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Allagash Coolship Resurgam - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 666
Gots: 145 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: gregc on 06-02-2010

Coolship Resurgam is a blend of both old and young unfruited spontaneous beer. The name comes from the motto of our fair city, Portland, Me. It means "I shall rise again". Coolship Resurgam won a Silver medal at the 2010 GABF.
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Ratings: 520 | Reviews: 64
Photo of BarrytheBear
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Complex and buggy with a medley of lemon, funk, and sour that meshes wonderfully. Nose oozes oak....Awesome beer

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just an outstanding coolship beer.

Photo of aleigator
3.67/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

@ Quintessence - amber,yellow color with a fizzy small, fast vanishing head.

Decent aromas of fruit, berries and apple, lambic yeast, a bit wooden.

Hay, grass, wood, apples and grapes - not as acidic as the Cantillon Geuzes, lacks a little depth, but has a fantastic balance. Soft lively carbonation, adding to the refreshing character.

Photo of Word2BigBIrd
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great aroma, but a little too tanic/acetic for me. Very good but not great

Photo of irv2424
4.79/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a great take on a wild ale. Out of all the allagash wild ales this is near the top. Nice funk while not overly sour. I have one left and will be saving this for a while.

Photo of Tommo
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Incredible. A perfect geuze. Sadness overwhelms me that it is gone.

Amazing flavor with a wonderful tart finish.

Photo of dar482
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%

The aroma offers a big amount of lemony tartness, bright funk and hay quality.

The flavor hits of extreme tartness. Not as abrasive as some Upland brews, but up there. However, this lemony tartness is covered with lots of musty funk. A nice oak character cleans up the beer in the back.

This beer replicates the classic Belgian gueuzes extremely well and is one of the best attempts at the style on this side of the Atlantic.

Photo of Plloyd1981
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Super good

Photo of cjgiant
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: hazy yellow, with high initial carbonation yielding a large amount of head in the initial pour. Medium bubbles stay atop the beer for most of the drink.

S: I know it's rarely helpful, but it's typical gueuze, tart and a slight but funky. In the tart I get some lime and crab apple. The funky is a little moldy or musty, like the smell of an old (well kept) wooden attic.

T/M: taste to me is more sour apple-Granny Smith than anything. The carbonation adds texture, akin to spiciness which makes me think of ginger. The taste doesn't quite pucker but balances against an indistinguishable light sweetness (apple juice, maybe) to produce a nice easy finish to the taste.

O: other than maybe a little more sour bite, or a twist in the end taste, I feel this beer probably can't do much better to increase my enjoyment.

Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shared bottle.

Pours a not particularly appealing looking hazy amber.

Aroma: Mild funkiness for style. Less off-putting than some others.

Flavor: Fruity and complex taste starts sweet and sour but turns tart and bitter by the finish. Quite tart mid-taste.

Photo of brentk56
4.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very hazy orange-tinged golden color capped by an inch of foam that fades quickly; plenty of dotty lace is left behind

Smell: Lemon, green apple, leather and barnyard

Taste: Lemon and green apple, up front, rather acetic at the outset; develops funk and softer slightly tropical fruit flavors, in the middle; the finish is dry and leathery; the aftertaste is like a really sour white grapefruit

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation and a nice pucker

Overall: What an excellent beer this is after aging it in my cellar for three years; hits on all the right notes

Photo of cbutova
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

June 2012 bottle. Been cellared since purchasing in Jan 2013. Reviewed Friday from full notes taken at the time.

Allagash Coolship Resurgam 06/21/2012

A- Golden bodied pour to a tulip with a small white head that falls fairly quickly. Fairly hazy appearance as the head dies to absolutely nothing. Lacing is not going to happen.

S- Reminds me of 3F and Cantillon Gueuze in a way. Funky and sour nose reminds me of the most authentic Gueuze. Dusty, sour, oak, lemons and barnyard.

T- Again, it brings back memories of the best Gueuzes I have had. The sours are high but not puckering like Cantillon or Hanssens can be. Lemon zest, barnyard funk, mineral water, stone fruit, oak, white grapes, pear/apple, slight tannins, some acetic and horsey funk. Cheesy cheddar.

MF- Dried out light end body as any Gueuze should have, the consistency is pretty much spot on. Carbonation is at a fairly high level and with each sip it foams up quite a bit. Finishes with tart acid lingering on the palate.

I have to remind myself to get a few bottles next time. I was somewhat strapped for cash when I got this bottle but this is at least on-par with the great Gueuze I have had. Tons of flavor and complexity with a great sourness.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 1.30.14
Bottled 7/27/2011

A - Pours a clear light orange with a small cream-colored, active head that fades to the edges very slowly.

S - Ver tart and acidic, oaky with some pear.

T - Pear, almost honey-like sweetness, tart, acidic oak. Very good and unique.

D - Light body with decent carbonation.

O - Unique flavors, but very welcoming and nice.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

not sure if this blend is technically a gueuze or not, but what does it matter? a genius blend of young and old blonde sour beers ages in oak, and the result could not be any more wonderful, not could this series of beers from allagash. murky but really pale blonde color, white hues to it, under a very white and light as a cloud inch of head. it smells incredible, that oaky sourness with a ton of lacto derived acidity that we usually associate with the sours of old world belgium. its that authentic, mix of farmy musty yeastiness and exuberant carbonation that tickles my nose. the flavor is everything you would expect from the style, but with a few special twists. the first is in the finish, which has an almost white grapey flavor to it that balances the acidity, that would otherwise be gargantuan. maybe more of a white cranberry, as it is still tart, but its not what i usually get in lambic types, yet is is extraordinary successful, where ever it comes from. the second little surprise here is the feel. its so well carbonated. sometimes the belgian examples come flat, but i love this level of effervescence in a lambic style, and both coolship series beers ive tried have had it so far. missing nothing, this blended sour is both elegant and extreme, and rivals beers like rueuze for the best made in its category in the united states. i cant remember better.

Photo of Rifugium
3.99/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage: 5/25/2011. Not sure where I got this bottle from, but somehow I have it.

Poured into a Coolship glass, surprising clarity, Champagne-like bubbles feeding a cap of foamy white head that started at about an inch and sank to a thin layer; minor dots of lacing on the glass. Got cloudy as some of the bottom-dwelling yeast made its way into the glass in the second half of the pour. Fruity aroma, citrus and stone fruits, light acid, grassy funk, candi sugar. In the taste, candied grapefruit, wet grass, earth, oak, mild moldy horseblanket, light acidic tartness, and some bready yeast. Maybe a little less tart and a little more sweet than your typical, authentic, Belgian gueuze, but it worked well nonetheless. Drinking very good for 3 years old. Light-medium body, easy drinkability, with a crisp mouthfeel. Nice overall.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to UWBadgerFan4Life for this beer! Thanks alot chad! This beer has been a long time want!

375ml C&C bottle; bottled on 4/12/2013.

moderately loud pop as cork was removed from the bottle; poured into a Cantillion Wine stem.

Appearance: glowing and moderately hazy golden yellow bodied beer. Thin cap of white head that drops to a ring around the glass.

Smell: This is such a giant funky bomb. Dusty, musty, dirty, wet basement that is a moderate to heavy funkiness.

Taste: Wow. This is a serious funk bomb! Yeast and minerally flavors. Funk is huge. It tastes like wet moldy basement meets dirty sweaty gym socks. Lots of brett notes that are earthy and fairly fruity. Mild tartness finally kicks in at the end of the beer in the form of acetic notes, oak barrel/general woodiness. granny smith green apples and lemons.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Soft, supple, and creamy mouthfeel. Semidry finish. Really drinkable. A quick flash of carbonation that eppervesces as it rolls onto the tongue.

Overall: This beer is soooo seriously funky that I think this maybe the funkiest beer that I have drank yet to date. It reminds me alot of Cantillion Classic Gueuze. It might even be significantly funkier than the Cantillion Classic Gueuze. Phenominal mouthfeel on this gueuze! It seems that Allgash has some serious finesse with thier coolship! Gotta be a funk lover to appreciate this brew! I am a huge fan of the gueuze. This was no exception.

Photo of Roguer
4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thin head (1 ½ fingers), quickly dissipating to a thin bubbly line (appropriate for the style). Beer is a saison-like golden straw or lemon color, extremely cloudy, and just barely translucent at all. Very, very bubbly.

Sharp Brett, lemon, and wheat through the nose. Nice barnyard funk, very rustic.

Extremely sharp flavor, although not overly tart, that envelopes a slightly cheesier funkiness on all sides. Some lemony tartness, wheat, and more Brett. Super, super tasty.

Extremely crisp mouthfeel: very, very lively. Tastes like a lighter beer, but really is a pretty hefty feel, about medium-full. Thick and cloying. Great balance.

This is a fantastic beer. It has just enough tartness to come across as a Gueze, although it could easily pass for a Brett Saison. I don’t know quite what to say; it’s a fantastic beer, and makes an easy intro to the world of Lambics, Guezes, sours, or wild ales. Extremely drinkable, especially for the style.

Thanks to my friend Sean for the gift of this brewery-only release!

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a hazy, yet bright yellow color. Head is a wisp of fizzy white matter that pops away away to a cordless ring of remaining foam.

S-Tart and alive. Lemony tartness with some hay and cheese rind. Oaky notes too;wet oaky notes. Very aromatic.

T-Big of the sour lemon tartness. Lemon meringue, lemon flesh and some lime. Wet oakiness. Barny flavors too. Really authentic Gueuze. Very tasty, really rich in taste.

M-While rich in flavor, the body remains light, crisp, dry and bubbly. Higher ABV for the style but it's comparable to any other Gueuze I have had.

O/D-A delectable treat. Holds up to most any Gueuze I have had from its birthplace. Lucky to have tried a rather elusive brew.

Photo of PHBoiler
3.83/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy yellow into the glass with some light white head swirling around the top of the beer. Tart nose with some lemony esters. This beer tasted like Cantillon Gueuze with pure lemon juice added. Tart like no other beer I've ever experienced. Even some of the veteran sour drinkers at my tasting were puckered by this one. This was not a hit for me. I couldn't imagine drinking a bottle. It's a well made beer, but it was just too one note for me. If you're still learning and exploring sours, do not attempt to tame this beast.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.96/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery picked up by HopasaurusRex, thanks for the hookup Todd!
Pours a slightly hazy light yellow color with a smallish white head that quickly dissipates to swirls of foam on top. Aromas of lemony tartness and barnyard funk. The flavor is quite tart with huge tooth enamel dissolving properties. Lemons and earthy funk make up most of the flavor here. The finish is fairly dry but leaves a lingering tartness on the palette. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a tart puckering mouthfeel. Tart lightly funky brew thats light and refreshing like lemonade on a hot day. I enjoyed it, I'm glad I got to try it.

Photo of jaasen64
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle picked up at the brewery a week ago, bottled 4/12/13, poured into HF stemmed glass.

A- Pours just a slightly hazy translucent golden color with a thin white head that dissipates into a thin wispy layer. Nice consistent carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- Slightly lemony, a bit cidery, faint oak, and a boat load of funk consisting of cheese, slight mustiness, and a bit of fungi. Fairly aromatic, very complex.

T- Slight lemon zestiness, lemon peel, sweet cider, slight pepper, earthy funk, oak, finishes with more lemon zest, slight cheesiness. Not as funky as the smell but nice complexity, not too much sourness.

M- Dry, medium bodied, very drinkable, nice carbonation.

O- This is a great coolship style beer and easily one of the best sours coming out of the US however I don't think it quite compares to some of the best Belgian gueuzes and lambics. Definitely worth trying if you like funky beers and I'm very glad I have relatively easy access to this beer as its only available at the brewery in Portland, Maine.

Photo of 77black_ships
4.84/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Notes from mid. 2012. Got a full De Ranke tasting glass of this one, during the finish of the first day of the Italian Beer Festival // 37.5 ml bottle bottled on 25/5/2011 // making it slightly over 1 yr old // pours a hazy golden with a sizable head for the style that has some nice lacing going on // aroma is instantly gauze, I didn’t know what to expect from a real American geuze, honestly & peraps nationalistically, I expected it to be ok but weaker than the best Belgian counterparts because I believed that the factory had to become saturated y the critters over a long period of time, man was I wrong, smell is delicious, strongly tart, I am getting lots of horse blanket here, brett, touch lambic yeast & hint of pungent citrus // strong farmhouse, barnyard, tartness going on here in the beginning, touch wood, citrus, strongly tart lemon peel, touch heavier in the finish coming into play, hint of wood, quite horse blanket heavy I a lovely way, going into definitely more acidic territory in the back than Belgian counterparts, the initial flavours get complimenting, resulting in a nice complexity with strong acidity & a dash of what is getting already quite close to vinegar, maybe dash of apple vinegar, not so much the fruit but a mellowness that encompasses the vinegar, just as with apple vinegar compared to regular one, heavily acidic, brief moment in the end of bitterness, quite interesting, makes me think a bit of a small instance of bitter herbal / farmhouse hops // touch dry & lightly fizzy, touch 3F style in that department, easy going, makes you want to drink more // outstanding, lots of interesting flavours & component, some touch newer to me, on part with the stuff that we make here which may not be that special anymore if the states are filled with this kind of stuff.

Photo of dirtylou
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, split

I wish the Allagash Coolship series was a little more attainable - props to them for bringing open-air spontaneous fermentation to the US. Not sure if this is a textbook gueuze but it does at least maintain the spirit of blending old and new. VERY oak-forward, deep layers of tart funk - cheese, must and tons of very active bugs.

Photo of Stevedore
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

C&C 375ml bottle. Thanks to Rob for bringing this one out. Poured into an unlabeled snifter glass, 8/25/2013.

Pours a light golden-amber body with 2cm of white foamy head with great retention. Not much lacing. Appearance here is up there with all the other great geuzes.

Smells very lemon zesty, acidic citrusy with a bit of oakiness. Some earthy funk somewhere in the nose as well. Very refreshing, effervescent nose. Like a natural air freshener.

Follows the nose except the acidity and funk comes out more here; the distinct citrus flavours are now in the background. That's probably the way it should be. Its quite mouth-puckeringly sour, but not overwhelmingly so like Sour in the Rye or Beatification is.

Very refreshing, medium bodied and very well carbonated. Its got a lot of fizzly pep on it. Easy to drink, its unfortunate that we split a 375ml bottle between 5 people, really.

A great American geuze. It certainly rivals the Belgian geuzes in terms of the complexity of the nose and flavour as well as the excellent carbonation and mouthfeel. Allagash sours are probably the closest you can get to the Belgian styles of sours in America, and this beer reflects that fact.

Photo of Chico1985
3.97/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Trying to do some cellar clearing, almost forgot about this one. Bottle bought at the brewery when I visited back in January. ABV listed as 6.6%. Bottling date listed is 6/21/2012, a little over a year old at this point.

Healthy pop from the cork leads to a golden-colored pour into a tulip glass. Slight haze, lots of rising bubbles, small white head, good retention.

Smells like a gueuze. Good although nothing too standout about it. Some authentic musty funk, sour lemon, yeast.

Taste is quite acidic, some nice cheesy funk with a medium level of sourness. Sour lemons, peaches and some grapefruit come to mind. General farmy, earthy, grassy notes and some oak in the finish. Some sweetness creeping in.

Impressive mouthfeel with nice carbonation. good amount of biting sourness but still quite drinkable. No alcohol presence.

Very good gueuze, especially for an American-made. Good funk and reasonable level of sour acidity was appreciated.

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Allagash Coolship Resurgam from Allagash Brewing Company
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