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Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 772
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 107
Gots: 134 | FT: 12
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:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-14-2009

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.
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Ratings: 772 | Reviews: 239
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
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of billab914
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my lost Abbey stemware. It poured a pale, golden yellow color with a foamy white head filling the top inch of the glass. Decent head retention and nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma is tart and crisp with a very modest funk to it and a very slight acidicness. I'm getting a lot of grape and pear flavors to it overall. The fruit like flavors give it a crispness in the aroma.

The taste also highlights some fruity, grape and pear like flavors to it. It finishes on the tart side with a slight funk coming through. Very nice smooth and complex flavors to it overall.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being above average. Drinkability is good, it had a lot of great flavors to it and a nice complexity as well. All the flavors melded very well and it seemed very balanced for a wild ale. A very nice beer overall.

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

2010 vintage served in a sniffer. The beer pours a clear light yellow with a sparse soapy white head. The head disappears quickly leaving a bit of lace.

The aroma is strong, sour and typical of a wild fermentation. There's aromas of raspberry, strawberry, green apple and a distinct brett funkiness. Flavor is less complex than the aroma, it is mild and fruity, a bit sweet. It is well balanced to the point of blandness, nothing really stands out in the flavor. The finish is strong with brett barnyard and some bitterness.

The mouthfeel is really something. It's strongly carbonated and is really lively on the tongue. Then it dries up quickly. Overall it's a nice beer, but i was expecting some more complex and assertive flavors.

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

750ml bottle split three ways at The Trappist in Oakland. 2009 vintage.

A: Gusher of a bottle poured into an Allagash glass with a large white head that slowly reduced itself down into a thick fuzzy film on top the slight hazy glowing golden liquid. The film stuck around the whole beer through and left a few streaks of lace down the glass.
S: Notes of bright sweet fruits, fruit candy, yeast, brett and light sour notes. Sourness and barnyard funk are light and not very potent. Overall the scent is very fruity sweet and yeasty.
T: Wonderfully fruity and lightly sour. Not puckering by any means but it gives the beer a great flavor. I pickup hints of bubblegum and green apple flavored candy. Tons of sweet fruits. Very earthy and delicious.
M: Very dry finish with a fuzzy mouthfeel and medium-full body. Aftertaste has a light bitterness and touch of alcohol warmth and viscosity.
D: Delicious and refreshing with just the right amount of funk and earthy fruity flavors. A year has done well for this beer.

Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of darklordlager
3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

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

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!

Photo of axeman9182
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Khazadum
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of rudzud
2.64/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of adamette
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of soupyman10
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of fear025
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of drpimento
4.78/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of Ryan011235
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Stigs
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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