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

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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4.39
pDev:
18.22%
 
 
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Newbeergeek1
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'd heard about Cool Ships. My wife, a wine drinker, and I were 1st timers at the brewery on a Friday, just happened to ask the server as I was about to leave if they had any of this CS? He said no but they were releasing some on Sat. 2 per customer @10am. Got my wife out of a warm bed at an ungodly hour to drive 25 miles to get in an already forming line at 8:45. She was ever so happy, NOT, to be my "mule" so I could buy 4 not just 2. Drank one after a little chilling at the motel and was not remotely disappointed. I like sours and this was pucker power but in a nice way. A couple are going back to Fl. to share with a friend. Oh, did I say I went back later that day and bought two more! Pricey though for 16oz bottle @$15/per but I guess after a 3 year wait this is ok. Worth the wait. Worth the price. Yea Allagash!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to Steveadore for trading this beer my way!

375ml C&C bottle. bottled on 10/18/2012.

Loud pop as the cork leaves the bottle neck.

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Translucent rosy red bodied beer thats almost a medium pink color. 2 full fingers of white head with a pink hue that drops down to no head.

Smell: Fresh and juicy raspberries. Mellow oak note and a light funk.

Taste: moderate tartness that mostly tastes like really juicy raspberries. Hint of musty and dusty funk. Wet oaky note. Little bit of vinegar and tannic notes in the finish that is slightly sharp for a moment which is followed by more big raspberry notes. Its more of a fruit forward sour and the raspberry flavors are very well done. Superb balance of the fruit flavor and tartness in the beer.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. Nice level of dryness in this beer. Its got that perfect amount of sour that make your mouth water after every sip. Its got a nice clean and bright finish as well.

Overall: This is the 2nd Coolship sour from Allagash that I have gotten to try! I think that this is slightly better than the Coolship Cerise. I really dig the Coolship series by Allagash, they brewing some wonderful domestic sour beers. They are just as good as most of the belgian fruit lambics that I have had from the likes of Cantillion and Drie Fontenein.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Ruby blood-pink body, one finger light pinkish head. Quite a bit less head and retention than I'd expect for the style, but certainly not flat in appearance. No lacing. These pinkish-purple beers are always a thing of beauty.

S- Raspberry juice, touch of wheat, a good bit of funk that mixes with the raspberry juice. A different kind of funk than Cantillon Rosé de Gambrinus, certainly less funky but it does have a distinct, leathery character.

F- Not particularly complex but quite tasty- raspberries, a bit of musty hay, vinegar (5/10 sour), no lactate, a bit of lemon helps round the palate out. The acidity is nicely balanced with the raspberry sweetness which is not jammy at all. The raspberry presence is basically its essence without the jam or syrup that we're used to in other walks of life.

M- Medium bodied, sufficiently carbonated but seems to me that this is a little flatter than I would expect of a wild ale.

O- Beautiful looking wild ale with a nice raspberry character that translates very well to the beer's character without being too unbalanced.

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy peach/pink lemonade color with a very modest head that quickly fades to a ringlet; plenty of dotty lacing drapes the side of the tulip

Smell: Nostril tingling acidity and funk; unsweetened raspberry jam quite pronounced; oak and vanilla undertones

Taste: The acetic quality of this beer jumps out provoking tongue-tingling puckering along with raspberry fruit flavor; by mid-palate, some funk builds but becomes more pronounced, after the swallow; dry and acetic in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body but the lack of carbonation doesn't quite cut it

Overall: But for the disappointing carbonation, this is a top flight beer; the fruit and the tartness is just right; while I might prefer a touch less acidity, I understand what's going on here

Thanks, wildcats10, for the opportunity

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Thanks to Jay and Paul for bringing this one down to Evo.

A: Pours a pink/watermelon color with a small light pinkish, foamy head on top. Not much retention at all or lacing.

S: A little musty/barnyard aroma going with some nice raspberry coming out. Very sweet and tart with a little of the oak coming through as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, lots of juicy raspberries, great tart qualities. On the earthy side, with a little bit of grass and a slight lemon flavor. The oak comes through a little, but the tart/juicy raspberries really steal the show here.

M: Medium bodied with active carbonation, slightly prickly, with a little bit of a dry finish. Great tartness.

O: Fantastic beer, one of the best wild ales I have had. The flavor was incredibly vibrant, the type of beer I would love to have on hand everyday of the year.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours bright red, super bubbly. Great looking. Smell of crazy sour raspberries. Taste is very sour. Raspberry and lemon flavors, not really any funk. Very acidic. Mouthfeel is very effervescent. It doesn't seem too complex but the raspberries are balanced out nicely with the sourness. Upland lambics are crazy sour and this is a notch below those, and I prefer this one.

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Photo of Etan
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle from the recent batch sent to me by Valdieu2, poured into a Cantillon tulip.

A: Pours a ruby body with a nice light pink head. The head recedes immediately.

S: Sweet raspberry flesh, tart skin, some mouthwatering acidity, a good dose of oak and horsey brett, a little bit of pleasant cheesiness. Potently fruity and funky, very impressive.

T: Puckeringly tart raspberry, slightly acetic, some lactic notes, very dry oak, wet hay, a bit gamey in the finish.

M: Very light-bodied, scouring carbonation, dry.

O: Can't really find any major flaws with this one. The fruit character in this batch is great, as is the balance of acidity and funk. Very promising for Allagash's spontaneous program.

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Photo of Hopilator
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up two of these 375 ml bottles at the brewery the day they released this batch a few weeks ago. Popping the cork on the first one, I was greeted by a champagne fizz, with a hint of raspberry for the nose. Pouring the beer into your standard Allagash glass, a small pink head rises quickly, and recedes even faster, to nothing.

The first few sips reveal a very delicate wild ale, with the obvious raspberry on the tongue, but is not to sweet or tart. Pleasant, light sourness. I enjoy the little bubbles of carbonation that attack your tongue, though, there is virtually no head retention, or lacing.

A very refreshing beer. I would imagine it would pair perfectly with some fine, dark chocolate.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. Huge thanks to whoever shared this at CdC.

A: Pink! Cloudy pink body with some fine pink bubbles on top. Pretty.

S: Fresh cherries (the bottle says raspberries, but like some other reviewers I noticed a clear cherry presence; maybe I'm crazy, but that's what I smelled and tasted), moderate funk (more grass than barnyard), and absolutely great.

T: Cherries up front grassy, almost bitter funk shortly thereafter. Fruit and a hint of vanilla on the finish. Great.

M: Fairly light, lively body. Solid.

O: This is my second experience recently with Allagash's spontaneous-fermentation efforts, and again I'm hugely impressed. This tastes as much like an authentic Belgian Lambic as can be, and is decidedly better than a number of sours from across the pond. I would like to see a bit more depth and individuality of funk (i.e., more like 3F, less like Cantillon), but I won't be too picky. I just can't wait to see Allagash ramp up production of these delicious beers.

Cheers!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a deep pink. The color is quite magnificent. It's rich and illuminated. Light, popping white foam is pink undertones.

S-Aroma is of tart red berries, blatant underripe raspberries and some wet wood. A fruit bowl of red berries. Light vinous character and funk.

T-The flavor is also delectable. The berries are sharp, tart and acidic. Nuances of oak and rotty wood. The fruits get a bit sweet but that sweetness plays well with the more noticeable funkiness.

M-Has some body to it. Softer carbonation. Feels tannic like wine. Welcoming on the palate.

O/D-Happy to try this one. It was awesome. Raspberry Lambics are my favorite sour beer and this one was great. I would definitely seek this out again.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 5/17/14

Note: Bottled March 20, 2014, purchased at brewery

Note 2: Review 800

Appearance: Legitimately, objectively, remarkably red - deep red tones, with some lighter pinks around the edges and some purple at its core - basically, the color of raspberries - hazy - pours with a medium-sized, light pink head and retains some wisps of a cap - doesn't leave much lacing, but it's still very pretty

Smell: I really have no choice but to describe this as "nose-puckering," because it straight-up smells very sour - sharp, acidic sourness, with some damp, funky lactic aromas - an abundance of raspberry, with a ton of ripe raspberry flesh - oak becomes increasingly prominent as this warms, imparting some woody aromas and funky wood aromas - light, light touch of acetone in the back, but otherwise this is stellar

Taste: Awesomely sour, basically - among the most sour of sour beers that I have sampled - mouth puckering with a residual sourness that you can feel almost burning down your throat - sharp and acidic, as well as damp and lactic - perhaps not as much of a straight-up acidic sourness as some offerings from Cantillon (sorry, Allagash), but there's a nice mix of different kinds of sour - raspberries are big in the flavor, with tart, sour raspberry flesh - minimally sweet, just a dry, tart, sour fruitiness - oak, some wood funk, some yeasty funk, and maybe a hint of vanilla - very light hint of acetone, but it works

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low but adequate carbonation, sour and funky finish

Overall: Truly, the coolest ship

This is a gem. Intensely sour, with some great, tart raspberry flavors... And this is a fresh bottle. I can only imagine what is going to happen with this in a few years. This is definitely worth driving up to Maine to get (as well as anything they create with their coolship).

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a small, short, lambic style rocks glass. Low carbonation as expected. Zero lacing. Pink body, hazy. Aroma of raspberry and maybe some grapefruit/passionfruit. Taste is raspberry, some tart cherry, slight watermelon. Tart and refreshing. Delicious. 

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. This one pours a clear light ruby red with a small pink foam. Looks great!

Barnyard aroma with nice tart fruit with a sweet middle. Woody on the edge. Sour start to finish on the pallet. Nice raspberry flavor with oak and some bunk on the finish.

The body is light with soft carbonation. Lingering woody flavors here. Overall this one is great. Nice to have some rockin' local sours!

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Photo of BradC
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish pink, smells vinous, raspberries, red wine vinegar. Taste is acidic, red wine vinegar like, a little burn from the acidity, some subtle oakiness. The one was bottled 2/2015, so it's still young, will let my second bottle age for awhile.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from my tasting notes of a decent sized sample I consumed at an epic tasting event held with the members of the SMBDC. A big thanks to Rob Tod and Jason Perkins for donating this beer.

Pours as a clear pink and brown mixture with a pink foamy head. It is incredibly pretty. Just looking into the glass, I can tell this is a special beer, a feeling I would have even if I didn't know the significance of this beer. The nose has a lot raspberries, as well as some musty yeast notes and a little sourness. The flavor has qualities of a fine fruit juice with a sour middle and effervescent finish. Sour juice flavors linger on after each swallow. Throughout each taste there is a lot of raspberry. It has a medium body and leaves behind a good coating. It has excellent drinkability; no single aspect is too strong (you could argue that the raspberries are ever-present, btu even they are restrained and taste great, the benefit of aging on the actual fruit and not using juice or an extract). This is an amazing beer, perhaps the finest Allagash product I've had to date. I do hope I am able to try it again someday.

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