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Allagash Coolship Cerise - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 267
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 23.98%
Wants: 470
Gots: 71 | FT: 10
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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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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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 BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.36/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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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 womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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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 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 MasterSki
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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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 Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of rab53
2.98/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

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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 GarthDanielson
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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!

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Photo of corby112
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to sideshowe for sharing this rare gem!

Pours a hazy dark orange color with a one finger off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Earthy, musty aroma with lots of barnyard/horsey character.  Hints of oak, funky bugs, lactic acid and cobweb followed by faint fruit and acetic vinegar.  I was expecting the nose to be bursting with cherry but it's pretty subtle.  Smells pretty good with some nice funk but kind of one dimensional.

Medium bodied with a tart, lactic funk that isn't acetic or harsh.  Decently sour but not too much do.  More funky than anything else with a slight acetic quality.  Just a touch of vinegar in the finish but not solent like.  Not very sweet with the cherries again being slightly integrated.  Subtle vinous character with some fruit skin and cherry pit.  Finishes dry with some lingering acidity.

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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 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 cosmicevan
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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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 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 Sean9689
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of koopa
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an attractive cloudy straw (borderline blonde) with a small head that displays little to no retention or lace.

Smell: Loads of band aid phenol...probably the strongest band aid note I've ever smelled in a beer sample. Slight lemon tinge, a hint of cherry, and a good dose of barnyard funk.

Taste: Light cherry, slight apricot note, moderate barnyard funk, and a load of band aid.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Smooth easy drinking wild ale.

While I took the strong band aid note to be a sign of a flaw in the brewing process, I must say that it didn't completely take away from the brew which was still fairly enjoyable.

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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 KYGunner
3.47/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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