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 | website

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
Reviews:
255
Ratings:
909
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
18.36%
 
 
Wants:
127
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195
For Trade:
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Photo of scottfrie
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split three ways at The Trappist in Oakland. 2009 vintage.

A: Gusher of a bottle poured into an Allagash glass with a large white head that slowly reduced itself down into a thick fuzzy film on top the slight hazy glowing golden liquid. The film stuck around the whole beer through and left a few streaks of lace down the glass.
S: Notes of bright sweet fruits, fruit candy, yeast, brett and light sour notes. Sourness and barnyard funk are light and not very potent. Overall the scent is very fruity sweet and yeasty.
T: Wonderfully fruity and lightly sour. Not puckering by any means but it gives the beer a great flavor. I pickup hints of bubblegum and green apple flavored candy. Tons of sweet fruits. Very earthy and delicious.
M: Very dry finish with a fuzzy mouthfeel and medium-full body. Aftertaste has a light bitterness and touch of alcohol warmth and viscosity.
D: Delicious and refreshing with just the right amount of funk and earthy fruity flavors. A year has done well for this beer.

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Photo of stephens101
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brassy in color with an off-white head and thin lacing left behind. Has an obvious brett nose with a little spice mixed in. Tastes of orange peel, white grape, a bit of grain and hint of salt at the end. Medium in body with well-hidden alcohol. Well-balanced and flavorful all the way through.

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Photo of mothman
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an urthel tulip type glass.

Pours 1 finger of bright white head. Amazing retention. Probably the best I have ever seen. Nice splattered lace left as well. Color is a dark burnt orange.

Aoma: lemon, grassy hops, funky barnyard flavors, big brett notes as well. I also get yeast flavors and spices. Very solid beer.

Taste: Lots of spices, lemon, brett, grassy hops, some barnyard funk. A quite tasty beer and I almost gave it a 4.5.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, bubbly, and refreshing. Medium bodied with a wonderful amount of carbonation. Ends just slightly dry, but pretty clean.

Overall, I was very impressed with this allagash offering. This beer was well done. I am very impressed and it is very drinkable. This would be something I would definitely pick more up of.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Lindemans Flute
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
VINTAGE: January 2009

CAUTION: I removed the cage from this 750ml and the cork just almost took my eye out. It exploded out of the bottle and started to gush. Fortunately, I only lost about a sip or two.
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This looks more like a champagne than a beer, actually. It has a clear, golden color. Like I associate with with an asti spumante. When poured in to a flute, you get more head than liquid. As the head settles, over the next few minutes the liquid level rises somewhat. The lacing is spotty, almost chunky, and completely sticky.

It has a slight spumante-like sweetness to the nose. Lots of white grape notes here. A mild hint of brett funk is peaking through. A light tanginess. Light notes of granny smith apples and some almost ripened cherries. A good level of yeasty spiciness. Mild notes of a hayloft.

A nice level of fruitiness is what I notice first. Lots of orchard fruits in this one, especially apples and peaches. Nice yeast notes and a good touch of spices. It finishes with a decent amount of brett-inspired barnyard funk, which makes it a dry finish, indeed.

This has a medium body and a high level of carbonation. Just one more area that this resembles more of a champagne than a beer.
Not that that's a bad thing, at all.

This beer is very complex. It is also very smoothly balanced and quite tasty. Nicely easy-to-drink.
Allagash is a wonderful brewery, producing some very tasty beers.

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Photo of DannyS
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'09 vintage. Poured from a 750ml bottle to a 1 liter glass boot...which immediately filled up with head. Poured the rest into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a very clear yellow amber, but gets fairly cloudy if you let any of the sediment get into it. Head gets really really thick, as I noticed, but settles quickly enough, leaving small patches of lacing.

S - A very upfront wine grape aroma mixed with a brett funk, and an outlying smell of smarties candies. That's interesting.

T - sour wine grape permeates, backed by a nice malt foundation, ever so slight hop bitterness. The wild in this wild ale is king here, though it mellows quite a bit as it warms, turning into a very pleasant, malty sour ale.

M - Light on the palate with low carbonation, but my failure in keeping the head from overflowing might have taken some carbonation away.

Overall - A very good choice to pair with the speck (smoked German bacon) and rye toast I was eating. Will have to hunt down more of this and age it again, this time, for longer. Definitely recommended as a special occasion brew.

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Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had been looking for some Confluence for a long time, and found it yesterday at ChurchKey. Easily my favorite beer of the night. I wasn't sure how it would be on the wildness spectrum, so was pleasantly surprised when I tried it.

It starts off with a fruity sweetness and borderline-syrupy body that's kept on the right side of the line by spot-on carbonation. The bubbles spew some of those bretty notes at you, which you get up front, along with some grape and apple tastes. The wildness doesn't come until the end, but brings a perfect drying taste with which it finishes. Very balanced and not too abrasive.

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Photo of MagicJeff
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my snifter

Appearance: Not much head, straw body.

Smell: Bready lemon. Some slight funk and slight banana. Hay.

Taste: Slightly tart citrus lemon. Some clove and a little spice from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied and very drinkable.

Overall: The only reason I pulled the trigger on this one is that Total Wine knocked the price down to $12 for a bomber. Which is fair IMO--not sure if it's worth having at $19.99. Either way, it's a well crafted beer and I would like to try other offerings from Allagash.

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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 Jamesthebrit
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into an allagash glass with a leaf on the bottom. Bubble rise slowly and form a wispy head. Color or the beer is a golden light color with a slight hint of red.

S: Very fruity. Strawberry, grape, orange, cherry. Light but lots of complexity.

T: Initially a little musty like a belgian then a slight hit of fruit and a huge malt finish. It's a little too musty for me and doesn't hit very acutely.

M: Sits with a good body. But that must! Musty musty musty.... clean dry finish is very nice though.

I had high hope for this beer and with the smell I was expecting something more fruity in taste. The taste was overwhelmed by must (I do suppose it's a wild ale...) and I wasn't a big fan. Very nice finish though. Maybe worth checking out but not blowing my mind.

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Photo of Stigs
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml of 2009 vintage, served in a Duvel tulip.

A - pours with a huge bubbly and pillowy head of white which seems to be barely creeping its way down the glass. the beer is musky, golden in color. spotty sticky lacing all over the glass.

S - very tart lemon, cherries, some basement mustiness...yeasty and lightly touched with the funk. earthy and woody at the end with some graininess.

T - begins with a strong grainy malt base which lingers through the end of the drink. some straw and hay "barnyard" tastes joined by Brett and lemon zest which is just ever so slightly sour.

M - light body with a super sharp, biting (and complimentary) amount of carbonation. lingering grains and a light bitterness.

D - one fine summer sipper, incredibly refreshing though i wish there was just a bit more going on in the flavor department as after the nose it was a bit of a let down.

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

A 750 mL bottle courtesy of Rochefortnh10.

A: The ale is a a pale straw/orange color, obscured by a touch of haze anda steady stream of carbonation. A finger of head was quick to whittle away to a constantly-replenished white band.

S: The aroma is a mild funkiness followed by sweet fruit. Lemon and apple with a touch of pepper and some grassiness. A lightly bretty finish.

T: A peppery heat starts things off right before a mustiness takes over. The sweetness from the nose is gone, replaced by a rather dry flavor that has only the barest of fruitiness. Grassy hops are present throughout but not too strong. I swished around a sip and found that more fruits emerged, apricot and pineapple are sparse but there. The peppery blast and and mustiness is a formidable combination.

M: The mouthfeel's wild flavor is the dominating aspect, creating some heat and a bone-dry taste. The fruits are hard to find but nice when they finally come around.

D: This one doesn't taste like 7+%. The heat and funk make me instinctively reach for another sip.

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

Slightly hazy golden color with thin head.
Fruity slightly bready nose
smooth mouthfeel
notes of banana citrus and a mild bitter finish.
Overall a mildly sour beer with lots of fruitiness and fresh hop bitter
this was the June 2012 bottle. would like to try an older version.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

POurs straw yellow on tap @ Mekong RVA. Aroma of wet hay, malt, barnyard, lemon, mild funk, slight grape and citrus with apricot. Flavor follows aroma with slight cracker, touch of lemon like tartness, earthy, slight earthy hop. The feel is light but not extremely light. Enough to let the malt shine with the hops. Overall a great beer once again by Allagash.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a golden color with a white head and good clarity. The aroma is sweet and fruity, with an earthy, almost spicy phenolic yeast element. The taste borders on tart with notes of citrus, green grape, honey, lavender, and white pepper. Finishes clean and even, semi dry. This is a very drinkable ale, hard to do a review on because it was gone so quick.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -0.7%

On tap at Cask and Vine with Mr Barleywine.
Light and fruity with a bretty funky earthy edge to it. Cereal grains and bits of earthy hops round this one out nicely.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage on-tap at the Ginger Man in Norwalk, CT.

A-Pours a hazed golden hue. Head is off-white and large. Head looks like an uncooked biscuit. It retains excellently. Very attractive brew.

S-Whoa! This beer smells musty and dusty. Funky. Smells like hay and dirt. Spices and yeast along with vibrant pale-fleshed fruitiness. Very unique and complex.

T-Tastes like the nose. Dusty and musty. Funky yeast and underlying spices. Has an almost vinous flavor. The 2 years spent sitting around really meshed the flavors well with one another.

M-Lighter bodied with tons of bubbles. Dry, dry, dry. Easy to imbibe.

O/D-Didi not know what to expect from this beer and I was definitely surprised. I enjoyed it but did not love it. It was worth a try but I was left a bit disappointed.

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

Out of a bomber this beer was a hazy, golden-orange color with two fingers of billowing head. The retention was good and the lacing good too. The aroma was complex and a little queer, leafy/grassy notes, sweet fruits (apples and pears) as well as the must of wild yeast. The flavors were similar with a strong emphasis on the Brettanomyces. The alcohol punch was also quite distinct but the fruit and must helped to conceal it. Earthiness and a good malt backbone helped to balance it all. Some lemon-like citrus notes appeared as it warmed up and the finish was dry and clean but a little awkward. The body was medium and the mouthfeel was pretty good but the carbonation remained pretty high throughout the whole sampling.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Confluence
10oz Allagash taster
Draft

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold color. Thin line of bright white head. Leaves some lacing. Lots of carbonation. Pretty beer here.

S: Smells of Brett and some white grape. That barnyard funkiness. Also getting the other customary players, lemon and tart green apple. Doesn't smell overly aggressive on the sour side or anything.

T: Flavor follows the smell. On the tip of the tongue you get some hop character, light citrus hops. Middle of the mouth you get that Brett character. Lemons. Touch of pepper. Apples and citrus. Dry wine like finish.

M: Very carbed. Between light and medium.

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

Poured clear golden color with a large frothy off-white head that was lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate brett, woody and tart citrus aroma. Medium body with a smooth dry texture and lively carbonation. Medium to heavy sour & sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sour & sweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where met with a standout change of pace brew.

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

A-slightly hazy golden color with a nice white head and a little lacing

S-lemon, wheat, funky and yeasty

T-lemon, orange, bready malt, yeast funk, slight sourness

F-medium body with nice lively carbonation, crisp and slightly tart

O-interesting beer, farmhouse ale with some hints of wild ale

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bomber poured into a flute; March 2011 bottling

An extremely soft golden straw color with streams of tiny bubbles pushing north to a huge, meringue-like cap. Excellent retention and loads of sticky lace.

The aroma is of soft peaches, slightly tart lemons, apricots and even some pineapple and granny smith apples. At first, I thought the funk was a little light, but as this guy warmed, some band-aid aromas came out.

I still can't get over the thickness of this head. A giant ring of foam is stuck across the top of my glass. It looks awesome.

Tart lemons and granny smith apples come to forefront, with sweet pineapple and peach quickly in tow. Some acidic notes through the middle before a rush of saddle leather funk and dryness. The funk just sweeps in and leaves your mouth dry. No pucker, lightly tart.

A light medium body with high carbonation, but it works well. Smooth and creamy with a touch of effervescence.

This is a nice wild ale, but it definitely didn't blow me away. I guess it's balance is a detriment? Definitely well crafted and enjoyable. A very good beer.

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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 Deuane
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy orange hued golden/copper with a veil of a white head that left no lacing.

S-Like a fruit bowl with notes of apricot, a hint of citrus, some dried pineapple and some mustiness.

T-Light, green apple, sour apricot with some citrus zip in the finish. Tart/sour "funky" aspect is quite light and may build with some aging.

M-Medium bodied mildly tart with good lingering flavours.

D-Nice, a mildly tart fruit bowl. Not overly complex and seems to be lacking something. Glad I was able to get this on tap and not pay $20+ for a bottle. It's nice but not that nice.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazey bronze and copper colored hue with an exuberant head that relinquishes to nothing after about ten minutes and a couple of sips. Good bubbling.

Earthy hops mixed with the yeast have a fresh Spring fruit field aroma. Add to that a nice toasted malt bill with bubbling carbonation.

Toasted and well carbonated melba toast and cut grass are upfront. Malted barely with bread toast and spring fruits and a splash of tartness. I would not think this is an American wild ale by taste alone. Still a good beer worth trying and sharing.

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