Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 789
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 110
Gots: 145 | FT: 13
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Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-14-2009

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.
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Ratings: 789 | Reviews: 241
Photo of tykechandler
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful. Spicy, floral, fruity, mildly sweet. So in balance. Amazing nose, too.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer smells horrible in a way that some of the world's best cheeses smell horrible. In the same way that I wouldn't condemn a cheese for smelling bad, I am not going to damage my rating of this beer for having an unpleasant nose. Confluence is a work of art in a liquid format. Beautiful mix of sweet, sour and spice... I wish it was easier to find and I wish I could get some kegs to tap at my place (i'd even be happy with some bottles). Just amazing.

Photo of drpimento
4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Man, really good beer. These folks know what they're doing. Poured with a huge, foamy, frothy, rocky, off-white head that lasts a long time and lots of lace. Color is a clear, slightly pale amber. Aroma is full and of yeast, barnyard, spice, hops, malt, fresh cut grass. Flavor is similar to nose and has a slightly sweet background upon which are the tart and bitter flavors are evidenced. Body is excellent - in the way that is best for this style, not too thick yet not thin with champagne-like carbonation. The finish is like flavor and where I notice the characteristics of the Brett which nicely complements the beer. Finish is fairly long. Satisfying, good drinking beer. I'd defy someone blindfolded to say this isn't Belgian. Kudos to Allagash brewmasters; a hearty well done!

Photo of donniecuffs
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a nice slightly hazy yellow with a bountiful head.

S: Wow..citrus, green apple, bubble gum, subtle banana..couldn't wait to take a sip.

T: One of the few beers I've tried recently where the taste surpasses the nose. Green apple, pixie-stix, and honeysuckle come to the forefront. Amazing balance. Out-fruits the fruity beers.

M: Light-bodied, which hides the alcohol content nicely.

D: There were a few new beers on tap at my buddy's bar when I tried this (and I intended on trying them all during my visit) but I left a few hours later after having only four pints of this nectar. I'd drink it all day.

I've met a handful of people who are a little baffled by this beer, but I encourage you to not be afraid. It is like a painting which seems ludicrous at first, but in which you find numerous meanings and nuances with additional viewings. Fantastically original brew.

Photo of grayburn
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is my first american wild, so I have little background with the style, and am basing this review on the quality of the beer as a beer and based on the style guidelines.

A pale orange color with a finger and a half of big bubbly head. The lacing is thick and soapy and the retention is nothing short of perfect.

The nose and mouth blend together into perfect harmony. There are layers of funk, some barnyard going on...some rotten fruit notes...all of this mixes into this amazing nose and flavor. This beer does not stop changing, different levels of fruit and funk....amazing.

The mouthfeelis incredibly crisp, there is some lingering sweetness and then BAM! it vanishes into nothing but a single sour note. Very dry, addictive.

I could only drink so much of this, I have no others of the style to compare it to, but I will easily finish this 750. I like this beer a lot...the cost may be prohibitive, but I will try again.

Photo of pat61
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%

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

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

January 2009 bottling, courtesy of beandip

A - Pours a pale golden orange with a slight haze. Nice rocky white froth and some sporadic soapy lace.

S - Deliciously complex. Notes of pears, peaches and golden raisins mingle with a tart Brett nuance. Seems likely to be dry.

T - Quite like the nose, and deliciously so. More sharpness from the Brett, giving the brew an appreciable tinge of 'Band-Aid'. Definitely quite dry, though the impressions of fruitiness do well to balance the flavor.

M- Combines the pleasant pricklyness of Asti with the sophisticated dryness of Champagne. Very enhancing.

D - Awesome. I like drinking it. A lot.

On a side note, this is my first review posted from my new Android phone... Not convenient at this point... Going back to laptop/PC-based ticking.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a corked and caged 750 mL bottle from Total Wine. Reviewing from notes taken during the tasting on 7/22/09.

Crisp orangely color with an full inch of fluffy head that slowly settles and leaves lacing in thick coarse webs. When held up to light, the beer also exhibits a reddish hue.

Smells are complex. Wild yeasts, grassy citrus. The hops are mild and pique my interest. Also can smell some peach and apricot.

Tastes bring on more even more than the smell leads on. Strawberries, orange peel, zesty lemon hints. I also get a strong amount of wild yeasts. The beer is mildly acidic. There is the expected funk, but it mixes beautifully with the flavors. Hops contribute grassy and earthy notes. Finish is warm and spicy, almost peppery. I probably could have let this age for another 3 months, and then the yeasts woulda made this sour to perfection.

Mouthfeel is tingly and smooth, and a little dry in the finish. The complexity left me looking how to characterize the flavors. The beer was perfect for a summer evening. It is incredibly multi-faceted. Tons going on and a great drinking experience!

Photo of LauraAlberts
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden Amber with a nice finger's worth of head.

Smell: As usual with Allagash, exceptional nose. Coriander, Saffron, Orange Peel, faint lime.

Taste: Nice soft effervescencse - drinks like a tripel. That classic Belgian Spice with Faint Roasty nut/Caramel on the end that turns fruity. I taste elements of the pilsners that are blended in. An expansive taste that will unfold as the beer opens up.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Full bodied with a soft effervescent tannin.

Drinkability: I'd sit back, sip and enjoy this new stellar addition to the Rob Tod Collection. Rob, Thanks for another great beer!

Photo of puboflyons
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Julio's Belgian Beer Festival on August 14, 2011. They were pouring the 2011 batch. The color is olive-yellow with a fizzy, bubbly head. The aroma is very memorable and distinctive as it marries together the Allagash Belgian House yeast and some wild yeast, which emits a flowery, piney, earthy combination. The body is light but delicate. Lots of zesty, acidic fruits in the taste such as lemon, apple, and pear. Very interesting and worth trying.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
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...

Photo of scinerd3000
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle from march 2011. Poured into a small allegash tulip.

A: Rocky white head on a fairly soft pour. Beer was a hazy blonde color. Fantastic lacing and head retention.

S: light fruit, funk comes through although restrained. Notes of vanilla and pears. Very enviting

T: Very smooth citrus wheat with some spice to it. The brett in this really lends a nice vanilla fruit note to it with some hay. Funk is there but subtle and the vanilla is very nice. Not much hop presence but balances nicly.

M: Very well carbonated with a luxurious mouthfeel. Vanilla hangs for a moment and then dissipates leaving a crisp clean mouthfeel. Effervescent.

O: I would drink this over and over- really an amazing beer. Gets better with age and the brett on this really lends great flavors. A+

Photo of NuclearRich
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

March2011 Allagash Confluence. 7.4% dry hopped brett belgian. Pours a golden haze with an almost champagne like fizz, building into a tall, fluffy, fortuitous head, the like of which I may have never seen such in the way of the cumulus nimbus. A dense lace coats the glass throughout the session. A floral, slightly citrusy boquet trumpets the aroma with hints of spicy phenols. At this point, the beverage is an impecable belgian offering. Wading through the foam, dryness and crispness arrive and last through the sip, with a floral and lightly pungent mid-body that is briefly noted and requires another sip. And many more. The dryness combined with the bite of carbonation leave a disappointing finish, but with the desire to taste again so as to experience the medley again. Overall, the hopped flavor melds seamlessly with an almost invisible brett tart. While a tad too dry, this is an otherwise perfect beer.

Photo of mcbratz1187
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a tasty brew. Spices remind me of a nice chai tea, really really pleasant. Wish the price point was more reasonable.

Photo of hopdog
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capones.

Poured a meidum and hazy golden/orange color with a small sized head. Aromas of brett (that came out more and more as I drank this one), fruity, earthy, citrus, and some yeast. Tastes of citrus, earthy, spices, and some brett. Light to medium tart finish.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Strong pressure upon opening. It pours a cloudy orange color with two and a half fingers of egg shell-white head that holds like latte foam and laces like it as well.

S: Citrus, mild sour funk, some floral hoppiness, and perhaps some green apples.

T: It's a beautiful blend of mild funk, orange, lemon curd, light hoppiness, and pepper.

M: It has average thickness with strong carbonation.

O: This is wonderful; it shares many similarities with Orval.

Photo of Immortale25
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. Snifter. Label says March 2011. Thank you so much BlackBelt5112203

A- Pours a hazy dark straw color with a full inch of fizzy white head that soon shrinks to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and light surface foam. Sudsy, non-resilient lacing.

S- Wonderfully funky aroma with light citrusy hops and some lemongrass. Very effervescent.

T- Zesty flavor with some mild bitterness and light amount of sour from the Brett. Has that barnyard funk taste but is delicately balanced and easy to drink. Notes of lemon, apple and honeydew.

M- Probably the best part. High carbonation creates a champagne-like spritz to reinforce the light body. Dry afterfeel

O- This was plucked just in time as there were slight traces of skunking but it held up in the bottle magnificently. Such a unique and complex brew that words almost don't do it justice.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a very slightly hazy golden with a very nice tightly beaded head and some excellent lacing. I love the aroma. Very fruity with mango, apricot, melon, and a touch of lime. This fruit is underpinned by a gentle funk that has a characteristic of overripe fruit rather than horseblanket or barnyard. This would probably change substantially with some age. The taste has more apricot up front than in the nose, and here there is also a bit of ripe cheese funkiness, but just a touch. There is a drying note of lime, and some sharp but earthy hops, as well as some dry malt, and a crisp yeast profile. Some deep flavors here, with a dry finish. In the mouth its dry and crisp, but very earthy, and with a bit of fruity sweetness at the end. Very interesting beer, and quite nice right off the truck without any extra aging- not always true for an American sour.

Photo of mmurphy
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at the Great Lost Bear in Portland Maine. It was on a hand pull tap. Poured a nice head and light in color. Had a pilsner flavor with a bit of spice and fruit. Good alcohol taste to it as well. Very good drinkability and went well with the cheese steak sandwich I was enjoying.
Really surpised (and happy) that it did not have a strong aftertaste (as many of the allagash beers do). Instead, it was refreshing and went down easily. Definitely a beer that you could enjoy the entire night without wanting something else.
I really liked the overall flavor and appearance of the beer and suggest that if you are somewhere it is on tap, order it, you will not be dissapointed!

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750 ML bottle for $22.99 from Olive Tree Market here in OB and poured it into a Geuze Boon Lembeek glass.

A: After a big pop from the cork, this one pours a hazy straw-like hue, slightly effervescent, with a fluffy white head that sticks around leaving good lacing in its tracks.

S: Immediate sour funk - wood and leather gives way to citrus and crackers, some spice, with a slight hint of hop and wheat at the very end.

T: Hit with instant yeast funk that is balanced extremely well with bready grains, a light amount of hoppiness, and sweet spice. Almost farmhouse style but with more funk and lingering hops - super tasty!

M: Light bodied, almost champagne-like carbonation, crisp and dry finish, with some lingering bitterness from the hop.

Overall a great American Wild Ale, and the dry hopping is a real nice touch that makes this one better than average. Not sure about the price though - nearly $25. a bottle seems a bit steep. We're starting to go beyond the cost of a bottle of Cantillon - let's be real here!

Photo of pdoran10
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a slightly hazy golden color with three full fingers of creamy pillow like head. Reminds me of Daisy Cutter, but I digress.

Smell is sour green grapes, mustiness. tart. sweet slightly bready malt.

taste is nice sharp citrus bite. Very crisp slightly acidic. With sour grape, white bread, and old basement funk notes coming through. tart citrus is most forward flavor. Unique refreshing.

Medium creamy body with high lively carbonation. Dry.

Highly drinkable refreshing creation. Love the citrus tart bite in this beer. similar to Fantome's tartness but with a different flavor profile. Highly recommend this beer.

Photo of hardy008
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

February 2010.

Pours a cloudy lemon gold color with a 3 finger white head with nice retention and lacing. This beer looks to be very well carbonated. The aroma has lemons, green apples, spices, Brett, and Belgian yeast.

The beer tastes just like the aroma: lemons, green apple, spices, Brett, and Belgian yeast. There is some sweetness from the malt, and some tartness present as well. A very nice combination.

Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, somewhat sweet, tart, and finishes dry. Such a superb beer. I have to order this online again. If you have not tried this beer, you really should.

Photo of jtrem14
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass

A - Beautiful orange color, with a nice puffy white head. The head has hints of orange in it as well. Body is a bit hazy with a really great color. The retention of the head was great, and slowly subsided to lumps of foam on top of the beer and on the glass.

S - The citrus aroma is the most dominant and distinct of smells. In the background, a bit of brett comes through, and adds a nice characteristic to the overall aroma. Hints of spice as well.

T - The fruitiness begins to take over the bitterness of the citrus when it hits the mouth. Almost like eating a nice ripe orange. There is also a bit of spice that comes through more in the taste than it did in the smell

M - heavily carbonated with a nice light body, which finishes very nicely. Leaves a bit of dryness over all, though.

D - Pretty good overall. I enjoyed this at the Allagash brewery, and then again on a summer afternoon, outside, with a couple good stinky cheeses. Something about the earthiness of this beer lends itself to being enjoyed outdoors.

Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to ritzkiss for sharing this one. 750 ml corked and caged bottle.

Pours a clear amber/orange, very bright, huge white head forms, settles down to a thin ring around layer, drops a ton of lacing on the glass.

Smell is great, nice and funky, lots of floral, rosehips, very fruity, mango, caramel and citrus, very tropical, sugary, some spice, nice funky sourness going on, some wheat, vanilla, real nice.

Taste is similar, vanilla up front, some caramel, spices, jasmine, very fruity, more tropical, mangoes and some citrus, nice malty middle, some wheat and wood in the finish, lightly sour, just a real pleasant barnyardy funk.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Very drinkable, goes down easy, real nice funky complexity. Thanks Eric!

Photo of Casey10
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a St Bernardus Chalice.

A - Light, hazy, amber color.

S - Tart apple, orange , citrus.

T- Apple, almost pear like?

M - Honey, tart gives a good sour bite back.

D - Great Sipper, good to pair with a great meal.

Complex, you will want to seek this one out and try.

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Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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