Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by JohnQVegas:
3.85/5 rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
32 oz growler filled at Whole Foods into red wine glass; big thanks to Knifestyles for the heads up on this one - would have probably missed it otherwise.
Pours a hazy apricot gold, with a fluffy off-white head of about 1.5 fingers after an aggressive pour that settles into a soapy layer with a cluster of big bubbles near the center; clings nicely to the walls of the glass as the beer settles.
Nose is a combination of green apples, bit of smooth lemony citrus, white grapes, tart but fairly clean. There's just a bit of a grassy note coming out as well at different points, I suppose from the dry hopping. I'm not getting much funk, just the clean tart notes alongside the grassy hops. I don't mind that much personally, but that's just me.
Taste is kind of all over the place. Light citrus and some barnyard that's just a bit plasticy up front with a big herbal hop note coming in early and crescendoing to the finish. The herbal, grassy notes from the hops seems a bit at odds with the barnyardy notes, which themselves seem to lack either the brisk tartness or the straight up funk that I would have liked to have seen, instead ending up with a beer that seems much more herbal than wild, with fairly light funk coming through and a finish that's almost peppery from the straight Belgian yeast strain. This one I think tries to do too much, and while it doesn't fail at any of it, it also doesn't come close to any rousing successes either. A decent but very unspectacular wild ale.
Mouthfeel is fine. Medium-light body, moderate to light carbonation that kind of fizzles towards the end of the glass.
Drinkability is hit by the weird herbal nature of this one that just kind of gets out of hand for me.
Serving type: growler
07-01-2009 15:19:30 | More by JohnQVegas
More User Reviews:
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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