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Allagash Coolship Red - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 443
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 2.75%
Wants: 965
Gots: 73 | FT: 11
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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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Reviews: 75 | Hads: 443
Photo of stephens101
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a bottle captured at the source and whisked back to the prarie. Big thanks to Brian for sharing this one. It doesn't get much better than sharing good beer with good friends.

Poured ruby red with pink hues. The tan head settled reluctantly. Smelled slightly sweet with a mash up of fruits and oak. Tart of course with cherries, tangy orange, grain, and taffy to the tongue. Medium bodied, smooth and mostly dry. Right on and near perfection across the board.

Popped this complex but inviting brew along with the Curieux and Confluence, among a few other rarities and local elites, which begs the question, can you avail yourself of too much good beer in one evening? The answer my friends isn't floating in the wind, it's swishing in the snifter, and it's a resounding HELL NO. Gimme, gimme, gimme some more. (817 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle from the recent batch sent to me by Valdieu2, poured into a Cantillon tulip.

A: Pours a ruby body with a nice light pink head. The head recedes immediately.

S: Sweet raspberry flesh, tart skin, some mouthwatering acidity, a good dose of oak and horsey brett, a little bit of pleasant cheesiness. Potently fruity and funky, very impressive.

T: Puckeringly tart raspberry, slightly acetic, some lactic notes, very dry oak, wet hay, a bit gamey in the finish.

M: Very light-bodied, scouring carbonation, dry.

O: Can't really find any major flaws with this one. The fruit character in this batch is great, as is the balance of acidity and funk. Very promising for Allagash's spontaneous program. (709 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.54/5  rDev -18.8%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. This one pours a clear light ruby red with a small pink foam. Looks great!

Barnyard aroma with nice tart fruit with a sweet middle. Woody on the edge. Sour start to finish on the pallet. Nice raspberry flavor with oak and some bunk on the finish.

The body is light with soft carbonation. Lingering woody flavors here. Overall this one is great. Nice to have some rockin' local sours! (409 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, dated October 18, 2012, poured into an Allagash Coolship Tumbler.

The beer pours a bright garnet red color, hues of ruby and pink with a light pink head, very fizzy, that rises up the glass, nearly 2 fingers high, but vanishes immediately and leaves just a trace of film atop the beer and no lacing. The aroma is of bright raspberry, vanilla, oak, lots of funk with some other berry fruit, mostly sweet strawberry. Raspberry is first on the tongue, very fleshy and fresh with lots of barnyard funk behind it. Strawberry sweetness plays with vanilla, chewy oak and mild vinegar. The body is very lively, lots of carbonation that coats the mouth well and has a creamy touch at the finish that is also puckering and fairly dry.

Verdict: One of the best domestic sour beers I've ever tried, especially one that is fruited. The funk is perfect and the raspberry is so fresh and delicious, this could easily be mistaken for a high end Belgian lambic. Kudos to Allagash for this, I can't wait to try more from their Coolship. (1,034 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL, corked and caged. First and only(?) batch released August 2011.

Pours a radiant pink with a short-lived bubbly head.

Aroma is incredibly fragrant and fruity, with huge raspberry notes. Lots of funk and acidity, with some oak as well.

The flavor is very sour, bordering on Cantillon territory. Wow. Dry, oaky and mouth-puckeringly tart. The raspberry is mostly in aroma, though some fruit comes through on the palate. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated at first, but fades quickly.

This is a pretty remarkable beer for an American brewery to be making. Though not technically a Lambic, this is a very authentic tasting beer. I'm excited to see what other sours come out of the Coolship series. (704 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from my tasting notes of a decent sized sample I consumed at an epic tasting event held with the members of the SMBDC. A big thanks to Rob Tod and Jason Perkins for donating this beer.

Pours as a clear pink and brown mixture with a pink foamy head. It is incredibly pretty. Just looking into the glass, I can tell this is a special beer, a feeling I would have even if I didn't know the significance of this beer. The nose has a lot raspberries, as well as some musty yeast notes and a little sourness. The flavor has qualities of a fine fruit juice with a sour middle and effervescent finish. Sour juice flavors linger on after each swallow. Throughout each taste there is a lot of raspberry. It has a medium body and leaves behind a good coating. It has excellent drinkability; no single aspect is too strong (you could argue that the raspberries are ever-present, btu even they are restrained and taste great, the benefit of aging on the actual fruit and not using juice or an extract). This is an amazing beer, perhaps the finest Allagash product I've had to date. I do hope I am able to try it again someday. (1,123 characters)

Photo of bishopdc0
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 (539 characters)

Photo of JAXSON
4/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a small, short, lambic style rocks glass. Low carbonation as expected. Zero lacing. Pink body, hazy. Aroma of raspberry and maybe some grapefruit/passionfruit. Taste is raspberry, some tart cherry, slight watermelon. Tart and refreshing. Delicious.  (262 characters)

Photo of nhindian
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (2,284 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 375ml bottle into a Coolship glass.

Appearance- The deepest ruby I've ever seen in a beer. Quick pinkish/white bubbly head that lasted seconds. Some nice lacing around the edges. Absolutely beautiful.

Smell- Raspberry jam, that patented funky Allagash coolship aroma, sharp yeast smell.

Taste- Funky raspberry juice, that same Allagash coolship "vicks" taste, mild acidic lemon, cider vinegar, herbal/earthy notes. Hard to describe in full detail.

Mouthfeel- Medium sourness, plenty of carbonation, dry finish.

Overall- Soooo good. Way better than Cerise. This beer has it all. (596 characters)

Photo of aleigator
3.82/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of Maxwell
3.94/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (1,876 characters)

Photo of alaimoa
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A: raspberry red with very little head but small rolling bubbles and lingering white lacing
S: amazing, raspberry and strawberries dominating with barley any champagne notes coming through
T: upfront raspberry, tart lemon, backend sour lingers
M: could have used a bit more carbonation - not quite champagne carbonation but enough to carry the amazing taste
Overall: need to get my hands on another one of these, can't ask for much more (437 characters)

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.88/5  rDev -11%
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. (545 characters)

Photo of Brez07
4.23/5  rDev -3%
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 (892 characters)

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Shelton Bros. sampler at "The Festival."

This poured with no head and was a pale red color. The nose was a bit deceptive, it smelled faintly sweet, with definite hints of raspberries. However, the beer itself was SUPER bitter and slightly acidic (not quite to the point of being unpleasant).

I liked this beer, but it was a little strong in the bitterness category for my liking. (396 characters)

Photo of BradC
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish pink, smells vinous, raspberries, red wine vinegar. Taste is acidic, red wine vinegar like, a little burn from the acidity, some subtle oakiness. The one was bottled 2/2015, so it's still young, will let my second bottle age for awhile. (251 characters)

Photo of sk8man121
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle ($15 at the brewery) poured into Allagash Coolship tumbler. Bottled 11/4/10.

A: Pours a brilliant, deep pink with strawberry highlights. If there's any such thing as "phosphorescent red," this is it; like kool aid, really. Quickly rising effervescent 2-finger head dies just as fast into a thin ring on the glass. Leaves no lacing.

S: Extremely traditional lambic smell right off the bat; hay, barnyard funk. Raspberry is there, but fainter than expected. Smells very clean.

T: Immediate gueuze-like characteristics hit the palate; lemon, hay and tons of acidity. Red-wine vinegar dominates the center, as well as just enough raspberry to get the point across. This is an EXTREMELY DRY lambic; not a touch of sweetness going on here, which makes it all the more drinkable. Top notch.

M: Spritzy as can be; exactly what I was hoping for. Rather thin otherwise, but characteristic of the style.

O: All I can say is what a shame this is such a limited release. If this was readily available, I could drink it on a weekly basis. The most lambic qualities I've seen in an Allagash release by far, and it works ohh so well.

Beg, borrow and steal for this one. (1,175 characters)

Photo of NuclearRich
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Obtained in a trade. Thanks pistol pete! 375mL bottle poured into a Belgian snifter-type glass.

A. Pours a bright pink with purple hues. A bit hazy. Large white bubbles froth to form a nice big head that subsides very rapidly, leaving a tiny collar and almost non-existent lacing. A very pretty color, although I would ideally like a bit more retention

S. Smells lightly sweet and tart, with some acidic funk. Pleasant.

T. Tart raspberries are the mainstay flavor, with a bit of hay funk on the back. Quite nice.

M. Light bodied, crisp carbonation. A light coating of acidic funk stays with you for awhile.

O. A really nice lambic type. Tart, light fruit, a bit of funk. Cant ask for too much more. Not to mention, it is something really nice to get my hands on. (768 characters)

Photo of trotnixon
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this in tap at the Allagash tap takeover at Novare Res on April 5, 2014. The color was most amazing. It looked like Kool-Aid. After trying this I feel like I've never before had a real lambic. This changed my outlook on lambics forever. After being bowled over by the appearance, the taste, smell and mouthfeel each provided pleasant support to the initial, Wow once this was placed in front of me. (402 characters)

Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'd heard about Cool Ships. My wife, a wine drinker, and I were 1st timers at the brewery on a Friday, just happened to ask the server as I was about to leave if they had any of this CS? He said no but they were releasing some on Sat. 2 per customer @10am. Got my wife out of a warm bed at an ungodly hour to drive 25 miles to get in an already forming line at 8:45. She was ever so happy, NOT, to be my "mule" so I could buy 4 not just 2. Drank one after a little chilling at the motel and was not remotely disappointed. I like sours and this was pucker power but in a nice way. A couple are going back to Fl. to share with a friend. Oh, did I say I went back later that day and bought two more! Pricey though for 16oz bottle @$15/per but I guess after a 3 year wait this is ok. Worth the wait. Worth the price. Yea Allagash! (839 characters)

Photo of Hopilator
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up two of these 375 ml bottles at the brewery the day they released this batch a few weeks ago. Popping the cork on the first one, I was greeted by a champagne fizz, with a hint of raspberry for the nose. Pouring the beer into your standard Allagash glass, a small pink head rises quickly, and recedes even faster, to nothing.

The first few sips reveal a very delicate wild ale, with the obvious raspberry on the tongue, but is not to sweet or tart. Pleasant, light sourness. I enjoy the little bubbles of carbonation that attack your tongue, though, there is virtually no head retention, or lacing.

A very refreshing beer. I would imagine it would pair perfectly with some fine, dark chocolate. (707 characters)

Photo of BrewedAwakening
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into 3 oz tasting glasses at the Southern Maine Beer Drinkers Club August meeting, as a gift from Rob Tod and Jason Perkins.

A: slightly hazy, with the hue of fresh raspberries. very reminiscent of a rose petal.

S: fresh raspberries and barnyard, almost like standing half way between the raspberry patch and the horse stables on a hot summer day.

T: taking a sip of this beer is like picking a fresh raspberry, popping it in your mouth, and squishing it between your tongue and the roof of your mouth until the fruit dissolves. as the raspberry fades, the complexity of the wild yeasts comes into play.

M: stays beautifully in the mouth with a fruitiness and crispness, hangs on the tongue as the flavors unfold.

D: extremely drinkable. with every sip, my mouth began to salivate as a sign that my brain wanted more! i feel very lucky to have experienced this beer. i can only hope this is a sign of things to come from Rob and Jason. (947 characters)

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Allagash Coolship Red from Allagash Brewing Company
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