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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

644 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 644
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 89
Gots: 106 | FT: 8
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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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev -1%

12-09-2011 23:49:00 | More by Exiled
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daryk77

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +23.8%

12-05-2011 22:41:21 | More by daryk77
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2011 04:56:04 | More by BARFLYB
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: ?
I don't remember when or where I first had this brew, but this review will apply to a recent tasting at TJ's in Paoli, PA.

Poured into a tulip glass a clear golden yellow. A fluff of white head was visible at the tap, but my glass was filled to the brim, so there was really no room for a head of any kind. Light aroma, grassy, flowery, with tones of light fruits: pear, peach, white grapes. The taste follows the smell, with a light fruitiness--pear, peach, white grapes, apple skin--not too thick or overbearing, grassy with a touch of funk, and hints of spicy yeast. Light mouthfeel, pretty dry in the finish, and quite drinkable overall, but not overly flavorful, and I do like my wild ale to be loaded with flavor. But this is still a nice selection, and lesser on the sour side for those who don't like sour beers.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2011 21:24:18 | More by Rifugium
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sbricker

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

12-02-2011 22:13:31 | More by sbricker
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Diomede

California

4/5  rDev -1%

12-02-2011 16:25:36 | More by Diomede
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jwelsh

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +23.8%

12-02-2011 13:48:39 | More by jwelsh
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BMan1113VR

California

4/5  rDev -1%

12-01-2011 20:23:26 | More by BMan1113VR
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ksherry112

California

5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-30-2011 19:31:18 | More by ksherry112
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celticfutblclub

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2011 version. 750 ml into a pint glass

A - a light golden color thats almost grayed in a way (if you can imagine that). ridiculous amounts of carbonation visible with about five fingers of fluffy white head from a very slow pour. good retention and very good lacing. mixed bag here everything was either above average appearance wise or below average appearance wise.

S - cherries, sour apple, oak, peach, yeast, candy sugar and a bit of saltiness in there as well.

T - funk, earthiness, cherry, oak, mild grass hop bite. its good its just too subdued.

M - lots of carbonation (doesn't feel as carbonated as the appearance would indicate). light bodied to the point of feeling watery. some tartness felt on the side of the mouth. chalky feeling towards the end and after.

O - its an alright wild ale. bit more of an in your face taste and cooling down the carbonation a tad and this would be a superb beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 00:41:13 | More by celticfutblclub
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Britton

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-26-2011 20:16:55 | More by Britton
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Durtdiggler

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 20:54:58 | More by Durtdiggler
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Kbogac

Illinois

4.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 19:31:22 | More by Kbogac
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

11-24-2011 14:43:16 | More by deapokid
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

11-22-2011 21:39:29 | More by brandoman63
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Rollzroyce21

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

11-21-2011 14:20:47 | More by Rollzroyce21
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

11-21-2011 09:52:53 | More by corby112
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CP20

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-21-2011 02:27:31 | More by CP20
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-21-2011 01:16:12 | More by HopStoopid120
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Rempo

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1%

11-20-2011 23:30:27 | More by Rempo
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-20-2011 01:26:24 | More by PEIhop
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zep9865

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev -4%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 03:53:42 | More by zep9865
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aasher

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 03:31:18 | More by aasher
Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 644 ratings.