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Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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744 Ratings
THE BROS
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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 DavoleBomb
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of berley31
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a moderate-sized, off-white head that was thick and long-lasting. Body is a dark-yellow, golden color, and slightly hazy.

S: Interesting aroma... some fruitiness is present, complemented by the expected funkiness.

T: This is a great-tasting beer. The spiciness and fruitiness is there, again the funk comes firmly into play. Touch of bitterness in the finish that balances everything nicely.

M: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation.

D: Another great beer from Allagash... gotta love how they're always willing to go out there and push the envelope with their beers.

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

Bottled February 2010. Poured into tulip. Poured a hazy golden yellow-orange color with a tall, fluffy, bright white head that had great retention and very good retention.

A very nice spicy yeast aroma greets the nose. There's just a hint of funk in the background that goes nicely with the hint of citrus I picked up. That pretty much sums up the flavor profile as well, but the flavors don't seem as well defined as the aromas, and I have a weak olfactory unit.

The body was nice and mouth coating without being sticky. Drinkability was very nice, smooth and easy. Overall, very nice beer, but one that probably wasn't worth the $22 price tag.

Photo of Aenema
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pale honey, slightly cloudy with little head/lacing.
Smell - Funk, sweet malt.
Taste - Hint of banana, funk, bready malts.
Mouthfeel - Crisp, medium-bodied with a finish on the dry side.
Drinkability - Very drinkable with an interesting, refreshing nature.

Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip. I'm big into wilds and sours these days, this one is not as sour as you might expect or hope if you are like me. It was still an OK beer, maybe a Belgian pale ale sort of beer with a slight sour edge.

Beer is yellow and hazy. Forms a thin white head that breaks and gravitates toward the glass but fails to leave any lacing on the walls. Carbonation is moderate to low.

Beer's aroma is quite citric and some lactic sour notes. Very nice sour aroma.

The beer itself is not so sour. There is an odd citrus bitterness to it and some zest, only slightly citric based sourness and almost no lactic notes. Finishes cleanly...not my favorite sour but its OK as far as a beer goes.

Photo of bceagles39
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on draft at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, Maine on May 2, 2010.

Hazy golden color, foamy head that went down pretty fast but left average/good lacing.

Funky smell right up front. Funk continues in to the taste, hint of citrusy sweetness and some sips were very tart.

Very easy drinking if you like the tartness. Earthy, hay-like finish.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of dry Brett notes with a lightly sweet malt profile and some dry European style hops. Taste is quite refreshing with some clear Brett notes that are well balance with the lightly sweet malt backbone. Dry hops also provide some further enjoyment. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done and refreshing for the style.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a ChurchKey house snifter.

I haven't had too many wilds in my career, so I jumped a bit when I saw this guy on tap at ChurchKey. The pour goes just as I suspected, resulting in a somewhat hazy champagne gold; the head consists of a ring o' large bubbles that don't last the length of the drink. The nose is wild and fruity, with notes of white grapes, brett funk, and grapefruits. The taste is not all that different, spotlighting orange peels, bananas, cloves, a dry slap of bitter hops, and the skin of some mandarin oranges (I have no other way to describe that last one...took me almost ten minutes just to come up with that). Unfortunately for me, the more bitter aspects were what shined through, drowning out the more fruity, sour, wild notes. Overall, it tasted like biting into an orange, peel and all, just before the fruit is ripe. The body is light, with moderate carbonation (less than I expected, for some strange reason) and a rather dry finish. I gotta say I was underwhelmed with this beer; not disgusted or anything like that, but definitely disappointed.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 mL corked bottle poured from the bottle into a snifter glass in three parts. Bottled dated Feb. 2010.

Appearance: Golden yellow and hazy in color. Two finger, white, pillowy head slowly recedes into a nice white lacing. Head sticks the glass very heavily.

Aroma: Light citrus notes and bubblegum sweetness are the key notes in the aroma. Some funky notes from the Brett also are present. At first, before the beer hit room temperature, there was a strong, clean hint of hops.

Taste: Bubblegum and citrus are the main notes in the flavor as well. The funk also hits plenty, although it fluctuates in and out. Some medinicial and earthy notes are also present near the end. Some pale malt notes are also here, but don't really add anything. Clean, slightly hoppy finish. Far more subdued and clean than I thought it would be.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and rather creamy at times. Clean finish with not much carbonation.

Drinkability: This is easily drinkable thanks to the subdued flavors and managable ABV. Certainly not a challenge to finish an entire bottle.

Overall, a much lighter, cleaner, and more subdued brew than I expected. The flavors shine far more an room temperature than when slightly chilled. The Brett funk is not overpowering at all. A nice brew, but a bit pricey in my opinion.
Taste:

Photo of woosterbill
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16 into a Leviathan goblet.

A: Clear gold body with a steady narrow stream of bubbles rising to an attractive 3/4" cap of creamy white foam. Pretty good retention and lots of lace. Simply gorgeous.

S: Big funky wave of lightly tart brett aroma up front, backed up with lemon, clove, and more traditional Belgian yeast esters. SOme toasty malt underlies it all, but the funky, fruity, spicy yeast is beyond dominant, and really enjoyable.

T: Like the nose, funk starts things off, but soon recedes to make way for a flavor profile like that of a more traditional Belgian golden ale - fruity esters, light spice, and bready malt. The aftertaste is clean and hugely reminiscent of Duvel - which is, of course, a good thing.

M: Medium bodied with lots of soft effervescence - very lively, yet restrained. Excellent.

D: I'll keep ordering these as long as I'm here and the keg is flowing, but thats partly because it's way cheaper than buying a bottle.

Notes: While quite tame for a wild ale, this is simply a fantastic Belgian-style beer. I don't know if it's quite $20/bottle fantastic, though, so (as always) thank God for the Prime 16 happy hour!

Cheers!

Photo of popery
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

City Beer Store, Allagash night. I had high hopes for this beer, and while it wasn't quite up to them, it was also quite different than what I expected, altogether. It's a mildly sour beer with an excellent pale grain flavor, oddly clean for the style. Otherwise, there's a floral quality and a big earthiness from the Belgian yeast, almost lightly smoky in a dry mushroomy kind of way. Mild, though definitely detectable, hops provide bits of herbaceous, minerals and grass in the finish. The flavor is quite dry. And the feel is mild, though good. Quite drinkable for the abv and for a sour. I'm aging a bottle to see if the sour notes come out more with time.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy light golden reminiscent of many American wheats; atop this sits an incredible rocky and craterous (probably making that word up) head with plenty of lacing as it goes down.

S: A little bit of hay and funk and a slight acidic character. Some definite lemon and citrus characteristics along with hints of green apple peel.

T: Some bready biscuit malts backs up the rest of the flavors; odd to be able to taste this much malt in a wild ale, but not a bad thing at all. Hay, a bit of earth, and some nice funkiness. Not too much of a sour character. Lemon zest comes through as well.

M: Very nice and clean for all that it has going on. Plenty of carbonation and little to no alcohol flavor.

D: Nice all around. Not the best AWA that I've had, but nice and a little bit different.

Photo of Jayli
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at Novare Res 4/25
Served in a flute

A: This beer pours a hazy light orangish/yellow color with a one finger of white head. The head retains nicely and just leaves a straight up coating of lacing along the sides.

S: Nose is of major brett, sour notes a plenty, belgian yeast, spicey citrus.

T: Taste starts with a ridiculously light flavoring of pale malts, and then comes with tart citrus notes. Belgian spices, and very mild corriander, with a hint of funk in the finish.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, crisp and clean body with a touch of a dry finish.

D: Goes down very easily, tastes fantastic, nice kick - I would have a few glasses of this one!!!

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap @ Armsby Abbey.

A: Pasty white fizzy 1.5 finger head that fades slowly over a very hazy golden wheat colored beer.

N: Lots o Belgian wit aromas, with citrus, coriander, spices, lemon zest, some barnyard funk, biscuit, and more Belgian malts, and all with a little sour fruit.

T: More Barnyard funk to start, some yeasty flavors, but not too heavy for a wild. Pretty dry with more Belgian and biscuity malt flavors. Slight lemongrass and citrus with a little hoppy bitterness. A dry fluffy wit beer taste mostly with some added wild funk.

M: Medium but slightly watery with lots of carbonation (bottle condition has better carbonation though)

F: very dry and gets quite a bit of bitterness from some spicy hops that seem to really shine through on the finish. More lingering dry earthy barnyard funk, spicy with a little warming booze.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged, into my Allagash snifter/challice. Pours a clear and bright golden color. The color overall is pretty light, similar to a Bud Light honestly(lol). The beer continues to fizz for nearly the entire drink. The head is pretty large, about 2 to 3 fingers; frothy, creamy, white...leaves very patchy and sticky lacing all around the glass.

Aroma is outstanding. Very floral, like a pleasant spring day. Lots of Belgian yeast, malts, a little citrus, a little spice, small amount of hops. Very complex aroma, especially with the late dry-hop process.

Hmmm...I wonder. This tastes a little young. Even though this beer is pre-aged before bottled and release, it could use some time for sure. It has the familiar Belgian yeast flavors a lot of Allagash's beers use. There's a watery blandness though that I just can't shake. Even though there's quite a bit going on, the Brett needs some time to mature and tarten up to compliment the sweet notes. A mild hop backbone pokes through. Resembles a pilsner with a small amount of brett...with a Belgian yeast. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy! There is no issues with drinkability on this beer, thats for sure! Overall, it needs a little age...a little dissapointed, but not a bad beer by a long shot! A very solid beer for the Allagash lineup.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On draft. Served in a 10 1/2 oz tulip glass for $7. From batch #1192.

A: Crystal clear and magnifying. Pale golden-honey colored body with a bright snow white long lasting head. I'm not surprised with the head retention since an insane amount of streamers rush endlessly to the top constantly adding to the cap. Lacing is beginning to stick in solid, monolithic sheets.

S: Bretty and funky mixed with some luscious tropical citrusy hops. This is one of the hoppier wild ales I've had. The description I'm looking at says that Confluence uses Dry Glacier hops. I'm assuming there are others as I get more citrus aromas than the earthiness that my hop guide suggests. Additional aromas of hay, barnyard and a tame funkiness.

T: A multitude of sweet grape and berry flavors. Soft oakiness. There is a hardly noticeable alcoholic warmth, which is somewhat surprising for me since I thought the brett would bury anything sub 10% easy.

M: Sweet front to mid-palate and then very dry at the end. Lightly acidic. The mouthfeel is too tame to be a stand out in this category. This beer would be however, an effective introduction to wild ales. And I bet wine drinkers would love this.

D: What I fault this brew for in the mouthfeel department aids in its drinkability. Since Confluence is not a palate crusher, a few glasses in a sitting would not be out of the question.

Photo of Flashsp2
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash Confluence into Chimay glass

A medium yellow, perfectly clear body is topped with a two finger deep
fluffy eggshell head that tracks sheets of lace as it receeds. Head
never goes away, just lingers the whole way through. Very pretty.

Aroma is tart lemons, light barnyard, citrus, cider, apple cider
vinegar, dark cherries. Lots of complexity.

Fresh cut hay, lemon rind, horse blanket leather, white pepper, tangy
acidity, dry oak. The funkiness is light, but lingers on the finish,
which is dry and effervescent.

Mouthfeel is medium-light and bubbly, not watery but just lively. Any
more or any less would not go with the style, so its a nice fit.

Now this is an easy drinking Wild. Funk, sour, tart are all low and
well integrated. A big complexity on a very light palette. I liked
this quite a bit.

Photo of sisuspeed
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 2009 bottle. Thanks Dave!

Wow, does this sucker pop. It's been sitting in the cellar for a couple of months, but I didn't even manage to get the cage all the way off before the cork blew. Shot right across the room.

Anyways, Confluence pours a clear, golden yellow with a big foamy white head that leaves patchy lacing.

The aroma is filled with light citrus and a bit of barnyard funk. A little grassy, mixed with hay. Sweet golden malts. Orange, lemons, crisp.

Sweet malts and a touch of orange citrus meet the tongue. Picking up a bit of funky alcohol, bready malts and a hint of grapefruit. A little grassy and somewhat bitter at times. Mostly dry on the finish. Flavor leaves you wanting a bit, but not bad.

Mouthfeel is flooded with sharp, tiny carbonation. The body is a bit foamy, but fairly light.

Drinkability is pretty good. I'm enjoying the glass I have and the beer goes down pretty easy. Nothing is offensive, but the taste is a little one-dimensional.

Overall, this is a decent American wild, but with the other stuff that Russian River and Lost Abbey are cranking out, I'd probably pass on this one. However, I did get a taste of Allagash's Coolship with Cherries at NotB and that was very well done. So I know they can make good wilds.

Photo of nickd717
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml from Whole Foods Los Altos.

Paired with an awesome striped bass dinner my girlfriend cooked. Pours a mostly clear, bright golden color with a large thick white head and great lacing.

Aroma is awesome and bretty, with pale malt, citrus, and spice notes.

Flavor doesn't let you down at all - it's awesome. Pale and caramel malt form a great base, and Belgian yeast and brett meld seamlessly. Great notes of orange peel and spice, along with a slight fresh hop character even though this beer is over a year old.

Fairly lively yet smooth on the palate. Medium body, not at all overwhelming.

Extremely well-crafted and good overall. Very drinkable. Paid over $20 for this sucker and I'm glad it didn't end up being TOO much of a ripoff! Price points for Allagash do tend to run high to ridiculous though, and I end up passing on many of their beers for that reason.

Photo of hayesez
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this one up on a recent trip to New York City. Split between some friends over a game of Euchre.

Poured into my Bruery tulip. Pours a nice clear golden color with just a bit of sediment coming in at the end. A nearly white fluffy cap went from two fingers to one over the first few minutes. Sporadic lace was left when all was said and done.

Smell was more mild than I anticipated with some sour funkiness and some fruitiness. Maybe a bit of yeast as well.

Taste followed suit and was a bit on the mild side. Had a slightly sour lemon-like fruit taste that slowly morphed into a bretty finish. A fairly light bodied beer with near champagne carbonation...a bit too much for me, although I know many like this in their wild ales. Has a nice clean finish.

Overall, I must admit that I was a bit disappointed with this beer. Don't get me wrong, it was still good, but fell a bit short of my expectations. After this beer, we split its cousin "Interlude" and found it to be a notch better.

Consumed: 3/12/2010

Photo of coldmeat23
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Lindemans Flute
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
VINTAGE: January 2009

CAUTION: I removed the cage from this 750ml and the cork just almost took my eye out. It exploded out of the bottle and started to gush. Fortunately, I only lost about a sip or two.
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This looks more like a champagne than a beer, actually. It has a clear, golden color. Like I associate with with an asti spumante. When poured in to a flute, you get more head than liquid. As the head settles, over the next few minutes the liquid level rises somewhat. The lacing is spotty, almost chunky, and completely sticky.

It has a slight spumante-like sweetness to the nose. Lots of white grape notes here. A mild hint of brett funk is peaking through. A light tanginess. Light notes of granny smith apples and some almost ripened cherries. A good level of yeasty spiciness. Mild notes of a hayloft.

A nice level of fruitiness is what I notice first. Lots of orchard fruits in this one, especially apples and peaches. Nice yeast notes and a good touch of spices. It finishes with a decent amount of brett-inspired barnyard funk, which makes it a dry finish, indeed.

This has a medium body and a high level of carbonation. Just one more area that this resembles more of a champagne than a beer.
Not that that's a bad thing, at all.

This beer is very complex. It is also very smoothly balanced and quite tasty. Nicely easy-to-drink.
Allagash is a wonderful brewery, producing some very tasty beers.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a very light yellow with a small frothy white head. Nose is tart and funky with some light bitterness.

Taste very sour and funky, really sharp and tart. It's got some real spicy funk, quite nice. Mouthfeel is light and smooth, easy to dink for beig so funky.

Photo of koopa
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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