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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 Maxwell
3.94/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale pink color and is full of fizzy bubbles that form a light head of soda-like large bubbles that fizzle away quickly. It looks very carbonated with tons of little soda bubbles that slowly fade away. The beer sits in the glass somewhere between deep pink and ruby red with a hazy body that is a bit dark and impenetrable to the eye. As it settles, the beer starts to look a lot like ruby red grapefruit juice. On the nose, the beer smells of deep funk and cherry fruit leather with a touch of fresh raspberry and fruit-rollup. The funk is the most prevalent of the smells. On the tongue, the beer tastes of fresh and funky acidity that leads into a sour pucker with a touch of fruity sweetness and an oddly strong lingering bitterness that mixes in with the acidity. The flavor begins as tart puckering fruit that sits between raspberry and cherry flavors and then moves quickly into a deep and grassy funk with touches of bitter grass. The finish returns to a lovely, syrupy raspberry flavor and a touch of bitter tannin from the raspberry skins. The aftertaste is of bitter grass and with faints hints of raspberry fruit. In the mouth the beer feels fiercely prickly with carbonation and a medium and slightly slick body. Overall, I’m not quite sure what I think of this. The grassy bitterness is a little off-putting, and not quite what I’m looking for in a framboise, but then again, this is a Maine version of a farmboise and it has some signature American bitterness. Personally I want the raspberry flavor a little more forward on the tongue, but as is in this beer it is light and nuanced. The funk is great in the beer, and the grassy bitters are actually interesting, they’re just not what I normally look for in the style. This is a good beer, but is not my favorite, my girlfriend liked in more than I did, though, so perhaps you will too.

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

Received in trade from mixylplik3, thanks for the opportunity Matt.
Pours a deep cloudy garnet red with a smallish pink tinged head that quickly dissipates to a ring on top. I can smell the tart as soon as I wrangle the cork out of the bottle. Lots of tart raspberries with a hint of brown sugar make up the bulk of the aroma. Lactic acid and funk provide support. The flavor is filled with lactic and citric acid. Lots of tart berries and lemons with just a touch of brown sugar. Light bits of funk come and go in the taste cycle. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a piercing light sugary tart mouthfeel. This is a very nice sour I quite enjoyed this.

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

A bottle shared by Sideshowe, split with oglmcdgl during beer week, Red was one of the best, if not the best beer I had all week, This was in a Tired Hands wide mouthed tulip glass.

This one ha some glow to it, a pinkish red body that is not blood red, a softer shade than that. A loud pop when the cork goes, red has some pinkish bubbles that dissipate with time. This is a looker.

Smell is raspberry and other darker berries in the nose. Quite impressive and Belgian lambic esque to the max. I get some musty barnyard and hay in the nose and a bit of pickle juice. Pretty much, the real deal.

And yes, this is the closest thing to Belgian lambic brewed in the states that I have ever had hands down. I've had many, this one takes the cake. That much is apparent after a few sips. Impressive raspberry flavor even with some time in the bottle, Barnyard funk, you know the deal.

Feel is less than medium with a nice sour twang when the liquid reaches the gullet. Wowsas. A sipper, no need to take this down quick. Savor it. Enjoy it, I probably won't ever see it again except for when it shows up at Monk's Cafe in bottle or draft form when volume increases. Red and a few coolships already seem to be registered in the state of PA. Cant wait for 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 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 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 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 BearsOnAcid
3.88/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks like cherry 7up. Really clear and sparkly red appearance. Small white head that dissipates. Very nice.

Clean raspberry scent. No overpowering funkiness. Even has a cherry 7up smell to it.

Strong pithy bitterness. Seems to be the theme with Allagash's funk. Raspberry flavor is there but not as strong as I would like. Seems like more of a balanced fruit lambic. Seedy raspberry taste. Fairly light in acidity. Refreshing. Tannic like bitterness on the finish is a little overwhelming.

This was nice to drink but it lacked in many areas.

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Photo of claspada
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of and shared with mrand01.

Pours a light red/dark pink and really hazy, with this sort of white cloud of stuff dissolved in it. The head is thin, white, small bubbles, low retention, no lacing, moderate carbonation. The color is pretty but plenty of floaties are evident even with a careful pour.

Aromas begin with a ton of raspberry, sweet tarts, a bit vinous, some lactic character and a hint and oak. Lots of raspberries although not out-of-line for a fresh fruit lambic. As it warms you get a lot of funk and barnyard; I normally rag on people because I have never actually smelled a barnyard in a beer but this smells a little like manure, wet hay, funky cheese, must. Really complex here.

The flavors begin with tart berries, dry oak, lemon and light vinegar. Not very sweet at all, so you are getting the essence of the raspberry flavor without too much sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to medium carbonation. It is really refreshing and delicate. Fairly acidic. Very bright on your tongue with pinpoint carbonation.

Overall this was incredible and probably the best made Wild/Sour Ale I have ever had from an American brewer; this was made in Maine, no way. Quite fruit forward and equally funky with not much sourness yet, not sure how this will age, but I really like how this is tasting right now. Really complex and well worth seeking out and trading for if you have the arsenal to get it done. I think only 400 bottles were made so this may be hard to come by, so I am glad I was fortunate to be able to sample this rare gem.

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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 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 bishopdc0
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I realized I put this under the wrong beer. but here it the correct review

Had at the tap take over Gasharoo at Novare Res. The brewers walked around pouring samples.

Deep red beautiful
The aroma is tart earthy like one would get from smelling a bucket of fresh raspberries

The taste is sublime a mix of carbonation and sweetness in the front. The raspberry comes fresh fresh earthy my wife said its the only raspberry thing that actually tastes like eating a raspberry. Wonderful

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 06-27-2011 00:52:32

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

Shared by Thorpe, thanks! Served in a Stone IRS snifter. At the time of this review, this beer is currently the #18 beer on the "Top Beers - American Wild Ale" on beeradvocate.com. Fun.

Beer is red and really hazy, with this sort of white cloud of stuff dissolved in it. The head is thin, white, small bubbles, low retention, no lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, dark cherries, tart, citric, mild acetic acid, some lactic and succinic in there as well.

Beer is light and airy on the palate, tart in the corners, mild acetic brightness and some nice fruit flavors on the front, this is a sweet little beer. Dances on the tongue while you drink it. I'd have this again for sure.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle shared by thorpe. Also enjoyed a bottle of this with Tucker and Chris in a wet field the morning of HF's Harvest Festival over breakfast.

Appearance is a very appealing deep pink color with a light, wispy pink head. Mildly sour aroma loaded with fresh raspberry (and cherry?), oak and light funk. Earthy body loaded with tart and funky raspberry, not as much oak as the nose. Light body with strong, active carbonation; prickly on the palate and refreshing dry finish. Delightful.

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

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is pink with a small head. Fabulous aroma, teeming with raspberries. Smells like a fruit lambic - oh yeah. Grea taste. I'm a big fan of this one. Utterly delicious. Raspberries with sour funk. Reminiscent of Cantillon. Highly recommended.

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Allagash Coolship Red from Allagash Brewing Company
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