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Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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666 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 666
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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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
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adamette

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Review from notes taken while I enjoyed this beer on tap at The Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL with (among others) my two brothers-in-law Steven and Mat August 21st, 2010. Mat lives within minutes of this place and we enjoy visiting there when I am in town.

A Creamy, thick white head over a yellow opaque, hazy body with great lacing! 4.0

S Cloves, fruit, heat of alcohol and a measure of "funk." Peppery and ultimately interesting. 4.5

T Spicy, peppery sweet malt with some hops. The taste is complex, interesting and repeated sips rewarded me with several different realizations about the taste. The taste of this beer demands your attention. 4.0

M Smooth physical feel but sharp spice notes break that up. Feel is interesting as well! 4.0

D Good due at least in part to interesting tastes, feel. 4.0

08-30-2010 02:31:58 | More by adamette
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Grabbed this one in celebration of my buying my first home. A great brew, although not quite as outstanding as most of Allagash's "big" brews. This one was kind of your straightforward sour and tart flavors that you get in a Wild "funky" brew, with some fairly consistent yeast and milder hop flavors, with some occasional fruity orange/citrus. Again, not bad, but in no way as impressive as a lot of Allagash's, or even their comparable Interlude.

08-25-2010 00:10:07 | More by soupyman10
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fear025

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL.

Aroma:Sour lemon and bubblegum notes.

Appearance:Light gold in color. Very little head. Good lacing.

Taste:The first taste is sour with funky brett flavors up front and in your face. Behind this taste, the hops start to come through. After a few sips, through the mid and aftertaste, the floral aspects of this beer are much more noticeable.

Mouthfeel:Light body, slightly harsh mouthfeel.

Drinkability:This is a well balanced beer with brett flavors intact, but still mild enough that delicate floral flavors are still there.

08-20-2010 17:24:17 | More by fear025
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.8/5  rDev +18.8%

Man, really good beer. These folks know what they're doing. Poured with a huge, foamy, frothy, rocky, off-white head that lasts a long time and lots of lace. Color is a clear, slightly pale amber. Aroma is full and of yeast, barnyard, spice, hops, malt, fresh cut grass. Flavor is similar to nose and has a slightly sweet background upon which are the tart and bitter flavors are evidenced. Body is excellent - in the way that is best for this style, not too thick yet not thin with champagne-like carbonation. The finish is like flavor and where I notice the characteristics of the Brett which nicely complements the beer. Finish is fairly long. Satisfying, good drinking beer. I'd defy someone blindfolded to say this isn't Belgian. Kudos to Allagash brewmasters; a hearty well done!

08-16-2010 05:15:59 | More by drpimento
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%

Poured into a snifter (1st pour) & a tulip (2nd pour) on 8/3/10

January 2009

Bright, glowing golden hue; a very pretty color. Doesn't look very cloudy, just has a nice depth to it. Carbonation is vigorous resulting in two fingers of lightly seated bubbles of foam. The head has dropped to 1/8th inch; swirling does well to revive a solid layer. Decent retention. Nice swaths of lace all drip down with each sip. Lacing is better in the tulip.

The aroma is light & rather crisp. Floral & grassy tones drift about & intertwine with a moderate barnyard funk. Notes of hay & lemongrass. The cleaner aspects of the floral & grass notes make it seem more akin to a prairie, as the funk isn't overly pronounced. Better yet, possibly an orchard; wisps of tart apples abound. Hints of citrus zest, pear & a touch of pepper.

Ah, betrayed by the nose, Confluence actually tastes quite tart. Tangy notes of apple with pear & lively lemon zest. Kind of peppery & floral. Grassiness doesn't seem as notable as in the aroma. On the whole, what I presume to be Brett-induced funk is more restrained than I might expect. As it warms though, the funky flavors become more apparent, as the tartness subsides a bit. Though good, it never delivers on the complexity of the aroma.

Medium-light body with a penchant for crispness. Carbonation is pretty high. Initially it is extremely vigorous, though over time it does chill out a tad. Even still, it always remains active. Overall, it's dry. The beer finishes with an odd, almost waxy coating, which I find strange. Despite moderate abv, I suppose it could pass for numbing. Other than that, the finish is surprisingly clean.

Confluence Ale is an easy drinking Wild Ale, though it isn't quite seated in the upper-tier. Enjoyable, but for the price I'd be more inclined to check out Allagash's other beers before I drink this one again.

08-07-2010 03:06:05 | More by Ryan011235
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detlefchef

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

Brilliant golden color with fine white head
Aromas of honey funk (bee pollen?)
Super rich flavors of leeks and chestnuts
Very polished and almost no sour quality.

Honestly, I would have never guessed this was a bret beer.

Served in a flight with Oro de Calabaza and Ommegang Ommegeddon with grilled white shrimp with tomatillo-peach salsa

08-05-2010 01:18:57 | More by detlefchef
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

This was on draft at Churchkey in D.C. a while back. I'm finally entering my back-logged reviews from my notebook.

A: This beer appears a hazy shade of yellow with a medium-sized head that leaves a fair amount of lacing as it recedes.

S: Apples, pears, white wine, yeast.

T: I really like this beer. It's not incredibly sour (I like incredibly sour), but a wild ale doesn't need to assault your cheeks with a sour bomb to have merit. All of the aspects listed in the aroma shine through nicely. The flavors are well integrated and flow together in nice harmony. Very tasty stuff.

M: Decent feel. I do wish it was slightly more sour.

D: Wonderfully smooth and quaffable. Effortless.

08-03-2010 01:07:30 | More by Huhzubendah
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

750ml of 2009 vintage, served in a Duvel tulip.

A - pours with a huge bubbly and pillowy head of white which seems to be barely creeping its way down the glass. the beer is musky, golden in color. spotty sticky lacing all over the glass.

S - very tart lemon, cherries, some basement mustiness...yeasty and lightly touched with the funk. earthy and woody at the end with some graininess.

T - begins with a strong grainy malt base which lingers through the end of the drink. some straw and hay "barnyard" tastes joined by Brett and lemon zest which is just ever so slightly sour.

M - light body with a super sharp, biting (and complimentary) amount of carbonation. lingering grains and a light bitterness.

D - one fine summer sipper, incredibly refreshing though i wish there was just a bit more going on in the flavor department as after the nose it was a bit of a let down.

07-11-2010 23:05:22 | More by Stigs
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womencantsail

California

4.08/5  rDev +1%

2009 Release

A: The cork shot out of the neck of the bottle as soon as I loosened the cage, but no sign of gushing at all. The pour is a nice, clear golden yellow color with a huge white head.

S: Lightly bretty and quite fruity on the nose. Lots of apples, pineapples, peaches, a bit of lemon zest and some floral hop notes.

T: The flavor is quite earthy with the same fruity sweetness displayed in the nose. Lots of apples, pears, and peaches along with a slight yeasty spice ester. The beer is quite dry on the finish.

M: Highly carbonated with a medium body and a dry finish, despite a decent amount of sweetness.

D: Not my favorite wild ale, but certainly a different take on the style (read: not sour). A good fruitiness which I really enjoyed.

07-10-2010 01:47:28 | More by womencantsail
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

2009 750ml sent to me in a BIF! Thanks!

A- Body is a nearly opaque golden yellow hue. Cloudiness is uniform. Pours with a massive, crazy 3 finger+ head-pretty much a gusher-but salvageable. Head fades to a nice foamy 1 finger or so and leaves a ton of lacing behind in the glass.

S- Nose is hoppy, funky, and very good overall. Lots of sour lemon, floral hops, spicy bready yeast, and some funk.

T- Flavor is very similar to the nose. There is a good balance between all these aspects described in the nose upfront. The floral hops intensify for the finish with some accompanying bitterness and some sour lemon lingers as well.

M- High carbonation with a light yet full body. Dry and spritzy with some yeast presence.

D- This is an awesome beer. Certainly wild and funky. A good member of the miscellaneous pale belgian category-but slightly wilder. Reminds me of a saison. Another wonderful allagash brew.

07-06-2010 01:46:21 | More by PittBeerGirl
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TommyW

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

A- Thin, hazy gold body with a thin white head.

S- Fruity (like peaches and white grapes) with a slight earthy, wood note.

T- Fruity upfront, again reminds me of white grapes. Little horseblanket funk comes in from the brett, and a touch of earthy wood from the yeast. Overall, pretty dry; reminiscent of a dry white wine.

M- Silky feel with a low carbonation.

D- Really interesting beer; a great beer to sip on and enjoy all the interesting flavors going on.

07-03-2010 02:51:05 | More by TommyW
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

Bottled Feb 2010

Poured an outstanding head of white fluffy pillow bubbles and a straw yellow that left respectable lacing.

Smell of horseblanket, pilsner malt and Oak.

Taste of strong oak, mild brett without a lot of tartness. Horseblanket flavor with grass and pilsner malts. Oaky flavors overpower the sourness that might have been present more had there been more age on this.

Medium bodied and pretty strong carbonation. Had to pour this within 5 seconds or feared it would gush a little bit.

Overall pretty good, a little on the expensive side, very similar to La Roja or some other JP brews I thought with oak predominantly taking over.

07-03-2010 00:11:44 | More by alpinebryant
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david18

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Wow! I had a glass of this as a part of tasting new beers at my local beer bar.. This one stood out from everything I tasted...and they were all belgians. It had a unique aroma, very refreshing while still being interesting. Flavor, again, great sourness without being difficult to drink. I can have numerous glasses of this beer.

07-02-2010 21:47:09 | More by david18
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%

Had this on-tap at American Craft in Brookline today. Review from notes.

4.0 A: Hazy dark yellow. One finger of white head with decent retention and a good ring of lacing.

4.5 S: Brett and fruitiness team up to form a bubblegum aroma. Very strong and very nice.

3.5 T: A bit too mild for me. Brett funk is there, but subdued. Hay and grassy. Indistinguishable light fruits.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good carbonation but could be a lot creamier.

3.5 D: Not bad, but sort of run of the mill. The price, however, makes this a beer to avoid.

06-30-2010 00:33:23 | More by DavoleBomb
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -10.9%

re-review 12/17/11
sweet, lemony, light bright in nose. Flavor is sweet and lemony. Strong hop in back and fairly bitter finish. Pretty good, balanced. A touch sweet and overly bitter in the finish .
***
Big thanks to Sarah for sharing this one! And we have a gusher, WARNING: The bottle cap shot out like an animal on this one.

A-pours a nice deep golden amber color with a good hazy center. the head is bubbly and white, very thin.

S-soft golden fruits up front of peaches, notes of lemon and a touch of brett with a light peppery spice in the back.

T-peaches and golden fruit up front, touch of lemon, brett comes in next with a good bit of spice behind, light grassy hop in the back with a hint of bitterness.

M-smooth and prickly on the back of the throat, very soft on the tongue, light carbonation with a lighter to medium body.

D-pretty tasty brew here, nice balance with a hint of hops in the back and a nice brett presence with delicious peach in there.

06-27-2010 22:17:40 | More by cpetrone84
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

On-tap 6/22/10 at Rose Alley Ale House in New Bedford, MA, served in a small tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of tart fruit, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast and some spice.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character and a strong Belgian yeast backbone. Then there are mildly sweet flavors of tart fruit and caramel than come in. The hops presence is very mild but the beer still has a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, slightly filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's a little heavier than most that I've had in the style but there's enough complexity and flavor to make worth drinking for a long time.

06-24-2010 12:18:51 | More by TheManiacalOne
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