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Allagash Confluence Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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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:
916
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
18.36%
 
 
Wants:
128
Gots:
201
For Trade:
9
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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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Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Great Lost Bear.

The beer pours a pretty light gold color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty complex in this beer, with some interesting funk overtones. Otherwise, I get some honey, cherry, spice and light sour. The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, except the beer is not quite as complex on the palate. Still, I get some honey, sweet ice tea, ginger and sour. Not bad at all. The beer is moderately sweet (at most), but that sweetness is cut very nicely by the light sour funk. The beer is pretty light on the palate, and very easy to drink. Alcohol doesn't seem too high, which enhances this beer's drinkability.

This is a very nice beer, one that put me very much in mind with the collaborative effort Allagash did with and De Proef. Well done.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I suppose I'm biased, because I really like Allagas products, but this is a wonderful beer. Served in a tulip glass, the beer was a hazy yellow color with a medium-sized white head and a bit of lacing. It had that yeasty farm-like aroma, but also was sweet and peppery. I thought it had a tropical fruit taste, a bit of spicy zing. Mostly a sweet mouthfeel. This would be a great dessert beer.

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Photo of avalon07
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright orange color and a thick, cloudy texture. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Great lacing. An excellent looking beer.

S: A sweet, fruity aroma, with traces of malt and yeast.

T: Tasted of lighter fruits, some yeast, malt, and a touch of spices. This beer had a much milder flavor than I expected, but it was still pretty tasty.

M: Lots of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A well made, drinkable beer.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

January 2009 bottle Poured from a bomber into my snifter. Been sitting on this one since early last year. Beer pours a yellowish orange with a pure white head. The head lingers the carbonation on this beer is perfect. Great lacing all over the glass.
Faint aromas of brett, horse hair. Though green grapes? or sour apples is more prominent. There is also a faint hop aroma coming through and some leather as well. Very nice aroma, a favorite of mine.
The flavor follows from the aroma, sour apple, crisp and slightly bitter up front. There are some brett flavors in there but they are not predominant. This beer has an incredibly clean finish.
Wonderful mouth feel that enhances the drinkability of this beer. Again I really think Allagash nailed the carbonation on this one. This beer truly fills your mouth, if that make sense.

EDIT: Had another of 2009 January batch. Wow, after 1.5 years insane brett development changes the whole beer. Horse hair, hey, brett funk and pinapples.
Cheers

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Photo of hman43
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours golden with a white head. It produces plenty of classic Belgian lace.

Smell: It has earthly aromas with horse blanket, fruity esters, and hints of lemon.

Taste: There are flavors from clean fruity esters, earthly elements due to the yeast, spices, pepper, and lemon.

Feel: It has a moderate feel that is moderately bitter with some alcohol warming. There is a slight tart feel in the finish.

Overall it is a complex beer with a balance between the yeast, malts, and hops that is excellent to drink.

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Photo of craft_shannie
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: pours straw in color; 2-3 finger eggshell frothy head
S: sweet subtle funk; sweet citrus, yeast. smells absolutely wonderful - just very subtle, light
T: sweet subtle tart; dry, clean. easy drinking. the funk is very light.
M: near perfect; crisp, light, refreshing, dry.
O: well crafted brew - if anything i'm curious to see how this ages, in hopes of the funk being amped.

750 ml bottle, picked up at Allagash, Portland, ME. bottled june 2013.

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Photo of Roguer
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wispy, large snow white head, billowing and huge from the Brett. Pale lemon yellow brew, surprisingly cloudy.

Musty and slightly tart aroma; hints of lemon and flowers struggle to find balance against musty Brett and sweet, sugary Belgian house yeast. Malts are grainy and wheat-like on the nose.

Flavor follows: it's funky in a slightly tart, very rustic kind of way. Only slightly sweet, with a light bit of citrus, all balanced against a notable Brett presence.

Very lively mouthfeel, active enough to prevent you from really savoring it in the mouth for long. Very silky smooth and nearly chewy on the palate. Soft.

This beer is extremely reminiscent of GI Sofie, as well as the more rustic HF saisons. I have a feeling the rating would be at least .25 higher if you slapped a HF label on it; it's perhaps a touch below a solid HF saison, but only a touch.

2+ year old bottle for review.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

appearance: hazy light gold. big fluffy white head.
smell: Some tart, yeasty and lightly funky lemon-lime, apple.
taste: much like the nose....i mean very good indeed.
overall: Delicious and packed with dry flavor.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a tulip glass

Hazy yellow, good frothy white head

Aroma of Candies fruit, citrus,

Taste of candied fruit, pineapple

Very good beer

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Photo of bruachan
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the color pours a nice amber. i let a little yeast in so it hazed up a bit but i won't dock points. poofy head looks nice, and leaves good lacing. nice scents coming from the suds, too

wild, sour aromas dance with fruity sweetness. peach, apricot, zesty european hop (lemon)

upon tasting, the sweetness is largely relegated to the finish. plenty of acidic wildness. the yeast character comes across perhaps as spicy? white pepper? a good amount of funk, certainly, but it's a little different of an experience that my most recent wild brews. the flavor profile is perhaps not as dynamic as the aroma suggested it might be: sweetness seems to have taken a far more distant role than it did in the bouquet. dryish, actually, which turns out to be OK, though it lacks backbone to a minimal degree

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Photo of Jayli
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at Novare Res 4/25
Served in a flute

A: This beer pours a hazy light orangish/yellow color with a one finger of white head. The head retains nicely and just leaves a straight up coating of lacing along the sides.

S: Nose is of major brett, sour notes a plenty, belgian yeast, spicey citrus.

T: Taste starts with a ridiculously light flavoring of pale malts, and then comes with tart citrus notes. Belgian spices, and very mild corriander, with a hint of funk in the finish.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, crisp and clean body with a touch of a dry finish.

D: Goes down very easily, tastes fantastic, nice kick - I would have a few glasses of this one!!!

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on-tap at sunset grill and tap, in allson, ma, on april 22, 2009 during the week of the craft brewers conference. served in 10oz tulip glass.

golden straw w brown amber tint. slightly hazy. creamy head quickly recedes to thin wispy layer, then just small wisps and ring. sparse, thin lacing here and there.

aroma: funky w overripe apple, pear and grapes. woody oak hint and leathery brett. hay and grass, with hint of "sweaty" vinegar funk.

taste: tart white grapes and pears, into leathery and woody brett. hay and grass character in the hops, with mild to moderate bitterness, melding with phenols and herbal/spice, almost anise note, plus more mild funk. quite pleasant in combination. dry finish with hint of esters and acidity.

light to medium body. very smooth, with flash of astringency in the finish. crisp carbonation. alcohol is deftly hidden, practically undetectable.

ok, allagash - we all know you just snuck in some of de proef's yeast here, perhaps from your collaboration with them... admit it! ;-)

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Photo of nkersten
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle courtesy of my brother.... Thanks Adam! Appearance is pretty standard. Golden straw, small head fading into a fine laced glass of beer. Smell is impressive for a wild ale. Some wild yeast, minimal hops and most importantly a strong berry scent. If all sour beers could smell like this. Taste is perfect for a young sour. Lots of soft blueberry, sweet malt and a slight bit of sourness. It is a perfectly balanced sour with an excellent flavor. Very drinkable compared to most wild beers I have had. Mouth feel is pretty typical for the appearance, with a slight linger of flavor, but otherwise clean and dare I say refreshing on a warm Washington day. I would definitley recommend picking up a bottle of this if you see it.

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Photo of david18
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I had a glass of this as a part of tasting new beers at my local beer bar.. This one stood out from everything I tasted...and they were all belgians. It had a unique aroma, very refreshing while still being interesting. Flavor, again, great sourness without being difficult to drink. I can have numerous glasses of this beer.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this one in celebration of my buying my first home. A great brew, although not quite as outstanding as most of Allagash's "big" brews. This one was kind of your straightforward sour and tart flavors that you get in a Wild "funky" brew, with some fairly consistent yeast and milder hop flavors, with some occasional fruity orange/citrus. Again, not bad, but in no way as impressive as a lot of Allagash's, or even their comparable Interlude.

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Photo of ClarkHimself
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a birthday bottle package from my cousin Tim... thanks Timmer!

A: Nice creamy white cloud of head that subsides to a gentle lacing around the glass. Nice sticky-icky from start to finish.

S: Smells "funky," in the best of ways. I think this is where the Brett really comes out. Hits my salivary glands like a swift kick to the groin.

T: After that nice funky sour smell, it's really strange to NOT get the mouth-puckering deliciousness that usually follows. It was a pleasant surprise though, as this beer is crazy well-balanced. Slight citrus-tart with a nice hop presence.

M: Nice carbonation. Feels as a pale ale should, not heavy but has a presence.

O: Awesome.

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Photo of TommyW
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Thin, hazy gold body with a thin white head.

S- Fruity (like peaches and white grapes) with a slight earthy, wood note.

T- Fruity upfront, again reminds me of white grapes. Little horseblanket funk comes in from the brett, and a touch of earthy wood from the yeast. Overall, pretty dry; reminiscent of a dry white wine.

M- Silky feel with a low carbonation.

D- Really interesting beer; a great beer to sip on and enjoy all the interesting flavors going on.

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Photo of nickd717
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml from Whole Foods Los Altos.

Paired with an awesome striped bass dinner my girlfriend cooked. Pours a mostly clear, bright golden color with a large thick white head and great lacing.

Aroma is awesome and bretty, with pale malt, citrus, and spice notes.

Flavor doesn't let you down at all - it's awesome. Pale and caramel malt form a great base, and Belgian yeast and brett meld seamlessly. Great notes of orange peel and spice, along with a slight fresh hop character even though this beer is over a year old.

Fairly lively yet smooth on the palate. Medium body, not at all overwhelming.

Extremely well-crafted and good overall. Very drinkable. Paid over $20 for this sucker and I'm glad it didn't end up being TOO much of a ripoff! Price points for Allagash do tend to run high to ridiculous though, and I end up passing on many of their beers for that reason.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to kmurray8621 for shipping me this way back when. Thanks a bunch Kevin!

Nearly a year on this January 2009 bottle.

Cracked this sucker open tonight, the cork shot off when I poked it, literally! Beautiful hazy orange color sits below a egg-shell white head with some of the best retention I've ever seen. The head is incredibly creamy and smooth, it looks like solid foam, like if I poked it it would bounce back. Despite this, lacing isn't the best, only appearing in areas. Lacing aside, this beer looks perfect.

The nose is lightly acidic and funky. Light barnyard funky aromas mix well with fruity yeast characters. Normally, I wouldn't be a fan of a beer with a lighter aroma such as this, but it gives off a good vibe. Like it's hiding something, like it's shy. It makes me want to drink it more.

Now I see why the nose was so "shy." Unfortunately, there isn't much going on in the taste. I got a light acidic character in the nose, and it's not coming out in the taste at all. A crisp carbonation clouds everything and makes it hard to pick up individual tastes. A light barn funkyness comes out more as it warms, but the fruitiness of the nose isn't as well defined here. Was expecting just a little more, but this still tastes great.

Light to medium bodied, with a fine, crisp carbonation. Maybe slightly over-carbonated, but I like my Wild Ales to have a fine crisp carbonation. Drinkability is great. Alcohol, while not hard to hide at this level, is well hidden.

Overall, a solid example of an American Wild. If this was cheaper, I would consider drinking this more often, but for the price and the lengths I went to get it I don't think I'll be having it anytime soon. A great beer, just not one that I would go out of my way to get again. Thanks Kevin for this great beer!

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Semi cloudy, yellowy amber, with a sparkling near white head that trails fine and scattered lacing. Fruity nose, with lemon and pinapple on the old sniffer. Very dry brew, with more citric fruits and a moderatly sour mid section and finish. Certaintly tasty, subtle, complex and interesting. Tasty brew, if it was not so expensive in bottles, I'd like to age a few and enjoy a few others. Another BA worthy effort and a quality achievement in brewing from Allagash's brewers

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Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a yellow-orange color with a one-finger white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of fresh bananas with hints of spices and a good amount of funk. As the beer warms the funkiness gains some steam.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet banana flavors up front followed by funkiness and slight tartness. The funk is more predominant in the taste than it is in the smell. Ending is more of a light Belgian than a wild ale.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the glass and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is a good introduction to American Wilds. It's got a good amount of funk but is by no means overpowering - it's almost a combination of a trippel and AWA. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of BZero007
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this last night on tap at Rustico in Alexandria, VA.

Was a very bright golden color with a pretty good head with an off white color. The aroma was not very strong but was plesant and carried a light crisp fruit smell with it. The taste was of a well balanced and crafted brew. The fruit comes threw very lightly and is carried with the flavors of the hops. There were not any overpowering flavors in this brew for me. Everything was balanced and came threw very tasty. The brew felt very light and did not weigh me down, which is great for a 7.4% beer. The carbonation was very low but was just enough. This can easily beer a brew to have in session.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 6/22/10 at Rose Alley Ale House in New Bedford, MA, served in a small tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of tart fruit, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast and some spice.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character and a strong Belgian yeast backbone. Then there are mildly sweet flavors of tart fruit and caramel than come in. The hops presence is very mild but the beer still has a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, slightly filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's a little heavier than most that I've had in the style but there's enough complexity and flavor to make worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the PP Belgian Beer Fest. Bright blond with a nice one inch, frothy head. Retention is excellent and there's some lacing.

The aroma has a lot of Brett character, horse blanket and musty barn, but there's also a really interesting fruity smell. It's very citrusy and almost tropical. Lemon, floral hops, spices, a hint of alcohol and some tartness. The flavor is slightly sweet. Brett is present again, imparting musty barnyard characteristics. The flavor is very fruity with some tartness. The finish is slightly sweet and dry with some spices and tart lemon.

Confluence is light bodied and tart with great carbonation. This is very drinkable, and the aroma is really great.

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