Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
3.73/5 rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured into a snifter (1st pour) & a tulip (2nd pour) on 8/3/10
Bright, glowing golden hue; a very pretty color. Doesn't look very cloudy, just has a nice depth to it. Carbonation is vigorous resulting in two fingers of lightly seated bubbles of foam. The head has dropped to 1/8th inch; swirling does well to revive a solid layer. Decent retention. Nice swaths of lace all drip down with each sip. Lacing is better in the tulip.
The aroma is light & rather crisp. Floral & grassy tones drift about & intertwine with a moderate barnyard funk. Notes of hay & lemongrass. The cleaner aspects of the floral & grass notes make it seem more akin to a prairie, as the funk isn't overly pronounced. Better yet, possibly an orchard; wisps of tart apples abound. Hints of citrus zest, pear & a touch of pepper.
Ah, betrayed by the nose, Confluence actually tastes quite tart. Tangy notes of apple with pear & lively lemon zest. Kind of peppery & floral. Grassiness doesn't seem as notable as in the aroma. On the whole, what I presume to be Brett-induced funk is more restrained than I might expect. As it warms though, the funky flavors become more apparent, as the tartness subsides a bit. Though good, it never delivers on the complexity of the aroma.
Medium-light body with a penchant for crispness. Carbonation is pretty high. Initially it is extremely vigorous, though over time it does chill out a tad. Even still, it always remains active. Overall, it's dry. The beer finishes with an odd, almost waxy coating, which I find strange. Despite moderate abv, I suppose it could pass for numbing. Other than that, the finish is surprisingly clean.
Confluence Ale is an easy drinking Wild Ale, though it isn't quite seated in the upper-tier. Enjoyable, but for the price I'd be more inclined to check out Allagash's other beers before I drink this one again.
Serving type: bottle
08-07-2010 03:06:05 | More by Ryan011235
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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
Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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