Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Confluence AleAllagash Confluence Ale

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Ratings: 792
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 109
Gots: 146 | FT: 13
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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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Ratings: 792 | Reviews: 241
Photo of mothman
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an urthel tulip type glass.

Pours 1 finger of bright white head. Amazing retention. Probably the best I have ever seen. Nice splattered lace left as well. Color is a dark burnt orange.

Aoma: lemon, grassy hops, funky barnyard flavors, big brett notes as well. I also get yeast flavors and spices. Very solid beer.

Taste: Lots of spices, lemon, brett, grassy hops, some barnyard funk. A quite tasty beer and I almost gave it a 4.5.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, bubbly, and refreshing. Medium bodied with a wonderful amount of carbonation. Ends just slightly dry, but pretty clean.

Overall, I was very impressed with this allagash offering. This beer was well done. I am very impressed and it is very drinkable. This would be something I would definitely pick more up of.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at TJ's for their 8th Anniversary.

Confluence has a bright gold going into hay yellow color to it with a sparse amount of loose white bubbles, not creamy in looks and no streaks. Smell is grassy with some light fruit, pear, a nice whiff of minir bugs, brett. Some flower essense becoming pungent over time. Taste comes off with alot of refined brett with spicy Belgian yeast with some bitterness on the end. Not all that sour, I could not say this is even tart, more like a saison with brett in taste and feel. Confluence has a mediumish feel with active bubbles off the tap. This has a lot going for it taste wise but it aint all that wild. I would/could drink a bunch of this but at $25 a bottle i'll pass. Glad it's off the spout.

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

Since I didn't want to pony up a Jackson for a bottle, I was happy to see it on-tap at Beachwood,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with a puffy looking white head, good lace.

S: White pepper, Brett is clearly evident, a yeasty smell as opposed to a bacterial one as most wilds tend to have.

T: Belgian fermented malt, lemon rind, with heavy white pepper and a ton of Brett which I greatly enjoyed. Bitter yeast flavours. Has a sourness which is real light on the finish.

M: Very dry, light acidity, medium-bodied, a very smooth beer.

D: This was very different than most wild ales you come across, it reminded me of a mix of Orval and Interlude in some ways. This beer is still heavily Belgian-influenced with a hint of America.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Semi cloudy, yellowy amber, with a sparkling near white head that trails fine and scattered lacing. Fruity nose, with lemon and pinapple on the old sniffer. Very dry brew, with more citric fruits and a moderatly sour mid section and finish. Certaintly tasty, subtle, complex and interesting. Tasty brew, if it was not so expensive in bottles, I'd like to age a few and enjoy a few others. Another BA worthy effort and a quality achievement in brewing from Allagash's brewers

Photo of billab914
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my lost Abbey stemware. It poured a pale, golden yellow color with a foamy white head filling the top inch of the glass. Decent head retention and nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma is tart and crisp with a very modest funk to it and a very slight acidicness. I'm getting a lot of grape and pear flavors to it overall. The fruit like flavors give it a crispness in the aroma.

The taste also highlights some fruity, grape and pear like flavors to it. It finishes on the tart side with a slight funk coming through. Very nice smooth and complex flavors to it overall.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being above average. Drinkability is good, it had a lot of great flavors to it and a nice complexity as well. All the flavors melded very well and it seemed very balanced for a wild ale. A very nice beer overall.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev -1%

Pours a golden color with a white head and good clarity. The aroma is sweet and fruity, with an earthy, almost spicy phenolic yeast element. The taste borders on tart with notes of citrus, green grape, honey, lavender, and white pepper. Finishes clean and even, semi dry. This is a very drinkable ale, hard to do a review on because it was gone so quick.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of weeare138
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this on-tap in 2010 and wasn't overly impressed. This time, I have a bottle which was brought back from the US to Australia. Let's see what I think this time around.

Pours a cloudy yellow-golden colour, light but bright, and holding nicely. Head is initially immense and frothy, but it subsides somewhat, leaving very solid and clumping, almost egg-white lacing around the outside of the glass. Looks really good—the sort of beer you see and say "I'll have what he's having".

Nose is round and smooth, with big Belgian notes, but perhaps not the funk or acidity I expected. Rather, it has stewed tomatoes, pepper and a little turned earth, but nothing more rustic and organic than that. Very pleasant, but not exactly what I was expecting.

Taste again misses a lot of the wild notes, but it has a pleasant Belgian roundness to it. Quite a thin body, with a slight crisp bitterness and a yeasty dry finish. It's pretty bland, to be honest. It doesn't have the depth of a true Belgian ale, but it doesn't have the crispness, complexity or refreshment of a good wild.

Sigh. It doesn't really know what it wants to be. It's not a good Belgian style ale, and it's not a good American Wild, it just sits in the void between the two. Again, I'm not particularly impressed. I expect more from Allagash, and from American Wilds in general.

Photo of HopHead84
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the PP Belgian Beer Fest. Bright blond with a nice one inch, frothy head. Retention is excellent and there's some lacing.

The aroma has a lot of Brett character, horse blanket and musty barn, but there's also a really interesting fruity smell. It's very citrusy and almost tropical. Lemon, floral hops, spices, a hint of alcohol and some tartness. The flavor is slightly sweet. Brett is present again, imparting musty barnyard characteristics. The flavor is very fruity with some tartness. The finish is slightly sweet and dry with some spices and tart lemon.

Confluence is light bodied and tart with great carbonation. This is very drinkable, and the aroma is really great.

Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Great Lost Bear.

The beer pours a pretty light gold color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty complex in this beer, with some interesting funk overtones. Otherwise, I get some honey, cherry, spice and light sour. The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, except the beer is not quite as complex on the palate. Still, I get some honey, sweet ice tea, ginger and sour. Not bad at all. The beer is moderately sweet (at most), but that sweetness is cut very nicely by the light sour funk. The beer is pretty light on the palate, and very easy to drink. Alcohol doesn't seem too high, which enhances this beer's drinkability.

This is a very nice beer, one that put me very much in mind with the collaborative effort Allagash did with and De Proef. Well done.

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -1%

On tap at Cask and Vine with Mr Barleywine.
Light and fruity with a bretty funky earthy edge to it. Cereal grains and bits of earthy hops round this one out nicely.

Photo of jdhilt
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rocky three finger cream head that fades very slowly leaving a very good lace. Hazy light amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Belgian yeast nose. Flavor is tart fruit and yeast. Earthy. Bottled Feb 2010. $18.99 for a caged and corked 750ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 mL bottle courtesy of Rochefortnh10.

A: The ale is a a pale straw/orange color, obscured by a touch of haze anda steady stream of carbonation. A finger of head was quick to whittle away to a constantly-replenished white band.

S: The aroma is a mild funkiness followed by sweet fruit. Lemon and apple with a touch of pepper and some grassiness. A lightly bretty finish.

T: A peppery heat starts things off right before a mustiness takes over. The sweetness from the nose is gone, replaced by a rather dry flavor that has only the barest of fruitiness. Grassy hops are present throughout but not too strong. I swished around a sip and found that more fruits emerged, apricot and pineapple are sparse but there. The peppery blast and and mustiness is a formidable combination.

M: The mouthfeel's wild flavor is the dominating aspect, creating some heat and a bone-dry taste. The fruits are hard to find but nice when they finally come around.

D: This one doesn't taste like 7+%. The heat and funk make me instinctively reach for another sip.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a vase, the beer is a light, pale, lemon-yellow coloring with a sparse coating of white film. Aromas of white grape and cherry, semisweet and a bit sour. Flavors are subtle and lightly sour, with the grape flavors holding the palate. Similar to a pinot gris, but fuller bodied and carbonated. The aftertaste is light, and slightly filmy. Clean, crisp aftertaste. Very easy to drink, and very refreshing.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled june 12. consumed nov. 12.

A: Dense lemon peel coloring shows a vibrant life of effervesce. A sea-shell white head is milky, frothy, with an excellent stay of retention and sticky lacing.

S: Musky barnyard, hay, lemons with a decent amount of strength.

T: Funky lemon barnyard flair, lightly tart but followed by a sweet, grainy and lemony flair. Spicy hops, pilsner style grainy backbone with a lemony tart finish.

M: Grainy mouthful, yeasty warmth, tiny micro-bubble feel adds texture.

O: Exceptionally clean and crisp, the craftsmenship is in the smooth and well toned flavor.

Photo of aasher
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the bottling from February of 2010 and courtesy of thagr81us in a massive trade in September, thanks Calton!

This pours a very cloudy, hazy, dull orangish yellow with a billowing two finger, whispy head. It is softly sour on the nose. You get some funk, brett, lemon notes, tangerine, and spicy Belgian yeasts. It has a really, really nice and approachable nose. The flavors too could be described as soft. You get a lighter bodied Belgian spice all around with a slightly dry finish. The brett is there but it's not overbearing. It's a lot lighter in body than I imagined. It somewhat hurts the flavor profile since it abbreviates the flavor with a quick finish. It just takes away from the beer as a whole really. That is why overall I'd say it's just ok. If you were just getting into wilds I'd say it's a nice place to start but this won't thrill anyone who really enjoys the style.

Photo of beertunes
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled February 2010. Poured into tulip. Poured a hazy golden yellow-orange color with a tall, fluffy, bright white head that had great retention and very good retention.

A very nice spicy yeast aroma greets the nose. There's just a hint of funk in the background that goes nicely with the hint of citrus I picked up. That pretty much sums up the flavor profile as well, but the flavors don't seem as well defined as the aromas, and I have a weak olfactory unit.

The body was nice and mouth coating without being sticky. Drinkability was very nice, smooth and easy. Overall, very nice beer, but one that probably wasn't worth the $22 price tag.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

January 2009 vintage

A: poured a bright pale golden orange in color with pale yellow highlights and had a finger of bubbly head with great retention leavingsome good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of bretty funky character popping out on the nose with some belgian yeast, spice, and citrusy notes but a little oakiness as well.

T: huge funky bretty barnyard flavors upfront with citrusy, oaky, belgian yeast, vinous accents and a touch of spice.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a funky, bretty, oaky, citrusy, mild spice, and tart finish.

D: really not my style of wild ale with too much brett that masked most of the other flavors but was drinking good though.

Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.88/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dullish and hazy orange, massive haze and white head to it. Chunky. Nose was largely caramel related, didn't really pick up anything fruity or sour from it, nor did was there any barrel aromas going on.

Taste, was a little offputting from the start, still lacked a sour or fruit profile, just seemed too plain. Was like a cross between a kolsch, berlinerweisse and hefeweizen. Carbonation was up like a kolsch, mild lemon and super mild tart like a berliner and the chewy haze and yeast of a hefe. And throw in some mineral water and hops solely for bittering. For $23? No way.

I have a bottle of this chillin at the pad, I hope it develops better than what I had on tap. I guess I'll have to search for the flavors that are supposed to be there, because I didn't find them the first time around.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked bottle courtesy of NutBrown. Thanks Alan!

Ahh...another American Wild Ale to test my tastebuds on.

A huge pop when I remove the cork, at first I thought this was going to gush out as I saw the liquid heading for the opening but it stopped just short. Cool. Zero beer lost!

It pours a hazy straw gold with a +2 finger head of billowy foam. I can see lots of good sized bubbles ascending to the top and my glass has some good lacing.

Taking a few whiffs, I get some nice peppery notes along with a nice earthy and bretty funk. More smelling on my part and I can sense some sweetness that I'd say is very honey like.

First sip in and the pepper starts things off followed by some lemon zest tartness and actually more of a lemon bitterness. Some funky notes are transferred from the smell but not in a big way....it's more of an earthy maltiness that I'm sensing and that's cool with me.

More sips in and I'm thinking to myself, this tastes more like a Saison than the AWAs I've tried before but what ever. This is a nice tasting and easy drinking beer and that's all that matters.

On the low end of medium bodied with a nice brisk level of carbonation, it finishes crisp and dry. Oh and head retention is typical for an Allagash brew....superb!

Drinkability? No interference from the alcohol at all and very tasty...this is a very easy drinking brew. Yet another well made beer from the gang at Allagash!

Photo of scruffwhor
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazey bronze and copper colored hue with an exuberant head that relinquishes to nothing after about ten minutes and a couple of sips. Good bubbling.

Earthy hops mixed with the yeast have a fresh Spring fruit field aroma. Add to that a nice toasted malt bill with bubbling carbonation.

Toasted and well carbonated melba toast and cut grass are upfront. Malted barely with bread toast and spring fruits and a splash of tartness. I would not think this is an American wild ale by taste alone. Still a good beer worth trying and sharing.

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