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Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

667 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 667
Reviews: 224
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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dunix

Vermont

4/5  rDev -1%

02-11-2012 16:31:49 | More by dunix
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Rukasu

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

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)

02-06-2012 03:31:39 | More by Rukasu
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

March 2011 version

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a two finger tall fluffy white head. Great head retention and great lacing on this beer.

S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness, lemon, and vanilla.

T: Flavors of wheat upfront followed by sourness and some black pepper. Very well balanced.

M: Light bodied with a light amount of carbonation and a very dry finish.

O: Very approachable and very drinkable - this would be a great introductory beer for someone that had no prior experience with brett. Very sessionable and a regular beer for me (I think I have consumed like four 750 ml bottles in the last six months)

02-05-2012 14:58:04 | More by dbrauneis
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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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EasyReader

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1%

02-04-2012 15:39:14 | More by EasyReader
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ROWDYMELT

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-30-2012 20:27:45 | More by ROWDYMELT
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SLeffler27

New York

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Fills a flute glass with huge, tight, sparkling white meringue that lasts a long time, ultimately depositing a patchwork of lace. Confluence is a hazy, honey-gold exploding with carbonation. The head lasts right through to the final sip.

Fills nostrils with fermented apples and earthy peat, while sweet white wine and light spices linger in the background.

Equal parts of sour and tart with balancing bitterness. Peaches, marmalade and hot pepper accentuate with grapefruit and sour dough bread. One will find the finish is long and sour with a sharp, tart twist.

A full body with vigorous carbonation. There is some alcohol and astringency. Overall, quite dry.

Refreshing and could easily replace champagne as a celebratory beverage. Regardless of the occasion, Confluence works well as a before dinner drink and I can imagine relaxing with it on a hot afternoon.

01-29-2012 22:36:11 | More by SLeffler27
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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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blincoln

California

4/5  rDev -1%

01-26-2012 06:18:30 | More by blincoln
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jskennedy

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1%

01-25-2012 05:37:06 | More by jskennedy
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Moose34

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

01-20-2012 12:56:33 | More by Moose34
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DSlim71

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

01-18-2012 16:35:42 | More by DSlim71
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gafferjohn

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

01-17-2012 01:41:39 | More by gafferjohn
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4/5  rDev -1%

01-15-2012 22:04:36 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

01-13-2012 13:01:24 | More by djrn2
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mjmadsen21

Indiana

5/5  rDev +23.8%

01-13-2012 06:05:59 | More by mjmadsen21
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hawkmage

California

3/5  rDev -25.7%

12-31-2011 03:31:00 | More by hawkmage
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MsRif

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

12-24-2011 05:06:41 | More by MsRif
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smithmd4

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

12-21-2011 23:04:11 | More by smithmd4
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MaineMike

Maine

4/5  rDev -1%

12-18-2011 00:20:37 | More by MaineMike
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1%

12-17-2011 05:05:49 | More by tclapper
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #55 (August 2011):

Bring on the funk! Hazed-over yellow color, ample frothing. Smells of eucalyptus, lavender, green peppercorn, orange blossom, honey, ripe pears and a hint of white wine. Impeccable smoothness, nearly silky. Dry malt backbone lends more of a dried grass flavor. Mild tartness from the house Brett strain used; dried fruit and wild medicinal herbs run- ning wild all over the palate. Phenolic herbal flavor is pretty bitter—sure, there are some hops in there as well. Nearly bone-dry finish with lots of lingering complexities. Funk-o-licious!

12-15-2011 13:11:07 | More by BeerAdvocate
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sneefcity

Illinois

5/5  rDev +23.8%

12-12-2011 22:46:30 | More by sneefcity
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -18.3%

Served on tap in a snifter at Bangers and Lace.

Appearance: Confluence has a faded dark yellow color, further muted by a haziness in the center of the glass. A frothy white head is modest in size from the tap pour but lingers for the duration of the glass, leaving a few splotches of lace down the glass.

Smell: The malt base is crackery, with some white pepper and spice that helps the smell pop. Some lemon zest, white pepper, and musty funk. The aroma is wild, yet delicate and not very complex.

Taste: The flavor starts with a fair cracker malt base, with some white pepper and general spiciness. Throughout the rest of the sip, a mellow lemon zest tartness blends with a Bretty funk. Nothing about the flavor feels that full developed, though. A chalky mineral flavor seems to protrude here and there as well.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the light side, with a full, creamy carbonation that has a bit of a crisp bite to it as well. Overall, it has a relaxed feel.

Overall: The first problem is that this is built using the Saison style as a base, which is not my favorite beer. Even so, Oro de Calabaza and Fantôme Saison are much more enjoyable. This is just a mediocre attempt at a wild. Maybe more time would improve it, or maybe it is better in the bottle, but I was not impressed. If the goal is to create a mild wild, they have succeeded.

12-11-2011 07:02:37 | More by KickInTheChalice
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jophish17

Georgia

4/5  rDev -1%

12-11-2011 06:34:07 | More by jophish17
Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.