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Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

702 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 702
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 91
Gots: 112 | 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%

WDJersey, Nov 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

smithj4, Jun 26, 2014
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3.43/5  rDev -15.1%

25 cl sample at the Belgian Beer Party on 3/28/09, glad to see this made it down to the festival from New York, reviewed from notes, served in a Chimay goblet

Here is a description from the brewmaster: "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. Confluence is then bottle conditioned and aged in our cellar prior to release."

A-Golden yellow color, huge 1 3/4 inch white bubbly head that did not last long, not much lacing or legs either
S-Aroma was by far the best part and consisted of Brettanomyces, gym socks, aged cheese, citric acid, saltines, Belgian sugar and funkiness
T-Starts off really dry with not much flavor, middle is slightly toasty, some citric acid in the finish with some light sourness, lingering oak flavors in the aftertaste, more funk comes out later on but it is definitely lacking, needs some strong fruit flavors to make it work
M-Super dry, also slightly sour and acidic mouthfeel, medium bodied, lots of carbonation, taste does not linger at all, just dry and then gone
D-Could drink a few of these but that is mostly because it is light overall, no real alcohol showing in, flavors are all weak so you do not have to worry about them be overpowering, hopefully this stuff develops later on

Certainly not one of Allagash's best efforts, good stab at a wild ale and not something they have a lot of experience with yet, interested in trying the bottled release later on, but not in a hurry to drink again, still worth trying

Floydster, Apr 02, 2009
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4/5  rDev -1%

ncstateplaya, Oct 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

ADTaber, May 09, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

KevMo84, Aug 25, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured from tap into mason jar glass at coalhouse pizza, stamford, CT. Pours a golden slight orange color with slight slight head. Man I wish this was poured into a correct glass...
Nice brett/funk aromas, slight sweetness of malts. Taste of sweet grapevine malts, some mild funk and slight noble hop. Its super smooth and east drinker and a great intro into wild beers. Overall, good solid wild ale.

DrinkSlurm, Oct 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

SadMachine, Nov 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

muskiesman, Oct 07, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #55 (August 2011):

Bring on the funk! Hazed-over yellow color, ample frothing. Smells of eucalyptus, lavender, green peppercorn, orange blossom, honey, ripe pears and a hint of white wine. Impeccable smoothness, nearly silky. Dry malt backbone lends more of a dried grass flavor. Mild tartness from the house Brett strain used; dried fruit and wild medicinal herbs run- ning wild all over the palate. Phenolic herbal flavor is pretty bitter—sure, there are some hops in there as well. Nearly bone-dry finish with lots of lingering complexities. Funk-o-licious!

BeerAdvocate, Dec 15, 2011
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2.88/5  rDev -28.7%

I tried this beer at the EBF and wasn't very impressed, but I decided to give it another try when I saw it on tap.

Hazy, apricot colored body with only a thing crown of head that has no lacing or retention to speak of.

There is a lot going on this aroma. Lemony, a slight punch of hops. Cheese, "horse blanket," and all of the musty (yet positive) descriptions that bretts tend to get.

Sometimes something can smell pretty good but not taste all that great. It is rare, but I believe Allagash confluence fits this description. Only the slightest tartness comes through at any point. The slight musty flavor, like old cheese, surfaces and is subsequently strangled by a huge hop profile: Huge for a wild ale that is. That is about it. This would probably improve considerably with age, but I do not plan on giving it that chance.

Light, crisp, no puckering. Maybe even a little bitter and dry.

Not something that is terribly drinkable. I love Allagash, but this one just doesn't do it for me.

Hojaminbag, May 08, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Good funky Belgium twisted brew.

Presentation: 750 ml corked and caged bottle. Simple light cream Allagash label with some minor light orange banding and typography. Label offers a one line description, and serving instructions. Notes 2011 March vintage, and Alc. by Vol. (7.4%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy pale gold pour, rich head and retention with good lacing.

S - Fresh yeasty and funky nose, earthy and spicy touches, citrus touches as it settles.

T - Taste picks and expands the nose with a nice tart sense, brett picks up a nice range over a good malty foundation, pilsner touch, citric notes.

M - Medium to light body with smooth carbonation, and a crisp and slightly dry finish.

O - It comes together with a great flow, broad funky range with a good hoppy fresh edge.

Notes: Maybe not the utterly complex and extraordinary brew that some expected me to believe but this is quite a rich brett driven brew. Complex enough and top quality, just a bit short of that hyped complexity. Maybe I expected something slightly different of a wild ale, this felt like a nicely hopped saison with brett. In fact, it reminded me a bit of Boulevards´s Saison Brett, which I find better rounded. I would recommend this one, although under this pricing… Allagash labels this as a Dry Hopped Golden Ale and it feels better suited under that framing.

Daniellobo, Jul 11, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

IrishColonial, May 26, 2014
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2.55/5  rDev -36.9%

Pours a hazy orange gold. Surprisingly robust white head.

Smells like musty old cheese, musty hay, and musty pears.

Taste is all over the place. Just a jumbled, confused mess. Lacks any sort of coherent focus. Strange bittering hops, a muffled, unpleasant sour barnyard flavor instead of a sharp acidic one, and hanging over it all a very unappealing musty/rotten grass component.

Mouthfeel okay, but just not a good beer. Its various component flavors and aroma just did not find any sort of harmonic ... confluence.

Overlord, May 22, 2009
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4/5  rDev -1%

akang, Nov 03, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

nickd717, Mar 15, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

2009 750ml sent to me in a BIF! Thanks!

A- Body is a nearly opaque golden yellow hue. Cloudiness is uniform. Pours with a massive, crazy 3 finger+ head-pretty much a gusher-but salvageable. Head fades to a nice foamy 1 finger or so and leaves a ton of lacing behind in the glass.

S- Nose is hoppy, funky, and very good overall. Lots of sour lemon, floral hops, spicy bready yeast, and some funk.

T- Flavor is very similar to the nose. There is a good balance between all these aspects described in the nose upfront. The floral hops intensify for the finish with some accompanying bitterness and some sour lemon lingers as well.

M- High carbonation with a light yet full body. Dry and spritzy with some yeast presence.

D- This is an awesome beer. Certainly wild and funky. A good member of the miscellaneous pale belgian category-but slightly wilder. Reminds me of a saison. Another wonderful allagash brew.

PittBeerGirl, Jul 06, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1%

brez8791, Sep 21, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

@ 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.

wedge, Oct 08, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -11.4%

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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4.53/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

Immortale25, Apr 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

david18, Jul 02, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

atsprings, Jun 25, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Lovely85, Dec 15, 2013
Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 702 ratings.