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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

245 Reviews
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Reviews: 245
Hads: 871
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 18.36%
Wants: 124
Gots: 175 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

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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Reviews: 245 | Hads: 871
Photo of Stolenface1
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

POurs straw yellow on tap @ Mekong RVA. Aroma of wet hay, malt, barnyard, lemon, mild funk, slight grape and citrus with apricot. Flavor follows aroma with slight cracker, touch of lemon like tartness, earthy, slight earthy hop. The feel is light but not extremely light. Enough to let the malt shine with the hops. Overall a great beer once again by Allagash.

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Photo of Invinciblejets
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

April 2014 bottle.

L: Pours a super hazy yellow-orange very little head on a light pour... Looks like juice.

S: Dry dusty fruity Brett character ..some orange, tangerine, white wine grapes...some pear I assume from the dry hopping. Some peppery grass too.

T: A lot of dank basement funk, oak.. same fruitiness as smell tho very light. Brett is mostly dominating here. Any hop character that was there seems to have faded.

F: Juice like for sure ..kind of sparkly too.

O: Great beer amazing brettanomyces flavored and smells.. Do wish I got a fresh one for more of the hop character.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pour with a nice foam lace, color is perfect for the style, very classic appearance. The Brett funk is there but not aggressive, lemongrass, freshly cut hay & Pilsner malt aromas are present as well. The creamy mouthfeel threw me off a bit, a lot of beers in this style - especially those featuring Brett - are carbonated and tingly. There is carbonation but it gives way pretty quickly to a very smooth, velvety feel. The pilsner malt is very present in thr body, and the Brett is fairly low-key. Just enough to give it a little of that farmhouse punch, but it doesn't steal the show. The pilsner imparts that classic cracker /soaked grain flavor, with mixes well enough with the Brett yeast, but I'm not sure they compliment each other very well. Maybe I'm too used to the various Brett Saisons out there & was expecting something a little crisper & lighter. Still a very good beer, as is par with Allagash, but they make better beers utilizing their brand yeast.

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Photo of DovGibor
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5/14/15; labeled 7.1% abv, so that appears to vary slightly from batch to batch. Poured into a tulip. Minimal head that quickly settled to light ring. Crystal clear; medium to dark straw in color.

Aroma is clean and light. Malt and yeast are clearly present, with light hops finishing it out. Richer mouthfeel than the aroma and color would suggest. Brett funk is mild, but one of the first flavors I noticed. Good malt and light spiciness marry well with the brett. I don't get any real hop bitterness; I don't think it's meant to have much, and the brett takes precedence over what little there is.

Overall it's a good blend of brettanomyces, malt, and spicy hop flavors. If you enjoy these, you will enjoy this ale.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle dated May 14th.

Pours a lightly hazy golden straw color with a large soap bubble head. Leaves a modest amount of cobweb lacing as the head dissipates.

The aroma is rather tart, with notes of lemon and berries. Getting a fair amount of hoppy aromas as well. The grainy malt character lingers on the back end providing a nice balance.

The lemony tartness that filled the aroma is far more subdued in the flavor. Instead, I get strong notes from the sweet malt character, as well as some pear. The flavor is not all sweet, however, as I get a lot of grassy, earthy notes. A very subtle, citrusy hop character lingers in the back of each sip. Just incredible balance all around.

The mouth is medium-bodied, crisp, yet very smooth going down. The carbonation is rather high, but the alcohol is extremely well hidden.

Overall, a great beer from Allagash. It is so well balanced and while the Brett is ever present throughout, it is a perfect companion to all the other flavors and aromas. Whilst I cannot justify the price point for this beer, I can say I'm happy to have tried it.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In review is a 2011 vintage.

A - Pours the color of a white wine - pear colored, big fluffy white head and thick ring, lots of carbonation.

S - Straw, lots of barnyard funk, crisp pear, lemon grass, bright dry citrus.

T - Candy floral, pear, barnyard funk, bright citrus, bitter lemon peel, nice Brett twang.

M - Crisp medium body and sprightly carbonation.

O - Great beer.



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Photo of smanson56
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This bottle was from June of 2015 bottling. It pour a pale golden color with a slightly hoppy aroma. There was a large airy white head in my tulip glass. A nice sharp crisp taste with a great mouth feel. I really enjoy all aspects of this great beer and hope to get another couple of bottles to see how it cellars.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark gol to light amber color. Modest haze. Small head but there are plenty of streaks on the glass.

Berries, alcohol and cream come to mind when smelling this beer. I also note some tartness.

This starts with a grainy pale malt flavor--a bit sour with a dash of cream. The swallow becomes bitter with non-descriptive hops. The aftertaste is is equal parts bitter and sour. This leans to the carbonation in regards to the mouthfeel. I'm not as enamored as some, but I like it.

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Photo of Roguer
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wispy, large snow white head, billowing and huge from the Brett. Pale lemon yellow brew, surprisingly cloudy.

Musty and slightly tart aroma; hints of lemon and flowers struggle to find balance against musty Brett and sweet, sugary Belgian house yeast. Malts are grainy and wheat-like on the nose.

Flavor follows: it's funky in a slightly tart, very rustic kind of way. Only slightly sweet, with a light bit of citrus, all balanced against a notable Brett presence.

Very lively mouthfeel, active enough to prevent you from really savoring it in the mouth for long. Very silky smooth and nearly chewy on the palate. Soft.

This beer is extremely reminiscent of GI Sofie, as well as the more rustic HF saisons. I have a feeling the rating would be at least .25 higher if you slapped a HF label on it; it's perhaps a touch below a solid HF saison, but only a touch.

2+ year old bottle for review.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty solid offering over all. Tons and tons of sediment in this one which helps add a generous and awesome funk. It's rather light otherwise. I dig it overall, but it came with a hefty price tag and I'm not sure I'd drop the coin on this again. Still very glad to try it.

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Photo of Budlum
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Saison funk and spice with assertive hoppiness. There is a certainly malt profile that mixes with the spicenessm, immediately followed by pleasant hops. Worthy of the cost.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Superior beer. It is excellent,but not worth the equivalent of about 60 dollars a six pack(if they sold them),just to put this in perspective that is absurd. This is on par with excellent bourbon prices. If I could find it on tap it would be a bargain. In NJ this bottle shown is like $20.00. for 25.4oz. Almost a dollar an ounce. That being said it is spectacular.

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Photo of Nife
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful slightly milky yellow. Thin small head. Nice tight knit lace left on glass I am not getting much hop aroma -some is there but nothing like a dry hopped American pale ale. Hop aroma balances well with malt aroma and fruit background. Light sour smells also. It all blends together well. Contrasting broad flavor palette. Hop bitterness definitively present. Fruit, light citrus, yeast tastes. Reminds me somewhat of a good American champagne re yeast, acid, fruit balance. Bret character is well balanced. smooth mouthfeel. After swallowing I'm left with bitterness on the sides of my tongue, minor sourness, and the smooth mouthfeel. Very interesting beer. Opening up as it warms. Others have said tart - yes that's it, not sour but tart.

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Photo of JayQue
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A great beer. Everything you would want in a BSPA and some sourness and funk too. Nicely carbonated with a solid "pop" from the corked and caged bottle. Poured into my Chimay goblet with a hazy straw gold color and a big bubbly white head. Minimal lacing/

Aroma is light fruit, some apples and pears but a stronger element of white grapes. The follow-on scent is a mildly sour, funky aroma that is distinct from the usual Strong Pale Ale presence. Flavor is very good. The fruit malt and yeast up front are strong, slightly sweet and very tasty. The sourness and funk are fairly mild, but an interesting change of pace from the standard BSPA flavor. The transition is seamless and the funk in no way diminishes the traditional flavor. Mouthfeel is rich, alcohol presence is minimal, and the variety off flavors is just right on the tongue. An excellent brew!!!!!

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at beachwood Seal Beach poured into a tulip. Golden yellow haze with tall white head and spotty lacing. Aroma is funky, pear, wine, honey, and some spice. Flavor was tart pear/cherry, grassy and earthy bitterness, a touch of grain sweetness. Light bodied, silky texture, med-high prickly carbonation, dry finish.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a dark honey golden with a thick, fine-bubbled, cream-color head that sticks around for a while and leaves generous lacing. Crisp aroma has a strong overtone of apple, rather like a cider. Lip-smacking flavor has a malty core and a strong, slightly sweet, slightly tart apple overtone and a whisper of butterscotch. Firm texture has a good amount of tingle and fizz, leaving a nice fruity and tart finish.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

A: cloudy; straw colored; 1 finger white head that receded to a thick ring; moderate lacing;

S: heavy clove; tart;

T: banana up front with clove in the background; they even out at mid-palate, but banana comes back strong at the finish; tartness build from mid-palate and last long after the swallow;

M: light bodied; moderate carbonation: dry;

O: would have liked less banana from the yeast and more citrus and apricot/peach; the dry finish was interesting;

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

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Photo of pat61
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%

Sour Brett aromas immediately greet the nose when you open this wild yeast sweetheart followed by light malt aromas and spicy hops.
It pours hazy straw to gold under a ferocious, fluffy, very finely bubbled persistent 3" foam cap. the cap slowly drops to a thick, lumpy mass.
Pale malt flavors with a touch of sweet balance the moderate lemony tartness dry out and recede into a medium hop bitterness on the finish. Hints of peach and other light fruits lurk behind the lemony tartness.
The intensely fine Brettanomyces driven carbonation gives the body an airy, moussey fee. Very refreshing and very drinkable. l

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

appearance: hazy light gold. big fluffy white head.
smell: Some tart, yeasty and lightly funky lemon-lime, apple.
taste: much like the nose....i mean very good indeed.
overall: Delicious and packed with dry flavor.

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Photo of Scrapss
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the monsterous cork and cage into an Allagash chalice.

A: A hazy pale golden hue, nice 3 finger head that drops to a 6mm disk. Lacing is spotty with hint of legs. Tight bubbles.

S: Yeast and malt are dominant. Classic yeast profile with sweet and breadiness and gentle spiciness balanced by a citrus note in the profile.

T: Amazing apricot and citrus notes and a slight metallic musty note combined with white pepper.

M: Creamy on the uptake, smoothness and then drops into a slightly sharp metallic and sour note, then finishes with a slightly malt-dry finish. Metallic and sourness hangs around forever.

O: Very good bretted notes brings a slight gentle sourness that perfectly complements the brew. Carbo is spot on too, lending to that creamy initial hit.

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Photo of gr0g
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 bottle. Hazy, light-amber appearance. Plenty of foam but it's not out of control. Good head retention and lacing characteristics. Aroma is excellent -- Brett really worked some magic. Very ripe stone fruit upfront, like apricot. Very floral hop aroma, the dry hopping showing through. Funk is restrained -- a bit of leather and old, musty paper.

Mostly dry flavor profile with fruit characteristics. Some honeyed sweetness mid-palate that fades toward the finish. Ripe white grape, peach, and/or apricot. A bit bland and musty on the finish. Very fine, frothy carbonation that's quite soft.

A very interesting Belgian ale, similar to Matilda from Goose Island. Can't really recommend over the latter due to the price premium, but it's got a killer aroma and great flavor.

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Photo of Badger6
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Golden amber body, hazy, some carbonation. Fizzy head builds fast, recedes faster. Bubbly ring at glass edge, with a layer in the center of the surface.

S: Funky, grassy scent. Notes of citrus and spice.

T: Starts mild and sweet. Quickly gives over to the funk of the brett. Bubblegum, straw, orange, mildly spiced. Seems to be a hint of dark fruit, but no more.

M: Silky, light to medium mouthfeel. Tingly carbonation. No booziness at all.

O: Really interesting beer. Has hints of farmhouse, but also hints of standard Belgian ale. The farmhouse characters are the dominant, with the brett aromas and flavors clear and forward. Interesting. If you like farmhouse, this is for you.

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Photo of LeRose
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at a beer dinner.

Appearance - very clear golden color, as thick a head as the glass would hold - two fingers. Fell to a nice ring around the glass.

Aroma - a lot in this beer. Bread and yeast hit right away. Spiciness and citrus notes drift in - not overly powerful, but very pleasant. Some earthiness/funk comes in as well but not overwhelming. A bit floral as well.

Taste - this beer morphed on every sip. The malt and yeast character were pretty constant but everything else changed with each taste. A little sour, a little fruity (apricot), a bit of citrus, some spice with pepper noticeable on the finish. A bit of a metallic taste that was not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel - almost creamy/chalky with a dry finish. The little metallic twang hung around a bit, but not unpleasant.

Overall, felt this beer is very flavorful, but I found the flavors to be ephemeral - nothing lasted long and it seemed to change. There's nothing definitive in the flavor - there's a lot of different components that almost seem to conflict, but the flavors change. Very interesting and thought-provoking brew.

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Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.