Doodler (311) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the epics I have always wanted to try. 2008 vintage. Thanks to Chris Black of Falling Rock for sharing this tasty treat. A golden yellow with light one finger off-white head and a delicious citrus aroma. Mildly funky with some citrus rind and orange peel i the finish. Flavor isnít as sour as expected, more chablis-like, with lemon zest. Suprised at the drinkability. A lightly flavored, perfect summer brew. Gracias Senor!
Sean9689 (269) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2010 2009, batch 3, 750ml bottle.
Poured into Duvel tulip.
A - Pours a mirky golden/light copper color. A nice, fluffy, white head quickly follows on a medium-aggressive pour. A nice, frothy, sticky lacing stays behind from the head. Once held into the light, I can see loads and loads of bubbles rise to the top of the glass from the etched "D" on the bottom of my glass. Overall, something to look at in awe and appreciate.
S - Once I popped the cork, I could smell the tart/sour notes from a couple of feet away. Once I brought the glass to my nose, it wanted to turn inside out, just as I imagine my lips will want to do in a few minutes. Musty brett, stanky cheese, lemons, barnyard funk, sweet tropical fruit. All of this combines into an awesome-smelling wild...something to sit back and enjoy for a bit before you taste, lots going on here and probably more then I can pick up.
T - Lip-puckering tart that hits you right off the bat and then mellows out into subtle lemon-esk tingle. This is so damn good, words can hardly describe it. Lots of funky barnyard/brett mixed with some semi-sweet fruity notes. Not too tart/sour which gives you a chance to delve in and enjoy some of the other flavors going on. A nice semi-sweet finish that I donít think I can recall in any other sour Iíve had. A very complex wild.
M - Light to medium bodied, but it sways more towards medium but not quite "medium" (sorry if Iím confusing here, hard to explain). Very full, but light at the same time. The carbonation is right-on here, a nice fizzy tickle on the tongue that helps open up the flavors. A dry finish that makes you come back for more.
D - This beer makes you sit back and appreciate it. Itís easy to drink fast, but why? Itís great to chill out while sipping on this from time to time. I donít want this bottle to end, but Iím glad I was able to pop this one open and enjoy. Lost Abbey, you have done it yet again!
Dunt (259) - Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Recently brought this to a small whale tasting. Bottle was a 2009 vintage. Half fingers worth of white head. Murky peach/golden straw in color. Nose is funky but subdued, lemon, some indiscernible citrus, white grape....really nice. The flavor is lemon rind, peach, funk, and some citrus again. Light mouthfeel, nice sour kick to it but not over the top at all. Lighter carbonation, but still an ample amount. Another winner from Lost Abbey. We drank this side by side with a Duck Duck Gooze and we all agreed that Cable Car was far more balanced.
mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Toronado (release day). Beer is a hazy straw color, no head from pour but I canít say for sure what the head retention would look like. Aroma is great. Simple: funk and citrus, like a light geuze. The beer is comfortably tart with no detectable acetic. Some classic Brett flavors mix with tart and lemon zest with a perfectly clean finish.
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2010 750ml shared at Toronado. Pours a light straw colored golden yellow with just a tad of haze. Wonderful subtle aroma of some barnyard funk, white wine grapes, hay, and some lemon citrus. Very nice. The flavors are perfectly balanced between some lemon rind citrus, wet oak, grapes, and some earthy grass. The acidity is perfectly balanced and is never too overwhelming. Sour, yet subtle and very well integrated. Well worth the $40 and a good start to seeing Pootie Tang later.
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 itís a very balanced beer and everything works well together.
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Night of the Funk. Pours a solid cloudy yellow with a tall white head. Aromas of citrus, witbier-like spice, and a ton of barnyardy funk. The flavor is heavy on the lemon with cumin, more funk, and some white wine-like notes. There is substantial sourness here that cuts through the funk and reminds me of Cantillonís lambics. A very fine effort.
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - OCT 21, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2008 Sampled at GABF. Almost the first ones into GABF and this was our first stop. Aroma of brett and other tart sour notes. Flavors of tart fruit and slightly sweet.
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
I must first thank metallitone1 aka (deftim13) for this spectacular treat. A better man have only walked the earth once, since the beginning of time. Tim you a great man and good friend, and I feel honored to have made your acquaintance. I sure hope Tomme Arthur makes more of this beer. It is worth the price you need to pay whatever that may be. I *love* sour wild ales and this is a masterpiece.
This beer is quite different from but as good as ďSupplicationĒ [also provided by metallitone1]. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to share this beer with Hopdog, egajdzis, weeare138, froggyfrog, and Risser09.
Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with magnificent lacing on the walls of my snifter glass. The head is slightly off white and the carbonation is lively.
Smell: It has a huge bold sour cherries and Brettanomyces funky aroma that flood the nose with aged lambic like acidity is that the Pediococcus, I believe. Who cares! It is sensational. The citric rind, apple-cider vinegar woodyness and the plethora of magnificent indescribable aromas left me salivating like a dog.
Taste: How could the flavor live up to such a grand aroma? IT DOES! Sourness, abounds with fruits and sweet and tart flavors that run the gamut. Apricot lemon cherry wood and large sour apple with a funky yeast and Lactobacillus presence that gives its spectacular sour attribute. It makes my mouth pucker in pleasure on each and every sip. There is a spice element clinging to my cheeks in the aftertaste, like cinnamon, vanilla and ginger along with the sourness. Each tastes beckons the next.
Mouthfeel: The sour sting and the light carbonation a fairly acidic body give this a very lambic-like mouthfeel. Dry and long-lingering.
Drinkability: If the Egyptians had it right with their tombs. I want my sarcophagus placed in a conditioning tank full of Cable Car so I can drink it for eternity. Otherwise, I am certain this will be the flavor of my heaven. This is a beer I could drink day and night, if only it were available.
Hope this is helpful.
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Carolina goes Sour thanks to ucusty! A real treat. Light orange/yellow appearance. Aroma of fruity grapefruit, tartness, and other citric fruits. Taste is sour tartness from sweet grapefruit and pineapple. Acitic mouthfeel that is light bodied and tart. Awesome brew. Has that sweet geuze taste. Thanks again Dave!