Allagash Confluence Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

BA SCORE
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256 Reviews
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
Reviews:
256
Ratings:
927
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
9.68%
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
203
For Trade:
10
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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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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, corked & caged, $16.99 from Champanes in Warren, MI. When I twisted off the cage the cork popped out in an explosion, followed by a gush of foam. Even after sitting a while, each pour generates large pillows of rocky foam in each glass. The beer is crystal clear in the first pours, tending towards murky in final stretch due to yeasty sediment.

The beer smells really funky and sour, strongly similar to the nose of Orval, tart brett throughout. The taste isn't quite bracingly sour, but lives just about on that edge. Barnyard flavors (horseblanket, mustiness, etc) that hit the spot for me, also a light citrus in the bitter aftertaste, maybe not too far from lemons. Very good and easy to quaff. I love what Allagash does with wild ales, I just wish it were cheaper (along the lines of Jolly Pumpkin). Then again, Lost Abbey charges twice as much, so this may be a relatively pricey luxury for the foreseeable future.

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

Comes out of the tap a dark honey golden with a thick, fine-bubbled, cream-color head that sticks around for a while and leaves generous lacing. Crisp aroma has a strong overtone of apple, rather like a cider. Lip-smacking flavor has a malty core and a strong, slightly sweet, slightly tart apple overtone and a whisper of butterscotch. Firm texture has a good amount of tingle and fizz, leaving a nice fruity and tart finish.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap for Allagash night at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy splotches of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, spices, and some light sour/tart lemon-like aromas. Taste is very much the same but there is also a yeast flavor that I am getting as well. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but it's a very mild sour all around.

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Photo of hayesez
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this one up on a recent trip to New York City. Split between some friends over a game of Euchre.

Poured into my Bruery tulip. Pours a nice clear golden color with just a bit of sediment coming in at the end. A nearly white fluffy cap went from two fingers to one over the first few minutes. Sporadic lace was left when all was said and done.

Smell was more mild than I anticipated with some sour funkiness and some fruitiness. Maybe a bit of yeast as well.

Taste followed suit and was a bit on the mild side. Had a slightly sour lemon-like fruit taste that slowly morphed into a bretty finish. A fairly light bodied beer with near champagne carbonation...a bit too much for me, although I know many like this in their wild ales. Has a nice clean finish.

Overall, I must admit that I was a bit disappointed with this beer. Don't get me wrong, it was still good, but fell a bit short of my expectations. After this beer, we split its cousin "Interlude" and found it to be a notch better.

Consumed: 3/12/2010

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Photo of klewis
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden with a big foamy head. Good sustain with moderate lacing.

S: A musty brett smell with a bit of spiciness.

T: A little bit of sourness, a lot of funk. A very strong and dominant brett taste with a minty character and soft citrus notes.

M: Fairly light-bodied with champagne-like carbonation. A bit rough on the palate.

D: Pretty solid, but there's room for improvement. The brett is a bit too dominant, and the mouthfeel is a bit too carbonated, but otherwise, quite nice.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip. I'm big into wilds and sours these days, this one is not as sour as you might expect or hope if you are like me. It was still an OK beer, maybe a Belgian pale ale sort of beer with a slight sour edge.

Beer is yellow and hazy. Forms a thin white head that breaks and gravitates toward the glass but fails to leave any lacing on the walls. Carbonation is moderate to low.

Beer's aroma is quite citric and some lactic sour notes. Very nice sour aroma.

The beer itself is not so sour. There is an odd citrus bitterness to it and some zest, only slightly citric based sourness and almost no lactic notes. Finishes cleanly...not my favorite sour but its OK as far as a beer goes.

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Photo of oline73
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Max's. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden straw color with a two finger fluffy white head. Leaves a layer of head with some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mildly sweet crisp malt with hints of citrus, mainly lemon. Quite perfume like.

Taste: Mildly sweet crisp malt with hints of herbs and lemon. There is a very slight hint of soap, but it doesn't ruin things. The finish has a Belgian like herbal quality to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation. The finish is dry.

Overall: This was quite different. I really enjoyed the lemon notes. Good balance and very crisp.

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Photo of hillvt4me
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Blurred yellow color; minimal Snowa white head at the top; strong lacing in the glass.

S: Spice, bread and citrus

T: A tinge of sour to a yeast and mild citrus infusion; some fresh hops.

M: Light bodied, missing some carbonation, dry finish.

O: Overall balanced beer; could hit a alittle more on flavor.

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Photo of ScarletLady
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice light orange color with white head and almost no lacing. Served up in a wine glass.

Smelled wonderful, slighty sour - kinda like a cider. Nicely carbonated. Paired up really well with the seafood i had. Not overpowering in flavor with an good balance of sour and hops. This was my first wild ale and i really liked and will drink it again

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled june 12. consumed nov. 12.

A: Dense lemon peel coloring shows a vibrant life of effervesce. A sea-shell white head is milky, frothy, with an excellent stay of retention and sticky lacing.

S: Musky barnyard, hay, lemons with a decent amount of strength.

T: Funky lemon barnyard flair, lightly tart but followed by a sweet, grainy and lemony flair. Spicy hops, pilsner style grainy backbone with a lemony tart finish.

M: Grainy mouthful, yeasty warmth, tiny micro-bubble feel adds texture.

O: Exceptionally clean and crisp, the craftsmenship is in the smooth and well toned flavor.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a vase, the beer is a light, pale, lemon-yellow coloring with a sparse coating of white film. Aromas of white grape and cherry, semisweet and a bit sour. Flavors are subtle and lightly sour, with the grape flavors holding the palate. Similar to a pinot gris, but fuller bodied and carbonated. The aftertaste is light, and slightly filmy. Clean, crisp aftertaste. Very easy to drink, and very refreshing.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This wild ale poured out as a slightly hazy golden color. The head was solid looking and had plenty of retention. The lacing was a little sticky but doesn't really coat the glass too much. The smell of the beer had a generous amount of funk on the nose, not the most appealing of smell in my opinion. The taste a little bit of a tart flavor to it but it's actually not too bad. The other flavors are a little floral with just a touch of yeast in there too. The mouthfeel is light and fairly drinkable. Overall this beer is pretty good for the style. I would probably drink this one again.

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Photo of morimech
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

January 2009 bottle

Cloudy golden color with a large head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is shared by pale malt with a slight sweetness, pale fruit such as pears, and the funky brett. Everything seems to be in balanced and the brett is integrated nicely.

The flavor falls a little short of the aroma. Nothing really wowed me here. The sweetness was a little higher than anticipated. The yeast gives off little in either phenols or esters. The brett is evident but on the subdued end of the spectrum. Just the slightest funkiness. I could compare it to a weaker flavored Orval. Maybe a good beer to introduce someone to brett.

I have never been disapointed with the mouthfeel in any Allagash beer, and this is no exception. Feels light and lively without being harsh. Very good texture. The beer could use just a little more heft in body.

A good beer but not one I would buy again. I received this as part of a BIF but I understand the price tag is high.

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Photo of damienblack
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep yellow/light amber in color. Huge pop on the cork, bursting with carbonation. The gentlest pour gave the biggest head. Smells musty, and a dry-hopped aroma. I've not smelt a wild ale that smelled so hopped. Very dry, and the hops stood out at first, but over time, the other flavors came to the forefront. Dry ephervescence prevails, some citrus, apricot, light fruit. Fairly sticky on the tongue, but even for a wild, not the easiest drink. A very slow sipper, decent, but for the cost, there are better available.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
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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Photo of zep9865
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed courtesy of aasher. Poured into New Belgium snifter with 4 fingers of soapy white foam head. Color is a faded orange with a hint of copper.

I smell some lemon on the nose and lots of orange. The smell is rather tame for a wild.

The lemon that i could smell on the nose fades quickly into belgian yeast and some hops. Almost tastes a little bit more like a kolsch or wheat. I taste some orange as well.

I like the mouthfeel of this beer. Beer moves from slightly tart to sweet to bitter.

Not overly impressed with this beer but it does have session quality. There aren't any flavors or taste notes that really stand out

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Photo of enjayvee
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the corked bottle into a Night Shift 13 oz tulip glass.

I have just begun to explore the crazy world, i.e., the brett world. I have not had too much experience with the wild yeast, but have been trying to get my hand on as many brett beers as I can. Without further ado:

Appearance: Golden, dark straw, orange-yellow sublimity -- the beer looks absolutely wonderful. It has a finger and half of a foamy, white head that dissipates while you drink, but very, very slowly - turning into the romantic drapery we call, "lacing."

Smell: A good amount of tartness, smells like this is mostly dominated by the Brett - exciting! The other aromas are citrus spiciness, slight amount of booze and that distinctive aroma that is conjured by the dry hopping. The dry hopping smells nice - like the most arid desert in the world met an oasis of happy hop plants. It even -smells- dry.

Taste: It's a solid brew. The brett comes out only mildly in the taste - a very subtle tartness. The other flavors are spiciness, some citrus notes, somewhat sweet but this beer is really dominated by the dry hopping. The brett seems to be overpowered by the dry hopping and the rest of the beer really follows the hops' lead. You get a tinge of sourness at the start of the palette and the rest is really dry hops.

Mouthfeel: Not even halfway through this beer and it feels as though I need more glasses of water than anything. It dries your mouth OUT. It reminds me of the super dry characteristic of how red wines finish but the beginning of the palette feels like a white wine. It starts with a good carbonated kick -- the bubbles really start the palette off nicely.

Overall: I think this beer would be much better with age. The brett is completely overpowered by the dry hops. It makes a beer that you -need- to finish because you paid $21.75 for it and by no means is it bad or off-tasting, so you enjoy to continually sip it. However, you also recognize that for the prestige that Allagash has and the craftsmanship of a dry hopped, brett beer that you think this should be more complex... and that's why this should be aged. Let the dry hops subside, let the brett increase in complexity, let it sit and wait... and age.

TL;DR: the smell is fantastic, the taste is confused, the mouthfeel is super, super, super dry. overall, the beer needs to age to be worth your cash.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32 oz growler filled at Whole Foods into red wine glass; big thanks to Knifestyles for the heads up on this one - would have probably missed it otherwise.

Pours a hazy apricot gold, with a fluffy off-white head of about 1.5 fingers after an aggressive pour that settles into a soapy layer with a cluster of big bubbles near the center; clings nicely to the walls of the glass as the beer settles.

Nose is a combination of green apples, bit of smooth lemony citrus, white grapes, tart but fairly clean. There's just a bit of a grassy note coming out as well at different points, I suppose from the dry hopping. I'm not getting much funk, just the clean tart notes alongside the grassy hops. I don't mind that much personally, but that's just me.

Taste is kind of all over the place. Light citrus and some barnyard that's just a bit plasticy up front with a big herbal hop note coming in early and crescendoing to the finish. The herbal, grassy notes from the hops seems a bit at odds with the barnyardy notes, which themselves seem to lack either the brisk tartness or the straight up funk that I would have liked to have seen, instead ending up with a beer that seems much more herbal than wild, with fairly light funk coming through and a finish that's almost peppery from the straight Belgian yeast strain. This one I think tries to do too much, and while it doesn't fail at any of it, it also doesn't come close to any rousing successes either. A decent but very unspectacular wild ale.

Mouthfeel is fine. Medium-light body, moderate to light carbonation that kind of fizzles towards the end of the glass.

Drinkability is hit by the weird herbal nature of this one that just kind of gets out of hand for me.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Last round at Allagash night at Rattle n Hum. Another 12oz pour into a teardrop shaped glass.

Confluence pours just a shade or two darker than gold, and quite clear. It's got an impressive foamy white head on it, especially seeing the condition I've seen most of the beers served in tonight. Lacing is also above average. All that pageantry just led to a letdown when I first leaned in for a smell. It had the aroma of a watered down Allagash Blonde, with just the faintest hint of brett. Where's my funk? The taste brings more balance between the malty sweetness (with a little more earthiness along with the fruitiness of Blonde) and the brettanomyces. I can find just a hint of the black pepper I've been getting from their house yeast strain all night as well. The pieces are in place, but the flavor doesn't really stand out overall, and it could stand to be pushed even a little bit further towards the funk. Best carbonation on any of the Allagash brews I've had tonight though, very nice and lively. Even for a Wild, Confluence seems just a tad watery, but I'm really just splitting hairs at this point. The restrained brett influence (albeit too restrained imo) and the solid execution on Confluence support a nicely flavored beer and make it solidly drinkable. Probably my favorite brew of the night.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

January 2009 Vintage. Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured a hazy deep yellow with a four finger massively fluffy off-white head that actually bulged up larger and larger in the middle of the glass but very very slowly subsided to one finger with lots of sitting. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour funk, and subtle fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall there were some very interesting notes going on in this one. I really had mixed feelings on it. In my opinion there was just too much 'funk' in this one and not enough sour/tart going on. Good, but just not all that awe-inspiring. Interlude is still my favorite offering in this category from Allagash.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Feb 2010

Poured an outstanding head of white fluffy pillow bubbles and a straw yellow that left respectable lacing.

Smell of horseblanket, pilsner malt and Oak.

Taste of strong oak, mild brett without a lot of tartness. Horseblanket flavor with grass and pilsner malts. Oaky flavors overpower the sourness that might have been present more had there been more age on this.

Medium bodied and pretty strong carbonation. Had to pour this within 5 seconds or feared it would gush a little bit.

Overall pretty good, a little on the expensive side, very similar to La Roja or some other JP brews I thought with oak predominantly taking over.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another on tap at Memphis Taproom,part of the no repeat beer week. Poured into a tulip a very hazy lighter golden color with a wimzy white heading that didn't stick around to long. The brett is not to powerful here in the nose or on the palate. Light crisp malty notes with lighter fruits dominate mostly.Just a dash of brett to give it that barnyard appeal. Very refreshing.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty solid offering over all. Tons and tons of sediment in this one which helps add a generous and awesome funk. It's rather light otherwise. I dig it overall, but it came with a hefty price tag and I'm not sure I'd drop the coin on this again. Still very glad to try it.

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Photo of Pencible
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle
A: This poured a cloudy light gold with moderate fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like lemon zest and very tart persimmon, with funk and fresh hay and clove, and a bit of grapefruit and white peppercorn and honey.
T: It tasted like lots of fresh wheat and lemongrass, with some grapefruit and honey. It had a clean and mellow bitter aftertaste.
M: It was oily with lots of natural carbonation. Nice and light body.
D: This was a nice wild ale with great scent, but relatively bland taste. The body was nice, and the finish was smooth, so it was very easy to drink. I wish the taste matched the scent, but instead it ended up being somewhat boring and forgettable. I doube age would improve, but it maybe bring out more brett character. Not worth the price fresh.

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Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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