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Allagash Confluence Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding
252 Reviews
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:
252
Ratings:
899
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
18.36%
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
193
For Trade:
10
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Reviews: 252 | Ratings: 899
Photo of joepais
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have been drinking quite a few of these on tap recently. Poured into a tulip glass it produces a good two finger white head on top of a sometimes clear, sometimes cloudy golden orange body.

The conflicting yeasts produce some awesomely strange aromas. I got some fruits and funk and this wonderfully strange combination of both. The flavor I must say grows on you. Green apples and sour grapes lemon and citrus hops are just some of the complex flavors. I will also say that it is a solid medium feel in my mouth with great carbonation.
I have had up to two pours of this brew and I say that was my limit do to the punch it packs. I have grown to like this beer and will drink it again

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Photo of Badger6
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Golden amber body, hazy, some carbonation. Fizzy head builds fast, recedes faster. Bubbly ring at glass edge, with a layer in the center of the surface.

S: Funky, grassy scent. Notes of citrus and spice.

T: Starts mild and sweet. Quickly gives over to the funk of the brett. Bubblegum, straw, orange, mildly spiced. Seems to be a hint of dark fruit, but no more.

M: Silky, light to medium mouthfeel. Tingly carbonation. No booziness at all.

O: Really interesting beer. Has hints of farmhouse, but also hints of standard Belgian ale. The farmhouse characters are the dominant, with the brett aromas and flavors clear and forward. Interesting. If you like farmhouse, this is for you.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

March 2011 version

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a two finger tall fluffy white head. Great head retention and great lacing on this beer.

S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness, lemon, and vanilla.

T: Flavors of wheat upfront followed by sourness and some black pepper. Very well balanced.

M: Light bodied with a light amount of carbonation and a very dry finish.

O: Very approachable and very drinkable - this would be a great introductory beer for someone that had no prior experience with brett. Very sessionable and a regular beer for me (I think I have consumed like four 750 ml bottles in the last six months)

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Photo of mactrail
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The ideal brettanomyces beer for my taste. Still enough malt after the bacteria got started on it. Nice meaty taste of umame. Sharp but not sour. Long, fragrant nose of grain. Cloudy amber. Woody and brambly flavors. Like a wild Saison.

Definitely well made beer. A great sourish fruitiness with a dry malt flavor and an edge of bitterness. I would recommend this as a good start in exploring beers beyond the usual styles.

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Photo of koopa
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

January 2009 750ml caged and corked bottle opened with a large carbonation pop and the bottle started to gush a touch.

Appearance: Pours a fairly translucent golden with slight orange folds. The crown is 3 fingers, white, shows amazing retention, and loads of lace.

Smell: Citric urine soaked hay with some incense spice from the yeast.

Taste: Pale malt, lots of brett that gives a "yeasty softness" to the brew. Not very dry and not sour at all which is fine.

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of light bodied with good carbonation that isn't extremely prickly but very present.

Drinkability: Very drinkable.

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Photo of wedge
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

@ Ridgewood

Hazy golden-yellow color under a small, white head. Delightful sour, funky brett aroma: cherry, tart fruit, citris acidity, faint sugar cookie malt. Tart flavor, not so funky as the smell. Dry citrus rind, pepper, and fruit. Medium bodied, smooth, lightly carbonated. Very refreshing and easy to drink. Nice to find this on tap. I tend to overlook Allagash a lot because I have a hard time dropping $20 on a bottle.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an explosive cloudy copper with a head that takes a while to settle. Earthy aroma replete with brett and fruit. White apples, pear, and citrus zest mixed with Belgian yeast. Funky. Both in the nose and taste. Yet, the funk is the pleasant variety that enhances the sweetness of the underlying brew. More apples and now a vinuous quality pop up. Pleasant trippel-like spice and body. Wouldn't really call this a sour beer, as it is more earthy and fruity than anything else. Nice.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of dry Brett notes with a lightly sweet malt profile and some dry European style hops. Taste is quite refreshing with some clear Brett notes that are well balance with the lightly sweet malt backbone. Dry hops also provide some further enjoyment. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done and refreshing for the style.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes

notes of tart grape skins, cherries and loads of funk, some light spiciness and a decent touch of oak. lots of dark fruit, tart funkiness and a nice earthy, woodsy like smell blending together very nicely on this one. Silk like smoothness, and the finest carbonation bubbles, really well done in that regard. ;ots of sour in here right up front with frapes and light lemon like citrus taking over. Rolling through some nice notes of cherry then came over me. Decent funkiness in through the middle and the finish, but it was actually almost blended out by a cherry like sweetness and more hints at a sugary touch.

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Photo of dborginis
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually try not to read reviews before I review, but I was in the store (Capone's) not sure which bottles to grab, so I looked then to pick what to buy.

Based on some reviews I knew this was an explosive beer. I undid the cage under a towel. While I was putting the cage in the trash, I heard a POP, and the towel had caught the cork. No spewing, luckily. A fun first for me!

Very heady upon the pour, had to let it sit, even with a gentle pour. A clovey, horse blankety smell. I had the interlude a month before and expected the nice sour belgian ale flavor. I got a funky, clovey, sour and sweet flavor. Some decent hop bitterness as well. The first few sips were a little too funky but as the bottle went on, it was a great flavor. My fiance liked it too and she's not a big sour/funk person. I figure it was a good balance. A fair ABV for the taste involved.

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Photo of berley31
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a moderate-sized, off-white head that was thick and long-lasting. Body is a dark-yellow, golden color, and slightly hazy.

S: Interesting aroma... some fruitiness is present, complemented by the expected funkiness.

T: This is a great-tasting beer. The spiciness and fruitiness is there, again the funk comes firmly into play. Touch of bitterness in the finish that balances everything nicely.

M: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation.

D: Another great beer from Allagash... gotta love how they're always willing to go out there and push the envelope with their beers.

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Photo of detlefchef
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brilliant golden color with fine white head
Aromas of honey funk (bee pollen?)
Super rich flavors of leeks and chestnuts
Very polished and almost no sour quality.

Honestly, I would have never guessed this was a bret beer.

Served in a flight with Oro de Calabaza and Ommegang Ommegeddon with grilled white shrimp with tomatillo-peach salsa

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Photo of Budlum
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Saison funk and spice with assertive hoppiness. There is a certainly malt profile that mixes with the spicenessm, immediately followed by pleasant hops. Worthy of the cost.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass. This is a mostly clear golden orange beer with a white head of minuscule bubbles, about 2 cm in height. There is a malty, spiced aroma that is also very floral. The taste is of sweet citrus at first; it reminds me of grapefruit. As you begin experience the flavors, the floral tones come out strong and evolve into pure hops by the end, only becoming apparent just as you swallow. The tastes of this beer are very complex and quite amazing. There is a light to medium body. Overall, I'm quite impressed with this wild ale. It's not as great as Allagash's Gargamel, but it is still very impressive (much easier to obtain). I really enjoyed it and will drink it again. I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a beer to think about as you drink it.

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Photo of stimulus
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

February 2010 Vintage.

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden with a one finger white head.
S: Smells sour and funky.
T: Definite sourness, sweet malty profile complemented by funky Belgian yeast and definitely Brett and a light crisp hop finish.
M: Medium bodied and perfect level of carbonation.
D: Solid American Wild, very balanced with keeping in tact the basic malt and hop base and building on it with the sourness and Brett funk. Very complex and smooth.

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Photo of atsprings
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Raleigh Times served in a tulip glass a hazy straw yellow with a decent frothy layer that lasts as a thin layer and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is loads of sour citrus and decent spice. The taste is a decent amount od sour citrus and slight malt with decent spicing. The beer is fairly light with well hidden alcohol. This is a very enjoyable Wild Ale.

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Photo of Hands22
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ (Seal Beach).

A- pours a murky dark straw color with a long-lasting, thick white head. Great lacing. 

S- spicy and citrusy. A little funky Brett character adds to the complexity. 

T- spicy with some Brett again. The sourness compliments but doesn't overwhelm. Get a little bit of vinous flavors, too. Finishes dry. 

M- medium-low body. High carbonation. 

O- a great Belgian-style ale. The sourness is mellow and adds complexity without detracting from drinkability.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sebago's "End of Era" party. 12oz pour:

A: Pours light straw color (i guess light gold), hazy, with about an inch of head.

S: Ripe fruits and white grapes with a touch of tart/funk, belgian yeast, brett, pepper.

T: Very similar to the nose, light ripe fruits (tart apples, pears, a little lemon flesh) and grapes with brett and peppery alcohol. A fairly long middle of toasted pale malt, you can really taste the pilsner malt and makes it quite refreshing. There's a little hop character in front (spicy and herbal) and just a touch again on the finish. A fairly light flavor profile with just a touch of sourness and funk from the brett.

M: Light to moderate body, fairly heavy carbonation. It's light and refreshing while still having a creamy mouthfeel. Crisp, dry finish.

O: This stuff was solid and quite refreshing. I was lucky to get a 12oz pour for just $3 and at that price point, it's fantastic. However, it's not something I'd drop $17+ on a 750. It's great and refreshing, but it isn't THAT good. For a reasonable price, this stuff is great and worth it.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Since I didn't want to pony up a Jackson for a bottle, I was happy to see it on-tap at Beachwood,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with a puffy looking white head, good lace.

S: White pepper, Brett is clearly evident, a yeasty smell as opposed to a bacterial one as most wilds tend to have.

T: Belgian fermented malt, lemon rind, with heavy white pepper and a ton of Brett which I greatly enjoyed. Bitter yeast flavours. Has a sourness which is real light on the finish.

M: Very dry, light acidity, medium-bodied, a very smooth beer.

D: This was very different than most wild ales you come across, it reminded me of a mix of Orval and Interlude in some ways. This beer is still heavily Belgian-influenced with a hint of America.

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Photo of AllagashEvan
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice fruity Brett in the nose as well as some nice hop character. Def best fresh or with a couple years on it. Let the dry hops die out a little and the Brett take over more and increase complexity. Pours nice with a decent head. Interludes dry hopped cousin if you will.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2009. When I popped this one it gushed out everywhere. Luckily I did have two tulips ready. The color is a light hazy orange and the head is giant and white. There is a lot of sticky lacing.

The aroma starts out with a touch of malt sweetness. There is mild tartness and a lot of yeast and hop spice in the nose.

The taste has a gentle malt sweetness but the real star here is the zesty spicy flavor. The hops are slightly grassy. The aftertaste leaves a bit of mild tartness as well. The taste is nice and complex, delivering a great balance.

The body is light to medium and the carbonation heavy. This is really drinkable.

I like this bottle more than I remember. It's very complex and drinkable. It's an excellent Belgian style golden ale or whatever you call it. I figure it would pair well with pasta too.

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

A great beer. Everything you would want in a BSPA and some sourness and funk too. Nicely carbonated with a solid "pop" from the corked and caged bottle. Poured into my Chimay goblet with a hazy straw gold color and a big bubbly white head. Minimal lacing/

Aroma is light fruit, some apples and pears but a stronger element of white grapes. The follow-on scent is a mildly sour, funky aroma that is distinct from the usual Strong Pale Ale presence. Flavor is very good. The fruit malt and yeast up front are strong, slightly sweet and very tasty. The sourness and funk are fairly mild, but an interesting change of pace from the standard BSPA flavor. The transition is seamless and the funk in no way diminishes the traditional flavor. Mouthfeel is rich, alcohol presence is minimal, and the variety off flavors is just right on the tongue. An excellent brew!!!!!

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged, into my Allagash snifter/challice. Pours a clear and bright golden color. The color overall is pretty light, similar to a Bud Light honestly(lol). The beer continues to fizz for nearly the entire drink. The head is pretty large, about 2 to 3 fingers; frothy, creamy, white...leaves very patchy and sticky lacing all around the glass.

Aroma is outstanding. Very floral, like a pleasant spring day. Lots of Belgian yeast, malts, a little citrus, a little spice, small amount of hops. Very complex aroma, especially with the late dry-hop process.

Hmmm...I wonder. This tastes a little young. Even though this beer is pre-aged before bottled and release, it could use some time for sure. It has the familiar Belgian yeast flavors a lot of Allagash's beers use. There's a watery blandness though that I just can't shake. Even though there's quite a bit going on, the Brett needs some time to mature and tarten up to compliment the sweet notes. A mild hop backbone pokes through. Resembles a pilsner with a small amount of brett...with a Belgian yeast. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy! There is no issues with drinkability on this beer, thats for sure! Overall, it needs a little age...a little dissapointed, but not a bad beer by a long shot! A very solid beer for the Allagash lineup.

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Photo of Gmann
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in February 2010

Pours a clear straw color with some honey highlights. The white head is short-lived and settles into a solid ring.

The aroma is tart and spicy. Clove and pepper notes mix with tart lemon and green apple skins. Some medicinal funk gives the brew an authentic belgian aroma.

The taste is tart and fruity. Green apple brings in the tart flavors which is followed by a drying white grape flavor. The is a very subtle floral honey flavor that just works perfectly. There is a strong pepper spice to help keep the beer grounded. Also plenty of clove and spicy phenols to round out the flavor. This is quite enjoyable.

The feel is light to moderate and very fizzy. Little bit of carbonation burn. Fairly dry throughout, crisp and finishes with a slight bitterness.

A very well made tasty brew. Dry fruit flavors, spicy yeast flavors with a dash of funk. I am surprised I waited this long to open this bad boy.

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

(750ml bottle from Rayl101)Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a white head. Active carbonation. Aroma is funky, ripe peach, citrus peel. This is absolutely heavenly! Taste is sweet with some sour and a touch of bitterness. Nicely balanced. Medium bodied with a slick texture. Finish is dry. This is a very good beer and I would search it out again.

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Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.
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