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

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Spontaneous beer aged with raspberries.

Added by gregc on 06-02-2010

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Photo of sk8man121
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle ($15 at the brewery) poured into Allagash Coolship tumbler. Bottled 11/4/10.

A: Pours a brilliant, deep pink with strawberry highlights. If there's any such thing as "phosphorescent red," this is it; like kool aid, really. Quickly rising effervescent 2-finger head dies just as fast into a thin ring on the glass. Leaves no lacing.

S: Extremely traditional lambic smell right off the bat; hay, barnyard funk. Raspberry is there, but fainter than expected. Smells very clean.

T: Immediate gueuze-like characteristics hit the palate; lemon, hay and tons of acidity. Red-wine vinegar dominates the center, as well as just enough raspberry to get the point across. This is an EXTREMELY DRY lambic; not a touch of sweetness going on here, which makes it all the more drinkable. Top notch.

M: Spritzy as can be; exactly what I was hoping for. Rather thin otherwise, but characteristic of the style.

O: All I can say is what a shame this is such a limited release. If this was readily available, I could drink it on a weekly basis. The most lambic qualities I've seen in an Allagash release by far, and it works ohh so well.

Beg, borrow and steal for this one.

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Photo of kevanb
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, dated October 18, 2012, poured into an Allagash Coolship Tumbler.

The beer pours a bright garnet red color, hues of ruby and pink with a light pink head, very fizzy, that rises up the glass, nearly 2 fingers high, but vanishes immediately and leaves just a trace of film atop the beer and no lacing. The aroma is of bright raspberry, vanilla, oak, lots of funk with some other berry fruit, mostly sweet strawberry. Raspberry is first on the tongue, very fleshy and fresh with lots of barnyard funk behind it. Strawberry sweetness plays with vanilla, chewy oak and mild vinegar. The body is very lively, lots of carbonation that coats the mouth well and has a creamy touch at the finish that is also puckering and fairly dry.

Verdict: One of the best domestic sour beers I've ever tried, especially one that is fruited. The funk is perfect and the raspberry is so fresh and delicious, this could easily be mistaken for a high end Belgian lambic. Kudos to Allagash for this, I can't wait to try more from their Coolship.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Shelton Bros. sampler at "The Festival."

This poured with no head and was a pale red color. The nose was a bit deceptive, it smelled faintly sweet, with definite hints of raspberries. However, the beer itself was SUPER bitter and slightly acidic (not quite to the point of being unpleasant).

I liked this beer, but it was a little strong in the bitterness category for my liking.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

We did a back to back of 2015 and 2016 CSR so this is a review of both. The 2015 was a little darker, both had this watermelon like look, with the brighter 2016 more along those lines. Both in color and that sort of faintness near the top of the glass. Musty aroma. Not too acidic. Balanced and approachable with good raspberry character. Some wash rind cheese that I've noticed in Allagash's Coolship beers. The 2016 had a little soapiness and was grainy on the finish, which I wonder if it will improve with time. I liked the 2015 better overall.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL, corked and caged. First and only(?) batch released August 2011.

Pours a radiant pink with a short-lived bubbly head.

Aroma is incredibly fragrant and fruity, with huge raspberry notes. Lots of funk and acidity, with some oak as well.

The flavor is very sour, bordering on Cantillon territory. Wow. Dry, oaky and mouth-puckeringly tart. The raspberry is mostly in aroma, though some fruit comes through on the palate. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated at first, but fades quickly.

This is a pretty remarkable beer for an American brewery to be making. Though not technically a Lambic, this is a very authentic tasting beer. I'm excited to see what other sours come out of the Coolship series.

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Photo of Myotus
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured gently from a 375ml bottle (dated 23Feb15) into a tulip.
LOOK: Pours with a quarter finger's worth of white foam that dies to a line within the whole time of 5 seconds. Rising bubbles are small in size and high in quantity. Coral red (look it up) in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. Lacing is thin and hardly there.
SMELL: Has strong aromas of raspberries, sour yeast, and oak that entangle with mild aromas of tobacco, hay, wheat, and earthy yeast. This honestly smells like an American Wild Ale more than a fruited lambic.
TASTE: Initial taste is of strong flavors of raspberry and very strong sour yeast. Strong oak flavor and mild flavors of hay enter right after. Mild earthy yeast and tobacco flavors finish off this amazing symphony on my tongue.
FEEL: Light-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat rough. Finishes very dry. Sourness from the brew agitates the tongue.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 06/07/12 notes. Very happy to try this finally at RFD during Lupulin, and got about another 6-8 oz.'s of it afterwards at the bar.

a - Pours a hazy deep pinkish red color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of raspberries, sour dark fruits, light funk, tart cherries, acedic. Very nice nose. Not super funky or too sour, but smells great.

t - Tastes mirrors the nose very closely, but with a little more funk. Lots of tart cherries, raspberries, and sour dark fruits, funk, acedic notes.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Acedic, but easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice wild ale, and another winning sour from Allagash. While I preferred Resurgam, and wasn't nearly as funky, this had a lot of nice sour dark fruit to it. Would love to have it again.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mike generously shared this bottle, and I luckily have another bottle courtesy of Greg (Reagan1984). Served in a Bruery tulip.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thick ring, partial cap, and minimal lace. Bright red, lightly hazed body.

S - Raspberry, sweet tarts, a bit vinous, some lactic character, hint of grapefruit and oak. Lots of raspberries - quite sweet, although not out-of-line for a fresh fruit lambic. Funk and acetobacter are fairly low at this stage.

T - Taste is again hefty on the raspberry and sweet tart. Some nebulous doughy pale malt, light oak. Pretty acetic stuff, reminiscent of sour raspberry candy.

M - Medium-low carbonation, medium body, and a dry finish with some obvious tannic oak character in there.

D - Quite enjoyable stuff, albeit extremely fruit-forward at this stage. I'm looking forward to see how this ages compared to genuine lambics and am curious to see what sort of complexity is inherent in Maine's wild yeast. I hope they can ramp up production on this, as it's one of Allagash's best offerings.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle dated 11/4/10

A: Pours translucent pale red/pink, thin soda like head that very quickly evaporates into nothing. Looks a little flat.

S: Light raspberry, oak, funk, slight grape skin

T: tart raspberry that is a bit subdued and in good balance with oak and funk. A little lactic, not overpowering. Not quite mouth puckering.

M: Medium body though carbonation is too low for my taste.

O: Great balanced taste, though I'd prefer it'd be more acidic. Carbonation was a little flat. A great beer, but not perfect.

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Photo of Brez07
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this at the recent Southern Maine Beer Drinkers meeting. 3oz pour into a tasting glass. Thanks to Jason and Rob at Allagash for letting our group try this beer (along with Resurgam)

A: Pours a cloudy ruby/grapefruit color. No head or lacing, but the small sample doens't really allow for any. My pour was towards the end of the bottle, so there were some floaties (likely from the raspberries)

S: Light raspberry essence. Other fruit flavors came out (such as apple), but nose was mostly raspberry. Small hint of funk in the finish

T: Wonderful burst of fruit, again mostly raspberry. After this, the beer goes dry and slightly tart

M: Light bodied, low carbonation, dry finish

D: Very delicious beer which I am extremely grateful to have tried. The one thing I would like to see is more carbonation though. Looking forward to when these Coolship beers are released to the public

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Photo of AgentZero
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright red colored beer, little bit cloudy, with a white head that faded to a nice ring and left a bit of lace.

S - A little bit funky, lots of raspberries. Smells pretty sweet with some decent tartness.

T - Very sweet and raspberry tasting with not tons of funk yet. Decently acetic and sour. This is one of the better tasting Allagash beers I've had.

M - Medium bodied, lower carbonation, dry finish.

O - Out of all of the Allagash beers I've had this one is probably the best. Not world class exactly, really good with some potential to develope.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of alfrantzell. Thanks, Arne! From notes.

A: Pours a hazy strawberry red, with light pink head. No retention or lace.

S: Raspberries, mostly lactic sourness with a touch of vinegar, mushroom funk. The latter is what I appreciate most in good gueuze, especially some of the Armand 4's, so to find it here is pleasing.

T: The flavor is balanced; some raspberry beers can run away with the acidity and become incredibly harsh to drink. The fruit flavor is bold, lending some tartness and working well with the mostly clean (lactic) sourness. But some vinegar in the finish does give it a light burn on the way down.

M: Aside from the light burn, the mouthfeel is clean; no residual sweetness or syrupiness. Semidry.

O: Good overall! I think this was one of the pilot Coolship Series beers, and it bodes well for the program...

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raspberries and beer have had a love affair for centuries. And Allagash keeps the romance kindled with the new adaptation of traditional Belgian kriek brewing in America with their raspberry infused sour ale simply and aptly named "Red"

And red it is, but perhaps splashed with a supple hue of orange and pink, the fruity overtones are evident even in the beer's winy appearance. Light on bubbles, the soft carbonation amounts only the daintiest of whitish foam that floats the beer with a creamy yet fleeting texture.

Sharp aromas capture the fruit essence in its entirety. Evading the candyish notion of fruit flavor, it is the brunt of raspberries that makes its mark at every corner with a mix of under ripened berried, fresh berry juice, and the skins and seeds that contribute softer almond and vanilla to the beer's fruit forward scent. White wine vinegar, zinfindale soaked oak, musty sandalwood, a whiff of sea air complement the perfumy aura that seduces the nose.

Mouthwatering even before the glass touches the lips, the intense tartness of raspberries is chased by the juices of the fruit and eases the palate from the pang of acidity that reaches the taste buds with assassin-like precision. At times the taste is so clean, tart, and sharp that the raspberry fruit is hardly distinguishable from any other fully fermented fruit, namely cherries. But as delicious as the fruit flavor seems, accent flavors of cider, slight vinegar, sea salt, earthy brine, drying woods, soft nuts and mild vanilla-like sweetness seem to massage the tongue almost in apologetic fashion for the onslaught of acidity to start the show. It's refreshing to see such finesse and aggression alive in one glass.

Light bodied throughout, the low level of carbonation forces the thin beer onto the taste buds for full mouth feel of acidity, sharpness, and seedy astringency. Finishing with a sudden lactic-tart cleanliness, only the most whimsical taste of cherry returns in aftertaste and informs the next sip.

Superior to the "Cerise", this raspberry sour ale competes favorably with the Boon Framboise-types of the Belgian world. Perhaps a fresher and fuller fruit taste is alive here, but I'm sure it will continue to mature and develop in the bottle toward dryness and complexity for those who are much more patient with cellering than me.

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Photo of maximum12
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Torgo for popping this bottle open at a tasting...certainly a brew I never expected to see. Jazzed to try it. 500 ML bottle.

Pour is like a lovely pink wine. Smell is tart, tart, with light raspberries.

Taste is identical, heavier on the raspberries. Tart, tart raspberries slip-side over the palate. Extremely drying, almsot to the point of gritty sandpaper on the palate. Fizzy. A small pour of this isn't enough: a bottle to myself would be just about right.

This is an excellent beer & a fantastic wild, right up my alley, tart & sharp without bending your face into contortions. Love.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled March 20, 2014.

Appearance - Pours a hazy pink. Small white head. Settles quickly to nothing.

Smell - Awesome. Oak. Lemony acidity. Lots of acidic raspberry. Lightly funky.

Taste - Super oaky. Lemon sourness. Raspberry starts tame and gets extremely sour. Even gets a little acetic. Very intense.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Intense sourness makes it less crisp. Well carbonated.

Overall - It's delicious, but I think it's too sour.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a beautiful dark cherry red with a very light pink colored head that is rather creamy.

S-the nose has a great funk to it, awesome earthy mushroom funk, light notes of leather, hints of acidity with a ton of ripe juicy raspberries that are moderately sour.

T-strong notes of leathery brett with a fair bit of earthy funk. the raspberry fruit is lighter than the nose with just a hint of sourness and a touch of mineral flavor to it.

M-creamy full body, soft on the palate with a lighter carbonation still lively on the back of the throat with a lightly dry finish.

D-this has a great funk to it that is well integrated with the fruit flavors. the nose is extremely vibrant and colorful but the flavor is slightly less so. still great stuff and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

really great sour. smell was outstanding. not overly sour. no sour aftertaste. wish the bottle had been bigger. but overall a great beer. wish they distributed in my area more

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Photo of scottfrie
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Thanks for sharing, Jeff!

A: Pours a clear rose color with very active looking carbonation but almost no head.
S: This has some funk to it! I get big notes of sweat, barnyard must, straw, oak, fruit pith and a touch of sweet raspberry. The fruit in this is very fresh smelling.
T: Not as funky as the nose, but there is a good amount of tartness. Raspberries all the way with a few dry tannins. Finish is lightly sweet and greasy, and the aftertaste is funky and dry.
M: Greasy mouthfeel yet dry in the finish, body is slick and carbonation is fizzy.
O: A very flavorful and fruity sour. Oak is drying and greasy. A wonderful brew. Thanks Jeff.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike for this rare tick, much appreciated! Poured into tulip.

A - Pours a cherry red color, thin collar, some wisps on top.

S - Sweet cherries, oak, fruity funk. Not exactly a fresh fruit notes, but more of a processed fruity note...think Fruit Rollup's...or Sweet Tarts...something like that. That said, it's not a bad thing, just not fresh fruit.

T - Tastes fruity, oak, tart/sour notes. Not quite as sour as I was expecting from the previous reviews. Don't get me wrong, it's tart/sour, but not in a huge amount. More fruity tartness then a funky sour.

M - Light body, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - A decent sour, not mind-blowing...perhaps I had overly high expectations on this one? That said, it's good, but not on the upper level of American Wild Ales.

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Photo of ElGallo
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks JR for sharing this one. Poured into a snifter (right after sharing a Supplication). Bright sparkling red in color, small head, a little lacing, decent carbonation. Smells of fresh raspberries with some mild funk. Tastes fruity and a little tart, but not as sour as I expected. Nice dry finish. Like a piece of veal or a single A pitcher, this is a young sour, with many intersting years to come in the bottle. And though its jealous and boisterous cousin Mattina Rossa wants to take center stage, the Red is the bottled raspberry sour of public release for now. It is very nice at such a young age; hopefully I'll get to try some again a few years down the road.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of BlessedBeBeer. Served in an Allagash tulip.

Pours a beautiful pink-red with a niece very light pink head and good lacing. The nose carries some fresh raspberry with good funk and oak. Light sourness. Flavor has strong raspberry and light must. Faint oak. Good sourness. Light body with good carbonation and a dry finish. Boom.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted at his place.

Bottled on 11/4/10.

Pours a murky light red with a foamy white-red head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some berry and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic and slightly woody finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well I just popped a beauty from @walderek
Allagash Coolship red (aged in oak with raspberries. Bottle date Oct. 18, 2012
Pours a beautiful amber with hints of pink toward the edge of the glass when held up to the light. Frothy finger of loose foam quickly recedes and disappears within a minute. Smells of a dry white wine, like a chablis or maybe more in the direction of a Spanish Cidra. Taste begins litely sour with the chablis qualities then builds to a stronger raspberry tart meets sour. Finishes more raspberry tart.

Sat on this one for a while. I like it pretty well. Wish I had tried it fresh as well to compare.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Big on lacto and tart raspberry. A little plasticy and metallic, faint barnyard. This has a good fruit character, but it isn't bursting with raspberries.

Taste & mouthfeel: Tart raspberry and tannic seed. Quite lactic, funky, very dry. Good oak presence in the finish, which shows good depth. The body feels thin compared to a real framboise, and the fruit character could use more intensity and depth, but it's nice overall.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to whoever shared this one at Jerz tasting

Look: Pours a nice light red color with about a 1/8 inch head that does not stick around very long and neither did my pour

Smell: The nose is very fruity with raspberry being the front runner. You also pick up the tartness in the nose which makes me think the beer will be overly tart

Taste: Boy was I wrong about the beer being overly tart. The beer has a great balance of tartness to flavor ratio. Again the beer is pretty much just straight raspberries which I really liked very light and fruity. Good flavor

Mouthfeel: Light body with ample carbonation and a bit dry on the finish

Overall: It was a good beer but I am not sure as good as everyone at the tasting was acting like it was. It is one of the beer wild ales I have had because of the balance. So highly recommended

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