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Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

731 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 731
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 98
Gots: 121 | FT: 11
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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5/5  rDev +24.1%

hyuga, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

kirbsicles, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

JRod1969, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

sideshowe, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of mactrail
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The ideal brettanomyces beer for my taste. Still enough malt after the bacteria got started on it. Nice meaty taste of umame. Sharp but not sour. Long, fragrant nose of grain. Cloudy amber. Woody and brambly flavors. Like a wild Saison.

Definitely well made beer. A great sourish fruitiness with a dry malt flavor and an edge of bitterness. I would recommend this as a good start in exploring beers beyond the usual styles.

mactrail, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank back in June to celebrate the Mavericks winning the NBA title. The bottle is labeled February 2010.

The beer pours a golden color with a large white head. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of leathery brett notes, as well as some light funk and Belgian yeast. There is also a nice fruit component of lemons and apricots.

The flavor is very dry. I get a lot of brett and leather, with some orange mixed in. The Belgian yeast comes through nicely, as do some pepper and coriander notes. There is some light funk and some light tartness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of jrenihan
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled March 2011.

Beer is a bright golden colour, a little bit cloudy. Very large shining white head. Retention is very good. Good lacing.

Smell is funky and potent. Yeast, spice, light fruits such as lemon and peach. Floral. Very nice smell.

The sour funk is not as potent in the taste as expected from the nose. More balanced. The sour is cut a bit from a very mild bitterness that must be the result of the dry hopping, which I didn't get much of in the nose. All of the scents from the nose are present in the taste, and the Brett is clearly present. Nice but not the gem that the nose was.

Mouthfeel is the weak part of the beer. Feels strangely heavy, and it dries out the mouth like crazy. Surprisingly low carbonation considering how eager the cork was to pop out and the massive head.

Overall a good beer. Taste was a bit of a letdown after the nose, but still good.

jrenihan, Oct 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bomber poured into a flute; March 2011 bottling

An extremely soft golden straw color with streams of tiny bubbles pushing north to a huge, meringue-like cap. Excellent retention and loads of sticky lace.

The aroma is of soft peaches, slightly tart lemons, apricots and even some pineapple and granny smith apples. At first, I thought the funk was a little light, but as this guy warmed, some band-aid aromas came out.

I still can't get over the thickness of this head. A giant ring of foam is stuck across the top of my glass. It looks awesome.

Tart lemons and granny smith apples come to forefront, with sweet pineapple and peach quickly in tow. Some acidic notes through the middle before a rush of saddle leather funk and dryness. The funk just sweeps in and leaves your mouth dry. No pucker, lightly tart.

A light medium body with high carbonation, but it works well. Smooth and creamy with a touch of effervescence.

This is a nice wild ale, but it definitely didn't blow me away. I guess it's balance is a detriment? Definitely well crafted and enjoyable. A very good beer.

ColForbinBC, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of Hands22
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ (Seal Beach).

A- pours a murky dark straw color with a long-lasting, thick white head. Great lacing. 

S- spicy and citrusy. A little funky Brett character adds to the complexity. 

T- spicy with some Brett again. The sourness compliments but doesn't overwhelm. Get a little bit of vinous flavors, too. Finishes dry. 

M- medium-low body. High carbonation. 

O- a great Belgian-style ale. The sourness is mellow and adds complexity without detracting from drinkability.

Hands22, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of gpogo
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy golden orange body with a small white head and constant streams of bubbles.

A- Amazing aroma, very fruity and a wonderful sour funk to it all.

T- Sweet light fruit malt. A light sour hit follows and some spicy alcohol flavor. Finishes leaving a toasty fruity aftertaste.

M- Medium-light body. Moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

D- Pretty great wild beer. I'd think even non sour beer fans would enjoy this. The smell was amazing, that said the flavor is a bit light. Worth checking out at least once though.

gpogo, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of mlazzaro
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cork and cage 750 ml 2011 bottle. exciting carbonation. hazy yellow-orange in color. fluffy white head. decent head retention.

smells of citrus, pepper and brettanomyces. hops are blending really well with the brett character. aromatics did mellow out pretty quickly, but it smelled delicious.

the first flavor is soft wheat/malt flavor, followed by a moderate bitterness and an intense brett finish. brett has a grassy-barn funk to it. I enjoy it much more as I sip on. tastes substantially better warm.

mouthfeel is a bit full for a brett beer, unusual. bitterness is notable. acidic beer, grapefruit juice in comparison.

haven't really had anything else like it. cheers

mlazzaro, Sep 09, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750 ML bottle for $22.99 from Olive Tree Market here in OB and poured it into a Geuze Boon Lembeek glass.

A: After a big pop from the cork, this one pours a hazy straw-like hue, slightly effervescent, with a fluffy white head that sticks around leaving good lacing in its tracks.

S: Immediate sour funk - wood and leather gives way to citrus and crackers, some spice, with a slight hint of hop and wheat at the very end.

T: Hit with instant yeast funk that is balanced extremely well with bready grains, a light amount of hoppiness, and sweet spice. Almost farmhouse style but with more funk and lingering hops - super tasty!

M: Light bodied, almost champagne-like carbonation, crisp and dry finish, with some lingering bitterness from the hop.

Overall a great American Wild Ale, and the dry hopping is a real nice touch that makes this one better than average. Not sure about the price though - nearly $25. a bottle seems a bit steep. We're starting to go beyond the cost of a bottle of Cantillon - let's be real here!

DeanMoriarty, Aug 30, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

March2011 Allagash Confluence. 7.4% dry hopped brett belgian. Pours a golden haze with an almost champagne like fizz, building into a tall, fluffy, fortuitous head, the like of which I may have never seen such in the way of the cumulus nimbus. A dense lace coats the glass throughout the session. A floral, slightly citrusy boquet trumpets the aroma with hints of spicy phenols. At this point, the beverage is an impecable belgian offering. Wading through the foam, dryness and crispness arrive and last through the sip, with a floral and lightly pungent mid-body that is briefly noted and requires another sip. And many more. The dryness combined with the bite of carbonation leave a disappointing finish, but with the desire to taste again so as to experience the medley again. Overall, the hopped flavor melds seamlessly with an almost invisible brett tart. While a tad too dry, this is an otherwise perfect beer.

NuclearRich, Aug 16, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Julio's Belgian Beer Festival on August 14, 2011. They were pouring the 2011 batch. The color is olive-yellow with a fizzy, bubbly head. The aroma is very memorable and distinctive as it marries together the Allagash Belgian House yeast and some wild yeast, which emits a flowery, piney, earthy combination. The body is light but delicate. Lots of zesty, acidic fruits in the taste such as lemon, apple, and pear. Very interesting and worth trying.

puboflyons, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of Pencible
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle
A: This poured a cloudy light gold with moderate fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like lemon zest and very tart persimmon, with funk and fresh hay and clove, and a bit of grapefruit and white peppercorn and honey.
T: It tasted like lots of fresh wheat and lemongrass, with some grapefruit and honey. It had a clean and mellow bitter aftertaste.
M: It was oily with lots of natural carbonation. Nice and light body.
D: This was a nice wild ale with great scent, but relatively bland taste. The body was nice, and the finish was smooth, so it was very easy to drink. I wish the taste matched the scent, but instead it ended up being somewhat boring and forgettable. I doube age would improve, but it maybe bring out more brett character. Not worth the price fresh.

Pencible, Aug 13, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes

notes of tart grape skins, cherries and loads of funk, some light spiciness and a decent touch of oak. lots of dark fruit, tart funkiness and a nice earthy, woodsy like smell blending together very nicely on this one. Silk like smoothness, and the finest carbonation bubbles, really well done in that regard. ;ots of sour in here right up front with frapes and light lemon like citrus taking over. Rolling through some nice notes of cherry then came over me. Decent funkiness in through the middle and the finish, but it was actually almost blended out by a cherry like sweetness and more hints at a sugary touch.

mikesgroove, Aug 03, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle from march 2011. Poured into a small allegash tulip.

A: Rocky white head on a fairly soft pour. Beer was a hazy blonde color. Fantastic lacing and head retention.

S: light fruit, funk comes through although restrained. Notes of vanilla and pears. Very enviting

T: Very smooth citrus wheat with some spice to it. The brett in this really lends a nice vanilla fruit note to it with some hay. Funk is there but subtle and the vanilla is very nice. Not much hop presence but balances nicly.

M: Very well carbonated with a luxurious mouthfeel. Vanilla hangs for a moment and then dissipates leaving a crisp clean mouthfeel. Effervescent.

O: I would drink this over and over- really an amazing beer. Gets better with age and the brett on this really lends great flavors. A+

scinerd3000, Jul 31, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Strong pressure upon opening. It pours a cloudy orange color with two and a half fingers of egg shell-white head that holds like latte foam and laces like it as well.

S: Citrus, mild sour funk, some floral hoppiness, and perhaps some green apples.

T: It's a beautiful blend of mild funk, orange, lemon curd, light hoppiness, and pepper.

M: It has average thickness with strong carbonation.

O: This is wonderful; it shares many similarities with Orval.

bucklemyshoe, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of metal850
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

March 2011 vintage.

Poured into Goblet.

A: 1 inch white to off white head of large bubbles which drops to 1 cm and lingers that leaves a nice lacing. Straw hazy color.

S: Lemons and funk, not a lot of aroma complexity just some brettiness.

T: Phenolic spiciness, quite bitter, not a lot of funk flavor, a light sweetness that doesn't hold up well to the bitterness.

M: Medium carbonation and a light body.

O: Decent brew, the brett adds some complexity but the base brew could be better.

metal850, Jul 17, 2011
Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 731 ratings.