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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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Photo of Madirish76
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter. All in all it is a nice offering from Allagash. It is not a Cantillon, but pretty darn good none the less. Has a great mellow tart funkiness with superb finish. The cherries add to the tartness. The head was a white diminishing head that didn't last too long. Nice rose color that was kind of cloudy from bottle conditioning. If you can't get a hold of a Cantillon Kriek, then go for this one!

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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 MacQ32
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review is from a bottle dated 1/13/2011

A- Grapefruit pink and super clowdy, pours a large near 3 finger (slightly pink) light head, weak retention, no lacing.

S - Fairly funky/tart but still quite sugary and fruity sweet and semi sour. Mild smokey oak flavor as well.

T - Quite tart with a hint of sweetness, slightly reminiscent of cherrys. A little funky, and a hint of lemony citrus and vanilla oaky/bready malts as well. There's also a kick of comfortable heat - almost horeradishy but thats not quite it... Finish is fairly dry.

M - Very well carbonated, very refreshing and drinkable. Light bodied.

O - Overall a delicious sour - not enough to make you pucker but quite aggressive non the less. Very refreshing, would recommend to anyone into sour beers.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/23/2012. Picked the bottle up at the brewery on 6-8-13. Poured in a snifter, the beer is a rose-tinged pink coloring, almost like a dark grapefruit juice, with no head. Huge pop when the cork popped on this one, and tart cherry aromas came out in abundance on the pour. Aromas of subtle cherry sweet and rich on a tart and slightly citrusy backbone. Some funky sour highlights in the nose, also. Flavors are very rich, with an almost floral backbone, that deliver a dark roasted quality at the end of the palate, with woody and earthy tones. In between, there is a rich, dark cherry sweetness that starts in a bold blast that slowly subsides as it washes over the palate. This beer is a bit of a rollercoaster for the taste buds. Tart cherry and slightly acidic characteristics slowly build as you drink. The aftertaste is tangy and tart, with a sweet undertone. Dry, slightly effervescent and sour finish. Very tasty!

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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 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 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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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 Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Allagash coolship tumbler. Nose is less cherry heavy than the Balaton. More funk and acidity. Funky earth in the background. Super dry. This was one of the better ones of the Coolship Series, though was by no means my favorite. The background funk was a nice addition to the cherry.

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

One of my favorites of the night, served along side all the rest of these things. Beer is amber to pink and mostly clear with a white head.

Aroma is nice, funk and sour with some fruitiness sneaking through.

Light in body, airy on the palate, nice fruitiness to the whole thing, interesting beer overall, I'd have it again. The finish is tart and dry, a nice combination.

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

Shared by Thorpe429 alongside several other Allagash sour/wild ales. Thank you very much, Mike!

The beer is light pink with a thin white head. The aroma offers sweet cherries with a touch of yeast and oak. The flavor is cherries, cherry pie, crust. A touch of lemon and vinegar in the finish. mild tartness and acidity in the finish. Subtle lactic presence. Fairly thin and light in body, with alcohol presence well disguised. A decent fruit sour ale, but again, not in the same echelon as the Belgian greats of this ilk.

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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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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 corby112
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to sideshowe for sharing this rare gem!

Pours a hazy dark orange color with a one finger off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Earthy, musty aroma with lots of barnyard/horsey character.  Hints of oak, funky bugs, lactic acid and cobweb followed by faint fruit and acetic vinegar.  I was expecting the nose to be bursting with cherry but it's pretty subtle.  Smells pretty good with some nice funk but kind of one dimensional.

Medium bodied with a tart, lactic funk that isn't acetic or harsh.  Decently sour but not too much do.  More funky than anything else with a slight acetic quality.  Just a touch of vinegar in the finish but not solent like.  Not very sweet with the cherries again being slightly integrated.  Subtle vinous character with some fruit skin and cherry pit.  Finishes dry with some lingering acidity.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice pink color with an off-white head. The cherries certainly come through. A bit of a cherry pie type aroma along with oak and grass. A bit on the sweet side. The flavor does have a significant cherry component, but it’s also a bit watery. Lightly sweet with a mild lemon tartness. Not much in the way of depth or complexity, but easy to drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With the acidic taste of cherries well on display, Allagash's Coolship Cerise borrows the taste of hard candies and cough drop to complement the fruit flavor with sweetness, tartness, and balance.

Pouring with a hazy redish hue that may resemble mauve that tilts to the pinkish, orange side. The oddly compelling coloration releases a dainty white lace that breaks about the surface before succumbing to the acidity and alcohol underneath.

The nose is dominated by ripe cherry scents with background notes of tart candies, dusty woods, mild mushroom and lactic cheese, limes, and crab apples. There's the musty scent of decaying woods, earthy, and saddle leather that rides along the true cherry scent.

Flavors also manifest the ripe cherry taste with a juicy and vibrant taste like that found in hard candies and cough drops. Aided by the crusty sweetness of marzipan, powdered sugar, and light butter, there's a fascinating bridge of flavors that extend to lactic buttermilk, leather, must, sea salt, earthen woods, and mild mushroom brine. The odd combination of cherry to earth seem like there's two beers living in one bottle.

Light bodied and whole heartedly acidic, the early cherry sharpness and tartness provides a refreshing introduction to the palate while a light and almost watery mid palate exposes some metallic flavor/textures that grow into the finish. The mild warmth no where nearly reveals the brunt of 8.5% abv.

Where the cherry flavor isn't as integrated as I would have wished, nor does it display the aged and dried cherry taste that more traditional krieks do; the pedio-forward aged character stands alone and doesn't embrace the fruit at least not yet. I would love to see this beer after a year or two of melding inside the bottle.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of our Coolship showdown - bottle generously provided by Reagan1984. Served in a Cantillon tulip, and sampled side-by-side with a 2009 Cantillon 100% Kriek.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a thin collar, a few wisps, and tiny specks of lace. Lightly hazed orange-pink/salmon body.

S - Largely cherries, with some pie crust sweetness, slight cheesy funk, a touch of lemon, and some lactic sourness. Quite delicate and understated - I let this warm for quite a while it never seemed to get very intense.

T - Taste is quite similar. A muted collection of wild flavors - lactic acidity, hint of oak, some vanilla and stone fruit malt flavors, and light sourness in the finish - plus some sweet cherries. The unexpected 8.1% ABV doesn't really show up here.

M - Medium-light body, low carbonation, dry texture, and a hint of alcohol warmth that reveals the bizarrely high ABV.

D - Easy to drink, difficult to acquire, and pretty underwhelming compared to its Belgian brethren. Probably my least favorite of the Coolships. I'm also puzzled by the unusually high alcohol content, particularly compared to other lambic and even other Allagash offerings.

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Photo of largadeer
3.36/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

3 of 5 coolship beers shared by dsgolovin. Thanks, David.

This bottle exploded upon opening. Pours a muddy, watery pink with no head. Looks thin and generally unappealing.

Mild, somewhat bland aroma. Faintly lactic and funky with subtle cherry notes that are both sweet and tart; light plastic notes. Nothing bad here, but it could use more kick.

Palate is good but not great. Fairly thin mouthfeel, bordering on watery - tannins from the fruit save the finish, which is fairly bland otherwise. It's decently tart, and the fruit does come through more on the palate than it does on the nose.

This is decent, but it doesn't have the depth of flavor that Balaton does.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you, Alex. This was part of the Coolship tasting.

A - Pours golden yellow, white head, spotty lace, thin collar.

S - Musk, barynard, fruity cherry notes, light wood, medium level of sour/tart notes. Pretty much funk/tart/sour notes and cherries, which is what I was expecting.

T - Sour fruit, cherries, bretty funk, light hay. Pretty much a back and forth between sour cherries/fruit and funk/sour/tart notes with some almonds in there as well. Finish is dry tartness.

M - Light, soft carbonation, dry finish.

O - A solid American Wild, but this didn't really blow me out of the water. For the low bottle count and how hard these are to obtain, I would just go for something else in the style category. Decent.

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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 jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DrEntropy for sharing.

Bottled 1/18/2011

Light fizzy head, pink grapefruit color, hazy.

Nose blend of sour fruit malt, lambic like, plenty of cherry, balotin like cherry, bit of oak and vanilla rounding.

Taste nice tart malts, funky, wild funk, light cough syrup, tons of cherry, juicy a bit and very dry, hint of vanilla oak, light grapefruit and dry bready malts. Dry super dry with tart cherry and funk finish.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall weird and funky but nice, good funk and tart chery blend.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thank you a million to Gary for sending these our way...shared with Mike and Scott side-by-side with Red and Balaton.

a - murky orange with a thin head that was gone quick leaving a thin ring of fizziness on the surface.

s - some funky acetone. cherries are there, but not like in the balaton.

t - very funky. dark cherry. the booze is a bit evident compared to the other 2...and this is the strongest and it tastes it.

m - good carbonation. sour and musty.

o - overall unique and different. not something i need again and my clear least favorite of the three. the cherry flavoring is really overshadowed by the cherry flavor of the balaton which is more to my liking.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
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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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 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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