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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
91
outstanding

744 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 744
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 99
Gots: 125 | 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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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.”

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Photo of Luvzsurfrz
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of oline73
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of xnicknj
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Soonami
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DannyS
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'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.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Arenbeer
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of scruffwhor
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Dubber55
2.93/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Gmann
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of goldbot
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of STEG
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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...

Photo of avalon07
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of morimech
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of pdoran10
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Duhast500
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of hardy008
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jdhilt
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of stimulus
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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