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Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

719 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 719
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 96
Gots: 116 | FT: 10
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 zep9865
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed courtesy of aasher. Poured into New Belgium snifter with 4 fingers of soapy white foam head. Color is a faded orange with a hint of copper.

I smell some lemon on the nose and lots of orange. The smell is rather tame for a wild.

The lemon that i could smell on the nose fades quickly into belgian yeast and some hops. Almost tastes a little bit more like a kolsch or wheat. I taste some orange as well.

I like the mouthfeel of this beer. Beer moves from slightly tart to sweet to bitter.

Not overly impressed with this beer but it does have session quality. There aren't any flavors or taste notes that really stand out

zep9865, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of hillvt4me
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Blurred yellow color; minimal Snowa white head at the top; strong lacing in the glass.

S: Spice, bread and citrus

T: A tinge of sour to a yeast and mild citrus infusion; some fresh hops.

M: Light bodied, missing some carbonation, dry finish.

O: Overall balanced beer; could hit a alittle more on flavor.

hillvt4me, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of damienblack
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep yellow/light amber in color. Huge pop on the cork, bursting with carbonation. The gentlest pour gave the biggest head. Smells musty, and a dry-hopped aroma. I've not smelt a wild ale that smelled so hopped. Very dry, and the hops stood out at first, but over time, the other flavors came to the forefront. Dry ephervescence prevails, some citrus, apricot, light fruit. Fairly sticky on the tongue, but even for a wild, not the easiest drink. A very slow sipper, decent, but for the cost, there are better available.

damienblack, Aug 07, 2009
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.

drabmuh, May 24, 2010
Photo of axeman9182
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

axeman9182, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled june 12. consumed nov. 12.

A: Dense lemon peel coloring shows a vibrant life of effervesce. A sea-shell white head is milky, frothy, with an excellent stay of retention and sticky lacing.

S: Musky barnyard, hay, lemons with a decent amount of strength.

T: Funky lemon barnyard flair, lightly tart but followed by a sweet, grainy and lemony flair. Spicy hops, pilsner style grainy backbone with a lemony tart finish.

M: Grainy mouthful, yeasty warmth, tiny micro-bubble feel adds texture.

O: Exceptionally clean and crisp, the craftsmenship is in the smooth and well toned flavor.

beerthulhu, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a vase, the beer is a light, pale, lemon-yellow coloring with a sparse coating of white film. Aromas of white grape and cherry, semisweet and a bit sour. Flavors are subtle and lightly sour, with the grape flavors holding the palate. Similar to a pinot gris, but fuller bodied and carbonated. The aftertaste is light, and slightly filmy. Clean, crisp aftertaste. Very easy to drink, and very refreshing.

GarthDanielson, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of ScarletLady
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice light orange color with white head and almost no lacing. Served up in a wine glass.

Smelled wonderful, slighty sour - kinda like a cider. Nicely carbonated. Paired up really well with the seafood i had. Not overpowering in flavor with an good balance of sour and hops. This was my first wild ale and i really liked and will drink it again

ScarletLady, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This wild ale poured out as a slightly hazy golden color. The head was solid looking and had plenty of retention. The lacing was a little sticky but doesn't really coat the glass too much. The smell of the beer had a generous amount of funk on the nose, not the most appealing of smell in my opinion. The taste a little bit of a tart flavor to it but it's actually not too bad. The other flavors are a little floral with just a touch of yeast in there too. The mouthfeel is light and fairly drinkable. Overall this beer is pretty good for the style. I would probably drink this one again.

Knapp85, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of MonkeyBread
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%

MonkeyBread, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of polloenfuego
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%

polloenfuego, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of oline73
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Max's. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden straw color with a two finger fluffy white head. Leaves a layer of head with some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mildly sweet crisp malt with hints of citrus, mainly lemon. Quite perfume like.

Taste: Mildly sweet crisp malt with hints of herbs and lemon. There is a very slight hint of soap, but it doesn't ruin things. The finish has a Belgian like herbal quality to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation. The finish is dry.

Overall: This was quite different. I really enjoyed the lemon notes. Good balance and very crisp.

oline73, May 27, 2011
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 klewis
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

klewis, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of Stigs
3.95/5  rDev -2%
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.

Stigs, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap for Allagash night at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy splotches of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, spices, and some light sour/tart lemon-like aromas. Taste is very much the same but there is also a yeast flavor that I am getting as well. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but it's a very mild sour all around.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage on-tap at the Ginger Man in Norwalk, CT.

A-Pours a hazed golden hue. Head is off-white and large. Head looks like an uncooked biscuit. It retains excellently. Very attractive brew.

S-Whoa! This beer smells musty and dusty. Funky. Smells like hay and dirt. Spices and yeast along with vibrant pale-fleshed fruitiness. Very unique and complex.

T-Tastes like the nose. Dusty and musty. Funky yeast and underlying spices. Has an almost vinous flavor. The 2 years spent sitting around really meshed the flavors well with one another.

M-Lighter bodied with tons of bubbles. Dry, dry, dry. Easy to imbibe.

O/D-Didi not know what to expect from this beer and I was definitely surprised. I enjoyed it but did not love it. It was worth a try but I was left a bit disappointed.

VelvetExtract, May 20, 2012
Photo of Deuane
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy orange hued golden/copper with a veil of a white head that left no lacing.

S-Like a fruit bowl with notes of apricot, a hint of citrus, some dried pineapple and some mustiness.

T-Light, green apple, sour apricot with some citrus zip in the finish. Tart/sour "funky" aspect is quite light and may build with some aging.

M-Medium bodied mildly tart with good lingering flavours.

D-Nice, a mildly tart fruit bowl. Not overly complex and seems to be lacking something. Glad I was able to get this on tap and not pay $20+ for a bottle. It's nice but not that nice.

Deuane, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of barrelroller
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold appearance with medium size very dense head that falls quickly. Aroma is predominately Belgian funk and Gambrinus honey malt. Flavor is Pilsen, Honey, and Belgian aromatic malt with just enough hop to balance. Yeast flavor is a very nice blend of straight Belgian and brett. Finishes fairly long with brett flavors. Beer seems young, I'll give this one 2 years in the cellar and it should be perfect then...

barrelroller, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of scruffwhor
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazey bronze and copper colored hue with an exuberant head that relinquishes to nothing after about ten minutes and a couple of sips. Good bubbling.

Earthy hops mixed with the yeast have a fresh Spring fruit field aroma. Add to that a nice toasted malt bill with bubbling carbonation.

Toasted and well carbonated melba toast and cut grass are upfront. Malted barely with bread toast and spring fruits and a splash of tartness. I would not think this is an American wild ale by taste alone. Still a good beer worth trying and sharing.

scruffwhor, Apr 27, 2011
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 BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pushing more and more into the world of wine, the dry ales of Allagash force an incredible level of dryness, fruitiness and acidity that's description reads much more vinous than beer-like.

The ale pours with a sparkling light gold as it streams with expressive carbonation. Easily mistaken for champagne, its bright clarity pops with its slightly fizzy, slightly frothy effervescence. Its light and fluffy head is loosely knit and quickly succumbs to its acidity and its dry malt body. With little lace on the glass- the ale looks more like chardonnay than Belgian ale.

Its vibrant aroma is bountiful with tart white grape, apple, lime and a cork-like mustiness. Mild earthen tones of grass, leaf and dried citrus peels extend into a mild white pepper note. Its acidic character tickles the nose heading into that first sip.

Its cidery taste is dry and acute with green apple, white grapes, limes and grapefruit. Its short-lived bready sweetness is like water crackers that dissolve on the front of the tongue. Its acidic middle palate introduces those tart and under-ripened fruits and berries until the hoppy finish leads to mild spicy bitterness that trails with lemongrass and hay.

The ale bounces off the tongue with ease as its strong bubbles accents its dryness and forces a quick and assured finish, much sooner than the mouth prefers. This causes much of its exploration of taste to occur in aftertaste rather than its initial taste. As the ale evaporates off the palate, it finishes quick, clean and acidic; and with slight herbal astringency and mild powdery wood texture.

Forget champagne. For those special celebrations, reach for Confluence Ale instead. Its added earthen complexity makes for a greater culinary experience without sacrificing the bubbles, body or bounce.

BEERchitect, Nov 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

bishopdc0, Aug 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Janeinma, Mar 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

sourdog, Aug 23, 2014
Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 719 ratings.