Coolship Resurgam
Allagash Brewing Company

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Lambic - Gueuze
Ranked #8
Ranked #300
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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nathanmiller from New York

4.9/5  rDev +10.4%

Oct 06, 2014
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Aug 25, 2013
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.16/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Apr 06, 2012
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PittBeerGirl from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Here it is. Beer review 1000. 10 years later. I have been reading about the coolship series since I started trading beer years ago and was never able to get my hands on it. I am obsessed with the process. I picked this beer up at Allagash in June and reserved it for this moment.

A- body is a dynamically cloudy golden yellow hue. Pours with a 1-2 finger frothy white head that quickly fades almost completely.

S- Nose is soft, funky, and complex. Lemon, cheesecloth, vanilla, oak. I don't get much apricot or candied fruit.

T- Flavor is soft upfront with a hint of lemon and funk. The finish is somewhat intensely funky with soft vanilla, citrus, and oak. What lingers is a lot of funky bitterness.

M-medium to high carbonation and a somewhat dry medium weight body. The body gets smoother as you pour more of the bottom into the glass.

O- overall this is a very good, traditional tasting gueze. I was expecting a little bit more smoke and mirrors...but this is a solid, completely classy offering by Allagash.

Sep 13, 2017
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Feb 20, 2012
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Apr 13, 2014
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woosterbill from Kentucky

4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
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.


Jul 06, 2013
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InspectorBob from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Oct 27, 2014
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innuendobrewskiman63 from New York

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Feb 02, 2013
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Enochase04 from Ohio

4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Apr 19, 2015
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dubinsky from California

4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jan 26, 2015
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MarkyMOD from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Aug 10, 2013
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tylerstravis from Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 07, 2017
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oline73 from Maryland

4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 12, 2015
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lucas1801 from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Jul 09, 2014
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smanson56 from New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is being poured from a bottle dated Aug. 24th 2016 picked up at the brewery yesterday. This pours a slightly hazy golden color in my glass with an effervescent white head. The nose is complex in the wonderful beer. Lots of oak and earthy aromas here. Not a lot of funk to this beer. The taste is complex not as sour as I expected. Again lots of oak here with a nice tartness mixed with some bready flavors. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean. This is a wonderful beer not as sour as I expected which made it really a joy to drink.

Apr 30, 2017
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petermethot from New Jersey

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

May 11, 2015
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Zbeetleman from California

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

May 15, 2013
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Tafyob41 from Missouri

3.95/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 16, 2018
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ElGallo from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

May 06, 2013
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solo103 from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Oct 27, 2014
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SveNss0N from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 14, 2015
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Brez07 from Maine

4/5  rDev -9.9%

Dec 04, 2012
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smartassboiler from Illinois

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

Feb 11, 2018
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TampaRainman from Florida

4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Feb 15, 2015
Coolship Resurgam from Allagash Brewing Company
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