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Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

744 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 744
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 99
Gots: 125 | 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)
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Photo of Mark_Robinson
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of jwat
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of YobroitsJoe
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of bgfresh
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of drew74
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of pat61
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

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
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 +14.1%
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 IBUnit63
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
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 LauraAlberts
4.58/5  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
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
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 scinerd3000
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
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 bucklemyshoe
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
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 +12.4%
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 hopdog
4.53/5  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 NuclearRich
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of mmurphy
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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!

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 744 ratings.