waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2007
bottle. GABF 2007. white grapefruit juice, sour aroma. strong sourness initially but fades in to a round warm mouth. woody, citrus, sour. awesome. xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Sampled at "An evening with Pantanap #2". Big ups to Drewbeerme for bringing this, like Holdenn said I never actually dreamed I was going to be able to try this beer, thanks Andrew. Very hazy orange, lazy small white head. So funky, earthy, yeasty, slight sweet fruit aroma. Flavor is sour funk, that hits you in the back of the throat at first but substantially mellows at as it warms up, orange, sweet, dirty, slightly acidic, leathery, very drinkable and interesting american styling at a classic style. Medium body and pretty creamy, slightly acidic. Easily drinkable, wish it were more acidic, seemed to fade a little fast as it warmed, very complex. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2008
bottle....huge thanks to andrew for sharing this rarity among rarities.....pours an opaque golden orange with a thin white head....aromas of sour and tart musty funkiness with notes of horseblanket and cheese. sounds somewhat off-putting but i mean it in the best way....flavors of grassy and tart citrus lemony notes and some orange. some more funk and brettiness intertwined with other earthy notes......all in all, i just wished that the flavors had more of a funk to it. i just can’t believe i just got a taste of it! KAME (160) - California, USA - APR 20, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2008 Bottle shared among friends at Dr. Bill’s, thanks again Doc... As for the beer, subtle is an understatement. This beer takes delicate to a whole new level, but if you give it enough attention, great flavors present them self. Awesome but subtle acidity, light lemon rind tartness, and just an elegant presentation of light funk and citrus sweetness. When compared to the true gueuzes, this falls short as it’s not as bright, funky, or consuming as the Cantillon/3F lambics, but Cable Car is very good. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Golden color...a nose to fucking die for...aging fruits, vanilla, apricot, brandy..this nose is a live with complex fruit followed by some nice musty funk. I was warned that my sample was a very young Cable Car and would probably need to mature a bit...but it was still quite nice with sour and fruit flavors. The strange thing i found was that it seemed a bit hot, especially for only 7%.
hopscotch (11078) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Bottle... RBSG ‘08... This beer rocks!... Murky, straw-colored ale with little to no head. Lightly acidic, fruity nose affords notes of berries, cherries and pale grain sweetness with insinuations of toffee and butterscotch. Medium-bodied with a skim-milk mouthfeel and restrained carbonation. The flavor is a perfect marriage of acidity and sugar; tartness and sweetness. The tartness wins out, but doesn’t rule the roost with an iron fist. A notation of cherry. The finish is tart and then dries out. Thanks go out to Tomme and all the folks at Lost Abbey who provided this beer and made us all feel like royalty! illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Bottle at RBSG at Brewery, second batch Pours a slightly hazy golden with a white head. Nice perfumy, flowery aroma. This is how I like my sours, nicely balanced between the sourness, sweetness, and citrus. Not overly spicy and easy to drink. thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2009
I had a small sample of the first batch at San Diego Toronado, and I found that to be a tad sweeter- which I liked better.
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. 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. TAR (2760) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2007
Clear straw. Dense and fluffy white head. Balanced nose of iron, lemon cake, hay, horseblanket, wool, melon, and vibrant oak. Hint of musty books. Natural carbonation is soft and expansive. Opens with a rounded lacto-derived acidity and snug oak accompaniment which firmly claps the palate. Pineapple esters explode at the core and mesh beautifully with the nuanced coconut and vanilla barrel extractives. All sorts of tropical complexities. Irony acid lends a quenching quality as well as some astringency before harmonizing with the supple fruitiness. Brett-derived phenols are extremely vivacious, snappy, and spicy, and bolster the vast array of subtleties. Straw-tinged-malt blossoms with a feathery daintiness and complements the faint but bright oaken sweetness. Finishes well-attenuated with a fluffy dryness, yet slickly and brightly fruity with a lingering kiss of coarse oak. Overall, quite polished, nuanced, and well-layered, all marks of a well made beer. Wasn’t expecting a whole lot, but this certainly exceeded my expectations.