Confluence Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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4.04/5
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942 Ratings
Confluence AleConfluence 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:
#3,369
Reviews:
260
Ratings:
942
pDev:
9.65%
Bros Score:
4.12
 
 
Wants:
131
Gots:
208
Trade:
9
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Ratings: 942 |  Reviews: 260
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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Photo of Sheppard
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -31.7%
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 -40.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of bluehende
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of chrispe2
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SomethingClever
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AD17
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Prost76
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.02/5  rDev -25.2%
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 dee4maine
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Shy5
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mtkeenan3
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zotzot
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice
Doesn't look much different from coors
Refreshing but somewhat watery

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Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 942 ratings