Confluence Ale
Allagash Brewing Company

Confluence AleConfluence Ale
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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #21
Ranked #4,468
4.06 | pDev: 9.61%
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Confluence AleConfluence Ale
Notes: 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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Photo of Tony210
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy medium yellow, ample foamy head that lasts. Aroma is funky and hoppy, a little soapy and floral. Light bodied, crisp and effervescent, has a nice mild malt profile with a gentle hop bite. Overall an easy drinking Belgian ale.

750 ml bottle dated 4/27/17
4 rating

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Photo of kitch
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

A 750ml corked and caged bottle, bottled in April 2014, and poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A cloudy pale orange colour with a thin off white head that poured thick almost like syrup and left no lacing.

Aroma: Funky, brett, stone fruit, peach, apricot, lighter citrus, lemon, yuzu, grass and a touch floral.

Taste: Stone fruit forward, mango, apricot, peach, funky, brett, more mango juice, with a splash of lemon and floral notes.

Mouthfeel: Thick-ish, medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: This was interesting… as I poured what looked a thick syrupy pour, I had the feeling that it might have gone bad. However, the aroma and flavours were great and had lots of stone fruit mixed with funkiness and brett. Mouthfeel wasn’t nearly as bad as what the pour appeared to me, but the carbonation was too light for me, and I felt that stronger carbonation could have helped balance and break down the thickness of the body.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 2/03/2016, so just a few days shy of two years. Pours a luminescent golden color with an inch of off white head that falls slowly and leaves some pretty lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell is funky Brett, some grassy and slightly fruity hops, with a rustic grain character. Taste is follows with a bright vibrancy. Lemon peel, rustic, farmhouse-esque grainy character, a bit of hops that comes off more herbal than fruity, and big funky Brett overtones. Feel is medium bodied with soft carb and a beautifully dry finish with a tinge of funk and herbal hop character lingering long after the swallow. Overall, a beautifully crafted beer, more like a saison than I’d expected. Bright lemony character with ample Brett character to keep things very interesting. The flavors and aromas work like a symphony together. Harmonious and sublime. Killer, killer stuff, and age has done nothing less than extraordinary work with that brettanomyces showing its potential.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy burnt gold, but be careful with a full pour, as you can see a good amount of swirling sediment in the bottom of bottle. An active, large white foam settles to a central dome with a fuzzy collar leaving spotty lace.

Smell is lemon, phenolic spice, apple, pear and a hint of white bread crust and grassy funk.

Taste is tart, lightly sharp acidic funk with grass, fiery hops and phenolic spice all outdoing the Brett, which swallows with a slight burn.

The light, frothy airy body has a slick swallow, finishing semi-dry.

2015 vintage

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Photo of SABERG
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the 2017 version into the test glass.
A - Excellent clarity, steady marauding carbonation rises to support a pillow of a white cap
S - Dusty Brett, semi sweet grain, apricot, warm sourdough rising, honey and Wow what a nose.
T - As complex as the aromatics let on. Warm toast smeared with orange blossom honey, some white pepper, cheese rime,
a bit of brett dustiness. Great apricot, orange reduction, and the slightest bit of pineapple.
M - Dances across the palate, medium to light in body, start is a bit sweet then the brett takes over. Deftly applied so the funk is in check. Palate response is sweet then tart then back the the middle.
O - A real delight, Allagash has the touch when it comes to mixed cultures, flavorful, bright, and worth seeking out

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Photo of bubseymour
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Slightly funky but more yeasty in flavor and no sourness. Full bodied and hearty brew. Feels bigger than 7.5% Another finely crafted Belgian offering from Allagash.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle (750 ml) had 9/1/16 at room temp

A: contents under fucking pressure (this beer tried to kill me for opening it), prominent three finger head, foamy and soapy not creamy, good retention, pale gold, not quite hazy, insanely prominent lacing,
S: smells like orval, apple cider vinegar, pepper and funk, a lot of pepper indeed
T: subtle malt sweetness followed by traces of fruit, not as sour as the nose would lead one to believe, there is a touch of biscuity malt here that distinctly points to the malt body of a belgian style ale though I'm not really sure why (i'm not an idiot I know this is a belgian style ale but something about the biscuit character specifically does this), tartness (with a hint of hop bitterness) comes out as the beer sits, as you introduce more to the glass the sharp tartness will appear more.
M: exceptionally dry (my personal preference in mouthfeel honestly)
O: not as good as their FV 13 but excellent nonetheless, it's nice when the main person you are outdone by is yourself. Very good though, worth looking for if not quite standing in line for. really a very excellent drink. We don't get their beer in b'ham but I've been lucky enough to come across more than a few bottles in my travels and with very few exceptions (sorry guys your saison is awful) all the allagash beer i've had is great. Keep it up!

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Photo of FFreak
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle consumed in August 2016. The appearance is beautiful - hazy, dark-buttery yellow, with a huge, pure-white head of tight bubbles that slowly dissipate and leave a ton of lace. Aroma is straight-up brett - straw, lemon, horse, maybe some caramel. Taste shows bread, caramel, flowers, lemons, alfalfa - intesting combination - with some astringent bitterness on the finish. Mouth feel is medium-bodied, bubbly at first but settling down later, a little watery sometimes, but perfect for the style/ABV. Overall, a great example of a brett-fermented Belgian. Wonderful.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Cloverleaf Tavern. I was not disappointed by this beer. Very interesting rendition of the style to say the least. A tart triple could best describe it. Lemon zest and yeast predominate nose and tongue. Recommended.

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Photo of crotharagain
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/3/16 and poured on 8/5/16 into a tulip
L - Slightly cloudy golden yellow with a good finger of head and good lacing
S - Funky barnyard, peppercorn, orange, spicy
T - Tastes like it smells - Brettanomyces definitely showing and gives this strong Belgian style ale a nice sourness
F - Smooth and carbonation lingers on the tip of the tounge
O - Highly recommended. I'd imagine this gets better and better as it ages.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My neighbor brought over a bottle of Confluence to share. It poured a hazy yellow with fizzy white head that did not leave much lace. The scent had earth and Belgian yeast. The taste had pepper, hints of lemon, and peat. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a good beer and worth a try.

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Photo of hman43
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours golden with a white head. It produces plenty of classic Belgian lace.

Smell: It has earthly aromas with horse blanket, fruity esters, and hints of lemon.

Taste: There are flavors from clean fruity esters, earthly elements due to the yeast, spices, pepper, and lemon.

Feel: It has a moderate feel that is moderately bitter with some alcohol warming. There is a slight tart feel in the finish.

Overall it is a complex beer with a balance between the yeast, malts, and hops that is excellent to drink.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It looks absolutely beautiful. Gold to a T. The aroma is good, but it's not emanating from the glass. So what, right? It's a little underwhelming in flavor, the tropical character is light compared to a Golden Brett. It has some grassyness to it as well. The thing that is most off putting to me is that bready Brett character. It was a little bit grainy to me. I liked this beer, but some of Allagash's other Brett saisons have been much better, in my opinion.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft in a 8oz tulip at Pub Royale Chicago. This had a very nice light amber look to it with a hazy appearance. This had that initial Allagash taste to it when you first dive into it with great lemon tasting to finish it off. Never heard of the beer until the other day and will try again in the future.

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Photo of seedyone
2.76/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Rattle n Hum. Some brews leave wondering & this is one. Up front, I'm not a sour/Brett fan so the slightest hint can leave me cold

This pretty beer smells like bubblegum & tastes like bubble gum & pickle juice. I would say "not my cup of tea" but that would insult the tea.

I appreciate the talents of Allagash, but this escapes me.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.02/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A dark orange with substantial brett haze. Big 1" white head on it. Nose was malt driven, didn't detect barrel notes, or brett really. Thought there would be more going on.

Taste was real mundane, the brett didn't take off. Seemed like a very expensive bottle for its lack of anything special. Felt like a big rip off to have a mild hopped pale ale that comes off more malty than anything else. Total meh.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

POurs straw yellow on tap @ Mekong RVA. Aroma of wet hay, malt, barnyard, lemon, mild funk, slight grape and citrus with apricot. Flavor follows aroma with slight cracker, touch of lemon like tartness, earthy, slight earthy hop. The feel is light but not extremely light. Enough to let the malt shine with the hops. Overall a great beer once again by Allagash.

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Photo of Invinciblejets
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

April 2014 bottle.

L: Pours a super hazy yellow-orange very little head on a light pour... Looks like juice.

S: Dry dusty fruity Brett character ..some orange, tangerine, white wine grapes...some pear I assume from the dry hopping. Some peppery grass too.

T: A lot of dank basement funk, oak.. same fruitiness as smell tho very light. Brett is mostly dominating here. Any hop character that was there seems to have faded.

F: Juice like for sure ..kind of sparkly too.

O: Great beer amazing brettanomyces flavored and smells.. Do wish I got a fresh one for more of the hop character.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pour with a nice foam lace, color is perfect for the style, very classic appearance. The Brett funk is there but not aggressive, lemongrass, freshly cut hay & Pilsner malt aromas are present as well. The creamy mouthfeel threw me off a bit, a lot of beers in this style - especially those featuring Brett - are carbonated and tingly. There is carbonation but it gives way pretty quickly to a very smooth, velvety feel. The pilsner malt is very present in thr body, and the Brett is fairly low-key. Just enough to give it a little of that farmhouse punch, but it doesn't steal the show. The pilsner imparts that classic cracker /soaked grain flavor, with mixes well enough with the Brett yeast, but I'm not sure they compliment each other very well. Maybe I'm too used to the various Brett Saisons out there & was expecting something a little crisper & lighter. Still a very good beer, as is par with Allagash, but they make better beers utilizing their brand yeast.

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Photo of DovGibor
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5/14/15; labeled 7.1% abv, so that appears to vary slightly from batch to batch. Poured into a tulip. Minimal head that quickly settled to light ring. Crystal clear; medium to dark straw in color.

Aroma is clean and light. Malt and yeast are clearly present, with light hops finishing it out. Richer mouthfeel than the aroma and color would suggest. Brett funk is mild, but one of the first flavors I noticed. Good malt and light spiciness marry well with the brett. I don't get any real hop bitterness; I don't think it's meant to have much, and the brett takes precedence over what little there is.

Overall it's a good blend of brettanomyces, malt, and spicy hop flavors. If you enjoy these, you will enjoy this ale.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle dated May 14th.

Pours a lightly hazy golden straw color with a large soap bubble head. Leaves a modest amount of cobweb lacing as the head dissipates.

The aroma is rather tart, with notes of lemon and berries. Getting a fair amount of hoppy aromas as well. The grainy malt character lingers on the back end providing a nice balance.

The lemony tartness that filled the aroma is far more subdued in the flavor. Instead, I get strong notes from the sweet malt character, as well as some pear. The flavor is not all sweet, however, as I get a lot of grassy, earthy notes. A very subtle, citrusy hop character lingers in the back of each sip. Just incredible balance all around.

The mouth is medium-bodied, crisp, yet very smooth going down. The carbonation is rather high, but the alcohol is extremely well hidden.

Overall, a great beer from Allagash. It is so well balanced and while the Brett is ever present throughout, it is a perfect companion to all the other flavors and aromas. Whilst I cannot justify the price point for this beer, I can say I'm happy to have tried it.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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 smanson56
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This bottle was from June of 2015 bottling. It pour a pale golden color with a slightly hoppy aroma. There was a large airy white head in my tulip glass. A nice sharp crisp taste with a great mouth feel. I really enjoy all aspects of this great beer and hope to get another couple of bottles to see how it cellars.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark gol to light amber color. Modest haze. Small head but there are plenty of streaks on the glass.

Berries, alcohol and cream come to mind when smelling this beer. I also note some tartness.

This starts with a grainy pale malt flavor--a bit sour with a dash of cream. The swallow becomes bitter with non-descriptive hops. The aftertaste is is equal parts bitter and sour. This leans to the carbonation in regards to the mouthfeel. I'm not as enamored as some, but I like it.

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Photo of Roguer
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wispy, large snow white head, billowing and huge from the Brett. Pale lemon yellow brew, surprisingly cloudy.

Musty and slightly tart aroma; hints of lemon and flowers struggle to find balance against musty Brett and sweet, sugary Belgian house yeast. Malts are grainy and wheat-like on the nose.

Flavor follows: it's funky in a slightly tart, very rustic kind of way. Only slightly sweet, with a light bit of citrus, all balanced against a notable Brett presence.

Very lively mouthfeel, active enough to prevent you from really savoring it in the mouth for long. Very silky smooth and nearly chewy on the palate. Soft.

This beer is extremely reminiscent of GI Sofie, as well as the more rustic HF saisons. I have a feeling the rating would be at least .25 higher if you slapped a HF label on it; it's perhaps a touch below a solid HF saison, but only a touch.

2+ year old bottle for review.

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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 952 ratings