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Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

670 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 670
Reviews: 225
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

fabulous Belgian, and I am so glad I aged it and it worked.Belgian yeast aroma, a bit funky. Delicious complex poached fruit, what a treat with supper.Creamy soft mouthfeel with a drop of lemon in the finish.Mellow and masterful.
2012 just as good, from bottle at brewery tasting room. Brett, funky, house yeast. Cloudy blonde with large head (and I didn't pour!) A little marmalade taste.

03-11-2012 02:47:20 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -1%

08-18-2012 12:39:33 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

On tap for Allagash night at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy splotches of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, spices, and some light sour/tart lemon-like aromas. Taste is very much the same but there is also a yeast flavor that I am getting as well. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but it's a very mild sour all around.

03-22-2012 05:09:37 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

01-13-2012 13:01:24 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +1%

A: Pours a hazy light golden reminiscent of many American wheats; atop this sits an incredible rocky and craterous (probably making that word up) head with plenty of lacing as it goes down.

S: A little bit of hay and funk and a slight acidic character. Some definite lemon and citrus characteristics along with hints of green apple peel.

T: Some bready biscuit malts backs up the rest of the flavors; odd to be able to taste this much malt in a wild ale, but not a bad thing at all. Hay, a bit of earth, and some nice funkiness. Not too much of a sour character. Lemon zest comes through as well.

M: Very nice and clean for all that it has going on. Plenty of carbonation and little to no alcohol flavor.

D: Nice all around. Not the best AWA that I've had, but nice and a little bit different.

05-04-2010 10:55:15 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1%

09-09-2012 04:27:30 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down but has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of oak and sourness in the nose.
T: A light to moderate amount of sourness from the brettanomyces is present in this beer, which also has flavors of wheat with notes of lemons. The finish has some hints of spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. The sourness is a nice complement but does not overpower the other aromas or flavors.

02-05-2012 14:48:04 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +1.2%

February 2010 bottling

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw color with a massive head that sticks like glue. leaving clumps of foam

Smell: Light fruits (pear and green apple), toasted bread, straw, grassy hops and barnyard funk

Taste: Tart fruit flavors, up front, with the green apple and pear joined quickly by the barnyard funk; by mid-palate, the grassy hops arrive to provide an unusual twist; the finish is dry and a bit oaky, though the tartness lingers along with the grassy hops

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation and a tingle from the sourness

Overall: The hops in a sour beer add an interesting dimension, though I prefer my wild ales to be a little more straightforward

04-30-2011 20:46:30 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

05-16-2014 08:16:55 | More by zestar
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.99/5  rDev -1.2%

Pushing more and more into the world of wine, the dry ales of Allagash force an incredible level of dryness, fruitiness and acidity that's description reads much more vinous than beer-like.

The ale pours with a sparkling light gold as it streams with expressive carbonation. Easily mistaken for champagne, its bright clarity pops with its slightly fizzy, slightly frothy effervescence. Its light and fluffy head is loosely knit and quickly succumbs to its acidity and its dry malt body. With little lace on the glass- the ale looks more like chardonnay than Belgian ale.

Its vibrant aroma is bountiful with tart white grape, apple, lime and a cork-like mustiness. Mild earthen tones of grass, leaf and dried citrus peels extend into a mild white pepper note. Its acidic character tickles the nose heading into that first sip.

Its cidery taste is dry and acute with green apple, white grapes, limes and grapefruit. Its short-lived bready sweetness is like water crackers that dissolve on the front of the tongue. Its acidic middle palate introduces those tart and under-ripened fruits and berries until the hoppy finish leads to mild spicy bitterness that trails with lemongrass and hay.

The ale bounces off the tongue with ease as its strong bubbles accents its dryness and forces a quick and assured finish, much sooner than the mouth prefers. This causes much of its exploration of taste to occur in aftertaste rather than its initial taste. As the ale evaporates off the palate, it finishes quick, clean and acidic; and with slight herbal astringency and mild powdery wood texture.

Forget champagne. For those special celebrations, reach for Confluence Ale instead. Its added earthen complexity makes for a greater culinary experience without sacrificing the bubbles, body or bounce.

11-04-2013 18:17:26 | More by BEERchitect
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

from notes

notes of tart grape skins, cherries and loads of funk, some light spiciness and a decent touch of oak. lots of dark fruit, tart funkiness and a nice earthy, woodsy like smell blending together very nicely on this one. Silk like smoothness, and the finest carbonation bubbles, really well done in that regard. ;ots of sour in here right up front with frapes and light lemon like citrus taking over. Rolling through some nice notes of cherry then came over me. Decent funkiness in through the middle and the finish, but it was actually almost blended out by a cherry like sweetness and more hints at a sugary touch.

08-03-2011 21:44:25 | More by mikesgroove
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

05-26-2013 23:50:22 | More by acurtis
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of dry Brett notes with a lightly sweet malt profile and some dry European style hops. Taste is quite refreshing with some clear Brett notes that are well balance with the lightly sweet malt backbone. Dry hops also provide some further enjoyment. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done and refreshing for the style.

05-21-2010 16:42:10 | More by Phyl21ca
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womencantsail

California

4.08/5  rDev +1%

2009 Release

A: The cork shot out of the neck of the bottle as soon as I loosened the cage, but no sign of gushing at all. The pour is a nice, clear golden yellow color with a huge white head.

S: Lightly bretty and quite fruity on the nose. Lots of apples, pineapples, peaches, a bit of lemon zest and some floral hop notes.

T: The flavor is quite earthy with the same fruity sweetness displayed in the nose. Lots of apples, pears, and peaches along with a slight yeasty spice ester. The beer is quite dry on the finish.

M: Highly carbonated with a medium body and a dry finish, despite a decent amount of sweetness.

D: Not my favorite wild ale, but certainly a different take on the style (read: not sour). A good fruitiness which I really enjoyed.

07-10-2010 01:47:28 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -1%

01-22-2013 00:58:45 | More by kjkinsey
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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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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%

03-11-2013 05:18:37 | More by spycow
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

11 ounce goblet - $8.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Lightly hazed, dull, darkened yellow body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Sweetish, funky, tart nose of thin hints of malts alongside wafting phenolic aromas, discarded fruit husks, leafy herbs, sour lemons, earthy hops, and some funky, stale sweat Brett notes. As it warms, some curious touches of white pepper and even mustard powder emerge.

Taste: Delicate maltiness with some slight pilsner qualities and a few carefully administered drops of simple syrup. Then, all at once, it's strongly phenolic, but it's softened by some fruity tastes of ripe peaches, muscadine jelly, and melon. The flavor is punctuated by sporadic pops of tartness. Subtle Brett funkiness. Seemingly spicy, earthy hops provide a modest amount of hop bitterness. Eventually, a taste of sour lemon juice cut with still mineral water enters the picture. Light acidity. A hint of peppery alcohol and fresh florals and then it's off to the dry, phenolic, vaguely fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly soft-textured mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Reasonably complex and more than interesting enough to hold my attention throughout the full eleven ounces served to me. Each sip presents something a little bit different and duly requires a second sip, a third sip, etc. Recommended if you're a fan of the sour ales and aren't turned off by the price tag.

06-03-2009 18:13:18 | More by ChainGangGuy
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

12-15-2013 22:01:24 | More by kylehay2004
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

03-08-2014 04:18:54 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

This wild ale poured out as a slightly hazy golden color. The head was solid looking and had plenty of retention. The lacing was a little sticky but doesn't really coat the glass too much. The smell of the beer had a generous amount of funk on the nose, not the most appealing of smell in my opinion. The taste a little bit of a tart flavor to it but it's actually not too bad. The other flavors are a little floral with just a touch of yeast in there too. The mouthfeel is light and fairly drinkable. Overall this beer is pretty good for the style. I would probably drink this one again.

07-13-2011 14:42:04 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -18.3%

Served in a ChurchKey house snifter.

I haven't had too many wilds in my career, so I jumped a bit when I saw this guy on tap at ChurchKey. The pour goes just as I suspected, resulting in a somewhat hazy champagne gold; the head consists of a ring o' large bubbles that don't last the length of the drink. The nose is wild and fruity, with notes of white grapes, brett funk, and grapefruits. The taste is not all that different, spotlighting orange peels, bananas, cloves, a dry slap of bitter hops, and the skin of some mandarin oranges (I have no other way to describe that last one...took me almost ten minutes just to come up with that). Unfortunately for me, the more bitter aspects were what shined through, drowning out the more fruity, sour, wild notes. Overall, it tasted like biting into an orange, peel and all, just before the fruit is ripe. The body is light, with moderate carbonation (less than I expected, for some strange reason) and a rather dry finish. I gotta say I was underwhelmed with this beer; not disgusted or anything like that, but definitely disappointed.

05-21-2010 14:36:27 | More by TMoney2591
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

11-15-2011 18:33:25 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1%

11-15-2011 00:36:53 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

2.8/5  rDev -30.7%

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.

06-22-2009 05:00:23 | More by largadeer
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Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 670 ratings.