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Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Confluence AleAllagash Confluence Ale

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700 Ratings

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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 91
Gots: 112 | 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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4/5  rDev -1%

waiting4lunch, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

HopStoopid120, Nov 21, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -7.7%

Poured into a snifter (1st pour) & a tulip (2nd pour) on 8/3/10

January 2009

Bright, glowing golden hue; a very pretty color. Doesn't look very cloudy, just has a nice depth to it. Carbonation is vigorous resulting in two fingers of lightly seated bubbles of foam. The head has dropped to 1/8th inch; swirling does well to revive a solid layer. Decent retention. Nice swaths of lace all drip down with each sip. Lacing is better in the tulip.

The aroma is light & rather crisp. Floral & grassy tones drift about & intertwine with a moderate barnyard funk. Notes of hay & lemongrass. The cleaner aspects of the floral & grass notes make it seem more akin to a prairie, as the funk isn't overly pronounced. Better yet, possibly an orchard; wisps of tart apples abound. Hints of citrus zest, pear & a touch of pepper.

Ah, betrayed by the nose, Confluence actually tastes quite tart. Tangy notes of apple with pear & lively lemon zest. Kind of peppery & floral. Grassiness doesn't seem as notable as in the aroma. On the whole, what I presume to be Brett-induced funk is more restrained than I might expect. As it warms though, the funky flavors become more apparent, as the tartness subsides a bit. Though good, it never delivers on the complexity of the aroma.

Medium-light body with a penchant for crispness. Carbonation is pretty high. Initially it is extremely vigorous, though over time it does chill out a tad. Even still, it always remains active. Overall, it's dry. The beer finishes with an odd, almost waxy coating, which I find strange. Despite moderate abv, I suppose it could pass for numbing. Other than that, the finish is surprisingly clean.

Confluence Ale is an easy drinking Wild Ale, though it isn't quite seated in the upper-tier. Enjoyable, but for the price I'd be more inclined to check out Allagash's other beers before I drink this one again.

Ryan011235, Aug 07, 2010
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4.4/5  rDev +8.9%

Poured into a tulip from a 2010 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice hazy strong golden straw color with a nice 1 inch head that is pretty dense and starts to recede at a moderate pace. There are some bigger bubbles scattered around the head. The head is nice and clean white and recedes finally to a thin film with a great sticky ring around the glass.

S - Nice malt and spice up front with some mild clove in there as well. Quite peppery and delicious. Slight vinous tartness is definitely in the nose from the yeast. Nice phenols and musty funk round out a very nice nose.

T & M - Yum. Delicious dry grainy start. Nice sweet and fruity flavors including some apple and slight lemon. The tartness is present but fades quickly. It is a very fluffy and nicely carbonated with some nice musty and funny farmhouse flavors. It finishes extremely dry almost like a white wine and there is a pretty substantial bitterness that goes along with the dryness. There is a great spicy and peppery flavor that works well with how crisp and clean the beer is.

D - Delicious with a lower ABV (relatively) and very refreshing and crisp mouthfeel. I could definitely drink a couple of these 750ml bottles on a warm day sitting on a nice shaded porch.

JoEBoBpr, Sep 02, 2010
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3.53/5  rDev -12.6%

On-tap at Publick House. 12oz serving into a chalice.

A- Slightly hazy yellowish golden with about a quarter finger of foamy white head that has minimal bubbles but nice retention that leaves spotty lacing. Not too much carbonation.

S- Slightly tart lemon with spices, some citrus hops, and a bit of earthiness. Not too tart and definitely more spices then your average wild. About average to slightly above average aroma strength.

T- Lightly tart lemon, spices, some light hops, finishes with a weird aftertaste that almost resembles a slightly tart Belgian Triple with a slight artificial almost plastic taste. I did not care for the finish on this beer at all.

M- Fairly light, pretty much no alcohol burn which makes it fairly easy to drink, the light tartness is felt more on the tongue with a tingling effect more then in the taste or smell.

O- I wasn't overly impressed with this beer. I guess being a wild from Allagash and being highly recommended from the bar tender I was expecting a lot more. To me the beer felt like a slightly lemony Triple that they tried to sour a little bit. There wasn't much tartness and the tartness that was there I felt just didn't fit in the beer very well. I probably wouldn't order this again, but I could maybe see how some people might like it.

jaasen64, Oct 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

PatGreer, May 13, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured an explosive cloudy copper with a head that takes a while to settle. Earthy aroma replete with brett and fruit. White apples, pear, and citrus zest mixed with Belgian yeast. Funky. Both in the nose and taste. Yet, the funk is the pleasant variety that enhances the sweetness of the underlying brew. More apples and now a vinuous quality pop up. Pleasant trippel-like spice and body. Wouldn't really call this a sour beer, as it is more earthy and fruity than anything else. Nice.

magictrokini, Dec 18, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Review from notes taken while I enjoyed this beer on tap at The Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL with (among others) my two brothers-in-law Steven and Mat August 21st, 2010. Mat lives within minutes of this place and we enjoy visiting there when I am in town.

A Creamy, thick white head over a yellow opaque, hazy body with great lacing! 4.0

S Cloves, fruit, heat of alcohol and a measure of "funk." Peppery and ultimately interesting. 4.5

T Spicy, peppery sweet malt with some hops. The taste is complex, interesting and repeated sips rewarded me with several different realizations about the taste. The taste of this beer demands your attention. 4.0

M Smooth physical feel but sharp spice notes break that up. Feel is interesting as well! 4.0

D Good due at least in part to interesting tastes, feel. 4.0

adamette, Aug 30, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

bobv, Jul 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

NJBeer265, Jun 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

hardy008, Nov 10, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1%

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Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.