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Allagash Coolship Resurgam | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by gregc on 06-02-2010

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White head. Golden orange color.

Funky and sour. Stone fruits and lemon zest. A little medicinal. Fairly dry.

Lighter bodied. Nice carbonation.

Solid sour. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What an amazing gueze. lemon flavors (almost like preserved lemons) lingers for days and then the light buttery cracker comes through. what a joy having this on a summer evening (saved a few bottles for that).

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by Curran, thanks man.

This one pours a golden straw yellow, with a small head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells like lemon, hard minerals, cheese rind, lactic acid, rotten citrus, and bitter oak.

This is absolutely wonderful, and the best Allagash beer I've had to date. It's neck and neck with Bullfrog Grrrz for the best American-style rendition of a gueuze. It's got a really outstanding level of complexity, with bitter oak, a sort of chalky mineral like taste, lemon rind, cheese rind, grapefruit flesh, leather, and many other things I can barely put my finger/tongue on. This is stunningly good.

This is medium bodied, light and spritzy, and fairly sour in the mouthfeel. It's got a very active level of carbonation.

This is a praise-worthy achievement in wild beer. As close to traditional gueuze as you're going to get from an American brewer.

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Photo of Damian
4.96/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 12.7 fl oz (375 ml) corked and caged bottle purchased at Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, ME
Date Bottled: Jan. 19, 2015
Served in a traditional Gueuze tumbler

The bottle opened with a very loud pop. A bubbly, inch-tall crown of crackling, off-white fizz capped the slightly hazed, pale golden-amber liquid. The crown quickly fell to a thin, flimsy film. No lacing whatsoever.

The nose was incredibly musty and funky. This beer smelled more complex and intense than most true Belgian Gueuzes. Super oaky and woodsy. The barrel notes came through big time. Loads of barnyard funkiness and horse blanket character. Somewhat wheaty. Crisp, citrusy and bright. Bit of lemony tartness. Overall, really interesting.

The flavor profile was just as impressive as the aroma. Uber woody. Loads of oaky barrel notes and tannins. Super tart and lemony yet balanced. Good amount of lemon pith. Slightly bitter. Really crisp and bright. Wheaty. A bit musty. The beer finished bone dry with lingering notes of oaky tannins and lemon rind. Amazingly complex and incredibly well balanced.

The mouthfeel was flawless. Ultra crisp and light on the palate. Pillowy soft and almost cloud-like. The beer contained a fine yet spritzy, Champagne-like effervescence. Super plush and frothy. Ridiculously smooth.

Although not a true Gueuze due to terrior, Allagash's Coolship Resurgam is one of the best beers I have ever tried in this style and one of the most impressive beers overall. The blend of 1, 2 and 3 year old spontaneously fermented beer really came though in this Gueuze's amazing range of deep musty oakiness and bright citrus notes. This is pure magic in a bottle.

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Photo of Myotus
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured gently at 50°F from a 375ml bottle (bottled on 19Jan15) into a tulip. Consumed on 19Jan16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of white foam that dissipates into a quarter fingers worth within 1 minute and 20 seconds. Straw yellow in color with a high amount of cloudiness. Medium and large rising bubbles are present in moderate amounts. Lacing is thick and subtle.
SMELL: Strong aromas of sour green apple acidity and balsamic vinegar combine with mild hay, white wine, tobacco, and earthy yeast aromas along with subtle oak, peach, and apricot aromas.
TASTE: Strong sour green apple acidity and hay flavors first strike the palate and are immediately followed by mild white wine and subtle balsamic vinegar flavors. Mild tobacco flavors and subtle peach and apricot flavors continue this incredible taste symphony as sour green apple flavors grow stronger. Subtle earthy yeast and oak flavors enter lastly as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down rough due to the carbonation. Finishes with a very strong dryness. Sourness from the beer almost stings the tongue. An inexperienced sour beer drinker would probably not like the sour levels in this one.
NOTE: What an incredible Gueze from Allagash. I'm not sure what aging this for a year has done since I haven't had a fresh one, but this was scrumptious. The mouthfeel really brought down the overall rating. This was terribly dry for my personal liking.

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Photo of mythaeus
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had a 2012 of this. Small pour, quickly disappeared head, but very carbed. Completely blew me away as to how much Cantillon-like this beer was, just ever slightly more tart than Cantillon Classic Gueuze.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.82/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is the best gueuze made in America. Better than Beatification. Lemony, custard like nose with a pear and tart grain after thought. The taste follows, but is so much more complex. Mouthfeel couldn't be any better. Not too thin, spot on carbonation. Seek this out.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a translucent orange with thin white head and minimal retention. The nose has some nice deep funk working with heavy wet oak, notes of brett, and lemon lemon zest. The flavor matches the nose with a moderate level of tartness, a well balanced funk, and a crisp citrusy finish. The mouthfeel is spot on as it has very high carbonation which makes for a spritzy feel and matches the tartness nicely. This makes for a refreshing finish. Overall, this is a nice and authentic tasting gueuze.

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Photo of jjdc
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Coolship series beer. Definitely the best I've had to date from Allagash and has at least a fighting chance against the great Belgian Gueuzes. Pleasing gold in the glass. The nose is understated funk and lemons. Flavor of citrus, pith, oak and a little funk. It's a classy affair and perhaps a too little well-behaved. Not quite as bold and complex as your Cantillons or 3Fs. Miss those wild horse, cheese rind and wet hay notes that keep you on your toes. Still, a really nice beer.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.98/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a caged and corked into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip glass.

Color is clear gold with amber highlights.

Aroma is funky fruit. A slight earthiness is noticeable at the end.

Taste is tart with sweet fruit notes a wonderful dry finish kinda like a rich funky cheese.

Give me more, and more and more

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

By way of DantheMan. 2015 vintage. 375ml corked and caged bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a foamy, 1.5 finger white head with good retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod that reveals ample carbonation. Lacing is stringy and patchy with good stick. For a gueuze, this is really good.

Nose is surprisingly subdued. Hints of tart lemon, yeast, hay and a bit of woodiness. Smells good but its barely there.

Opens tart lemon zest, hay, oak and peat. Some woodiness in the middle is mixed with a light hop bitterness. Citrus and lemony tartness throughout with a light fruity sweetness towards the end. Finish is a touch bitter with a clean, woody aftertaste. I'm pretty impressed by this.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down soft. Finish rather clean with a puckering, dry aftertaste. Solid.

For an American interpretation of the style, this is very good... if a bit young. The funk is present as is the wood and hay presence. However, there's a bit of bitterness that is still detracting from the experience. Given enough time, this'll get better and better.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1826th Review on BA
Bottle to Allagash Tumbler
375 C/C

01/29/2015 bottle date

Thanks Matt.

App- Out of the bottle this pours a light hay color with a yellow to orange center. Even a bit of tan mixed in there. Small bubbles form quickly with about a 1-1/2 finger head that was fast fading and went down to a small pond layer. No cling or lace, but none really expected.

Smell- Has a lot going on. When I take a first sniff, I get a lot of lemon and some sweetness behind it. Not cloying sweet but not what I was expecting. When it gets a little warmer I get more of the hay with a small funk behind it. I pick up some flora notes I cant place with a little bit of fresh oak behind it as well.

Taste- To me this was a bit of a odd Gueuze. Didnt have that normal european taste. This was for of an american twist. It was good, just not what I was expecting. This had a very tart flavor with a small spice note I couldnt place. The oak is there with a white wine flavor behind it. The flora creates a dual flavor for me with hay and a small funk.

Mouth- This was more where this shined. Light, tart, some acid behind it with a nice peppery and floral bite. The oak comes through with nice remaining acidity but doesnt require the tums. A lighter body with a smooth carbonation. A small prickly feel as well.

Drink- Its very good. I can see how its highly rated. It for me was an American Gueuze and I am okay with that. Very happy to have landed and drank a bottle with #properglassware. Now to track down a Red to compare.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Green corked and caged 12.7 oz bottle. 2015 batch. Sampled on May 1, 2015.

The pour is a milky orange-yellow color with a short-lived white foamy head. It eventually dissolves and leaves some lacing in the glass.

The green bottle already made me suspicious but this was a fresher batch acquired at the brewery and in some respects skunkiness and sour can go hand in hand. No skunk but plenty of sour, tart, overripe fruit characters. A little rain-soaked wood.

Medium to above medium body. Smooth and thick texture.

The taste is sour and tart but its intensity does not make me pucker up like some wild ales or sours can. This is one of my least favorite styles but Allagash found a way to balance it out.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of aleigator
3.67/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of irv2424
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.61/5  rDev +6%
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

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Photo of cbutova
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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