beernbourbon (1604) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - APR 8, 2010
Bottle. Pour is hazy orange with quickly dissipating head. Aroma is lightly tart with a notable and pleasing funk. Also notes of peach, orange, and a floral touch akin to lavender. Flavor is nicely tart with a pleasant horseback and hay funkiness that dominates early. Then some softly sweet notes come though with fruity hints of peach, berries, and apple. Really soft palate that beckons more drinks. A very well executed beverage. TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2010
2009 bottle shared by ucusty. Thanks Dave. Pours cloudy yellow with a fizzy white head. Nose is pretty incredible. Loads of tropical fruits, funky yeast, cotton candy. Flavor is very barnyardy with some juicy citrus and loads of funky deliciousness. yum. badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - APR 5, 2010
Crystal clear golden color with a soft, pillowy white head with great retention. A great deal of effervescence in this one. Some lemon and citrus in the nose along with some funky cheese and a bit of acetic acid providing some sharpness. Lemon, hay, clove and pineapple are noticed on the tongue as well as some buttery notes. Fairly dry with plenty of carbonation; this one drinks quite well. For the price of admission, I’ll take another beer, but this is definitely good. MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2010 4/2010 - ’09 bottle shared with Jeremy in the parking lot at Capone’s. Bottle froths a bit before pouring hazy gold-honey, porous puffy white head. Rather fruity nose has significant vanilla and cheese to balance out the peach and light lemon. Flavor isn’t quite as harmonious but sparkles with more lemon, peach, cheese, and a nice vanilla sweetness. Very nice mouth, juicy and lasting in the fruit combination. I didn’t anticipate this one living up to the hype, but its better than Isabelle Proximus, that vanilla and citrus working wonders together. This is an all-around treat and the best Lost Abbey sour I’ve had yet. 949519 JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2010
10/2010 - ’09 bottle shared with Jeremy shows that a lot of the softness is gone, very little vanilla or sweetness, thinner as well, heavy acidity with light burning. Still quite good, but at this point between V004 and IP for overall quality. 858417
What can I do to top David’s rating? Nothing, that’s what, even though I’m an educator with mega-flavor. But thanks to my man for cracking this uber-treat!!! Really lovely pour, pale orange, moderately cloudy, generous carbonation, and an all around appearance of vitality for lack of a better term. The nose is wonderfully complex, and the taste too. Many of us got different fruits from it, and for me the dominant element was blackberry, of the ripe, tart variety for sure. Granny Smith and citrus in there along with deep, fairly intense funk - hard to believe there’s not more age on this considering the complexity of this facet of the beer. Makes for an interesting contrast: the youthful quality of the fruits and the aged quality of the funk. Great, great beer.
durhambeer (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Bottle shared generously by ucusty. Hazy light orange/yellow pour and thin white head. Nose gives lots of pineapple, papaya, leather, barnyard, green apples, lemon, and funky yeast and bacteria. Just a tad more alcohol than many sours comes through, but in a good way. Slightly fuller body. Quite good. ucusty (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2010
Big ups to Wavers1 for this! Thanks Baker!!!! Vintage 2009. Believe the hype! Or you can be like flav and choose:
Don’t believe the hype...
Was the start of my last jam
So here it is again, another def jam
But since I gave you all a little something
That we knew you lacked
They still consider me a new jack
All the critics you can hang’em
I’ll hold the rope
But they hope to the pope
And pray it ain’t dope
The follower of Farrakhan
Don’t tell me that you understand
Until you hear the man
The book of the new school rap game
Writers treat me like Coltrane, insane
Yes to them, but to me I’m a different kind
We’re brothers of the same mind, unblind
Caught in the middle and
I don’t rhyme for the sake of of riddlin’
Some claim that I’m a smuggler
Some say I never heard of ’ya
A rap burgler, false media
We don’t need it do we?
It’s fake that’s what it be to ’ya, dig me?
Don’t believe the hype... GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2011 750 mL 2007 ed batch 1. This is very different from the 2009 version, which I like much better. Batch 1 has held up very well but has become more like white wine and is more sour and full of white grapes. It is bright with citrus/lemon acidity, which shares almost no commonalities with the 2009. 6/10/2010 8/4/8/5/15=4.0OldStyleCubFan (77) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2010
750mL 2009 ed batch 3 courtesy of ucusty. There were tons of hyped beers at our Carolina sour tasting- many of them did not live up it. But this certainly did. Pours just a beautiful glowing, hazy light orange/yellow with a thin white head that leaves some spotty lace. Aroma is simply incredible: pineapple, coconut rum, papaya, cotton candy (fairly sweet) layered atop geuze notes of leather, funk, tart apples, lemon zest. Taste is sour with lacto and pedo plus a rich array of tropical fruits and a bit of spicy alcohol. Nice sweet and sour mix. Buttery, rich palate. Light to medium bodied. Just whoa. 3/23/2010 9/4/9/5/17=4.4
750mL 2010 ed batch 4 at Toronado SD. Pours a fizzy, clear, white wine color with a diminishing, bubbly white head. Moves tyo muddy, glowing orange with the yeast. Aroma is sharp geuze funk, green apple skins, lemon, key lime, moving to some really incredible sweet complexity akin to baba rhum and marzipan. Taste is soft lactic, very easy to drink with a quick, sharp sour beginning moving to long, lactic beauty. It is almost like glorified Berliner weiss it is so soft and not slap your face sour like some geuzes. Maybe a bit too much lemon. No acedic comes forth that I find with the Veritas 007. Great cotton candy character develops at it warms. 10/10/10 9/4/8/5/16=4.2
750mL 2010 ed b4 at Toronado SF. The pour is a bright yellow with a medium, white head that leaves incredibly sticky lace. Pretty much a 5/5 for sour beer where the near zero sugar content makes it tough for lace to stick. Aroma of cotton candy, caramel, pink lemonade, sour/acetic impeding funk, fresh grapefruit, lemon, and acetic spice reminiscent of Hanssen’s Gueuze, funky white wine. Taste is incredibly soft, not truly sour as much fresh and tart. Bretty earth comes into play atop a beer that exhibits a sweet and sour play on the tongue that is hard to describe with sufficiency. Fresh caramel and sweet oranges take center stage rather than lemon or vinegar. What a perennial treat. 2/4/2011 9/5/8/5/16=4.3
Much love to ucusty for this one. I wanted to dislike this beer and call it overrated....its not. I loved it. It sort of tastes like a blend of best overly sour american sour (like RR Beatification) and blends it with a top quality gueuze. Without a doubt the highlight to a great tasting against some of the best beers in the world. brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 12, 2010
A: The pour is a very hazy golden yellow color without much head and very little retention.
S: The nose is full of lactic tartness with a mild mustiness and a pleasant barnyard funk. The sourness is primarily in the form of lemon and green apples.
T: The flavor is highly sour with plenty of lemony lactic acid and a touch of vinegar. The funk is much more subdued than the nose would lead you to believe.
M: The body is light to medium with a full carbonation and a nice dry finish.
D: This particular bottle was the best of the Cable Car pours that I’ve had. A solid sourness and nice fruit character, but a little lacking in the "funk" department.