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Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

642 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 642
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 90
Gots: 105 | 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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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2012 17:29:12 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 12:54:34 | More by Daniellobo
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

09-21-2012 18:28:05 | More by brez8791
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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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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 01:46:21 | More by PittBeerGirl
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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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Gatordaddy

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1%

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

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

12-15-2013 22:34:31 | More by Lovely85
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smithj4

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

06-26-2014 01:18:49 | More by smithj4
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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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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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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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Brew33

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1%

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

California

4/5  rDev -1%

11-03-2013 22:14:03 | More by akang
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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
Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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