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Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

609 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 609
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 90
Gots: 99 | FT: 8
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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WDJersey

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

11-07-2012 04:07:06 | More by WDJersey
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Raleigh Times served in a tulip glass a hazy straw yellow with a decent frothy layer that lasts as a thin layer and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is loads of sour citrus and decent spice. The taste is a decent amount od sour citrus and slight malt with decent spicing. The beer is fairly light with well hidden alcohol. This is a very enjoyable Wild Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2009 21:48:12 | More by atsprings
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 22:16:52 | More by donkeyrunner
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seeswo

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

10-01-2012 12:00:40 | More by seeswo
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wedge

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

@ Ridgewood

Hazy golden-yellow color under a small, white head. Delightful sour, funky brett aroma: cherry, tart fruit, citris acidity, faint sugar cookie malt. Tart flavor, not so funky as the smell. Dry citrus rind, pepper, and fruit. Medium bodied, smooth, lightly carbonated. Very refreshing and easy to drink. Nice to find this on tap. I tend to overlook Allagash a lot because I have a hard time dropping $20 on a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2012 15:55:49 | More by wedge
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

05-21-2012 16:37:39 | More by millerbuffoon
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1%

12-17-2011 05:05:49 | More by tclapper
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

11-19-2011 00:35:30 | More by Gatordaddy
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david18

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2010 21:47:09 | More by david18
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bomber this beer was a hazy, golden-orange color with two fingers of billowing head. The retention was good and the lacing good too. The aroma was complex and a little queer, leafy/grassy notes, sweet fruits (apples and pears) as well as the must of wild yeast. The flavors were similar with a strong emphasis on the Brettanomyces. The alcohol punch was also quite distinct but the fruit and must helped to conceal it. Earthiness and a good malt backbone helped to balance it all. Some lemon-like citrus notes appeared as it warmed up and the finish was dry and clean but a little awkward. The body was medium and the mouthfeel was pretty good but the carbonation remained pretty high throughout the whole sampling.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 21:14:38 | More by thekevlarkid
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a foamer. Under all that was a cloudy golden color with orange highlights.

s: Tart peaches and apricots with a litlle lemon zest are what I noticed first. Also, plenty of zesty, peppery yeastiness, musty grains, and a surprisingly potent oaky tobacco aroma. Softly assertive and very deep overall.

t: It wasn't the strongest part of the flavor profile, not even close. But what jumped out at me most about this was the oak/tobacco flavor. It takes a definite backseat to the apricots and tart, musty yeastiness. This did have the strongest wood flavor I've tasted in a sour beer so far. Having said that, this was balanced and fun to drink.

m: Despite all the foam, this felt gentle in my mouth.

d: Great beer, thanks joepais. This reminded me of their collaboration with De Proef. A joy to drink, even my wife liked this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 20:57:43 | More by DIM
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

January 2009 bottling, courtesy of beandip

A - Pours a pale golden orange with a slight haze. Nice rocky white froth and some sporadic soapy lace.

S - Deliciously complex. Notes of pears, peaches and golden raisins mingle with a tart Brett nuance. Seems likely to be dry.

T - Quite like the nose, and deliciously so. More sharpness from the Brett, giving the brew an appreciable tinge of 'Band-Aid'. Definitely quite dry, though the impressions of fruitiness do well to balance the flavor.

M- Combines the pleasant pricklyness of Asti with the sophisticated dryness of Champagne. Very enhancing.

D - Awesome. I like drinking it. A lot.

On a side note, this is my first review posted from my new Android phone... Not convenient at this point... Going back to laptop/PC-based ticking.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 02:21:59 | More by ktrillionaire
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

09-28-2013 23:15:10 | More by kaelingirl
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Lovely85

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

12-15-2013 22:34:31 | More by Lovely85
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

05-26-2014 20:18:36 | More by IrishColonial
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. Snifter. Label says March 2011. Thank you so much BlackBelt5112203

A- Pours a hazy dark straw color with a full inch of fizzy white head that soon shrinks to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and light surface foam. Sudsy, non-resilient lacing.

S- Wonderfully funky aroma with light citrusy hops and some lemongrass. Very effervescent.

T- Zesty flavor with some mild bitterness and light amount of sour from the Brett. Has that barnyard funk taste but is delicately balanced and easy to drink. Notes of lemon, apple and honeydew.

M- Probably the best part. High carbonation creates a champagne-like spritz to reinforce the light body. Dry afterfeel

O- This was plucked just in time as there were slight traces of skunking but it held up in the bottle magnificently. Such a unique and complex brew that words almost don't do it justice.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 01:47:36 | More by Immortale25
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Brew33

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1%

11-17-2011 18:11:04 | More by Brew33
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled March 2011.

Beer is a bright golden colour, a little bit cloudy. Very large shining white head. Retention is very good. Good lacing.

Smell is funky and potent. Yeast, spice, light fruits such as lemon and peach. Floral. Very nice smell.

The sour funk is not as potent in the taste as expected from the nose. More balanced. The sour is cut a bit from a very mild bitterness that must be the result of the dry hopping, which I didn't get much of in the nose. All of the scents from the nose are present in the taste, and the Brett is clearly present. Nice but not the gem that the nose was.

Mouthfeel is the weak part of the beer. Feels strangely heavy, and it dries out the mouth like crazy. Surprisingly low carbonation considering how eager the cork was to pop out and the massive head.

Overall a good beer. Taste was a bit of a letdown after the nose, but still good.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 19:28:59 | More by jrenihan
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4/5  rDev -1%

01-21-2014 22:11:00 | More by ThePorterSorter
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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!!!

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2010 19:27:24 | More by Jayli
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

02-02-2013 20:41:18 | More by hoppymcgee
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Confluence
10oz Allagash taster
Draft

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold color. Thin line of bright white head. Leaves some lacing. Lots of carbonation. Pretty beer here.

S: Smells of Brett and some white grape. That barnyard funkiness. Also getting the other customary players, lemon and tart green apple. Doesn't smell overly aggressive on the sour side or anything.

T: Flavor follows the smell. On the tip of the tongue you get some hop character, light citrus hops. Middle of the mouth you get that Brett character. Lemons. Touch of pepper. Apples and citrus. Dry wine like finish.

M: Very carbed. Between light and medium.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2012 14:04:01 | More by inlimbo77
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akang

California

4/5  rDev -1%

11-03-2013 22:14:03 | More by akang
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2009 15:01:26 | More by sholland119
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smithj4

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

06-26-2014 01:18:49 | More by smithj4
Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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