Allagash Coolship Resurgam - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 611
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 690
Gots: 169 | FT: 26
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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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Photo of DanK4
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gifted to me from my lady on Valentines Day- say what you will about Valentines Day being a "Hallmark Holiday" but hell if that means I get awesome beer as a present I am all for it.

Poured from a corked and crowned 12.7 fl oz. bottle into a Allagash Coolship glass.

A: An incredible pour of vibrant and rich golden orange/amber with tons of character. A tiny head on this one with a burnt orange yeast dropping as the bottle goes completely on end. Nice light carbonation going on inside with a settling head.

S: Hot damn this beer smells good and funky. Incredible tart citrus/grape and wild earthy goodness getting down in a perfect harmonized carpet-cutting, roof burning, shakedown. 100% funk, pure tart amazing lambic.

T: The funk continues, a beautiful palate pleaser of tart and funky lemon, white grape, oak notes, hearty earthy grains, and a slight acidic tone. It's the perfect balance of tartness that soaks in across the whole palate all the way back to the throat leaving you wanting another draw.

O: Fantastic beer, very artfully crafted and well balanced. I look forward to seeing how it tastes aged. If you can get it I highly suggest trying it out.

M: Light and tight all the way. Extremely drinkable and leaves a wet-dry finish that balances so well with the tart aftertaste. (1,300 characters)

Photo of danedelman
4.91/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased today at the brewery. Was expecting to age to bring the funk out more but wow!!

A- pale orange with large 3 finger head that quickly dissipates.

S- like a 5 year old cantillon. Goat cheese mixed with grapefruit and lemons. Peach and other pit fruit dances around in here too.

T- much like the smell. Grapefruit rind and fresh squeezed lemon. Dry and acidic. I love these that add no fruit and taste like this. Perfect blending. Cantillon better watch out!!

M- medium/high carbonation with an overall great drinkability!! Medium body allowing this to roll around your tongue and stick to it to allow the flavors to develop well after the sip.

Overall- wish I didn't drive 6 hours south or had somebody else to buy another 4 bottles as that's what the limit was. Would feel like a 19 year old again asking other people to buy me beer!! (851 characters)

Photo of 77black_ships
4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (1,810 characters)

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into my Shelton Brox. sampler at "The Festival."

This poured a bright golden color that was hazy and nearly opaque. The smell made me think of fresh-cut grass and citrus, very light and pleasant.

The taste was slightly bitter, not to the point of being lip puckering, but close. Out of all the sour, lambic style beers I tried at the festival, this one may have been my favorite, man it was tasty.

I tried this again on 12/31/13 from a bottle I bought in Nov. The smell is as described above, but I would add that there are also hints of biscuit and a distinct sharp acidic note to the end of the nose.

I don't know if this bottle is a bit older than what I tried at the festival, but this is quite, quite sour. This is a 9 out of 10 on the sour scale. The taste starts up front with some mild lemon flavor and then explodes with sour acidity. The after taste is slightly biscuity before finally turning very mild and funky. This funkiness lasts on the tongue a very long time. Afterwards, I am left with some slight bitterness and a wonderful mouthfeel.

This may be the best gueuze I have had, I think I prefer this to Cantillon (blasphemy!) (1,156 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%

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. (428 characters)

Photo of irv2424
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (177 characters)

Photo of BrewedAwakening
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into 3 oz tasting glasses at the Southern Maine Beer Drinkers Club August meeting, as a gift from Rob Tod and Jason Perkins.

A: light golden with good clarity, but not brilliant.

S: fruity, citrusy grapefruit aroma with nice subtle floral notes. very mild funk in the aroma expected in a gueuze.

T: slightly sour, but less than expected. it spreads out over the tongue nicely, but lacks the degree of sourness to pucker the back of the throat. detecting slight bitterness and hop flavor to the point of being noticeable, but not taking away from the experience of drinking a gueuze.

M: dries out very quickly and doesn't hang on the tongue, lingering sourness decays quickly. light mouthfeel for this style.

D: this is an excellent gateway beer for those who want to experience a sour, but don't want the highly acidic qualities. overall, I feel this was an extremely impressive representation of Allagash's interpretation of this style with use of the natural airborn wild yeasts found in the Great State of Maine. (1,027 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a great light sour beer, VERY reminiscent of cantillon. Excellent, the cool ship process obviously makes a huge difference in a sour beer it is just way more composed and delicious.

The look is awesome, nice ring of white fizzy head with a very hazy look to the body.

The smell is great. Earthy, funky, slight stone fruit touches. Great yeasty, semi tart barnyard aroma that translates really well to the taste. Super clean palate with all the funk and fruit of the smell and adds some pepper and citrus rind. Some tropical notes. Very nice touch of sweet to make the funk composed and tight. Nice feel, very nice over the palate with just enough carbo. Awesome stuff!

Well done allagash, keep them coming. It's great how the white pays for such great beers as this. (779 characters)

Photo of BostonBrewins
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to LostTraveler for this one.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden. White head is quick to dissipate.

S - Enough machine gun funk to satisfy Biggie Smalls. Perfect blend of mustiness and funk. Some herbal spiciness as well. A bit of biscuit too. Fresh orange as well. The subtle notes here are amazing.

T - Tastes just like it smells. Some amazing depth and complexity. Citrus like up front, more so orange than grapefruit. Funk comes in towards the end. Some subtle biscuitiness too. Not super sour, very drinkable. Finishes semi dry.

M - Fairly low carbonation level, a little creamy too. Nice smooth mouthfeel.

O - This might be the most impressive coolship yet. Allagash is really on to something and beer lovers are reaping the rewards. (749 characters)

Photo of MBACoach
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into Corsendonk glass (my go-to for all sours). Poured slowly so no head developed. Very hazy yellow with slight brownish hue. Looking deeper into the glass, small streams of champagne-like carbonation is present.

S: Wonderful aromas that you would expect from a wild yeast ale - musty barnyard nose

T:Mmmmm, mmm, mmm. A nice oaky, tart flavor. Delicious.

M: A complexity of various aged blends. Medium body with a dry finish.

O: This beer is up there with some of the best geuzes I've had. Well done Allagash. (525 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
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 (598 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7 bottle into an Allagash tulip. Purchased at the brewery this past weekend.

Pours a super hazy, golden body with a big fluffy white head that reduces slowly, leaving a little lacing and chunky retention.

Big, potent aromas come through, barrel/oak make a big appearance here, as well as musty wood, funk, sharp acetic and a hint of vinegar. Citrus, hay, and slight grain are all also present on the nose.

On the tongue comes super tart citrus, tons of oak, hay, funky barnyard, sour apple, followed by cedar and a sour wild aftertaste that leaves the teeth chalky. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is medium with medium-high carbonation, easy sipper.

Delicious.. balanced.. complex, and one of the most elegant displays of oak aging I've experienced in a sour. Recommended. (787 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Glad to pick one of these up today. Served from a 12.7 oz bottle into an Allagash Coolship glass.

Appearance- Clear golden/orange with very thin head. Lots of bubbles.

Smell- Meyer lemon, funky yeast, oaky vanilla, something chemically. Reminds me of Beatification.

Taste- Lemon, oaky earthiness, vinegar, aloe? There's a vicks taste (though it isn't bad). Grassy.

Mouthfeel- Very bubbly. Not too much though. Smooth finish. Very crisp.

Overall- It's great having a brewery so close that makes such good sours. (515 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.56/5  rDev +6%
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. (821 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,375 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
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! (1,025 characters)

Photo of Kirk_Grant
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Color: Hazy gold, almost amber at the core
Smell: Honey, oak, green banana, orange rind, and funk
Taste: Lemon, pine pitch, cherimoya, with hints of golden apple and a melange of dried tropical fruit notes
Overall: Complex and beautiful. I can't help but wonder how this will age. There is a strong head flowing after the pour and this is highly effervesant with beautiful acidity and vibrant fruit and earth-driven flavors. Outstanding!!!! Almost Classic. (456 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #57 (October 2011):

At first sniff, we’re brought back to when we had our first sip of lambic. this is a new world of beer, and allagash took a huge leap into spontaneously fermented brews; certainly tastes like it was worth their time, too. A blend of one-, two- and three-year-old batches, resurgam is the rustic showpiece of what allagash can craft over time. Absolutely delicious.

LOOK: Hazed golden orange

SMELL: Medicinal phenols, lemon zest, pear, floral, green peppercorn

TASTE: Tart, acidic, lemon juice, herbal, phenols, dry, earthy, musty grain, vegetal, wood, tangy rhubarb (631 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to John for these!
2015:
Hazy brassy gold, initial burst of foam that settles quickly. Decent clarity.

Aromas of cheesy funk when the bottle is first opened, minerally and citrusy as it sits in the glass. Pretty much a dead ringer for a lambic.

Firmly tart and tannic, lemon, apricot skins, dry oaky aftertaste. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall very nice, easily one of the closest interpretations of Belgian lambic in the U.S.
2013:
Less carbonation, not much foam. Acidic and lemony aroma.
Taste is much more acidic and sour than the '15. Tannic and very dry aftertaste, lingering oak is present. A bit more mellow in feel but more acidic. Pretty nice stuff, I'd give the '15 the edge for it's complexity. (728 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.47/5  rDev +4%
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. (351 characters)

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

Consumed on 7/28 as a break from the BA DarkLords during the NYC Voltron tasting!!! thanks to gary for hooking up 2 batches of this gem for some side-by-side action. scoring goes to 7/27 as it was superior.

batch 5/25/11
a - murky orange (4)
s - really nice well balanced some tart fruitiness. (4)
t - tart fruitiness. some dull rubber, but really nice. (4)
m - tart, but easy to drink. (4)
o - great sour, a bit rubbery. (4)

batch 7/27/11
a - murky orange (4)
s - like the first batch, but with a citric blast. (4.5)
t - tart fruitiness. some hints of rubber, but not as much as the other batch plus this one has a lot more citric goodness to it. (4.5)
m - still tart, but easier on the palate than the other batch. (4.5)
o - great sour, puckers my mouth...definitely prefer the 7/27 over the 5/25 (4.5) (806 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a 3 Fonteinen wine-style glass.

A: Lightly hazed light amber body under two fingers of dense white foam. Terrific retention for the style. Gorgeous Geuze.

S: Wonderfully aromatic, with a terrific balance of fresh, citrusy acidity (lime in particular) and grassy, floral funk. Each sniff yields a new element, with oak, tangerine, and rose petals all making appearances as it warms. Truly outstanding.

T: Sharply sour, with lemony acidity alongside floral brett and some mineral-heavy funkiness. The sourness never leaves, and really overwhelms everything else on the finish. I love sourness more than most, and as much as I'm enjoying this beer I'm actually sorry that its intense acidity drowns out much of the amazing complexity apparent in the aroma.

M: Lively, softly carbonation in a fairly light body. Really refreshing.

O: Wow, this is an amazing beer. It's distinctly better than the genuinely excellent '10/'11 Tilquin from earlier today, and is absolutely the equal of just about every traditional Belgian Geuze. Proof that the right bugs reside in more places than just the Senne valley, and I hope a harbinger of more great American Lambics to come.

Cheers! (1,193 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Pours exceptionally fizzy and spritzy, but the head is quick to dissipate. What remains is a filmy lace over the body. The body reminds me of a Helles beer, blonde and golden with a bit of a malted hue, but still displaying superb clarity. 5

The smell is like funky peach my brain says. My brain also tells me that this aroma reminds me of some the great 3F beers I've had before. There's some earthiness, tartness, tanginess, and even a saline-like smell. Something suggest pineapple too. I will say though, the flavors here don't quite pop; I have to search a bit. 4.25

More tart and less funky than the nose and the peach/pineapple flower shines. Also getting some crisp apple type of flavor and a lingering earthiness and floral yeast flavor that is a nice exit. 4.5

As I must always point out: NO VINEGAR! Love it when a wild doesn't have that quality. This has a slight acidity and tartness and a bit of yeasty, floral funk. It drinks quite refreshingly with a bubbly intro that leads to a dryer, crisper finish. 4.25

Great stuff. Maybe not as clean as my favorite from 3F but still pretty exceptional in the wild world. (1,172 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5 of 5 coolship beers shared by dsgolovin. Thanks, David.

Hazy straw colored body that pours nearly flat.

Good funk and oak character on the nose, smells fairly authentic and lambic-like. Really heavy on the brett with a gentle lemon flesh acidity, along milder with yogurt-like lactic notes. The plastic character I pick up in the other coolships is surprisingly absent here.

Very barrel heavy and tannic on the palate. Sourness is reserved, but it's at an enjoyable level to me. A lot of earthy funk, grapefruit rind, lemon. Tastes a bit sweet upon first sip, but that disappears as the strong tannins build up on the palate. The body is nice and sturdy, and the finish has a great lingering oak presence.

Really impressive overall. It doesn't touch some of the better gueuze blends from Belgium, and it's not on the same level as Beatification at this point, but it's better than almost any American attempt at the style. (929 characters)

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good sour, probably one of the best that Allagash has to offer. It lacks just a little bit of something to make it world class in my book, but still something to seek out if you are in the Portland area. (210 characters)

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Allagash Coolship Resurgam from Allagash Brewing Company
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