Coolship Resurgam
Allagash Brewing Company

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Belgian Gueuze
Ranked #8
Ranked #288
4.44 | pDev: 7.21%
Allagash Brewing Company
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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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.

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Photo of Gatch
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,’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.

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Gatch from Rhode Island, Nov 04, 2019
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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.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Nov 03, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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snaotheus from Washington, Aug 28, 2019
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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.

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Beersnake1 from California, Aug 06, 2019
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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.

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avalon07 from South Carolina, Jul 09, 2019
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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.

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REVZEB from Illinois, Jul 05, 2019
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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.

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Glider from Massachusetts, Jun 20, 2019
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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.

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Buck89 from Tennessee, May 29, 2019
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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.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Apr 15, 2019
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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

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Photo of thebeers
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.

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thebeers from Pennsylvania, Feb 09, 2019
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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.

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hoppytobehere from District of Columbia, Jan 07, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden in the glass, spontaneously fermented in open air like its Belgian brethren. Just when you think this beer is going to give you the tart facial wince, it stops there with a rush of fruit flavors. A+ for style points!

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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey, Jan 07, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Vintage 2015 Jan 19.

Bubbly orange and lemon body color, with excellent glow and opaque appearance. Good amount but not excessive carbonation streams also. Soapy and fleeting head, with a minimal light collar.

Real nice aroma. Touches of soft oak almost cake like with soft acidity of fruit apricot and peach. Lots of soil earthy tones on this as well.

Very tasty palate. Soft acidity with light fruity flavors of peach and apricot. Chewy body with an excellent malt flavor of cake and almost cookie dough. Good zesty finish as well, gives a kind of grapefruit rind chewy flavor as well.

Great stuff!

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Smakawhat from Maryland, Dec 24, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 bottle.

Pours semi-hazy orange with minimal head.

On the nose, I get green apple, dry white wine, subtle oak, and zippy funk.

The taste opens with green apple, peach, and pear and finishes with pilsner malt, generic hops, and firm lemon rind. The mouthfeel is dry, with some fleshy/juicy impressions layered on top.

Overall, 4.25/5. The pilsner malt and generic hoppy character kind of drag down the fruit flavors, but it's ultimately a very well-crafted beer.

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mkh012 from Colorado, Dec 16, 2018
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4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Aug 31, 2017

A: Pale gold with some light haze from the wheat
S: Plum, hay, light acidity, oak, white pepper, vanilla, earthy Brett, stone fruit, musty
T: Hay, oak, vinous, young plum, apricot, funky, balanced acidity, earthy Brett, barnyard
M: Light -medium with soft carbonation and a dry finish
O: Very complex and impressive for an American gueuze-inspired beer. Big barnyard and funk presence

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Rimbimhoot from Illinois, Dec 09, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big on flavor. Lots of tropical fruit and funk, but honestly the beer could benefit from a little subtlety. Its flavor is a little aggressive but it's still enjoyable in small doses.

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jbertsch from Massachusetts, Dec 07, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, obtained at brewery, dated Aug. 29, 2017 - poured into a Belgian tulip at 44F.

Pours a clear to hazy slightly tarnished brass color. Generates a finger of white sudsy head, that sticks around surprisingly long, before receding to a spotty film and thick collar. Dozens of beautiful streams of ultra-fine carbonation are feeding that collar.

Nose has that signature Allagash barrel treatment aroma, with notes of apple, white grape, pear, french new oak, and some light mulling spice. Clove, cinnamon, as well as some lesser allspice, nutmeg, and maybe even a touch of anise. Some yeasty barnyard funk as well. The nose actually presents itself much like a wild fermented cider.

Palate shifts quickly into the funky side. Simultaneously, I'm getting Lactobacillus, Brettanomyces, and Pediococcus character. Some citric tang, some musty overripe bitter, and some acetic bite. Not in that order, no. Lacto tang first, then the acetic bite, and then the brett. It's incredibly complex, with an ever-shifting flavor profile that flashes by in countless waves. A sign of a good wild ale. Alongside the dominant year and bacteria character, I am getting that tart green apple, some pear, white wine, new oak, and mulling spices. There's a very vinous feel to the whole thing. Drinks like a very sour white wine. Some very slight hope notes are tucked in as well. There's just so much going on, and so many flavors and interpretations, it's impossible to adequately describe. Finishes fairly dry, and woody.

Mouthfeel is light to medium light bodied, with a fair to moderate, fine and fizzy effervescence to it. Mostly dry. Reminds me quite a bit of some Flanders red ales.

Overall, I have to give this ale credit for its vast complexity. Perhaps the most complex wild ale I've tried. That being said, even as a fan of wild, funky, and sour, this one leans a bit much for me, particularly on the acetic/vinegar side of things. I generally prefer a more lactic tartness, or musty brett, or just straight up barnyard funk. The acetic sharpness is what gets me, and this one is testing my limits. Had this not been as "vinegary", it'd be stellar, but ad it is, I find it to be a little too sharp, and off-putting. Nevertheless, I can appreciate the complexity of this offering, and I'll go easy on my ratings, because many people are looking for that bite in the style. I went out of my way to get this, and saved it for some time under good conditions, and I'm a little regretful that I didn't go for Cerise. Oh well, maybe next time.

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4.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a dated 8/21/2017 into the test glass
A - A slightly hazy straw color, conceals lazy carbonation. a thin ring of white resides along the glasses perimeter throughout the experience.
S - Sharp start with the acidic side of lemon, funky wet straw, dry white wine, pith, and dusty dirt cellar (in a good way), back to zest of a lemon, and Loire valley wine.
T - After that aromatic introduction, the flavors are more mineral, less tropical fruit, certainly the zest of lemon, but less dominant than the nose. Nice grainy element, tart candied fruit, chalky white wine, and the slightest hint of sulfur, whit peach wraps this up.
M - Medium in body, tart and sweet in near perfect tension, ashen dry finish, with a lingering tangy orange candy Spectacular.
O - What a complex and delightful offering, The body, carbonation and acidity make this a real treat. The aromatics are out of this world. So glad that our favorite shop was able to get some this year. Worth every effort to find

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SABERG from Massachusetts, Nov 11, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very solid offering from Allagash. I actually prefer this to the Coolship Red. Tastes of citrus with some additional smokiness. Pricey, but a solid beer and worth a taste.

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npolachek from New York, Sep 07, 2018
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4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a beautiful looking brew comes with aromas of apricot, lemon, and earthy moss. some mellow sweetness on the nose as well. on palate there is a bright acidity and clear notes of apricot, pithy lemon peel and citric quality, hay, grassy, mellow must quality invoking moss and earth. bready and fruity yogurt flavors throughout, superbly crisp.

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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts, Aug 18, 2018
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4.61/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Perhaps the best spontaneously fermented beer available in the US, and one of a handful of wild ales I consider MUST DRINK when new batches are released. Absolutely outstanding, near-flawless execution.

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swanfungus from California, Aug 08, 2018
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4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aged for a year

L -- Slightly hazed golden orange body with a tiny white head produced with moderate pour. Minimal retention or lacing
S -- Nice balance of fruity and funky. Lots of aromatic orchard fruits, barnyard, perfumey floral. Reminds me of Cantillon's gueuze
T -- Barnyard funk, wet hay, bitter lemon peel, musk, hint of tropical fruit. Predominantly bretty with maybe a hint of pedio. Very delicate and complex
F -- Medium- mouthfeel, high carb. Moderate tartness and a clean finish
O -- A nice, funk-forward representation of a Belgian classic. Pricey, but you get what you pay for


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Holderness from Massachusetts, Jul 27, 2018
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4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 release.

A: Pours medium pale with some orange tint, a half finger of very fine, bright white head. Pretty good retention and minimal lacing. Champagne-like bubbles.

S: Orange flesh with moderate smoke/char (?), light floral and funk.

T: Pretty floral with some light citrus and moderate funk to round things out on a long finish. A little smoke. Moderate pucker that’s balanced by the other elements. Pretty dry.

M: Medium-light body with medium, somewhat prickly carbonation.

O: Pretty tasty, floral-ish funky/sour beer. Nice hot weather beer.

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pmarlowe from Virginia, May 14, 2018
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