Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by Floydster:
3.43/5 rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
25 cl sample at the Belgian Beer Party on 3/28/09, glad to see this made it down to the festival from New York, reviewed from notes, served in a Chimay goblet
Here is a description from the brewmaster: "Allagash Confluence Ale is created with a mixed fermentation; utilizing our house primary Belgian style yeast in combination with our proprietary Brettanomyces strain. The two yeast strains work in tandem creating a marriage between spice and fruit flavors that ultimately leave a lingering silky mouth feel. Confluence is brewed with a blend of both imported pilsner and domestic pale malts as well as a portion of caramel malt, resulting in a complex malty profile. Tettnang and East Kent Golding hops are added in the brew process to balance the intricate malty profile while adding a sweet and spicy citrus aroma. After fermentation, Confluence undergoes a lengthy aging process in stainless steel tanks to enhance the flavors. Prior to bottling, it is dry hopped with a Glacier hops, providing a pleasant balance of aromas. Confluence is then bottle conditioned and aged in our cellar prior to release."
A-Golden yellow color, huge 1 3/4 inch white bubbly head that did not last long, not much lacing or legs either
S-Aroma was by far the best part and consisted of Brettanomyces, gym socks, aged cheese, citric acid, saltines, Belgian sugar and funkiness
T-Starts off really dry with not much flavor, middle is slightly toasty, some citric acid in the finish with some light sourness, lingering oak flavors in the aftertaste, more funk comes out later on but it is definitely lacking, needs some strong fruit flavors to make it work
M-Super dry, also slightly sour and acidic mouthfeel, medium bodied, lots of carbonation, taste does not linger at all, just dry and then gone
D-Could drink a few of these but that is mostly because it is light overall, no real alcohol showing in, flavors are all weak so you do not have to worry about them be overpowering, hopefully this stuff develops later on
Certainly not one of Allagash's best efforts, good stab at a wild ale and not something they have a lot of experience with yet, interested in trying the bottled release later on, but not in a hurry to drink again, still worth trying
Serving type: on-tap
04-02-2009 05:15:11 | More by Floydster
More User Reviews:
4.14/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured from the monsterous cork and cage into an Allagash chalice.
A: A hazy pale golden hue, nice 3 finger head that drops to a 6mm disk. Lacing is spotty with hint of legs. Tight bubbles.
S: Yeast and malt are dominant. Classic yeast profile with sweet and breadiness and gentle spiciness balanced by a citrus note in the profile.
T: Amazing apricot and citrus notes and a slight metallic musty note combined with white pepper.
M: Creamy on the uptake, smoothness and then drops into a slightly sharp metallic and sour note, then finishes with a slightly malt-dry finish. Metallic and sourness hangs around forever.
O: Very good bretted notes brings a slight gentle sourness that perfectly complements the brew. Carbo is spot on too, lending to that creamy initial hit.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 23:50:39 | More by Scrapss
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
2014 bottle. Hazy, light-amber appearance. Plenty of foam but it's not out of control. Good head retention and lacing characteristics. Aroma is excellent -- Brett really worked some magic. Very ripe stone fruit upfront, like apricot. Very floral hop aroma, the dry hopping showing through. Funk is restrained -- a bit of leather and old, musty paper.
Mostly dry flavor profile with fruit characteristics. Some honeyed sweetness mid-palate that fades toward the finish. Ripe white grape, peach, and/or apricot. A bit bland and musty on the finish. Very fine, frothy carbonation that's quite soft.
A very interesting Belgian ale, similar to Matilda from Goose Island. Can't really recommend over the latter due to the price premium, but it's got a killer aroma and great flavor.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 00:21:08 | More by gr0g
4.19/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Chimay goblet.
A: Golden amber body, hazy, some carbonation. Fizzy head builds fast, recedes faster. Bubbly ring at glass edge, with a layer in the center of the surface.
S: Funky, grassy scent. Notes of citrus and spice.
T: Starts mild and sweet. Quickly gives over to the funk of the brett. Bubblegum, straw, orange, mildly spiced. Seems to be a hint of dark fruit, but no more.
M: Silky, light to medium mouthfeel. Tingly carbonation. No booziness at all.
O: Really interesting beer. Has hints of farmhouse, but also hints of standard Belgian ale. The farmhouse characters are the dominant, with the brett aromas and flavors clear and forward. Interesting. If you like farmhouse, this is for you.
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2014 02:38:22 | More by Badger6
Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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