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Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

670 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 670
Reviews: 225
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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koopa

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

January 2009 750ml caged and corked bottle opened with a large carbonation pop and the bottle started to gush a touch.

Appearance: Pours a fairly translucent golden with slight orange folds. The crown is 3 fingers, white, shows amazing retention, and loads of lace.

Smell: Citric urine soaked hay with some incense spice from the yeast.

Taste: Pale malt, lots of brett that gives a "yeasty softness" to the brew. Not very dry and not sour at all which is fine.

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of light bodied with good carbonation that isn't extremely prickly but very present.

Drinkability: Very drinkable.

02-25-2010 22:38:21 | More by koopa
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

January 2009 Vintage
One of my favorite breweries. I love what Allagash does with wild ales. Served this slightly chilled, in a tulip, from a 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Confluence Ale pours out a beautiful golden color, that is crystal clear. The beer hazes a bit the deeper you get into the bottle from the thin layer of sediment. A VERY soft pour resulted in about an inch and a half of thick, creamy white head that faded ever so slowly into a half inch of pillowy foam. The entire glass was coated with thick webs of lace. Some seriously active carbonation bubbles were also noted.

Smell: So many smells hit the nose, I don't know where to start. Musty, rich, horse blanket funk. A nice faint peppery spice. Also getting what I think are some cherries, and maybe some tart green apple. Slightly floral and sweet nose.

Taste: Very smooth complex flavor. More horse blanket to start things off. Getting very little of the fruit I got in the nose. Just the slightest sour flavor. Earthy, yeasty, and spicey. Having trouble picking these flavors apart. Nice flavor though..

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Nice, bigger, medium bodied mouthfeel. Plenty of spritzy carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite a drinkable brew considering the heavy carbonation. Quite a tasty brew.

02-21-2010 14:35:24 | More by jaxon53
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%

750ml corked and cages picked up in Buffalo. Pours a hazy hazy golden straw color with some nice pillowy head that throws down an intricate lace.

Nose is abundant with fruitiness - pears, apples, orange spritz, pineapple - very juicy. A hint of spices and a light funk wafts through and activates the saliva glands in anticipation.

Mild barnyard funk in this one, mixes with a pleasant juicy fruitiness, a light tartness pulls on the edges, a little more citrus coming through in the taste, light spicing adds a pleasant layer, tight edgy carb teases through the mouth, a hint of rounding malt in the middle coupled with a hint of woodiness.

Superbly drinkable, I like it a lot. I am quite impressed with Allagash's offerings that I've had - they show restraint and a deft hand which aids a high level of enjoyment and drinkability, something you don't always see in sours.

02-11-2010 19:27:05 | More by ritzkiss
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dborginis

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

I usually try not to read reviews before I review, but I was in the store (Capone's) not sure which bottles to grab, so I looked then to pick what to buy.

Based on some reviews I knew this was an explosive beer. I undid the cage under a towel. While I was putting the cage in the trash, I heard a POP, and the towel had caught the cork. No spewing, luckily. A fun first for me!

Very heady upon the pour, had to let it sit, even with a gentle pour. A clovey, horse blankety smell. I had the interlude a month before and expected the nice sour belgian ale flavor. I got a funky, clovey, sour and sweet flavor. Some decent hop bitterness as well. The first few sips were a little too funky but as the bottle went on, it was a great flavor. My fiance liked it too and she's not a big sour/funk person. I figure it was a good balance. A fair ABV for the taste involved.

02-07-2010 03:42:11 | More by dborginis
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pmlondrigan

New York

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

January 2009 bottle Poured from a bomber into my snifter. Been sitting on this one since early last year. Beer pours a yellowish orange with a pure white head. The head lingers the carbonation on this beer is perfect. Great lacing all over the glass.
Faint aromas of brett, horse hair. Though green grapes? or sour apples is more prominent. There is also a faint hop aroma coming through and some leather as well. Very nice aroma, a favorite of mine.
The flavor follows from the aroma, sour apple, crisp and slightly bitter up front. There are some brett flavors in there but they are not predominant. This beer has an incredibly clean finish.
Wonderful mouth feel that enhances the drinkability of this beer. Again I really think Allagash nailed the carbonation on this one. This beer truly fills your mouth, if that make sense.

EDIT: Had another of 2009 January batch. Wow, after 1.5 years insane brett development changes the whole beer. Horse hair, hey, brett funk and pinapples.
Cheers

02-07-2010 02:01:20 | More by pmlondrigan
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%

Big thanks to ritzkiss for sharing this one. 750 ml corked and caged bottle.

Pours a clear amber/orange, very bright, huge white head forms, settles down to a thin ring around layer, drops a ton of lacing on the glass.

Smell is great, nice and funky, lots of floral, rosehips, very fruity, mango, caramel and citrus, very tropical, sugary, some spice, nice funky sourness going on, some wheat, vanilla, real nice.

Taste is similar, vanilla up front, some caramel, spices, jasmine, very fruity, more tropical, mangoes and some citrus, nice malty middle, some wheat and wood in the finish, lightly sour, just a real pleasant barnyardy funk.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Very drinkable, goes down easy, real nice funky complexity. Thanks Eric!

02-05-2010 21:41:36 | More by Viggo
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Big thanks goes out to kmurray8621 for shipping me this way back when. Thanks a bunch Kevin!

Nearly a year on this January 2009 bottle.

Cracked this sucker open tonight, the cork shot off when I poked it, literally! Beautiful hazy orange color sits below a egg-shell white head with some of the best retention I've ever seen. The head is incredibly creamy and smooth, it looks like solid foam, like if I poked it it would bounce back. Despite this, lacing isn't the best, only appearing in areas. Lacing aside, this beer looks perfect.

The nose is lightly acidic and funky. Light barnyard funky aromas mix well with fruity yeast characters. Normally, I wouldn't be a fan of a beer with a lighter aroma such as this, but it gives off a good vibe. Like it's hiding something, like it's shy. It makes me want to drink it more.

Now I see why the nose was so "shy." Unfortunately, there isn't much going on in the taste. I got a light acidic character in the nose, and it's not coming out in the taste at all. A crisp carbonation clouds everything and makes it hard to pick up individual tastes. A light barn funkyness comes out more as it warms, but the fruitiness of the nose isn't as well defined here. Was expecting just a little more, but this still tastes great.

Light to medium bodied, with a fine, crisp carbonation. Maybe slightly over-carbonated, but I like my Wild Ales to have a fine crisp carbonation. Drinkability is great. Alcohol, while not hard to hide at this level, is well hidden.

Overall, a solid example of an American Wild. If this was cheaper, I would consider drinking this more often, but for the price and the lengths I went to get it I don't think I'll be having it anytime soon. A great beer, just not one that I would go out of my way to get again. Thanks Kevin for this great beer!

01-27-2010 06:22:39 | More by Mistofminn
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1%

Out of a bomber this beer was a hazy, golden-orange color with two fingers of billowing head. The retention was good and the lacing good too. The aroma was complex and a little queer, leafy/grassy notes, sweet fruits (apples and pears) as well as the must of wild yeast. The flavors were similar with a strong emphasis on the Brettanomyces. The alcohol punch was also quite distinct but the fruit and must helped to conceal it. Earthiness and a good malt backbone helped to balance it all. Some lemon-like citrus notes appeared as it warmed up and the finish was dry and clean but a little awkward. The body was medium and the mouthfeel was pretty good but the carbonation remained pretty high throughout the whole sampling.

01-25-2010 21:14:38 | More by thekevlarkid
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Patrick999

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%

I've been excited about the idea of opening this one. The weather reverted back to summery saison/wild ale weather, so it seems like a perfect Friday afternoon for this.

I chose a tulip glass. The cork blasted out in a loud report, without too much coaxing. Large fizzy head with a lot of small bubbles over a bright clear white-gold body. It definitely has that "warm weather beer" look to it. A looker, no doubt.

Very typical good "funky saison" aroma of orange blossom, rosewater, underripe nectarine, hay, and wet leather. A little pungent yeast/sweaty sock aroma comes in as it warms.

One sip, and it's clear that our friend Brettanomyces has had free reign in the bottle for the past year, as this is dessicatingly dry. There's a big hit of white pepper up front, along with some real crackling, palate-scrubbing carbonation. After that, green stonefruit and some pineapple essence make cameo appearances before the surprisingly zesty hop character ushers in the inevitable dry, peppery-with-a-hint-of-wet-earth finish. Very refreshing in its dry intensity, I'm surprised there is as much hop as there is, at exactly one year old.

Upon first pour, I feel that it does come off as slightly over-carbonated. Let it breathe for a couple minutes in the glass, however, and this will not be a problem at all.

As you might imagine, it's an easy drinker for saison aficionados. Unfortunately, I am drinking this straight up - it would excel with many food pairings, I'd imagine. Mushroom risotto? Smoked salmon? Mussels? Clams? It's an overall pleasure to drink, and to review. Yes, it is a little pricey, but saison lovers should pull the trigger on this at least once.

01-22-2010 22:36:34 | More by Patrick999
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jtrem14

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass

A - Beautiful orange color, with a nice puffy white head. The head has hints of orange in it as well. Body is a bit hazy with a really great color. The retention of the head was great, and slowly subsided to lumps of foam on top of the beer and on the glass.

S - The citrus aroma is the most dominant and distinct of smells. In the background, a bit of brett comes through, and adds a nice characteristic to the overall aroma. Hints of spice as well.

T - The fruitiness begins to take over the bitterness of the citrus when it hits the mouth. Almost like eating a nice ripe orange. There is also a bit of spice that comes through more in the taste than it did in the smell

M - heavily carbonated with a nice light body, which finishes very nicely. Leaves a bit of dryness over all, though.

D - Pretty good overall. I enjoyed this at the Allagash brewery, and then again on a summer afternoon, outside, with a couple good stinky cheeses. Something about the earthiness of this beer lends itself to being enjoyed outdoors.

01-08-2010 13:21:54 | More by jtrem14
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

750mL bottle, corked & caged, $16.99 from Champanes in Warren, MI. When I twisted off the cage the cork popped out in an explosion, followed by a gush of foam. Even after sitting a while, each pour generates large pillows of rocky foam in each glass. The beer is crystal clear in the first pours, tending towards murky in final stretch due to yeasty sediment.

The beer smells really funky and sour, strongly similar to the nose of Orval, tart brett throughout. The taste isn't quite bracingly sour, but lives just about on that edge. Barnyard flavors (horseblanket, mustiness, etc) that hit the spot for me, also a light citrus in the bitter aftertaste, maybe not too far from lemons. Very good and easy to quaff. I love what Allagash does with wild ales, I just wish it were cheaper (along the lines of Jolly Pumpkin). Then again, Lost Abbey charges twice as much, so this may be a relatively pricey luxury for the foreseeable future.

01-05-2010 01:51:41 | More by TurdFurgison
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured into an urthel tulip type glass.

Pours 1 finger of bright white head. Amazing retention. Probably the best I have ever seen. Nice splattered lace left as well. Color is a dark burnt orange.

Aoma: lemon, grassy hops, funky barnyard flavors, big brett notes as well. I also get yeast flavors and spices. Very solid beer.

Taste: Lots of spices, lemon, brett, grassy hops, some barnyard funk. A quite tasty beer and I almost gave it a 4.5.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, bubbly, and refreshing. Medium bodied with a wonderful amount of carbonation. Ends just slightly dry, but pretty clean.

Overall, I was very impressed with this allagash offering. This beer was well done. I am very impressed and it is very drinkable. This would be something I would definitely pick more up of.

01-02-2010 15:58:55 | More by mothman
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klewis

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

A: Pours a hazy golden with a big foamy head. Good sustain with moderate lacing.

S: A musty brett smell with a bit of spiciness.

T: A little bit of sourness, a lot of funk. A very strong and dominant brett taste with a minty character and soft citrus notes.

M: Fairly light-bodied with champagne-like carbonation. A bit rough on the palate.

D: Pretty solid, but there's room for improvement. The brett is a bit too dominant, and the mouthfeel is a bit too carbonated, but otherwise, quite nice.

12-19-2009 04:22:26 | More by klewis
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magictrokini

California

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured an explosive cloudy copper with a head that takes a while to settle. Earthy aroma replete with brett and fruit. White apples, pear, and citrus zest mixed with Belgian yeast. Funky. Both in the nose and taste. Yet, the funk is the pleasant variety that enhances the sweetness of the underlying brew. More apples and now a vinuous quality pop up. Pleasant trippel-like spice and body. Wouldn't really call this a sour beer, as it is more earthy and fruity than anything else. Nice.

12-18-2009 18:53:26 | More by magictrokini
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

a: This was a foamer. Under all that was a cloudy golden color with orange highlights.

s: Tart peaches and apricots with a litlle lemon zest are what I noticed first. Also, plenty of zesty, peppery yeastiness, musty grains, and a surprisingly potent oaky tobacco aroma. Softly assertive and very deep overall.

t: It wasn't the strongest part of the flavor profile, not even close. But what jumped out at me most about this was the oak/tobacco flavor. It takes a definite backseat to the apricots and tart, musty yeastiness. This did have the strongest wood flavor I've tasted in a sour beer so far. Having said that, this was balanced and fun to drink.

m: Despite all the foam, this felt gentle in my mouth.

d: Great beer, thanks joepais. This reminded me of their collaboration with De Proef. A joy to drink, even my wife liked this one.

12-06-2009 20:57:43 | More by DIM
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joepais

Maine

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

I have been drinking quite a few of these on tap recently. Poured into a tulip glass it produces a good two finger white head on top of a sometimes clear, sometimes cloudy golden orange body.

The conflicting yeasts produce some awesomely strange aromas. I got some fruits and funk and this wonderfully strange combination of both. The flavor I must say grows on you. Green apples and sour grapes lemon and citrus hops are just some of the complex flavors. I will also say that it is a solid medium feel in my mouth with great carbonation.
I have had up to two pours of this brew and I say that was my limit do to the punch it packs. I have grown to like this beer and will drink it again

11-15-2009 22:12:20 | More by joepais
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ckeegan04

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

A - Very hazy golden orange with a billowing off-white head. Head is a solid three to four fingers thick despite a very gentle pour and retention is excellent. As it slowly fades it leves huge chunks of foam on the glass.

S - Citrus fruit and a musty earthiness mix together nicely. Hints of lemon and orange. A white pepper spiciness begins to emerge as well. Just a touch of Brett makes an appearance as well.

T - Zesty fruitiness up front with lots of lemon especially comng to mind. Light spiciness as well. A musty earthiness comes through in the finish. Rather dry throughout.

M/D - Light, crisp and a very well carbonated. Very lively in the mouth. Very easy drinking as well.

11-11-2009 03:41:49 | More by ckeegan04
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jwinship83

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -14.6%

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a couple of wine glasses and split with my family.

A- this one pours a cloudy golden yellow colored body with a small lasting white head. small rings of lacing left on the sides of my glass.

S- the smell is very subdued on this one. faintly earthy/musty. lemon peel. semi sweet grainy malts. pepper like spice. not really what i was looking for on this one. reminds me more of a saison.

T- the taste is equally bland. that pepper like spice is there, as is the lemon zest. somewhat sweet. decently earthy/musty. once again, this isnt what i was expecting.

M- light bodied with a high level of carbonation. crisp with a dry finish.

D- meh, one of the more boring members of the american wild family that comes with a high price tag. i probably wont be checking out the other bottle of this i have for a very long time. once again, it reminds me very much of a saison.

11-09-2009 22:19:39 | More by jwinship83
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Appearance: Bit of a gusher, big creamy head (as one would expect from Allagash)

Smell: Light barnyard funk, with too much sweetness and not enough funk. Bit of white pepper and yeast (similar to their trippel)

Taste: Mild, like the smell with a fair amount of grains. Light funk, lots of fruits like pear, apple, melon, orange, etc.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth but dry, Allagash has that part down pat.

Drinkability: Decent, I expected a better beer than this though, with more sour and funk. This one has too much influence from their trippel, although many of their beers suffer that fate (can't say I blame them though, stick to what works!). I hope they keep working on this as I know they can do better!

11-08-2009 03:05:06 | More by craytonic
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

750ml caged and corked bottle courtesy of NutBrown. Thanks Alan!

Ahh...another American Wild Ale to test my tastebuds on.

A huge pop when I remove the cork, at first I thought this was going to gush out as I saw the liquid heading for the opening but it stopped just short. Cool. Zero beer lost!

It pours a hazy straw gold with a +2 finger head of billowy foam. I can see lots of good sized bubbles ascending to the top and my glass has some good lacing.

Taking a few whiffs, I get some nice peppery notes along with a nice earthy and bretty funk. More smelling on my part and I can sense some sweetness that I'd say is very honey like.

First sip in and the pepper starts things off followed by some lemon zest tartness and actually more of a lemon bitterness. Some funky notes are transferred from the smell but not in a big way....it's more of an earthy maltiness that I'm sensing and that's cool with me.

More sips in and I'm thinking to myself, this tastes more like a Saison than the AWAs I've tried before but what ever. This is a nice tasting and easy drinking beer and that's all that matters.

On the low end of medium bodied with a nice brisk level of carbonation, it finishes crisp and dry. Oh and head retention is typical for an Allagash brew....superb!

Drinkability? No interference from the alcohol at all and very tasty...this is a very easy drinking brew. Yet another well made beer from the gang at Allagash!

10-10-2009 16:38:24 | More by Bitterbill
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.9/5  rDev +21.3%

This beer smells horrible in a way that some of the world's best cheeses smell horrible. In the same way that I wouldn't condemn a cheese for smelling bad, I am not going to damage my rating of this beer for having an unpleasant nose. Confluence is a work of art in a liquid format. Beautiful mix of sweet, sour and spice... I wish it was easier to find and I wish I could get some kegs to tap at my place (i'd even be happy with some bottles). Just amazing.

09-23-2009 19:46:28 | More by KickbacksSteve
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Halcyondays

California

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Since I didn't want to pony up a Jackson for a bottle, I was happy to see it on-tap at Beachwood,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with a puffy looking white head, good lace.

S: White pepper, Brett is clearly evident, a yeasty smell as opposed to a bacterial one as most wilds tend to have.

T: Belgian fermented malt, lemon rind, with heavy white pepper and a ton of Brett which I greatly enjoyed. Bitter yeast flavours. Has a sourness which is real light on the finish.

M: Very dry, light acidity, medium-bodied, a very smooth beer.

D: This was very different than most wild ales you come across, it reminded me of a mix of Orval and Interlude in some ways. This beer is still heavily Belgian-influenced with a hint of America.

08-26-2009 18:37:04 | More by Halcyondays
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MiScusi

California

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

Had on tap at Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach.

A- clear and blonde. Small cap of foam on the mini-pilsner 5.5 oz glass it was served in.

S- slight lactic acidity in the nose, earthy

T- mildly tart with a lemony sorta undertone and all those other flavors Brett usually imparts.

M- Very light, almost watery at one point, but not necessarily bad for this beer.

D- Very good, my taster disappeared way too fast.

08-26-2009 15:48:44 | More by MiScusi
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Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

Semi cloudy, yellowy amber, with a sparkling near white head that trails fine and scattered lacing. Fruity nose, with lemon and pinapple on the old sniffer. Very dry brew, with more citric fruits and a moderatly sour mid section and finish. Certaintly tasty, subtle, complex and interesting. Tasty brew, if it was not so expensive in bottles, I'd like to age a few and enjoy a few others. Another BA worthy effort and a quality achievement in brewing from Allagash's brewers

08-24-2009 21:13:49 | More by Billolick
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +18.8%

A: Poured a nice slightly hazy yellow with a bountiful head.

S: Wow..citrus, green apple, bubble gum, subtle banana..couldn't wait to take a sip.

T: One of the few beers I've tried recently where the taste surpasses the nose. Green apple, pixie-stix, and honeysuckle come to the forefront. Amazing balance. Out-fruits the fruity beers.

M: Light-bodied, which hides the alcohol content nicely.

D: There were a few new beers on tap at my buddy's bar when I tried this (and I intended on trying them all during my visit) but I left a few hours later after having only four pints of this nectar. I'd drink it all day.

I've met a handful of people who are a little baffled by this beer, but I encourage you to not be afraid. It is like a painting which seems ludicrous at first, but in which you find numerous meanings and nuances with additional viewings. Fantastically original brew.

08-18-2009 18:15:40 | More by donniecuffs
Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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