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Allagash Coolship Balaton - Allagash Brewing Company

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93
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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 172
Gots: 13 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-24-2011

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.
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Allagash coolship tumbler. Nose is bright cherries and some mild earth. Cherry isn’t overpowering, but is quite nice. Moderately sour and fairly dry. Was glad to get this one alongside the rest of the Coolship Series. It was especially interesting to get the two cherry beers side by side.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pinkish color with an off-white head. Strong cherry aroma with a nice fruitiness overall. There’s a bit of berry to it and a mild spice/cinnamon quality to it. A hint of funk, mostly grass. A bit of oak in there as well. The flavor has a pleasant fruitiness and nice cherry qualities. The same mild spice notes which add a good complexity to the beer. Just a touch of water, but good otherwise. Some oak, grass, and lemon peel, too.

Photo of largadeer
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Greg (Reagan1984), who generously furnished me with a complete set of Coolship beers to share with the Chicago rejects. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to absolutely nothing. Lightly hazed dark pink body.

S - Intense sweet cherry aroma, with a hefty dose of sugary graham cracker pie crust, and light lemon acidity. Much more potent than the Cerise, although still a bit lacking compared to the 3F Schaerbeekse we opened next to it.

T - The taste reveals more wild character, with moderate lactic sourness, tart cherries, dry oak, and a slightly medicinal finish. Not nearly as sweet as the aroma, but still fairly potent and intense in flavor.

M - Medium body, with lower carbonation, a super dry texture, and light residual stickiness. No alcohol presence like in the Cerise.

D - A significant improvement over its Allagash counterpart, but still a ways away from its Belgian brethren. An enjoyable American made cherry sour that I'd gladly drink again if I could track it down.

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served along side the rest of them. This is one of the good ones although the blended red was better overall.

Beer is pink with a white head, low retention, low lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, tart, oak, cherries, wood, sharp acids.

Beer is bright and fruity on the palate with a moderately tart finish, relatively dry. I'd have this again but I did like the red more than this.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of corby112
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to sideshowe for generously sharing this rare treat.

Pours a pinkish ruby/grapefruit color with a fluffy one finger pink head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Earthy, funky aroma with lactic funk and a strong horsey/ barnyard character.  Prominent oak and dark fruit notes in the nose.   Lots of cherry, even the skin and pit.  Smells like a traditional lambic.

Medium bodied with a subtle puckering, tart mouthfeel.  Kind of tame with lactic funk and lots of earthy oak, barnyard funk and sweet fruit.  Some grapefruit with lots of sweet cherry which compliments the lactic funk and earthy oak.  Lingering acetic vinegar flavor in the finish. Really well balanced but not very intense. Sourness tapers off mid palate but resurfaces in the finish.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Thorpe429 alongside several other Allagash sour/wild ales. Thank you very much, Mike!

The beer is pinkish in color with a small and fleeting white head. The nose carries cherries, wild yeast, oak. Light lactic and acetic presence. Oak and cherries all the way. Light in body and quite drinkable. Refreshing. Belgium still reigns supreme when it comes to fruit lambics, but I did enjoy this beer. A solid effort from Allagash.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Alex. Part 2 of our Coolship tasting.

A - Pours a light pinkish/reddish color, white head, thin collar.

S - Cherries, sour/tart, light barnyard funk, some plastic notes in there too. It's good, but the plastic notes are a little off-putting for me.

T - Balaton cherries, sour fruit, barnyard funk, light musk. The finish is sour cherries and fruity. Not quite as fruity as say Cantillon Kriek (or LP Kriek or Schaerbeekse Kriek), but not bad. Just not blowing me away at this point.

M - Light, soft carbonation, dry finish.

O - While it was better then the Cerise, it still didn't do much for me. We were drinking Cantillon Kriek and 3F Schaerbeekse Kriek along side this, and there was no comparison. Good, not great.

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4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #57 (October 2011):

Most approachable of all the current coolship offerings. There’s a lot of balance here. Very drinkable. The balaton cherries really stand out. Two-plus years of maturing with four-plus months on the local balaton cherries, this one has hit its mark already. Perhaps age can bring it closer to perfection, but right now, it’s damn tasty.

LOOK: Deep rose

SMELL: Medicinal, musty, sweet dark cherry, spice

TASTE: Mildly tart, cherry juice, oaky, dry, green apple, lemon pith, chalky, musty

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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Allagash Coolship Balaton from Allagash Brewing Company
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