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Allagash Coolship Resurgam | Allagash Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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.

Added by gregc on 06-02-2010

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Photo of n2185
4.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Reagan1984
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Philcassella
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ajdemma
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Schnurrburt
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BergBeer
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Hazy pale orange with a thick white head. Very active.

Smell: Sharp tart funk with light salinity. This mellows to notes of green apple, pear, lemon rind, hay, peach, white grapes, and a mild oak.

Taste: Tart funk and salinity on the attack. This mellows to notes of preserved lemon, raw wheat sweetness, white pepper, tart green apple, raw whole grains, Chardonnay, green banana, and a mellow oak finish.

Feel: Very effervescent. Medium body. Medium acidity. Carbonation is bubbly and soft. No alcohol. Dry champagne finish.

Overall: Beautiful. A delicate yet full flavored brew. The beer works in not only flavor but carbonation and a perfectly dialed in acidity. Truly world class.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Aug. 24, 2016

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color with 2 fingers of fizzy head that quickly fades down to a thin cap

S: Plenty of funk and tartness up front along with a moderately sweet fruitiness and some citrus notes. Definitely some of the pilsner malt in there as well

T: Starts off with the acidic tartness and funk and goes into some of the sweet fruitiness, citrus, and wheat notes. Some oak and vinous notes come out as well. Finishes with notes of the pilsner malt

M: Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. On the dry side

O: Easily one of the best gueuze you will find stateside. Very traditional, which makes a huge difference. Definitely worth trying

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Photo of jhavs
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mmorris15
4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of South2NW
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of larryi86
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle, dated 8/24/16, poured into a flute

A- A slightly hazy bright golden straw, highly active carbonation, three finger white head.

S- Combination of sweet and tart apples, some lemons, hints of grapes and champagne, oak, great earthy funk, touch of wheat/malts.

T- taste doesn't live up to the nose, but still very good. Up front is very champagne like with undertones of apple, some lemons zest and tartness, oak, touch a of malts, great earthy funk.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body, super dry.

O- The nose blew me away and I was hoping the taste would be at the same level, but it is pretty close. A fantastic gueuze, easy to drink, easily holds its own against top Belgians.

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Photo of MattMorin
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vfgccp
3.88/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smanson56
4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
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 jonbonfondle
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TX-Badger
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Beerbom
4.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hoppy_Time
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the prettiest beers I've seen, brilliant hazy gold, impeccable head retention, some lacing, nice stream of bubbles.

Aromas of lemon, hayfield, oak, white wine particularly notes of peach, pineapple and Apple. Very light aroma overall.

Taste leads with a delicate lemon tart, a nice light tartness that's not puckering or overpowering. A little bready wheat, funk, oaky wine, peach, tart pineapple, golden delicious apples, lightly floral as it lingers. Light sweetness and tannic bitterness.

Medium bodied, very smooth, lively but soft carbonation, dry.

Excellent sour, probably the best in look and mouthfeel I've had. Incredibly delicate and nuanced but full of flavor and aroma.

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Photo of captainkrad
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JonnyJuicebox
5/5  rDev +12.9%
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 throughout...black 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.

Update: October 2017, consuming a 2011 vintage courtesy of BA's own Hopley. Compared to a 'fresh' bottle:

Smells like blue cheese, wet dog. Alarming and exciting.

Tastes like heaven. Super dry, tons of grapefruit pith. Unripe fruit. Hardly any sweetness. Incredibly flavorful. Amazing!

Effervescence is gone...expected from a 6-7 year old beer. The flavor is just amazing.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 3/2/17

A: Gold with some orange tones and straw around the edges - hazy, but probably would have been clear had I poured the bottle more carefully - large, creamy, white head, slowly fades to a solid, medium-sized cap that apparently lasts forever, leaves blobs and streaks of lacing

S: Sour, funky, oak - a nice punch of sour, with some bright, lemon-like acidity and some damp, musty-cellar like lactic sour - some barnyard funk - some yeast aromas, pepper, clove, fruity esters - some bright green apple and white grape - lots of oak, like a damp plank of wood - some light sweetness at the base

T: Even more sour than I would have guessed - plenty of straight-up, puckering, lemon acidity - sharp bite - some damp, musty wood, and lactic flavors - some Brett-like dried berry skin flavor - sharp, tart green apple and grapes - SweeTarts - some minerality, touches of spice, pepper - lots of oak in the flavor and lingers on in the aftertaste - some very light sweetness and touches of grain and wheat that hold everything together

M: Medium body, above-average carbonation, smooth in some regard but mostly sour and sharp

O: You know I know, how hard you try (to get it right, all of the time)

I've had this bottle in my fridge for a few months and another sitting in my closet for a few years. I guess I was waiting for something akin to a celebration. Well, this is my 1200th review on BA, so that's something. This is about as good as a Gueuze that anyone will ever brew outside of Belgium. Bravo, Allagash.

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Photo of Ryannotbryan
4.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yeaprolly
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of outoffocus
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Allagash Coolship Resurgam from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.43 out of 5 with 773 ratings
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