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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

668 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 668
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 90
Gots: 108 | FT: 9
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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Durtdiggler

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -14.6%

Dark cloudy golden more with frothy head and good retention.

Interesting aroma, very pungent and potent very estery with lemon zest.

Taste leaves me a bit dissapointed compared to the aroma. Kind of creamy overlaid with peppery notes but what feels like too much of a bitterness. Not finding any complexity in the flavor.

Mouth feel has good carbonation and creamy balance. Very soft.

The beer is different and perhaps I don't have a true appreciation for bret.

11-24-2011 20:54:58 | More by Durtdiggler
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SubpoenaDeuces

California

3.45/5  rDev -14.6%

Confluence, Allagash, American Wild Ale, 7.4%

A: Pours with a light straw color with some hazy lack of clarity and a moderate fluffy head with big bubbles.

S: The lemon is there, some mild hints of jasmine, but not a ton of complexity or wild bret character that I was expecting.

T: I almost feel like this was mislabeled from a witbier or a white ale into an American Wild Ale. I get the hazy wheat notes, biscuit, some honey, but absolutely none of the traditional aspects of the style. I noted some mild green grape with light tartness, but you really have to search for it. There is certainly no vinegar lacto finish or a wild aspect as most people think of it. Finally there is a dry chardonnay finish that is exceptionally fleeting.

M: The mouthfeel is light and crisp, almost no coating and a watery base to it. I want to like this beer more, but the classification has me all confounded with how they either underdid or missed the mark so badly on the wild aspect. It isn’t bad, but it is wild as the BYU campus. A lack of wildness abounds.

D: This is an exceptionally drinkable beer given the light malt, clean finish and crisp dry character. In this instance, I don’t feel that it is a good thing because it missed the mark that it allegedly was striving for. I can make an exceptionally drinkable stout by buying an Abyss and watering it up with 18oz of tap water, does that improve the style? It is debatable I suppose. Debate concluded, the answer is a resounding “no.”

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06-03-2011 07:02:51 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
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jwinship83

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -14.6%

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a couple of wine glasses and split with my family.

A- this one pours a cloudy golden yellow colored body with a small lasting white head. small rings of lacing left on the sides of my glass.

S- the smell is very subdued on this one. faintly earthy/musty. lemon peel. semi sweet grainy malts. pepper like spice. not really what i was looking for on this one. reminds me more of a saison.

T- the taste is equally bland. that pepper like spice is there, as is the lemon zest. somewhat sweet. decently earthy/musty. once again, this isnt what i was expecting.

M- light bodied with a high level of carbonation. crisp with a dry finish.

D- meh, one of the more boring members of the american wild family that comes with a high price tag. i probably wont be checking out the other bottle of this i have for a very long time. once again, it reminds me very much of a saison.

11-09-2009 22:19:39 | More by jwinship83
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seaoflament

California

3.45/5  rDev -14.6%

First beer I had at the Pizza Port Belgian Beer Party on March 28th.

Poured a slightly hazy apricot color with a thin head.

Fruity and tropical on the nose with notes of apricot, pineapple, funky brett, a bit spicy, crabapples, and grapes. A bit of pale malt sweetness as it warmed up.

Not what I was expecting, harsh and bitter plastic flavors, phenolic and yeasty with the first sip. The second sip was a little more enjoyable with flowers, light spices, and hints of fruit. Better along the way but not great. Semi-dry finish with medium carbonation.

Tasted like a spicy, yeasty, funky, single Belgian pale.

03-30-2009 04:01:48 | More by seaoflament
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elgiacomo

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -13.9%

16oz Growler batch code 2532 per the keg collar. Served at around 45F.

Pours clear golden amber with a tiny white head that leaves small spots of lacing and recedes to a very wispy cap.

Fruity aroma of apples, lemon, some vinegar, some funk, apples and lemon mostly. Good strength.

Flavor is more apple and lemon, citrus, honey, lightly funky, moderate sweetness in the middle, mild bitterness, mild alcohol.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied, oily, light carbonation.

Pretty good wild ale, but not complex enough really to warrant the high price tag on the bottles. Luckily the price per ounce on a growler fill was half that of the bottles so a worthwhile purchase to try something new.

11-26-2012 04:09:12 | More by elgiacomo
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dankjohn

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

07-19-2014 23:50:23 | More by dankjohn
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Reappropriated

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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emilylee

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

11-18-2012 05:45:14 | More by emilylee
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BeastLU

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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nebula1999

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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harripat

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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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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Drknight

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

03-08-2014 14:55:33 | More by Drknight
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

01-26-2012 07:13:14 | More by ygtbsm94
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ReeseMax3

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

12-29-2012 07:49:38 | More by ReeseMax3
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HollyHops

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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IrishColonial

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

05-26-2014 20:18:36 | More by IrishColonial
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

11-22-2011 21:39:29 | More by brandoman63
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Dbot

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

01-01-2014 00:04:59 | More by Dbot
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facesnorth

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

06-18-2014 04:22:23 | More by facesnorth
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AnHeroicHippo

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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marct

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

11-12-2012 01:17:12 | More by marct
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gafferjohn

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

01-17-2012 01:41:39 | More by gafferjohn
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antoines15

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

04-19-2012 01:03:56 | More by antoines15
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

11-19-2011 00:35:30 | More by Gatordaddy
Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 668 ratings.