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RATINGS: 431   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Youve 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 dont ask stupid questions. Welcome to Big Daddys House known to most simply as "The T-Room." Here the bartenders are fluent in English, German, Flemish, French, Waloon and Czech. But theyre 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 wont find any Cable Cars except for this one. But if youre 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. Heres to 20 more years of punishing livers everywhere. Cheers Gina, Jim, Tomme, Vince and the Brewers of Port Brewing

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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16222) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 12, 2010
2007 Vintage 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 Ive had. A solid sourness and nice fruit character, but a little lacking in the "funk" department.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
badgerben (4972) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Huge thanks to moelikebeer for sharing! Murky orange color with no head. Strong hay aroma, light orange and a bit of smoke. Tart orange flavor. Lots of wheat, hay, light malt. Another whiff of smoke. A bit of lemon. Wow.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (24090) - Tyres, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2010
Bottled, 2007 vintage, thanks Marsiblursi! Hazy golden, small head. Sweaty nose with brett and barnyard. Honey sweetness dried by vinegar and brett. Medium bodied with rounded spritzy mouthfeel. Lemony finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2010 (Bottle 2007, thanks alen!) Pours hazy golden with a small head. The aroma holds a nice mix of brett and fruits, lots of citrus, tart yellow tropical fruits, pears, apples, barnyard, sweat and mouldy basement. Hints of clove-like phenols, spices, cat urine, light oak wood, vinegar and light cheese. The flavour is light sweet/dry and medium acidic. Good blend of brett, fruits/citrus and wood. Nice pale malt base. The mouthfeel is juicy and tart with a light carbonation. Citric and spicy finish. Medium bodied. Fantastic nose and juicy flavour, I like.

4.2
   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 its a very balanced beer and everything works well together.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MeadMe (1634) - 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.

4.3
   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 its balance and complexity. It has a nice carbonation and it goes down very easy. Its amazingly drinkable. you could sip it all night!

4.1
   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.

4.2
   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 dont 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 Cuve 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 didnt 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9590) - 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 wont 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!!


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