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Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Confluence AleAllagash Confluence Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

245 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 245
Hads: 869
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 18.11%
Wants: 124
Gots: 173 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

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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Photo of Roguer
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wispy, large snow white head, billowing and huge from the Brett. Pale lemon yellow brew, surprisingly cloudy.

Musty and slightly tart aroma; hints of lemon and flowers struggle to find balance against musty Brett and sweet, sugary Belgian house yeast. Malts are grainy and wheat-like on the nose.

Flavor follows: it's funky in a slightly tart, very rustic kind of way. Only slightly sweet, with a light bit of citrus, all balanced against a notable Brett presence.

Very lively mouthfeel, active enough to prevent you from really savoring it in the mouth for long. Very silky smooth and nearly chewy on the palate. Soft.

This beer is extremely reminiscent of GI Sofie, as well as the more rustic HF saisons. I have a feeling the rating would be at least .25 higher if you slapped a HF label on it; it's perhaps a touch below a solid HF saison, but only a touch.

2+ year old bottle for review.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

appearance: hazy light gold. big fluffy white head.
smell: Some tart, yeasty and lightly funky lemon-lime, apple.
taste: much like the nose....i mean very good indeed.
overall: Delicious and packed with dry flavor.

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Photo of bruachan
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the color pours a nice amber. i let a little yeast in so it hazed up a bit but i won't dock points. poofy head looks nice, and leaves good lacing. nice scents coming from the suds, too

wild, sour aromas dance with fruity sweetness. peach, apricot, zesty european hop (lemon)

upon tasting, the sweetness is largely relegated to the finish. plenty of acidic wildness. the yeast character comes across perhaps as spicy? white pepper? a good amount of funk, certainly, but it's a little different of an experience that my most recent wild brews. the flavor profile is perhaps not as dynamic as the aroma suggested it might be: sweetness seems to have taken a far more distant role than it did in the bouquet. dryish, actually, which turns out to be OK, though it lacks backbone to a minimal degree

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Photo of Jayli
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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!!!

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Photo of tai4ji2x
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on-tap at sunset grill and tap, in allson, ma, on april 22, 2009 during the week of the craft brewers conference. served in 10oz tulip glass.

golden straw w brown amber tint. slightly hazy. creamy head quickly recedes to thin wispy layer, then just small wisps and ring. sparse, thin lacing here and there.

aroma: funky w overripe apple, pear and grapes. woody oak hint and leathery brett. hay and grass, with hint of "sweaty" vinegar funk.

taste: tart white grapes and pears, into leathery and woody brett. hay and grass character in the hops, with mild to moderate bitterness, melding with phenols and herbal/spice, almost anise note, plus more mild funk. quite pleasant in combination. dry finish with hint of esters and acidity.

light to medium body. very smooth, with flash of astringency in the finish. crisp carbonation. alcohol is deftly hidden, practically undetectable.

ok, allagash - we all know you just snuck in some of de proef's yeast here, perhaps from your collaboration with them... admit it! ;-)

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

Poured from a bottle courtesy of my brother.... Thanks Adam! Appearance is pretty standard. Golden straw, small head fading into a fine laced glass of beer. Smell is impressive for a wild ale. Some wild yeast, minimal hops and most importantly a strong berry scent. If all sour beers could smell like this. Taste is perfect for a young sour. Lots of soft blueberry, sweet malt and a slight bit of sourness. It is a perfectly balanced sour with an excellent flavor. Very drinkable compared to most wild beers I have had. Mouth feel is pretty typical for the appearance, with a slight linger of flavor, but otherwise clean and dare I say refreshing on a warm Washington day. I would definitley recommend picking up a bottle of this if you see it.

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Photo of david18
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I had a glass of this as a part of tasting new beers at my local beer bar.. This one stood out from everything I tasted...and they were all belgians. It had a unique aroma, very refreshing while still being interesting. Flavor, again, great sourness without being difficult to drink. I can have numerous glasses of this beer.

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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.

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

Part of a birthday bottle package from my cousin Tim... thanks Timmer!

A: Nice creamy white cloud of head that subsides to a gentle lacing around the glass. Nice sticky-icky from start to finish.

S: Smells "funky," in the best of ways. I think this is where the Brett really comes out. Hits my salivary glands like a swift kick to the groin.

T: After that nice funky sour smell, it's really strange to NOT get the mouth-puckering deliciousness that usually follows. It was a pleasant surprise though, as this beer is crazy well-balanced. Slight citrus-tart with a nice hop presence.

M: Nice carbonation. Feels as a pale ale should, not heavy but has a presence.

O: Awesome.

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Photo of TommyW
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Thin, hazy gold body with a thin white head.

S- Fruity (like peaches and white grapes) with a slight earthy, wood note.

T- Fruity upfront, again reminds me of white grapes. Little horseblanket funk comes in from the brett, and a touch of earthy wood from the yeast. Overall, pretty dry; reminiscent of a dry white wine.

M- Silky feel with a low carbonation.

D- Really interesting beer; a great beer to sip on and enjoy all the interesting flavors going on.

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Photo of nickd717
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

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

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

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Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a yellow-orange color with a one-finger white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of fresh bananas with hints of spices and a good amount of funk. As the beer warms the funkiness gains some steam.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet banana flavors up front followed by funkiness and slight tartness. The funk is more predominant in the taste than it is in the smell. Ending is more of a light Belgian than a wild ale.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the glass and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is a good introduction to American Wilds. It's got a good amount of funk but is by no means overpowering - it's almost a combination of a trippel and AWA. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of BZero007
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this last night on tap at Rustico in Alexandria, VA.

Was a very bright golden color with a pretty good head with an off white color. The aroma was not very strong but was plesant and carried a light crisp fruit smell with it. The taste was of a well balanced and crafted brew. The fruit comes threw very lightly and is carried with the flavors of the hops. There were not any overpowering flavors in this brew for me. Everything was balanced and came threw very tasty. The brew felt very light and did not weigh me down, which is great for a 7.4% beer. The carbonation was very low but was just enough. This can easily beer a brew to have in session.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the PP Belgian Beer Fest. Bright blond with a nice one inch, frothy head. Retention is excellent and there's some lacing.

The aroma has a lot of Brett character, horse blanket and musty barn, but there's also a really interesting fruity smell. It's very citrusy and almost tropical. Lemon, floral hops, spices, a hint of alcohol and some tartness. The flavor is slightly sweet. Brett is present again, imparting musty barnyard characteristics. The flavor is very fruity with some tartness. The finish is slightly sweet and dry with some spices and tart lemon.

Confluence is light bodied and tart with great carbonation. This is very drinkable, and the aroma is really great.

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Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at TJs Everyday.

A-Pours a hazy apricot with a very thin white head and no lacing.

S-Aroma dominated by dried fruits (apricot) and citrus (tangerine and pineapple).

T-Mildly funky peach and apricot notes, with some citrus in the finish. This brew is quite tasty though I would have preferred more funk. I should grab a bottle to check in a few months.

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D-An extraordinarily drinkable wild ale. A little mild, as noted above, but a very flavorful beer nonetheless.

HV

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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Photo of popery
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle dated May 14th.

Pours a lightly hazy golden straw color with a large soap bubble head. Leaves a modest amount of cobweb lacing as the head dissipates.

The aroma is rather tart, with notes of lemon and berries. Getting a fair amount of hoppy aromas as well. The grainy malt character lingers on the back end providing a nice balance.

The lemony tartness that filled the aroma is far more subdued in the flavor. Instead, I get strong notes from the sweet malt character, as well as some pear. The flavor is not all sweet, however, as I get a lot of grassy, earthy notes. A very subtle, citrusy hop character lingers in the back of each sip. Just incredible balance all around.

The mouth is medium-bodied, crisp, yet very smooth going down. The carbonation is rather high, but the alcohol is extremely well hidden.

Overall, a great beer from Allagash. It is so well balanced and while the Brett is ever present throughout, it is a perfect companion to all the other flavors and aromas. Whilst I cannot justify the price point for this beer, I can say I'm happy to have tried it.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in January 2009 (pushing 4 years old). Cork blew off as soon as I untwisted the cork, no beer was lost to gushing. Pours hazy golden amber color with a nice 2-3 finger fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge tart apple, lemon zest, orange, pear, strawberry, hay, grass, barnyard funk, earth, herbal, pepper, and yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, orange zest, hay, grass, earth, herbal, pepper, funk, and light yeast spiciness. Light earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruit, citrus, grass, hay, pepper, funk, earth, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great balance and complexity of flavors; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a lightly creamy and very crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian strong pale with brett added! Awesome flavor complexity and balance; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. An incredibly enjoyable offering.

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

Had on tap at Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach.

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

S- slight lactic acidity in the nose, earthy

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

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

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

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Photo of gpogo
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy golden orange body with a small white head and constant streams of bubbles.

A- Amazing aroma, very fruity and a wonderful sour funk to it all.

T- Sweet light fruit malt. A light sour hit follows and some spicy alcohol flavor. Finishes leaving a toasty fruity aftertaste.

M- Medium-light body. Moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

D- Pretty great wild beer. I'd think even non sour beer fans would enjoy this. The smell was amazing, that said the flavor is a bit light. Worth checking out at least once though.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, brought back by BA @lacqueredmouse and shared.

Pours a pale golden colour, slight orange tinge. Lots of unfiltered haze. Head is off-white and nice, pillowy and dense but maybe too generous. Lace is pretty pleasant. Looks good.

Smell is very sour and funky. Big brett character giving blue cheese, vinegar and lemon zest. Great, though, with nutty notes as well - pine nuts, peanut and cashew just balancing the royal bejeesus out of what is already a divinely beautiful sour aroma. That's ridiculously enjoyable.

Taste has similar characters. The problem here is they're blended in a way that doesn't entirely work, rather than presented more side-by-side for a proper look-in. Lots of sweetness, with candied orange zest and touches of brett - lucerne and a hint of that sour bacteria flavour. Witbier sweetness, champagney finish, very pleasant touch of tartness. That sourness really could assert itself more, it's quite sweet and dry on the back. Clean, but it just makes me hanker for more sourness.

Full, fairly foamy, a bit dry. Pretty nice.

Yeah, I'm a fan of that. It drinks like a conventional beer, but there's a whole lot of weird idiosyncracies going on as well. Love it.

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Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.