Allagash Coolship Resurgam - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 611
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 7.91%
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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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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 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 Stevedore
4.43/5  rDev +3%
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. (1,190 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (950 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.13/5  rDev -27.2%
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. (253 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 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 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 joel66
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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... (261 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (655 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 Gosox8787
4.43/5  rDev +3%
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. (1,125 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 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 Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -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... (363 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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! (426 characters)

Photo of DaveHack
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 5/25/11

Pours a hazy golden color...it looks almost creamy.

Smells of green apples, a touch of sweetness and some musty funk.

First taste is tart and funky. It then becomes very oaky and a blast of sour at the end.

It is very dry and acidic. There is a crazy sourness as it goes down, makes my mouth water in a big way!!

I enjoyed this, but I've enjoyed others more. It is a must try, but it probably won't blow you away. (433 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.17/5  rDev -3%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (756 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear medium straw with lots of bubbles. No head or lacing to speak of.

Aroma features loads of lemon and apple. A distinct funk with a little bleu cheese and yogurt.

Bracingly sour. Lemon and apple up front. Yogurt sweetness creeps in and finishes with extreme oak and very dry.

Medium mouthfeel with high carbonation.

Enjoyable beer, but fails to live up the standards of the Belgian lambic makers. I enjoy sourness, but this one was a touch over the top. (467 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
3.51/5  rDev -18.4%
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.) (1,017 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a hazy golden yellow with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. The nose is super dank with notes of foot (in a sandle), a slight citrusy/lemony bitterness and funk. The taste is a sweet upfront with a great tangerine, grapefruit rind bitterness and tartness that follows. The beer is relatively sweet, medium bodied, but drinkable with a tart, dry finish that lingers. The beer was nearly repulsive with a sample size @ BCTC, but utterly phenomenal with a healthy sample size...get some. (508 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 CooperEllis
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 7/27/2011. Bottle split 3 ways.

Light amber/hazy straw. Quick white head dissipates with a frothy fizz.

Aroma varies around the table from "sour" to "sweet tart".

Funky, bit of the barn, bit of citrus rind.

Mouthfeel is perfect, light, well carbed, crisp finish.

Overall this is is close to perfect. Really missing something in the aroma, and the taste has such faint notes from the oak that you notice it more for its absence.

Delicious.

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Allagash Coolship Resurgam from Allagash Brewing Company
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