, lemon zest, and a pleasant tartness. There is a little bit of oak and a mild acetic note on the finish.

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Photo of oline73
3.85/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.22/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.15/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Public87strain
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of craytonic
3.97/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of rmaste6282
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of johndoe8
4.8/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.92/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.71/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Cable Car Kriek from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.62 out of 5 with 134 ratings
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