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Allagash Coolship RedAllagash Coolship Red

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Spontaneous beer aged with raspberries.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
5.7% ABV, Date bottled: 2/6/2012

Many thanks to Rochefort10NH for this bottle I never knew I wanted until it showed up at my door! :)

A - It's without surprise that Coolship Red pours, well, red. Bright red in fact, it's topped by a pastel pink head which, again without surprise, disappears almost instantly as the effervescent hissing subsides; a pretty good indicator that this beer will have quite a bit of acidity to it.

S - Coolship Red packs a wallop of freshly crushed raspberries which do their part to try and compete with the wild, funky aroma of this spontaneous beer. Barnyard horse blanket and damp straw emerge with a sharp acidic bite to the finish which bites at the sinuses with sourness for an exceptional aroma. Earthy oak finishes out, barely shining through the funky aroma.

T - An epic battle continues to rage between the bushel of fresh crushed raspberries and yeast funk that plays out to the flavor of every lambic-lover. Damp straw and wet rocks persistently push to the forefront of Coolship Red's flavor leaving some of the grittier spontaneous funk behind like horse blanket and goatiness.

M - Somebody turned the Sour Power knob to 11, cause this beer is ridiculous! The intense blend of tart raspberries and sour, biting acidic fermentation and earthy tannic oak combines for an aggressive feel that's elevated further by prickly carbonation and a light, crisp body. Give this a light swish in your mouth if you're looking for that lock-jaw intensity!

O - With ease that seems to come almost naturally, Allagash's Coolship Red rivals some of the classic Belgian lambics in straight up barrel aged funk and full, unadulterated fruit flavor. This is by far the best American-made lambic I've ever had and one of the sours out there, period.

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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 cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

a - ddp red poured with a nice head that fizzed away in an instant. almost lebleu pink.

s - raspberry explosion. really nice.

t - strong fresh raspberries with some sour funk.

m - good carbonation and a bit drying. the raspberry adds some mellowness to the drying in a nice way.

o - overall, my clear favorite of the three. all of us agreed...as we drank them more, the balaton grew on me more and the red and balaton were close to the top. a real treat.

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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 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 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 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 BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #57 (October 2011):

Raspberries gone wild! Two-year- old spontaneously fermented beer aged on local raspberries for several months. You need to have had the experience of picking ripe raspberries to understand the language of this beer. Huge complexi- ties found after every sip. Very intense. Simply awesome.

LOOK: Bright rose

SMELL: Raspberry jam, musty, Band-Aids, farmy

TASTE: Fresh, juicy & tart raspberries, grass, dry, lime, mineral, musty cellar, floral, oaky, vinous

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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.


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Photo of Reagan1984
3.97/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy George I was able to snag a few of these.
A nice fluffy pink head forms and begins fizzing very loudly. It’s a really bright purpleish/pink color and lasts only for about 30 seconds. Then it fades to nothing. The beer is a hazy pink color that reminds me of pink lemonade. No lacing at all.
Aroma is at first acidic and tart. Best described as a raspberry vinaigrette. Irt’s almost too easy just to say raspberry and I do get fruit even berry.. but less specifically defined as raspberry. Some more depth and some oak as it warms.
Tart, acidic, dry, lemon, vinegar, very light berry. Not very sweet at all, so you are getting the essence of the raspberry flavor without too much sweetness.
Really refreshing and delicate. Fairly acidic. Very bright on your tongue with pinpoint carbonation.
Nice little beer. Very happy I was able to score a bottle and take care of a few trading buddies.
Late in the glass I tried pairing this with some dark chocolate. Well that was a bad idea. Don’t do that. The tartness and acidity cut way too much to the bone for the chocolate flavor. Oh well, I tried. Wish I had some nice blue cheese or some creamy brie. (BA page suggest pairing with chocolate..I respectfully disagree)

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Photo of AMCimpi
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2014 Vintage, so has a little bit over a year on it
A: I wish I could post a picture of this beer. It's red, hazy with a little head that dissipates quickly. Streams of tiny bubbles just streaming up the sides of the glass. S: Funky raspberry, basement, rotten hay, and oak. Everything you want out of a sour. T: Starts with a sweet raspberry, flowing into this sour bite, going into the end with a little more sweet raspberry and oaky dryness to clean the palate. M: It's moderate with some stingy carb that helps with the clean finish of this beer. O: A beer I've wanted to try so badly and I'm not disappointed at all. These beer is so well balanced. This is so reminiscent of LPF.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Coolship red pours a hazy pinkish-red into the glass with a tiny creamy head on top. The foam leaves some spots of lace on the glass between each sip.

The aroma is very funky. Cream cheese, tart cherries, oak, vanilla, raspberries, green apples. It's a very complex aroma.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is dry and smooth with mild carbonation. The flavor is every bit complex as the aroma. Tart fruity flavors of raspberries blend nicely with oak, vanilla and hay/wheat. It finishes tart and dry with lingering raspberry flavor.

Definitely a sipper. Different flavors come through on each sip. Complex and drinkable, but maybe not for the sour beer newbie.

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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 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 halo3one
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

March 2013 release

Best pure "framboise" I've had (over FFAC, RdG, LPF, Wild One Rasp, etc)

Nose: tart, raspberries, funk, lemons , rye

Taste: very sour, very funky, raspberries, touch of "band aids" that comes with aged RdG or LPF.

Overall: I'm not a huge framboise fan but this is the one of the best.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a dark clear ruby.

Fruity and sweet with a bit of mustness. Tarty.

Tart with a bit of sour as well.


A very good lambic and worth buying if you see one. This one is very different than most other lambics that you find on the market.

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Photo of hopley
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Did a 2/3/14 tour of the Allagash Brewery and was treated to a Coolship Red at the end - split a bottle 3 ways and was delighted with it. My first observation was the overall appearance - limited head but a beautiful clear ruby red color. Smell was distinctly fresh raspberries. Taste was great - not too sour or tarty, just enough funk to taste. Mouthfeel was what was expected - light to medium. My overall opinion is that this is a very drinkable and enjoyable beer for anytime - winter, summer, beach, mountains, etc. It's not over the top in any direction - which is what makes it right. Hope they bottle this one for broader distribution as I would definitely buy it again - in fact, they should create a mixed 4 pack with one of each variation - raspberry, cherry, Resurgam, etc. Thank you Allagash for this!

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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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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.61/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to BlessedBeBeer for this one. 375ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Cantillon flute. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 2 finger foamy light pastel pink head with poor retention. Beer is a stunning, clear red. No Lacing, poor legs. More lambic looking than wild ale here. Extra points because I think it might be categorized wrong.

Nose is robust tart cherries. Wet hay, cobwebs, light cheesiness, dank rotting wood. Again, more lambic-like than wild ale. There's a conspicuously missing Brett presence also. Nontheless, really good but a bit muted.

Opens tart lemon, cherry, cobweb, band-aid, and plastic. Fruit presence is noted but hides behind a big gueuze profile. Really magical. More building sourness in the middle as the cherries emerge a touch more, sprinkling the tartness. End is yeasty with a puckering finish and tart, dry aftertaste. One of the best American Wild Ales I've had to date. As close as it gets to traditional Belgian lambic.

Light bodied with high carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and dry and puckering going down. Dry and filmy finish with a bone dry aftertaste. Outstanding.

This beer comes out of nowhere for me. While I've tried a number of Allagash's limited offerings, none of them even come close to the achievement that is Coolship Red. Whether you age it or decide to drink it now, I'm sure you'll be impressed by this one.

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Photo of grub
3.88/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

375ml corked and caged bottle.

pours hazy dark pink, nearly red, with a small white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. date and cherry. nail polish remover. big vinegar sourness and acidity. white bread. bit of feet. some nut and seed character.

taste is good. similar to the aroma, but with mellower sourness. caramel. earthy.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium body. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is good. good balance. nice depth. restrained acidity.

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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 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 Damian
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12.7 fl oz (375 ml) corked and caged bottle
Date Bottled: Dec. 21, 2015
Served in a tulip
Huge thanks to my friend Bill for sharing this with me.

The hazy, light magenta body was capped by a finger tall, bubbly, bright white crown that slowly faded to a lasting ringlet. No lacing whatsoever.

Berry notes came through big time in the nose. Not sure if this was a cherry or a raspberry beer initially. Somewhat tart yet also sweet. Slightly medicinal perhaps. Soon, the fresh raspberry notes took over. Really pure, bright and fragrant. There was a slightly powdery and dry yeastiness. Bit of lemony tartness as well. Spectacular.

Raspberry notes dominated in the flavor profile. Tart and fresh. Sour but not overly so. Slightly funky. Wheaty and lemony in the center. Touch of lemon rind on the back end. More raspberry too. Raspberry seeds perhaps. The finish was sour and dry without being too intense. Hint of oak.

Frothy, fluffy mouthfeel. The liquid was highly carbonated and contained an intense, large bubbled effervescence. Crisp and sprightly on the palate.

There is usually a distinct difference between authentic, naturally fermented Belgian fruit lambics and their American counterparts, but Allagash's Coolship Red tasted like the real deal. This brewery might be the only one in the country that has mastered the art (and science) of using a coolship to achieve such nuance and complexity in their beers.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is my favorite american wild ale. It combines the complexity of a lambic-style sour with a fruited sour. The beer pours a perfect deep pink hue in the glass with a bit of foamy white head. The smell is quite tart with a bit of funk. You can smell fields but you can't distinctly pick up the raspberry on the nose. The taste is harmonious with a smooth pucking tartness that is well rounded. It tastes like a not quite ripe fresh picked raspberry. It's a beautiful beer. The mouthfeel is so smooth and properly carbed that it really elevates the base. This one and RR Beatification are at another level for american wild ales to me.

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Photo of stephens101
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a bottle captured at the source and whisked back to the prarie. Big thanks to Brian for sharing this one. It doesn't get much better than sharing good beer with good friends.

Poured ruby red with pink hues. The tan head settled reluctantly. Smelled slightly sweet with a mash up of fruits and oak. Tart of course with cherries, tangy orange, grain, and taffy to the tongue. Medium bodied, smooth and mostly dry. Right on and near perfection across the board.

Popped this complex but inviting brew along with the Curieux and Confluence, among a few other rarities and local elites, which begs the question, can you avail yourself of too much good beer in one evening? The answer my friends isn't floating in the wind, it's swishing in the snifter, and it's a resounding HELL NO. Gimme, gimme, gimme some more.

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