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Coolship Balaton | Allagash Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Belgian Fruit Lambic

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Coolship Balaton was made by aging our spontaneous beer with Maine grown Balaton cherries. This was our first attempt at making our Cerise. Ultimately, we decided to do a cherry blend for that beer, so it is likely that we will not make Coolship Balaton again.

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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 23
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4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to james to cracking this one open, always nice to have his reach up into that part of the country. Dazzling pink hue 1/3" lighter pink head. Balaton cherries might be my favorite, them and that schaerbeeksee ones seem to always kick ass. This one pops in the nose and there is a nice virgin oak presence to it as well.

The cherry popped. Allagash does well with oak, some of their more familiar beers I haven't been impressed with but everything coolship and cherry has been good. Very tart, pie juicy. The sourness was probably a 6 on the 10pt scale, but the cherry was probably a 9. Nice clean ability of the beer, doesn't get all horse blankety on you.

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2.99/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Probably held onto this one too long. Loud pop of the cork, but head is fleeting. Still appearing deep orange, almost pinkish. Smells like someone who hasn't bathed in a few days. Tart and dry with trace cherry flavor. Nearly flat on the tongue.

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3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

Bottled October 2010, been in my personal cellar since

Pours a cloudy orange red color, no head and appears to have very little carbonation at all, no lacing on the glass.

Smell has a nice smell of tart cherries even after all this time, very mild vinegar scent on the nose.

Taste is on the milder side of sours without a very strong acidic/vinegar kick which is nice, the cherries have a large role and add a nice fruity tartness without being sweet, a bit of a musty presence and a mild oak barrel aspect that doesn't overwhelming, carbonation is low but more than present once it hits the mouth.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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

Served in an Allagash coolship tumbler. Nose is bright cherries and some mild earth. Cherry isn’t overpowering, but is quite nice. Moderately sour and fairly dry. Was glad to get this one alongside the rest of the Coolship Series. It was especially interesting to get the two cherry beers side by side.

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4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served along side the rest of them. This is one of the good ones although the blended red was better overall.

Beer is pink with a white head, low retention, low lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, tart, oak, cherries, wood, sharp acids.

Beer is bright and fruity on the palate with a moderately tart finish, relatively dry. I'd have this again but I did like the red more than this.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Thorpe429 alongside several other Allagash sour/wild ales. Thank you very much, Mike!

The beer is pinkish in color with a small and fleeting white head. The nose carries cherries, wild yeast, oak. Light lactic and acetic presence. Oak and cherries all the way. Light in body and quite drinkable. Refreshing. Belgium still reigns supreme when it comes to fruit lambics, but I did enjoy this beer. A solid effort from Allagash.

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Coolship Balaton from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 62 ratings