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Allagash Confluence Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

239 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 239
Hads: 833
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 117
Gots: 161 | 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: 239 | Hads: 833
Photo of puboflyons
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Julio's Belgian Beer Festival on August 14, 2011. They were pouring the 2011 batch. The color is olive-yellow with a fizzy, bubbly head. The aroma is very memorable and distinctive as it marries together the Allagash Belgian House yeast and some wild yeast, which emits a flowery, piney, earthy combination. The body is light but delicate. Lots of zesty, acidic fruits in the taste such as lemon, apple, and pear. Very interesting and worth trying. (459 characters)

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. (545 characters)

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. (936 characters)

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. (874 characters)

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. (838 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%

Sour Brett aromas immediately greet the nose when you open this wild yeast sweetheart followed by light malt aromas and spicy hops.
It pours hazy straw to gold under a ferocious, fluffy, very finely bubbled persistent 3" foam cap. the cap slowly drops to a thick, lumpy mass.
Pale malt flavors with a touch of sweet balance the moderate lemony tartness dry out and recede into a medium hop bitterness on the finish. Hints of peach and other light fruits lurk behind the lemony tartness.
The intensely fine Brettanomyces driven carbonation gives the body an airy, moussey fee. Very refreshing and very drinkable. l (614 characters)

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. (483 characters)

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. (438 characters)

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. (756 characters)

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. (426 characters)

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. (784 characters)

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. (538 characters)

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. (968 characters)

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. (1,090 characters)

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. (808 characters)

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. (690 characters)

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. (662 characters)

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! (785 characters)

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. (883 characters)

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. (393 characters)

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. (1,204 characters)

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. (774 characters)

Photo of Satchboogie
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (1,084 characters)

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #55 (August 2011):

Bring on the funk! Hazed-over yellow color, ample frothing. Smells of eucalyptus, lavender, green peppercorn, orange blossom, honey, ripe pears and a hint of white wine. Impeccable smoothness, nearly silky. Dry malt backbone lends more of a dried grass flavor. Mild tartness from the house Brett strain used; dried fruit and wild medicinal herbs run- ning wild all over the palate. Phenolic herbal flavor is pretty bitter—sure, there are some hops in there as well. Nearly bone-dry finish with lots of lingering complexities. Funk-o-licious! (603 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16 into a Leviathan goblet.

A: Clear gold body with a steady narrow stream of bubbles rising to an attractive 3/4" cap of creamy white foam. Pretty good retention and lots of lace. Simply gorgeous.

S: Big funky wave of lightly tart brett aroma up front, backed up with lemon, clove, and more traditional Belgian yeast esters. SOme toasty malt underlies it all, but the funky, fruity, spicy yeast is beyond dominant, and really enjoyable.

T: Like the nose, funk starts things off, but soon recedes to make way for a flavor profile like that of a more traditional Belgian golden ale - fruity esters, light spice, and bready malt. The aftertaste is clean and hugely reminiscent of Duvel - which is, of course, a good thing.

M: Medium bodied with lots of soft effervescence - very lively, yet restrained. Excellent.

D: I'll keep ordering these as long as I'm here and the keg is flowing, but thats partly because it's way cheaper than buying a bottle.

Notes: While quite tame for a wild ale, this is simply a fantastic Belgian-style beer. I don't know if it's quite $20/bottle fantastic, though, so (as always) thank God for the Prime 16 happy hour!

Cheers! (1,176 characters)

Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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