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Allagash Coolship Red - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 455
Avg: 4.38
pDev: 7.53%
Wants: 983
Gots: 77 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: gregc on 06-02-2010

Spontaneous beer aged with raspberries.
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Photo of mikeg67
3.54/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours raspberry-pink with fluffy pinkish head. Aroma is of raspberries, funky yeast, sweet malt and vinegar. Body is full, tart and tangy. Taste is tart, sour, funky, raspberries, woody. Finish is long, tart and sour. Not as complex as Belgian sours, but refreshing and easy drinking brew.

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Photo of bum732
3.77/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of aleigator
3.82/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

@ Quintessence - Cherry-red color, small pink head.

Cherries, raspberries, lemon peel, malt, nearly no funk.

Taste reveals a lot more raspberries, backed up by lemon zest, Bretts, crisp mouthfeel. Acidity is decent at first, but results in a long fizzy, sour aftertaste. Light to medium body, very convincing taste.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks like cherry 7up. Really clear and sparkly red appearance. Small white head that dissipates. Very nice.

Clean raspberry scent. No overpowering funkiness. Even has a cherry 7up smell to it.

Strong pithy bitterness. Seems to be the theme with Allagash's funk. Raspberry flavor is there but not as strong as I would like. Seems like more of a balanced fruit lambic. Seedy raspberry taste. Fairly light in acidity. Refreshing. Tannic like bitterness on the finish is a little overwhelming.

This was nice to drink but it lacked in many areas.

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Photo of grub
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

375ml corked and caged bottle.

pours hazy dark pink, nearly red, with a small white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. date and cherry. nail polish remover. big vinegar sourness and acidity. white bread. bit of feet. some nut and seed character.

taste is good. similar to the aroma, but with mellower sourness. caramel. earthy.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium body. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is good. good balance. nice depth. restrained acidity.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.94/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale pink color and is full of fizzy bubbles that form a light head of soda-like large bubbles that fizzle away quickly. It looks very carbonated with tons of little soda bubbles that slowly fade away. The beer sits in the glass somewhere between deep pink and ruby red with a hazy body that is a bit dark and impenetrable to the eye. As it settles, the beer starts to look a lot like ruby red grapefruit juice. On the nose, the beer smells of deep funk and cherry fruit leather with a touch of fresh raspberry and fruit-rollup. The funk is the most prevalent of the smells. On the tongue, the beer tastes of fresh and funky acidity that leads into a sour pucker with a touch of fruity sweetness and an oddly strong lingering bitterness that mixes in with the acidity. The flavor begins as tart puckering fruit that sits between raspberry and cherry flavors and then moves quickly into a deep and grassy funk with touches of bitter grass. The finish returns to a lovely, syrupy raspberry flavor and a touch of bitter tannin from the raspberry skins. The aftertaste is of bitter grass and with faints hints of raspberry fruit. In the mouth the beer feels fiercely prickly with carbonation and a medium and slightly slick body. Overall, I’m not quite sure what I think of this. The grassy bitterness is a little off-putting, and not quite what I’m looking for in a framboise, but then again, this is a Maine version of a farmboise and it has some signature American bitterness. Personally I want the raspberry flavor a little more forward on the tongue, but as is in this beer it is light and nuanced. The funk is great in the beer, and the grassy bitters are actually interesting, they’re just not what I normally look for in the style. This is a good beer, but is not my favorite, my girlfriend liked in more than I did, though, so perhaps you will too.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from mixylplik3, thanks for the opportunity Matt.
Pours a deep cloudy garnet red with a smallish pink tinged head that quickly dissipates to a ring on top. I can smell the tart as soon as I wrangle the cork out of the bottle. Lots of tart raspberries with a hint of brown sugar make up the bulk of the aroma. Lactic acid and funk provide support. The flavor is filled with lactic and citric acid. Lots of tart berries and lemons with just a touch of brown sugar. Light bits of funk come and go in the taste cycle. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a piercing light sugary tart mouthfeel. This is a very nice sour I quite enjoyed this.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy George I was able to snag a few of these.
A nice fluffy pink head forms and begins fizzing very loudly. It’s a really bright purpleish/pink color and lasts only for about 30 seconds. Then it fades to nothing. The beer is a hazy pink color that reminds me of pink lemonade. No lacing at all.
Aroma is at first acidic and tart. Best described as a raspberry vinaigrette. Irt’s almost too easy just to say raspberry and I do get fruit even berry.. but less specifically defined as raspberry. Some more depth and some oak as it warms.
Tart, acidic, dry, lemon, vinegar, very light berry. Not very sweet at all, so you are getting the essence of the raspberry flavor without too much sweetness.
Really refreshing and delicate. Fairly acidic. Very bright on your tongue with pinpoint carbonation.
Nice little beer. Very happy I was able to score a bottle and take care of a few trading buddies.
Late in the glass I tried pairing this with some dark chocolate. Well that was a bad idea. Don’t do that. The tartness and acidity cut way too much to the bone for the chocolate flavor. Oh well, I tried. Wish I had some nice blue cheese or some creamy brie. (BA page suggest pairing with chocolate..I respectfully disagree)

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Big on lacto and tart raspberry. A little plasticy and metallic, faint barnyard. This has a good fruit character, but it isn't bursting with raspberries.

Taste & mouthfeel: Tart raspberry and tannic seed. Quite lactic, funky, very dry. Good oak presence in the finish, which shows good depth. The body feels thin compared to a real framboise, and the fruit character could use more intensity and depth, but it's nice overall.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to whoever shared this one at Jerz tasting

Look: Pours a nice light red color with about a 1/8 inch head that does not stick around very long and neither did my pour

Smell: The nose is very fruity with raspberry being the front runner. You also pick up the tartness in the nose which makes me think the beer will be overly tart

Taste: Boy was I wrong about the beer being overly tart. The beer has a great balance of tartness to flavor ratio. Again the beer is pretty much just straight raspberries which I really liked very light and fruity. Good flavor

Mouthfeel: Light body with ample carbonation and a bit dry on the finish

Overall: It was a good beer but I am not sure as good as everyone at the tasting was acting like it was. It is one of the beer wild ales I have had because of the balance. So highly recommended

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Photo of JAXSON
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours a bright cherry red with a soapy head, and a lot of interior bubbles. Nose is bright, bright, and funky. Lambic-like and a touch medicinal. Flavor is mineral on the front, a touch of that medicinal quality, and herbal. Very full and funky, though not especially fruity. Pretty good, and it's impressive that Allagash was able to make this, as it's so distinctive from their other sours, including Gargamel, etc. Ultimately it has flaws, and the nose is a lot better than the mouth, but it was a pleasure to try.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well I just popped a beauty from @walderek
Allagash Coolship red (aged in oak with raspberries. Bottle date Oct. 18, 2012
Pours a beautiful amber with hints of pink toward the edge of the glass when held up to the light. Frothy finger of loose foam quickly recedes and disappears within a minute. Smells of a dry white wine, like a chablis or maybe more in the direction of a Spanish Cidra. Taste begins litely sour with the chablis qualities then builds to a stronger raspberry tart meets sour. Finishes more raspberry tart.

Sat on this one for a while. I like it pretty well. Wish I had tried it fresh as well to compare.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted at his place.

Bottled on 11/4/10.

Pours a murky light red with a foamy white-red head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some berry and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic and slightly woody finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of BlessedBeBeer. Served in an Allagash tulip.

Pours a beautiful pink-red with a niece very light pink head and good lacing. The nose carries some fresh raspberry with good funk and oak. Light sourness. Flavor has strong raspberry and light must. Faint oak. Good sourness. Light body with good carbonation and a dry finish. Boom.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Thanks for sharing, Jeff!

A: Pours a clear rose color with very active looking carbonation but almost no head.
S: This has some funk to it! I get big notes of sweat, barnyard must, straw, oak, fruit pith and a touch of sweet raspberry. The fruit in this is very fresh smelling.
T: Not as funky as the nose, but there is a good amount of tartness. Raspberries all the way with a few dry tannins. Finish is lightly sweet and greasy, and the aftertaste is funky and dry.
M: Greasy mouthfeel yet dry in the finish, body is slick and carbonation is fizzy.
O: A very flavorful and fruity sour. Oak is drying and greasy. A wonderful brew. Thanks Jeff.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike for this rare tick, much appreciated! Poured into tulip.

A - Pours a cherry red color, thin collar, some wisps on top.

S - Sweet cherries, oak, fruity funk. Not exactly a fresh fruit notes, but more of a processed fruity note...think Fruit Rollup's...or Sweet Tarts...something like that. That said, it's not a bad thing, just not fresh fruit.

T - Tastes fruity, oak, tart/sour notes. Not quite as sour as I was expecting from the previous reviews. Don't get me wrong, it's tart/sour, but not in a huge amount. More fruity tartness then a funky sour.

M - Light body, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - A decent sour, not mind-blowing...perhaps I had overly high expectations on this one? That said, it's good, but not on the upper level of American Wild Ales.

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Photo of ElGallo
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks JR for sharing this one. Poured into a snifter (right after sharing a Supplication). Bright sparkling red in color, small head, a little lacing, decent carbonation. Smells of fresh raspberries with some mild funk. Tastes fruity and a little tart, but not as sour as I expected. Nice dry finish. Like a piece of veal or a single A pitcher, this is a young sour, with many intersting years to come in the bottle. And though its jealous and boisterous cousin Mattina Rossa wants to take center stage, the Red is the bottled raspberry sour of public release for now. It is very nice at such a young age; hopefully I'll get to try some again a few years down the road.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a beautiful dark cherry red with a very light pink colored head that is rather creamy.

S-the nose has a great funk to it, awesome earthy mushroom funk, light notes of leather, hints of acidity with a ton of ripe juicy raspberries that are moderately sour.

T-strong notes of leathery brett with a fair bit of earthy funk. the raspberry fruit is lighter than the nose with just a hint of sourness and a touch of mineral flavor to it.

M-creamy full body, soft on the palate with a lighter carbonation still lively on the back of the throat with a lightly dry finish.

D-this has a great funk to it that is well integrated with the fruit flavors. the nose is extremely vibrant and colorful but the flavor is slightly less so. still great stuff and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Torgo for popping this bottle open at a tasting...certainly a brew I never expected to see. Jazzed to try it. 500 ML bottle.

Pour is like a lovely pink wine. Smell is tart, tart, with light raspberries.

Taste is identical, heavier on the raspberries. Tart, tart raspberries slip-side over the palate. Extremely drying, almsot to the point of gritty sandpaper on the palate. Fizzy. A small pour of this isn't enough: a bottle to myself would be just about right.

This is an excellent beer & a fantastic wild, right up my alley, tart & sharp without bending your face into contortions. Love.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raspberries and beer have had a love affair for centuries. And Allagash keeps the romance kindled with the new adaptation of traditional Belgian kriek brewing in America with their raspberry infused sour ale simply and aptly named "Red"

And red it is, but perhaps splashed with a supple hue of orange and pink, the fruity overtones are evident even in the beer's winy appearance. Light on bubbles, the soft carbonation amounts only the daintiest of whitish foam that floats the beer with a creamy yet fleeting texture.

Sharp aromas capture the fruit essence in its entirety. Evading the candyish notion of fruit flavor, it is the brunt of raspberries that makes its mark at every corner with a mix of under ripened berried, fresh berry juice, and the skins and seeds that contribute softer almond and vanilla to the beer's fruit forward scent. White wine vinegar, zinfindale soaked oak, musty sandalwood, a whiff of sea air complement the perfumy aura that seduces the nose.

Mouthwatering even before the glass touches the lips, the intense tartness of raspberries is chased by the juices of the fruit and eases the palate from the pang of acidity that reaches the taste buds with assassin-like precision. At times the taste is so clean, tart, and sharp that the raspberry fruit is hardly distinguishable from any other fully fermented fruit, namely cherries. But as delicious as the fruit flavor seems, accent flavors of cider, slight vinegar, sea salt, earthy brine, drying woods, soft nuts and mild vanilla-like sweetness seem to massage the tongue almost in apologetic fashion for the onslaught of acidity to start the show. It's refreshing to see such finesse and aggression alive in one glass.

Light bodied throughout, the low level of carbonation forces the thin beer onto the taste buds for full mouth feel of acidity, sharpness, and seedy astringency. Finishing with a sudden lactic-tart cleanliness, only the most whimsical taste of cherry returns in aftertaste and informs the next sip.

Superior to the "Cerise", this raspberry sour ale competes favorably with the Boon Framboise-types of the Belgian world. Perhaps a fresher and fuller fruit taste is alive here, but I'm sure it will continue to mature and develop in the bottle toward dryness and complexity for those who are much more patient with cellering than me.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of alfrantzell. Thanks, Arne! From notes.

A: Pours a hazy strawberry red, with light pink head. No retention or lace.

S: Raspberries, mostly lactic sourness with a touch of vinegar, mushroom funk. The latter is what I appreciate most in good gueuze, especially some of the Armand 4's, so to find it here is pleasing.

T: The flavor is balanced; some raspberry beers can run away with the acidity and become incredibly harsh to drink. The fruit flavor is bold, lending some tartness and working well with the mostly clean (lactic) sourness. But some vinegar in the finish does give it a light burn on the way down.

M: Aside from the light burn, the mouthfeel is clean; no residual sweetness or syrupiness. Semidry.

O: Good overall! I think this was one of the pilot Coolship Series beers, and it bodes well for the program...

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Photo of AgentZero
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright red colored beer, little bit cloudy, with a white head that faded to a nice ring and left a bit of lace.

S - A little bit funky, lots of raspberries. Smells pretty sweet with some decent tartness.

T - Very sweet and raspberry tasting with not tons of funk yet. Decently acetic and sour. This is one of the better tasting Allagash beers I've had.

M - Medium bodied, lower carbonation, dry finish.

O - Out of all of the Allagash beers I've had this one is probably the best. Not world class exactly, really good with some potential to develope.

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Photo of Brez07
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this at the recent Southern Maine Beer Drinkers meeting. 3oz pour into a tasting glass. Thanks to Jason and Rob at Allagash for letting our group try this beer (along with Resurgam)

A: Pours a cloudy ruby/grapefruit color. No head or lacing, but the small sample doens't really allow for any. My pour was towards the end of the bottle, so there were some floaties (likely from the raspberries)

S: Light raspberry essence. Other fruit flavors came out (such as apple), but nose was mostly raspberry. Small hint of funk in the finish

T: Wonderful burst of fruit, again mostly raspberry. After this, the beer goes dry and slightly tart

M: Light bodied, low carbonation, dry finish

D: Very delicious beer which I am extremely grateful to have tried. The one thing I would like to see is more carbonation though. Looking forward to when these Coolship beers are released to the public

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle dated 11/4/10

A: Pours translucent pale red/pink, thin soda like head that very quickly evaporates into nothing. Looks a little flat.

S: Light raspberry, oak, funk, slight grape skin

T: tart raspberry that is a bit subdued and in good balance with oak and funk. A little lactic, not overpowering. Not quite mouth puckering.

M: Medium body though carbonation is too low for my taste.

O: Great balanced taste, though I'd prefer it'd be more acidic. Carbonation was a little flat. A great beer, but not perfect.

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Allagash Coolship Red from Allagash Brewing Company
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