Coolship La Mûre
Allagash Brewing Company

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Style:
Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #68
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,600
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 6.31%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
24
From:
Allagash Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  11
Gots
  5
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Notes: This blend of spontaneously fermented beer is aged on fresh blackberries. After brewing, wild yeast finds its way into the wort as it cools overnight in our coolship - a traditional Belgian brewing vessel resembling a room-sized baking pan. The beer then ferments for over two years in oak barrels before we add blackberries. The finished beer's aroma exhibits hints of lime zest and an herbal berry-like quality. The tart flavor evokes multiple facets of blackberry, including just-ripened fruit and rich, juicy berry.
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 24 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml corked and caged bottle - 2019 vintage - poured into a red wine stem at 50°F. The most genuinely heartfelt thank you to Jake for this bottle. This one's for you buddy!

Pours a slightly clouded rich plum-red - almost sunrise orange when held to th3 light - topped with three fingers of sudsy, coarse, pinkish-white head with poor retention that fizzles out to a thin collar. Some lazy effervescence is visible.

Nose: Absolutely divinity right from the start. Tons of intensely vinous blackberry character - notes of blackberry, raspberry, red wine grape, absolutely drenched in musty, mature wet oak, and paired with some very classic lambic character. There is a minerality that cannot be ignored, which also lends a stony cellar-like aroma. There is plenty of funk - farmy, with hay, dusty barn, and a touch of stable, opposite some bright, sprightly aromas of green apple, pear, and fresh grass. The tartness also lends a bit of lemon as well. It doesn't burn the nose, and smells incredibly balanced.

Palate: As I was suspecting (and hoping), this is not a simple sour. This is a hardcore ale. Right off the bat, you get some dusty grain, with a hint of sweetness. This is absolutely crucial in capturing that lambic vibe. The sweetness helps to elevate the berry component - itself, fully fermented to dryness. It's unquestionably red berries, though I don't know that I'd instantly guess blackberry. Still, tons of raspberry, red grape, white grape, and plum, all wrapped up in a hugely vinous package. The level of oak is truly monumental, and it defines the whole beer. Wet, tannic, biting white oak grips the palate, also lending that signature mature oaky bitterness. The acidity is about as perfect as possible. Tart, lemony, a kiss of balsamic vinegar, but it quickly pulls away, and blends in with the grain sweetness. Never becomes puckering or sharp. The funk is wild, dusty, and insanely bretty - almost like a peach that has begun to ferment. The bright fruity notes are eventually engulfed by wild funk and oak, and the finish sees zero sourness, but dusty old grain, wet oak, red wine tannins, dusty brett, hay, and old stone.

Mouthfeel/Body: The ale is light-medium bodied, but has a very interesting effect - the oak is so saturated, that it actually creates a clinging effect. An oily, almost resinous woodiness clings to the palate, giving the sensation of full body. This is mostly in the finish, and the beer still remains crisp and snappy - highly effervescent, nearly champagne-like. Dry, with a tannic finish.

Overall: It really doesn't get anymore lambic-like than this. I should actually say gueuze, and there is some insane maturity here, and I have a feeling it's a blend of three years. The subtle grain sweetness, oak and brett-driven bitterness, and subtly tart, funky nature of this places this firmly among some of the Belgian greats. I cannot help but think of Drie Fonteinen. It isn't quite as sour, lactic, funky, or mineral-forward as the true Pajottenland classics, but it's damn close. This is not a Coolship release to sleep on. It defines th3 very namesake of the heer itself.

Jul 28, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2019-08-27
375ml bottle served in a weird little glass at the air B&B. April 3rd 2019. Bought and brought home by my inlaws.

Pours a reddish amber, smallish head, lots of carbonation. Smell is tart and fruity.

Taste is moderately sweet-tart, mild chalkiness, little wood character, fruity in a jammy sort of way.

Mouthfeel is dry. Overall, good beer.

Aug 28, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Red body with a white head. Tasted of raspberries with a great dankness. I thought the price paid was a bit much for this beer, but it was still very solid na enjoyable to drink.

Aug 04, 2019
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Budlum from Maryland

4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful ruby body with a pure white head. Blackberry dominates the nose and flavor with the wonderfully bready and funky notes typical of Allagash coolship beers. A welcome addition.

Jun 22, 2019
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Hoppy_Time from Maine

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vibrant orange crimson. Very little head as standard on a sour beer, nice stream of bubbles constantly rising.

Aromas of hay and oak, sour apple, hint of blackberry. Notes of vanilla from the barrel, slightly funky.

Taste has an initial pucker, like sour unripe berries. Hayfield, green Apple, berry, oak, lemony tartness. Little vanilla in the finish across a light wheat bready sweetness. Berry builds as it warms.

Light bodied, bright and sharp carbonation, tart, finish is right between dry and sweet.

Overall this is a tasty sour, refrains from being to tart and the barrel and funky characteristics add a good depth of flavor. The blackberry is pretty light, comes across more as unripe berries than any particular fruit, but it does brighten some as it warms.

Mar 19, 2017
Coolship La Mûre from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 24 ratings