Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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235 Reviews
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Reviews: 235
Hads: 809
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 113
Gots: 155 | FT: 12
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:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-14-2009

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.
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Reviews: 235 | Hads: 809
Photo of goldbot
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

February 2010 bottling.

Pours clear golden yellow with tons of carbonation. Thick, fluffy white foam that persists. Great lacing. Fruity green apple aroma, sweet and spicy with a bit of funk. The flavor is very funky with lots of barn-yard notes, but at the same time it is a light, airy flavor. Somewhat sour but a nice malty sweetness balances it out a bit. Silky, carbonated mouthfeel with medium body. (406 characters)

Photo of trappistlover
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(750ml bottle from Rayl101)Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a white head. Active carbonation. Aroma is funky, ripe peach, citrus peel. This is absolutely heavenly! Taste is sweet with some sour and a touch of bitterness. Nicely balanced. Medium bodied with a slick texture. Finish is dry. This is a very good beer and I would search it out again. (353 characters)

Photo of Budlum
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Saison funk and spice with assertive hoppiness. There is a certainly malt profile that mixes with the spicenessm, immediately followed by pleasant hops. Worthy of the cost. (174 characters)

Photo of mlazzaro
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cork and cage 750 ml 2011 bottle. exciting carbonation. hazy yellow-orange in color. fluffy white head. decent head retention.

smells of citrus, pepper and brettanomyces. hops are blending really well with the brett character. aromatics did mellow out pretty quickly, but it smelled delicious.

the first flavor is soft wheat/malt flavor, followed by a moderate bitterness and an intense brett finish. brett has a grassy-barn funk to it. I enjoy it much more as I sip on. tastes substantially better warm.

mouthfeel is a bit full for a brett beer, unusual. bitterness is notable. acidic beer, grapefruit juice in comparison.

haven't really had anything else like it. cheers (677 characters)

Photo of darklordlager
3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Finally cracked the first beer I ever traded for. Reviewed 9/21/10.

A: Brilliant crystal-clear golden with a large head that dies down quickly but is easily roused.

S: Brett-y barnyard aroma greets the senses, along with some citric notes. Smells a bit chalky.

T: Citrus and barnyard as in the aroma. Has the funky horse-y taste of Wyeast's B. Brux, but the tartness and citric flavours of the B. Lambicus with which I am familiar. Finishes extraordinarily dry. Light fruitiness throughout--likely from a Belgian primary yeast (?) --Phenols are prominent, which are a bit distracting, with a "burnt" flavour that emerges as it opens up/warms.

M: Highly carbonated, nauseatingly so. Clashes with the bone-dry finish. Switched to an etched glass in an attempt to neutralize it, to no avail.

D: Having had NG R&D Golden Ale recently (and at nearly 1/2 the cost per mL) I much prefer that. The high carbonation and phenol/ester character with plastic-y notes I do not appreciate. (982 characters)

Photo of stimulus
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

February 2010 Vintage.

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden with a one finger white head.
S: Smells sour and funky.
T: Definite sourness, sweet malty profile complemented by funky Belgian yeast and definitely Brett and a light crisp hop finish.
M: Medium bodied and perfect level of carbonation.
D: Solid American Wild, very balanced with keeping in tact the basic malt and hop base and building on it with the sourness and Brett funk. Very complex and smooth. (491 characters)

Photo of OlieIPA
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! (727 characters)

Photo of nkersten
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle courtesy of my brother.... Thanks Adam! Appearance is pretty standard. Golden straw, small head fading into a fine laced glass of beer. Smell is impressive for a wild ale. Some wild yeast, minimal hops and most importantly a strong berry scent. If all sour beers could smell like this. Taste is perfect for a young sour. Lots of soft blueberry, sweet malt and a slight bit of sourness. It is a perfectly balanced sour with an excellent flavor. Very drinkable compared to most wild beers I have had. Mouth feel is pretty typical for the appearance, with a slight linger of flavor, but otherwise clean and dare I say refreshing on a warm Washington day. I would definitley recommend picking up a bottle of this if you see it. (744 characters)

Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into an allagash glass with a leaf on the bottom. Bubble rise slowly and form a wispy head. Color or the beer is a golden light color with a slight hint of red.

S: Very fruity. Strawberry, grape, orange, cherry. Light but lots of complexity.

T: Initially a little musty like a belgian then a slight hit of fruit and a huge malt finish. It's a little too musty for me and doesn't hit very acutely.

M: Sits with a good body. But that must! Musty musty musty.... clean dry finish is very nice though.

I had high hope for this beer and with the smell I was expecting something more fruity in taste. The taste was overwhelmed by must (I do suppose it's a wild ale...) and I wasn't a big fan. Very nice finish though. Maybe worth checking out but not blowing my mind. (777 characters)

Photo of fear025
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL.

Aroma:Sour lemon and bubblegum notes.

Appearance:Light gold in color. Very little head. Good lacing.

Taste:The first taste is sour with funky brett flavors up front and in your face. Behind this taste, the hops start to come through. After a few sips, through the mid and aftertaste, the floral aspects of this beer are much more noticeable.

Mouthfeel:Light body, slightly harsh mouthfeel.

Drinkability:This is a well balanced beer with brett flavors intact, but still mild enough that delicate floral flavors are still there. (574 characters)

Photo of Pinknuggets
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap to wine glass 2011 vintage

A: light golden yellow color that is semi transparent and somewhat cloudy. There is a white head that goes away quickly and leaves a thin lacing

S: light wheat smell with a little bit of funk but not much there some malt but really badly anything there

T: there is a light taste of wheat and a little bit of Brett funk in the finish but it is barly noticeable tastes watered down to me

M: definitely thin and very watered down oily smooth though and definitely goes down easy

0: it wasn't a bad expierence and golden ales aren't normally my thing but this one really didnt do much for me it's not bad but not great idk if I would recommend it (686 characters)

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Confluence, Allagash, American Wild Ale, 7.4%

A: Pours with a light straw color with some hazy lack of clarity and a moderate fluffy head with big bubbles.

S: The lemon is there, some mild hints of jasmine, but not a ton of complexity or wild bret character that I was expecting.

T: I almost feel like this was mislabeled from a witbier or a white ale into an American Wild Ale. I get the hazy wheat notes, biscuit, some honey, but absolutely none of the traditional aspects of the style. I noted some mild green grape with light tartness, but you really have to search for it. There is certainly no vinegar lacto finish or a wild aspect as most people think of it. Finally there is a dry chardonnay finish that is exceptionally fleeting.

M: The mouthfeel is light and crisp, almost no coating and a watery base to it. I want to like this beer more, but the classification has me all confounded with how they either underdid or missed the mark so badly on the wild aspect. It isn’t bad, but it is wild as the BYU campus. A lack of wildness abounds.

D: This is an exceptionally drinkable beer given the light malt, clean finish and crisp dry character. In this instance, I don’t feel that it is a good thing because it missed the mark that it allegedly was striving for. I can make an exceptionally drinkable stout by buying an Abyss and watering it up with 18oz of tap water, does that improve the style? It is debatable I suppose. Debate concluded, the answer is a resounding “no.”

Narrative: Walter Chiu always had a sneaking suspicion that he wasn’t born in South Side Jamaica Queens. It was nothing that he could overtly point to, but, a substantiated hunch was enough. Sure, everyone told him he was Queens native, what with his transposed L’s and R’s, his affinity for Texas Instrument Products, and encyclopedic knowledge of MMO lore, yet, somehow he looked askance at their appraisals. “Wait wait wait, mom tell me again, as a child I used to play the 5 string bass incessantly? I don’t even know how to play the bass?” “Oh yes sweetie, we couldn’t stop playing that Sly and the Family Stone record you were so fond of. Those were the days.” He watched his mother carefully slice the uni into diaphanous strips but still rubbed his weak chin at the prospect that he was an avid fan of Thelonius Monk. (2,340 characters)

Photo of mjaskula
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (736 characters)

Photo of jgammoniv
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color with thin head.
Fruity slightly bready nose
smooth mouthfeel
notes of banana citrus and a mild bitter finish.
Overall a mildly sour beer with lots of fruitiness and fresh hop bitter
this was the June 2012 bottle. would like to try an older version. (276 characters)

Photo of DannyS
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'09 vintage. Poured from a 750ml bottle to a 1 liter glass boot...which immediately filled up with head. Poured the rest into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a very clear yellow amber, but gets fairly cloudy if you let any of the sediment get into it. Head gets really really thick, as I noticed, but settles quickly enough, leaving small patches of lacing.

S - A very upfront wine grape aroma mixed with a brett funk, and an outlying smell of smarties candies. That's interesting.

T - sour wine grape permeates, backed by a nice malt foundation, ever so slight hop bitterness. The wild in this wild ale is king here, though it mellows quite a bit as it warms, turning into a very pleasant, malty sour ale.

M - Light on the palate with low carbonation, but my failure in keeping the head from overflowing might have taken some carbonation away.

Overall - A very good choice to pair with the speck (smoked German bacon) and rye toast I was eating. Will have to hunt down more of this and age it again, this time, for longer. Definitely recommended as a special occasion brew. (1,072 characters)

Photo of Aenema
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pale honey, slightly cloudy with little head/lacing.
Smell - Funk, sweet malt.
Taste - Hint of banana, funk, bready malts.
Mouthfeel - Crisp, medium-bodied with a finish on the dry side.
Drinkability - Very drinkable with an interesting, refreshing nature. (269 characters)

Photo of i4ourgot
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is between gold and straw in color, with a haze similar to a hefeweizen. The aroma is a tropical fruit and peppery spice. There is a passion fruit flavor with a subtle brett flavor of old socks (but old socks that taste good). I have definitely had several beers where the brett is a little overpowering, but this beer had a nice blend of fruity notes from the yeast and sweetness from the malt that works well with the brett. I really enjoyed it because all the flavors work really well together. (507 characters)

Photo of Scrapss
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the monsterous cork and cage into an Allagash chalice.

A: A hazy pale golden hue, nice 3 finger head that drops to a 6mm disk. Lacing is spotty with hint of legs. Tight bubbles.

S: Yeast and malt are dominant. Classic yeast profile with sweet and breadiness and gentle spiciness balanced by a citrus note in the profile.

T: Amazing apricot and citrus notes and a slight metallic musty note combined with white pepper.

M: Creamy on the uptake, smoothness and then drops into a slightly sharp metallic and sour note, then finishes with a slightly malt-dry finish. Metallic and sourness hangs around forever.

O: Very good bretted notes brings a slight gentle sourness that perfectly complements the brew. Carbo is spot on too, lending to that creamy initial hit. (776 characters)

Photo of pdoran10
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a slightly hazy golden color with three full fingers of creamy pillow like head. Reminds me of Daisy Cutter, but I digress.

Smell is sour green grapes, mustiness. tart. sweet slightly bready malt.

taste is nice sharp citrus bite. Very crisp slightly acidic. With sour grape, white bread, and old basement funk notes coming through. tart citrus is most forward flavor. Unique refreshing.

Medium creamy body with high lively carbonation. Dry.

Highly drinkable refreshing creation. Love the citrus tart bite in this beer. similar to Fantome's tartness but with a different flavor profile. Highly recommend this beer. (627 characters)

Photo of LeRose
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at a beer dinner.

Appearance - very clear golden color, as thick a head as the glass would hold - two fingers. Fell to a nice ring around the glass.

Aroma - a lot in this beer. Bread and yeast hit right away. Spiciness and citrus notes drift in - not overly powerful, but very pleasant. Some earthiness/funk comes in as well but not overwhelming. A bit floral as well.

Taste - this beer morphed on every sip. The malt and yeast character were pretty constant but everything else changed with each taste. A little sour, a little fruity (apricot), a bit of citrus, some spice with pepper noticeable on the finish. A bit of a metallic taste that was not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel - almost creamy/chalky with a dry finish. The little metallic twang hung around a bit, but not unpleasant.

Overall, felt this beer is very flavorful, but I found the flavors to be ephemeral - nothing lasted long and it seemed to change. There's nothing definitive in the flavor - there's a lot of different components that almost seem to conflict, but the flavors change. Very interesting and thought-provoking brew. (1,103 characters)

Photo of Badger6
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Golden amber body, hazy, some carbonation. Fizzy head builds fast, recedes faster. Bubbly ring at glass edge, with a layer in the center of the surface.

S: Funky, grassy scent. Notes of citrus and spice.

T: Starts mild and sweet. Quickly gives over to the funk of the brett. Bubblegum, straw, orange, mildly spiced. Seems to be a hint of dark fruit, but no more.

M: Silky, light to medium mouthfeel. Tingly carbonation. No booziness at all.

O: Really interesting beer. Has hints of farmhouse, but also hints of standard Belgian ale. The farmhouse characters are the dominant, with the brett aromas and flavors clear and forward. Interesting. If you like farmhouse, this is for you. (739 characters)

Photo of STEG
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks fine sitting there...three finger bone white head slightly hazy straw hue...

Smells great lemons and brett are present along with some other fresh fruits like mango.

Taste leaves me wondering what happened to the usual smell/taste combo. The brett is there but hiding very well and all you get is a bit of lemon and then a long seemingly unending note of bitterness....from what? I dunno...It doesn't seem like it's hop bitterness given the age but I don't think it was made to be a hoppy wild ale and by now they should be all gone, it being from 2009 and all...

Mouthfeel isn't bad it has a coating mouthfeel with effervescent bubbles that make it refreshing if it weren't for the bitterness streak.

It's light and easy to drink but the unwelcome surprising bitterness character makes it not something I'd drink a lot of...

Thanks for the chance to try this IDateTheForumla

Allagash I am disappoint...

If it's between this and interlude, get interlude... (971 characters)

Photo of BZero007
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this last night on tap at Rustico in Alexandria, VA.

Was a very bright golden color with a pretty good head with an off white color. The aroma was not very strong but was plesant and carried a light crisp fruit smell with it. The taste was of a well balanced and crafted brew. The fruit comes threw very lightly and is carried with the flavors of the hops. There were not any overpowering flavors in this brew for me. Everything was balanced and came threw very tasty. The brew felt very light and did not weigh me down, which is great for a 7.4% beer. The carbonation was very low but was just enough. This can easily beer a brew to have in session. (655 characters)

Photo of Flashsp2
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash Confluence into Chimay glass

A medium yellow, perfectly clear body is topped with a two finger deep
fluffy eggshell head that tracks sheets of lace as it receeds. Head
never goes away, just lingers the whole way through. Very pretty.

Aroma is tart lemons, light barnyard, citrus, cider, apple cider
vinegar, dark cherries. Lots of complexity.

Fresh cut hay, lemon rind, horse blanket leather, white pepper, tangy
acidity, dry oak. The funkiness is light, but lingers on the finish,
which is dry and effervescent.

Mouthfeel is medium-light and bubbly, not watery but just lively. Any
more or any less would not go with the style, so its a nice fit.

Now this is an easy drinking Wild. Funk, sour, tart are all low and
well integrated. A big complexity on a very light palette. I liked
this quite a bit. (814 characters)

Photo of sk8man121
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*My 100th review; yay beer!*

On-tap at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME.

A: Pours a brilliant, semi-transparent and almost metallic orange with straw highlights. 1-finger head settles into a slick and leaves creamy lacing around the glass.

S: Spicy barnyard funk, white grape and a complex fruitiness. Smells immaculate.

T: Funk is over the top on this batch (much more than on previous batches, IMHO); reminiscent of their (usually) superior Interlude. Strong brettanomyces, fruit and supple center transitions into a dry, champagne-like feel feel and taste; not too far off from what Orval feels and tastes like. Very mineral-heavy.

M: Carbonation is medium and sticks with the whole taste, dying off at the very end and resulting in somewhat of a flat finish.

O: Aside from Interlude, this would have to be my favorite regular offering from Allagash. Bone-dry and mineral-focused, it's the perfect vehicle for the wild brett yeast that really transforms this. Can't think of a better 100th beer to review!

Perfect in (almost) every way. (1,050 characters)

Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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