rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Sparky27 was generous enough to break this out at a tasting tonight, a HUGE thanks to you for this Eric.
Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head.
Aroma is lemon zest, funk, sour acidic goodness.
Flavor is tart sour funk citric acid, sawdust, lemon zest. There is a really nice sour dry puckering goodness going on here.
Very enjoyable, glad to have tried this.
JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 24, 2009
On tap at Toronado’s 1st Anniversary party. Pours a deep hazy gold with thin frothy white head. This is a well balanced sour, with a flavor thats not to intense. Sour green apple, barnyard funk, leather, oak, citrus, lemon zest, and hints of peach and yeast. Pretty dry, and easy to drink. Nice! danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 24, 2009
2008 on Tap at Toronado’s 1st Anniversary. Pours a flat golden hue. Nose is lemon and grain. Flavors are a really nicely balanced sweet and sour. Some lemon, and bread tones. Very tart with a mild carnation. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 24, 2009
A damn good sour. On tap at the Toronado SD with dasilky1 and others. Pours with a hazed golden body and a small white head. Aroma is heavenly after a two hour and forty-five minute drive! Must, controlled funk, leather, citrus, grapefruit, apricot and sheer awesome sourness! Taste is sour with citrus, leather wood, and more awesomeness, apples, horse hair, pineapple and a bit of brandy. So much cleaner and more enjoyable than the Russian River Beatification Batch 002 that they served later in the day (although that is also a great beer). Mouthfeel is super dry with a puckering effect. Tingling carbonation, and BONE DRY. Awesome! jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 18, 2009
2nd batch bottle (’08?) shared w/ Maheu at Toronado SD. Inviting nose of a light bretty funk w/ a semi-sweet malt base filled w/ lemon. Flavor is not quite as sour as I was anticipating, although I have nothing to compare it to. In fact, this was fairly mellow & well rounded. Flavor was straightforward, bretty sour, lemon zest, citrus, smothered in wood, w/ a "semi" dry finish. Really delicate palate, soft as hell on the tongue...rolls over w/ ease. A really, really delicious, drinkable, and almost refreshing sour ale that stays tart. Their Veritas 004 offering blows this Cable Car batch away in terms of intensity, but it was still very well enjoyed.
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Courtesy of hoppymeal at northernbrews’ November ’08 sour tastingthebaldwizard (1365) - Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Bottle: The aroma consists of sour limes, sour cherries, and the same faint cleaner aroma that I noticed in Isabelle. It pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a small white head. The flavor starts with lots of sour apple and lime up front. It turns more sour lemon in the finishy. Light-medium bodied with a mild carbonation.
Sampled at last summer’s Cleveland bash. Dark straw colored body. Lively carbonation. Great flavor with a nice balance of lemon, herbal notes, and light hints of peach. Great sour aspect to this beer. daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2010 Update: I got to taste the 2010 version at Lost Abbey and man this is a funked up release! Awesome horse blanket, barnyard. Really different this year!
Bobby91 you are the man. Awfully nice to share a beer of this rarity. Damn fine. Dark gold pour wtih a white head. Vinegar up front wtih some tart apples, tropical fruit, lemon, wet earthy tones and some light funk. Flavor is sour, but the sourness does not detract from the fruitiness of this beauty. Its sour, don’t get me wrong. But the array of fruits that danced on my tongue with some soft yeasty notes provided a real drinking experience. But what would I know...I was drunk and I am not a sourhead...HAHA. I wasnt drunk when i tasted this one. arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2009
GABF 2007 and RBSG 2008. This was one of the highlights of GABF for me; my friends and I camped out at the Lost Abbey station on multiple days just taking refills of Cable Car. We got it down to a science where we’d be first in line when the new bottles were cracked, getting the clearest pours before the sediment became disturbed. Bretty pineapple-granny smith smell. The delicate yeasty things are the first impression in both the nose and the mouth, not the acidity, which was at a lower level than expected (this would never be confused with a proper gueuze or La Folie, the acidity being much more restrained). The fruit flavors provide a soft but fresh base to the foamy yeasty notes floating over the top, and change upon different sips and different samples: sometimes peach, sometimes lemon, sometimes starfruit (perfectly identified by awaisanen). This beer’s glory lies in its subtlety; it really takes concentration to fully appreciate, but rewards the effort. Wonderfully crafted. Fin (11047) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2009
Bottle at Craig’s bit tasting, Edinburgh, 21-03-09 thanks to Craig for hosting and for getting hold of some great beers. Pours warm gold with a white head. Tart and citric aroma touch musty and some wet wool. Feels nice and bubbly in mouth little champagne like in fact I get asti spumante (attended too many cheap and cheerful weddings where champagne was obviously not an option) Finishes quite dry and fruity. Very likeable. A8 A5 F8 P4 OV15 4.0