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Allagash Coolship Resurgam | Allagash Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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 Rifugium
3.99/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Roguer
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

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Photo of emerge077
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to John for these!
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.
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.83/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.96/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of 77black_ships
4.84/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
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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Photo of jzeilinger
3.13/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a clear light orange gold color and leaves a light white lacing ring around the top.

S - Earthy fruit and cheese.

T - Earthy, salty, oak, tart lemon, light yeast, Brett.

M - Medium light body and tart.

O - This is a style I just don't get.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
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.


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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.83/5  rDev +11%
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!)

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of joel66
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch 3: Thank you Justin for bringing this one out

Wow, this was delicious!!!Extremely cheesy, as if it has been aged for 10 yrs. ...Incredible balance between sour and funk. Probably the best American Geuze i have ever had... Very similar to belgian geuze...

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Photo of Etan
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml into a 3F taster. Thanks valdieu2!

A: Pours a clear light straw-gold with a decent white head.

S: Pleasantly heavy brett kicks things off in the nose. Horsey, game, light cherry-like acetic note, a bit of mineral and sweet wheat.

T: The taste brings more brett, but it's not as dominant as in the nose. Pineapple, lemon and earthy mineral, light lacto acidity, apricot skin, dry oak, vanilla. It's got a bit of a hard water taste to it.

M: Light-bodied feel. The carbonation is more than slight but fades quickly.

O: This is really nice. Certainly my favorite American spontaneous blend so far, much far ahead of Beatification and Sour Reserve.

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Photo of danedelman
4.91/5  rDev +12.9%
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!!

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 375 mL corked and caged bottle poured into a Russian River tulip. Served chilled and allowed to warm over the course of half an hour or so. Bottled on date of 6/21/2012.

Appearance: Dark yellow to light orange in color. Doesn't pour that aggressive a head but plenty of carbonation. Very slight white lacing holds around the edge of the glass.

Aroma: Light lemon, green apple, oak and barnyard funk. Really well balanced. The dry character from the yeast and the oak really stands out and gives a nice earthy, grassy character.

Taste: Plenty of tart lemon and green apple upfront. The sour character quickly recedes into a drier, crisper flavor. A dry finish highlighted by some light grassy and a light tasty funk note. Really nice balance of sour and funk.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with some nice crisp carbonation. Not too much bite, but really smooth and easy to drink.

Overall, a really great American sour. Definitely comparable to many of the Belgian gueuze available. The balance of funk and sour is really impressive. I've had a couple different batches of this beer now and none fail to impress.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Kirk_Grant
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -8%
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...

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Boto
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle: This one pours a hazy, dark golden color. There was a small, fizzy head that didn’t linger long. No lacing either. Interesting nose. Definitely funky! Seems to be sour apple and lemon are the main components. Maybe some wheat, but it’s hard to tell. The taste is definitely a bit sour. Wheat, lemon and apple notes. Not much carbonation at all. There is a smoothness to go along with the tartness. Very Good!

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Allagash Coolship Resurgam from Allagash Brewing Company
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