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Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Confluence AleAllagash Confluence Ale

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241 Reviews

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Reviews: 241
Hads: 852
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 18.36%
Wants: 124
Gots: 170 | 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:
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: 241 | Hads: 852
Photo of PeterIngemi
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a cork and caged 750 from the 2011 march vintage,

A: pours a hazy golden, with a billowing three finger white head that has beautiful retention and a ton of lacing.

S: nice sour Brett funk, a bit of floralness, and citrus, lemon, yeast, smells very nice, a faint almost white wine like aroma, earthy like a sauv blanc.

T- much like the nose, citrusy with a bit of floralness and grass, and pleanty of funk, sour notes blend nicley, again almost reminds me of sauv blanc notes, very nicley balanced. Belgiany. It not to belgiany. The balance if Belgian yeast and Brett is excellent.

M- creamy and velvety with a dry finish, medium bodied with medium effervescent carbonation, you can feel the bubbles but they are not over done, the carbonation seems spot on for the style.

O- A great brew, nice and funky and refreshing, very drinkable, very well balanced, and very nicley done, this would be awesome on a warm summer evening, love it.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

January 2009 bottle Poured from a bomber into my snifter. Been sitting on this one since early last year. Beer pours a yellowish orange with a pure white head. The head lingers the carbonation on this beer is perfect. Great lacing all over the glass.
Faint aromas of brett, horse hair. Though green grapes? or sour apples is more prominent. There is also a faint hop aroma coming through and some leather as well. Very nice aroma, a favorite of mine.
The flavor follows from the aroma, sour apple, crisp and slightly bitter up front. There are some brett flavors in there but they are not predominant. This beer has an incredibly clean finish.
Wonderful mouth feel that enhances the drinkability of this beer. Again I really think Allagash nailed the carbonation on this one. This beer truly fills your mouth, if that make sense.

EDIT: Had another of 2009 January batch. Wow, after 1.5 years insane brett development changes the whole beer. Horse hair, hey, brett funk and pinapples.

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Photo of Arenbeer
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into a goblet glass

January 2009 Vintage poured at fridge temperature.

A- Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a huge 3 finger soap bubble like head that slowly dissipates leaving no lacing on the side of the glass. Tons and tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom as well as sticking to the side of the glass.

S- Very fruity up front. Green apple and pear come to mind with a nice spice profile of clove and pepper. A strong Belgian influence in this one for sure. Not getting much funk in the nose more so that spicy saison like aroma but definitely some in there.

T- Slight funk and sour up front but fades fast and leaves you with a strong bitter almost hop like flavor. Slight fruit and lemon in there but nothing like the aroma. Honestly not that enjoyable mostly due to the strong bitterness and lack of funk and array of flavors.

M- Medium to lighter bodied with a crazy bubbly amount of carbonation and a strong unpleasantly bitter finish for the style.


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Photo of alaimoa
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Confluence June 2013 poured into a pint glass.
A: Best part is the pillowy white bead with rising bubbles. Golden clear color
S: Barnyard funk in the first smell with citrus (orange/citrus) backing it up
Taste/Mouthfeel: upfront funk leads into some slightly tart citrus notes and dry finish. A touch watery which hurts it

Overall a very tasty beer that could have a touch less funk and a bit more complexity

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Photo of TommyW
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Thin, hazy gold body with a thin white head.

S- Fruity (like peaches and white grapes) with a slight earthy, wood note.

T- Fruity upfront, again reminds me of white grapes. Little horseblanket funk comes in from the brett, and a touch of earthy wood from the yeast. Overall, pretty dry; reminiscent of a dry white wine.

M- Silky feel with a low carbonation.

D- Really interesting beer; a great beer to sip on and enjoy all the interesting flavors going on.

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Photo of grayburn
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is my first american wild, so I have little background with the style, and am basing this review on the quality of the beer as a beer and based on the style guidelines.

A pale orange color with a finger and a half of big bubbly head. The lacing is thick and soapy and the retention is nothing short of perfect.

The nose and mouth blend together into perfect harmony. There are layers of funk, some barnyard going on...some rotten fruit notes...all of this mixes into this amazing nose and flavor. This beer does not stop changing, different levels of fruit and funk....amazing.

The mouthfeelis incredibly crisp, there is some lingering sweetness and then BAM! it vanishes into nothing but a single sour note. Very dry, addictive.

I could only drink so much of this, I have no others of the style to compare it to, but I will easily finish this 750. I like this beer a lot...the cost may be prohibitive, but I will try again.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty solid offering over all. Tons and tons of sediment in this one which helps add a generous and awesome funk. It's rather light otherwise. I dig it overall, but it came with a hefty price tag and I'm not sure I'd drop the coin on this again. Still very glad to try it.

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Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.