Ghoulschip | Allagash Brewing Company

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#227 ranked American Wild Ale | 6.90% ABV

Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Notes: Rotating availibility. Allagash Ghoulschip is our version of a pumpkin beer. We brewed it, on Halloween 2008, with a monster mash that included shredded Maine pumpkin and toasted pumpkin seeds. After much toil and some trouble, molasses were added to the boil. The wort then spent the night outside, in our Coolship, possessed by the yeasts of beers past. In the morning, the cooled wort was racked into a stainless tank and pitched with our house yeast. After primary fermentation the beer is then transferred to oak barrels. Ghoulschip fermented and aged in the dark recesses of our cellars for almost three years. The resulting beer is light bodied and pumpkiny in color. Apricot dominates the aroma, with vanilla and caramel lurking in the background. The flavor profile is scarily clean, with a dry, tart finish that will haunt you. Boo.
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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 305
Photo of Gosox8787
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Corked and caged bottle poured into my tulip at cellar temperature. Huge thanks to phingdong for sharing a bottle with me. After having the Allagash coolship offerings at NOTF, I am beyond excited to try this.

Appearance: Bright orange in color. The first pour is almost all beige foam. Initial three finger head recedes into a nice lacing. A touch cloudy as well.

Aroma: Lemon, brett funk, tart green apples, and a touch of oak. Minimal pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, and a nice bit of molasses. Nice tartness overall.

Taste: The tartness of the aroma is there, but this is definitely sweeter. Molasses and roasted pumpkin backing add a nice layer. Lemon, tart green apple and a nice dry funk. More funky than sour from my estimation. Oak from the barrel is present too. Nicely balanced and not overly sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light mouthfeel. On the lighter side of carbonation.

Overall, a nice, well done American wild. Nice balance of sweet sour and funk. The pumpkin is minimal, but not really needed. I wish this trended more on the sour side, but the nice funk notes make up for it. I am really glad I got to try this.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SpdKilz for the share at the FFF Anniversary party.

A - Golden-orange colored beer that is pretty clear. A finger of off-white head that left some nice stick on the sides.

S - Very tart, it has the smell of a good American Wild. I was thinking Pumpkin Beer but it's not quite what expected. There is a decent bit of molasses and pumpkin seeds, with maybe a little bit of pumpkin meat.

T - Very tart with some pumpkin seeds, molasses, and maybe some light caramel. It's a light smelling beer that isn't particularly fruity, but is nicely sour. Pretty good, if different than expected.

M - Semi dry finish, medium bodied, nicely active carbonation.

O - Good take on an American Wild. Might be one of the best Allagash beers I've had. Wouldn't mind drinking this again.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to caguiar for this beer. Shared with fellow BA’s in line at the FFF Anniversary Party.

Appearance – A hazy semi-brown/orange color with about an inch of tan head that dissipates at a moderate pace leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Pumpkin spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon mixed with actual pumpkin. Slight oak and barnyard funk; brett and wet hay.

Taste – More pumpkin flavor than I was expecting, and also less tart. The pumpkin flavor is somewhat muted though (you can taste it – just not really pick out specific flavors/spices or what not). The funk is also subdued. There is more of an earthy barnyard quality than funk and tartness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, lower carbonation.

Overall – A bit disappointed to be honest. I don’t know why but I was hoping this would be somewhat similar to Ichabod 2009. Very easy to drink, just odd that all the flavors were “muted” in a sense. Very curious to see what age will do to my other bottle.

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Photo of viaingo
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Type: American Ale/Pumpkin Ale
Color: Amber. Very cloudy.
Body: Moderately carbonated. Very flavorful.
Head: Very small white head that does not leave much lace but really improves the taste.
Taste: Delicious! Very tart at first but turns gingery very quickly. Almost tastes like a cider in the middle. Pumpkin seeds were very prominent and separate from the pumpkin flavor. Dry but smooth finish.
Aroma: Very complex. Prominent pumpkin flavors with molasses and spice finish.

overall this was an amazing beer. This perfectly personifies the fall season with a perfect fall beer. The bottle itself was classic Allagash, corked and pretty. I have tried Allagash Curieux and Allagash Dubel and Tripel before and the Ghoulschip takes the cake. I did notice that once the beer became warm you could distinctly taste each component in this craft beer. The seeds definitely gave it a flavor I have never tried before. I am counting the days before I can purchase another bottle next year.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz. bottle poured into an over-sized wine glass. Liquid comes out an autumn orange color, somewhat hazy, not as hazy as some other sours I've had before. Pale orange head, but it's more like fizz, not much of it and it goes away pretty quickly. Still there's some really good glass retention.

Smell is really good. Smells as if it would be acidic and tart. Smells like tart white grapes and quite a bit of oak. Some slight natural pumpkin and maybe some nutmeg. Earthy and some natural funk.

Taste is really good, I can see why people like sours after trying this. Pretty tart with some natural acidity. Almost a cranberry flavor but it has some really ripe lemon zest and maybe some lime peel as well, just not as sour as they are. There is some natural pumpkin flavor here as well, but again, not very strong. The oak is a dominant feature in the taste.

Mouthfeel is really good. The carbonation was good, better than I expected, thought it would be too flat, but it's almost fizzy. It's incredibly dry and tart, but has a sweetness to almost like a cranberry sauce if it were in liquid form. Super crisp with a nice dry, tart, and somewhat earthy finish. It's full bodied, the taste lingers for awhile after each sip. The pumpkin is dominant here in the mouthfeel, pumpkin beers always have a distinct mouthfeel and here's where the pumpkin qualities come out in my opinion. The drinkability is there, it's a sipper, but it goes pretty quickly. Solid all around brew from Allagash. I'm really not a big sour guy but this is a quality brew from Allagash, I can see why they people like it.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. The color is slightly hazy straw colored, with a nice fluffy white head. The head settles nicely into a thin layer.

The aroma has some nice sour lemongrass with a bit of mustyness thrown in. Some sweet malt is intermittently detected.

The taste seems to have some sweet malt flavor in the forefront, I can get a bit of pumpkin. This is followed by a sour finish, with lemon rind being dominant.

This seems to have a slightly fuller body and bigger mouthfeel than most wild ales. The carbonation is average.

Another good one from Allagash. I appreciate that this one is a bit different.

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Photo of Pete27lax
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking my first bottle from the release on 11/9/11

Pours from the bottle a slightly hazy amber color. Decent head with not much lacing. Good looking beer though.

Smell is fantastic! Very strong sour/funk smell upfront. Just a very tart yet nice aroma.

Taste was definitely the most enjoyable aspect of this beer. Sweet, tart, sour immediately upfront in the taste. Pumpkin notes come out as the beer sits and warms. Definitely up there with my favorite wilds.

Mouthfeel was very enjoyable as well. Moderate carbonation with a dry feel throughout and dryness after.

Loved this beer! Very happy that I attended the release and got multiple bottles.

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Photo of brystmar
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Blind Tiger.

Pours amber with red hues, slightly hazy. Minimal head, no lace. Tart fruit up front lets you know this is a sour. Mild pumpkin sweetness in the background. Bretty yeast spices things up.

Tastes like a gueuze. Tart fruit and spices tingle the tongue, funky yeast and oak barrel flavors join in before a cleanly dry finish. Zero pumpkin, even after it warmed, but that's fine with me. This is a great sour!

Medium body and deliciousness make this easy quaff. Wish this were more readily available. Props to Allagash for another great beer!

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

Corked and caged 375ml bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip. Shared by schen9303.

Pour yields a .5 finger creamy off-white head with decent retention. Beer is a semi-clear orange-bronze. Lacing is stringy and with good cling. Good looking beer.

Nose is exceedingly tart. Pumpkin is noticeable but is not spicy or sweet but rather creamy and spritzy. Some roasted pumpkin seeds are noticeable also. A bit strange but really good.

Opens tart cobweb, lemon, wet wood, and roasted pumpkin seeds. Brett, spice, and the slightest bit of residual sweetness in the back. Reminds me of a gueuze. Almost a total lack of fruit character, just sour. Finishes lemon tart with the same, lingering sour aftertaste. Surprisingly good.

Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Smooth and silky in the mouth and goes down warm with a touch of spice at the end. Finish is accented and dry with a lingering, filmy aftertaste. Nice.

To be honest, I'm really surprised by how good this one is. The description as a pumpkin sour really threw me off but this one turned out very well. Balanced tartness with a great, smooth mouthfeel and a nose that's exactly what I'm expecting. Eager to see how time will treat this one.

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Photo of sk8man121
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle poured into Allagash Coolship tumbler. Dated September 2011.

A: Pours a completely opaque caramel orange with tangerine highlights. 1-finger head dies into a slim cap.

S: Geuze-like hay, followed by honey and molasses. WTF in a good way.

T: Vinegary and tart up front; pineapple and citrus mingle. Quickly, this turns into middle and finish that is dominated by dry(?!) caramel and dry(?!) molasses respectively. Just gorgeous.

M: Medium-high carbonation. The molasses finish gives this a tongue-coating mouthfeel that really makes this beer in my opinion.

O: I've been lucky enough to have multiple tastes of this beer over the course of the past year and a half or so, this being the second bottle that I've opened since the release on Monday. Is it amazing? Yes. Do I wish this wasn't a one-off? You better believe it. Being an unfruited lambic, Ghoulschip is the closest thing to a geuze that I've tried from Allagash. And it's beautiful.

Sex on a stick. Find.

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Photo of aorloski
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought at the ghoulschip release, also drank from the tap at 8am.

Appearance - A nice orangish tint, pretty transparent. Thin white head that does not stick around.

Aroma - I was surprised at how much of the pumpkin seeds and molasses you could pick up on this. Being that it has been aging for 3 years you wouldn't expect those characteristics up front. The whole thing is wrapped up in some vinegar tones.

Taste - Tartness up front, pumpkin seeds in the middle, vinegar in the back. It is a very well blended sour in my opinion and incredibly drinkable. Really great stuff

Mouthfeel - Great carbonation, pretty chewy actually.

Overall - This is another great beer from allagash, i think the process in making these coolship beers is AWESOME and very innovative. Im glad i have a few of these bottles now, it was worth the trip.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went up to the Ghoulschip release at Allagash and grabbed some of these. Got to go into the Allagash barrel room and try a taste before buying. Let's crack a bottle and do an official review. 375ml, bottled September 2011...

A: As soon as you pop the cork, a ghoulish mist creeps out of the top of the bottle. A hazy orange pumpkin color with a small off white head that quickly fades to a few bubbles atop the brew. Decent.

S: I get some tart pumpkin upfront with a faint oakiness in the middle. Some nice pumpkin and peach on the back. Decent.

T: A nice smoky pumpkin upfront blended well with a quickly following medium tartness which gives an almost peach flavor. A nice creaminess on the backend blended with some more tart. Good.

M: Full body with a big carbonation. An almost vinegar type finish. Good.

O: All in all, I've never been a fan of sour beers, but this one blends tartness well with flavor. The tartness is definitely in the front, middle, and back of the palate, but it blends with different flavors in each. The taste is definitely the payoff in this beer. Give it a try if you like sour brews.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash Ghoulschip (Im assuming someone misspelled this when it was initially added) I believe 7%abv - sampled on tap at ChurchKey for Night of the Living Ales. Review from notes:

Murky caramel body without much of a head. Not the best looking brew I have ever seen. Nothing about this aroma really shouts 'pumpkin', but there is certainly funk. Definitely barny. The body has a significant vinous tart from whatever barrel this brew was resting in. Finish moves with a vanilla soft/sweetness as well a nuttiness. This is the only point where Im really detecting pumpkin anything and I believe it is from the seeds. The barrels and ship certainly add some critters and make this a wild more than anything pumpkin. However still a solid brew/drinkable brew from Allagash.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey in DC for Night of the Living Ales

A: Hazy yellow-orange pour with a small white head. Lacing and retention are both great.

S: Spicy, with hints of pumpkin and Brett. The spices are balanced nicely with a musty funkiness. Really interested to see how the pumpkin and sour tastes mix.

T: Very interesting taste. The pumpkin/spices and Brett mix famously. The sour and funk sort of overpower the spices on the taste, but not in a bad way. The mix of the two is delicious.

MF: Very dry finish, light body, carbonated well.

O: Very strangely tasty. Certainly would recommend it to anybody. I can very easily see how this beer could have gone terribly wrong, but Allagash nailed it. Wish I had a bottle!

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Photo of Doshkin
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - quite opaque, dull brown/orange, an inch of head that lingers for a while and leaves some pretty lacing

s - tart and sweet. the pumpkin comes through the smell more than in the taste.

t - when cold, it's mostly all sour. as it warms, the molasses comes out more. there is a warming aftertaste.

m - medium, though lighter than expected for the alcohol content, which is masked very well with the flavors.

o - i love allagash... they never fail to produce a good beer. this is the second limited release i've had (first was vrienden) and i'm very happy with it. i will continue to support this amazing company

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Photo of bishopdc0
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the gasharoo

Noted as brewed in 2008 with pumpkin and pumpkin seeds but no spice. Aged in chardonnay barrels

It is a deep amber red color with a generous head that remains.

The aroma is very potent. I could smell it when the bar tender put it down. Sour black cherries with a sweetness from the malt very nice

Very nice the sour taste is upfront.with the ca4rbonation. There is an earthiness that comes through and reveals the oak taste. The sour melds into a slight chardonnay wine taste with a crisp finish. Very nice

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. On cask at Night of the Funk. Pumpkin lambic, I like it already. Pour yields a hazy caramel-brown with a thin off-white head. Nose has a bit of pumpkin there, though I'm sure that's a bit of bias knowing that it's in there. Nonetheless, good notes of funk and Brett come through to dry this one out and throw in a really rustic character. The flavor does actually have a touch of gourd and earthy hay and funk. Pretty good and nicely unique, though nothing earth-shattering. Feel is a bit prickly given the serving format and has a nice mellow funk. Drinks quite well and certainly points for originality (along with a shout out to Jolly Pumpkin for working a similar concept).

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Photo of cavman
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this the first time at CBC on Halloween night 2009(yes 2009 the log maybe lasted 10 minutes). The early release hadn't taken much of the wild yeast/bacteria flavors yet and it was a year ago so this review is not that. More recently had it on cask at NERAX North at the Tap in Haverhill. Now the funk has taken hold and in a great way as it still has enough residual sweetness to handle it. Great sour beer that came across more like a gueze than anything else.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at NotF poured into a sampling glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a very small white head thy fades fast. Nose is a bit of that pumpkin flavor but it's not over the top, it's mellow.

Taste does have some pumpkin sweetness to it but it's not super strong. It's got a nice funky bite to it but it's really mellowed by the pumpkin. Mouthfeel is light and slightly sweet, with a creamy finish, very unique.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served as part of the Novare Res/NERAX cask event. This was the public premiere of this beer (and perhaps its only appearance ever) and the one at this event I most wanted to try. It was my first pour of the night.

It was served to me as 5oz on my 10oz mini-Imperial pint. It was colored orange, translucent, and had a few bubbles on top. It looked remarkable like a glass of apple juice.

It had a funky, tart aroma that also blended well with the flavor. It was full of pumpkin flavor, but not spicy whatsoever. It was dry and slightly sweet in the finish and it the coating. It wasn't too tart, especially compared to the other coelschip beers. The sourness was subtle. This is an impressive flavor and unlike any other pumpkin beer I've had.

Both the body and carbonation are on the lighter end. It leaves behind a small but flavorful coat. There is a little bit of a puckering sensation but still very drinkable. All of the flavors are subtle enough to appeal to any sour fan, even those who hate pumpkin beers. I hope this beer make another appearance, as I think many folks would enjoy it.

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Photo of gtn80
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on cask at caskfest at Novare Res. Got a 5oz sample.

Described as a pumpkin lambic. Definitely a big, full body for a lambic. Super dry, but not as tart/sour as I expected.

The pumpkin flavor is nice, shows up in the backend of the sip for me. Definitely a authentic/muted pumpkin flavor very nice balance for the malt.

Served on cask so not a ton of CO2 in the pour, might be nice if it was a bit more carbonated to lift it off the tongue, but I do understand the importance/idea of the cask.

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Photo of Brez07
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this amazing beer last night at the Cask fest at Novare Res. Description said this beer was made with natural, wild yeast and pumpkin on their koelship. Aged in a barrel, served on cask. Was able to have two 5oz samples of this, served in a pint glass

A: Light peach/orange in color. Some frothy head that doesn't stay around that long. Very limited lacing

S: Nice light funkiness starts this one off. Also some belgian yeast and sour... something. What I loved the most about this though was the pumpkin. Just pumpkin, no spices to get in the way

T: Just as the nose, starts with a funkiness. The pumpkin flavor really comes out, but again there isn't the normal large presence of spice, nutmeg, etc accompanying it. Just a slight sweetness. Not overly tart, but enough to let you know it's there

M: I'd say it was medium to full bodied. Very soft, not surprising since it was cask. Light carbonation

D: Of the three koelship beers I've had, this is definitely my favorite. I love pumpkin beers but often find the spices to be to much, so drinking this was almost like a dream come true. It's a shame that this beer may never be made again. Fingers crossed

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Ghoulschip from Allagash Brewing Company
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