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Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Confluence AleAllagash Confluence Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

245 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 245
Hads: 869
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 18.11%
Wants: 124
Gots: 173 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

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: 245 | Hads: 869
Photo of rudzud
2.64/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

From notes taken on 9/7, on tap at the Armsby Abbey. I dont know what the deal was with this, but as my review shows, something was definately off.

A - Clear light amber pour with a nice light one finger pour that results in very gentle lacing.

S - Very, very light funk/brett aroma and sour citrus. Incredibly muted aromas.

T - Whats going on here? In all honesty, this doesnt really taste like any wild ale I've ever head. I really doubted that I was given the right brew. Anyways, very, very weak flavors. Tastes like watery citrus and watery funk. Very shocked and confused.

M - Low carbonation but not in a syrupy sense. Just feels well, watery. Talking macro watery.

D - I know damn well this is a good beer but what happened with this pour? Bad batch? A mispour? Something happened here that just wasnt good. Such a shame too.

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Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to ritzkiss for sharing this one. 750 ml corked and caged bottle.

Pours a clear amber/orange, very bright, huge white head forms, settles down to a thin ring around layer, drops a ton of lacing on the glass.

Smell is great, nice and funky, lots of floral, rosehips, very fruity, mango, caramel and citrus, very tropical, sugary, some spice, nice funky sourness going on, some wheat, vanilla, real nice.

Taste is similar, vanilla up front, some caramel, spices, jasmine, very fruity, more tropical, mangoes and some citrus, nice malty middle, some wheat and wood in the finish, lightly sour, just a real pleasant barnyardy funk.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Very drinkable, goes down easy, real nice funky complexity. Thanks Eric!

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

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. January 2009 Vintage.

(A)- Gusher! Pours a hazy golden orange hue. Produced a nice foamy pure white head. Good retention and tons of lace left behind.

(S)- A big dry earthy Brett funk. Subtle tart lemon and oak notes.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A very big dry oaky Brett funk blast. Bits (very tiny bits) of a lemon tartness.

(M)- A nice mellow carbonation level. A decent balance too, though its really just an oaky Brett funk profile.

(D)- A decent wild ale, though very straightforward; the Brett has really taken this over and made it its own. Not worth the price point. When compared to Interlude, I far prefer Interlude.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazey bronze and copper colored hue with an exuberant head that relinquishes to nothing after about ten minutes and a couple of sips. Good bubbling.

Earthy hops mixed with the yeast have a fresh Spring fruit field aroma. Add to that a nice toasted malt bill with bubbling carbonation.

Toasted and well carbonated melba toast and cut grass are upfront. Malted barely with bread toast and spring fruits and a splash of tartness. I would not think this is an American wild ale by taste alone. Still a good beer worth trying and sharing.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.88/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dullish and hazy orange, massive haze and white head to it. Chunky. Nose was largely caramel related, didn't really pick up anything fruity or sour from it, nor did was there any barrel aromas going on.

Taste, was a little offputting from the start, still lacked a sour or fruit profile, just seemed too plain. Was like a cross between a kolsch, berlinerweisse and hefeweizen. Carbonation was up like a kolsch, mild lemon and super mild tart like a berliner and the chewy haze and yeast of a hefe. And throw in some mineral water and hops solely for bittering. For $23? No way.

I have a bottle of this chillin at the pad, I hope it develops better than what I had on tap. I guess I'll have to search for the flavors that are supposed to be there, because I didn't find them the first time around.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage on-tap at the Ginger Man in Norwalk, CT.

A-Pours a hazed golden hue. Head is off-white and large. Head looks like an uncooked biscuit. It retains excellently. Very attractive brew.

S-Whoa! This beer smells musty and dusty. Funky. Smells like hay and dirt. Spices and yeast along with vibrant pale-fleshed fruitiness. Very unique and complex.

T-Tastes like the nose. Dusty and musty. Funky yeast and underlying spices. Has an almost vinous flavor. The 2 years spent sitting around really meshed the flavors well with one another.

M-Lighter bodied with tons of bubbles. Dry, dry, dry. Easy to imbibe.

O/D-Didi not know what to expect from this beer and I was definitely surprised. I enjoyed it but did not love it. It was worth a try but I was left a bit disappointed.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, corked & caged, $16.99 from Champanes in Warren, MI. When I twisted off the cage the cork popped out in an explosion, followed by a gush of foam. Even after sitting a while, each pour generates large pillows of rocky foam in each glass. The beer is crystal clear in the first pours, tending towards murky in final stretch due to yeasty sediment.

The beer smells really funky and sour, strongly similar to the nose of Orval, tart brett throughout. The taste isn't quite bracingly sour, but lives just about on that edge. Barnyard flavors (horseblanket, mustiness, etc) that hit the spot for me, also a light citrus in the bitter aftertaste, maybe not too far from lemons. Very good and easy to quaff. I love what Allagash does with wild ales, I just wish it were cheaper (along the lines of Jolly Pumpkin). Then again, Lost Abbey charges twice as much, so this may be a relatively pricey luxury for the foreseeable future.

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Photo of avalon07
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright orange color and a thick, cloudy texture. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Great lacing. An excellent looking beer.

S: A sweet, fruity aroma, with traces of malt and yeast.

T: Tasted of lighter fruits, some yeast, malt, and a touch of spices. This beer had a much milder flavor than I expected, but it was still pretty tasty.

M: Lots of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A well made, drinkable beer.

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Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a yellow-orange color with a one-finger white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of fresh bananas with hints of spices and a good amount of funk. As the beer warms the funkiness gains some steam.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet banana flavors up front followed by funkiness and slight tartness. The funk is more predominant in the taste than it is in the smell. Ending is more of a light Belgian than a wild ale.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the glass and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is a good introduction to American Wilds. It's got a good amount of funk but is by no means overpowering - it's almost a combination of a trippel and AWA. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 72 Hours of Belgium yesterday.

Light yellow, with a dense white head forming disk, this looks good.. Nose has mostly Brett with light sourness rather Orval-like. Clove, bandaid, lots of clove and light honey. Palate is similar. Biscuit, honey, band-aid and clove. No hops, light floral honey-like sweetness. Drying and Bretty on the finish, the carbonation is very, very high. A little watery, but great otherwise. Solid stuff.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed golden straw color, minimal spotty head, little lacing. Scent is muted barnyard funk from the brett, a light fruityness, bready, lightly spiced. Tasted was much more mild then expected, muddy earth, damp wood, barnyward, lightly metallic, the fruityness is replaced by a more savory taste, backbone is quite belgian with bready malts and yeast, light spicing. Lighter side of medium bodied, aggressive carbonation doesnt help mild palate. A very muted flavor profile allows the Belgian base to shine through, not a favorite.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bomber poured into a flute; March 2011 bottling

An extremely soft golden straw color with streams of tiny bubbles pushing north to a huge, meringue-like cap. Excellent retention and loads of sticky lace.

The aroma is of soft peaches, slightly tart lemons, apricots and even some pineapple and granny smith apples. At first, I thought the funk was a little light, but as this guy warmed, some band-aid aromas came out.

I still can't get over the thickness of this head. A giant ring of foam is stuck across the top of my glass. It looks awesome.

Tart lemons and granny smith apples come to forefront, with sweet pineapple and peach quickly in tow. Some acidic notes through the middle before a rush of saddle leather funk and dryness. The funk just sweeps in and leaves your mouth dry. No pucker, lightly tart.

A light medium body with high carbonation, but it works well. Smooth and creamy with a touch of effervescence.

This is a nice wild ale, but it definitely didn't blow me away. I guess it's balance is a detriment? Definitely well crafted and enjoyable. A very good beer.

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Photo of drpimento
4.78/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Man, really good beer. These folks know what they're doing. Poured with a huge, foamy, frothy, rocky, off-white head that lasts a long time and lots of lace. Color is a clear, slightly pale amber. Aroma is full and of yeast, barnyard, spice, hops, malt, fresh cut grass. Flavor is similar to nose and has a slightly sweet background upon which are the tart and bitter flavors are evidenced. Body is excellent - in the way that is best for this style, not too thick yet not thin with champagne-like carbonation. The finish is like flavor and where I notice the characteristics of the Brett which nicely complements the beer. Finish is fairly long. Satisfying, good drinking beer. I'd defy someone blindfolded to say this isn't Belgian. Kudos to Allagash brewmasters; a hearty well done!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at tria in philly

Pours a semi-hazed golden yellow color, lighter white head, decent retention with a few splashes of lacing on the glass.

Fragrant nose with white grapes and wine barrel, fruit sweetness, bretty tart, and faint alcohol.

A decent helping of fruit up front with white wine alcohol and tartness. Unripe white grapes with skin and apple tossed with brett tartness and lighter funk. A decent amount of sourness but not really overwhelming. Some malt body followed by dry fruits and white wine. Finishes with a touch of alcohol and fruit.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, dry and tingly on the tongue. Drinks really well, tasty sour profile although more tart than completely puckering. I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

re-review 12/17/11
sweet, lemony, light bright in nose. Flavor is sweet and lemony. Strong hop in back and fairly bitter finish. Pretty good, balanced. A touch sweet and overly bitter in the finish .
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Big thanks to Sarah for sharing this one! And we have a gusher, WARNING: The bottle cap shot out like an animal on this one.

A-pours a nice deep golden amber color with a good hazy center. the head is bubbly and white, very thin.

S-soft golden fruits up front of peaches, notes of lemon and a touch of brett with a light peppery spice in the back.

T-peaches and golden fruit up front, touch of lemon, brett comes in next with a good bit of spice behind, light grassy hop in the back with a hint of bitterness.

M-smooth and prickly on the back of the throat, very soft on the tongue, light carbonation with a lighter to medium body.

D-pretty tasty brew here, nice balance with a hint of hops in the back and a nice brett presence with delicious peach in there.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a dark honey golden with a thick, fine-bubbled, cream-color head that sticks around for a while and leaves generous lacing. Crisp aroma has a strong overtone of apple, rather like a cider. Lip-smacking flavor has a malty core and a strong, slightly sweet, slightly tart apple overtone and a whisper of butterscotch. Firm texture has a good amount of tingle and fizz, leaving a nice fruity and tart finish.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

January 2009 Vintage. Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured a hazy deep yellow with a four finger massively fluffy off-white head that actually bulged up larger and larger in the middle of the glass but very very slowly subsided to one finger with lots of sitting. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour funk, and subtle fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall there were some very interesting notes going on in this one. I really had mixed feelings on it. In my opinion there was just too much 'funk' in this one and not enough sour/tart going on. Good, but just not all that awe-inspiring. Interlude is still my favorite offering in this category from Allagash.

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

I suppose I'm biased, because I really like Allagas products, but this is a wonderful beer. Served in a tulip glass, the beer was a hazy yellow color with a medium-sized white head and a bit of lacing. It had that yeasty farm-like aroma, but also was sweet and peppery. I thought it had a tropical fruit taste, a bit of spicy zing. Mostly a sweet mouthfeel. This would be a great dessert beer.

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

City Beer Store, Allagash night. I had high hopes for this beer, and while it wasn't quite up to them, it was also quite different than what I expected, altogether. It's a mildly sour beer with an excellent pale grain flavor, oddly clean for the style. Otherwise, there's a floral quality and a big earthiness from the Belgian yeast, almost lightly smoky in a dry mushroomy kind of way. Mild, though definitely detectable, hops provide bits of herbaceous, minerals and grass in the finish. The flavor is quite dry. And the feel is mild, though good. Quite drinkable for the abv and for a sour. I'm aging a bottle to see if the sour notes come out more with time.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In review is a 2011 vintage.

A - Pours the color of a white wine - pear colored, big fluffy white head and thick ring, lots of carbonation.

S - Straw, lots of barnyard funk, crisp pear, lemon grass, bright dry citrus.

T - Candy floral, pear, barnyard funk, bright citrus, bitter lemon peel, nice Brett twang.

M - Crisp medium body and sprightly carbonation.

O - Great beer.



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Photo of Pencible
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle
A: This poured a cloudy light gold with moderate fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like lemon zest and very tart persimmon, with funk and fresh hay and clove, and a bit of grapefruit and white peppercorn and honey.
T: It tasted like lots of fresh wheat and lemongrass, with some grapefruit and honey. It had a clean and mellow bitter aftertaste.
M: It was oily with lots of natural carbonation. Nice and light body.
D: This was a nice wild ale with great scent, but relatively bland taste. The body was nice, and the finish was smooth, so it was very easy to drink. I wish the taste matched the scent, but instead it ended up being somewhat boring and forgettable. I doube age would improve, but it maybe bring out more brett character. Not worth the price fresh.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, brought back by BA @lacqueredmouse and shared.

Pours a pale golden colour, slight orange tinge. Lots of unfiltered haze. Head is off-white and nice, pillowy and dense but maybe too generous. Lace is pretty pleasant. Looks good.

Smell is very sour and funky. Big brett character giving blue cheese, vinegar and lemon zest. Great, though, with nutty notes as well - pine nuts, peanut and cashew just balancing the royal bejeesus out of what is already a divinely beautiful sour aroma. That's ridiculously enjoyable.

Taste has similar characters. The problem here is they're blended in a way that doesn't entirely work, rather than presented more side-by-side for a proper look-in. Lots of sweetness, with candied orange zest and touches of brett - lucerne and a hint of that sour bacteria flavour. Witbier sweetness, champagney finish, very pleasant touch of tartness. That sourness really could assert itself more, it's quite sweet and dry on the back. Clean, but it just makes me hanker for more sourness.

Full, fairly foamy, a bit dry. Pretty nice.

Yeah, I'm a fan of that. It drinks like a conventional beer, but there's a whole lot of weird idiosyncracies going on as well. Love it.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

January 2009 Vintage
One of my favorite breweries. I love what Allagash does with wild ales. Served this slightly chilled, in a tulip, from a 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Confluence Ale pours out a beautiful golden color, that is crystal clear. The beer hazes a bit the deeper you get into the bottle from the thin layer of sediment. A VERY soft pour resulted in about an inch and a half of thick, creamy white head that faded ever so slowly into a half inch of pillowy foam. The entire glass was coated with thick webs of lace. Some seriously active carbonation bubbles were also noted.

Smell: So many smells hit the nose, I don't know where to start. Musty, rich, horse blanket funk. A nice faint peppery spice. Also getting what I think are some cherries, and maybe some tart green apple. Slightly floral and sweet nose.

Taste: Very smooth complex flavor. More horse blanket to start things off. Getting very little of the fruit I got in the nose. Just the slightest sour flavor. Earthy, yeasty, and spicey. Having trouble picking these flavors apart. Nice flavor though..

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Nice, bigger, medium bodied mouthfeel. Plenty of spritzy carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite a drinkable brew considering the heavy carbonation. Quite a tasty brew.

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Photo of morimech
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

January 2009 bottle

Cloudy golden color with a large head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is shared by pale malt with a slight sweetness, pale fruit such as pears, and the funky brett. Everything seems to be in balanced and the brett is integrated nicely.

The flavor falls a little short of the aroma. Nothing really wowed me here. The sweetness was a little higher than anticipated. The yeast gives off little in either phenols or esters. The brett is evident but on the subdued end of the spectrum. Just the slightest funkiness. I could compare it to a weaker flavored Orval. Maybe a good beer to introduce someone to brett.

I have never been disapointed with the mouthfeel in any Allagash beer, and this is no exception. Feels light and lively without being harsh. Very good texture. The beer could use just a little more heft in body.

A good beer but not one I would buy again. I received this as part of a BIF but I understand the price tag is high.

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Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.