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Allagash Coolship Cerise | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Coolship CeriseAllagash Coolship Cerise

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by gregc on 06-02-2010

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4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Insane aroma of fresh cherry cobbler. How is this possible? Magic?! We can smell the alcohol, but it’s not overly boozy; less than a hint of warmth. A slice of epic in a bottle! Proof that spontaneous fermentation can be harnessed by an american brewer, and brought to this level of greatness.

LOOK: Dirty peach

SMELL: Musty cherries, pie crust, spice, esters

TASTE: Dry, semi-tart, oaky, sour cherries, lemon, vinous, herbal, hay, medicinal

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I realized I had this under the wrong beer and I am here to correct it.

Shared a bottler with my wife. We couldn't wait.

It pours with a big amount of carbonation. My wife notes it resembles champagne. It subsides and the beer is reddish pink.

The aroma is sweet and has the tartness from the cherries and is a very nice sour.

The taste is very nice sour but not puckering reminds me of zwanze 11 with cherries instead of pinot. The carbonation is very pleasant tickles the tongue and releases the tart flavors which leaves a earthy flavor nice

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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 1/23/2012.

Appearance - Deep orange. Very hazy. Reddish. Nice head and a medium white collar.

Smell - Cherry. Acidic. Lemony acidity. Hazy. Some funk. Nice.

Taste - Grassy and grainy. Cherry sweetness very briefly. Minimal funk, but it's there. Lemony sourness.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Sour. Medium body.

Overall - One of the best American lambics, or whatever you want to call it. This series is awesome so far.

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4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.47/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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Allagash Coolship Cerise from Allagash Brewing Company
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