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Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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682 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 682
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 91
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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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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morimech

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

January 2009 bottle

Cloudy golden color with a large head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is shared by pale malt with a slight sweetness, pale fruit such as pears, and the funky brett. Everything seems to be in balanced and the brett is integrated nicely.

The flavor falls a little short of the aroma. Nothing really wowed me here. The sweetness was a little higher than anticipated. The yeast gives off little in either phenols or esters. The brett is evident but on the subdued end of the spectrum. Just the slightest funkiness. I could compare it to a weaker flavored Orval. Maybe a good beer to introduce someone to brett.

I have never been disapointed with the mouthfeel in any Allagash beer, and this is no exception. Feels light and lively without being harsh. Very good texture. The beer could use just a little more heft in body.

A good beer but not one I would buy again. I received this as part of a BIF but I understand the price tag is high.

01-01-2011 17:56:51 | More by morimech
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pdoran10

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Pours out a slightly hazy golden color with three full fingers of creamy pillow like head. Reminds me of Daisy Cutter, but I digress.

Smell is sour green grapes, mustiness. tart. sweet slightly bready malt.

taste is nice sharp citrus bite. Very crisp slightly acidic. With sour grape, white bread, and old basement funk notes coming through. tart citrus is most forward flavor. Unique refreshing.

Medium creamy body with high lively carbonation. Dry.

Highly drinkable refreshing creation. Love the citrus tart bite in this beer. similar to Fantome's tartness but with a different flavor profile. Highly recommend this beer.

12-27-2010 00:30:00 | More by pdoran10
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured froma 22oz. bottle into Allagash tulip glass.

The color is a clear golden with some bubbles sliding through this beer to it;s thick white crown that is about two fingers thick and is quite foamy.

The smell is like a leather belt, some fruity flavors hide behind the hard and dirty hands of this brett beer. Some grape flavor is there in the background and it has some interesting pilfy flavor.

The taste is a bit creamy at first with some deep horse-like flavor that gives off a barnyard flavor that hits like a dirty cloth but stays for a duration. There is an a pet dander -flavor to this beer that is not unlike having a cat or a dog. It is a little musky with some creamy bitter flavor that feels like a wet cloth, Once off on it's own this deep, wet, campfire, flavor is mixed about this whole beer. It has many a direction to go in with this many flavors to cover.

The feel of this beer is so complex there really is no way of take it all in this late in the night. It has it's own way of light the night and it works so well for this night.

12-06-2010 08:09:18 | More by Duhast500
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

January 2009 Vintage. Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured a hazy deep yellow with a four finger massively fluffy off-white head that actually bulged up larger and larger in the middle of the glass but very very slowly subsided to one finger with lots of sitting. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour funk, and subtle fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall there were some very interesting notes going on in this one. I really had mixed feelings on it. In my opinion there was just too much 'funk' in this one and not enough sour/tart going on. Good, but just not all that awe-inspiring. Interlude is still my favorite offering in this category from Allagash.

11-29-2010 12:18:04 | More by thagr81us
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

February 2010.

Pours a cloudy lemon gold color with a 3 finger white head with nice retention and lacing. This beer looks to be very well carbonated. The aroma has lemons, green apples, spices, Brett, and Belgian yeast.

The beer tastes just like the aroma: lemons, green apple, spices, Brett, and Belgian yeast. There is some sweetness from the malt, and some tartness present as well. A very nice combination.

Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, somewhat sweet, tart, and finishes dry. Such a superb beer. I have to order this online again. If you have not tried this beer, you really should.

11-10-2010 03:00:22 | More by hardy008
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +1%

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.

10-30-2010 22:18:17 | More by jdhilt
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stimulus

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

February 2010 Vintage.

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden with a one finger white head.
S: Smells sour and funky.
T: Definite sourness, sweet malty profile complemented by funky Belgian yeast and definitely Brett and a light crisp hop finish.
M: Medium bodied and perfect level of carbonation.
D: Solid American Wild, very balanced with keeping in tact the basic malt and hop base and building on it with the sourness and Brett funk. Very complex and smooth.

10-28-2010 02:20:37 | More by stimulus
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billab914

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

10-09-2010 01:29:13 | More by billab914
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mjaskula

New York

3.55/5  rDev -12.1%

2010 vintage served in a sniffer. The beer pours a clear light yellow with a sparse soapy white head. The head disappears quickly leaving a bit of lace.

The aroma is strong, sour and typical of a wild fermentation. There's aromas of raspberry, strawberry, green apple and a distinct brett funkiness. Flavor is less complex than the aroma, it is mild and fruity, a bit sweet. It is well balanced to the point of blandness, nothing really stands out in the flavor. The finish is strong with brett barnyard and some bitterness.

The mouthfeel is really something. It's strongly carbonated and is really lively on the tongue. Then it dries up quickly. Overall it's a nice beer, but i was expecting some more complex and assertive flavors.

10-07-2010 01:29:39 | More by mjaskula
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scottfrie

California

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

750ml bottle split three ways at The Trappist in Oakland. 2009 vintage.

A: Gusher of a bottle poured into an Allagash glass with a large white head that slowly reduced itself down into a thick fuzzy film on top the slight hazy glowing golden liquid. The film stuck around the whole beer through and left a few streaks of lace down the glass.
S: Notes of bright sweet fruits, fruit candy, yeast, brett and light sour notes. Sourness and barnyard funk are light and not very potent. Overall the scent is very fruity sweet and yeasty.
T: Wonderfully fruity and lightly sour. Not puckering by any means but it gives the beer a great flavor. I pickup hints of bubblegum and green apple flavored candy. Tons of sweet fruits. Very earthy and delicious.
M: Very dry finish with a fuzzy mouthfeel and medium-full body. Aftertaste has a light bitterness and touch of alcohol warmth and viscosity.
D: Delicious and refreshing with just the right amount of funk and earthy fruity flavors. A year has done well for this beer.

09-28-2010 17:40:13 | More by scottfrie
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

Bottle, 2010 version. Pours a very clear golden color with a coastered white head . Wow, holy Brett notes in the nose with the addition of subtle Belgian notes. Grassy, medicinal, and barnyardy all in one. Malty subtle sweetness with a very Brett underlying taste. Floral aftertaste. Light mouthfeel. Some medicinal type flavors as well. Not bad but if you aren't a big Brett fan they this may not be the beer for you.

09-27-2010 13:36:41 | More by kbutler1
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darklordlager

Wisconsin

3.08/5  rDev -23.8%

Finally cracked the first beer I ever traded for. Reviewed 9/21/10.

A: Brilliant crystal-clear golden with a large head that dies down quickly but is easily roused.

S: Brett-y barnyard aroma greets the senses, along with some citric notes. Smells a bit chalky.

T: Citrus and barnyard as in the aroma. Has the funky horse-y taste of Wyeast's B. Brux, but the tartness and citric flavours of the B. Lambicus with which I am familiar. Finishes extraordinarily dry. Light fruitiness throughout--likely from a Belgian primary yeast (?) --Phenols are prominent, which are a bit distracting, with a "burnt" flavour that emerges as it opens up/warms.

M: Highly carbonated, nauseatingly so. Clashes with the bone-dry finish. Switched to an etched glass in an attempt to neutralize it, to no avail.

D: Having had NG R&D Golden Ale recently (and at nearly 1/2 the cost per mL) I much prefer that. The high carbonation and phenol/ester character with plastic-y notes I do not appreciate.

09-26-2010 02:49:52 | More by darklordlager
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sitarist

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Reviewed blind. Thanks Prufrock this was another huge want.

Feb. 2010 vintage.

This beer pours a glowing golden yellow. There are lots of bubbles rising to two fingers of foamy white head. The head falls slowly to an 1/8" cap that leaves minimal spots, and patches of lacing.

I smell pears, limes, and over ripe fruits. There is a nice balance between sweet and tart leaning towards the tart. There are some mild funky notes as well. My only complaint is the scent is pretty tame; Id sure like a little more oomph.

The flavors follow the aromas. Sweet and tart fruits, honey, melon, and lime. The flavors are very well balanced but just like the nose lack a little oomph.

Light and dry, it pricks at my tongue.

This is a very well balanced beer, maybe too balanced? Its easy to drink no doubt and far from boring; it just lacks a k.o. punch!

09-26-2010 01:40:35 | More by sitarist
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -4%

Last round at Allagash night at Rattle n Hum. Another 12oz pour into a teardrop shaped glass.

Confluence pours just a shade or two darker than gold, and quite clear. It's got an impressive foamy white head on it, especially seeing the condition I've seen most of the beers served in tonight. Lacing is also above average. All that pageantry just led to a letdown when I first leaned in for a smell. It had the aroma of a watered down Allagash Blonde, with just the faintest hint of brett. Where's my funk? The taste brings more balance between the malty sweetness (with a little more earthiness along with the fruitiness of Blonde) and the brettanomyces. I can find just a hint of the black pepper I've been getting from their house yeast strain all night as well. The pieces are in place, but the flavor doesn't really stand out overall, and it could stand to be pushed even a little bit further towards the funk. Best carbonation on any of the Allagash brews I've had tonight though, very nice and lively. Even for a Wild, Confluence seems just a tad watery, but I'm really just splitting hairs at this point. The restrained brett influence (albeit too restrained imo) and the solid execution on Confluence support a nicely flavored beer and make it solidly drinkable. Probably my favorite brew of the night.

09-24-2010 04:01:03 | More by axeman9182
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Khazadum

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

Big thanks to Derek ( Ya? ) for popping this bottle at one hell of a tasting. Poured into my snifter and enjoyed.

A- Nice grapefruit juice appearance. Good finger of white bubbled head that packed together like peanuts. There was a minimal level of lacing, but that is to be expected I suppose.

S- Slight funk that reminds me of acetic acid, earthy tones of grass and milled earth, and strong honey. I mean this honey came outta left field and smacks you with it in that masochistic enjoyable way.

T- As to be expected here. That funk comes about that reminds you of licking lemons as a child. The honey is much more subdued in the flavor, very mild. Lemongrass comes out in the finish.

M- Moderate amount of body with great carbonation. This was top notch in how much it lingered and where it laid its gentle head. The flavors were where I wanted them to be and I can't ask for much more than that.

D- Easy to drink. I could probably enjoy an entire bomber for myself and not think twice. This beer is great, make sure you try this one yourself. Without a doubt, I'd do it again.

09-15-2010 23:44:25 | More by Khazadum
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.63/5  rDev +14.6%

January 2009 bottling, courtesy of beandip

A - Pours a pale golden orange with a slight haze. Nice rocky white froth and some sporadic soapy lace.

S - Deliciously complex. Notes of pears, peaches and golden raisins mingle with a tart Brett nuance. Seems likely to be dry.

T - Quite like the nose, and deliciously so. More sharpness from the Brett, giving the brew an appreciable tinge of 'Band-Aid'. Definitely quite dry, though the impressions of fruitiness do well to balance the flavor.

M- Combines the pleasant pricklyness of Asti with the sophisticated dryness of Champagne. Very enhancing.

D - Awesome. I like drinking it. A lot.

On a side note, this is my first review posted from my new Android phone... Not convenient at this point... Going back to laptop/PC-based ticking.

09-11-2010 02:21:59 | More by ktrillionaire
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rudzud

Massachusetts

2.6/5  rDev -35.6%

From notes taken on 9/7, on tap at the Armsby Abbey. I dont know what the deal was with this, but as my review shows, something was definately off.

A - Clear light amber pour with a nice light one finger pour that results in very gentle lacing.

S - Very, very light funk/brett aroma and sour citrus. Incredibly muted aromas.

T - Whats going on here? In all honesty, this doesnt really taste like any wild ale I've ever head. I really doubted that I was given the right brew. Anyways, very, very weak flavors. Tastes like watery citrus and watery funk. Very shocked and confused.

M - Low carbonation but not in a syrupy sense. Just feels well, watery. Talking macro watery.

D - I know damn well this is a good beer but what happened with this pour? Bad batch? A mispour? Something happened here that just wasnt good. Such a shame too.

09-09-2010 04:03:53 | More by rudzud
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

09-05-2010 02:59:08 | More by Georgiabeer
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%

Poured into a tulip from a 2010 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice hazy strong golden straw color with a nice 1 inch head that is pretty dense and starts to recede at a moderate pace. There are some bigger bubbles scattered around the head. The head is nice and clean white and recedes finally to a thin film with a great sticky ring around the glass.

S - Nice malt and spice up front with some mild clove in there as well. Quite peppery and delicious. Slight vinous tartness is definitely in the nose from the yeast. Nice phenols and musty funk round out a very nice nose.

T & M - Yum. Delicious dry grainy start. Nice sweet and fruity flavors including some apple and slight lemon. The tartness is present but fades quickly. It is a very fluffy and nicely carbonated with some nice musty and funny farmhouse flavors. It finishes extremely dry almost like a white wine and there is a pretty substantial bitterness that goes along with the dryness. There is a great spicy and peppery flavor that works well with how crisp and clean the beer is.

D - Delicious with a lower ABV (relatively) and very refreshing and crisp mouthfeel. I could definitely drink a couple of these 750ml bottles on a warm day sitting on a nice shaded porch.

09-02-2010 21:59:28 | More by JoEBoBpr
Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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