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Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Confluence AleAllagash Confluence Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

626 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 626
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 91
Gots: 100 | FT: 8
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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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

08-04-2013 19:32:14 | More by BeerCon5
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-slightly hazy golden color with a nice white head and a little lacing

S-lemon, wheat, funky and yeasty

T-lemon, orange, bready malt, yeast funk, slight sourness

F-medium body with nice lively carbonation, crisp and slightly tart

O-interesting beer, farmhouse ale with some hints of wild ale

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2013 12:37:54 | More by MDDMD
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Dizzy242

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

08-03-2013 03:13:02 | More by Dizzy242
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AdamP

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

08-03-2013 02:13:31 | More by AdamP
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jbeervt

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

08-02-2013 00:31:14 | More by jbeervt
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alaimoa

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Confluence June 2013 poured into a pint glass.
A: Best part is the pillowy white bead with rising bubbles. Golden clear color
S: Barnyard funk in the first smell with citrus (orange/citrus) backing it up
Taste/Mouthfeel: upfront funk leads into some slightly tart citrus notes and dry finish. A touch watery which hurts it

Overall a very tasty beer that could have a touch less funk and a bit more complexity

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 20:11:05 | More by alaimoa
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CTJman

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1%

07-30-2013 23:41:31 | More by CTJman
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enjayvee

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the corked bottle into a Night Shift 13 oz tulip glass.

I have just begun to explore the crazy world, i.e., the brett world. I have not had too much experience with the wild yeast, but have been trying to get my hand on as many brett beers as I can. Without further ado:

Appearance: Golden, dark straw, orange-yellow sublimity -- the beer looks absolutely wonderful. It has a finger and half of a foamy, white head that dissipates while you drink, but very, very slowly - turning into the romantic drapery we call, "lacing."

Smell: A good amount of tartness, smells like this is mostly dominated by the Brett - exciting! The other aromas are citrus spiciness, slight amount of booze and that distinctive aroma that is conjured by the dry hopping. The dry hopping smells nice - like the most arid desert in the world met an oasis of happy hop plants. It even -smells- dry.

Taste: It's a solid brew. The brett comes out only mildly in the taste - a very subtle tartness. The other flavors are spiciness, some citrus notes, somewhat sweet but this beer is really dominated by the dry hopping. The brett seems to be overpowered by the dry hopping and the rest of the beer really follows the hops' lead. You get a tinge of sourness at the start of the palette and the rest is really dry hops.

Mouthfeel: Not even halfway through this beer and it feels as though I need more glasses of water than anything. It dries your mouth OUT. It reminds me of the super dry characteristic of how red wines finish but the beginning of the palette feels like a white wine. It starts with a good carbonated kick -- the bubbles really start the palette off nicely.

Overall: I think this beer would be much better with age. The brett is completely overpowered by the dry hops. It makes a beer that you -need- to finish because you paid $21.75 for it and by no means is it bad or off-tasting, so you enjoy to continually sip it. However, you also recognize that for the prestige that Allagash has and the craftsmanship of a dry hopped, brett beer that you think this should be more complex... and that's why this should be aged. Let the dry hops subside, let the brett increase in complexity, let it sit and wait... and age.

TL;DR: the smell is fantastic, the taste is confused, the mouthfeel is super, super, super dry. overall, the beer needs to age to be worth your cash.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 14:50:32 | More by enjayvee
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csurowiec

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

07-29-2013 16:00:07 | More by csurowiec
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YobroitsJoe

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

07-28-2013 17:29:58 | More by YobroitsJoe
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GonzoHomebrewer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

07-27-2013 03:03:17 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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lgmol

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

07-26-2013 14:06:03 | More by lgmol
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warnerry

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

07-25-2013 21:16:36 | More by warnerry
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kob424

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

07-25-2013 02:13:34 | More by kob424
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mtalley999

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

07-23-2013 23:14:09 | More by mtalley999
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Dannynoonan123

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

07-23-2013 00:29:50 | More by Dannynoonan123
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scottDC

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1%

07-21-2013 15:54:24 | More by scottDC
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Bnoise11

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

07-20-2013 22:35:11 | More by Bnoise11
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NickBeery

California

4/5  rDev -1%

07-20-2013 18:49:24 | More by NickBeery
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BKBassist

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

07-19-2013 03:26:00 | More by BKBassist
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kingmaker

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

07-15-2013 02:08:15 | More by kingmaker
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avschmitt

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1%

07-09-2013 14:55:14 | More by avschmitt
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THEOPTIMATOR88

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%

07-08-2013 00:16:07 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

07-07-2013 04:52:55 | More by mportnoy
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JTomczak

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

07-07-2013 03:51:00 | More by JTomczak
Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 626 ratings.