Coolship Cerise
Allagash Brewing Company

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Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #17
Ranked #779
4.35 | pDev: 8.51%
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
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Notes: Coolship Cerise is our spontaneous beer aged with a blend of Maine-grown cherries, including Balaton and Montmorency. Using local cherries makes our Cerise uniquely Maine, just like us.
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 6/24/19

A: Pink orange with some undertones of gold - mostly clear, some slight haze - pours with a small white head, quickly fades to virtually nothing, but retains a small collar

S: Cherry flesh and cherry skin - oak barrel and some oak funk - tart cherry, just a slight hint of cherry sweetness - acidity and some damp, lactic notes - lights hints of barnyard funk, hints of vinegar - pale malts, touch of grain

T: Not as rich in cherry flavor as I would have guessed from the aroma, but some tart cherry flesh and skin - more funky tartness - sharp acidity is more prominent than the lactic sourness - maybe a spritz of lemon - some light sweetness from the cherries - lots of oak and it lingers into the aftertaste - some pale and caramel malts - finishes with more acidity

M: Medium body, prickly sourness, low carbonation

O: With cherries on top

Allagash Coolship beers are always worth the price tag (and often worth the drive) if you are looking for something spontaneously fermented that does not taste like a science experiment. The cherries are fairly subtle, at least compared to the raspberries in Coolship Red, but it works.

Jun 24, 2019
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to ActonBrewer for sending this bottle back in the day! Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Poured from the 375mL bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass. 2012 vintage bottle, consumed on 9/28/17.

A: Hazy gold with highlights of pink and orange. A thin white head fades away quickly atop an average amount of visible carbonation.

S: A nice big funk and lactic tart. Cheesy and barnyard, sour cherries, and malic acid. A big Lactobacillus and maybe some Pediococcus funk. Oak tannin dryness. Appealing and fairly nuanced here.

T: Tart cherries, and some serious Lacto, Pedio, and barnyard funk. Oak tannin dryness, malic acid, and light biscuit malts. More sour cherries and lactic acid at the swallow. There’s a mild warm spicy dryness in the immediate hang – almost cinnamon, but not that dry. It mixes with the oak and I'm having trouble pulling them apart.

M: A light body, with fairly low carbonation sensation. Low alcohol presence.

O: Pretty tasty, but also a pretty big funk - at least with this long in the bottle. Nice fresh cherry flavor, and it melds well with the funk and woody barrel character. Maybe a little more funky and less fruity than some others of the Fruit Lambic/Kriek style, but still balanced. Enjoyable for sure.

Mar 24, 2019
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Vintage 2018.

Slightly opaque body appearance with a very grapefruit orange color. Virtually no head on creation and ho collar at all.

Very nice aroma. Large earth aroma on the nose of fresh tilled dirt and light cherry senses. Good pungent acidity and sourness, hints slightly wine like in character.

Palate is superb. Light tart rush of cherries on first sip with real special senses. Mid palate has a good brown flour and almost toast but real nice actually first sweet hint of cherry. Then a good sourness kicks in, but a more impressive clove and spicy peppery like finish to match. More kind of brown spices and interesting malt mix on the finish. Very tight playfully fizz that seems to bring out a pine needle like flavor.

Very impressive wild ale it's hard to put this one into words, but it is truly exceptional.

Dec 26, 2018
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zrayburton from Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't been seeking out Krieks a lot but needed to try this as a part of the Coolship series. Probably my favorite use of sweet tart cherry besides Petrus 50/50 (off the top of my head).

Sep 07, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sparkling pink-amber with a loud fizzy head that settles to a soft, spotty film but can easily be stirred up with a quick swirl. Second half of the bottle will cloud you up.

Smell is wild yet focused sparkling cherry cider mellowed by oaky, earthy, cheesy funk and a little peppery spice. With more time, the smell reminds me of walking through a wild apple orchard with fallen apples underfoot and wildflowers all around--super nostalgic and homey, yet complex.

Whoa, this is very sour at first! Cherry is quickly complemented by a spiced apple cider or apple pie-like flavor, over an excellent, sharp crisp fizz. After acclimating, I taste almond, pie crust, a little acetic oak, and then the cherry comes back in on the finish--bing and black cherry pie, finishing quite dry indeed. Then, long after the swallow, a savory, peppery oakiness blooms on the throat.

Apr 08, 2017
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anteatr23 from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled December 21, 2015 and drank March 21, 2017. Pours a bright ruby red with loads of carbonation, fizzy white head from which you can hear the carbonation popping/fizzing. Smells of cherries, oak, wine, with a little sour funk. Taste is sharply sour and bursting with a lemony acid. Oak and cherry are there still, but muted by the initial punch of sour. Finishes dry. Fun beer.

Mar 21, 2017
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zimm421 from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear pink with touches of yellow around the edges. The nose is loads of funk, oak and cherry sweetness. The taste brings notes of cherries, oak and funkiness with a nicely tart finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied and not overly drying. Overall, the balance and complexities are on point here. The cherry sits more in the back ground than I expected, which is the only detractor. In the end, it's something I would never hesitate to grab again.

Feb 05, 2017
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drinking the latest 2016 batch on 12/31/16. Cherry pie. Biscuit. Spice. Cherries. Beautiful rose color. Carb is continual throughout the drinking experience. Flavors really pop as it warms. Almost a hint of cinnamon and definite pie crust with the tart cherries. A balanced tartness from the natural fermentation.

Jan 05, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml cork and caged bottle, dated 12/21/2015. Cork comes out with a large pop. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a slightly cloudy darker reddish body with an orange hue; one finger white head with good retention, not much lacing. Smells of rich cherry skin and tannins, oak, and mild funk. Touch of lemon is in the back as well. A bit of mineral, but the dominant aroma is cherry skin. Flavour does follow; tannic with moderate cherry skin tartness and a bit of cherry flesh; back is touch of lemon and leather, a bit more oak and a mild funk to it. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, slightly yogurty, moderate acetic acidity with cherry skin and funk on the finish. A very nice cherry AWA that I really enjoyed.

Dec 02, 2016
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very funky on the nose with a faint cherry presence.

The taste is a mix of wet hay, barnyard, earth, and bitter grapefruit flavor that fades to tart cherry.

Overall, not at all what I expected. Definitely the funkiest of the Allagash beers.

Aug 11, 2016
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schinebd from Massachusetts

4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beer is a wonderful pink-red glow with little to no translucence. A big sniff pulls a strong scent of sharp and sour cherry. The taste is magnificent. Strong and sweet comstock cherries with outlandish funk that finishes with a strong, puckering sour that dries out the mouth and polishes out the flavor. The sour finish recedes into an oaky depth that rounds out the drinking experience. Sweet cherry to extreme funk to puckering sour, supported by barrel finish. A professionally crafted beer. Beer has strong carbonation, and the sourness creates a dry finish that dares you not to take another sip. Allagash is really flexing their muscles here. A nearly perfect American version of a Belgian specialty.

Jul 09, 2016
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AMCimpi from New York

4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: This beer is a pale pink with a light pink/white head that doesn't stick around. S: Cherries, Allagash funk, hay, musty basement, oak, and wine-like. T: Juicy sweet and sour cherries. A bunch of grassy, earthy notes with some vinegar tartness. M: Medium with some stinging carb. Dry on the back end. O: Probably the best or damn near close to the best cherry sour I've had. Goes toe to toe with the Belgian krieks and I think it comes out on top. Just an absolute delight

Jul 06, 2016
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Tommo from Texas

4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

After resurgam this is my second favorite allagash. Amazing geuzy flavor from their barrel program here bringing in cherries. The taste is heavenly and improves as it warms

Mar 24, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light pinkish color with similar colored head. Cherries on the nose, strong aroma of tart cherries, with a little funk mixed in; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with tart cherry and dry. I was pleasantly surprised how much the fruit comes through on this one.

Dec 22, 2015
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.91/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Brooklyn tulip glass.

Color is a rusty amber with no head.

Smell is of tart sour fruit. A definitely a cherry aroma, but a slight citrus juice taste.

Tart and dry with a inherent juicy sweetness. Awesome.

Jun 27, 2015
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jazzyjeff13 from England

4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 375ml half-champagne bottle without label. Purchased in 2012 at 'Night of the Great Thirst' in Eizeringen, Belgium, and carefully stored since. Not sure what the vintage of this bottle is. Time to see how it has evolved!

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A rich, hazy orange-amber hue with a pinkish tinge. Light carbonation and fine sediment. Yields a decent head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before dissipating.

S: Aroma of sharp, sour fruitiness with hints of mild cherry, lactic acid, a touch of brett, subtle funk, straw, faint husky grain, earthiness and a delicate, lingering vinous quality. Simply amazing, and practically a match for a genuine lambic.

T: Tastes of sour fruitiness with overtones of cherry and a lengthy finish. Notes of tart cherry, vague red fruit, lactic acid, mild funk, subtle brett, earthiness, straw and faint husks. Possesses a muted vinous character. Seriously sour, followed by a lingering fruitiness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and very dry, with soft carbonation and good body. Would benefit from being a bit more lively. The sourness dries the palate. Highly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of sharp fruitiness, hints of cherries, lactic acid and earthy yeast.

O: Delicious - a superb spontaneous fruit beer. Looks great, while the aroma is sublime; sour cherry and wild yeast notes combine perfectly. The flavour is also excellent - tart fruit and earthy yeast mix harmoniously. Good body, though could be a shade more carbonated for the style. A fantastic effort that successfully captures the essence of lambic, even though it is brewed thousands of miles away from Belgium. Not quite as complex as some true lambics - the funkiness seems more subdued - but a quality brew nonetheless. Any lover of sours should try this if the opportunity arises.

Jun 11, 2015
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MaineBrewing from Maine

4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured winelike in color, like a rose, with more purple. Head dissipated quickly, for the mere seconds it lasted, it was a large bubbled loose white head. It fizzled like I was pouring a sprite. No lacing, looks flat, but expected for the style.

S - Crazy range of sour notes, intense. Fruity, dirty, some plastic. Smell the sourness and wild yeast, use your imagination.

T - The first sip I get this very prevalent spice flavor, almost cinnamon. I like it, gives it a pop. I dont get much for cherry, unless that is the cherry flavor. This taste lingers through, I wonder if this is the signature of industrial way wild yeast? Either way it is unique to this brew, peppery, spicy, big red gum, sour, must.

M - Flat as expected, slow slow sipping, acid finish, vinegary. Ive had a range of sours and this is more on the intense in your face side, by no means subtle.

O - On the more intense side of sours, more a sipper than a refresher. The unique flavor keeps me coming back. The fact this was spontaneously fermented in Maine also excites me. I probably wont give this review justice as I am not a big sour drinker, but I would recommend this as a great and unique example of the style.

Jun 11, 2015
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rab53 from Washington

2.98/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

2011 batch tasted in 2015

Nicely carbonated, though head is fleeting. Smells of BO. Sweaty armpits. I get nothing from the cherries, though I suspect that addition has long faded away. Mild tartness. Somewhat refreshing, aside from the aroma.

May 30, 2015
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AirBob from Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Notes from 8/5. Poured into a snifter.

A: Ruby-red grapefruit body. Zero head and little lacing.

S: Vinegar upfront. Sweet and sour cherry (like a cherry warhead) with a touch of oak to round it out.

T: Sweet, tart cherry moves to slight vinegar followed by puckering sourness. A little bit of oak in the finish evens everything out.

M: Light, clean finish. Low carbonation.

O: Initially, the smells and flavors coming from this beer were overwhelming. After the first couple sips my nose and taste buds adjusted. Absolutely delicious.
Same batch (March 6, 2014), but consumed on 12/8/15.

A - Amber, trending towards pink, body with golden hues. Zero head and lacing.

S - Strong notes of apples cider vinegar and tart cherry. Really pleasant and mellow vanilla and wood underlying. The vinegar subsides as it warms and more sweet and tart cherries, vanilla, and barrel notes peek through. A touch of funk alongside the vanilla mimicks short bread.

T - Sweet and tart cherry up front. Some lactic sourness. Tons of oaky, vanilla. A little vinegar. More sweet cheery. Finishes slightly tart and acidic with berries, funk, and vanilla. Some bready, yeasty qualities with some of the sediment added.

M - medium-low carbonation, medium body bodied.

O - More than anything, it seems like my taste has changed. This has held up as well as expected over the last 1.5 years or so. Still an excellent beer with tons of complexity. 4.75, 4.25, 5, 4.75, 4.75.

Aug 10, 2014
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wethorseblanket from California

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. 375ml bottle shared by Dan - thanks. Bottled March 6, 2014.

A: Pours a hazy ruby red grapefruit juice color under a 1/4-inch thick white head which fades leaving some spots.

N: Bright sour cherries with prominent skin and juice, good funk.

T: Crisp tart funky cherries. Fruity.

M: Light body and light carbonation. Tart and fruity finish.

O: Puckering and bright cherry with funk. Yes, please.

Aug 10, 2014
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Bowdoinbeerboy from Maine

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated Marc, 6, 2014. The beer pours a hazy light red color or perhaps an amberish red? It has no head whatsoever and is pleasantly carbonated. The nose is perhaps a little bit boozy on the back end. The initial smell is ripe, sweet smelling cherries with some alcohol bite.

The taste is a real shocker, this beer is S.O.U.R. This is easly a 10/10 on my sour scale. Probably the sourest I have ever had. The inital hit is light fruity sour but this quickly fades as a lactic punch of acid comes in immediately after. This acidity lingers on the palate for a long time. The actual cherry flavor is fairly mute. I get a decent cherry hit with even a hint of sweetness right up front, but then the sourness comes in. For a lambic, this is not terribly funky, just really acidic and sour.

I think this beer would be improved if it was a little less boozy, the alc. content is shockingly high and I think it really prevents this beer from becoming extraordinary.

I love it.

Jul 15, 2014
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deltatauhobbit from Maine

4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/18/2011

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a huge head, couldn't get the entire bottle poured because of the amount of head, fades wicked fast though and don't leave a bit of lacing on the glass or any cap on top.

Smell has a bit of a vinegar and cherry sour/tart aroma, a touch of musty funk on the nose as well.

Taste starts out with a acidic vinegar front, the tart cherry adds a bit of complexity and flavor which is much needed, finishes with a musty funky aftertaste and a bit of grapefruit, semi-dry finish, medium sour puckerness.

May 29, 2014
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pink lemonade capped by an inch of lavender foam; quick fading and dotty lacing

Smell: Funky cherry tartness, with hints of grapefruit pith and meringue

Taste: The sweet cherry fruit dazzles the tip of the tongue but as the liquid passes over the rest of the tastebuds, lactic sourness kicks in along with barnyard funk and buttery oak; quite acetic in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation; tingling acidity

Overall: I restrained myself for quite some time before trying out my bottles from the Coolship series - this is quite a grand first impression; excellent fruit supported by just the right level of tartness for my palate

Thanks, troughnbrew, for the opportunity

May 10, 2014
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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.47/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This has a light peach color with a clean filtered appearance. The head was a bit red with a light bubbly fizz.

The aroma is off as I catch a musky body odor, a tart sour, honey and tomato ketchup.

For what I caught in the nose I detect none in the taste. The flavor is tart with a cherry and vanilla followed by a minerally earthiness.

The feel is smooth dry with little carbonation and a gritty mineral texture.

Very odd beer here but it's flavor is good enough for a try. Just don't breathe in too deeply when you put your nose in the glass.

Mar 24, 2014
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 10.25.13
Bottled Oct 17, 2012

A - Pours a dirty pink-orange with a few white bubbles that are gone instantly.

S - Funky, earthy, subtle cherry, oak.

T - Funk, tart cherry, oak. Very complex and nice.

D - Lower carbonation with a good mediumb body.

O - Funky and tart cherry and oak, as you would want it.

Dec 16, 2013
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