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Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

703 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 703
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 92
Gots: 113 | FT: 10
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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2/5  rDev -50.5%

hoerr, Apr 12, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

Salam, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Overlord
2.55/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy orange gold. Surprisingly robust white head.

Smells like musty old cheese, musty hay, and musty pears.

Taste is all over the place. Just a jumbled, confused mess. Lacks any sort of coherent focus. Strange bittering hops, a muffled, unpleasant sour barnyard flavor instead of a sharp acidic one, and hanging over it all a very unappealing musty/rotten grass component.

Mouthfeel okay, but just not a good beer. Its various component flavors and aroma just did not find any sort of harmonic ... confluence.

Overlord, May 22, 2009
Photo of rudzud
2.6/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

From notes taken on 9/7, on tap at the Armsby Abbey. I dont know what the deal was with this, but as my review shows, something was definately off.

A - Clear light amber pour with a nice light one finger pour that results in very gentle lacing.

S - Very, very light funk/brett aroma and sour citrus. Incredibly muted aromas.

T - Whats going on here? In all honesty, this doesnt really taste like any wild ale I've ever head. I really doubted that I was given the right brew. Anyways, very, very weak flavors. Tastes like watery citrus and watery funk. Very shocked and confused.

M - Low carbonation but not in a syrupy sense. Just feels well, watery. Talking macro watery.

D - I know damn well this is a good beer but what happened with this pour? Bad batch? A mispour? Something happened here that just wasnt good. Such a shame too.

rudzud, Sep 09, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

Mudawg, Jun 06, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

arash1000, Dec 27, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

KevMo84, Aug 25, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

kemoarps, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of largadeer
2.8/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Golden colored, clear and bright, with two fingers of lasting head.

Smell: Musty, mildly funky in a very phenolic, plasticy sort of way, with some grassy, herbal hops on top of it all. Dry hopped plastic barn.

Taste & mouthfeel: Herbal hoppiness and astringent husky grain, bit of green apple. Phenolic, yeasty, mildly funky but more rubbery than anything. The crisp, dry texture is nice, but that's unfortunately the only nice aspect of this beer. More mediocre overpriced beer from Allagash, woohoo.

largadeer, Jun 22, 2009
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2.88/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
2.88/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I tried this beer at the EBF and wasn't very impressed, but I decided to give it another try when I saw it on tap.

Hazy, apricot colored body with only a thing crown of head that has no lacing or retention to speak of.

There is a lot going on this aroma. Lemony, a slight punch of hops. Cheese, "horse blanket," and all of the musty (yet positive) descriptions that bretts tend to get.

Sometimes something can smell pretty good but not taste all that great. It is rare, but I believe Allagash confluence fits this description. Only the slightest tartness comes through at any point. The slight musty flavor, like old cheese, surfaces and is subsequently strangled by a huge hop profile: Huge for a wild ale that is. That is about it. This would probably improve considerably with age, but I do not plan on giving it that chance.

Light, crisp, no puckering. Maybe even a little bitter and dry.

Not something that is terribly drinkable. I love Allagash, but this one just doesn't do it for me.

Hojaminbag, May 08, 2009
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2.93/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2010, not sure what month

Into a Founders snifter, pours a honey/golden color with some orange higlights. Still in the glass. A few bubbles sitting on top that dissipate pretty quickly. No head and no visible carbonation.

Smells like horse blanket, sweat, lemon, oak, and some other citrus.

Taste follows the smell- Lemon, lime, oak, lots of green apple, wet hay, and leather. Its kind of acidic. The wild yeast is pretty strong in the flavor profile. Reminds me of Orval and Grand Cru Brouscella. Tastes similar to a white wine and cider. There is also some kind of salty and sweaty taste I am getting as well.

Mouthfeel is kind of thick. Its definitly coating as well. Pretty much no carbonation.

I wouldnt buy this again. Its pretty tanic and acidic. There is nearly no carbonation and that doesnt help.

Dubber55, Apr 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

mikefuski17, Aug 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Feb 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

maxwelldeux, Jun 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

plato, Jan 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

dfhhead25, May 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

The1WineGuy, Feb 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

cowboy83, Apr 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

BeerThursdays, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of darklordlager
3.08/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Finally cracked the first beer I ever traded for. Reviewed 9/21/10.

A: Brilliant crystal-clear golden with a large head that dies down quickly but is easily roused.

S: Brett-y barnyard aroma greets the senses, along with some citric notes. Smells a bit chalky.

T: Citrus and barnyard as in the aroma. Has the funky horse-y taste of Wyeast's B. Brux, but the tartness and citric flavours of the B. Lambicus with which I am familiar. Finishes extraordinarily dry. Light fruitiness throughout--likely from a Belgian primary yeast (?) --Phenols are prominent, which are a bit distracting, with a "burnt" flavour that emerges as it opens up/warms.

M: Highly carbonated, nauseatingly so. Clashes with the bone-dry finish. Switched to an etched glass in an attempt to neutralize it, to no avail.

D: Having had NG R&D Golden Ale recently (and at nearly 1/2 the cost per mL) I much prefer that. The high carbonation and phenol/ester character with plastic-y notes I do not appreciate.

darklordlager, Sep 26, 2010
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3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2012 version poured into Ithaca tulip.

A: thin, clear, straw to gold in color, with a small head that leaves half of the top covered.

S: lemon zest, sourness, slight sweetness. The smell really falls flat after tasting it, but the first smell made me think this was a wild ale.

T: taste is very light, a little disappointing. It's slightly bitter and a bit fruity, but doesn't come close to the smell.

M: medium carbonation on a medium-light body makes for a crisp taste, but it has a very slightly chalky finish.

O: pretty average beer overall. Drinkability is high, but at the price of $20 per 750ml bottle, skip it.

Holland, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of Philousa
3.23/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Imbibed at Good Karma on 9/4/12.

Pours a pale yellow orange, clear. Delicate head that laces well. Lemon hits the nose first, then a slightly sour note. Sour, not funky. Malt is all but undetectable, but I'd guess Belgian or German Pils due to its barely there aroma. I can't tell if I'm just not getting any hops or if it's the lemon I'm getting. Some very slight berry aroma as well. Light malt and lemon hints start the taste off. Definite Brett funkiness comes out in the flavor. Then it goes bitter, but it's fairly mild. Grassy and herbal. MF is more viscous than what I would have expected from the nose, but it makes sense when you see the ABV. I suspect some sugar was used in the boil, as this is a dry finishing beer.

Respectable sour, somewhat complex, but it needs something to give the malt some character. It's fleeting as it is. A fruity tone or malt flavor would make this more than a stage for something else.

Philousa, Sep 07, 2012
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Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 703 ratings.