Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Allagash Confluence AleAllagash Confluence Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

235 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

(Read More)
Reviews: 235
Hads: 810
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 113
Gots: 156 | 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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Allagash Confluence Ale Alström Bros
Reviews: 235 | Hads: 810
Photo of hillvt4me
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Blurred yellow color; minimal Snowa white head at the top; strong lacing in the glass.

S: Spice, bread and citrus

T: A tinge of sour to a yeast and mild citrus infusion; some fresh hops.

M: Light bodied, missing some carbonation, dry finish.

O: Overall balanced beer; could hit a alittle more on flavor. (310 characters)

Photo of hayesez
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this one up on a recent trip to New York City. Split between some friends over a game of Euchre.

Poured into my Bruery tulip. Pours a nice clear golden color with just a bit of sediment coming in at the end. A nearly white fluffy cap went from two fingers to one over the first few minutes. Sporadic lace was left when all was said and done.

Smell was more mild than I anticipated with some sour funkiness and some fruitiness. Maybe a bit of yeast as well.

Taste followed suit and was a bit on the mild side. Had a slightly sour lemon-like fruit taste that slowly morphed into a bretty finish. A fairly light bodied beer with near champagne carbonation...a bit too much for me, although I know many like this in their wild ales. Has a nice clean finish.

Overall, I must admit that I was a bit disappointed with this beer. Don't get me wrong, it was still good, but fell a bit short of my expectations. After this beer, we split its cousin "Interlude" and found it to be a notch better.

Consumed: 3/12/2010 (1,017 characters)

Photo of LauraAlberts
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden Amber with a nice finger's worth of head.

Smell: As usual with Allagash, exceptional nose. Coriander, Saffron, Orange Peel, faint lime.

Taste: Nice soft effervescencse - drinks like a tripel. That classic Belgian Spice with Faint Roasty nut/Caramel on the end that turns fruity. I taste elements of the pilsners that are blended in. An expansive taste that will unfold as the beer opens up.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Full bodied with a soft effervescent tannin.

Drinkability: I'd sit back, sip and enjoy this new stellar addition to the Rob Tod Collection. Rob, Thanks for another great beer! (610 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 MagicJeff
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my snifter

Appearance: Not much head, straw body.

Smell: Bready lemon. Some slight funk and slight banana. Hay.

Taste: Slightly tart citrus lemon. Some clove and a little spice from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied and very drinkable.

Overall: The only reason I pulled the trigger on this one is that Total Wine knocked the price down to $12 for a bomber. Which is fair IMO--not sure if it's worth having at $19.99. Either way, it's a well crafted beer and I would like to try other offerings from Allagash. (553 characters)

Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had been looking for some Confluence for a long time, and found it yesterday at ChurchKey. Easily my favorite beer of the night. I wasn't sure how it would be on the wildness spectrum, so was pleasantly surprised when I tried it.

It starts off with a fruity sweetness and borderline-syrupy body that's kept on the right side of the line by spot-on carbonation. The bubbles spew some of those bretty notes at you, which you get up front, along with some grape and apple tastes. The wildness doesn't come until the end, but brings a perfect drying taste with which it finishes. Very balanced and not too abrasive. (614 characters)

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 jfmorey
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip at Pizzeria Paradiso.

Appearance: Orange-Yellow with a nice dense head

Smell: Nothing much in the aroma

Taste: A pleasant citrus/spice taste that finishes with hops

Certainly better than average but not very memorable, which was a disappointment. (270 characters)

Photo of DawnL
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this at an Allagash tasting on 7/23/2009. It was a rooftop bar - hard to get anything off the nose when the wind was whipping the aroma of the beer across the isle of manhattan!

What Allagash had to say:
A complex malty profile with a sweet and spicy citrus aroma and a lingering silky mouth feel. made with two types of yeast strains and a blend of domestic and imported malts, this special release is aged in stainless steel tanks then dry-hopped. 7.5% abv

What I had to say:
Head is a thick white that does not dissipate. There is grapefruit and spice with something soapy/funky with an underlying fruit that I can't really identify. It is drinkable but not in large quantities - I think the flavor I'm getting is banana and cloves. This is an interesting brew. (772 characters)

Photo of imagineiii
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on cask at American Flatbread in Burlington.

Beautiful cask pour with a full inch of head in the tulip in which it was served. light golden in color. retention is great.

smells more like a triple than anything. melon, apple and phenols. sweet.

Tart fruits are obvious. green apples and white grapes. bitterness is there but way at the back of the palate.

smooth but i think that has alot to do with the undercarbonation of the cask serving. has a mouthfeel like a white wine.

with the tartness of the fruits in the beer, the drinkabity is much like a white wine; slightly syrupy. (593 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 Dubber55
2.94/5  rDev -27%
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. (813 characters)

Photo of dborginis
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually try not to read reviews before I review, but I was in the store (Capone's) not sure which bottles to grab, so I looked then to pick what to buy.

Based on some reviews I knew this was an explosive beer. I undid the cage under a towel. While I was putting the cage in the trash, I heard a POP, and the towel had caught the cork. No spewing, luckily. A fun first for me!

Very heady upon the pour, had to let it sit, even with a gentle pour. A clovey, horse blankety smell. I had the interlude a month before and expected the nice sour belgian ale flavor. I got a funky, clovey, sour and sweet flavor. Some decent hop bitterness as well. The first few sips were a little too funky but as the bottle went on, it was a great flavor. My fiance liked it too and she's not a big sour/funk person. I figure it was a good balance. A fair ABV for the taste involved. (866 characters)

Photo of detlefchef
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brilliant golden color with fine white head
Aromas of honey funk (bee pollen?)
Super rich flavors of leeks and chestnuts
Very polished and almost no sour quality.

Honestly, I would have never guessed this was a bret beer.

Served in a flight with Oro de Calabaza and Ommegang Ommegeddon with grilled white shrimp with tomatillo-peach salsa (340 characters)

Photo of Durtdiggler
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (469 characters)

Photo of Maction
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This pours transparent gold, with no visible bubbles. It has an off-white frothy head that quickly dissolves.

S: I smell honeysuckle, sweet oranges, dandelion greens, some bitter herbs, and perhaps a hint of plantain.

T: I taste sweet lemon, leather, and edible flowers, with an ashy finish.

M. This feel heavy in my mouth, with light but prickly carbonation that keep the flavors moving in my mouth.

D: This is complex drink that seems evolve with each sip. I could easily see killing a bomber of this by myself. (520 characters)

Photo of zep9865
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed courtesy of aasher. Poured into New Belgium snifter with 4 fingers of soapy white foam head. Color is a faded orange with a hint of copper.

I smell some lemon on the nose and lots of orange. The smell is rather tame for a wild.

The lemon that i could smell on the nose fades quickly into belgian yeast and some hops. Almost tastes a little bit more like a kolsch or wheat. I taste some orange as well.

I like the mouthfeel of this beer. Beer moves from slightly tart to sweet to bitter.

Not overly impressed with this beer but it does have session quality. There aren't any flavors or taste notes that really stand out (630 characters)

Photo of ScarletLady
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice light orange color with white head and almost no lacing. Served up in a wine glass.

Smelled wonderful, slighty sour - kinda like a cider. Nicely carbonated. Paired up really well with the seafood i had. Not overpowering in flavor with an good balance of sour and hops. This was my first wild ale and i really liked and will drink it again (353 characters)

Photo of bceagles39
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on draft at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, Maine on May 2, 2010.

Hazy golden color, foamy head that went down pretty fast but left average/good lacing.

Funky smell right up front. Funk continues in to the taste, hint of citrusy sweetness and some sips were very tart.

Very easy drinking if you like the tartness. Earthy, hay-like finish. (346 characters)

Photo of Hands22
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ (Seal Beach).

A- pours a murky dark straw color with a long-lasting, thick white head. Great lacing. 

S- spicy and citrusy. A little funky Brett character adds to the complexity. 

T- spicy with some Brett again. The sourness compliments but doesn't overwhelm. Get a little bit of vinous flavors, too. Finishes dry. 

M- medium-low body. High carbonation. 

O- a great Belgian-style ale. The sourness is mellow and adds complexity without detracting from drinkability. (499 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 frothyhead
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a nice near-white two finger head into a tulip.

Nose is slightly funky and sour with a sugary sweetness. Wet leather, lemon citrus, some yeast breadiness, a little bittle of alcohol bite and just a small amount of hop aroma coming through.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation and a pretty dry finish.

Taste is not as wild as expected, with a decent amount of hop bitterness being the most noticable attribute. There is some bretty funk here, but not much. A solid light malt backbone throws a bit of sweetness and breadiness up front and then gives way to the dry, bitter hop finish. Lemon citrus mingling in between it all.

Drinkability is pretty high, as it's tasty enough and the carbonation, slight bitterness, dryness and lighter body all combine to make it easily quaffable.

Overall this is a decent brew. Unfortunately, it doesn't quite live up to the high hopes I had for it. I love most Allagash brews, and I love everything wild and sour that I can get my hands on, but this one falls a little flat on both fronts. I wouldn't normally mention the price/value of a beer, but these big Allagash brews can run a pretty penny and I almost definitely would not pay the $20+ for this again. That said, it's still an above average and enjoyable beer. Being a recent bottling, it IS still young at this point and I'd like to see how the brett plays out with a couple years in the cellar. If this could crank the sour just a bit, I think it'd be much better. As it is right now, I tastes more like a Belgian IPA than a wild ale. (1,598 characters)

Photo of ClarkHimself
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a birthday bottle package from my cousin Tim... thanks Timmer!

A: Nice creamy white cloud of head that subsides to a gentle lacing around the glass. Nice sticky-icky from start to finish.

S: Smells "funky," in the best of ways. I think this is where the Brett really comes out. Hits my salivary glands like a swift kick to the groin.

T: After that nice funky sour smell, it's really strange to NOT get the mouth-puckering deliciousness that usually follows. It was a pleasant surprise though, as this beer is crazy well-balanced. Slight citrus-tart with a nice hop presence.

M: Nice carbonation. Feels as a pale ale should, not heavy but has a presence.

O: Awesome. (679 characters)

Photo of BrianJohnson
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, golden color. Very much like a Belgian ale, with a clean, white, three-finger head. Smells like a dubbel almost - has that fruity, Belgian smell to it. Taste is like a mixture of 25% sour and 75% dubbel. There's a tiny, tiny hint of sour. But the beer is very light, has a very nice lacing on the glass as you drink it down. Very reminiscent of a dubbel, with the fruit taste. Very enjoyable beer - will definitely have again. (440 characters)

Photo of 6DaysBottomOcean
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Cork popped like rocket but didnt gush. Was immediately overcome by an intoxicating light fruity aroma with a touch of sourness, makes me think of a red, yellow and green sourpatch kid combined. Taste is as smooth and delicate as the aroma suggests, sourness is nuanced not dominant. Mouthfeel is light and almost fizzy though the head dissipated quickly. This is insanely drinkable, another quality brew from Allagash. (419 characters)

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