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Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
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733 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 733
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 98
Gots: 123 | 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 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!

woosterbill, May 20, 2010
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.

popery, May 07, 2010
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.

Thorpe429, May 04, 2010
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!!!

Jayli, Apr 27, 2010
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.

jlindros, Apr 19, 2010
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.

ShadesOfGray, Apr 12, 2010
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.

FeDUBBELFIST, Apr 09, 2010
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.

Flashsp2, Mar 22, 2010
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.

sisuspeed, Mar 20, 2010
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.

nickd717, Mar 15, 2010
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

hayesez, Mar 14, 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.
___

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.

coldmeat23, Mar 03, 2010
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.

kingcrowing, Feb 27, 2010
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.

koopa, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of jaxon53
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jaxon53, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of ritzkiss
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

ritzkiss, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of dborginis
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

dborginis, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of pmlondrigan
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

pmlondrigan, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Viggo, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of Mistofminn
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Mistofminn, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

thekevlarkid, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of Patrick999
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Patrick999, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of jtrem14
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jtrem14, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TurdFurgison, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of mothman
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mothman, Jan 02, 2010
Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 733 ratings.