Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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90
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747 Ratings
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Ratings: 747
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 100
Gots: 125 | FT: 11
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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Photo of Kmlund
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jrenihan
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of wedge
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
2.88/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Overlord
2.55/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of dfhhead25
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of nickd717
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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

On tap at Sebago's "End of Era" party. 12oz pour:

A: Pours light straw color (i guess light gold), hazy, with about an inch of head.

S: Ripe fruits and white grapes with a touch of tart/funk, belgian yeast, brett, pepper.

T: Very similar to the nose, light ripe fruits (tart apples, pears, a little lemon flesh) and grapes with brett and peppery alcohol. A fairly long middle of toasted pale malt, you can really taste the pilsner malt and makes it quite refreshing. There's a little hop character in front (spicy and herbal) and just a touch again on the finish. A fairly light flavor profile with just a touch of sourness and funk from the brett.

M: Light to moderate body, fairly heavy carbonation. It's light and refreshing while still having a creamy mouthfeel. Crisp, dry finish.

O: This stuff was solid and quite refreshing. I was lucky to get a 12oz pour for just $3 and at that price point, it's fantastic. However, it's not something I'd drop $17+ on a 750. It's great and refreshing, but it isn't THAT good. For a reasonable price, this stuff is great and worth it.

Photo of beerpadawan
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of brez8791
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of DIM
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of atsprings
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of MacQ32
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of seeswo
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of kaelingirl
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Brew33
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of Oakenator
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 747 ratings.