Allagash Coolship Resurgam | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Coolship ResurgamAllagash Coolship Resurgam

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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

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.

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Photo of JonnyJuicebox
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle opened with an assertive 'pop'. Not as powerful as a bottle of champagne, but a noticeably more amount of pressure/carbonation compared to other similarly packaged Allagash.

A: Golden orange...slight hazy Fluffly white head. Very distinct individual bubbles in the head...beautiful! It's like a mosaic of tiny bubbles. Nice amount of effervescence throughout.

S: I seem to keep going back to champagne, but it smells like my nose is stuck in a bottle of PJ. Or maybe a barrel of PJ after it was sent to be bottle conditioned. Oaky, funky, damp. Prominently saturated oak with a subtle brightness behind it.

T: Oh my. Effervescence for days. Keeps the flavor dancing around the tongue. It's like a champagne bomb! Tons of oak, grape skin, green apple. Hint of bitterness like lemon pith. Dank. But bright. Dry. But rich. Blackberries? A nice mineral spiciness peppercorns. A little banana funk that is a very familiar taste for fellow Allagash enthusiasts.

O: Hands down the greatest Allagash beer I've ever tasted. Hands down one of the greatest american wild ales I've ever tasted.(i use that term to keep this ambiguous, but i honestly put this up there with 3f, cantillon, hill farmstead). Hands down one of the best beers I've had period. I want a magnum of this and a flight of oysters. And I don't want to share. Allagash has been around for a long time now, and they truly make some of the best traditional beers in the Country. I'm not well versed enough to compare it to the world, but the times I've had Cantillon and 3F...this is right there with them. Pears, apples, grape skins, lemon. Seems like every sip of this presents a new flavor. Wood, peppercorns, grains, wheat. Goodness gracious. Needs to be in a 750 format so I can be a gueuze glutton. A beer that wants to be quaffed but deserves to be sipped. Truly a conundrum.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a caged and corked into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip glass.

Color is clear gold with amber highlights.

Aroma is funky fruit. A slight earthiness is noticeable at the end.

Taste is tart with sweet fruit notes a wonderful dry finish kinda like a rich funky cheese.

Give me more, and more and more

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Photo of Damian
4.96/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 12.7 fl oz (375 ml) corked and caged bottle purchased at Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, ME
Date Bottled: Jan. 19, 2015
Served in a traditional Gueuze tumbler

The bottle opened with a very loud pop. A bubbly, inch-tall crown of crackling, off-white fizz capped the slightly hazed, pale golden-amber liquid. The crown quickly fell to a thin, flimsy film. No lacing whatsoever.

The nose was incredibly musty and funky. This beer smelled more complex and intense than most true Belgian Gueuzes. Super oaky and woodsy. The barrel notes came through big time. Loads of barnyard funkiness and horse blanket character. Somewhat wheaty. Crisp, citrusy and bright. Bit of lemony tartness. Overall, really interesting.

The flavor profile was just as impressive as the aroma. Uber woody. Loads of oaky barrel notes and tannins. Super tart and lemony yet balanced. Good amount of lemon pith. Slightly bitter. Really crisp and bright. Wheaty. A bit musty. The beer finished bone dry with lingering notes of oaky tannins and lemon rind. Amazingly complex and incredibly well balanced.

The mouthfeel was flawless. Ultra crisp and light on the palate. Pillowy soft and almost cloud-like. The beer contained a fine yet spritzy, Champagne-like effervescence. Super plush and frothy. Ridiculously smooth.

Although not a true Gueuze due to terrior, Allagash's Coolship Resurgam is one of the best beers I have ever tried in this style and one of the most impressive beers overall. The blend of 1, 2 and 3 year old spontaneously fermented beer really came though in this Gueuze's amazing range of deep musty oakiness and bright citrus notes. This is pure magic in a bottle.

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Photo of DanK4
4.92/5  rDev +12.6%
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 danedelman
4.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased today at the brewery. Was expecting to age to bring the funk out more but wow!!

A- pale orange with large 3 finger head that quickly dissipates.

S- like a 5 year old cantillon. Goat cheese mixed with grapefruit and lemons. Peach and other pit fruit dances around in here too.

T- much like the smell. Grapefruit rind and fresh squeezed lemon. Dry and acidic. I love these that add no fruit and taste like this. Perfect blending. Cantillon better watch out!!

M- medium/high carbonation with an overall great drinkability!! Medium body allowing this to roll around your tongue and stick to it to allow the flavors to develop well after the sip.

Overall- wish I didn't drive 6 hours south or had somebody else to buy another 4 bottles as that's what the limit was. Would feel like a 19 year old again asking other people to buy me beer!!

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Photo of 77black_ships
4.84/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Notes from mid. 2012. Got a full De Ranke tasting glass of this one, during the finish of the first day of the Italian Beer Festival // 37.5 ml bottle bottled on 25/5/2011 // making it slightly over 1 yr old // pours a hazy golden with a sizable head for the style that has some nice lacing going on // aroma is instantly gauze, I didn’t know what to expect from a real American geuze, honestly & peraps nationalistically, I expected it to be ok but weaker than the best Belgian counterparts because I believed that the factory had to become saturated y the critters over a long period of time, man was I wrong, smell is delicious, strongly tart, I am getting lots of horse blanket here, brett, touch lambic yeast & hint of pungent citrus // strong farmhouse, barnyard, tartness going on here in the beginning, touch wood, citrus, strongly tart lemon peel, touch heavier in the finish coming into play, hint of wood, quite horse blanket heavy I a lovely way, going into definitely more acidic territory in the back than Belgian counterparts, the initial flavours get complimenting, resulting in a nice complexity with strong acidity & a dash of what is getting already quite close to vinegar, maybe dash of apple vinegar, not so much the fruit but a mellowness that encompasses the vinegar, just as with apple vinegar compared to regular one, heavily acidic, brief moment in the end of bitterness, quite interesting, makes me think a bit of a small instance of bitter herbal / farmhouse hops // touch dry & lightly fizzy, touch 3F style in that department, easy going, makes you want to drink more // outstanding, lots of interesting flavours & component, some touch newer to me, on part with the stuff that we make here which may not be that special anymore if the states are filled with this kind of stuff.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.84/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What an amazing gueze. lemon flavors (almost like preserved lemons) lingers for days and then the light buttery cracker comes through. what a joy having this on a summer evening (saved a few bottles for that).

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into my Shelton Brox. sampler at "The Festival."

This poured a bright golden color that was hazy and nearly opaque. The smell made me think of fresh-cut grass and citrus, very light and pleasant.

The taste was slightly bitter, not to the point of being lip puckering, but close. Out of all the sour, lambic style beers I tried at the festival, this one may have been my favorite, man it was tasty.

I tried this again on 12/31/13 from a bottle I bought in Nov. The smell is as described above, but I would add that there are also hints of biscuit and a distinct sharp acidic note to the end of the nose.

I don't know if this bottle is a bit older than what I tried at the festival, but this is quite, quite sour. This is a 9 out of 10 on the sour scale. The taste starts up front with some mild lemon flavor and then explodes with sour acidity. The after taste is slightly biscuity before finally turning very mild and funky. This funkiness lasts on the tongue a very long time. Afterwards, I am left with some slight bitterness and a wonderful mouthfeel.

This may be the best gueuze I have had, I think I prefer this to Cantillon (blasphemy!)

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.82/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is the best gueuze made in America. Better than Beatification. Lemony, custard like nose with a pear and tart grain after thought. The taste follows, but is so much more complex. Mouthfeel couldn't be any better. Not too thin, spot on carbonation. Seek this out.

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Photo of dar482
4.8/5  rDev +9.8%

The aroma offers a big amount of lemony tartness, bright funk and hay quality.

The flavor hits of extreme tartness. Not as abrasive as some Upland brews, but up there. However, this lemony tartness is covered with lots of musty funk. A nice oak character cleans up the beer in the back.

This beer replicates the classic Belgian gueuzes extremely well and is one of the best attempts at the style on this side of the Atlantic.

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Photo of irv2424
4.79/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a great take on a wild ale. Out of all the allagash wild ales this is near the top. Nice funk while not overly sour. I have one left and will be saving this for a while.

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Photo of LeRose
4.76/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours a quite clear, straw-like color into the big tulip. A brief crest of lively bubbles that quickly falls to almost nothing. I get lemon on the nose and a crisp note of Granny Smith apple, that tart, fresh smell of sour apple. And the reminds me of walking the woods on a damp day. Delightfully funky and woody. Almost a mustiness to it, but pleasantly so if that makes sense. A little bit of bread and a vague spiciness.

The "yummy" a valid word for describing the taste? It is woody and has the tingle of tannins, almost but not quite smoky to my palate. Hay-like green notes, lemon and the pithy bit of the lemon rind adds a sharpness, the apple note is there to me, nicely and assertively tart. Waves of flavor, some that I can't quite figure out, yet amazingly balanced.

The feel is light, dry, crisp, and super-clean considering everything that is happening. I would say almost like a champagne feel, but smoother. The flavors just dance over the tongue, linger a little, and leave me ready for another sip. Delicate and ephemeral.

This one's a keeper - wish I had more than the one.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by Curran, thanks man.

This one pours a golden straw yellow, with a small head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells like lemon, hard minerals, cheese rind, lactic acid, rotten citrus, and bitter oak.

This is absolutely wonderful, and the best Allagash beer I've had to date. It's neck and neck with Bullfrog Grrrz for the best American-style rendition of a gueuze. It's got a really outstanding level of complexity, with bitter oak, a sort of chalky mineral like taste, lemon rind, cheese rind, grapefruit flesh, leather, and many other things I can barely put my finger/tongue on. This is stunningly good.

This is medium bodied, light and spritzy, and fairly sour in the mouthfeel. It's got a very active level of carbonation.

This is a praise-worthy achievement in wild beer. As close to traditional gueuze as you're going to get from an American brewer.

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Photo of WilliamWS
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Most recently tasted Resurgam in a side-by-side with Duck Duck Gooze and JK Spon Methode Gueze as part of our Xmas eve tasting. CS Resurgam was the hands-down winner and remains the American benchmark for the style, standing head to head with Cantillon, Drie, and Tilquin.

This beer is fantastic in every possible way. Beautiful appearance. Aroma is classic gueze: minerally lemon rind, a touch of barnyard funk and musty basement.
Flavor follows the aroma, along with moderate, mostly lactic, sourness and just enough oak.
Wonderful stuff.

They hit the mark with this beer and really dialed it in around 2014. It still stands alone as the only American beer to nail the spontaneous gueze style...though JK may give them a run for their money in a couple years as they dial in their Spon.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a cloudy/hazy yellowish orangish golden color with fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. Tartness, funk, wheat, oak, and grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with funk, tart citrus, and dry.

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Photo of mythaeus
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had a 2012 of this. Small pour, quickly disappeared head, but very carbed. Completely blew me away as to how much Cantillon-like this beer was, just ever slightly more tart than Cantillon Classic Gueuze.

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Photo of BrewedAwakening
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into 3 oz tasting glasses at the Southern Maine Beer Drinkers Club August meeting, as a gift from Rob Tod and Jason Perkins.

A: light golden with good clarity, but not brilliant.

S: fruity, citrusy grapefruit aroma with nice subtle floral notes. very mild funk in the aroma expected in a gueuze.

T: slightly sour, but less than expected. it spreads out over the tongue nicely, but lacks the degree of sourness to pucker the back of the throat. detecting slight bitterness and hop flavor to the point of being noticeable, but not taking away from the experience of drinking a gueuze.

M: dries out very quickly and doesn't hang on the tongue, lingering sourness decays quickly. light mouthfeel for this style.

D: this is an excellent gateway beer for those who want to experience a sour, but don't want the highly acidic qualities. overall, I feel this was an extremely impressive representation of Allagash's interpretation of this style with use of the natural airborn wild yeasts found in the Great State of Maine.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a great light sour beer, VERY reminiscent of cantillon. Excellent, the cool ship process obviously makes a huge difference in a sour beer it is just way more composed and delicious.

The look is awesome, nice ring of white fizzy head with a very hazy look to the body.

The smell is great. Earthy, funky, slight stone fruit touches. Great yeasty, semi tart barnyard aroma that translates really well to the taste. Super clean palate with all the funk and fruit of the smell and adds some pepper and citrus rind. Some tropical notes. Very nice touch of sweet to make the funk composed and tight. Nice feel, very nice over the palate with just enough carbo. Awesome stuff!

Well done allagash, keep them coming. It's great how the white pays for such great beers as this.

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Photo of BostonBrewins
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
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 MBACoach
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
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 brentk56
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very hazy orange-tinged golden color capped by an inch of foam that fades quickly; plenty of dotty lace is left behind

Smell: Lemon, green apple, leather and barnyard

Taste: Lemon and green apple, up front, rather acetic at the outset; develops funk and softer slightly tropical fruit flavors, in the middle; the finish is dry and leathery; the aftertaste is like a really sour white grapefruit

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation and a nice pucker

Overall: What an excellent beer this is after aging it in my cellar for three years; hits on all the right notes

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sour, crisp, complex, world class. Picked up a handful bottles from the brewery - I've been enjoying a bottle every few months (properly stored) and I've been loving the experience every step of the way. A truly world class beer that (one day) I would love the ability to pit against any like-beer from anywhere in the world. Copper- burnt orange hue with a thin, tightly packed head. Aroma is pear, green apple, musty cellar and oak. Taste follows right along with pear, green apple, lemon peel, dried apricot, oak, grape must. Amazing cascade of flavors that vacillates from tart to funky to earthy. Cheek tingling-sour that's more restrained than pronounced, musty and funky with just the slightest indication of spice. Wine-like tannins throughout add a level of dryness that seals the deal. Amazing beer.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7 bottle into an Allagash tulip. Purchased at the brewery this past weekend.

Pours a super hazy, golden body with a big fluffy white head that reduces slowly, leaving a little lacing and chunky retention.

Big, potent aromas come through, barrel/oak make a big appearance here, as well as musty wood, funk, sharp acetic and a hint of vinegar. Citrus, hay, and slight grain are all also present on the nose.

On the tongue comes super tart citrus, tons of oak, hay, funky barnyard, sour apple, followed by cedar and a sour wild aftertaste that leaves the teeth chalky. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is medium with medium-high carbonation, easy sipper.

Delicious.. balanced.. complex, and one of the most elegant displays of oak aging I've experienced in a sour. Recommended.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Glad to pick one of these up today. Served from a 12.7 oz bottle into an Allagash Coolship glass.

Appearance- Clear golden/orange with very thin head. Lots of bubbles.

Smell- Meyer lemon, funky yeast, oaky vanilla, something chemically. Reminds me of Beatification.

Taste- Lemon, oaky earthiness, vinegar, aloe? There's a vicks taste (though it isn't bad). Grassy.

Mouthfeel- Very bubbly. Not too much though. Smooth finish. Very crisp.

Overall- It's great having a brewery so close that makes such good sours.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: hazy yellow, with high initial carbonation yielding a large amount of head in the initial pour. Medium bubbles stay atop the beer for most of the drink.

S: I know it's rarely helpful, but it's typical gueuze, tart and a slight but funky. In the tart I get some lime and crab apple. The funky is a little moldy or musty, like the smell of an old (well kept) wooden attic.

T/M: taste to me is more sour apple-Granny Smith than anything. The carbonation adds texture, akin to spiciness which makes me think of ginger. The taste doesn't quite pucker but balances against an indistinguishable light sweetness (apple juice, maybe) to produce a nice easy finish to the taste.

O: other than maybe a little more sour bite, or a twist in the end taste, I feel this beer probably can't do much better to increase my enjoyment.

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