Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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90
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235 Reviews
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Reviews: 235
Hads: 810
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 113
Gots: 155 | FT: 12
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:
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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Photo of Rukasu
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet, pours a hazy pale gold with a thick, dense, long-lasting white head.

Crazy floral scents--beach rose, lavender maybe, and sweet fruits.

Floral taste carries over. Slight bitterness from the wild yeasts, sweetness with white grape notes, grass, and earth

Light, champagne-like effervescence. Light bodied which makes it surprisingly easy drinking.

(750ml bottle - Mar. 2011 edition) (407 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

January 2009 Bottle Date; Sampled July 2009
A very careful pour yields a billowing, off-white colored head that starts out a glass filling four-fingers in height, plus adds an additional, almost two-fingers of structurally sound height above the rim of my 25cl tulip glass. The head only slowly recedes, forming nice structural formations as it does so as well as leaving nice lacing patterns on the sides of my glass. Nice aromas of ripe pear, floral melon and apple are noticed as I visually inspect this beer. The beer is a hazy, pale amber color that shows an orange-gold hue when held up to the light. A nice, slightly grassy, cracker-like grain aromatic quickly yields to a firm, but not dominating, funky Brettanomyces note that provides notes of light phenols, a musty blanket note, plus a touch of muskiness. The fruit character is the most recognizable character in the nose though, with nice notes of Meyer Lemon, orange zest, and a touch of honeysuckle joining the afore-mentioned ripe fruit notes. There is an earthy yeastiness to the aroma that melds nicely with the fresh grain notes.

Nice and effervescent as it hits my tongue, the beer is a bit drier than the expressive, up front fruit aromatics might have suggested. This is very light bodied, but still has a hint of body and viscousness to it especially in the finish where it manages to just stick to the palate. Slightly tart and tasting of ripe green apples, some floral melon qualities as well as some notes of ripe pear. These notes morph into a orange-zest like citrus note towards the finish that tends to linger for a bit on the palate. Musty Brettanomyces notes add a certain woody white pepper note, a touch of phenolic soaked cotton ball flavors, some spiciness that is similar to oak. There is some more structure in the finish from a nice hop bitterness that is noticeable, but not domineering. There is perhaps just a hint of malt sweetness to this beer, much of the time I think I am imagining it because of the floral fruit notes found here, but there does seem to be a touch of something that boosts the malt character just a hint. Other malt notes of unsalted saltine crackers, a touch of grassiness and a nice crushed pale malt note.

This beer remains stubbornly effervescent until the end of the bottle; this works quite well with this quaffable-beyond-its-alcohol beer. I like the balance in the flavor between the spicy fermentation notes, the fruit, the pale malt and the fresh hop character that this brew has. At times the zesty hop character really comes through quite well; this must have been quite a bit more hoppy when freshly released. It is eminently quaffable with just enough Brettanomyces influence to keep my interest piqued throughout. Definitely a wonderful effort and I like that the Allagash house Brett strain has run rough-shod over the rest of the beer (though that can be nice at times too). I wish I had a couple more bottles of this to age. (2,960 characters)

Photo of Patrick999
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been excited about the idea of opening this one. The weather reverted back to summery saison/wild ale weather, so it seems like a perfect Friday afternoon for this.

I chose a tulip glass. The cork blasted out in a loud report, without too much coaxing. Large fizzy head with a lot of small bubbles over a bright clear white-gold body. It definitely has that "warm weather beer" look to it. A looker, no doubt.

Very typical good "funky saison" aroma of orange blossom, rosewater, underripe nectarine, hay, and wet leather. A little pungent yeast/sweaty sock aroma comes in as it warms.

One sip, and it's clear that our friend Brettanomyces has had free reign in the bottle for the past year, as this is dessicatingly dry. There's a big hit of white pepper up front, along with some real crackling, palate-scrubbing carbonation. After that, green stonefruit and some pineapple essence make cameo appearances before the surprisingly zesty hop character ushers in the inevitable dry, peppery-with-a-hint-of-wet-earth finish. Very refreshing in its dry intensity, I'm surprised there is as much hop as there is, at exactly one year old.

Upon first pour, I feel that it does come off as slightly over-carbonated. Let it breathe for a couple minutes in the glass, however, and this will not be a problem at all.

As you might imagine, it's an easy drinker for saison aficionados. Unfortunately, I am drinking this straight up - it would excel with many food pairings, I'd imagine. Mushroom risotto? Smoked salmon? Mussels? Clams? It's an overall pleasure to drink, and to review. Yes, it is a little pricey, but saison lovers should pull the trigger on this at least once. (1,678 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (588 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a light hazy gold with a small white cap that slowly fizzles out into a heavy collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of funky floral characterisitics, barnyard funk, interesting lemony hops, earth-like minerals.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with more lemony zest coming through with a floral, and honey flavors, with a mild hoppiness coming through. (414 characters)

Photo of Kbogac
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark cloudy yellow with a nice thick inch of foam that dissipates to a ring with some lacing. Scent is fruity. Banannas, citrus and Belgium. Fruit forward taste. Banannas and citrus with nice mild sour. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Overall this is a great beer. Easy drinking and approachable sour. Highly recommended. (331 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 750ml sent to me in a BIF! Thanks!

A- Body is a nearly opaque golden yellow hue. Cloudiness is uniform. Pours with a massive, crazy 3 finger+ head-pretty much a gusher-but salvageable. Head fades to a nice foamy 1 finger or so and leaves a ton of lacing behind in the glass.

S- Nose is hoppy, funky, and very good overall. Lots of sour lemon, floral hops, spicy bready yeast, and some funk.

T- Flavor is very similar to the nose. There is a good balance between all these aspects described in the nose upfront. The floral hops intensify for the finish with some accompanying bitterness and some sour lemon lingers as well.

M- High carbonation with a light yet full body. Dry and spritzy with some yeast presence.

D- This is an awesome beer. Certainly wild and funky. A good member of the miscellaneous pale belgian category-but slightly wilder. Reminds me of a saison. Another wonderful allagash brew. (911 characters)

Photo of FembotsUnite
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear straw hue with an eggshell head that took its time leaving. Lacing coats the glass. Nice legs.

Aroma: Wonderful for the brett lovers among us. Complex yet light, bready and floral. Just enough barnyard funk to make you curious, like spotting the white rabbit darting down its hole.

Flavor: Follows the nose, and now that I know it's barrel aged it makes perfect sense. The brett adds a nice sour finish that is smoothed by the aging process. Try it. Try it now.

Mouthfeel: Silky indeed. Medium-bodied. Gorgeous.

Overall: This might be in my top five desert-island beers. In fact, I'd like to curl up with a sixtel of this on an abandoned beach somewhere for a week or three. Tell drunken stories and whatnot. (739 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was on draft at Churchkey in D.C. a while back. I'm finally entering my back-logged reviews from my notebook.

A: This beer appears a hazy shade of yellow with a medium-sized head that leaves a fair amount of lacing as it recedes.

S: Apples, pears, white wine, yeast.

T: I really like this beer. It's not incredibly sour (I like incredibly sour), but a wild ale doesn't need to assault your cheeks with a sour bomb to have merit. All of the aspects listed in the aroma shine through nicely. The flavors are well integrated and flow together in nice harmony. Very tasty stuff.

M: Decent feel. I do wish it was slightly more sour.

D: Wonderfully smooth and quaffable. Effortless. (686 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16 into a Leviathan goblet.

A: Clear gold body with a steady narrow stream of bubbles rising to an attractive 3/4" cap of creamy white foam. Pretty good retention and lots of lace. Simply gorgeous.

S: Big funky wave of lightly tart brett aroma up front, backed up with lemon, clove, and more traditional Belgian yeast esters. SOme toasty malt underlies it all, but the funky, fruity, spicy yeast is beyond dominant, and really enjoyable.

T: Like the nose, funk starts things off, but soon recedes to make way for a flavor profile like that of a more traditional Belgian golden ale - fruity esters, light spice, and bready malt. The aftertaste is clean and hugely reminiscent of Duvel - which is, of course, a good thing.

M: Medium bodied with lots of soft effervescence - very lively, yet restrained. Excellent.

D: I'll keep ordering these as long as I'm here and the keg is flowing, but thats partly because it's way cheaper than buying a bottle.

Notes: While quite tame for a wild ale, this is simply a fantastic Belgian-style beer. I don't know if it's quite $20/bottle fantastic, though, so (as always) thank God for the Prime 16 happy hour!

Cheers! (1,176 characters)

Photo of Casey10
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (301 characters)

Photo of sk8man121
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*My 100th review; yay beer!*

On-tap at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME.

A: Pours a brilliant, semi-transparent and almost metallic orange with straw highlights. 1-finger head settles into a slick and leaves creamy lacing around the glass.

S: Spicy barnyard funk, white grape and a complex fruitiness. Smells immaculate.

T: Funk is over the top on this batch (much more than on previous batches, IMHO); reminiscent of their (usually) superior Interlude. Strong brettanomyces, fruit and supple center transitions into a dry, champagne-like feel feel and taste; not too far off from what Orval feels and tastes like. Very mineral-heavy.

M: Carbonation is medium and sticks with the whole taste, dying off at the very end and resulting in somewhat of a flat finish.

O: Aside from Interlude, this would have to be my favorite regular offering from Allagash. Bone-dry and mineral-focused, it's the perfect vehicle for the wild brett yeast that really transforms this. Can't think of a better 100th beer to review!

Perfect in (almost) every way. (1,050 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
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! (784 characters)

Photo of jtrem14
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (1,065 characters)

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! (687 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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! (1,039 characters)

Photo of pdoran10
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (892 characters)

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. (493 characters)

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. (883 characters)

Photo of hopdog
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (276 characters)

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+ (799 characters)

Photo of NuclearRich
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (916 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (459 characters)

Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.