Allagash Coolship Cerise - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 263
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 469
Gots: 71 | FT: 10
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Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: gregc on 06-02-2010

Coolship Cerise is our spontaneous beer aged with a blend of Maine-grown cherries, including Balaton and Montmorency. Using local cherries makes our Cerise uniquely Maine, just like us.
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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 375ml half-champagne bottle without label. Purchased in 2012 at 'Night of the Great Thirst' in Eizeringen, Belgium, and carefully stored since. Not sure what the vintage of this bottle is. Time to see how it has evolved!

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A rich, hazy orange-amber hue with a pinkish tinge. Light carbonation and fine sediment. Yields a decent head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before dissipating.

S: Aroma of sharp, sour fruitiness with hints of mild cherry, lactic acid, a touch of brett, subtle funk, straw, faint husky grain, earthiness and a delicate, lingering vinous quality. Simply amazing, and practically a match for a genuine lambic.

T: Tastes of sour fruitiness with overtones of cherry and a lengthy finish. Notes of tart cherry, vague red fruit, lactic acid, mild funk, subtle brett, earthiness, straw and faint husks. Possesses a muted vinous character. Seriously sour, followed by a lingering fruitiness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and very dry, with soft carbonation and good body. Would benefit from being a bit more lively. The sourness dries the palate. Highly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of sharp fruitiness, hints of cherries, lactic acid and earthy yeast.

O: Delicious - a superb spontaneous fruit beer. Looks great, while the aroma is sublime; sour cherry and wild yeast notes combine perfectly. The flavour is also excellent - tart fruit and earthy yeast mix harmoniously. Good body, though could be a shade more carbonated for the style. A fantastic effort that successfully captures the essence of lambic, even though it is brewed thousands of miles away from Belgium. Not quite as complex as some true lambics - the funkiness seems more subdued - but a quality brew nonetheless. Any lover of sours should try this if the opportunity arises. (1,861 characters)

Photo of MaineBrewing
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured winelike in color, like a rose, with more purple. Head dissipated quickly, for the mere seconds it lasted, it was a large bubbled loose white head. It fizzled like I was pouring a sprite. No lacing, looks flat, but expected for the style.

S - Crazy range of sour notes, intense. Fruity, dirty, some plastic. Smell the sourness and wild yeast, use your imagination.

T - The first sip I get this very prevalent spice flavor, almost cinnamon. I like it, gives it a pop. I dont get much for cherry, unless that is the cherry flavor. This taste lingers through, I wonder if this is the signature of industrial way wild yeast? Either way it is unique to this brew, peppery, spicy, big red gum, sour, must.

M - Flat as expected, slow slow sipping, acid finish, vinegary. Ive had a range of sours and this is more on the intense in your face side, by no means subtle.

O - On the more intense side of sours, more a sipper than a refresher. The unique flavor keeps me coming back. The fact this was spontaneously fermented in Maine also excites me. I probably wont give this review justice as I am not a big sour drinker, but I would recommend this as a great and unique example of the style. (1,202 characters)

Photo of rab53
2.98/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

2011 batch tasted in 2015

Nicely carbonated, though head is fleeting. Smells of BO. Sweaty armpits. I get nothing from the cherries, though I suspect that addition has long faded away. Mild tartness. Somewhat refreshing, aside from the aroma. (243 characters)

Photo of AirBob
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Notes from 8/5. Poured into a snifter.

A: Ruby-red grapefruit body. Zero head and little lacing.

S: Vinegar upfront. Sweet and sour cherry (like a cherry warhead) with a touch of oak to round it out.

T: Sweet, tart cherry moves to slight vinegar followed by puckering sourness. A little bit of oak in the finish evens everything out.

M: Light, clean finish. Low carbonation.

O: Initially, the smells and flavors coming from this beer were overwhelming. After the first couple sips my nose and taste buds adjusted. Absolutely delicious. (541 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. 375ml bottle shared by Dan - thanks. Bottled March 6, 2014.

A: Pours a hazy ruby red grapefruit juice color under a 1/4-inch thick white head which fades leaving some spots.

N: Bright sour cherries with prominent skin and juice, good funk.

T: Crisp tart funky cherries. Fruity.

M: Light body and light carbonation. Tart and fruity finish.

O: Puckering and bright cherry with funk. Yes, please. (419 characters)

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated Marc, 6, 2014. The beer pours a hazy light red color or perhaps an amberish red? It has no head whatsoever and is pleasantly carbonated. The nose is perhaps a little bit boozy on the back end. The initial smell is ripe, sweet smelling cherries with some alcohol bite.

The taste is a real shocker, this beer is S.O.U.R. This is easly a 10/10 on my sour scale. Probably the sourest I have ever had. The inital hit is light fruity sour but this quickly fades as a lactic punch of acid comes in immediately after. This acidity lingers on the palate for a long time. The actual cherry flavor is fairly mute. I get a decent cherry hit with even a hint of sweetness right up front, but then the sourness comes in. For a lambic, this is not terribly funky, just really acidic and sour.

I think this beer would be improved if it was a little less boozy, the alc. content is shockingly high and I think it really prevents this beer from becoming extraordinary.

I love it. (992 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/18/2011

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a huge head, couldn't get the entire bottle poured because of the amount of head, fades wicked fast though and don't leave a bit of lacing on the glass or any cap on top.

Smell has a bit of a vinegar and cherry sour/tart aroma, a touch of musty funk on the nose as well.

Taste starts out with a acidic vinegar front, the tart cherry adds a bit of complexity and flavor which is much needed, finishes with a musty funky aftertaste and a bit of grapefruit, semi-dry finish, medium sour puckerness. (554 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pink lemonade capped by an inch of lavender foam; quick fading and dotty lacing

Smell: Funky cherry tartness, with hints of grapefruit pith and meringue

Taste: The sweet cherry fruit dazzles the tip of the tongue but as the liquid passes over the rest of the tastebuds, lactic sourness kicks in along with barnyard funk and buttery oak; quite acetic in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation; tingling acidity

Overall: I restrained myself for quite some time before trying out my bottles from the Coolship series - this is quite a grand first impression; excellent fruit supported by just the right level of tartness for my palate

Thanks, troughnbrew, for the opportunity (731 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This has a light peach color with a clean filtered appearance. The head was a bit red with a light bubbly fizz.

The aroma is off as I catch a musky body odor, a tart sour, honey and tomato ketchup.

For what I caught in the nose I detect none in the taste. The flavor is tart with a cherry and vanilla followed by a minerally earthiness.

The feel is smooth dry with little carbonation and a gritty mineral texture.

Very odd beer here but it's flavor is good enough for a try. Just don't breathe in too deeply when you put your nose in the glass. (548 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 10.25.13
Bottled Oct 17, 2012

A - Pours a dirty pink-orange with a few white bubbles that are gone instantly.

S - Funky, earthy, subtle cherry, oak.

T - Funk, tart cherry, oak. Very complex and nice.

D - Lower carbonation with a good mediumb body.

O - Funky and tart cherry and oak, as you would want it. (326 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle: It opened with a nice "pop". This one pours a red tinged golden color. There was really no head on it and no lacing. Definitely a musty/funky aroma. Some cherry in there too. Interesting taste. Just a bit of the cherry, which gets lost in a sour somewhat lemony citrus taste. Maybe some spices, but they are subdued. A very complex brew. Smooth going down. I’m glad I bought 2. (393 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 1/23/2012.

Appearance - Deep orange. Very hazy. Reddish. Nice head and a medium white collar.

Smell - Cherry. Acidic. Lemony acidity. Hazy. Some funk. Nice.

Taste - Grassy and grainy. Cherry sweetness very briefly. Minimal funk, but it's there. Lemony sourness.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Sour. Medium body.

Overall - One of the best American lambics, or whatever you want to call it. This series is awesome so far. (470 characters)

Photo of davey101
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to BobZ for the bottle. Bottled on 01/23/2012. 375 ml C+C bottle into a HF wine glass. Pours a deep red body that appears burnt orange in front of light. A finger of whispy foam clings to the sides for the whole ride. Really looks quite lovely.

S - Huge cherry jam blast with faint notes of funk lingering in the background. Buttery oak barrels and some cinnamon spice. This smells amazing.

T - Layers of tart cherries and smooth cherry jam blend seamlessly into some musky funk and wonderfully buttery smooth oak. A lingering acetic bite on the finish. Sour cherry pie here, really frickin delicious. Improves as it warms up too. Mouth feel is coating yet spritzy. Really surprised that the abv is this high, not noticeable in the least bit.

O - One of the better American wilds I have tried. This is really something special. The funk is just right for being nearly 20 months old and the huge wall of tart cherries against the buttery oak is just perfect. Can compete with most authentic Belgian krieks. (1,021 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

thanks to pjl44 for this awesome extra!

bottled on 1/25/2012.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: medium rose red bodied beer that is opaque. Almost 2 full fingers of white head that quickly drops to a ring around the glass with a thin and separated cap.

Smell: sharp nose that is fairly funky and acidic. Cherries are definately present as well, they smell like a wild cherry flavored lifesaver candy.

Taste: Mild tart and very bright cherries, hint of lemon, lots of funk, and deep wet oak notes. The beer isnt as tart as the nose leads you to believe it will be. The cherries almost take on a sweet and sour flavor profile in the taste of this beer, kind of a unique quality that I havent seen very much in wild ales brewed with cherries. The beer has alot of depth from its funk; its musty and dusty with a touch of cheesy and yogert like funk notes. You also get a tannic and oaky flavor from the barrel. Finishes with a mild lactic bite, a lite spice cinnamon kick, and bright cherries that are mildly sweet maybe even a hint of vanilla to boot. Just a nice and complex brew by Allagash that is effortlessly delicious.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium boided beer with carbonation that is on the high side of low carbonation levels. A rather bright and clean beer. Semi-dry and crisp finish that leaves your mouth watering after every sip. Quite a drinkable beer as well; not even a hint of the booze in this 8% beer. Mellow and smooth carbonation with a quick and light epervescence as the beer sits on your tongue.

Overall: This is my first official beer that I have drank that is an american wild that used a coolship during the brewing process. This is also probably my favorite Allagash beer that I have drank . I would definately like to seek out more of these coolship brews by Allagash as this is a very enjoyable beer.

Overall Score-4.19
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Revisit of Coolship Cerise! Consumed on 9/1/2014.

375ml C&C bottle; bottled on March 6, 2014

poured into Hill Farmstead Wine Stem.

Appearance: Rosey red bodied beer that is completely opaque. The color of this beer looks like a liquefied cherry lifesaver. Thick white cap of white head that quick to disappear and leaves only a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: This smells like it will be really sour. A lot of vinegar/acetic notes. Also this sour beer smells very fruity and very funky. Cherry and lemons.

Taste: Yep this one is bracingly sour in the best possible way. It starts off sweet, then transitions into very dry and sour beer. Its got to be an 8/10 level sourness. Yet it remains at that perfect level of sourness to me for the fruitiness. I don't want anymore sourness in this beer, but it is right at that spot that is starting to pushing my boundries of being almost too sour. Pretty big wet oak barrel notes in this beer. Moderately funky; mostly dirty and musty funk with a hint of barnyard and horse. Finishes with mild and dirty funk, sour lemons and sweet cherries. Also tasting a decent amount of rhubarb and cherry pie in the finish. This is seriously fantastic coolship sour.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Pretty dry finish to this sour.

Overall: I am liking the 2014 vintage substantially more than the 2012 vintage which was my first coolship cerise that I tried. Big difference in the ABV as well. The 2012 vintage clocked in at a hefty 8.1% where the 2014 vintage is substantially less ABV at 5.6%. When I picked this beer up at Allagash the tour guides told us that this Cerise is a really sour beer and they were absolutely correct about that fact, especially compared to the 2012 level of sourness which was slightly disappointing to me. The 2014 vintage cerise is legit! Great job with this beer Allagash!

Overall Score-4.4 (3,821 characters)

Photo of Madirish76
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter. All in all it is a nice offering from Allagash. It is not a Cantillon, but pretty darn good none the less. Has a great mellow tart funkiness with superb finish. The cherries add to the tartness. The head was a white diminishing head that didn't last too long. Nice rose color that was kind of cloudy from bottle conditioning. If you can't get a hold of a Cantillon Kriek, then go for this one! (435 characters)

Photo of abraxel
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 8, courtesy of Auror. Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a hazy, orangey pink, with a fizzy, short-lived head, but lots of effervescence climbing up the edges to maintain a ring.

S - I got a whiff of cherries as soon as I popped the cork, and it follows through on that promise. Tart, acidic cherries, all the way through. A touch of nice funkiness, too. I like it.

T - Tart cherries up front, again, followed by an acidic prickle and nice sour pucker. This isn't quite a no-holds-barred sour, though; it's somewhat mellow compared to some of the more intense krieks out there. There's interesting funky complexity, it almost tastes like it has some cinnamon and nutmeg. Reminds me of cherry pie!

M - Rather smooth, with a pleasant level of acidity. Most of the carbonation fled shortly after the pour.

Overall, I'm a fan. It's a very tasty kriek, but it doesn't taste quite like any I've had before. (937 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review is from a bottle dated 1/13/2011

A- Grapefruit pink and super clowdy, pours a large near 3 finger (slightly pink) light head, weak retention, no lacing.

S - Fairly funky/tart but still quite sugary and fruity sweet and semi sour. Mild smokey oak flavor as well.

T - Quite tart with a hint of sweetness, slightly reminiscent of cherrys. A little funky, and a hint of lemony citrus and vanilla oaky/bready malts as well. There's also a kick of comfortable heat - almost horeradishy but thats not quite it... Finish is fairly dry.

M - Very well carbonated, very refreshing and drinkable. Light bodied.

O - Overall a delicious sour - not enough to make you pucker but quite aggressive non the less. Very refreshing, would recommend to anyone into sour beers. (766 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/23/2012. Picked the bottle up at the brewery on 6-8-13. Poured in a snifter, the beer is a rose-tinged pink coloring, almost like a dark grapefruit juice, with no head. Huge pop when the cork popped on this one, and tart cherry aromas came out in abundance on the pour. Aromas of subtle cherry sweet and rich on a tart and slightly citrusy backbone. Some funky sour highlights in the nose, also. Flavors are very rich, with an almost floral backbone, that deliver a dark roasted quality at the end of the palate, with woody and earthy tones. In between, there is a rich, dark cherry sweetness that starts in a bold blast that slowly subsides as it washes over the palate. This beer is a bit of a rollercoaster for the taste buds. Tart cherry and slightly acidic characteristics slowly build as you drink. The aftertaste is tangy and tart, with a sweet undertone. Dry, slightly effervescent and sour finish. Very tasty! (928 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to the one and only Kimbo for hauling this down from Allagash headquarters.
375ml bottled on 1/23/12, almost 18 months old at this point.

Color has a rosy pinkish hue. A big off-white head quickly falls to a swirly cap with some good lace.

A little bit of tart cherry in the scent but fruitiness is on the low side, but a good amount of sour funk and oak. Good potency, simplistic but tempting.

Taste is more fruit forward but it's not in your face. Some breadiness and vanilla gives it kind of a tart cherry pie feel. Good amount of sour funk, oak and lemon; not a particularly bracing or complex flavor but it's tasty and drinks easy.

Mouthfeel is on the watery side with carbonation that is kinda low for the style. Very hidden ABV however and easy drinking, I probably would've guessed this as no more than 6%.

Not a whole lot of depth here, but a very tasty and light feeling sour I'd drink anytime. (917 characters)

Photo of RichD
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle dated 1/23/2012 poured into an Allagash Belgian glass

My first lambic!

A: Pours a ruby red with a small white sudsy head that disappears into a white ring almost immediately. This looks beautiful. There is a orange/yellow color at the bottom as well, which is very interesting.

S: An acidic tart scent is very prominent here. Cherries galore as well with maybe a little apple and pear. Very nice, funky smell here. (How often do you hear that?!) Nothing too incredibly deep, but what I get is more than enough.

T: Wow! I feel like cherries just punched my tongue right in the face. Huge sweet and sour cherry flavor with some tart coming through afterwards. I also taste some oak character and some citrus, maybe lemon or grapefruit, which definitely contributes to the tartness.

M: There's a high carbonation on this. The tartness was not over the top. The interesting thing about this is that the cherry and tart flavors are pungent, but they don't linger on my palate. The finish is quite clean and crisp and the drinkability is wonderful as well.

Overall: My first experience with a lambic is a very favorable one. Allagash really has a great coolship series. The huge cherry flavors and the tartness make this very enjoyable and I almost forget that I'm actually drinking a beer. While I gave this brew a high score, I'm not sure I'd want to drive the 3 hours to the brewery and pay 15 bucks for another bottle of this. If I found this in a local shop then I most likely would. Nonetheless, this is a great beer and I'm excited to venture even further into the world of sours. (1,603 characters)

Photo of TheCrowsNest
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a gorgeous grapefruit pink with a thin white head that fades quickly. Funky sour aromas fill the room as soon as the cork is popped - mouth starts watering. Aromas are pretty damn fantastic sour cherry skins, funky wet, acetic, it's very complex. The cherries are surprisingly delicate in the flavor, you really have to look for them but they add an amazing color and complexity, deliciously deep sour. Acidity is perfect, just enough to not ignore but not so much that it hits you in the jowls.

One of the most well-rounded sours I've ever had, blew my mind. (566 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 375ml corked and caged bottle into a Coolship tumbler. Served at about 50 degrees.

Opened the bottle with a very vigorous POP!

Appearance- Beautiful pinkish/red color with zero head. The color is beautiful.

Smell- Cherry, funky wild yeast, oak, vanilla, lemon rind, something chemical. Smells sweeter rather than tart. Very funky.

Taste- Wow! Tart cherries up front, some Vicks tasting funkyness, oak, and piney earthyness. Finish is pure cherry and lemon. Sour, but not aggressive.

Mouthfeel- Very carbonated with moderate sourness. Not overly aggressive tartness (no tart faces made). Clean and crisp and refreshing.

Overall- Damn good cherry wild. Yet another great Allagash wild! (703 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Allagash coolship tumbler. Nose is less cherry heavy than the Balaton. More funk and acidity. Funky earth in the background. Super dry. This was one of the better ones of the Coolship Series, though was by no means my favorite. The background funk was a nice addition to the cherry. (295 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorites of the night, served along side all the rest of these things. Beer is amber to pink and mostly clear with a white head.

Aroma is nice, funk and sour with some fruitiness sneaking through.

Light in body, airy on the palate, nice fruitiness to the whole thing, interesting beer overall, I'd have it again. The finish is tart and dry, a nice combination. (374 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Thorpe429 alongside several other Allagash sour/wild ales. Thank you very much, Mike!

The beer is light pink with a thin white head. The aroma offers sweet cherries with a touch of yeast and oak. The flavor is cherries, cherry pie, crust. A touch of lemon and vinegar in the finish. mild tartness and acidity in the finish. Subtle lactic presence. Fairly thin and light in body, with alcohol presence well disguised. A decent fruit sour ale, but again, not in the same echelon as the Belgian greats of this ilk. (522 characters)

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Allagash Coolship Cerise from Allagash Brewing Company
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