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Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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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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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Lovely85, Dec 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

ali1987, Dec 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

nickfl, Dec 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

kylehay2004, Dec 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

TimHitchings, Dec 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

dcguitar, Dec 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

jeff1973, Dec 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

tkdchampxi, Dec 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

Benesi88, Dec 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

jtladner, Dec 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

scxcrunner, Dec 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

sharpski, Dec 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

prototypic, Dec 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

NYR_Rob, Dec 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

mmulebarn, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Great silly mouthfeel on this beer. However, the taste with its bold yeast strains is just a little too funky for me. It does start to mellow as it warms, but it's still a little wild for my liking. Which is a bit of a shame since I really like Allagash a lot. I may try this again since it did seem to almost grow on me as time went on. Still an excellent brewery that I want to continue exploring new beers with.

Beer-A-Lot, Nov 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

touchmeimsac, Nov 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

KTien, Nov 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

claspada, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

rolltide8425, Nov 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

akang, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

jgunther71, Nov 02, 2013
Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 703 ratings.