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Allagash Confluence Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Confluence AleAllagash Confluence Ale
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Allagash Confluence AleAllagash Confluence Ale

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

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

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2/5  rDev -50.5%

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2.4/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.56/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy orange gold. Surprisingly robust white head.

Smells like musty old cheese, musty hay, and musty pears.

Taste is all over the place. Just a jumbled, confused mess. Lacks any sort of coherent focus. Strange bittering hops, a muffled, unpleasant sour barnyard flavor instead of a sharp acidic one, and hanging over it all a very unappealing musty/rotten grass component.

Mouthfeel okay, but just not a good beer. Its various component flavors and aroma just did not find any sort of harmonic ... confluence.

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2.62/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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2.64/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

From notes taken on 9/7, on tap at the Armsby Abbey. I dont know what the deal was with this, but as my review shows, something was definately off.

A - Clear light amber pour with a nice light one finger pour that results in very gentle lacing.

S - Very, very light funk/brett aroma and sour citrus. Incredibly muted aromas.

T - Whats going on here? In all honesty, this doesnt really taste like any wild ale I've ever head. I really doubted that I was given the right brew. Anyways, very, very weak flavors. Tastes like watery citrus and watery funk. Very shocked and confused.

M - Low carbonation but not in a syrupy sense. Just feels well, watery. Talking macro watery.

D - I know damn well this is a good beer but what happened with this pour? Bad batch? A mispour? Something happened here that just wasnt good. Such a shame too.

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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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2.81/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Golden colored, clear and bright, with two fingers of lasting head.

Smell: Musty, mildly funky in a very phenolic, plasticy sort of way, with some grassy, herbal hops on top of it all. Dry hopped plastic barn.

Taste & mouthfeel: Herbal hoppiness and astringent husky grain, bit of green apple. Phenolic, yeasty, mildly funky but more rubbery than anything. The crisp, dry texture is nice, but that's unfortunately the only nice aspect of this beer. More mediocre overpriced beer from Allagash, woohoo.

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2.88/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dullish and hazy orange, massive haze and white head to it. Chunky. Nose was largely caramel related, didn't really pick up anything fruity or sour from it, nor did was there any barrel aromas going on.

Taste, was a little offputting from the start, still lacked a sour or fruit profile, just seemed too plain. Was like a cross between a kolsch, berlinerweisse and hefeweizen. Carbonation was up like a kolsch, mild lemon and super mild tart like a berliner and the chewy haze and yeast of a hefe. And throw in some mineral water and hops solely for bittering. For $23? No way.

I have a bottle of this chillin at the pad, I hope it develops better than what I had on tap. I guess I'll have to search for the flavors that are supposed to be there, because I didn't find them the first time around.

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2.94/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2010, not sure what month

Into a Founders snifter, pours a honey/golden color with some orange higlights. Still in the glass. A few bubbles sitting on top that dissipate pretty quickly. No head and no visible carbonation.

Smells like horse blanket, sweat, lemon, oak, and some other citrus.

Taste follows the smell- Lemon, lime, oak, lots of green apple, wet hay, and leather. Its kind of acidic. The wild yeast is pretty strong in the flavor profile. Reminds me of Orval and Grand Cru Brouscella. Tastes similar to a white wine and cider. There is also some kind of salty and sweaty taste I am getting as well.

Mouthfeel is kind of thick. Its definitly coating as well. Pretty much no carbonation.

I wouldnt buy this again. Its pretty tanic and acidic. There is nearly no carbonation and that doesnt help.

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2.94/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I tried this beer at the EBF and wasn't very impressed, but I decided to give it another try when I saw it on tap.

Hazy, apricot colored body with only a thing crown of head that has no lacing or retention to speak of.

There is a lot going on this aroma. Lemony, a slight punch of hops. Cheese, "horse blanket," and all of the musty (yet positive) descriptions that bretts tend to get.

Sometimes something can smell pretty good but not taste all that great. It is rare, but I believe Allagash confluence fits this description. Only the slightest tartness comes through at any point. The slight musty flavor, like old cheese, surfaces and is subsequently strangled by a huge hop profile: Huge for a wild ale that is. That is about it. This would probably improve considerably with age, but I do not plan on giving it that chance.

Light, crisp, no puckering. Maybe even a little bitter and dry.

Not something that is terribly drinkable. I love Allagash, but this one just doesn't do it for me.

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