Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by frothyhead:
3.78/5 rDev -6.4%
Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a nice near-white two finger head into a tulip.
Nose is slightly funky and sour with a sugary sweetness. Wet leather, lemon citrus, some yeast breadiness, a little bittle of alcohol bite and just a small amount of hop aroma coming through.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation and a pretty dry finish.
Taste is not as wild as expected, with a decent amount of hop bitterness being the most noticable attribute. There is some bretty funk here, but not much. A solid light malt backbone throws a bit of sweetness and breadiness up front and then gives way to the dry, bitter hop finish. Lemon citrus mingling in between it all.
Drinkability is pretty high, as it's tasty enough and the carbonation, slight bitterness, dryness and lighter body all combine to make it easily quaffable.
Overall this is a decent brew. Unfortunately, it doesn't quite live up to the high hopes I had for it. I love most Allagash brews, and I love everything wild and sour that I can get my hands on, but this one falls a little flat on both fronts. I wouldn't normally mention the price/value of a beer, but these big Allagash brews can run a pretty penny and I almost definitely would not pay the $20+ for this again. That said, it's still an above average and enjoyable beer. Being a recent bottling, it IS still young at this point and I'd like to see how the brett plays out with a couple years in the cellar. If this could crank the sour just a bit, I think it'd be much better. As it is right now, I tastes more like a Belgian IPA than a wild ale.
06-15-2009 01:40:13 | More by frothyhead
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4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
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!
12-15-2011 13:11:07 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.25/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
04-19-2009 22:31:13 | More by lordofthewiens
4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
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
08-24-2009 21:13:49 | More by Billolick
4.43/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
11-07-2011 03:18:43 | More by Mora2000
4.22/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
12-18-2009 18:53:26 | More by magictrokini
3.55/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
02-27-2010 17:31:50 | More by kingcrowing
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
05-23-2011 02:30:53 | More by Soonami
2.88/5 rDev -28.7%
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.
06-29-2011 17:35:36 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
05-10-2009 21:21:39 | More by glid02
Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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