Allagash Coolship Resurgam - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 590
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 8.13%
Wants: 686
Gots: 167 | FT: 26
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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: 590 | Reviews: 73
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Allagash tumbler. Nose is pretty cheesy and funky. Light acidity. Mild skunk. Quite authentic. Super dry. One of the best American sours. Bit too skunky. This was extremely promising, and I really am looking forward to seeing what Allagash can do with this beer going into the future. I have very high hopes for what batches 10 and beyond could be...

Photo of brentk56
4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
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 StonedTrippin
4.52/5  rDev +2%
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 largadeer
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color with a white head. Really just a decent aroma. A surprising cork note along with moderate funk qualities (mostly feet and grass). A decent bit of oak and actually a bit of sweet wheat smell. The flavor has a more pronounced funk to it. Lots of must, sweat, and grass. Prominent oak flavors with only a light tartness and lemon peel.

Photo of jlindros
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DrEntropy for sharing.

Bottled 7/27/2011

Very light fizzy head fades instantly, hazy golden orange wheat yellow color.

Nose nice light lambic like tart soured malt and funk, light funk, hint of tart lemony, light bready malts and wild funk.

Taste sour, tart, sour malts, bready malts, nice sour lactic, light tart lemony, nice funk, wild horsehair funk, dry, light lemon tort. Finish is dry long tart finish, lemony, light funk, etc.

Mouth is med To lighter bodied, light carb.

Overall amazing, tasty, nice sour and tart flavors, nice funk and bready malts.

Photo of Rifugium
3.99/5  rDev -9.9%
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 MasterSki
4.16/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Reagan1984 - what a guy! Served in a Cantillon tulip. Sampled next to a relatively fresh Cantillon Classic Gueuze.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a partial ring of bubbles. Lightly hazed pale golden body.

S - Mineral, earthy, cheesecloth, wet leather, wet dog, lemon peel, some some fruit sweetness. There's some light lactic acidity and oak in there as well. Compares quite favorably to the Cantillon in flavor profile actually.

T - Taste is again heavy on the wet stone and mineral, brackish lemon zest, stone fruits, oak, and lactic sourness. This also has some acetic character that contributes some stomach-churning acidity.

M - Medium body, lower carbonation, a dry and tannic finish. Could use a bit more spritz to liven up the flavors.

D - This was definitely the Coolship that was most authentic and lambic-like. It compared quite favorably to Cantillon Classic Gueuze, which, unfortunately, isn't my favorite gueuze to begin with). Still, an impressive achievement in historical authenticity and blending skill. I suspect subsequent releases will improve rapidly as Allagash has more barrels from which to select.

Photo of mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 09/09/11 notes. Gto to try this at Nigh of the Funk up in Boston, MA.

a - Pours a clear dark golden color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grapes, lightly sour fruits, and a ton of funk/horseblanket. A lot more funky than sour.

t - Tastes of funk, earthy notes, light sour grapes and fruit. Again, has some of that cheesey funk, and more than the sourness, which I really like.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. A bit acedic, but not quite as carbonated as I expected.

o - Overall a pretty good American gueuze and really glad I got to try it. Very funky which I enjoyed; would love to have it again.

Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served with the rest of them. Beer is amber / yellow and mostly clear with a white head, small bubbles, no retention or lacing, looks fine.

Aroma is pure funk, all of it is there horse blanket, pantheon of brett, sours and citrus.

Beer is light and dry quite funky, mildly sour, mostly funky though. It is interesting though, a nice beer for sure. I'd have it again. Simple but good.

Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -22.8%
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 Huhzubendah
4.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Thorpe429 alongside several other Allagash sour/wild ales. Thank you very much, Mike!

The beer appears light golden colored with a thin, wispy head that leaves faint traces of lacing on the glass. The aroma brings some nice funk, along with earth, grass, hay, straw, outdoors, mineral water. Smells very enticing - nicely done. The flavor is clean and refreshing, with a subtle and elegant lactic presence followed by a mildly acetic finish. Not on par with the elite gueuzes from Belgium, but a very nice beer, and undoubtedly one of the better attempts from an American brewery. Light bodied and easy drinking. Overall, this was solid and enjoyable. I would have this again.

Photo of rab53
4.07/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5/25/2011 batch, opened on 5/3/2015
No head and less carbonated than expected, but otherwise tasty.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375 mL bottle dated 7/27/2011. Poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Gusher after popping the cork, but it doesn't produce much head when I pour it. Strange. Hazy and wispy.

Smell - Actually smells like a gueuze should. Very strong lactic acidity. Lemon. Strong wheat. A little pepper and some light funk.

Taste - Strong acidic citrus flavors of lemon. Really lemony. A little herbal with some strong hay flavors. Low funk again and a big pepper finish. Very sour.

Mouthfeel - Nicely effervescent. Nice sourness without being overpowering. Low carbonation.

Overall - As good as any American sour I've had. Not as good as the best Belgian counterparts, but fantastic for an American brewery to produce something so authentic tasting.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.96/5  rDev -10.6%
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 kscaldef
3.51/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

5/25/2011 bottling. Poured into an Allagash Coolship glass at cellar temperature

A: Cloudy yellow, apple juice color. Minimal head raised, with no retention. Copious, coarse bubbles.

S: Tart apple, lemon, and grape. Lighter notes of hay and earth. Light notes of berries. Slight yogurt aroma.

T: Medium acidity, lots of apple in the flavor, starts slightly sweet, finishing with strong bretty bitterness.

M: Good carbonation. Not as dry as the best examples of the style. Good lingering acidity and astringency.

O: A good attempt at the style, but falls well short of the best examples. It's too sweet and has too much body, and lacks complexity; perhaps the proportion of young lambic is too high, or maybe it needs more time in the bottle. I do applaud Allagash for starting their Coolship program, though, and I'd love to see how future beers evolve.

(FWIW, if this were classified as an "American Wild Ale" I'd probably rate it a half-point higher. However, as a Gueuze, I think it misses the style a bit.)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 puboflyons
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
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 rudzud
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to a friend for hooking me up with a few bottles of each datings. Sampled side by side with each date/batch. Poured into two different Duvel tulips.

5/25/11

A - Pours a crystal clear orangy straw hue with lots of bubbles rising to the surface. There was a nice white head that faded rapidly leaving a thin fizzy halo in its wake.

S - Very nice oak barrel aromas here, good and earthy with citrus peel (grapefruit). There is a light funk here, and a slight funky musty cheese note too that is very classic.

T - Wow, okay. More of the nice oak and much, much bigger grapefruit peel on this, especially the end. Its VERY prevelant on the finish with a bitter, almost sharp citrus/grapefruit on the aftertaste. Super clean and complex. Funky yeast notea and a great strong grapefruit finish.

M - Mouthfeel is great. Just great. Super dry but clean. Very tart and sharp, super drinkable.

***

7/27/11

A - Identical to the May bottle, however, unlike the May bottle this one has amuch more cloudy wisps hanging around the surface.

S - Similar in all respects to the May bottling, just instead of finishing with grapefruit this displays orange and lime peel. Very nice.

T - Again, like the May this is identical in every regard except the citrus. No grapefruit, which is pretty cool. The mouth get assaulted with sweet orange slices/peel at first and then POW, lime on the end. Bitter, tart limes. Never really had a beer that has lime qualities until now. Delicious.

M - Like the aroma and taste, this is the same as May just adding lime instead of grapefruit. I really cant get over how clear the lime is, especially lingering on the aftertaste.

***

O - So overall this beer, both bottlings of it, are just delicious. Whether with subtle grapefruit or lime, each sip is a spectacular harmonic dance of oak, funk, and almost mouth puckering sour/tartness. So incredibly worth the money.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
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 cosmicevan
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
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)

Photo of cbutova
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
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 dar482
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%

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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Allagash Coolship Resurgam from Allagash Brewing Company
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