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Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

676 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 676
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 90
Gots: 109 | FT: 10
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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sk8man121

Maine

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%

*My 100th review; yay beer!*

On-tap at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME.

A: Pours a brilliant, semi-transparent and almost metallic orange with straw highlights. 1-finger head settles into a slick and leaves creamy lacing around the glass.

S: Spicy barnyard funk, white grape and a complex fruitiness. Smells immaculate.

T: Funk is over the top on this batch (much more than on previous batches, IMHO); reminiscent of their (usually) superior Interlude. Strong brettanomyces, fruit and supple center transitions into a dry, champagne-like feel feel and taste; not too far off from what Orval feels and tastes like. Very mineral-heavy.

M: Carbonation is medium and sticks with the whole taste, dying off at the very end and resulting in somewhat of a flat finish.

O: Aside from Interlude, this would have to be my favorite regular offering from Allagash. Bone-dry and mineral-focused, it's the perfect vehicle for the wild brett yeast that really transforms this. Can't think of a better 100th beer to review!

Perfect in (almost) every way.

07-01-2011 20:45:14 | More by sk8man121
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.88/5  rDev -28.7%

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.

06-29-2011 17:35:36 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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laituegonflable

Australia

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

2011 vintage, brought back by BA @lacqueredmouse and shared.

Pours a pale golden colour, slight orange tinge. Lots of unfiltered haze. Head is off-white and nice, pillowy and dense but maybe too generous. Lace is pretty pleasant. Looks good.

Smell is very sour and funky. Big brett character giving blue cheese, vinegar and lemon zest. Great, though, with nutty notes as well - pine nuts, peanut and cashew just balancing the royal bejeesus out of what is already a divinely beautiful sour aroma. That's ridiculously enjoyable.

Taste has similar characters. The problem here is they're blended in a way that doesn't entirely work, rather than presented more side-by-side for a proper look-in. Lots of sweetness, with candied orange zest and touches of brett - lucerne and a hint of that sour bacteria flavour. Witbier sweetness, champagney finish, very pleasant touch of tartness. That sourness really could assert itself more, it's quite sweet and dry on the back. Clean, but it just makes me hanker for more sourness.

Full, fairly foamy, a bit dry. Pretty nice.

Yeah, I'm a fan of that. It drinks like a conventional beer, but there's a whole lot of weird idiosyncracies going on as well. Love it.

06-14-2011 00:26:01 | More by laituegonflable
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -9.7%

Pours a hazed golden straw color, minimal spotty head, little lacing. Scent is muted barnyard funk from the brett, a light fruityness, bready, lightly spiced. Tasted was much more mild then expected, muddy earth, damp wood, barnyward, lightly metallic, the fruityness is replaced by a more savory taste, backbone is quite belgian with bready malts and yeast, light spicing. Lighter side of medium bodied, aggressive carbonation doesnt help mild palate. A very muted flavor profile allows the Belgian base to shine through, not a favorite.

06-13-2011 13:10:58 | More by rfgetz
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.38/5  rDev -16.3%

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.

06-09-2011 09:50:36 | More by lacqueredmouse
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

Another on tap at Memphis Taproom,part of the no repeat beer week. Poured into a tulip a very hazy lighter golden color with a wimzy white heading that didn't stick around to long. The brett is not to powerful here in the nose or on the palate. Light crisp malty notes with lighter fruits dominate mostly.Just a dash of brett to give it that barnyard appeal. Very refreshing.

06-05-2011 17:15:45 | More by TheFightfan1
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. January 2009 Vintage.

(A)- Gusher! Pours a hazy golden orange hue. Produced a nice foamy pure white head. Good retention and tons of lace left behind.

(S)- A big dry earthy Brett funk. Subtle tart lemon and oak notes.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A very big dry oaky Brett funk blast. Bits (very tiny bits) of a lemon tartness.

(M)- A nice mellow carbonation level. A decent balance too, though its really just an oaky Brett funk profile.

(D)- A decent wild ale, though very straightforward; the Brett has really taken this over and made it its own. Not worth the price point. When compared to Interlude, I far prefer Interlude.

06-04-2011 00:58:44 | More by sweemzander
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SubpoenaDeuces

California

3.45/5  rDev -14.6%

Confluence, Allagash, American Wild Ale, 7.4%

A: Pours with a light straw color with some hazy lack of clarity and a moderate fluffy head with big bubbles.

S: The lemon is there, some mild hints of jasmine, but not a ton of complexity or wild bret character that I was expecting.

T: I almost feel like this was mislabeled from a witbier or a white ale into an American Wild Ale. I get the hazy wheat notes, biscuit, some honey, but absolutely none of the traditional aspects of the style. I noted some mild green grape with light tartness, but you really have to search for it. There is certainly no vinegar lacto finish or a wild aspect as most people think of it. Finally there is a dry chardonnay finish that is exceptionally fleeting.

M: The mouthfeel is light and crisp, almost no coating and a watery base to it. I want to like this beer more, but the classification has me all confounded with how they either underdid or missed the mark so badly on the wild aspect. It isn’t bad, but it is wild as the BYU campus. A lack of wildness abounds.

D: This is an exceptionally drinkable beer given the light malt, clean finish and crisp dry character. In this instance, I don’t feel that it is a good thing because it missed the mark that it allegedly was striving for. I can make an exceptionally drinkable stout by buying an Abyss and watering it up with 18oz of tap water, does that improve the style? It is debatable I suppose. Debate concluded, the answer is a resounding “no.”

Narrative: Walter Chiu always had a sneaking suspicion that he wasn’t born in South Side Jamaica Queens. It was nothing that he could overtly point to, but, a substantiated hunch was enough. Sure, everyone told him he was Queens native, what with his transposed L’s and R’s, his affinity for Texas Instrument Products, and encyclopedic knowledge of MMO lore, yet, somehow he looked askance at their appraisals. “Wait wait wait, mom tell me again, as a child I used to play the 5 string bass incessantly? I don’t even know how to play the bass?” “Oh yes sweetie, we couldn’t stop playing that Sly and the Family Stone record you were so fond of. Those were the days.” He watched his mother carefully slice the uni into diaphanous strips but still rubbed his weak chin at the prospect that he was an avid fan of Thelonius Monk.

06-03-2011 07:02:51 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
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Luvzsurfrz

California

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%

2011 bottle poured into an Allagash tulip.

A: Pours a bright golden orange color with a small head that dissipates quickly, and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Smells hoppy and mildly citrusy like green apple and a tiny bit of spice.

T: Taste is very similar to the smell. Very hoppy with green apple citrus and a bit of spice. Not as funky as described in other reviews, yet still has a tart character about it that is refreshing.

M: Medium body with very little carbonation.

O: Overall, happy to have tried it. It definitely was refreshing but not really my style of wild ale. Also just wasn't tart or funky enough for my taste.

05-27-2011 02:32:20 | More by Luvzsurfrz
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oline73

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

I had this on tap at Max's. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden straw color with a two finger fluffy white head. Leaves a layer of head with some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mildly sweet crisp malt with hints of citrus, mainly lemon. Quite perfume like.

Taste: Mildly sweet crisp malt with hints of herbs and lemon. There is a very slight hint of soap, but it doesn't ruin things. The finish has a Belgian like herbal quality to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation. The finish is dry.

Overall: This was quite different. I really enjoyed the lemon notes. Good balance and very crisp.

05-27-2011 00:10:55 | More by oline73
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

on tap at tria in philly

Pours a semi-hazed golden yellow color, lighter white head, decent retention with a few splashes of lacing on the glass.

Fragrant nose with white grapes and wine barrel, fruit sweetness, bretty tart, and faint alcohol.

A decent helping of fruit up front with white wine alcohol and tartness. Unripe white grapes with skin and apple tossed with brett tartness and lighter funk. A decent amount of sourness but not really overwhelming. Some malt body followed by dry fruits and white wine. Finishes with a touch of alcohol and fruit.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, dry and tingly on the tongue. Drinks really well, tasty sour profile although more tart than completely puckering. I would definitely drink this again.

05-23-2011 04:32:16 | More by xnicknj
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Allagash Confluence, on-draft at South Philly Taproom 5/20/11.

I have not had this beer before and didn't really know what to expect, especially from the draft version of this beer. I think that properly poured from a bottle this beer might have scored higher. The beer was clear, (yellowish amber? too dark to tell in the bar), with almost no head on the beer. It was about a 7.5 oz pour into a wine glass that held 8 oz, so there was almost no head other than the thinnest film of tiny lace. Because the glass had no bowl above it, there wasn't really any way to hold the aroma and as such very little was appreciated in the nose. I wish that when I pay $8 for a beer, the proper glassware was used to best enjoy the beer.

The beer was delicious though. The brett showed great pineapple, tropical fruit flavors and a little funk but limited amounts of phenols, which can sometimes be off-putting. The hopping was perfect to provide some grounding and balance to the beer. The carbonation was a little low but pleasant with the fruity, brett-ed beer. Tasty, but better presentation might help this beer score better.

05-23-2011 02:30:53 | More by Soonami
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DannyS

New York

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

'09 vintage. Poured from a 750ml bottle to a 1 liter glass boot...which immediately filled up with head. Poured the rest into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a very clear yellow amber, but gets fairly cloudy if you let any of the sediment get into it. Head gets really really thick, as I noticed, but settles quickly enough, leaving small patches of lacing.

S - A very upfront wine grape aroma mixed with a brett funk, and an outlying smell of smarties candies. That's interesting.

T - sour wine grape permeates, backed by a nice malt foundation, ever so slight hop bitterness. The wild in this wild ale is king here, though it mellows quite a bit as it warms, turning into a very pleasant, malty sour ale.

M - Light on the palate with low carbonation, but my failure in keeping the head from overflowing might have taken some carbonation away.

Overall - A very good choice to pair with the speck (smoked German bacon) and rye toast I was eating. Will have to hunt down more of this and age it again, this time, for longer. Definitely recommended as a special occasion brew.

05-21-2011 23:29:15 | More by DannyS
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

On tap at Sebago's "End of Era" party. 12oz pour:

A: Pours light straw color (i guess light gold), hazy, with about an inch of head.

S: Ripe fruits and white grapes with a touch of tart/funk, belgian yeast, brett, pepper.

T: Very similar to the nose, light ripe fruits (tart apples, pears, a little lemon flesh) and grapes with brett and peppery alcohol. A fairly long middle of toasted pale malt, you can really taste the pilsner malt and makes it quite refreshing. There's a little hop character in front (spicy and herbal) and just a touch again on the finish. A fairly light flavor profile with just a touch of sourness and funk from the brett.

M: Light to moderate body, fairly heavy carbonation. It's light and refreshing while still having a creamy mouthfeel. Crisp, dry finish.

O: This stuff was solid and quite refreshing. I was lucky to get a 12oz pour for just $3 and at that price point, it's fantastic. However, it's not something I'd drop $17+ on a 750. It's great and refreshing, but it isn't THAT good. For a reasonable price, this stuff is great and worth it.

05-20-2011 03:37:26 | More by Satchboogie
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petacutlasaurus

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +1%

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.

05-13-2011 21:16:38 | More by petacutlasaurus
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

750ml bottle into a goblet glass

January 2009 Vintage poured at fridge temperature.

A- Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a huge 3 finger soap bubble like head that slowly dissipates leaving no lacing on the side of the glass. Tons and tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom as well as sticking to the side of the glass.

S- Very fruity up front. Green apple and pear come to mind with a nice spice profile of clove and pepper. A strong Belgian influence in this one for sure. Not getting much funk in the nose more so that spicy saison like aroma but definitely some in there.

T- Slight funk and sour up front but fades fast and leaves you with a strong bitter almost hop like flavor. Slight fruit and lemon in there but nothing like the aroma. Honestly not that enjoyable mostly due to the strong bitterness and lack of funk and array of flavors.

M- Medium to lighter bodied with a crazy bubbly amount of carbonation and a strong unpleasantly bitter finish for the style.

SkÅL!

05-03-2011 21:47:10 | More by Arenbeer
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +1.2%

February 2010 bottling

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw color with a massive head that sticks like glue. leaving clumps of foam

Smell: Light fruits (pear and green apple), toasted bread, straw, grassy hops and barnyard funk

Taste: Tart fruit flavors, up front, with the green apple and pear joined quickly by the barnyard funk; by mid-palate, the grassy hops arrive to provide an unusual twist; the finish is dry and a bit oaky, though the tartness lingers along with the grassy hops

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation and a tingle from the sourness

Overall: The hops in a sour beer add an interesting dimension, though I prefer my wild ales to be a little more straightforward

04-30-2011 20:46:30 | More by brentk56
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

04-27-2011 03:28:13 | More by scruffwhor
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Dubber55

New York

2.93/5  rDev -27.5%

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.

04-15-2011 21:14:38 | More by Dubber55
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Gmann

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Bottled in February 2010

Pours a clear straw color with some honey highlights. The white head is short-lived and settles into a solid ring.

The aroma is tart and spicy. Clove and pepper notes mix with tart lemon and green apple skins. Some medicinal funk gives the brew an authentic belgian aroma.

The taste is tart and fruity. Green apple brings in the tart flavors which is followed by a drying white grape flavor. The is a very subtle floral honey flavor that just works perfectly. There is a strong pepper spice to help keep the beer grounded. Also plenty of clove and spicy phenols to round out the flavor. This is quite enjoyable.

The feel is light to moderate and very fizzy. Little bit of carbonation burn. Fairly dry throughout, crisp and finishes with a slight bitterness.

A very well made tasty brew. Dry fruit flavors, spicy yeast flavors with a dash of funk. I am surprised I waited this long to open this bad boy.

03-12-2011 23:54:16 | More by Gmann
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

On tap at 72 Hours of Belgium yesterday.

Light yellow, with a dense white head forming disk, this looks good.. Nose has mostly Brett with light sourness rather Orval-like. Clove, bandaid, lots of clove and light honey. Palate is similar. Biscuit, honey, band-aid and clove. No hops, light floral honey-like sweetness. Drying and Bretty on the finish, the carbonation is very, very high. A little watery, but great otherwise. Solid stuff.

02-22-2011 03:11:38 | More by DefenCorps
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Gobzilla

California

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

02-19-2011 03:59:35 | More by Gobzilla
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goldbot

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +1%

February 2010 bottling.

Pours clear golden yellow with tons of carbonation. Thick, fluffy white foam that persists. Great lacing. Fruity green apple aroma, sweet and spicy with a bit of funk. The flavor is very funky with lots of barn-yard notes, but at the same time it is a light, airy flavor. Somewhat sour but a nice malty sweetness balances it out a bit. Silky, carbonated mouthfeel with medium body.

01-30-2011 01:24:54 | More by goldbot
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STEG

New York

3.43/5  rDev -15.1%

Looks fine sitting there...three finger bone white head slightly hazy straw hue...

Smells great lemons and brett are present along with some other fresh fruits like mango.

Taste leaves me wondering what happened to the usual smell/taste combo. The brett is there but hiding very well and all you get is a bit of lemon and then a long seemingly unending note of bitterness....from what? I dunno...It doesn't seem like it's hop bitterness given the age but I don't think it was made to be a hoppy wild ale and by now they should be all gone, it being from 2009 and all...

Mouthfeel isn't bad it has a coating mouthfeel with effervescent bubbles that make it refreshing if it weren't for the bitterness streak.

It's light and easy to drink but the unwelcome surprising bitterness character makes it not something I'd drink a lot of...

Thanks for the chance to try this IDateTheForumla

Allagash I am disappoint...

If it's between this and interlude, get interlude...

01-27-2011 01:17:10 | More by STEG
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +4%

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright orange color and a thick, cloudy texture. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Great lacing. An excellent looking beer.

S: A sweet, fruity aroma, with traces of malt and yeast.

T: Tasted of lighter fruits, some yeast, malt, and a touch of spices. This beer had a much milder flavor than I expected, but it was still pretty tasty.

M: Lots of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A well made, drinkable beer.

01-05-2011 13:37:17 | More by avalon07
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