Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by IBUnit63:
4.58/5 rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
"Confluence." The only time I hear this word is when Monday Night Football is in Pittsburgh...Keith Jackson (back in the day) or who ever always waxes poetic along with the Blimp shot..."at the CON-FLU-ENCE of the Allegheny, O-HIII-O and the Mon-ANNNG-a-HEEE-LA rivers..." Well, this Confluence looks like it should be 23 fazules of goodness, so let's see what happens. The Duvel tulip is the lucky winner today...it's been warming for a good half hour prior to opening.
Wow...this is actually pretty light-colored. Lemon-honey straight up...with extremely active carbonation in the center of the glass and it rises like a tornado pretty quickly. Head is about 1/2 finger and for a sour it sticks around at about 1/2 strength pretty well. Not much lacing - just yeast wisps. Second pour provides a full finger of head and then some - some tight lacing in there too. Very solid.
Ooooh, pure austere funk. Horse blanket, dry dry dry citric acid sniff. I could detect a little fruitiness diffused from the glass earlier - not with my face buried in the tulip though. On the rim it has a sort of dry muscat feel to it, but on the deep dive it's funkalicious. Big, perfumy, wild yeast. With warmth the grape must comes out a little more. If this was about 1/2 as funky I'd think it was more of a funky saison. That's what I'm talkin' about. Can ya dig it?
I am astounded by the dryness of this deal. The carbonation contributes to the cause. It's not a sour for sour's sake...there's ultra-dry Pilsener-ish malt in here. Maybe even a little Styrian Goldings hoppiness in here...there's not a whole lot of roastiness - it is wicked light - maybe a little stewy malt that's lightly toasted? Am digging the primary Belgian yeast strain along with the Brett-ish funk. The yeast makes this deal and it's extremely well-done. OK, maybe there's not an incredible complexity to it at first but the light grapes show up a little later - it works very well.
Palate feel is great for what I think could be a gateway sour. No disrespect intended - I enjoy the hell out of this - but someone without a predilection for sours could easily enjoy the hell out of it too because it elicits saison and Belgian ultra-dry IPA notes out that would serve as familiar training wheels. It presents the barrel of Brett in a subtle yet strong way but lets the other ingredients into the sandbox too. May not be fully developed and complex but there's certainly some Beautiful Chemistry going on here.
I like Allagash stuff but its barrel-aged gear, while good, has not brought me all the way over the top...until now. It may have a much lighter body than Curieux, Interlude or the other suspects but I am amazed by the cleanliness of this thing and how well it drinks for something jacked up on Brett. It's hopped differently (i. e. more, it seems) and takes advantage of a lot of synergies. Just enough balsa-wood consistency of the malt to keep a good, spritely backbone while letting the yeast, Brett and the light yet prevalent carbonation mix it up with a little hop in its step. "Light snack but good." To say the least. Yeah, it's in the high-rent district but y'know...location, location, location...
Serving type: bottle
05-21-2009 00:41:48 | More by IBUnit63
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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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