Allagash Coolship Balaton | Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash Coolship BalatonAllagash Coolship Balaton
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Allagash Coolship BalatonAllagash Coolship Balaton

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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.

Added by Todd on 09-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of rab53
2.99/5  rDev -28.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Sean9689
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Alex. Part 2 of our Coolship tasting.

A - Pours a light pinkish/reddish color, white head, thin collar.

S - Cherries, sour/tart, light barnyard funk, some plastic notes in there too. It's good, but the plastic notes are a little off-putting for me.

T - Balaton cherries, sour fruit, barnyard funk, light musk. The finish is sour cherries and fruity. Not quite as fruity as say Cantillon Kriek (or LP Kriek or Schaerbeekse Kriek), but not bad. Just not blowing me away at this point.

M - Light, soft carbonation, dry finish.

O - While it was better then the Cerise, it still didn't do much for me. We were drinking Cantillon Kriek and 3F Schaerbeekse Kriek along side this, and there was no comparison. Good, not great.

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Photo of beerbiatchMD
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle into a Grand Bordeaux wine glass: bottled Oct 2010.

A: light reddish pink, like grapefruit, in color. Minimal white head, no lacing. Very unique and I like the look of this beer.

S: very different. Certainly a wild ale. Initially I get some fresh funk consistent with a sour ale, and the it immediately goes to this odd chlorinated smell (honestly, like a swimming pool). Not necessarily bad though. There is some fruit aroma as well, I suspect from the cherries.

T: definitely get sour cherry/sour apple on the palate as well as some funky fresh aroma/taste that is present amongst most wild ales. A good taste but not great or earth shattering.

M: not anything that special, minimal carbonation and not crisp or smooth feeling really. Is more like a juice in terms of mouth feel. No alcohol on the palate at all.

O: This is a very interesting beer and I'm extremely glad to have tried it. I commend Allagash sincerely for pushing this ancient way of brewing with their Coolship releases. However, I'm not totally stoked on this particular beer in terms of it's aroma and taste. I have a few in my cellar: one I will share with my Night Float team next month and the others I will probably trade. A good and interesting beer, nonetheless, and I recommend it.

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3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MasterSki
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Greg (Reagan1984), who generously furnished me with a complete set of Coolship beers to share with the Chicago rejects. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to absolutely nothing. Lightly hazed dark pink body.

S - Intense sweet cherry aroma, with a hefty dose of sugary graham cracker pie crust, and light lemon acidity. Much more potent than the Cerise, although still a bit lacking compared to the 3F Schaerbeekse we opened next to it.

T - The taste reveals more wild character, with moderate lactic sourness, tart cherries, dry oak, and a slightly medicinal finish. Not nearly as sweet as the aroma, but still fairly potent and intense in flavor.

M - Medium body, with lower carbonation, a super dry texture, and light residual stickiness. No alcohol presence like in the Cerise.

D - A significant improvement over its Allagash counterpart, but still a ways away from its Belgian brethren. An enjoyable American made cherry sour that I'd gladly drink again if I could track it down.

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Photo of corby112
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to sideshowe for generously sharing this rare treat.

Pours a pinkish ruby/grapefruit color with a fluffy one finger pink head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Earthy, funky aroma with lactic funk and a strong horsey/ barnyard character.  Prominent oak and dark fruit notes in the nose.   Lots of cherry, even the skin and pit.  Smells like a traditional lambic.

Medium bodied with a subtle puckering, tart mouthfeel.  Kind of tame with lactic funk and lots of earthy oak, barnyard funk and sweet fruit.  Some grapefruit with lots of sweet cherry which compliments the lactic funk and earthy oak.  Lingering acetic vinegar flavor in the finish. Really well balanced but not very intense. Sourness tapers off mid palate but resurfaces in the finish.

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3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. The color is blood orange. There is a white head that doesn't stick around long.

The aroma is is full of sweet cherry fruit. I also get a hint of cinnamon.

The taste emphasizes the fruit a lot, the yeast and bacteria influence is mellowed, with just a soft tartness in the finish.

The body is light, with a nice sharp carbonation.

This is really nicely balanced for a wild fruit beer. It's one of the better sours to emphasize the sweet fruit without being cloying.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pinkish color with an off-white head. Strong cherry aroma with a nice fruitiness overall. There’s a bit of berry to it and a mild spice/cinnamon quality to it. A hint of funk, mostly grass. A bit of oak in there as well. The flavor has a pleasant fruitiness and nice cherry qualities. The same mild spice notes which add a good complexity to the beer. Just a touch of water, but good otherwise. Some oak, grass, and lemon peel, too.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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Beer rating: 95% out of 100 with 60 ratings
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