Allagash Coolship Resurgam - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 611
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 7.91%
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Gots: 168 | 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 homebrew311
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of jjdc
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (1,141 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 FosterJM
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (1,526 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 puboflyons
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (712 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)

Photo of aleigator
3.67/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (340 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 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 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 chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -20.5%
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. (259 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 cbutova
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (1,223 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (369 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 Rifugium
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (832 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (1,481 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 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 VelvetExtract
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (1,035 characters)

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