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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 DaveHack
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.77/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.51/5  rDev -19.3%
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.)

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
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)

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Photo of CooperEllis
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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.



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Photo of brystmar
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened both batches (5/15/2011 & 7/27/2011) alongside each other. Second batch was clearly superior.

Straw-colored, minimal white head. Strong citrus and cheesy aromas wreak from my glass, funky yeast in the background.

Tart, citrusy, pretty acidic but not overly sour. Funky farmhouse yeast, mild bitterness, citrus. Closer to the Belgian gueuze style than most American blenders get. Totally respectable, quite tasty; this is one of the few American sours I think the Belgian blendmasters would actually appreciate.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.92/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Bottled 7/27/2011. A huge thank you to SneezyAchew for this one!

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden-orange color with a finger of short lived bright white head.
S: Crazy funky notes of earth, oak barrel, straw, and green fruits and unripe fruit skins. Smells dry, tart, and mouthwatering. I get a few notes of fragrant fruits such as peach as well.
T: Not as dry as I was expecting. Dominant flavors remind me of stone fruits, fruit pits, oak barrel and musty earth. I get maybe the slightest hint of citrus in the finish, and the aftertaste is buttery and fruity.
M: Much slicker and greasier than I anticipated. Drinks well though. Body is medium-dry, mouthfeel is slick and the carbonation is very soft and unobtrusive.
O: This was very enjoyable but it doesn’t hold a candle to its Belgian counterparts. Thanks again, Michael!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. The color is light straw with some haze. There are some bubbles resembling a head, but they don't last long and there are few.

The aroma has tart peach with some rubberyness. Hints of wheatgrass are apparent.

The taste starts out with some nice orange zest and leads right in to a crisp tart finish.

This is light bodied with nice sharp prickly carbonation.

This is very delicious. Tastes authentic enough to me.

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Photo of rudzud
4.35/5  rDev 0%
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.


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.



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.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Alex. #4 at our Coolship tasting. Openend along side a fresh 750ml bottle of Cantillon Classic Gueuze for comparison sake.

A - Pours golden yellow, white head, wisps, thin collar.

S - Citrus peel, sour/tart, funky cheese, lemon, oak. Really nice and solid, as far as aroma goes. It has a nice balance of fruity citrus and funky tart/sour.

T - Similar to the nose. Citrus peel, barnyard funk, lemon, oak. Really comparable to the Cantillon Classic, which was impressive by itself. Finish is lemon citrus funk.

M - Light, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - One of my favorite Coolships, right up there with the Red. I would definitely go after another one of these to see how it ages. Really cool how it stood up against the Cantillon counterpart. Good stuff.

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Photo of MBACoach
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into Corsendonk glass (my go-to for all sours). Poured slowly so no head developed. Very hazy yellow with slight brownish hue. Looking deeper into the glass, small streams of champagne-like carbonation is present.

S: Wonderful aromas that you would expect from a wild yeast ale - musty barnyard nose

T:Mmmmm, mmm, mmm. A nice oaky, tart flavor. Delicious.

M: A complexity of various aged blends. Medium body with a dry finish.

O: This beer is up there with some of the best geuzes I've had. Well done Allagash.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 7/27/11, bought at Allagash.

Pours a straw yellow color, hardly any head, no lacing at all, second pour produces a thin fizzy white head that fades wicked fast, yeast floaties enter the glass and make it quite hazy when the first pour was very clear.

Smell hits strong with a huge sour funk, good citrus elements, bit of a barnyard funk in the nose.

Taste has a nice sour tartness that tickles the sides of the tongue, a funk starts to work its way in the flavor profile before the sourness regains its foothold in my mouth, moderately soft carbonation, slightly earthy undertones.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden pour; small white head. Looks authentic.

Quite a bit of dirty Hanssens-like funk. Almost straight barnyard, horse shit included. Other scents of pineapple, cantaloupe, and honey dew melon.

A leafy/green funk flavor. Definitely dirty/earthy. Lemon acidity and apple tartness. Wonderful american representation of a traditional beer. It isn't quite the same. This bottled release was earthier than what I've had before.

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Photo of DanK4
4.92/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gifted to me from my lady on Valentines Day- say what you will about Valentines Day being a "Hallmark Holiday" but hell if that means I get awesome beer as a present I am all for it.

Poured from a corked and crowned 12.7 fl oz. bottle into a Allagash Coolship glass.

A: An incredible pour of vibrant and rich golden orange/amber with tons of character. A tiny head on this one with a burnt orange yeast dropping as the bottle goes completely on end. Nice light carbonation going on inside with a settling head.

S: Hot damn this beer smells good and funky. Incredible tart citrus/grape and wild earthy goodness getting down in a perfect harmonized carpet-cutting, roof burning, shakedown. 100% funk, pure tart amazing lambic.

T: The funk continues, a beautiful palate pleaser of tart and funky lemon, white grape, oak notes, hearty earthy grains, and a slight acidic tone. It's the perfect balance of tartness that soaks in across the whole palate all the way back to the throat leaving you wanting another draw.

O: Fantastic beer, very artfully crafted and well balanced. I look forward to seeing how it tastes aged. If you can get it I highly suggest trying it out.

M: Light and tight all the way. Extremely drinkable and leaves a wet-dry finish that balances so well with the tart aftertaste.

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Photo of BostonBrewins
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to LostTraveler for this one.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden. White head is quick to dissipate.

S - Enough machine gun funk to satisfy Biggie Smalls. Perfect blend of mustiness and funk. Some herbal spiciness as well. A bit of biscuit too. Fresh orange as well. The subtle notes here are amazing.

T - Tastes just like it smells. Some amazing depth and complexity. Citrus like up front, more so orange than grapefruit. Funk comes in towards the end. Some subtle biscuitiness too. Not super sour, very drinkable. Finishes semi dry.

M - Fairly low carbonation level, a little creamy too. Nice smooth mouthfeel.

O - This might be the most impressive coolship yet. Allagash is really on to something and beer lovers are reaping the rewards.

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Photo of jlindros
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #57 (October 2011):

At first sniff, we’re brought back to when we had our first sip of lambic. this is a new world of beer, and allagash took a huge leap into spontaneously fermented brews; certainly tastes like it was worth their time, too. A blend of one-, two- and three-year-old batches, resurgam is the rustic showpiece of what allagash can craft over time. Absolutely delicious.

LOOK: Hazed golden orange

SMELL: Medicinal phenols, lemon zest, pear, floral, green peppercorn

TASTE: Tart, acidic, lemon juice, herbal, phenols, dry, earthy, musty grain, vegetal, wood, tangy rhubarb

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Photo of mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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

Reviewed from my tasting notes of a decent sized sample I consumed at an epic tasting event held with the members of the SMBDC. A big thanks to Rob Tod and Jason Perkins for donating this beer.

The beer beer is clear and straw colored and has a tiny white bubble skim. The aroma is full of grapes and assorted berries (had to say which ones specifically). It tastes sweet initially, but gives way to a nice sour finish--not too strong nor does it linger very long. The fruit character is very good; this is an impressive blend considering its American origins. The bitterness is noticeable and the sour character is much less than the beer's Belgian counterparts. Light body and low carbonation levels. The coat is more slick that other beers in this style. Very drinkable. The finish is a bit different than other geuzes I've had, but it certainly isn't bad. Others may not agree, but I like it.

As I wrote these notes and reading over them now, I am struck by how this beer, while being a geuze, differs in a number of ways from Belgian geuzes. Its difficult to rate it to style, since it is an American geuze, and there isn't much history for this style in this country (hence my ratings are much lower than BrewedAwakening's, even though we both enjoyed the beer to a similar degree and shared the same bottle). I do hope that Allagash keeps up with this product line and makes it more easily available, for this is a fine beer and deserves to be tried by beer lovers far and wide.

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Allagash Coolship Resurgam from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.