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Allagash Coolship ResurgamAllagash Coolship Resurgam
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
684
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
23.91%
 
 
Wants:
701
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For Trade:
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Reviews by jaasen64:
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 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 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 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 StonedTrippin
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

not sure if this blend is technically a gueuze or not, but what does it matter? a genius blend of young and old blonde sour beers ages in oak, and the result could not be any more wonderful, not could this series of beers from allagash. murky but really pale blonde color, white hues to it, under a very white and light as a cloud inch of head. it smells incredible, that oaky sourness with a ton of lacto derived acidity that we usually associate with the sours of old world belgium. its that authentic, mix of farmy musty yeastiness and exuberant carbonation that tickles my nose. the flavor is everything you would expect from the style, but with a few special twists. the first is in the finish, which has an almost white grapey flavor to it that balances the acidity, that would otherwise be gargantuan. maybe more of a white cranberry, as it is still tart, but its not what i usually get in lambic types, yet is is extraordinary successful, where ever it comes from. the second little surprise here is the feel. its so well carbonated. sometimes the belgian examples come flat, but i love this level of effervescence in a lambic style, and both coolship series beers ive tried have had it so far. missing nothing, this blended sour is both elegant and extreme, and rivals beers like rueuze for the best made in its category in the united states. i cant remember better.

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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.

Cheers!

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Photo of tectactoe
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SkiBum22
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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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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4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev -8%

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

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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