Allagash Confluence Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash Confluence AleAllagash Confluence Ale
BA SCORE
4.04/5
936 Ratings
Allagash Confluence AleAllagash Confluence Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-14-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,981
Reviews:
257
Ratings:
936
pDev:
9.65%
Bros Score:
4.12
 
 
Wants:
132
Gots:
206
Trade:
9
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 936 |  Reviews: 257
Photo of Corson
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of delgotit99
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JackRWatkins
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
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 kmanjohnson
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Josbor11
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FFreak
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
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 +8.7%
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 +10.4%
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 Lucular
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Vylo
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nichols33
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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 impending
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ROGUE16
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stompilator
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Azpittil57
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of M_chav
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JakerLou
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hman43
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
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 gbw5009
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hotsaucecommittee
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not overpowering. Well balanced

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Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 936 ratings
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