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Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

717 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 717
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 95
Gots: 115 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

marct, Nov 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

my_knew_craft, Sep 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

gafferjohn, Jan 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

antoines15, Apr 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Gatordaddy, Nov 19, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

kscaldef, Feb 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

THECPJ, Feb 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

SpasmWaiter, Sunday at 08:01 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

sharpski, Dec 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bit of a gusher, big creamy head (as one would expect from Allagash)

Smell: Light barnyard funk, with too much sweetness and not enough funk. Bit of white pepper and yeast (similar to their trippel)

Taste: Mild, like the smell with a fair amount of grains. Light funk, lots of fruits like pear, apple, melon, orange, etc.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth but dry, Allagash has that part down pat.

Drinkability: Decent, I expected a better beer than this though, with more sour and funk. This one has too much influence from their trippel, although many of their beers suffer that fate (can't say I blame them though, stick to what works!). I hope they keep working on this as I know they can do better!

craytonic, Nov 08, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

sbricker, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Luvzsurfrz
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle poured into an Allagash tulip.

A: Pours a bright golden orange color with a small head that dissipates quickly, and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Smells hoppy and mildly citrusy like green apple and a tiny bit of spice.

T: Taste is very similar to the smell. Very hoppy with green apple citrus and a bit of spice. Not as funky as described in other reviews, yet still has a tart character about it that is refreshing.

M: Medium body with very little carbonation.

O: Overall, happy to have tried it. It definitely was refreshing but not really my style of wild ale. Also just wasn't tart or funky enough for my taste.

Luvzsurfrz, May 27, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Publick House. 12oz serving into a chalice.

A- Slightly hazy yellowish golden with about a quarter finger of foamy white head that has minimal bubbles but nice retention that leaves spotty lacing. Not too much carbonation.

S- Slightly tart lemon with spices, some citrus hops, and a bit of earthiness. Not too tart and definitely more spices then your average wild. About average to slightly above average aroma strength.

T- Lightly tart lemon, spices, some light hops, finishes with a weird aftertaste that almost resembles a slightly tart Belgian Triple with a slight artificial almost plastic taste. I did not care for the finish on this beer at all.

M- Fairly light, pretty much no alcohol burn which makes it fairly easy to drink, the light tartness is felt more on the tongue with a tingling effect more then in the taste or smell.

O- I wasn't overly impressed with this beer. I guess being a wild from Allagash and being highly recommended from the bar tender I was expecting a lot more. To me the beer felt like a slightly lemony Triple that they tried to sour a little bit. There wasn't much tartness and the tartness that was there I felt just didn't fit in the beer very well. I probably wouldn't order this again, but I could maybe see how some people might like it.

jaasen64, Oct 05, 2012
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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
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3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

mjaskula, Oct 07, 2010
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3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Weizenbock glass.

A: Extremely heady! ¾ of my glass was initially all head...even after the gentlest of pours. After the head has subsided...a beautiful, but yet hazy, dark yellow liquid laid underneath the massive white frothy head.

S: A slight funk to go along with strong wheat and banana like qualities.

T: As my friend suggested, this brew tasted like a combination of farmhouse with some sour and tart characteristics. A very complex malt character, that seems to be too condensed...if that makes sense...but pleasant at the same time

M: Medium-body beer with good carbonation.

D: A great hot weather beer with nice fruity notes.

Overall: An average to above-average AWA. Cheers!

OlieIPA, Jul 24, 2009
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3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Birthday beer.

Pale, translucent to opague custard yellow. Large white foamy head that sticks everywhere.

Smells like mildly funky corn tortillas and springtime meadows (grassy hops I guess?) with lemongrass and apricot. Farmish.

Not as wild or funky as I had hoped. Starts out like a Belgian pale and gets lost along the way. Orange marmalade in the middle with a yeasty funk snap at the end. Sugary pear and green apple after the swallow. Sulfur-ish mouthfeel.

This beer all over and rather than complexity it comes through as muddled confusion. Granted, this was a birthday present but I saw it for $22 at some stores. Confluence is ok, but it's not $22 ok.

donkeyrunner, Jul 05, 2009
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3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

re-review 12/17/11
sweet, lemony, light bright in nose. Flavor is sweet and lemony. Strong hop in back and fairly bitter finish. Pretty good, balanced. A touch sweet and overly bitter in the finish .
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Big thanks to Sarah for sharing this one! And we have a gusher, WARNING: The bottle cap shot out like an animal on this one.

A-pours a nice deep golden amber color with a good hazy center. the head is bubbly and white, very thin.

S-soft golden fruits up front of peaches, notes of lemon and a touch of brett with a light peppery spice in the back.

T-peaches and golden fruit up front, touch of lemon, brett comes in next with a good bit of spice behind, light grassy hop in the back with a hint of bitterness.

M-smooth and prickly on the back of the throat, very soft on the tongue, light carbonation with a lighter to medium body.

D-pretty tasty brew here, nice balance with a hint of hops in the back and a nice brett presence with delicious peach in there.

cpetrone84, Jun 27, 2010
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3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on draft at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, Maine on May 2, 2010.

Hazy golden color, foamy head that went down pretty fast but left average/good lacing.

Funky smell right up front. Funk continues in to the taste, hint of citrusy sweetness and some sips were very tart.

Very easy drinking if you like the tartness. Earthy, hay-like finish.

bceagles39, May 21, 2010
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3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at TJ's for their 8th Anniversary.

Confluence has a bright gold going into hay yellow color to it with a sparse amount of loose white bubbles, not creamy in looks and no streaks. Smell is grassy with some light fruit, pear, a nice whiff of minir bugs, brett. Some flower essense becoming pungent over time. Taste comes off with alot of refined brett with spicy Belgian yeast with some bitterness on the end. Not all that sour, I could not say this is even tart, more like a saison with brett in taste and feel. Confluence has a mediumish feel with active bubbles off the tap. This has a lot going for it taste wise but it aint all that wild. I would/could drink a bunch of this but at $25 a bottle i'll pass. Glad it's off the spout.

BARFLYB, Dec 05, 2011
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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
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3.65/5  rDev -9.4%

acurtis, May 27, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed golden straw color, minimal spotty head, little lacing. Scent is muted barnyard funk from the brett, a light fruityness, bready, lightly spiced. Tasted was much more mild then expected, muddy earth, damp wood, barnyward, lightly metallic, the fruityness is replaced by a more savory taste, backbone is quite belgian with bready malts and yeast, light spicing. Lighter side of medium bodied, aggressive carbonation doesnt help mild palate. A very muted flavor profile allows the Belgian base to shine through, not a favorite.

rfgetz, Jun 13, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

June 2012 vintage. 7.40%. 750 ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California for $24.99 (ouch!) and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high; I love Allagash. That said, Odyssey was a disappointment, and I'm usually underwhelmed by brett based beers that are supposedly excellent. Plus, this beer's price really gives it big shoes to fill.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Poured slowly per the label's instructions. No carbonation issues are expected.

A: Pours a four finger beige colour head of pleasant rolling foam, nice thickness, some cream, and great retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a murky pale yellow; nontransparent but non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible, but then I did pour slowly and this is the top of a 750. No bubble show. There's nothing unique or particularly special about it, but it looks generally appealing.

Sm: Lemongrass accompanied by pleasant lemon citrus twang. Grassy and lightly fruity - bright fruit. Somewhat tropical but not from hops per se; I even get some mango or perhaps pineapple. A gorgeous brettanomyces aroma; probably the best I've ever experienced. Some yeast with little Belgian or biscuit character at all. Some lavender and middling insubstantial spicing. It's definitely alive. Soft and fragrant, yet understated and subtle. Angelic and light. I'm quite excited to try it, but I'm not sensing a whole lot of depth or complexity here. I think based the aroma its subtlety will be its strength. A mild strength aroma.

T: Wow. Light subtle hopping complements the clean build of the foundation, adding masterfully light strokes of well-layered citrus and touches of lemongrass all over it. Very nicely balanced, with a clean bright pale malt foundation. Pineapple, mango, and other bright fruits come through but always in little fleeting touches. Not at all artificial. Lightly tart - ever so subtle and hardly noticeable until you identify it. Delightfully bretty, without being too biscuity or yeasty. It's very refreshing and enjoyable. I've never experienced bretts so well used. It has just enough body. No alcohol is detectable; I'd probably guess this was 6% if you asked me blind. Pear, lavender, spices, light phenols for the pretentious-minded, and incredibly subtly executed lemon notes throughout. This is not the crappy lemon you find in many beers in this style; it works well here and is reserved. A fascinating beer in the style, but as predicted it does impress with subtlety rather than complexity. Very well put together. Bravo, Allagash.

Mf: Silky smooth with some seeping coarseness in the second act to coax out the flavour. Perfect dryness for the style, suiting the flavours obscenely well. Clean, refreshing, and light. Seems tailored to its specific flavours. It gets more wet and smooth on the finish for a refreshing effect. Ludicrously good.

Dr: Extremely drinkable. Refreshing at its high ABV - which you'd never notice. One of the few pricey brett beers that's really impressed me. That said, it is rather pricey for its quality. Yes, it's very good. But it isn't great. I'm pleased with it having had it once, but I don't know that I'd try it again from the bottle. Probably on draught. I could quaff this all night, and I'm looking forward to finishing the bottle. Nice to see a brett beer with a little tartness. Another success from Allagash. I just wish it was about half its price.

A great candidate for pairing with simple couscous, a light simple salad, or plain unsalted pretzels.

Probably a decent candidate for aging.

Serve cold.

B

kojevergas, Oct 27, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 72 Hours of Belgium yesterday.

Light yellow, with a dense white head forming disk, this looks good.. Nose has mostly Brett with light sourness rather Orval-like. Clove, bandaid, lots of clove and light honey. Palate is similar. Biscuit, honey, band-aid and clove. No hops, light floral honey-like sweetness. Drying and Bretty on the finish, the carbonation is very, very high. A little watery, but great otherwise. Solid stuff.

DefenCorps, Feb 22, 2011
Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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