Confluence Ale
Allagash Brewing Company

Confluence AleConfluence Ale
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Style:
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #21
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #4,443
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 9.61%
Reviews:
262
Ratings:
952
From:
Allagash Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
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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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Reviews by portia99:
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4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

BarnYard Funk .. in a good way

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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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4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Immortale25
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.85/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Had this beer at the Great Lost Bear in Portland Maine. It was on a hand pull tap. Poured a nice head and light in color. Had a pilsner flavor with a bit of spice and fruit. Good alcohol taste to it as well. Very good drinkability and went well with the cheese steak sandwich I was enjoying.
Really surpised (and happy) that it did not have a strong aftertaste (as many of the allagash beers do). Instead, it was refreshing and went down easily. Definitely a beer that you could enjoy the entire night without wanting something else.
I really liked the overall flavor and appearance of the beer and suggest that if you are somewhere it is on tap, order it, you will not be dissapointed!

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

A-slightly hazy golden color with a nice white head and a little lacing

S-lemon, wheat, funky and yeasty

T-lemon, orange, bready malt, yeast funk, slight sourness

F-medium body with nice lively carbonation, crisp and slightly tart

O-interesting beer, farmhouse ale with some hints of wild ale

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rocky three finger cream head that fades very slowly leaving a very good lace. Hazy light amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Belgian yeast nose. Flavor is tart fruit and yeast. Earthy. Bottled Feb 2010. $18.99 for a caged and corked 750ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 952 ratings