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RATINGS: 427   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Pours a hazy orange color with cloudy white head. Sour, funky nose with a bit of grapefruit. Musty, sour taste with some lemon peel. Quite acidic, but overall it’s a very balanced beer and everything works well together.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MeadMe (1602) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2010
2009 vintage. Thanks to Floydster for this one. A: Pours a nice palish yellow hue with a very tall white head. Above average retention with a few spots of lace. S: Wonderful aromas of citrus with mild notes of tart peaches. Yeast, vinegar, tart, and sourness... Yum. T: Wonderful citrus up front. Acidic, but not overthetop. Mild vinegar with hints of peach, apricot, and light woody notes. There is some wet hay goodness, with hints of leather and barnyard. M: Medium in body, snappy carbonation and the acidity bites at the tongue a bit. N: Not overly tart or sour. Well done, and damn tasty for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
koshea (13) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Popped and poured into Lost Abbey chalices at Toronado. It gushed after popping the cork. It was hazy golden yellow, a healthy amount of foam and good lacing. There is a strong aroma, with plenty of citrus and some nice funk. The taste is fantastic they are notes of citrus, lemon, pineapple, some nice bitterness, some oak, that hoarse blanket goat cheese flavor, the strongest flavor is the tart sourness. Its exquisite in it’s balance and complexity. It has a nice carbonation and it goes down very easy. It’s amazingly drinkable. you could sip it all night!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2010
750 ml bottle from Cleveland tasting 08. Batch 2. Ill enter batch 1 notes when I find them. Pours a hazy deep yellow light orange with a foamy head- some lace. Aroma is citrusy- moderate sour hints- funky- moldy cheese, with some pineapple, and orange chalky candy or something old and minerally. Flavor is white grapeskin, tart, acidic- lactic, moderate sour- ok funk from Brett, and bacteria- not as out of control or unique as the batch 1 that I remember- this has more orange, grapefruit citrus acidity with added wine like complexity- has some pear and peachy fruits as well. Pineapple and tropical notes come out as it warms and has a nice medium acidity- sour but not mouth puckering at all. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2010
In short: An excellent not-too-sour blonde ale with a refreshing fruity character and nice funkiness. Highly drinkable for the style.
How: Bottle 750ml. Winter 2008/2009 vintage. Consumed 1 year and 2 months after its release. Sent to me by kegbear, thanks a million Craig
The look: Cloudy dark yellow topped by a
In long: Nose is fruity and medium funky. I don’t know why but given the reputation of this beer I expected some kind of extra intense mega-sour sipper. Not at all. If anything the Cable Car reminds me of a more mellow version of the Cuvée De Castleton batch 1. Interesting fruit complexity with an array of refreshing tropical fruits flavours well integrated with the not-too-funky funk. A nice dryness in the finish, medium sourness, low-medium lemony acidity. I didn’t like it as much as most of my favourite and more intense European and American sours yet because of its relatively high drinkability level for the style this is one I could imagine drinking on a regular basis. An excellent session fruity sour ale if you want. But given the price and rarity of the beer making this my session sour ale is about as likely as my work cafeteria having panda burgers on the regular menu.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2010
My Bottom Line:
A lush tropical fruit jungle endlessly intertwines with calculated funk in this classy, compelling Sour Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the cloudy straw.
-Carbonation was rather low, making this rather juicy.
-This brew does not reinvent the Sour Ale wheel, but it is yet another excellent product from Lost Abbey. I just won’t buy it ever again if it stays at this price.
-The long sour finish is very pleasant; for reference, this might not be as intense as Cantillon or Hanssens products, but it is a gripping sourness nonetheless.

Bottle. Many thanks Dany!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2009
2009 bottle, side-by-side with Toronado 20th. Pours a clear golden yellow with a big creamy white head that hangs on for a while and leaves good lacing. Aroma is fairly funky with some barnyard aromas and wet grass but the most dominant aroma is the light fruity sourness. Overall, the aroma is what I’d call bright – lots of light tartness with less earthy funk. Taste is exceptional, lemon zest up front with bready malts, some fruit, maybe pears and green apples, light vinegar. Fairly funky finish but light so with some lemon. Sublime taste, super complex, more tart than funk. Light bubbly mouthfeel, very citric and biting. Crisp and wine-like in the finish. This is a superb American wild - well balanced but still nice and sour. I wouldn’t put it in the same class as the T20, but it’s still a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - DEC 21, 2009
CARBONATED! That was my first response to opening this gem. Partied this one with Lagunitasfan. Aroma was yeasty and doughy. A smooth overall drink, seemed well balanced and not too rich. Tartness wasn’t over the top, and I grew more and more disappointed as the glass slowly swallowed my beer. Well done by my boy Tom (even though i haven’t met him).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 21, 2009
09 750 ml bottle shared with TheRealBastard. Yes, we drank this effer in pint glasses between the two of us and it was awesome! Thanks Brent for making this deal. Hazy golden in the glass with a strong head. Lovely sourness on the nose. Tart smack. Clean, dry finish. Salivator. Flavors opened up as the glass warmed. Beautiful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - DEC 18, 2009
09 Bottle shared with friends at Toronado San Diego. Pours a cloudy honey straw color with a small white head. Aroma has some tart cheesy funk, underripe raspberries, vinegar, spices, and some alcohol. Flavor is citrus, funk, underripe fruits, a strong sourness, some musty notes as well as a hint of green apple and vinegar. Light to medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

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