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Coolship Balaton

Spontaneous Ale with Cherries

Coolship Balaton is spontaneously fermented in oak wine barrels then aged on Maine-grown cherries. After brewing, wild yeast finds its way into the wort as it cools overnight in our coolship—a traditional Belgian brewing vessel resembling a room-sized baking pan. The beer then ferments in oak barrels for up to two years. Near the end of aging, we transfer the beer onto two-pounds-per-gallon of Balaton cherries. In both the aroma and flavor, cherry, oak, and spice play leading roles, while fresh fruit contributes the beer’s red hue. Coolship Balaton finishes dry, rounding out its invitingly tart and complex flavor.

6.4% ABV


Grains: Pilsner Malt, Raw Wheat

Hops: Aged Whole Leaf Hops

Spices/Others: Balaton Cherries

Ideal Within: Four Years

Suggested Pour Size: 12 oz. Chalice

First Released: December 2011

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375 mL bottle

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