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Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

730 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 730
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 97
Gots: 121 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-14-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 730 | Reviews: 230 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Rifugium:
Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: ?
I don't remember when or where I first had this brew, but this review will apply to a recent tasting at TJ's in Paoli, PA.

Poured into a tulip glass a clear golden yellow. A fluff of white head was visible at the tap, but my glass was filled to the brim, so there was really no room for a head of any kind. Light aroma, grassy, flowery, with tones of light fruits: pear, peach, white grapes. The taste follows the smell, with a light fruitiness--pear, peach, white grapes, apple skin--not too thick or overbearing, grassy with a touch of funk, and hints of spicy yeast. Light mouthfeel, pretty dry in the finish, and quite drinkable overall, but not overly flavorful, and I do like my wild ale to be loaded with flavor. But this is still a nice selection, and lesser on the sour side for those who don't like sour beers.

Rifugium, Dec 04, 2011
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Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #55 (August 2011):

Bring on the funk! Hazed-over yellow color, ample frothing. Smells of eucalyptus, lavender, green peppercorn, orange blossom, honey, ripe pears and a hint of white wine. Impeccable smoothness, nearly silky. Dry malt backbone lends more of a dried grass flavor. Mild tartness from the house Brett strain used; dried fruit and wild medicinal herbs run- ning wild all over the palate. Phenolic herbal flavor is pretty bitter—sure, there are some hops in there as well. Nearly bone-dry finish with lots of lingering complexities. Funk-o-licious!

BeerAdvocate, Dec 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I suppose I'm biased, because I really like Allagas products, but this is a wonderful beer. Served in a tulip glass, the beer was a hazy yellow color with a medium-sized white head and a bit of lacing. It had that yeasty farm-like aroma, but also was sweet and peppery. I thought it had a tropical fruit taste, a bit of spicy zing. Mostly a sweet mouthfeel. This would be a great dessert beer.

lordofthewiens, Apr 19, 2009
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warnerry, Jul 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

bishopdc0, Aug 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

Britton, Nov 26, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Beerswag, Oct 06, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Semi cloudy, yellowy amber, with a sparkling near white head that trails fine and scattered lacing. Fruity nose, with lemon and pinapple on the old sniffer. Very dry brew, with more citric fruits and a moderatly sour mid section and finish. Certaintly tasty, subtle, complex and interesting. Tasty brew, if it was not so expensive in bottles, I'd like to age a few and enjoy a few others. Another BA worthy effort and a quality achievement in brewing from Allagash's brewers

Billolick, Aug 24, 2009
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4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank back in June to celebrate the Mavericks winning the NBA title. The bottle is labeled February 2010.

The beer pours a golden color with a large white head. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of leathery brett notes, as well as some light funk and Belgian yeast. There is also a nice fruit component of lemons and apricots.

The flavor is very dry. I get a lot of brett and leather, with some orange mixed in. The Belgian yeast comes through nicely, as do some pepper and coriander notes. There is some light funk and some light tartness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Nov 07, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

GreenMountainBoy, Mar 11, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an explosive cloudy copper with a head that takes a while to settle. Earthy aroma replete with brett and fruit. White apples, pear, and citrus zest mixed with Belgian yeast. Funky. Both in the nose and taste. Yet, the funk is the pleasant variety that enhances the sweetness of the underlying brew. More apples and now a vinuous quality pop up. Pleasant trippel-like spice and body. Wouldn't really call this a sour beer, as it is more earthy and fruity than anything else. Nice.

magictrokini, Dec 18, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

dankjohn, Jul 20, 2014
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3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a very light yellow with a small frothy white head. Nose is tart and funky with some light bitterness.

Taste very sour and funky, really sharp and tart. It's got some real spicy funk, quite nice. Mouthfeel is light and smooth, easy to dink for beig so funky.

kingcrowing, Feb 27, 2010
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Janeinma, Mar 13, 2013
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4.65/5  rDev +15.4%

Sour Brett aromas immediately greet the nose when you open this wild yeast sweetheart followed by light malt aromas and spicy hops.
It pours hazy straw to gold under a ferocious, fluffy, very finely bubbled persistent 3" foam cap. the cap slowly drops to a thick, lumpy mass.
Pale malt flavors with a touch of sweet balance the moderate lemony tartness dry out and recede into a medium hop bitterness on the finish. Hints of peach and other light fruits lurk behind the lemony tartness.
The intensely fine Brettanomyces driven carbonation gives the body an airy, moussey fee. Very refreshing and very drinkable. l

pat61, Sep 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

sourdog, Aug 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash Confluence, on-draft at South Philly Taproom 5/20/11.

I have not had this beer before and didn't really know what to expect, especially from the draft version of this beer. I think that properly poured from a bottle this beer might have scored higher. The beer was clear, (yellowish amber? too dark to tell in the bar), with almost no head on the beer. It was about a 7.5 oz pour into a wine glass that held 8 oz, so there was almost no head other than the thinnest film of tiny lace. Because the glass had no bowl above it, there wasn't really any way to hold the aroma and as such very little was appreciated in the nose. I wish that when I pay $8 for a beer, the proper glassware was used to best enjoy the beer.

The beer was delicious though. The brett showed great pineapple, tropical fruit flavors and a little funk but limited amounts of phenols, which can sometimes be off-putting. The hopping was perfect to provide some grounding and balance to the beer. The carbonation was a little low but pleasant with the fruity, brett-ed beer. Tasty, but better presentation might help this beer score better.

Soonami, May 23, 2011
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2.88/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dullish and hazy orange, massive haze and white head to it. Chunky. Nose was largely caramel related, didn't really pick up anything fruity or sour from it, nor did was there any barrel aromas going on.

Taste, was a little offputting from the start, still lacked a sour or fruit profile, just seemed too plain. Was like a cross between a kolsch, berlinerweisse and hefeweizen. Carbonation was up like a kolsch, mild lemon and super mild tart like a berliner and the chewy haze and yeast of a hefe. And throw in some mineral water and hops solely for bittering. For $23? No way.

I have a bottle of this chillin at the pad, I hope it develops better than what I had on tap. I guess I'll have to search for the flavors that are supposed to be there, because I didn't find them the first time around.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 29, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

chinchill, Nov 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

jtladner, Dec 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Bizoneill, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a yellow-orange color with a one-finger white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of fresh bananas with hints of spices and a good amount of funk. As the beer warms the funkiness gains some steam.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet banana flavors up front followed by funkiness and slight tartness. The funk is more predominant in the taste than it is in the smell. Ending is more of a light Belgian than a wild ale.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the glass and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is a good introduction to American Wilds. It's got a good amount of funk but is by no means overpowering - it's almost a combination of a trippel and AWA. Definitely worth a try.

glid02, May 10, 2009
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Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 730 ratings.