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Allagash Ghoulschip - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 248
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 21.74%
Wants: 258
Gots: 64 | FT: 6
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Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Brez07 on 09-25-2010

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Reviews: 65 | Hads: 248
Photo of brystmar
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Blind Tiger.

Pours amber with red hues, slightly hazy. Minimal head, no lace. Tart fruit up front lets you know this is a sour. Mild pumpkin sweetness in the background. Bretty yeast spices things up.

Tastes like a gueuze. Tart fruit and spices tingle the tongue, funky yeast and oak barrel flavors join in before a cleanly dry finish. Zero pumpkin, even after it warmed, but that's fine with me. This is a great sour!

Medium body and deliciousness make this easy quaff. Wish this were more readily available. Props to Allagash for another great beer!

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

Corked and caged 375ml bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip. Shared by schen9303.

Pour yields a .5 finger creamy off-white head with decent retention. Beer is a semi-clear orange-bronze. Lacing is stringy and with good cling. Good looking beer.

Nose is exceedingly tart. Pumpkin is noticeable but is not spicy or sweet but rather creamy and spritzy. Some roasted pumpkin seeds are noticeable also. A bit strange but really good.

Opens tart cobweb, lemon, wet wood, and roasted pumpkin seeds. Brett, spice, and the slightest bit of residual sweetness in the back. Reminds me of a gueuze. Almost a total lack of fruit character, just sour. Finishes lemon tart with the same, lingering sour aftertaste. Surprisingly good.

Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Smooth and silky in the mouth and goes down warm with a touch of spice at the end. Finish is accented and dry with a lingering, filmy aftertaste. Nice.

To be honest, I'm really surprised by how good this one is. The description as a pumpkin sour really threw me off but this one turned out very well. Balanced tartness with a great, smooth mouthfeel and a nose that's exactly what I'm expecting. Eager to see how time will treat this one.

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Photo of sk8man121
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle poured into Allagash Coolship tumbler. Dated September 2011.

A: Pours a completely opaque caramel orange with tangerine highlights. 1-finger head dies into a slim cap.

S: Geuze-like hay, followed by honey and molasses. WTF in a good way.

T: Vinegary and tart up front; pineapple and citrus mingle. Quickly, this turns into middle and finish that is dominated by dry(?!) caramel and dry(?!) molasses respectively. Just gorgeous.

M: Medium-high carbonation. The molasses finish gives this a tongue-coating mouthfeel that really makes this beer in my opinion.

O: I've been lucky enough to have multiple tastes of this beer over the course of the past year and a half or so, this being the second bottle that I've opened since the release on Monday. Is it amazing? Yes. Do I wish this wasn't a one-off? You better believe it. Being an unfruited lambic, Ghoulschip is the closest thing to a geuze that I've tried from Allagash. And it's beautiful.

Sex on a stick. Find.

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Photo of aorloski
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought at the ghoulschip release, also drank from the tap at 8am.

Appearance - A nice orangish tint, pretty transparent. Thin white head that does not stick around.

Aroma - I was surprised at how much of the pumpkin seeds and molasses you could pick up on this. Being that it has been aging for 3 years you wouldn't expect those characteristics up front. The whole thing is wrapped up in some vinegar tones.

Taste - Tartness up front, pumpkin seeds in the middle, vinegar in the back. It is a very well blended sour in my opinion and incredibly drinkable. Really great stuff

Mouthfeel - Great carbonation, pretty chewy actually.

Overall - This is another great beer from allagash, i think the process in making these coolship beers is AWESOME and very innovative. Im glad i have a few of these bottles now, it was worth the trip.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went up to the Ghoulschip release at Allagash and grabbed some of these. Got to go into the Allagash barrel room and try a taste before buying. Let's crack a bottle and do an official review. 375ml, bottled September 2011...

A: As soon as you pop the cork, a ghoulish mist creeps out of the top of the bottle. A hazy orange pumpkin color with a small off white head that quickly fades to a few bubbles atop the brew. Decent.

S: I get some tart pumpkin upfront with a faint oakiness in the middle. Some nice pumpkin and peach on the back. Decent.

T: A nice smoky pumpkin upfront blended well with a quickly following medium tartness which gives an almost peach flavor. A nice creaminess on the backend blended with some more tart. Good.

M: Full body with a big carbonation. An almost vinegar type finish. Good.

O: All in all, I've never been a fan of sour beers, but this one blends tartness well with flavor. The tartness is definitely in the front, middle, and back of the palate, but it blends with different flavors in each. The taste is definitely the payoff in this beer. Give it a try if you like sour brews.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash Ghoulschip (Im assuming someone misspelled this when it was initially added) I believe 7%abv - sampled on tap at ChurchKey for Night of the Living Ales. Review from notes:

Murky caramel body without much of a head. Not the best looking brew I have ever seen. Nothing about this aroma really shouts 'pumpkin', but there is certainly funk. Definitely barny. The body has a significant vinous tart from whatever barrel this brew was resting in. Finish moves with a vanilla soft/sweetness as well a nuttiness. This is the only point where Im really detecting pumpkin anything and I believe it is from the seeds. The barrels and ship certainly add some critters and make this a wild more than anything pumpkin. However still a solid brew/drinkable brew from Allagash.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey in DC for Night of the Living Ales

A: Hazy yellow-orange pour with a small white head. Lacing and retention are both great.

S: Spicy, with hints of pumpkin and Brett. The spices are balanced nicely with a musty funkiness. Really interested to see how the pumpkin and sour tastes mix.

T: Very interesting taste. The pumpkin/spices and Brett mix famously. The sour and funk sort of overpower the spices on the taste, but not in a bad way. The mix of the two is delicious.

MF: Very dry finish, light body, carbonated well.

O: Very strangely tasty. Certainly would recommend it to anybody. I can very easily see how this beer could have gone terribly wrong, but Allagash nailed it. Wish I had a bottle!

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Photo of Doshkin
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - quite opaque, dull brown/orange, an inch of head that lingers for a while and leaves some pretty lacing

s - tart and sweet. the pumpkin comes through the smell more than in the taste.

t - when cold, it's mostly all sour. as it warms, the molasses comes out more. there is a warming aftertaste.

m - medium, though lighter than expected for the alcohol content, which is masked very well with the flavors.

o - i love allagash... they never fail to produce a good beer. this is the second limited release i've had (first was vrienden) and i'm very happy with it. i will continue to support this amazing company

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Photo of bishopdc0
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the gasharoo

Noted as brewed in 2008 with pumpkin and pumpkin seeds but no spice. Aged in chardonnay barrels

It is a deep amber red color with a generous head that remains.

The aroma is very potent. I could smell it when the bar tender put it down. Sour black cherries with a sweetness from the malt very nice

Very nice the sour taste is upfront.with the ca4rbonation. There is an earthiness that comes through and reveals the oak taste. The sour melds into a slight chardonnay wine taste with a crisp finish. Very nice

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. On cask at Night of the Funk. Pumpkin lambic, I like it already. Pour yields a hazy caramel-brown with a thin off-white head. Nose has a bit of pumpkin there, though I'm sure that's a bit of bias knowing that it's in there. Nonetheless, good notes of funk and Brett come through to dry this one out and throw in a really rustic character. The flavor does actually have a touch of gourd and earthy hay and funk. Pretty good and nicely unique, though nothing earth-shattering. Feel is a bit prickly given the serving format and has a nice mellow funk. Drinks quite well and certainly points for originality (along with a shout out to Jolly Pumpkin for working a similar concept).

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Photo of cavman
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this the first time at CBC on Halloween night 2009(yes 2009 the log maybe lasted 10 minutes). The early release hadn't taken much of the wild yeast/bacteria flavors yet and it was a year ago so this review is not that. More recently had it on cask at NERAX North at the Tap in Haverhill. Now the funk has taken hold and in a great way as it still has enough residual sweetness to handle it. Great sour beer that came across more like a gueze than anything else.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at NotF poured into a sampling glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a very small white head thy fades fast. Nose is a bit of that pumpkin flavor but it's not over the top, it's mellow.

Taste does have some pumpkin sweetness to it but it's not super strong. It's got a nice funky bite to it but it's really mellowed by the pumpkin. Mouthfeel is light and slightly sweet, with a creamy finish, very unique.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served as part of the Novare Res/NERAX cask event. This was the public premiere of this beer (and perhaps its only appearance ever) and the one at this event I most wanted to try. It was my first pour of the night.

It was served to me as 5oz on my 10oz mini-Imperial pint. It was colored orange, translucent, and had a few bubbles on top. It looked remarkable like a glass of apple juice.

It had a funky, tart aroma that also blended well with the flavor. It was full of pumpkin flavor, but not spicy whatsoever. It was dry and slightly sweet in the finish and it the coating. It wasn't too tart, especially compared to the other coelschip beers. The sourness was subtle. This is an impressive flavor and unlike any other pumpkin beer I've had.

Both the body and carbonation are on the lighter end. It leaves behind a small but flavorful coat. There is a little bit of a puckering sensation but still very drinkable. All of the flavors are subtle enough to appeal to any sour fan, even those who hate pumpkin beers. I hope this beer make another appearance, as I think many folks would enjoy it.

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Photo of gtn80
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on cask at caskfest at Novare Res. Got a 5oz sample.

Described as a pumpkin lambic. Definitely a big, full body for a lambic. Super dry, but not as tart/sour as I expected.

The pumpkin flavor is nice, shows up in the backend of the sip for me. Definitely a authentic/muted pumpkin flavor very nice balance for the malt.

Served on cask so not a ton of CO2 in the pour, might be nice if it was a bit more carbonated to lift it off the tongue, but I do understand the importance/idea of the cask.

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Photo of Brez07
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this amazing beer last night at the Cask fest at Novare Res. Description said this beer was made with natural, wild yeast and pumpkin on their koelship. Aged in a barrel, served on cask. Was able to have two 5oz samples of this, served in a pint glass

A: Light peach/orange in color. Some frothy head that doesn't stay around that long. Very limited lacing

S: Nice light funkiness starts this one off. Also some belgian yeast and sour... something. What I loved the most about this though was the pumpkin. Just pumpkin, no spices to get in the way

T: Just as the nose, starts with a funkiness. The pumpkin flavor really comes out, but again there isn't the normal large presence of spice, nutmeg, etc accompanying it. Just a slight sweetness. Not overly tart, but enough to let you know it's there

M: I'd say it was medium to full bodied. Very soft, not surprising since it was cask. Light carbonation

D: Of the three koelship beers I've had, this is definitely my favorite. I love pumpkin beers but often find the spices to be to much, so drinking this was almost like a dream come true. It's a shame that this beer may never be made again. Fingers crossed

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Allagash Ghoulschip from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.