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Allagash Coolship Red - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

331 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 331
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 7.08%
Wants: 781
Gots: 64 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

bsuedekum, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of claspada
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of and shared with mrand01.

Pours a light red/dark pink and really hazy, with this sort of white cloud of stuff dissolved in it. The head is thin, white, small bubbles, low retention, no lacing, moderate carbonation. The color is pretty but plenty of floaties are evident even with a careful pour.

Aromas begin with a ton of raspberry, sweet tarts, a bit vinous, some lactic character and a hint and oak. Lots of raspberries although not out-of-line for a fresh fruit lambic. As it warms you get a lot of funk and barnyard; I normally rag on people because I have never actually smelled a barnyard in a beer but this smells a little like manure, wet hay, funky cheese, must. Really complex here.

The flavors begin with tart berries, dry oak, lemon and light vinegar. Not very sweet at all, so you are getting the essence of the raspberry flavor without too much sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to medium carbonation. It is really refreshing and delicate. Fairly acidic. Very bright on your tongue with pinpoint carbonation.

Overall this was incredible and probably the best made Wild/Sour Ale I have ever had from an American brewer; this was made in Maine, no way. Quite fruit forward and equally funky with not much sourness yet, not sure how this will age, but I really like how this is tasting right now. Really complex and well worth seeking out and trading for if you have the arsenal to get it done. I think only 400 bottles were made so this may be hard to come by, so I am glad I was fortunate to be able to sample this rare gem.

claspada, Feb 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

Lare453, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of woosterbill
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. Huge thanks to whoever shared this at CdC.

A: Pink! Cloudy pink body with some fine pink bubbles on top. Pretty.

S: Fresh cherries (the bottle says raspberries, but like some other reviewers I noticed a clear cherry presence; maybe I'm crazy, but that's what I smelled and tasted), moderate funk (more grass than barnyard), and absolutely great.

T: Cherries up front grassy, almost bitter funk shortly thereafter. Fruit and a hint of vanilla on the finish. Great.

M: Fairly light, lively body. Solid.

O: This is my second experience recently with Allagash's spontaneous-fermentation efforts, and again I'm hugely impressed. This tastes as much like an authentic Belgian Lambic as can be, and is decidedly better than a number of sours from across the pond. I would like to see a bit more depth and individuality of funk (i.e., more like 3F, less like Cantillon), but I won't be too picky. I just can't wait to see Allagash ramp up production of these delicious beers.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Dec 11, 2011
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4.51/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Tim for this one. Poured into my Duvel tulip. Bottle is slightly over a year old.

A - Pours a very nice crystal clear light red raspberry hue with a thin quarter inch pink head that fades immediately to leave light wisps. Great colour!

S - The nose EXPLODES with raspberry tartness here from as soon as the cork pops. More seed and skin that sweet flesh. The aroma is nicely tart, almost with flashes of green apple. More tart than any specific fruit. I heard this was insane when it was fresh.

T - Taste is just as good as the nose. Again, more tart raspberry seed and green apple skin. Not overly tart, but definitely lightly flemmy. Unlike the nose the taste here is distinctly raspberry, lightly puckeringly so. Delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, great carbonation keeps this light and even with the "flemmy" factor the carbonation makes this easy to take another sip.

O - Overall this is my favorite Coolship to date. Just delicious and well crafted. Allagash truly is dialing in their coolship.

rudzud, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of maximum12
4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

maximum12, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

eawolff99, Apr 11, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

cpetrone84, Dec 27, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Pencible, May 19, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev -11.9%
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)

Reagan1984, Sep 03, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a deep pink. The color is quite magnificent. It's rich and illuminated. Light, popping white foam is pink undertones.

S-Aroma is of tart red berries, blatant underripe raspberries and some wet wood. A fruit bowl of red berries. Light vinous character and funk.

T-The flavor is also delectable. The berries are sharp, tart and acidic. Nuances of oak and rotty wood. The fruits get a bit sweet but that sweetness plays well with the more noticeable funkiness.

M-Has some body to it. Softer carbonation. Feels tannic like wine. Welcoming on the palate.

O/D-Happy to try this one. It was awesome. Raspberry Lambics are my favorite sour beer and this one was great. I would definitely seek this out again.

VelvetExtract, Aug 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

CheapBeerBuzz, Apr 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

kscaldef, Feb 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

BMart, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

tom10101, Jun 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

warnerry, Jun 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

ShemRahBoo, Apr 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thank you a million to Gary for sending these our way...shared with Mike and Scott side-by-side with Cerise and Balaton.

a - ddp red poured with a nice head that fizzed away in an instant. almost lebleu pink.

s - raspberry explosion. really nice.

t - strong fresh raspberries with some sour funk.

m - good carbonation and a bit drying. the raspberry adds some mellowness to the drying in a nice way.

o - overall, my clear favorite of the three. all of us agreed...as we drank them more, the balaton grew on me more and the red and balaton were close to the top. a real treat.

cosmicevan, Feb 11, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Sean9689, Oct 07, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

AlexFields, Nov 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

thegerm87, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of scottfrie
4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

scottfrie, May 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

koopa, Apr 26, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
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

DarthKostrizer, Nov 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Jspriest, Jul 16, 2013
Allagash Coolship Red from Allagash Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.