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:
#2,986
Reviews:
257
Ratings:
936
pDev:
9.65%
Bros Score:
4.12
 
 
Wants:
132
Gots:
206
Trade:
9
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Great silly mouthfeel on this beer. However, the taste with its bold yeast strains is just a little too funky for me. It does start to mellow as it warms, but it's still a little wild for my liking. Which is a bit of a shame since I really like Allagash a lot. I may try this again since it did seem to almost grow on me as time went on. Still an excellent brewery that I want to continue exploring new beers with.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pushing more and more into the world of wine, the dry ales of Allagash force an incredible level of dryness, fruitiness and acidity that's description reads much more vinous than beer-like.

The ale pours with a sparkling light gold as it streams with expressive carbonation. Easily mistaken for champagne, its bright clarity pops with its slightly fizzy, slightly frothy effervescence. Its light and fluffy head is loosely knit and quickly succumbs to its acidity and its dry malt body. With little lace on the glass- the ale looks more like chardonnay than Belgian ale.

Its vibrant aroma is bountiful with tart white grape, apple, lime and a cork-like mustiness. Mild earthen tones of grass, leaf and dried citrus peels extend into a mild white pepper note. Its acidic character tickles the nose heading into that first sip.

Its cidery taste is dry and acute with green apple, white grapes, limes and grapefruit. Its short-lived bready sweetness is like water crackers that dissolve on the front of the tongue. Its acidic middle palate introduces those tart and under-ripened fruits and berries until the hoppy finish leads to mild spicy bitterness that trails with lemongrass and hay.

The ale bounces off the tongue with ease as its strong bubbles accents its dryness and forces a quick and assured finish, much sooner than the mouth prefers. This causes much of its exploration of taste to occur in aftertaste rather than its initial taste. As the ale evaporates off the palate, it finishes quick, clean and acidic; and with slight herbal astringency and mild powdery wood texture.

Forget champagne. For those special celebrations, reach for Confluence Ale instead. Its added earthen complexity makes for a greater culinary experience without sacrificing the bubbles, body or bounce.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of thedoubler55
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A hazy yellow color, with a slight transparency but barely there, a nice frothy white head at the top that leaves a little bit of lacing around the glass.

S: Spice and citrus are very present up front, a little hint of brown sugar and bready nose as well.

T: A good tasting beer, hit with the bread and yeast right away, that washes away with a sweetness and bitterness from the fresh hops.

M: Light bodied, good amount of carbonation, dry finish.

O: Overall a good well balanced beer from Allagash, very relaxing brew, subtle with good flavors and a dry unique finish.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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