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Allagash Coolship Balaton - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

57 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.08%
Wants: 168
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Coolship Balaton was made by aging our spontaneous beer with Maine grown Balaton cherries. This was our first attempt at making our Cerise. Ultimately, we decided to do a cherry blend for that beer, so it is likely that we will not make Coolship Balaton again.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-24-2011)
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +18.8%

01-22-2012 05:29:33 | More by hoppymcgee
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LostTraveler

Maine

5/5  rDev +18.8%

06-27-2013 22:25:11 | More by LostTraveler
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fultonj

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.8%

02-12-2012 02:39:15 | More by fultonj
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emdawg

New York

5/5  rDev +18.8%

01-01-2012 05:28:35 | More by emdawg
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

03-02-2012 03:27:43 | More by JAHMUR
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dsgolovin

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

04-13-2012 17:14:54 | More by dsgolovin
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jsilva

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

03-05-2012 02:25:12 | More by jsilva
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Light reddish color; dissipating head

This shit smells like fresh cantillon kriek. Spicy/cinnamon/vanilla cherries and dirty funk. Very fragrant.

Big cherry cinnamon flavor combo off the bat. Bitter funky bite. Clean finish. This is like a less sour version of cantillon kriek but more of a spiciness to it. Impressive fruited sour.

03-02-2012 21:44:39 | More by BearsOnAcid
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

05-31-2012 00:28:54 | More by phingdong
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DSlim71

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

02-11-2012 02:42:16 | More by DSlim71
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-17-2013 05:41:18 | More by spycow
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Bobbylnh

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-05-2012 03:36:50 | More by Bobbylnh
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claytong

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

02-05-2012 01:39:32 | More by claytong
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-17-2014 05:13:15 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

12-15-2011 22:10:03 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Brez07

Maine

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%

Reviewing from notes. 375ml bottle split between two Allagash glasses. Bottled October 2010

A:  Pours a ruby red grapefruit colored. Initially translucent but becomes cloudy with dregs.  Small amount of head goes quickly

S:  The nose draws you in with cherry pie mix. A very sharp aroma at first.  Pie crust and barnyard accompany this. Some oak notes as well

T: As the nose would indicate, full of cherry flavor.  Just the right amount of tartness. Again the oak plays a pivital secondary role, providing a nice base

M:  Medium bodied.  Seemingly perfect carbonation for the style.  Slightly dry finish

D:  Fantastic.  Cherry is used great here and the oak aging was done masterfully.  I definfitely prefer this over Cerise

01-09-2012 22:49:06 | More by Brez07
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cosmicevan

New York

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%

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

a - looks just as red as the coolship red but the balaton has a more defined head.

s - cherries. fresh cherry juice.

t - fresh cherry with some sour funk.

m - good carbonation and a bit drying.

o - a very close second to the coolship red. i found this one growing on me the more i drank it and of the three, this is the one i would want another of to hang onto...it is really a wonderful beer.

02-11-2012 02:32:52 | More by cosmicevan
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largadeer

California

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%

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

Hazy, watery pink with a thin, rapidly vanishing head. Depth of color isn't great compared to real fruit lambic.

Smells really nice, very fruit dominant, tart and sweet, with vanilla and almond beneath the cherries. There's a faint plastic note that seems characteristic of the coolships.

The palate isn't quite as good as the nose, probably more of a 4.25, but it's good enough that I'm inclined to round up. The juicy and tart cherry character is dominant, largely sour with a touch of sweetness. Vanilla and almond provide a nice layer of flavor beneath the fruit. The mouthfeel is better than Coolship Red or Cerise - it feels less watery.

Impressive stuff, one of the best American takes on a kriek I've tried.

04-06-2012 04:22:00 | More by largadeer
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Bendurgin

Maine

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured into my coolship tumbler. This one pours a pinkish red with a quickly vanishing pink head.

The aroma is simply fresh tart cherries with notes of oak and vanilla. Nice and tart with a little bit of a sweet edge. A little bit of a musty funky flavor with a tart cherry flavor and a woody finish.

The body is light with soft carbonation. A little bit of a lingering oak finish. Overall this one is great; although it's generally expected from an Allagash sour (I realize this makes me seem like a homer).

03-08-2012 04:08:35 | More by Bendurgin
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

375 mL bottle, thanks to OsNJCB for the hookup. It was allowed to warm a bit before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Allagash's Coolship Balaton pours a bright cherry red, with just a little bit of clarity to it. The beer lightens plenty around the edges of the glass, and is capped by a frothy finger or two of rose tinted foam. Head retention is brief, and lacing isn't really left behind at all. The nose displays some complex brett-based aromatics. Wet hay and earthy and musty notes all intermingle to form the majority of the aroma. A bit of acidity rounds out the picture. The flavor profile, while not as nuanced in terms of funk, still comes together beautifully. The barnyard aspect of the nose disappears here, and the brett flavors that lead off are much more earthy and musty, fading into a little bit of oak. This serves as a transition into a tart, almost vinous taste, which lingers only for a second. The finish is where the cherries finally come into play, closing out the beer nicely. A little more pop to the cherry notes would have garnered the beer a perfect score for taste. The mouthfeel is almost spot-on perfect for the style, with a nice dried out body and a fairly active carbonation. If I was nitpicking, I could say the body could stand to be even a bit lighter yet, but it's a close thing. I've been fortunate enough to get to sample most, if not all of the Coolship expressions from Allagash at various BA festivals and other special events, and my impression that Balaton was one of the best of the bunch is certainly reinforced here. A tremendous wild ale.

06-17-2012 04:55:52 | More by axeman9182
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a ruby red color. White head.

Aroma: A lot of cherries and funk. Very sour. Wet horseblanket. Acidity. Oaky. Tart jolly rancher flavors.

Taste: Sour jolly rancher fruit flavors. Tart cherry and pie crust. Very tart and acidic. Oaky. Some spices.

Mouthfeel: Tart and clean. Light bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, really easy drink. Solid kriek. Really enjoyable. Kind of reminds me of a LP Kriek. Top notch American wild ale.

05-03-2012 23:48:52 | More by mothman
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bishopdc0

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +1%

Shared a bottle that my wife picked up. She was to eager to wait so naturally I caved as well.

The beer pops with a red tipped cork. Lots of "mist" come out of the top. My bottle must have been a little to cold as it soon erupted out the top. My tasting came quicker then I expected. As the beer subsided I poured into my wife's and my glass.

The beer is opaque, red almost like a red grapefruit. A wispy head forms and dissipates in true fashion.

The aroma is well sour, cherries in the back with a big very natural earthiness. this aroma is complex, more complex then most sours I've come into contact with.

The taste ,well to be honest at first I wasn't impressed. After a minute it hit me, cherries a woody, not barrel but like a fresh tree. The flavor in the end is pleasant and lingers but on the tip of the tongue. the sour taste comes in after the carbonation subsides. Very nice.

I enjoy sours and this was certainly not a letdown. My wife put it best. This is a fun beer I love drinking it, its easy and flavorful, but alas this is not Red.

12-17-2011 03:10:02 | More by bishopdc0
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jh1982

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +1%

01-10-2013 05:35:09 | More by jh1982
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MaseFace

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-12-2014 23:07:22 | More by MaseFace
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +1%

12-30-2013 02:49:23 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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Allagash Coolship Balaton from Allagash Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.