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 jzeilinger
3.13/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a clear light orange gold color and leaves a light white lacing ring around the top.

S - Earthy fruit and cheese.

T - Earthy, salty, oak, tart lemon, light yeast, Brett.

M - Medium light body and tart.

O - This is a style I just don't get.

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Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shared bottle.

Pours a not particularly appealing looking hazy amber.

Aroma: Mild funkiness for style. Less off-putting than some others.

Flavor: Fruity and complex taste starts sweet and sour but turns tart and bitter by the finish. Quite tart mid-taste.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.51/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

5/25/2011 bottling. Poured into an Allagash Coolship glass at cellar temperature

A: Cloudy yellow, apple juice color. Minimal head raised, with no retention. Copious, coarse bubbles.

S: Tart apple, lemon, and grape. Lighter notes of hay and earth. Light notes of berries. Slight yogurt aroma.

T: Medium acidity, lots of apple in the flavor, starts slightly sweet, finishing with strong bretty bitterness.

M: Good carbonation. Not as dry as the best examples of the style. Good lingering acidity and astringency.

O: A good attempt at the style, but falls well short of the best examples. It's too sweet and has too much body, and lacks complexity; perhaps the proportion of young lambic is too high, or maybe it needs more time in the bottle. I do applaud Allagash for starting their Coolship program, though, and I'd love to see how future beers evolve.

(FWIW, if this were classified as an "American Wild Ale" I'd probably rate it a half-point higher. However, as a Gueuze, I think it misses the style a bit.)

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Photo of aleigator
3.67/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

@ Quintessence - amber,yellow color with a fizzy small, fast vanishing head.

Decent aromas of fruit, berries and apple, lambic yeast, a bit wooden.

Hay, grass, wood, apples and grapes - not as acidic as the Cantillon Geuzes, lacks a little depth, but has a fantastic balance. Soft lively carbonation, adding to the refreshing character.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color with a white head. Really just a decent aroma. A surprising cork note along with moderate funk qualities (mostly feet and grass). A decent bit of oak and actually a bit of sweet wheat smell. The flavor has a more pronounced funk to it. Lots of must, sweat, and grass. Prominent oak flavors with only a light tartness and lemon peel.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.77/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear medium straw with lots of bubbles. No head or lacing to speak of.

Aroma features loads of lemon and apple. A distinct funk with a little bleu cheese and yogurt.

Bracingly sour. Lemon and apple up front. Yogurt sweetness creeps in and finishes with extreme oak and very dry.

Medium mouthfeel with high carbonation.

Enjoyable beer, but fails to live up the standards of the Belgian lambic makers. I enjoy sourness, but this one was a touch over the top.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.83/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy yellow into the glass with some light white head swirling around the top of the beer. Tart nose with some lemony esters. This beer tasted like Cantillon Gueuze with pure lemon juice added. Tart like no other beer I've ever experienced. Even some of the veteran sour drinkers at my tasting were puckered by this one. This was not a hit for me. I couldn't imagine drinking a bottle. It's a well made beer, but it was just too one note for me. If you're still learning and exploring sours, do not attempt to tame this beast.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.92/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Bottled 7/27/2011. A huge thank you to SneezyAchew for this one!

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden-orange color with a finger of short lived bright white head.
S: Crazy funky notes of earth, oak barrel, straw, and green fruits and unripe fruit skins. Smells dry, tart, and mouthwatering. I get a few notes of fragrant fruits such as peach as well.
T: Not as dry as I was expecting. Dominant flavors remind me of stone fruits, fruit pits, oak barrel and musty earth. I get maybe the slightest hint of citrus in the finish, and the aftertaste is buttery and fruity.
M: Much slicker and greasier than I anticipated. Drinks well though. Body is medium-dry, mouthfeel is slick and the carbonation is very soft and unobtrusive.
O: This was very enjoyable but it doesn’t hold a candle to its Belgian counterparts. Thanks again, Michael!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.96/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery picked up by HopasaurusRex, thanks for the hookup Todd!
Pours a slightly hazy light yellow color with a smallish white head that quickly dissipates to swirls of foam on top. Aromas of lemony tartness and barnyard funk. The flavor is quite tart with huge tooth enamel dissolving properties. Lemons and earthy funk make up most of the flavor here. The finish is fairly dry but leaves a lingering tartness on the palette. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a tart puckering mouthfeel. Tart lightly funky brew thats light and refreshing like lemonade on a hot day. I enjoyed it, I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.97/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Trying to do some cellar clearing, almost forgot about this one. Bottle bought at the brewery when I visited back in January. ABV listed as 6.6%. Bottling date listed is 6/21/2012, a little over a year old at this point.

Healthy pop from the cork leads to a golden-colored pour into a tulip glass. Slight haze, lots of rising bubbles, small white head, good retention.

Smells like a gueuze. Good although nothing too standout about it. Some authentic musty funk, sour lemon, yeast.

Taste is quite acidic, some nice cheesy funk with a medium level of sourness. Sour lemons, peaches and some grapefruit come to mind. General farmy, earthy, grassy notes and some oak in the finish. Some sweetness creeping in.

Impressive mouthfeel with nice carbonation. good amount of biting sourness but still quite drinkable. No alcohol presence.

Very good gueuze, especially for an American-made. Good funk and reasonable level of sour acidity was appreciated.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.99/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage: 5/25/2011. Not sure where I got this bottle from, but somehow I have it.

Poured into a Coolship glass, surprising clarity, Champagne-like bubbles feeding a cap of foamy white head that started at about an inch and sank to a thin layer; minor dots of lacing on the glass. Got cloudy as some of the bottom-dwelling yeast made its way into the glass in the second half of the pour. Fruity aroma, citrus and stone fruits, light acid, grassy funk, candi sugar. In the taste, candied grapefruit, wet grass, earth, oak, mild moldy horseblanket, light acidic tartness, and some bready yeast. Maybe a little less tart and a little more sweet than your typical, authentic, Belgian gueuze, but it worked well nonetheless. Drinking very good for 3 years old. Light-medium body, easy drinkability, with a crisp mouthfeel. Nice overall.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Allagash tumbler. Nose is pretty cheesy and funky. Light acidity. Mild skunk. Quite authentic. Super dry. One of the best American sours. Bit too skunky. This was extremely promising, and I really am looking forward to seeing what Allagash can do with this beer going into the future. I have very high hopes for what batches 10 and beyond could be...

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Photo of ToasterChef
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my tasting notes of a decent sized sample I consumed at an epic tasting event held with the members of the SMBDC. A big thanks to Rob Tod and Jason Perkins for donating this beer.

The beer beer is clear and straw colored and has a tiny white bubble skim. The aroma is full of grapes and assorted berries (had to say which ones specifically). It tastes sweet initially, but gives way to a nice sour finish--not too strong nor does it linger very long. The fruit character is very good; this is an impressive blend considering its American origins. The bitterness is noticeable and the sour character is much less than the beer's Belgian counterparts. Light body and low carbonation levels. The coat is more slick that other beers in this style. Very drinkable. The finish is a bit different than other geuzes I've had, but it certainly isn't bad. Others may not agree, but I like it.

As I wrote these notes and reading over them now, I am struck by how this beer, while being a geuze, differs in a number of ways from Belgian geuzes. Its difficult to rate it to style, since it is an American geuze, and there isn't much history for this style in this country (hence my ratings are much lower than BrewedAwakening's, even though we both enjoyed the beer to a similar degree and shared the same bottle). I do hope that Allagash keeps up with this product line and makes it more easily available, for this is a fine beer and deserves to be tried by beer lovers far and wide.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White head. Golden orange color.

Funky and sour. Stone fruits and lemon zest. A little medicinal. Fairly dry.

Lighter bodied. Nice carbonation.

Solid sour. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden pour; small white head. Looks authentic.

Quite a bit of dirty Hanssens-like funk. Almost straight barnyard, horse shit included. Other scents of pineapple, cantaloupe, and honey dew melon.

A leafy/green funk flavor. Definitely dirty/earthy. Lemon acidity and apple tartness. Wonderful american representation of a traditional beer. It isn't quite the same. This bottled release was earthier than what I've had before.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. The color is light straw with some haze. There are some bubbles resembling a head, but they don't last long and there are few.

The aroma has tart peach with some rubberyness. Hints of wheatgrass are apparent.

The taste starts out with some nice orange zest and leads right in to a crisp tart finish.

This is light bodied with nice sharp prickly carbonation.

This is very delicious. Tastes authentic enough to me.

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Photo of DaveHack
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 5/25/11

Pours a hazy golden looks almost creamy.

Smells of green apples, a touch of sweetness and some musty funk.

First taste is tart and funky. It then becomes very oaky and a blast of sour at the end.

It is very dry and acidic. There is a crazy sourness as it goes down, makes my mouth water in a big way!!

I enjoyed this, but I've enjoyed others more. It is a must try, but it probably won't blow you away.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served with the rest of them. Beer is amber / yellow and mostly clear with a white head, small bubbles, no retention or lacing, looks fine.

Aroma is pure funk, all of it is there horse blanket, pantheon of brett, sours and citrus.

Beer is light and dry quite funky, mildly sour, mostly funky though. It is interesting though, a nice beer for sure. I'd have it again. Simple but good.

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Photo of Myotus
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured gently at 50°F from a 375ml bottle (bottled on 19Jan15) into a tulip. Consumed on 19Jan16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of white foam that dissipates into a quarter fingers worth within 1 minute and 20 seconds. Straw yellow in color with a high amount of cloudiness. Medium and large rising bubbles are present in moderate amounts. Lacing is thick and subtle.
SMELL: Strong aromas of sour green apple acidity and balsamic vinegar combine with mild hay, white wine, tobacco, and earthy yeast aromas along with subtle oak, peach, and apricot aromas.
TASTE: Strong sour green apple acidity and hay flavors first strike the palate and are immediately followed by mild white wine and subtle balsamic vinegar flavors. Mild tobacco flavors and subtle peach and apricot flavors continue this incredible taste symphony as sour green apple flavors grow stronger. Subtle earthy yeast and oak flavors enter lastly as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down rough due to the carbonation. Finishes with a very strong dryness. Sourness from the beer almost stings the tongue. An inexperienced sour beer drinker would probably not like the sour levels in this one.
NOTE: What an incredible Gueze from Allagash. I'm not sure what aging this for a year has done since I haven't had a fresh one, but this was scrumptious. The mouthfeel really brought down the overall rating. This was terribly dry for my personal liking.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Alex. #4 at our Coolship tasting. Openend along side a fresh 750ml bottle of Cantillon Classic Gueuze for comparison sake.

A - Pours golden yellow, white head, wisps, thin collar.

S - Citrus peel, sour/tart, funky cheese, lemon, oak. Really nice and solid, as far as aroma goes. It has a nice balance of fruity citrus and funky tart/sour.

T - Similar to the nose. Citrus peel, barnyard funk, lemon, oak. Really comparable to the Cantillon Classic, which was impressive by itself. Finish is lemon citrus funk.

M - Light, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - One of my favorite Coolships, right up there with the Red. I would definitely go after another one of these to see how it ages. Really cool how it stood up against the Cantillon counterpart. Good stuff.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
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 Huhzubendah
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Thorpe429 alongside several other Allagash sour/wild ales. Thank you very much, Mike!

The beer appears light golden colored with a thin, wispy head that leaves faint traces of lacing on the glass. The aroma brings some nice funk, along with earth, grass, hay, straw, outdoors, mineral water. Smells very enticing - nicely done. The flavor is clean and refreshing, with a subtle and elegant lactic presence followed by a mildly acetic finish. Not on par with the elite gueuzes from Belgium, but a very nice beer, and undoubtedly one of the better attempts from an American brewery. Light bodied and easy drinking. Overall, this was solid and enjoyable. I would have this again.

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Photo of brystmar
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened both batches (5/15/2011 & 7/27/2011) alongside each other. Second batch was clearly superior.

Straw-colored, minimal white head. Strong citrus and cheesy aromas wreak from my glass, funky yeast in the background.

Tart, citrusy, pretty acidic but not overly sour. Funky farmhouse yeast, mild bitterness, citrus. Closer to the Belgian gueuze style than most American blenders get. Totally respectable, quite tasty; this is one of the few American sours I think the Belgian blendmasters would actually appreciate.

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Photo of cbutova
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

June 2012 bottle. Been cellared since purchasing in Jan 2013. Reviewed Friday from full notes taken at the time.

Allagash Coolship Resurgam 06/21/2012

A- Golden bodied pour to a tulip with a small white head that falls fairly quickly. Fairly hazy appearance as the head dies to absolutely nothing. Lacing is not going to happen.

S- Reminds me of 3F and Cantillon Gueuze in a way. Funky and sour nose reminds me of the most authentic Gueuze. Dusty, sour, oak, lemons and barnyard.

T- Again, it brings back memories of the best Gueuzes I have had. The sours are high but not puckering like Cantillon or Hanssens can be. Lemon zest, barnyard funk, mineral water, stone fruit, oak, white grapes, pear/apple, slight tannins, some acetic and horsey funk. Cheesy cheddar.

MF- Dried out light end body as any Gueuze should have, the consistency is pretty much spot on. Carbonation is at a fairly high level and with each sip it foams up quite a bit. Finishes with tart acid lingering on the palate.

I have to remind myself to get a few bottles next time. I was somewhat strapped for cash when I got this bottle but this is at least on-par with the great Gueuze I have had. Tons of flavor and complexity with a great sourness.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

By way of DantheMan. 2015 vintage. 375ml corked and caged bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a foamy, 1.5 finger white head with good retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod that reveals ample carbonation. Lacing is stringy and patchy with good stick. For a gueuze, this is really good.

Nose is surprisingly subdued. Hints of tart lemon, yeast, hay and a bit of woodiness. Smells good but its barely there.

Opens tart lemon zest, hay, oak and peat. Some woodiness in the middle is mixed with a light hop bitterness. Citrus and lemony tartness throughout with a light fruity sweetness towards the end. Finish is a touch bitter with a clean, woody aftertaste. I'm pretty impressed by this.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down soft. Finish rather clean with a puckering, dry aftertaste. Solid.

For an American interpretation of the style, this is very good... if a bit young. The funk is present as is the wood and hay presence. However, there's a bit of bitterness that is still detracting from the experience. Given enough time, this'll get better and better.

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