Allagash Confluence Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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931 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
Ratings:
931
Reviews:
256
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
9.68%
 
 
Wants:
130
Gots:
205
For Trade:
9
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 931 |  Reviews: 256
Photo of HopsForBrains
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Josbor11
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FFreak
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
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 +8.9%
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 +10.7%
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 -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Vylo
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nichols33
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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 +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ROGUE16
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stompilator
3.42/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Azpittil57
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of M_chav
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JakerLou
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hman43
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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 -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hotsaucecommittee
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not overpowering. Well balanced

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Photo of Sheppard
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
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 hozersr
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -31.5%
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 Str82hel
2.4/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 931 ratings.
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