Coolship Resurgam
Allagash Brewing Company

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Style:
Lambic - Gueuze
Ranked #8
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
98
Ranked #300
Avg:
4.44 | pDev: 7.21%
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
917
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Maine, United States
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Notes: Coolship Resurgam is brewed with Pilsner malt, raw wheat, and aged hops. The beer is cooled overnight using outside air temperature in a traditional, large shallow pan known as a coolship. During the cooling process, naturally occurring microflora from the air inoculates the beer, and in the morning, it is transferred into French oak wine barrels where the entire fermentation and aging takes place. Coolship Resurgam is a blend of this one-, two-, and three-year old spontaneously fermented beer. The finished beer has aromas of apricot, lemon zest, and candied fruit. Notes of tropical fruit and flavors of funk lead to a clean, tart, and dry finish.

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.

a blend of this one-, two-, and three-year old spontaneously fermented beer. The finished beer has aromas of apricot, lemon zest, and candied fruit. Notes of tropical fruit and flavors of funk lead to a clean, tart and dry finish.
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy orange with soapy head.

Smell is tart and oaky with notes of lemon, citrus peel, peach, Seville oranges and a hint of minerals.

Taste is crisp and sour with a soft acidity. Slight citrus peel bitterness and notes of oak, graqpefruit, leom, peach and white wine. Bone dry with a nice funkiness underneath. Extremely well balanced, but still very complex and deep.

Mouthfeel is medium and dry with effevescent carbonation.

Overall, a superb lambic, one of the best American versions I've had.

Sep 09, 2021
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morimech from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Packaged 12/2020

Clear golden color with a finger of fluffy head. Abundant carbonation is noticed. One whiff of this beer and I can already tell this is going to be awesome. Funky with notes of stone fruit. Flavor is dry and funky. Mild fruit notes and moderately tart. Not as complex as I was hoping. Light body and lively carbonation suits a lambic well.

Aug 01, 2021
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle into a tulip. Bottled December 2020, so 7 months old on top of the aging/blending.

Looks very nice in the glass. Hazy orange/yellow body with a bright white head. Excellent carbonation flowing up the sides of the tulip. The head eventually fizzes away, no lacing to speak of.

There is a pleasing delicate aroma to this one, tart, pale skinned stone fruit.

On tasting, so much going on, but superbly balanced. Tart, sour, stone fruit, even the barest hint of spice. Quite dry, but this floats in and out. A whisper of funkiness.

Mouth medium, finish tart/sour and quite dry.

Overall, a lot of work has gone into producing this beer. It's much appreciated by this consumer, as is the smaller bottle format. A very fine drink indeed

Jul 12, 2021
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

4.12/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color. A lot of head is also formed - white in color, but also quick to fade into nothing. Some streaks of lacing stick to the glass. The aroma is a vibrant mix of brett funk with an undercurrent of fresh fruit. Peach, cherry, mango, and melon come through nicely, backed by the aforementioned funk. Flavors follow the nose closely. It opens with a tart zing, followed closely by tropical fruits; it ends with flavors of funk, oak barrel, and tobacco. The aged hops are strong on this one, I must say (by no means is that a bad thing, or even a less-than-good one!) There's a very slight disconnect from the funk that puts it a small step below the elite gueuzes, but a small step below absolutely fantastic is still excellent. Besides, the tropical aspect gives it a different yet satisfying twist compared to old world gueuzes. It also has an incredibly bright and effervescent mouthfeel, and that hoppy bite on the back end creates an absurdly dry and easygoing product in spite of the tartness. Carbonation is high, suiting the profile of this beer beautifully. It isn't perfect, but it still rocks. Put it in the books: another fantastic sour from Allagash, though perhaps not quite their best.

Jul 04, 2021
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jasadewi from Tennessee

4.16/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

5oz pour at Raleigh Beer Garden.
A: Dark straw yellow. Not much head.
S: Funk, apples, maybe some stone fruit like apricot as well.
T: Sharp sourness that fades out a bit. Very acerbic and biting tartness. I didn't get too much fruit flavor here.
M: Given its sourness, it should be more acidic, but it is not. Light to medium bodied.
O: Pretty good, but perhaps a bit over-rated.

May 10, 2021
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fehrminator from North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As impressive a domestic gueuze as I’ve ever had. Notes of lemon peel, hay, and green apple. Deliciously tart. This is top shelf stuff. Kudos to the brewers at allagash.

Mar 09, 2021
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy, bright golden straw color with a finger of effervescent eggshell white head. Bubbles for days reinforce the blanket that rests on top of the beer. Like a beautiful champagne.

The aroma bombards you with funk upfront, followed by notes of pears, green apple candies, lemon zest, white grapes, oak chips and vanilla. There's even a bit of grapefruit and orange. Very deep and complex aroma.

The flavor starts off with some lemon and white wine notes, followed by some earthy, rustic hay and oak flavors and funk. Lots of vanilla and wheat on the finish. Nicely tart and surprisingly bitter. Very complex.

The feel is medium bodied with good, effervescent carbonation. Crisp and dry on the finish.

Overall, this is a fantastic Gueuze that is tart, funky and full of fruity and acidic flavors. It's a complex beer yet retains a surprising amount of drinkability. Definitely worth your time.

Feb 23, 2021
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puck1225 from Texas

4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the beers purchased during my 60th birthday beercation! Nice find for me. I love the coolship beers. Their flavors are so bright and refreshing.

I poured this from a bottle into a tulip glass. Bright slightly cloudy yellow color with good initial head and lacing. Tart lemon smell and taste. Dry white wine. Rustic, grassy and woodsy. Oak mellows the tartness. Hope I can find more Allagash coolship beers in the future!

Jan 18, 2021
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bret27 from California

4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 (almost 6 years old) bottle courtesy of jeffreed61. +2016 bottle also.
L: orange, cloudy, small amount of off-white head that fizzles off.
A: funk, apple, pear, white grape, lemon, vanilla.
T: lemon tartness, oak, white wine, vanilla, funky brett presence, acidic.
F: Medium carbonation, almost creamy, dry.
Overall: very nice geuze. Probably as good as a US version you’d find.
Vanilla and lemon dominate for me personally. But overall lots of complexity as it warms. (2016 version - less vanilla + cream, more lemon tartness, both equally awesome).

Nov 10, 2020
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SaisonMaker from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So good you'd think this gueze style beer is from belgium. That's all I can say really. Just try some if you can get it. These special beers from Allagash used to be brewery only but I see them popping up more and more at local packies, at least in New England. If you hang on to a bottle for a year or so it seems to get even better. My supply never lasts very long though. If you like lambic style beer you should always have some in the cellar for a special occasion.

Aug 30, 2020
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color beer with a large off-white foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma of funky notes with some green apple sourness and oak presence is quite enticing. Taste is a good mix of funky notes with some sour notes, some oak and green apple notes are also discernible. Some acidic notes are also noticeable but they are not overwhelming. Very interesting spontaneous beer.

Aug 24, 2020
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hhughes2008 from Minnesota

4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours orangish and cloudy with 1 finger of head that quickly dissipates.
A: super funky up front followed up by green apple, pear, and a hint of vanilla.
T: Has a lemony tartness to it that is slightly offset by the oak. Definitely leans more acidic.
F: Medium to high carbonation and finish dry
Overall, it is complex yet drinkable. Tons of mustiness on the nose that gives way to ample white wine notes.

Jul 24, 2020
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elNopalero from California

4.86/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow wow wow.

This pours a hazy straw gold with a billowy cap that dissipates rapidly. Stone fruits galore, with a drying finish. Tart and fruity. Amazing.

Nov 29, 2019
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Gatch from Massachusetts

4.66/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up at the brewery in early October, bottled Nov 7, 2018 so just about a year old! Had no idea it was bottled this long ago. Either it wasn’t selling at the brewery or they put it out in the store after some serious bottle conditioning. For an “American Gueuze” this is really, really good. Massively funky nose and equally funky flavor. Barn, hay, yeast, hops, fruit....it’s all there. Super dry and effervescent feel/body yet surprisingly smooth, clean, and refreshing in the finish. A big fan of this beer, glad I picked up this special bottle. When I saw they had a Coolship beer in the store I didn’t hesitate nor even look at the price, and I was not disappointed.

Nov 04, 2019
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Copper colored with a fingernail of dishwater white around the rim. There’s a touch of brettanomyces and oak in the nose. I’m tasting wheat, oak, and a touch of brettanomyces. The gentle tartness lingers. The mouth is crisp and dry.

Nov 03, 2019
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snaotheus from Washington

4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2019-08-27
350ml bottle served in a weird little glass at my air B&B. Bottled Nov 7, 2018. Bought and brought home by my inlaws.

Pours a moderately hazy amber-orange with a small head and a lot of carbonation. Smell is tart and oaky, lemony.

Taste is lemon, oak, moderate bitterness, hint of citrus sweetness maybe. Bitter finish builds nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and effervescent. Nice beer.

Aug 28, 2019
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Beersnake1 from California

4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp at a bottle share in Germany. Pours a nice murky orange. Nose is sour, wheat, orange. Taste is sour cherries, lemon, wheat. Overall, a really nice offering from Allagash.

Aug 06, 2019
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Had this on-tap at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook, poured into a snifter glass. Had a golden yellow-brown color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Fair lacing.

S: A funky and alluring aroma of apples, citrus fruit, yeast, apricot, and tropical fruit.

T: Tasted of some Belgian-style yeast (a fair-sized component), a bit of apricot (just enough), lots of apples (the dominant force), some citrus fruit (lemon, in particular), and some light tropical fruit notes (mango). This is a funky, light and complex flavor. It definitely has a vinegary quality, but it somehow works. Pretty tasty.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A wholly enjoyable gueuze. Drinkable.

Jul 09, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. Brighter golden brown with some bubbles as an outer ring. Horse blanket funk: the beer. Through and through the funk carries the smell, taste, and feel. Plenty of oak, barnyard funk, apple, lemon, lacto, biscuit malts, with earthy and herbal undertones in both smell and taste, with the smell being extremely potent. Taste is a touch sweeter, and the funk is not as strong as smell, but still the clear star. More smooth and refined than traditional gueuze, miss the harshness a little. Plenty of funk and oak tannins in the feel too.

Jul 05, 2019
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Glider from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at an Allagash event at Cambridge Common. Golden amber in the glass with a thin crown of bubbles. Smell wafts out of the glass with strawberry, apples, red wine vinegar, a hint of funk. Very inviting aroma. Taste is strawberry vinegar, dry hard cider, red wine vinegar, maybe a touch of leather. Tart and vinegary, but not too sour, leaving a nice pucker and finishes dry. Light bodied and low carbonation, but with a long finish. Overall very nice.

Jun 20, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a tulip glass. A hazy golden color with a thick and long-lasting white head. Complex, with funky overtones and a slightly tart citrus fruit flavor. Floral and grassy notes as well. Serious funk on the finish. Outstanding.

May 29, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 8/17/17; drank 4/14/19 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy orange appearance.

A balanced pour yielded a small, bright white head with minimal gray flotsam; almost no lace.

Mango, tart orange citrus & faint cane sugar notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Tart mango, dry yeast & orange peel flavors. Citrus forward but balanced...this was delicious, and the older vintages I've had are even better.

A classic American take on one of Europe's greatest gifts.

Apr 15, 2019
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It's 2019 and I'm drinking one that's aged since 2011
Look - Slight haze but mostly clear, copper color very slight rim skim
smell - super funky malty lemon citrus and sweet
taste - bitter, tart, funky, slight citrus a little woody
feel - medium body and very very very light carbonation
Overall - very different good beer

Feb 24, 2019
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vibrant, hazy orange-gold with a half finger of short-lived, near-white head that settles into a crown and leaves almost no lacing.

Delicate aroma peach blossom, wildflowers, tangerine and mild French cheese funk.

Just a little of that light floral, citrusy flavor — with some pear juice, too — shows up front in the taste. Sharp sourness with a little funk dominates the backend, contributing to a dry finish. There’s a definite apricot skin impression.

Medium bodied, almost pillowy mouthfeel with strong carbonation.

The softness of the feel and the fruity flavors are a little different from other gueuze I’ve tried. The sharpness of the dry, sour edge is more traditional — maybe a tad heavy-handed, but still delicious.

Feb 09, 2019
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hoppytobehere from District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle dated Aug, 31 2017

This is incredible and ranks up there with beers I've had from Cantillon and 3 Fonteinen. Tart, apple, funk. And refreshing as hell.

Jan 07, 2019
Coolship Resurgam from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 917 ratings