Allagash Coolship Cerise | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Coolship CeriseAllagash Coolship Cerise
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

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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291
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
9.76%
 
 
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Photo of koopa
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an attractive cloudy straw (borderline blonde) with a small head that displays little to no retention or lace.

Smell: Loads of band aid phenol...probably the strongest band aid note I've ever smelled in a beer sample. Slight lemon tinge, a hint of cherry, and a good dose of barnyard funk.

Taste: Light cherry, slight apricot note, moderate barnyard funk, and a load of band aid.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Smooth easy drinking wild ale.

While I took the strong band aid note to be a sign of a flaw in the brewing process, I must say that it didn't completely take away from the brew which was still fairly enjoyable.

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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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Photo of grub
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 2, oct 9/2010. Jw347 contributed this one. thanks john!

375ml corked and caged bottle.

pours super hazy muddy pale gold. a few white bubbles manage to cling to the edges of the glass, but disappear quickly and leave no lace.

aroma is great. spiced sour cherry. horse blanket. bit of leather. white bread and cracker. the spice component is much higher than any of the other sours we've tasted today, and certainly higher than most i've ever had. light alcohol. almond. earthy. light vanilla component.

taste is great. a lot like the aroma, with the addition of cider vinegar and more dominant spiced cherry. light alcohol. medium-low bitterness level. low acidity.

mouthfeel is good. medium body with a dry finish. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is great. good depth. love the spiced cherry character. nice restrained funk. great!

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Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle from 2011.

Pours hazy copper with a pinkish hue and a half inch head of white. A mostly solid skim coat remained on the surface for the duration with zero lacing.

Barnyard funk and light cherry notes lead off the nose. Sour apples, citric acid, cider vinegar and light fecal follow through.

Light bodied with a crisp, sharp mouthfeel.

Bright, drying acid and mild cherries start the palate. Shades of cut grass, grapefruit, and sour citrus follow through.

Finishes with acid-laced red fruit and a wheaty twang.

The base beer is exceptional with a very clean acid and just enough funk to keep things interesting. The cherry component is seriously lacking though.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light apple cider orange red in color. There is plenty of sediment throughout the body and a short off white head that sticks around but only as a skim.

Nose is great with grainy, powdery tartness that really makes you anticipate the first sip. Some sweetness comes through as well as a bit vinegar in the backdrop.

As soon as the first sip hits my tongue I am welcomed by a bit of a surprise. There is distinct tartness but it doesn't come with any fruit at all. It is very vinegar based and incredibly dry. It is buttery and waxy with some lingering oak tones to the flavor profile. This sour beer almost comes through as oily if that is really possible. While this is not a bad brew at all it really isn't what I am looking for in a sour brew let alone a cerise.

Overall solid but I won't be seeking it out again anytime soon.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to the one and only Kimbo for hauling this down from Allagash headquarters.
375ml bottled on 1/23/12, almost 18 months old at this point.

Color has a rosy pinkish hue. A big off-white head quickly falls to a swirly cap with some good lace.

A little bit of tart cherry in the scent but fruitiness is on the low side, but a good amount of sour funk and oak. Good potency, simplistic but tempting.

Taste is more fruit forward but it's not in your face. Some breadiness and vanilla gives it kind of a tart cherry pie feel. Good amount of sour funk, oak and lemon; not a particularly bracing or complex flavor but it's tasty and drinks easy.

Mouthfeel is on the watery side with carbonation that is kinda low for the style. Very hidden ABV however and easy drinking, I probably would've guessed this as no more than 6%.

Not a whole lot of depth here, but a very tasty and light feeling sour I'd drink anytime.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of RichD
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle dated 1/23/2012 poured into an Allagash Belgian glass

My first lambic!

A: Pours a ruby red with a small white sudsy head that disappears into a white ring almost immediately. This looks beautiful. There is a orange/yellow color at the bottom as well, which is very interesting.

S: An acidic tart scent is very prominent here. Cherries galore as well with maybe a little apple and pear. Very nice, funky smell here. (How often do you hear that?!) Nothing too incredibly deep, but what I get is more than enough.

T: Wow! I feel like cherries just punched my tongue right in the face. Huge sweet and sour cherry flavor with some tart coming through afterwards. I also taste some oak character and some citrus, maybe lemon or grapefruit, which definitely contributes to the tartness.

M: There's a high carbonation on this. The tartness was not over the top. The interesting thing about this is that the cherry and tart flavors are pungent, but they don't linger on my palate. The finish is quite clean and crisp and the drinkability is wonderful as well.

Overall: My first experience with a lambic is a very favorable one. Allagash really has a great coolship series. The huge cherry flavors and the tartness make this very enjoyable and I almost forget that I'm actually drinking a beer. While I gave this brew a high score, I'm not sure I'd want to drive the 3 hours to the brewery and pay 15 bucks for another bottle of this. If I found this in a local shop then I most likely would. Nonetheless, this is a great beer and I'm excited to venture even further into the world of sours.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of AirBob
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
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.
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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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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.91/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of davey101
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to BobZ for the bottle. Bottled on 01/23/2012. 375 ml C+C bottle into a HF wine glass. Pours a deep red body that appears burnt orange in front of light. A finger of whispy foam clings to the sides for the whole ride. Really looks quite lovely.

S - Huge cherry jam blast with faint notes of funk lingering in the background. Buttery oak barrels and some cinnamon spice. This smells amazing.

T - Layers of tart cherries and smooth cherry jam blend seamlessly into some musky funk and wonderfully buttery smooth oak. A lingering acetic bite on the finish. Sour cherry pie here, really frickin delicious. Improves as it warms up too. Mouth feel is coating yet spritzy. Really surprised that the abv is this high, not noticeable in the least bit.

O - One of the better American wilds I have tried. This is really something special. The funk is just right for being nearly 20 months old and the huge wall of tart cherries against the buttery oak is just perfect. Can compete with most authentic Belgian krieks.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. The color or blood orange with a bit of haze (I was careful with the yeast). There is a large head upon pouring and makes champagne-like fizz. The head doesn't last long, though.

I find most of the Allagash sours dominate with the distinct yeast aroma, this is full of cherry first, with a slight touch of sweetness. There is lots of clean tartness to round out the aroma.

The taste is dry and tart. The cherry flavor is subtle, especially compared to the aroma. This one is particularly full of oak flavor as well. This has a pretty nice balance, aided by the higher ABV.

This drinks nice light and crisp.

I like this one, it's very drinkable and refreshing. If not for the higher ABV I'd say this is very much like a Belgian version.

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Photo of bishopdc0
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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Photo of Tommo
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
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

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 375ml corked and caged bottle into a Coolship tumbler. Served at about 50 degrees.

Opened the bottle with a very vigorous POP!

Appearance- Beautiful pinkish/red color with zero head. The color is beautiful.

Smell- Cherry, funky wild yeast, oak, vanilla, lemon rind, something chemical. Smells sweeter rather than tart. Very funky.

Taste- Wow! Tart cherries up front, some Vicks tasting funkyness, oak, and piney earthyness. Finish is pure cherry and lemon. Sour, but not aggressive.

Mouthfeel- Very carbonated with moderate sourness. Not overly aggressive tartness (no tart faces made). Clean and crisp and refreshing.

Overall- Damn good cherry wild. Yet another great Allagash wild!

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Darker pink body; sort of glowing

Muddled cherry and a woody pit aroma. Lemon, some funk, and bandaid.

Pretty consistent flavor from the aroma. Light cherry. Lactic sourness; not too strong. Bitter funk bite on the finish and more cherries. Definitely not as good as the balaton version.

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Photo of Brez07
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a few weeks back along with Balaton. 375ml bottle split in two Allagash glasses. Dated 1/18/11

A:  Pinkish rose in color, slightly cloudy from dregs but was translucent on the first pour.  Bubbly white 1 finger head which dissipates within a minute.  Ring of foam around the glass

S:  Nose is cherry skins, but a little lighter on the tart side of things.  Some hay/grain.  Has a gueuzey funk about it

T:  Very spritzy, seltzer like.  Cherry fruit flavor is somewhat muted, but does come out so more as the beer warms.  Finish is funky with some yeast profile

M:  Light bodied, full of carbonation.  Dry finish

D:  Not quite as good as I was expecting, but still a great spontaneous beer

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of schinebd
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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Photo of tony223366
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: tons of action in this brew. Head is about 1 finger and quickly dissipates to a light coating. Lots and lots of small bubble action. That I like. It's an interesting color. It's golden/amber mixed with pink. I'm guessing that's from the cherries. Really foggy.

S: I get some definite funk which I'm psyched about. It's more gum bag than horse blanket because of that great acidic sour quality. The cherries are absolutely present. It's incredibly inviting.

T: Whoa. First off congrats to Allagash. This is a really complicated brew. Tons of layers. First thing that strikes me is the funk. Not quite as dominant immediately as the aroma would have lead me to believe. I do get some malt but it immediately turns to a nice acetic sourness. Nice even balance between that funk and the sour. The cherries are surprisingly difficult for me to zero in on. The flavors are primarily sour funk. Great dry finish with a touch of stale-ness. The oak is most present on the finish.

M: Very light body with some prickly carbonation. Turns frothy in the mouth. Puckers the mouth a bit.

O: Allagash has done something special. It's not quite perfect but it's close. I love the bottle and the little card you can get that describes the coolship process. Keep it up!

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Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A true gem from Allagash. This fantastic sour is all that and more. Great carbonation, beautiful rose color, incredible cherry melon smell that is quite earthy and robust.

A great lingering tartness just sticks around and begs for more.

Allagash is on the verge of something truly special on this side of the pond and I'm for one excited.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of abraxel
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 8, courtesy of Auror. Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a hazy, orangey pink, with a fizzy, short-lived head, but lots of effervescence climbing up the edges to maintain a ring.

S - I got a whiff of cherries as soon as I popped the cork, and it follows through on that promise. Tart, acidic cherries, all the way through. A touch of nice funkiness, too. I like it.

T - Tart cherries up front, again, followed by an acidic prickle and nice sour pucker. This isn't quite a no-holds-barred sour, though; it's somewhat mellow compared to some of the more intense krieks out there. There's interesting funky complexity, it almost tastes like it has some cinnamon and nutmeg. Reminds me of cherry pie!

M - Rather smooth, with a pleasant level of acidity. Most of the carbonation fled shortly after the pour.

Overall, I'm a fan. It's a very tasty kriek, but it doesn't taste quite like any I've had before.

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Photo of TheCrowsNest
5/5  rDev +19%
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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Allagash Coolship Cerise from Allagash Brewing Company
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