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Allagash Coolship Red - Allagash Brewing Company

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329 Ratings
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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 7.08%
Wants: 774
Gots: 62 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Spontaneous beer aged with raspberries.

(Beer added by: gregc on 06-02-2010)
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Reviews by nhindian:
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4.7/5  rDev +4%

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.

nhindian, Sep 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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

Raspberries gone wild! Two-year- old spontaneously fermented beer aged on local raspberries for several months. You need to have had the experience of picking ripe raspberries to understand the language of this beer. Huge complexi- ties found after every sip. Very intense. Simply awesome.

LOOK: Bright rose

SMELL: Raspberry jam, musty, Band-Aids, farmy

TASTE: Fresh, juicy & tart raspberries, grass, dry, lime, mineral, musty cellar, floral, oaky, vinous

BeerAdvocate, Feb 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

warnerry, Jun 21, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +1.3%

I realized I put this under the wrong beer. but here it the correct review

Had at the tap take over Gasharoo at Novare Res. The brewers walked around pouring samples.

Deep red beautiful
The aroma is tart earthy like one would get from smelling a bucket of fresh raspberries

The taste is sublime a mix of carbonation and sweetness in the front. The raspberry comes fresh fresh earthy my wife said its the only raspberry thing that actually tastes like eating a raspberry. Wonderful

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 06-27-2011 00:52:32

bishopdc0, Jan 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Jason, Mar 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

mctizzz, May 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

lostandwandering, Jul 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

fo1ksguitar, Dec 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Prospero, Apr 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

Cynic-ale, Jun 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

doremite, Jul 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

acurtis, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%

Review from notes. Thanks to Jay and Paul for bringing this one down to Evo.

A: Pours a pink/watermelon color with a small light pinkish, foamy head on top. Not much retention at all or lacing.

S: A little musty/barnyard aroma going with some nice raspberry coming out. Very sweet and tart with a little of the oak coming through as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, lots of juicy raspberries, great tart qualities. On the earthy side, with a little bit of grass and a slight lemon flavor. The oak comes through a little, but the tart/juicy raspberries really steal the show here.

M: Medium bodied with active carbonation, slightly prickly, with a little bit of a dry finish. Great tartness.

O: Fantastic beer, one of the best wild ales I have had. The flavor was incredibly vibrant, the type of beer I would love to have on hand everyday of the year.

mdaschaf, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

EvoJoe, Jun 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

Roguer, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%

Thanks to BlessedBeBeer for this one. 375ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Cantillon flute. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 2 finger foamy light pastel pink head with poor retention. Beer is a stunning, clear red. No Lacing, poor legs. More lambic looking than wild ale here. Extra points because I think it might be categorized wrong.

Nose is robust tart cherries. Wet hay, cobwebs, light cheesiness, dank rotting wood. Again, more lambic-like than wild ale. There's a conspicuously missing Brett presence also. Nontheless, really good but a bit muted.

Opens tart lemon, cherry, cobweb, band-aid, and plastic. Fruit presence is noted but hides behind a big gueuze profile. Really magical. More building sourness in the middle as the cherries emerge a touch more, sprinkling the tartness. End is yeasty with a puckering finish and tart, dry aftertaste. One of the best American Wild Ales I've had to date. As close as it gets to traditional Belgian lambic.

Light bodied with high carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and dry and puckering going down. Dry and filmy finish with a bone dry aftertaste. Outstanding.

This beer comes out of nowhere for me. While I've tried a number of Allagash's limited offerings, none of them even come close to the achievement that is Coolship Red. Whether you age it or decide to drink it now, I'm sure you'll be impressed by this one.

SpeedwayJim, Nov 09, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

struttinj, Jun 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

benbazi, Aug 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

Gonzoillini, Apr 13, 2013
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4.11/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

Alieniloquium, Jul 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Brocklanders34, Jul 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

dsgolovin, Apr 13, 2012
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3.76/5  rDev -16.8%

S: Very bold raspberries up front, some oak presence, other dark fruits, little to no funk, just a touch of perceived tartness.

L: Hazy, pinkish red, little head and retention.

T: Strong, raspberry tartness up front, quite bracing. Fairly clean tartness, somewhat light with some citrus-like acidity. Sweetness pretty well balanced with acidity. Finishes dry, but quite clean with a medium raspberry finish. A touch of cocoa and more oak as it warms.

M: Medium high carbonation, medium bodied.

Not bad, a little one-noted and quite tart. But nice fruit flavor and fairly drinkable.

bum732, Aug 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

apasternak, May 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

cfrobrew, Aug 20, 2014
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Allagash Coolship Red from Allagash Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.