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Lost Abbey Cable Car

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RATINGS: 375   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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You’ve made it to 547 Haight Street. This destination is more San Francisco than Rice A Roni, Chinatown, and Lombard Street combined. Welcome to Broadway for brewers everywhere. Everyone who is anyone has poured their kegs here. For the last 20 years, this place has launched careers, confirmed legacies, and since 1987 the only name you need to know is David Keene. Take a seat. Tip Strong. Nod appreciatively and don’t ask stupid questions. Welcome to Big Daddy’s House known to most simply as "The T-Room." Here the bartenders are fluent in English, German, Flemish, French, Waloon and Czech. But they’re most known for their American Lip Service. Watch it. The lady with the jet black hair behind the bar eats idiots for lunch. At 547 Haight Street, you won’t find any Cable Cars except for this one. But if you’re standing outside the Dutch Doors of the World Famous Toranado, you surely found the most interesting place in all San Francisco. Its’ about RESPECT. Dave you continue to have ours. Here’s to 20 more years of punishing livers everywhere. Cheers Gina, Jim, Tomme, Vince and the Brewers of Port Brewing

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3135) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2014
750 ml bottle
I was not expecting to get to try this despite visiting Toronado as it can be hard to get. When the wait staff asked me as I was closing the tab if I wanted a bottle it took exactly three seconds to say ’Yes’. I am glad too - this is a world class sour that put even the Almanac Bourbon Barrel Peche to shame.

Aroma / Appearance - A golden body shimmers with life and light peachy edges. Lemons, oak, and a lingering tartness give this an edge a bit stronger than the average sour but without being vinegary. it almost could be mistaken for a gueuze.

Flavor / Palate - Oak and lemon lightly play across the tongue. The tartness grows until crashing into sour waves on the back of the throat. Almost like a dry champagne it sparkles the entire time. This is one of those beers that everyone should get a chance to try and proves that Lost Abbey is still on top of their game.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
djd07 (3982) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2014
2008 bottle thanks to Diego! Pours a cloudy orange with paperthin white head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong funk, oak, lemon, and yeast. Thin mouthfeel with light sourness, oak, with lingering tart finish. Held up very well, so impressive.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (3893) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2014
2010 bottle generously shared by AdamJackson on 3/15/14
Walked in to the tasting and this bottle was already open, waiting patiently for me and definitely beckoning. How’s that for the first beer of the tasting? Save the best for first! And as far as I was concerned, this was the best of show (though I got too drunk and had to leave before Duck Duck was opened, so who knows).
Anyhow, the aroma was a pretty quickly decided 10, for me. I started with not even an inch of glorious, clear, ruby liquid but even that yielded a bountiful, rich, very strong aroma of perfectly wedded sour acids. Acetic acid was gentle at this point and only added enough vinegar-like notes to punctuate the style while the malo-lactic portion was soft, rich and divine. Smelled like it had cherries jumping out of the glass. Tons of black pepper, cherry pit and very light vanilla. Bone dry tartness lingering. Wow, if this stuff smells this much like cherry, I wonder what the actual Kriek version is like...
Beautifully flavorful, as well, with a very dry, light body, leaving only traces of candied prunes and light caramel while the lactic acid and black pepper phenols do all the work. Hints of light base malt sweetness provides excellent balance and the beer seems neither overly/obnoxiously sour, nor lacking in any sour character. Really, really good and well worth the 3 to 4 hundred dollar price tag that I didnt have to pay ;) Thanks Adam! What a guy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcox90 (1607) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2014
2010 bottle shared by Adam Jackson @ RBNEG. Pours a pale yellow with a one finger white head. White wine aroma with an acidic fruitiness. Touch of wood and leather. Semi sweet flavor with more light fruits tempered with a light sour funk. Drying palate with carbonation. Huge thanks to Adam for bringing this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (3656) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Bottle shared by Adam Jackson during the RBNG. Hazy pale yellow color, still good carbonation level. Aroma of tart lemons, moldy oak, sour grapes.

Flavor is much the same as the nose with a sharp acidic sensation in the back of the taste buds. Very dry texture. I guess everybody goes nuts over this because of the rarity. It’s a great sour if you’re into that sort of thing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reynolds314 (2487) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Big thanks to Adamjackson for the share on this. Your typical Adamjackson whale tasting. Nobody showed up because they all asked around and heard Adam only has whale tastings. Really nice sour that smells fantastic. I get so much in this; lemon, tropical fruits, grapes, oak, white wine, leather, and basement. Taste is moderately tart with more fruits and funk. Overall great stuff,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (1037) - Vermont, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Bottle from AdamJackson. Shared during out NE Meetup in the Waterbury Best Western. Peach skins met with sweat and kelp. Bittersweet, with a touch of sea salt, marzipan, and goat butter. Boost level #6.5.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamJackson (2967) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 15, 2014
2010 Bottle, 750 ML split a stupid amount of ways.

A - Straw yellow appearance. Small whisp of the head and leaves a nice 1 finger head that fades fast.

S - The nose is huge! A very acidic, lots of grape skin, hay, rope and leather. Super funky with lemon as well.

T - Taste is even better. I get a hint of butter but really, it’s a lemon lime funk bomb, a lot of rope, minor fecal taste (yes seriously) and I get a really great grapefruit rind, ropey and sweet.

M - Insanely dry, super bright carbonation and mouthfeel. Really excellent. This makes the beer amazing.

O - Well, I didn’t hype this one up too long or sit on it forever. I traded for it to enjoy on my 2,000th beer rating and BOOM enjoying it with some nice friends from RateBeer. Excited to have this with you all. Thanks!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WillRunForBeer (949) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 15, 2014
2010 bottle. Taste at RBNG. Thanks Adam! Pours chardonnay white gold. No head. Scent is floral, white wine. Taste is very tart, peach and lemon some oak to balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (4078) - Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2014 Huge thanks to Adam Jackson, tart and light with acrid sourness, very nice , this is how all sours should taste. Increditble complexity with fruit, berry, and cittrus flavors, then comes some spices and herbs. Great great stuff.

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