Allagash Coolship Cerise | Allagash Brewing Company

BA SCORE
93
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308 Ratings
Allagash Coolship CeriseAllagash Coolship Cerise
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
308
Reviews:
56
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.5%
 
 
Wants:
477
Gots:
77
For Trade:
10
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a gorgeous grapefruit pink with a thin white head that fades quickly. Funky sour aromas fill the room as soon as the cork is popped - mouth starts watering. Aromas are pretty damn fantastic sour cherry skins, funky wet, acetic, it's very complex. The cherries are surprisingly delicate in the flavor, you really have to look for them but they add an amazing color and complexity, deliciously deep sour. Acidity is perfect, just enough to not ignore but not so much that it hits you in the jowls.

One of the most well-rounded sours I've ever had, blew my mind.

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.93/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
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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4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.91/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
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.
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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.

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4.81/5  rDev +14.3%
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

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4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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Allagash Coolship Cerise from Allagash Brewing Company
4.21 out of 5 based on 308 ratings.
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