ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2009 Bottle at the SDT Room. Made the trip from LA expressly to have this bottle, and was not disappointed. Opens with an aroma of thick yeast, flour flowers, and lemon juice concentrate. Down into flavors of the same, plus very light mandarin orange, really slight unripe cranberry and a smooth finish. Carbonation is very soft, and the finish doesn’t linger. No mustard notes or particular funk.
pimpp (8) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2009 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Anyone that knows me knows that I’ve been trying extraordinarily hard to get a bottle of this. And anyone that has ever let it known that they’ve had a bottle knows this as well. I’ve offered well over $100 worth of very rare beers, many brewery only release and plenty with less than 1000 bottles made.
I’ve been drinking beers with Shane(beachbum1975) for the past 8-10months or so. We both trade way more than we should. We’ve always ’unspokenly’ tried to one up one another. Well that mother fucker one upped me to end all one ups... but that doesn’t mean I won’t stop trying :)
This bottle was a belated Christmas gift and presented to Chris(Yetiman420), Steve(FtownThrowDown), and Me(and of course Shane), as a blind tasting for my 500th review. That bastard also just traded for a bottle of the beer I was getting him for a belated Christmas gift. What a D-Bag!
I honestly cannot express my thanks and gratitude, Shane. This was my Holy Grail beer and now my Lost Abbey bottle collection is finally complete, and what’s a better way to do it than with a Tomme Arthur signed bottle of Cable Car! :D
750ml corked and caged brown bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Shared with 3 great BAs.
A: Pours a very murky under ripened grapefruit peel color. A decent sized head forms and holds for a minute or so before falling to a few bubbles. Some spotty lacing throughout.
S: Loads of tart fruits. Lemon, orange, grapefruit, apricot, pineapple, cherries. Some astringent acids from the fruits adds to the tart and sour aromas. Funk is minimal but still lightly present with a touch of wet hay and maybe some light cider vinegar notes.
T/M: The tart and sour fruits are spot on to the nose. Lemon, pineapple, orange are more dominant with cherries and apricot or peach playing more in the back. Really a citrus explosion that is odd in that I normally experience this with loads of bitterness, which this obviously doesn’t have. Funkiness is still at a minimum but still retains the wet hay and light cidery notes. I don’t think it’d hurt to have some more funk. Tartness really starts to build toward puckering as it quickly warms. Some rustic woody and leathery notes form the barrels. Nice light to medium light body with perfect carbonation. Great dry finish that isn’t too tart or abrasive.
D: Extraordinarily drinkable. I could drink this all day every day. The tartness and sourness doesn’t linger too strong or long. Very good. Yet again, many thanks to you, Shane. You really made my day and you better watch your back when it’s your turn to be given a milestone beer! And a million thanks to the one that traded this to Shane ;)
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch #2. Orange pour with a short white head. Aroma was musty, bready, yeast. Aroma of lemon, bread, yeast, light pepper, and sour fruits. Light body, sour/fruity with a sour/tart finish.
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
[ Courtesy of KimJohansen ].Unclear medium orange color with a average to large, creamy to frothy, excellent lacing, fully lasting, white head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy citrus sour, fruity, apricot, peach. Flavor is heavy sweet and moderate to light heavy acidic with a average to long duration. Not at sour and tart as i expected it to be, a nice sour but some of the belgium stuff i much more complex. Body is medium, texture is watery, carbonation is soft. 
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light orange hue, large white head sustains, fair clarity and lacing. Nose of highly acidic dark fruits, tart sourness, farmhouse. Flavor is lactic sourness and sweet fruits, strong bret funk quickly transitions to oak, spices, vanilla, finishes sweet. Medium-bodied, smooth texture, moderate-high carbonation. Big sour ale that hits fast with sourness and yields slowly to a sweet fruit balance, smooth finish lingers on the palate.
alexanderj (3542) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of golubj, who is the man. Color of murky, dull gold. Aroma of funk, fruit, must, wheat, wood and citrus. Nice. Flavor was very similar, with a pronounced funky, barnyard element. A tad vinegar and lemon as well. This was very enjoyable for the style. Nice palate.
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating 100. Only took a year and a half. This one is pretty descent. Nice funk character. Would like to have seen more funk though...dont know why but I feel like this one is lacking something...
after4ever (7620) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750, corked and baled. Thanks, SuzyGreenberg! Wow, what a rare gem to reel in. Cloudy medium amber with virtually no head or lace. Tart balsamic and strawberry nose, maybe a little moss in there as well. Creamy medium body. Vinegar tartness on the mid-palate, but, most shockingly of all, there really is not that much else going on on the mid-palate. We all expected a fair bit more flavor than we got out of this beer. Well-made to be sure, but hardly a triumph.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2009 Bottle pours an orange body with a thin off white head. Plagued by sour vinegar and a light oakiness, and a mouthwatering aroma. One of the first sours i enjoyed. Lemon, cheese, and sour milk. lightly dry with grapes. Interesting. My first taste. 4.0
Pours a golden peach body with a thin lacing. Citric, tart, peach. Lightly tart and sour with a light woodiness. Dry with no etoh detected. Its no yellow bus. 4.1
KimJohansen (10423) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange with medium beige head. Sour aroma with notes of barnyard, orange, vinegar and wood. Sour flavour with notes of wood, barnyard and grapefruit. Sour finish. Misses the pureness that lambic has. Not dry enough.