Jan 27, 2014

Allagash Coolship Resurgam

About a week ago, I posted a review for Allagash’s House Beer. The beer was part of a package that my sister had brought down from Maine. It was one of two products from the brewery I had never had before. The other, which I was admittedly much more excited for, was this bottle of Coolship Resurgam.

This 6.6% ABV gueuze did not fail to impress — it did win a silver meal at the 2010 GABF. It’s a smooth drinking example of the style, but still packs a solid sour tartness that lingers gently for a long while. Resurgam presents itself as refined and world-class. The only thing wrong with this particular scenario is that there was just the one bottle.I would loved to have squirreled one away for a couple of years from now, but beggars cannot be choosers.


Reurgam pours a golden straw in color with a short-lived cap of off-white foam.

Allagash Coolship Resurgam photo


Grain, lemon citrus, sour tartness, distant wood and a peppery yeast note combine for a heck of an aroma.


And the flavors do not disappoint. A solid amount of sour tartness leads the way for distant fruits, grain and yeast. The tartness is fairly assertive, but not as powerful as some example of the style and ends up drinking much smoother, as well. A light funkiness mingles with hints of wood and an overall earthy character. The finish is slightly drying, but still refreshing and lingers a good long while.


My expectations were perhaps a bit too high for this brew, but man, did it ever live up to them. It’s got a great flavor profile and drinks quite smoothly for a sour beer. I can’t thank my sister enough for driving this one down from The Pine Tree State. Now if only I could find it on shelves down here in Virginia.

Rating: 4.25/5

More: , ,