Allagash Coolship Red - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by nhindian:
4.7/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
375ml bottle poured into a Cantillon cervoise. Bottle generously sent by 603BeerMe, thanks so much Clark!
Bottled on 11/04/2010.
A - Pours a deep rose color, almost like a blood red mixed with grapefruit juice. It actually has a big, bubbly head, about 2-fingers in head and light pink in color, but it's so active that it completely fizzles out within 10 seconds, leaving mere traces of it's existence. Some slight lacing, but it's not exactly sticky so like the head, it's gone quickly after its appearance. The body is cloudy, but you can still see some carbonation streaming up the sides.
S - The nose on this is simply exquisite. Unlike some sours, the tartness and microorganisms that live in the beer don't overshadow the fruit, and you can quite clearly distinguish the large amount of raspberries in here. Likewise, there isn't an overwhelming amount of sweetness that detracts from the other flavors. A nice amount of funk balanced with acidity, it definitely comes across as sour. There's a strong bleu-cheese note in here, like a Roquefort or Gorgonzola. Has a bit of musty dankness as well, like wet hay or a dusty crawlspace.
T - The taste starts with a heavy kick of tartness, drawing comparisons to the some of the best Belgian sours I've had. All of the notes from the nose are present and accounted for here as well, with juicy raspberries leading the way. It is all-together fairly earthy, from the vine-picked quality of the fruit, to the mustiness, to the funkiness, it all draws a vision to the little shack that Allagash fermented the beer in, quietly transforming into the beer it is today. Some lemon, leather, and grass as well, and even the oak comes across nicely.
M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation. Very dry which makes the flavors that much more sharp and clean. The tartness gets into the corners of the cheeks to keep them on edge and ready for the next sip.
D/O - Drinkability is high. I have to say that this is in the same echelon as the Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen I've had, and definitely the best 'framboise' I've had. It doesn't have the sweetness that unbalances some beers, and it's not overly sour to the extent that it's hard to drink. Every flavor in this is clear and accentuated, and it is simply a joy to drink.
Serving type: bottle
09-28-2011 05:45:52 | More by nhindian
More User Reviews:
4.11/5 rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled March 20, 2014.
Appearance - Pours a hazy pink. Small white head. Settles quickly to nothing.
Smell - Awesome. Oak. Lemony acidity. Lots of acidic raspberry. Lightly funky.
Taste - Super oaky. Lemon sourness. Raspberry starts tame and gets extremely sour. Even gets a little acetic. Very intense.
Mouthfeel - Medium body. Intense sourness makes it less crisp. Well carbonated.
Overall - It's delicious, but I think it's too sour.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2014 23:54:43 | More by Alieniloquium
Allagash Coolship Red from Allagash Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.