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Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

703 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 703
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 92
Gots: 113 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Beerswag, Oct 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

chinchill, Nov 25, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

VeganUndead, Mar 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

MenardMa, Jan 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

-NESTO-, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of Arenbeer
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into a goblet glass

January 2009 Vintage poured at fridge temperature.

A- Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a huge 3 finger soap bubble like head that slowly dissipates leaving no lacing on the side of the glass. Tons and tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom as well as sticking to the side of the glass.

S- Very fruity up front. Green apple and pear come to mind with a nice spice profile of clove and pepper. A strong Belgian influence in this one for sure. Not getting much funk in the nose more so that spicy saison like aroma but definitely some in there.

T- Slight funk and sour up front but fades fast and leaves you with a strong bitter almost hop like flavor. Slight fruit and lemon in there but nothing like the aroma. Honestly not that enjoyable mostly due to the strong bitterness and lack of funk and array of flavors.

M- Medium to lighter bodied with a crazy bubbly amount of carbonation and a strong unpleasantly bitter finish for the style.

SkÅL!

Arenbeer, May 03, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the bottling from February of 2010 and courtesy of thagr81us in a massive trade in September, thanks Calton!

This pours a very cloudy, hazy, dull orangish yellow with a billowing two finger, whispy head. It is softly sour on the nose. You get some funk, brett, lemon notes, tangerine, and spicy Belgian yeasts. It has a really, really nice and approachable nose. The flavors too could be described as soft. You get a lighter bodied Belgian spice all around with a slightly dry finish. The brett is there but it's not overbearing. It's a lot lighter in body than I imagined. It somewhat hurts the flavor profile since it abbreviates the flavor with a quick finish. It just takes away from the beer as a whole really. That is why overall I'd say it's just ok. If you were just getting into wilds I'd say it's a nice place to start but this won't thrill anyone who really enjoys the style.

aasher, Nov 19, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Rand_ale_Thor, May 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

kustard, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of sweemzander
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. January 2009 Vintage.

(A)- Gusher! Pours a hazy golden orange hue. Produced a nice foamy pure white head. Good retention and tons of lace left behind.

(S)- A big dry earthy Brett funk. Subtle tart lemon and oak notes.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A very big dry oaky Brett funk blast. Bits (very tiny bits) of a lemon tartness.

(M)- A nice mellow carbonation level. A decent balance too, though its really just an oaky Brett funk profile.

(D)- A decent wild ale, though very straightforward; the Brett has really taken this over and made it its own. Not worth the price point. When compared to Interlude, I far prefer Interlude.

sweemzander, Jun 04, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

chippo33, Dec 04, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

davidwhatshisnam, Jun 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

ali1987, Dec 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Walkerjgt, Sep 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

barroomhero1977, Oct 10, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

mmulebarn, Dec 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

ADTaber, May 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

bigDah7, Jul 20, 2014
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3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2011 version. 750 ml into a pint glass

A - a light golden color thats almost grayed in a way (if you can imagine that). ridiculous amounts of carbonation visible with about five fingers of fluffy white head from a very slow pour. good retention and very good lacing. mixed bag here everything was either above average appearance wise or below average appearance wise.

S - cherries, sour apple, oak, peach, yeast, candy sugar and a bit of saltiness in there as well.

T - funk, earthiness, cherry, oak, mild grass hop bite. its good its just too subdued.

M - lots of carbonation (doesn't feel as carbonated as the appearance would indicate). light bodied to the point of feeling watery. some tartness felt on the side of the mouth. chalky feeling towards the end and after.

O - its an alright wild ale. bit more of an in your face taste and cooling down the carbonation a tad and this would be a superb beer.

celticfutblclub, Nov 30, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a ChurchKey house snifter.

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

TMoney2591, May 21, 2010
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a snifter at Bangers and Lace.

Appearance: Confluence has a faded dark yellow color, further muted by a haziness in the center of the glass. A frothy white head is modest in size from the tap pour but lingers for the duration of the glass, leaving a few splotches of lace down the glass.

Smell: The malt base is crackery, with some white pepper and spice that helps the smell pop. Some lemon zest, white pepper, and musty funk. The aroma is wild, yet delicate and not very complex.

Taste: The flavor starts with a fair cracker malt base, with some white pepper and general spiciness. Throughout the rest of the sip, a mellow lemon zest tartness blends with a Bretty funk. Nothing about the flavor feels that full developed, though. A chalky mineral flavor seems to protrude here and there as well.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the light side, with a full, creamy carbonation that has a bit of a crisp bite to it as well. Overall, it has a relaxed feel.

Overall: The first problem is that this is built using the Saison style as a base, which is not my favorite beer. Even so, Oro de Calabaza and Fantôme Saison are much more enjoyable. This is just a mediocre attempt at a wild. Maybe more time would improve it, or maybe it is better in the bottle, but I was not impressed. If the goal is to create a mild wild, they have succeeded.

KickInTheChalice, Dec 11, 2011
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3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this at an Allagash tasting on 7/23/2009. It was a rooftop bar - hard to get anything off the nose when the wind was whipping the aroma of the beer across the isle of manhattan!

What Allagash had to say:
A complex malty profile with a sweet and spicy citrus aroma and a lingering silky mouth feel. made with two types of yeast strains and a blend of domestic and imported malts, this special release is aged in stainless steel tanks then dry-hopped. 7.5% abv

What I had to say:
Head is a thick white that does not dissipate. There is grapefruit and spice with something soapy/funky with an underlying fruit that I can't really identify. It is drinkable but not in large quantities - I think the flavor I'm getting is banana and cloves. This is an interesting brew.

DawnL, Jul 25, 2009
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3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this on-tap in 2010 and wasn't overly impressed. This time, I have a bottle which was brought back from the US to Australia. Let's see what I think this time around.

Pours a cloudy yellow-golden colour, light but bright, and holding nicely. Head is initially immense and frothy, but it subsides somewhat, leaving very solid and clumping, almost egg-white lacing around the outside of the glass. Looks really good—the sort of beer you see and say "I'll have what he's having".

Nose is round and smooth, with big Belgian notes, but perhaps not the funk or acidity I expected. Rather, it has stewed tomatoes, pepper and a little turned earth, but nothing more rustic and organic than that. Very pleasant, but not exactly what I was expecting.

Taste again misses a lot of the wild notes, but it has a pleasant Belgian roundness to it. Quite a thin body, with a slight crisp bitterness and a yeasty dry finish. It's pretty bland, to be honest. It doesn't have the depth of a true Belgian ale, but it doesn't have the crispness, complexity or refreshment of a good wild.

Sigh. It doesn't really know what it wants to be. It's not a good Belgian style ale, and it's not a good American Wild, it just sits in the void between the two. Again, I'm not particularly impressed. I expect more from Allagash, and from American Wilds in general.

lacqueredmouse, Jun 09, 2011
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3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

March 2011 vintage.

Poured into Goblet.

A: 1 inch white to off white head of large bubbles which drops to 1 cm and lingers that leaves a nice lacing. Straw hazy color.

S: Lemons and funk, not a lot of aroma complexity just some brettiness.

T: Phenolic spiciness, quite bitter, not a lot of funk flavor, a light sweetness that doesn't hold up well to the bitterness.

M: Medium carbonation and a light body.

O: Decent brew, the brett adds some complexity but the base brew could be better.

metal850, Jul 17, 2011
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3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

(Mini-milestone - 375 reviews to date and going strong!)

So, despite the relatively "hum drum" reviews of this beer (at the present date), I have been very excited to try another American brewers take on a sour beer. Oh, scratch that, I mean "American Wile Ale" beer.

To add to the drama - here's an interesting conundrum , if it wasn't for the steep price tag on this one ($17.99 locally in Ohio) I would have tried it sooner. See, that was my initial thought, but I regularly drop $25 - $30 per 750 of a Russian River sour and enjoy every drop. Interesting. Maybe it's Russian River's time on the market... Maybe after Allagash establishes itself more in time in the Wild arena? Who knows... To be honest I am surprised you made it this far through my review! Anyhow, onto my review.

Thanks go to newtonty for bringing this to my place tonight. (He's single and has disposable income) Taken straight out of the fridge and popped... Oh, by the way - the pop was MASSIVE! I popped it on the back deck and I am glad I did. Very aggressive "pop-age" .

Pours a light brown, almost caramel in color. Moderately cloudy with a 1 & 1/2 inch, nasty head. The kinda head that's massive, big, nasty and bubbly, as a sour should be. Reminds me of the sea foam that washes ashore, the morning after a big storm.

I get mild funk and candied sweets on the nose. There might be traces of a brown ale in there, as well, as I get a tinge of nuttiness, as well.

Ok, this one's not very sour at all, but rather mildly funky. I get the barn, some sweaty gym shoes and lots of candied sweets - all followed by mellow, sweet malts.

This is a first for me, a Belgian sweet/Wild combination. I'm not a fan of sweet beers, so...

Definitely unique, but not one I'll run out for for $18. Keep up the good work though, Allagash.

beachbum1975, Jul 25, 2009
Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 703 ratings.