Allagash Confluence Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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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
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Photo of Invinciblejets
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

April 2014 bottle.

L: Pours a super hazy yellow-orange very little head on a light pour... Looks like juice.

S: Dry dusty fruity Brett character ..some orange, tangerine, white wine grapes...some pear I assume from the dry hopping. Some peppery grass too.

T: A lot of dank basement funk, oak.. same fruitiness as smell tho very light. Brett is mostly dominating here. Any hop character that was there seems to have faded.

F: Juice like for sure ..kind of sparkly too.

O: Great beer amazing brettanomyces flavored and smells.. Do wish I got a fresh one for more of the hop character.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pour with a nice foam lace, color is perfect for the style, very classic appearance. The Brett funk is there but not aggressive, lemongrass, freshly cut hay & Pilsner malt aromas are present as well. The creamy mouthfeel threw me off a bit, a lot of beers in this style - especially those featuring Brett - are carbonated and tingly. There is carbonation but it gives way pretty quickly to a very smooth, velvety feel. The pilsner malt is very present in thr body, and the Brett is fairly low-key. Just enough to give it a little of that farmhouse punch, but it doesn't steal the show. The pilsner imparts that classic cracker /soaked grain flavor, with mixes well enough with the Brett yeast, but I'm not sure they compliment each other very well. Maybe I'm too used to the various Brett Saisons out there & was expecting something a little crisper & lighter. Still a very good beer, as is par with Allagash, but they make better beers utilizing their brand yeast.

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Photo of FenderOffset238
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DovGibor
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5/14/15; labeled 7.1% abv, so that appears to vary slightly from batch to batch. Poured into a tulip. Minimal head that quickly settled to light ring. Crystal clear; medium to dark straw in color.

Aroma is clean and light. Malt and yeast are clearly present, with light hops finishing it out. Richer mouthfeel than the aroma and color would suggest. Brett funk is mild, but one of the first flavors I noticed. Good malt and light spiciness marry well with the brett. I don't get any real hop bitterness; I don't think it's meant to have much, and the brett takes precedence over what little there is.

Overall it's a good blend of brettanomyces, malt, and spicy hop flavors. If you enjoy these, you will enjoy this ale.

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

Photo of Jpohling
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ScaryEd
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle dated May 14th.

Pours a lightly hazy golden straw color with a large soap bubble head. Leaves a modest amount of cobweb lacing as the head dissipates.

The aroma is rather tart, with notes of lemon and berries. Getting a fair amount of hoppy aromas as well. The grainy malt character lingers on the back end providing a nice balance.

The lemony tartness that filled the aroma is far more subdued in the flavor. Instead, I get strong notes from the sweet malt character, as well as some pear. The flavor is not all sweet, however, as I get a lot of grassy, earthy notes. A very subtle, citrusy hop character lingers in the back of each sip. Just incredible balance all around.

The mouth is medium-bodied, crisp, yet very smooth going down. The carbonation is rather high, but the alcohol is extremely well hidden.

Overall, a great beer from Allagash. It is so well balanced and while the Brett is ever present throughout, it is a perfect companion to all the other flavors and aromas. Whilst I cannot justify the price point for this beer, I can say I'm happy to have tried it.

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Photo of shaneyjj
4.92/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LeeEvolved
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Onenote81
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesStreet
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mwiggi1
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mush
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rutager
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In review is a 2011 vintage.

A - Pours the color of a white wine - pear colored, big fluffy white head and thick ring, lots of carbonation.

S - Straw, lots of barnyard funk, crisp pear, lemon grass, bright dry citrus.

T - Candy floral, pear, barnyard funk, bright citrus, bitter lemon peel, nice Brett twang.

M - Crisp medium body and sprightly carbonation.

O - Great beer.



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Photo of Dominic_Decoco
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of polopaul20
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Straight up just a great beer. My only complaint is it came in a small glass...

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

Photo of trevorpost
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of iRun2Beer
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tb4475
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cardanian
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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