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Allagash Coolship Cerise - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 267
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 471
Gots: 70 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
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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Reviews: 46 | Hads: 267
Photo of TheCrowsNest
5/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #57 (October 2011):

Insane aroma of fresh cherry cobbler. How is this possible? Magic?! We can smell the alcohol, but it’s not overly boozy; less than a hint of warmth. A slice of epic in a bottle! Proof that spontaneous fermentation can be harnessed by an american brewer, and brought to this level of greatness.

LOOK: Dirty peach

SMELL: Musty cherries, pie crust, spice, esters

TASTE: Dry, semi-tart, oaky, sour cherries, lemon, vinous, herbal, hay, medicinal

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.91/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Brooklyn tulip glass.

Color is a rusty amber with no head.

Smell is of tart sour fruit. A definitely a cherry aroma, but a slight citrus juice taste.

Tart and dry with a inherent juicy sweetness. Awesome.

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Photo of AirBob
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.63/5  rDev +11%
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

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Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 09/09/11 notes. Got to try several pours of this in the VIP Forum at Nigh of the Funk. Poured from 375ml bottles.

a - Pours a murky orange-red color with an inch or so of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, cinnamon almost, sour fruits, sour raspberries, cherries, and light oak. Little bit of brett and funk, but more sour than funky. Still, an amazing nose.

t - Tastes of funky brett, sour fruits, especially raspberries and dark fruits, oak, light spice, lactic notes. A ton of brett and way funkier than the nose. Big fan of the taste and a step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and high carbonation. Little bit dry and very easy to drink for over 8% ABV.

o - Overall this was one of my favorite beers of the weekend. Ton of sour fruit in the nose and sour fruit and funky brett in the taste. Would love to have this one again sometime.

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Photo of RichD
4.46/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of grub
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 2, oct 9/2010. Jw347 contributed this one. thanks john!

375ml corked and caged bottle.

pours super hazy muddy pale gold. a few white bubbles manage to cling to the edges of the glass, but disappear quickly and leave no lace.

aroma is great. spiced sour cherry. horse blanket. bit of leather. white bread and cracker. the spice component is much higher than any of the other sours we've tasted today, and certainly higher than most i've ever had. light alcohol. almond. earthy. light vanilla component.

taste is great. a lot like the aroma, with the addition of cider vinegar and more dominant spiced cherry. light alcohol. medium-low bitterness level. low acidity.

mouthfeel is good. medium body with a dry finish. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is great. good depth. love the spiced cherry character. nice restrained funk. great!

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

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Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A true gem from Allagash. This fantastic sour is all that and more. Great carbonation, beautiful rose color, incredible cherry melon smell that is quite earthy and robust.

A great lingering tartness just sticks around and begs for more.

Allagash is on the verge of something truly special on this side of the pond and I'm for one excited.

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Photo of Boto
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of davey101
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of tony223366
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: tons of action in this brew. Head is about 1 finger and quickly dissipates to a light coating. Lots and lots of small bubble action. That I like. It's an interesting color. It's golden/amber mixed with pink. I'm guessing that's from the cherries. Really foggy.

S: I get some definite funk which I'm psyched about. It's more gum bag than horse blanket because of that great acidic sour quality. The cherries are absolutely present. It's incredibly inviting.

T: Whoa. First off congrats to Allagash. This is a really complicated brew. Tons of layers. First thing that strikes me is the funk. Not quite as dominant immediately as the aroma would have lead me to believe. I do get some malt but it immediately turns to a nice acetic sourness. Nice even balance between that funk and the sour. The cherries are surprisingly difficult for me to zero in on. The flavors are primarily sour funk. Great dry finish with a touch of stale-ness. The oak is most present on the finish.

M: Very light body with some prickly carbonation. Turns frothy in the mouth. Puckers the mouth a bit.

O: Allagash has done something special. It's not quite perfect but it's close. I love the bottle and the little card you can get that describes the coolship process. Keep it up!

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. The color or blood orange with a bit of haze (I was careful with the yeast). There is a large head upon pouring and makes champagne-like fizz. The head doesn't last long, though.

I find most of the Allagash sours dominate with the distinct yeast aroma, this is full of cherry first, with a slight touch of sweetness. There is lots of clean tartness to round out the aroma.

The taste is dry and tart. The cherry flavor is subtle, especially compared to the aroma. This one is particularly full of oak flavor as well. This has a pretty nice balance, aided by the higher ABV.

This drinks nice light and crisp.

I like this one, it's very drinkable and refreshing. If not for the higher ABV I'd say this is very much like a Belgian version.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
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

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

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DrEntropy for sharing.

Bottled 1/18/2011

Light fizzy head, pink grapefruit color, hazy.

Nose blend of sour fruit malt, lambic like, plenty of cherry, balotin like cherry, bit of oak and vanilla rounding.

Taste nice tart malts, funky, wild funk, light cough syrup, tons of cherry, juicy a bit and very dry, hint of vanilla oak, light grapefruit and dry bready malts. Dry super dry with tart cherry and funk finish.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall weird and funky but nice, good funk and tart chery blend.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of abraxel
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Brez07
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a few weeks back along with Balaton. 375ml bottle split in two Allagash glasses. Dated 1/18/11

A:  Pinkish rose in color, slightly cloudy from dregs but was translucent on the first pour.  Bubbly white 1 finger head which dissipates within a minute.  Ring of foam around the glass

S:  Nose is cherry skins, but a little lighter on the tart side of things.  Some hay/grain.  Has a gueuzey funk about it

T:  Very spritzy, seltzer like.  Cherry fruit flavor is somewhat muted, but does come out so more as the beer warms.  Finish is funky with some yeast profile

M:  Light bodied, full of carbonation.  Dry finish

D:  Not quite as good as I was expecting, but still a great spontaneous beer

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Allagash Coolship Cerise from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.