Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Scott for procuring the bottle, Batch 1. Poured relatively clear, brighter golden with a light dusting of white head. The aroma opened with brilliant, yet still approachable sour vinegar, green apple skin, and tart cherry hit with a bouquet of lighter fruits beneath. The flavor had sour, funky Brett as a primary characteristic along with pears, green apples, and dry, tart wheaty notes.. finished sour, funky, and refreshing, picking up some cherries. Moderate-plus tartness on the palate, and again it was entirely approachable.. bone dry on the back and well-balanced all the way across. This was most excellent!
Batch 2, summer 2008 bottle. I canít thank Tomme and the gang enough for treating us like royalty! Poured clear apple juicy golden with zero head sticking around. The aroma had a low-lying apple vinegar acidity paired with tart light fruit skins.. wheaty tartness and aged oak on the back of the nose. The flavor opened with tart malt and apple vinegar, followed closely by pears and green apple skins.. complementary oak tartness rode the edges and paired with more lighter fruits.. dry, lengthy, memorable finish. Medium-bodied with a great feel on the palate.. the acidity was approachable and very engaging.. there was some discord among the elements, but thatís being very picky.. a little age and this will settle in with the best beers out there. 8 3 9 4 17
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice blend of gold and copper, with a small off white head. Smells of some nice acidic fruits, apples, grapes, light malts, and tartness. The flavors are much of the same. It was an 07 vintage so it might still be a bit young. Still had some great sour fruits and even a touch of some oakyness that I caught a bit of. Fruity in the finish with a sharp and tingling mouthfeel. Pretty darn good.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden color...a nose to fucking die for...aging fruits, vanilla, apricot, brandy..this nose is a live with complex fruit followed by some nice musty funk. I was warned that my sample was a very young Cable Car and would probably need to mature a bit...but it was still quite nice with sour and fruit flavors. The strange thing i found was that it seemed a bit hot, especially for only 7%.
Odeed (1775) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(2007 BOTTLE @ TORONADOS)yellow body with not much head.i pick up oak,lemon,wood,and a slight hint of fruit.VERY smooth and balanced.
(2008 SAMPLE @ LOST ABBEY)lots more fruit in the finish on this years.honestly i prefer it over the 2007.
Svensen (10) - , SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber beer with an off-white head. Tart, fruity aroma. Peachy fruit, very tart flavor with some oak. Lingering oak and tartness with lots of woodiness and almost some tar. Nice.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 17, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2008 Bottle from Toronado SD. Clear golden with a fluffy white head. Sour, funk, and cherry aroma with hints of vanilla and oak. Green apple, lemon, white wine taste with notes of creamy vanilla and cherries and a dry finish.
sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - JUN 4, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Once again, a huge thanks to Vince over at the Port Brewery for hooking me up with a few tasters of this one. I had just finished talking with Justin on the phone about how i wanted to try cable car and proximus when vince offered me a couple samples of each. Needless to say, I was pretty stoked. Anyway, thanks again Vince. Pour was a hazy, murky yellow with pretty active carbonation. A sweet citrusy funk fills your nostrils as itís poured. Slight floral notes blend in beautifully with light fruit scents. The taste so complex that it took a few sips to really identify what i was tasting. Tart but smooth citrus flavors with a little bit of a bite on the finish. Absolutely amazing. I would kill to get my hands on another bottle of this stuff.
hapjydeuce (924) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 27, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2008 I managed to get a bottle at the Toronado grand opening in San Diego on May 24. Firstly, a MAJOR thanks to wetherel for calling me and letting me know that a few bottles were in the cooler for sale. I wasnít planning on driving down from Carlsbad until I got that voicemail. Split the cost with Katie, we couldnít believe that more people werenít buying them up. Just pure craziness to have two bottles of this rarity side by side as we drank with wetherel and alohaC at the bar. Itís pants-creaming good. Hazy dark yellow color with medium white bubbles and swirls. Rich and rounded oak wood aroma with wet hay, lemon and biscuit tones with barnyard funk. All flavor components blend together amazingly well. Some citrus and light toast up front, with lighter barrel tones and brett acidity on the finish. Perfect amount of tartness, drinking multiple glasses was no problem. Slightly dry and a wonderful body. My first thought before I poured it was not to overrate due to hype, but all of my expectations were met. Flat out an incredible ale.
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy yellow-beige. Lightly cheesy nose with light fruit and a hint of yoghurt. Tastes like a new pair of Adidas, lots of tartness on the tongue, a splash of yeasty character and a little bit of fruitiness. Good balance - itís a nice beer but itís no Proximus.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAY 25, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
At the Toronado grand opening party, they had some bottles for sale. It was surreal. I wasnít really sure if I was looking at them, and if they were really for sale. I asked a couple of people how much they cost, and they were guessing $60-$100, cash only. I had $40, so I unpatiently waited to see someone who I knew who might chip in. I asked how much, and it was only $50, so I asked the guy sitting next to me (turned out to be carnevoodoo, from BA) if he would chip in $10. He said yes, and also bought a pint of Abyss for me. Thanks Derrick! Wow. So now I have a huge bottle of cable car sitting in front of me. When you are used to small tasters, glass after glass of a super rare beer is almost indescribably awesome experience. There was even enough to give large samples to the John, Christian, the bartender, etc. I even finished the last sample from the bottle. Oh the horror! Yellow amber color. Mild sour aroma. Maybe a hint of acetic acid. Flavor is delicious and the sourness is mellow and insanely easy to drink. Perfect palate. It would be wonderfully easy to drink in large quantities with meals. Not as sour as a gueuze. The sourness reminds me of orangina, even though they are nothing alike. Delicious!