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Allagash Coolship Cerise - Allagash Brewing Company

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world-class

207 Ratings
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 393
Gots: 63 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: gregc on 06-02-2010)
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drummermattie02

Texas

3/5  rDev -30.1%

02-03-2013 19:16:53 | More by drummermattie02
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Atomicskis5

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

07-05-2013 14:49:40 | More by Atomicskis5
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

08-18-2012 12:40:43 | More by t0rin0
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largadeer

California

3.38/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

3 of 5 coolship beers shared by dsgolovin. Thanks, David.

This bottle exploded upon opening. Pours a muddy, watery pink with no head. Looks thin and generally unappealing.

Mild, somewhat bland aroma. Faintly lactic and funky with subtle cherry notes that are both sweet and tart; light plastic notes. Nothing bad here, but it could use more kick.

Palate is good but not great. Fairly thin mouthfeel, bordering on watery - tannins from the fruit save the finish, which is fairly bland otherwise. It's decently tart, and the fruit does come through more on the palate than it does on the nose.

This is decent, but it doesn't have the depth of flavor that Balaton does.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 04:36:11 | More by largadeer
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BGsWo22

New York

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

07-15-2014 15:05:31 | More by BGsWo22
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

10-03-2013 12:31:15 | More by ShanePB
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

03-03-2012 09:26:23 | More by ygtbsm94
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Sideswipe

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

06-30-2014 15:04:28 | More by Sideswipe
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CelticAleMan

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

03-11-2012 09:24:40 | More by CelticAleMan
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CityofBals

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

09-12-2013 18:33:27 | More by CityofBals
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of our Coolship showdown - bottle generously provided by Reagan1984. Served in a Cantillon tulip, and sampled side-by-side with a 2009 Cantillon 100% Kriek.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a thin collar, a few wisps, and tiny specks of lace. Lightly hazed orange-pink/salmon body.

S - Largely cherries, with some pie crust sweetness, slight cheesy funk, a touch of lemon, and some lactic sourness. Quite delicate and understated - I let this warm for quite a while it never seemed to get very intense.

T - Taste is quite similar. A muted collection of wild flavors - lactic acidity, hint of oak, some vanilla and stone fruit malt flavors, and light sourness in the finish - plus some sweet cherries. The unexpected 8.1% ABV doesn't really show up here.

M - Medium-light body, low carbonation, dry texture, and a hint of alcohol warmth that reveals the bizarrely high ABV.

D - Easy to drink, difficult to acquire, and pretty underwhelming compared to its Belgian brethren. Probably my least favorite of the Coolships. I'm also puzzled by the unusually high alcohol content, particularly compared to other lambic and even other Allagash offerings.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 05:37:24 | More by MasterSki
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.51/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 00:41:33 | More by KYGunner
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With the acidic taste of cherries well on display, Allagash's Coolship Cerise borrows the taste of hard candies and cough drop to complement the fruit flavor with sweetness, tartness, and balance.

Pouring with a hazy redish hue that may resemble mauve that tilts to the pinkish, orange side. The oddly compelling coloration releases a dainty white lace that breaks about the surface before succumbing to the acidity and alcohol underneath.

The nose is dominated by ripe cherry scents with background notes of tart candies, dusty woods, mild mushroom and lactic cheese, limes, and crab apples. There's the musty scent of decaying woods, earthy, and saddle leather that rides along the true cherry scent.

Flavors also manifest the ripe cherry taste with a juicy and vibrant taste like that found in hard candies and cough drops. Aided by the crusty sweetness of marzipan, powdered sugar, and light butter, there's a fascinating bridge of flavors that extend to lactic buttermilk, leather, must, sea salt, earthen woods, and mild mushroom brine. The odd combination of cherry to earth seem like there's two beers living in one bottle.

Light bodied and whole heartedly acidic, the early cherry sharpness and tartness provides a refreshing introduction to the palate while a light and almost watery mid palate exposes some metallic flavor/textures that grow into the finish. The mild warmth no where nearly reveals the brunt of 8.5% abv.

Where the cherry flavor isn't as integrated as I would have wished, nor does it display the aged and dried cherry taste that more traditional krieks do; the pedio-forward aged character stands alone and doesn't embrace the fruit at least not yet. I would love to see this beer after a year or two of melding inside the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 18:18:35 | More by BEERchitect
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Darker pink body; sort of glowing

Muddled cherry and a woody pit aroma. Lemon, some funk, and bandaid.

Pretty consistent flavor from the aroma. Light cherry. Lactic sourness; not too strong. Bitter funk bite on the finish and more cherries. Definitely not as good as the balaton version.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 21:54:05 | More by BearsOnAcid
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cosmicevan

New York

3.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thank you a million to Gary for sending these our way...shared with Mike and Scott side-by-side with Red and Balaton.

a - murky orange with a thin head that was gone quick leaving a thin ring of fizziness on the surface.

s - some funky acetone. cherries are there, but not like in the balaton.

t - very funky. dark cherry. the booze is a bit evident compared to the other 2...and this is the strongest and it tastes it.

m - good carbonation. sour and musty.

o - overall unique and different. not something i need again and my clear least favorite of the three. the cherry flavoring is really overshadowed by the cherry flavor of the balaton which is more to my liking.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 02:27:09 | More by cosmicevan
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you, Alex. This was part of the Coolship tasting.

A - Pours golden yellow, white head, spotty lace, thin collar.

S - Musk, barynard, fruity cherry notes, light wood, medium level of sour/tart notes. Pretty much funk/tart/sour notes and cherries, which is what I was expecting.

T - Sour fruit, cherries, bretty funk, light hay. Pretty much a back and forth between sour cherries/fruit and funk/sour/tart notes with some almonds in there as well. Finish is dry tartness.

M - Light, soft carbonation, dry finish.

O - A solid American Wild, but this didn't really blow me out of the water. For the low bottle count and how hard these are to obtain, I would just go for something else in the style category. Decent.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 17:03:05 | More by Sean9689
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box_social

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

08-25-2013 05:23:31 | More by box_social
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unclejazz

New York

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

03-19-2014 20:29:16 | More by unclejazz
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

11-08-2013 23:53:24 | More by AlexFields
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

06-24-2014 05:53:30 | More by Jspriest
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LoveStout

New York

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

01-01-2014 02:37:26 | More by LoveStout
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

01-08-2013 23:01:52 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

06-15-2013 15:48:09 | More by thegerm87
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

07-06-2013 22:43:58 | More by tom10101
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womencantsail

California

3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice pink color with an off-white head. The cherries certainly come through. A bit of a cherry pie type aroma along with oak and grass. A bit on the sweet side. The flavor does have a significant cherry component, but it’s also a bit watery. Lightly sweet with a mild lemon tartness. Not much in the way of depth or complexity, but easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 20:26:25 | More by womencantsail
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Allagash Coolship Cerise from Allagash Brewing Company
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